The latest News, Events and Notices
Featuring items of specific interest to Weymouth Baptist Church.
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Page updated: 25th September 2022
Do remember that if you have any words of encouragement, answers to prayer, or other news for the WBC News, please send these to Sue via email ideally by Wednesday lunchtime.
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Sunday Evening Prayer Meetings
The leaders are meeting for prayer every Sunday evening between 6-7 pm to pray and seek the Lord as to how we should go forward as a fellowship.
However, having got the business side of things done, the leaders would like to invite church members and friends to join them twice a month in praying as a church - on the first Sunday evening of the month together in church and a fortnight later on Zoom.
Both meetings start at 7.15 pm, the Meeting ID for the Zoom meeting is advertised in our weekly newsletters.
The next prayer evening is Sunday 2nd October in the church.
Join us, and be a part of the process of discovering where God is leading us.
The Government has now removed all COVID-related legal restrictions in England. However, the virus has not gone away and we continue to have a duty of care to visitors, worshippers, employees and volunteers while in our buildings. To this end, we have eased some of our restrictions where appropriate, and have made others less intrusive, but our aim remains to keep you safe. Therefore, we will:
- Stop recording visitors’ details.
- Make hand gel available at various points within the building.
- Continue to ventilate the Sanctuary, and other rooms in use, with respect to the weather.
- Continue to make communion a ‘served’ celebration for the ‘bread’, with those serving, wearing gloves, and with individual cups for the ‘wine’.
- Allow Bibles and songbooks to be handed out where appropriate, but isolate them on return for 72 hrs (3 days).
- Ask attendees to respect the social distancing request of other attendees.
- Allow personal choice when it comes to wearing face masks in the Sanctuary and other rooms, but we recognise that it affords a degree of protection in both directions. Folk can take their masks off for singing if they so wish. (We suggest that the Welcome Team should wear face masks).
- Ask people not to attend if they have COVID symptoms.
- Continue church cleaning schedule and more intensive cleaning of areas touched by those displaying COVID symptoms while in the church buildings.
- Weyfinders On Tuesday 27th September we are going to relax by the Blue Pool with Lunch. Those who would like to come and have no transport, or can offer transport, please see Jocelyn Crocker. If you are new to our Church, we are a group for the over 50’s and you will be very welcome to gather with us. Please see Jocelyn Crocker or June Stephens for further details .
Our 2022 programme can be found in the Welcome area, the 2023 programme will be available shortly.
- Upcoming Sunday Services Visit our Worship Services page.
New WBC Appointments
We welcome Rev. Jonathan Greening to the role of Pastoral Support Coordinator, being responsible for overseeing and encouraging pastoral care of the church, and overseeing the pastoral care volunteer team. Jonathan is available by phone, 07785 711692, or email.
Rev. Mike Stear has been appointed by Church Member’s Meeting to act as Interim Moderator throughout the process of the church calling a new Pastor.
I would like to express my thanks to WBC for allowing me to serve for 25 years in the Church Office. My position began when our previous Minister Rev. Graham Dawson began his Pastoral role with us. As mentioned to the WBC Leadership Team my decision has been based on what God has shared with me. Back in September 2020 He said, "Sue, you will be pulling away from your church in the role that you currently hold". Then in June of this year He said, "Now is a good time to step down from your role". He told me at the beginning of this month, "There are no happy endings, only bright new beginnings".
I don't know fully what He has in store for both Steve and I as a couple, but I do know that we will be guided on the pathway ahead of us.
I shall remain in membership and will still have the pleasure of collating the document that we have entitled 'Taking Our Church Forwards'. His plans are always good, and He already knows where He is leading our church. So, if He is sharing any words, pictures, poems, visions or prophecy, etc. with you, then please do email me so that we are able to piece together the thoughts from His heart.
Every blessing to you all,
Our Thames Quarter Challange
Thank you to everyone who donated towards our Thames Quarter Challenge sponsorship. We walked 29km along the River Thames on Saturday 10 September and the weather was good. Over 4500 people took part in the challenge, and it was a great day. We completed it in 6.5 hours including half an hour for lunch.
Thanks to your support we raised £1,760 towards Cancer Research.
Alpha Course at the Ricketts
An Alpha course is planned for Tuesday 27th September. We’re doing it from home, 11 Winslow Road, Preston, DT4 6NE (unless we have too many sign up in which case we’ll use the parlour at church instead). People shouldn’t be put off by transport issues, we can work to sort that out. Start time 6 pm. We’ll be doing food each week, so people won’t need to eat tea beforehand. Happy for you to phone us to find out more or discuss. 07899 713499. Chris
Visits for Derek
I will be away on the Isle of Man from 5th to 10th October. If anyone is able to visit Derek during this time, will you please see, phone or text me for details.
The Sidmouth Holiday break is covered for visiting.
Thanks. June Stephens
Harvest - 25th September
If anyone would like to contribute towards the flowers, donations can be given to either me or Doris. And donations of food items will also be appreciated.
We would also like to extend an invitation to any of the Life Groups if they would like to decorate a window either upstairs or downstairs. There will be a central arrangement done by the flower group but they can decorate around it on the theme of harvest.
The flower group will be at church from around 9:30 am on Saturday 24th September. Sarah Etheridge
Monetary gifts for the harvest should be placed in an envelope marked “Harvest” and will be shared between The Nest and CAP. Food donations will be given to Weymouth Food Bank.
Sponsored Charity Walk
The Miller Family, Murray, Helen, Rachel, and Rebecca did a sponsored 28km walk along the River Thames on Saturday 10 September for Cancer Research. We are doing this as this cause is close to our hearts having sadly lost friends to this and experienced it ourselves as a family. We have a Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/
Taking Our Church Forward
Is God telling us which way to go as a Church?
If you receive any words, pictures, visions, prophecy, etc. that God has laid on your heart, we would love to hear from you.
Let's see if we can put some pieces of the puzzle together, and see the picture that God is giving us here at Weymouth Baptist Church.
Please send your items to Sue in the WBC office to be collated.
These can be used to give to our new Pastor, when one is appointed, at the appropriate time.
We are praying that God will show us the way, as He leads us forwards.
The Situations Vacant page on this website advertises ministries within WBC that are looking for new volunteers to join their team.
- The Flower Group
- The Zoom Meeting Team
- The Audio/Visual Team
Anyone wishing to receive Communion in their own home (preferably on a Thursday) please contact Jo-Jo (details in the Members Directory or via the Office).
We (still) want your selfies!
We have now reached the total of 50 members photos in our Member’s Directory photo album, which means 71 members are still thinking about it!
Photos of partners together are OK as I can digitally separate you(!), but passport photos can cause problems.
Kindly email or give your photos to me, Ted Winter as soon as possible. I will be happy to give any assistance needed.