Alister and Abi Visit
It was lovely as a Church to renew our aquaintance with Alister King this Sunday, especially as he brought Abi with him. Others had been with them both at the 2017 Grace Baptist Partnership Conference which was held this year in Swanwick. Alister is the trainee pastor at Edlesborough Baptist Church in Bedfordshire, and Abi is a member there also. He came to us to preach on Sunday 28th August in order to give our own pastor a rest. We thoroughly enjoyed his sermon based on Revelation Chapter 22.
Caring For Life Fund Raising
We were able to share in the Huntingdon Support Group fund raising activity for the Charity Caring for Life. This Leeds-based charity provides on-going care and support for vulnerable young people and adults. The event took the form of a Cream Tea (etc.) and was held at Park Farm, Pidley who willingly made their facilities available for us to use that day.
We were joined by friends from many of the local churches and from the wider community. We would thank those who joined with us throughout the day to support this very worthy cause. We were pleased to be able to raise almost £500 on the day. Thank you for your help. We look forward to seeing you at the CFL event next year. If you would like to know more about Caring For Life and their amazing love towards and work amongst the disadvantaged and vulnerable people of Leeds, please follow this link Caring For Life
The Golden Gnome Award 2017
The winner of the Annual Golden Gnome Award (2017) was announced at our Annual General Meeting. This award is made to the one who’s sermon was downloaded from the Church website the most number of times during the year. The 2017 Award went to….. the map of Manea, which was downloaded a surprisingly large number of times.
We are not sure why the map attracted so much attention. Possibly because of the name of the place. Actually, it is pronounced as May-knee, rather than Mania, which might cause disappointment to some! The map !
The AGBC[WA] Picnic
Some of the members from our local association of churches, together with their families met for a Summer Pic-nic at Hinchinbrooke Park in Huntingdon. It was good to be able to relax and share news of the churches together. This year, a larger number of families with young children were able to join us and they greatly appreciated the space of the Park in which to play. The older ones sheltered from the strong sunshine in one of the classrooms at the Park. Thus they were able to share in the activities, but without strenuous exercise.
One of the activities was launching a bottle rocket using a foot pump to provide the air pressure to launch it. Sensibly it was left to the younger ones to spend what transpired to be a considerable amount of pumping to build the pressure for a launch. When the rocket eventually lifted off it flew a surprising way up into the air.
Church Outing 2017
We were pleased to able to share in a day away together at Coton Manor Gardens in Northamptonshire on June 17th. The weather was extremely hot, and therefore we were very grateful to be able to retire to the café both for lunch and tea. As usual, the gardens were an immaculate blaze of colour and the cakes were up to their usual high standard.
It was good to be able to relax together and to discuss a wide range of topics in such an informal and peaceful setting.
Easter Meal 2017
Following our Easter Day Service, we were again able to hold a Bring-and-Share meal. Thanks to the members, we were able to enjoy quite a wide range of dishes. Certain of the ‘smaller ones’ managed to have at least ‘seconds’. It was good to be able to welcome some visitors to the service and meal.
Annual Association Meal of the AGBC[WA] at Potton
As a church we were able to share with others at the Annual Association Meal, of the AGBC[WA], which this year was held at Potton Baptist Church. Before the food was served there was quiz for all to solve. The picture shows just a part of the gathering with minds and pencils hard at work. Following the meal, which was a delicious selection of foods, Pastor Chell of Ramsey Salem Church brought us a word from Psalm 133 which speaks of the joys of real fellowship enjoyed by those who are walking faithfully before God.
Seminar at Great Whyte Baptist Curch
On 25th February, together with those from other churches in the area, we were invited to attend a seminar at Great Whyte Church in Ramsey where the speaker was Rev. John Martin of the Medway Fellowship in Huntingdon. In the first of three sessions, John outlined just how God fulfilled His word, both to Israel and also to Elijah. The middle session looked at Elijah’s confrontation both with King Ahab and with the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. John emphasised the way in which it was clear from the passage that Elijah had an absolute faith that God would fulfil His promises. The final session looked at the way in which Elijah suffered from ‘burn-out’ and depression. How like us that after experiencing the power of God in our lives that we so quickly forget God’s mercies and try to solve our problems without going to God. You may hear John Martin’s three addresses by going to the Great Whyte Baptist Church ‘Catch-up’ Service – just click on the link and a new tab will open taking you to their site. We hope that you enjoy listening to them.
Christmas Day Service—not at KEC
We were not able to meet as usual In KEC, so we held a Christmas Morning Service at our Pastor’s house. We managed to squeeze in with all the visitors and together celebrated the birth of our Saviour.
It was good to be able to welcome again, and share the time with the wider family of some of our number. The younger ones designed some lovely cardboard angels for us to see.
Carol Service 2016
On Sunday 18th December we held our Carol Service in KEC. As usual it was followed by a time to get together and share mince pies, sausage rolls, cake as well as the normal teas and coffees. We were pleased to welcome friends both old and new to celebrate the coming of our Lord.
Christmas Meal 2016
We were able to get together for our Christmas Meal earlier this month. This was held at Hartford Mill, near Huntingdon.We enjoyed good service from the staff, ample food and enjoyable fellowship. We were pleased that most of those that meet with us on a Sunday were able (eventually!) to be with us. It was good to have our youngest attender (23 months) with us. She seemed to be more interested in exploring the restaurant rather than the food.
We were rather thankful that the jokes inside the crackers were better than the average though several still raised groans.
Effective Evangelism Conference
We hosted a conference in Manea [map] for church leaders and others on Monday 3rd October entitled Effective Evangelism with several speakers from Grace Baptist Partnership. They were Ali McLachan of GBP Scotland, Barry KIng of GBP England and Jeremy Walker, pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley. You may download the four talks as MP3s from http://www.chatteriscommunitychurch.org.uk/2016-gbp-conference/
On 25th September we were able to hold our Harvest Thanksgiving service to thank God for all His provision to us over the past year. The dry goods from the donated display will go to the Chatteris Food Bank, and the fresh food to Swan House Care Home.
Following the service, we were able to enjoy a ‘Bring-and-Share’ Lunch together.
We were pleased to be able to welcome Mr Alister King to Chatteris. He led two of our services in August, preaching from the books of Joel and 1 Timothy. Alister is undergoing theological training at Highland Theological College, Dingwall to prepare him for future pastoral ministry.
He is currently assisting at Edlesborough, preaching on Sunday evenings, and also at Ryarsh in Kent on Sunday mornings. Ryarsh is one of the church ‘re-plants’ that are being supported and encouraged by Grace Baptist Partnership together with help from other churches in the South East.