WBC NewsWBC Logo

The latest News, Events and Notices

Featuring items of specific interest to Weymouth Baptist Church.

For other news, visit the Local News page

Page updated: 21st anuary 2023

Do remember that if you have any words of encouragement, answers to prayer, or other news for the WBC News, please send these to Ted via email ideally by Wednesday lunchtime.

Contents:

  • News Updates
  • Dates for your Diary
  • Notices


News Updates

Special Members’ Meeting Sunday 29th January
A short meeting will be held after the morning service on Sunday 29th January, for WBC members to vote to accept that we release the finance to support Jayne Newton in a part-time temporary Youth and Children's Ministries Coordinator post. The proposal is to pay the post-holder for 10 hours per week, to be reviewed in June/July 2023.

Part-time Church Administrator Post
We have decided to re-advertise this part time (paid) permanent post. The hours offered are now 10 per week, and the revised role description/job specification and application form are attached. Applications should be emailed to Liz Tripp, WBC Secretary (secretary@weychurch.co.uk) or posted to 'Church Secretary, Weymouth Baptist Church, 18 The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8DT' by Monday 30th January. If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Liz on 07541 613134


Sunday Evening Prayer Meetings for January
Twice a month church members and friends join together 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 next prayer evening is Sunday 22nd January on Zoom followed by  Sunday 5th February in church.

COVID Guidance
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.


Dates for your Diary 

Weyfinders Coffee Morning on Tuesday 24th January at 10.30 am at 5 Belfield Close, Weymouth. Do come and bring a CD of your favourite pieces of music to play.

Donald and Jocelyn

Ceilidh  Buy your tickets now to attend our Ceilidh, which will be held at WBC on Saturday 28th January, from 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Dancing will be led by the 'Dorset Caledonians'. Tickets are £5 each for those aged 16 and over (tickets are free for accompanied children under 16). Refreshments, including a light 'ploughmans' supper are included. Please purchase your tickets in advance - tickets will be available on 8th, 15th and 22nd January at the morning service

Annual General Meeting WBC’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th February. The agenda and other details will be published shortly.

Upcoming Sunday Services Visit our Worship Services page.


Notices

Fellowship News
Ray Spracklen. On Thursday 26th January there will be a Cremation Service at 10.45.am (family and close friends) followed at 12 noon by a Celebration of Life at WBC. Rev. Peter Mockett will be conducting the services. Refreshments will be available in the hall after the service

Kids Club and Sanctuary Programmes
Please click on the posters (below) to view full size or, better still, download and print them to show to your children and grandchildren.
A busy term of activities, the contact details are on the posters.

Kids Club PosterSanctuary Poster




















Weyfinders Holiday 2023 Update

Weyfinders invite you to join them on one of two (or both!) holiday breaks this year:

  • A coach holiday to Torquay organised by Marine Travel staying at the Livermead House Hotel on the seafront from Sunday 4th June to Thursday 8th June.
  • Our Autumn Break takes us again to Sidmouth staying at the Royal York and Falconer Hotel on the Esplanade from Tuesday 17th October to Saturday 21st October.

Provisional bookings are being taken at the moment. The tariffs depend on the type of booking; single rooms, twin or doubles are all en suite and dinner, bed and breakfast are included. If you are interested please ring Marine Travel on 01803 290380, or the Royal York and Falkener Hotel (free) on 0800 220714, in both cases stating you are with the Weyfinders group. Demand is high at both hotels and a speedy enquiry is recommended. If you confirm a booking please tell June so that she knows the numbers travelling.
Weyfinders have experienced great times over the years, sharing friendly, relaxing fun together. We look forward to others joining us.
June Stephens

Pray for the Leadership of WBC

Please pray for our leaders as they hold their monthly meetings in these somewhat challenging times. The Elders usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month and the Deacons the following Tuesday. The combined leadership also meet for their Forum every Sunday evening.
Please pray also for our Interim Moderator, Rev. Mike Stear, as he guides us day by day through the complexities of seeking a new Senior Pastor.

Gift Aid Your Giving To The Church

This is a reminder from the treasurer that if you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your giving to the church and the church can benefit by 25p for every £1 you give. The only proviso is that we cannot claim back more tax than you paid in a tax year. For example, if Mr X gives £400 to the church in a tax year and has signed a Gift Aid Declaration form, the church could claim £100 from HMRC provided that more than £100 has been paid in tax by Mr X. If you are a giver and do not yet give in this way, please take a form from the Hub, complete and return it to Neil. Thank you.

Ministry Teams in Weymouth Baptist Church
This document is a list of every ministry, job and task that happens in WBC and if you do anything at all in WBC your name should be in it.
It’s a very useful document but it is helpful only if it is up to date, and there have been a number of changes this last year. Therefore, if you lead a team that have had people join or leave, if you have started a new job or stood down from a job within WBC, kindly let Ted Winter have the details by Friday 17th February so that the document can be corrected in time for the AGM.
The current list can be seen on our website in the Member’s Area - a username and password is required to access it, and the Member’s Page gives all the details.


Manse Working Party

With the desire to present the Manse as a warm and welcoming home for our next Pastor, we are looking for volunteers to form a working party to redecorate the house.
There are some small building projects that need to be done, but these will be contracted out.
We are not looking to start until the new year but would like to have the working party in place and ready to go.
If you are able and would like to join the team, please speak to our Fabric Deacon, Martin Gardener.

Used Stamps

Thereis a container on the Hub to collect the used postage stamps from your mail.
These stamps will benefit charities, so help them by cuttting them from the envelope (not too closely) and drop them in the container

Home Communion
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!
Yay! We have now reached a total of 54 members' photos in our Member’s Directory photo album, but that means 71 members are still thinking about it!
Kindly email or give your photos to me, Ted Winter as soon as possible.
I will be happy to have a chat and give any assistance needed.