We held our evangelistic Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday 25th February 2020. As usual, a large number of people came from the church's mid-week activities, including some parents from the Mother and Toddler Club and the Children's Club. These new faces told us that they had enjoyed the noisy, fun, food-related event very much; we were especially pleased that they listened to an epilogue that was particularly full of a clear Gospel challenge. Overall a really good outreach event !
Christmas 2019 was a busy and joyful time for our church, starting off with a traditional Christmas Dinner which we all enjoyed. Our mid-week activities held their own celebrations, and as a church we went out singing carols around the streets, giving out a leaflet and inviting people to church. We held a carol service and a family fun party, as well as a Christmas morning service which we ran jointly with Forest Baptist Church in Leytonstone, at which the Good News about Jesus was very clearly preached. We were very encouraged to welcome lots of people to our various activities, including some new faces and others we had not seen for a long time.
Jean Ellis Retirement
On Sunday 27th October 2019 we officially said 'Farewell' and 'Thank you' to our missionary Jean Ellis, as she 'retires' after nearly 40 years service in Austria with Grace Baptist Mission. She had already had one official Farewell at the Mission's Annual Meetings the day before; at our own evening meeting she reviewed her whole life, and we all enjoyed a tea (including this cake!) together. We will still be in contact with Jean,and will now be beginning to support the Mission's radio work and its outreach to those with a Muslim background in the UK..
For Harvest 2019 we decided to support the 'goat project' of Zimbabwe Partnership Trust, through which we can buy goats at about £35 each to help families up out of the most appalling poverty, often made worse by very poor health and a missing generation of adults. Chris and Hazel Boyes of the Trust came down to share the weekend with us, which included: visitation of local homes, a fun-filled Saturday international evening, and a traditional Sunday morning Harvest Thanksgiving Service. As a church we were encouraged by the number of visitors who came along, as well as being quite moved by what we learned about those we want to help. We will be sending off a large sum of money to the Trust, and thank God for the privilege of being able to serve Him in this way.
In August 2019 16 young people from Monday Club went on a really good camp near Ringwood in the beautiful New Forest National Park. We enjoyed lots of outdoor activities, with plenty of food and fun on the camp site too! For our spiritual times we looked at places in Israel, under the headings '3 Churches, 3 Wells, 3 Gardens', with plenty of photographs from our Pastor's recent trip to the Holy Land. Several of the young people said that they had found these talks to be helpful. Overall it was a great camp!
Holiday Bible Club
In July 2019 we welcomed the team from Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northern Ireland once again to help with our Holiday Bible Club. We started the week with a Sunday church Picnic in the Park at which we played games and gave out leaflets. Each day of the week we then organised games in the park in the morning, followed by an afternoon club at the church. Additionally there was a Monday evening combined churches' prayer meeting, a Wednesday evening teenage barbecue and a Friday afternoon family fun ice cream session. All-in-all we were encouraged as we met some new children and families we hadn't seen before
Lunch Club Garden Party
On Thursday 18th July 2019 the Senior Citizens' Lunch Club had its annual Garden Party at the Manse. Heavy rain stopped just before we began and everyone enjoyed warm sunshine and a lovely afternoon tea. There were musical items and a display on the trampoline by one of the church's young people. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings provided an obvious subject for an epilogue: people were interested to hear what the Bible has to say about the moon, especially the unique occasion mentioned in Joshua 10:12-13 when the moon stood still over the valley of Aijalon. Overall it was a lovely occasion for the older people in the church to enjoy good Christian fellowship together.
Easter is always a celebration at our church ! Our Senior Citizens' Lunch Club had a special 'Easter Feast', and then the church met for breakfast before a communion service on Good Friday. Afterwards we went around local streets singing Easter hymns and songs and giving out invitations for a film evening that night. The film, called 'I can only imagine' was seen by a lot of people; its strong message of reconciliation and forgiveness fitted in very well with Easter.
On Easter morning we had a joyful celebration of the Resurrection message, finishing off with a piece by the Monday Club Band. We are so thankful to God for helping us to make so much of a very special occasion
5th March 2019 was Shrove Tuesday, so we held our annual Pancake Party. There were lots of pancakes, with savoury and sweet fillings, plus a quiz, a game and pancake races. The Monday Club Band played some of their favourite pieces, and our friend Maurice Titmarsh gave an excellent epilogue based on percentages associated with the Bible. We were pleased to welcome lots of visitors, including a family we have not seen in church before, but who come to our football sessions in Abbotts Park. Overall, we are really thankful to God for a great evening!
Abbotts Park Tennis
We are grateful once again to the Council for allowing us free use of two tennis courts in Abbotts Park for our Tennis Week during August 2018. We leafleted the local streets and 47 children came along. We taught basic tennis skills and umpired matches, but perhaps the greatest gain of the week was the forming of good relationships with so many children and parents, many of whom we had never met before.
Lunch Club Garden Party
On July 19th 2018 the Thursday Lunch Club rounded off a very happy year with a Garden Party at the Manse. On a lovely day that turned out to be not too hot we sang hymns, listened to some musical items and heard an epilogue about what is important 'Under the Sun'. We then all enjoyed an afternoon tea and relaxed together in a very pleasant atmosphere. Two of the church's young people contributed to what was all round a very nice afternoon.
A first for us were the two LEGO days we ran with Child Evangelism Fellowship in the February half-term of 2018. A lot of children and young people came in and enjoyed afternoons of fun, with a Bible story and food. We were so pleased to meet some people we didn't know.
Particular Baptist Fund
To thank the Particular Baptist Fund for paying for our church’s commercial dishwasher we made a presentation at their Members’ Meeting on Wednesday April 19th 2017. Afterwards a Church Representative asked if the photographs and accompanying text used in the presentation could be made available online."
Abbotts Park Football
Working with Christ Church Leyton we have run another excellent series of 6 sessions of football training in Abbotts Park for local children. As a result we seem to have become well-known among families and the local community. We have been encouraged that a teenage boy has been coming to church because of this contact with us
See our Coming Soon page for details of the next session
Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge
Once again, our Abbotts Park footballers, their families and helpers were on the receiving end of kind generosity from Leyton Orient Football Club - free tickets to watch their home game against Dagenham & Redbridge. Orient had a good first half and after 2 goals from Jay Simpson went into the break with a 2-0 lead, but Dagenham & Redbridge fought back and within 15 minutes of the restart the scores were level at 2-2. 'Here we go again' the thoughts of every Orient fan! However in the 65th minute Orient's Armand Gnanduillet slotted the ball right footed into the goal and the O's managed to hang on to their lead until the final whistle. It was an exciting game - the final score Leyton Orient 3-2 Dag & Redbridge.
We had a great time and as ever our thanks go to Leyton Orient for the tickets.
On Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2015 young people and adults from Monday Club caught the bus to Chingford. We walked to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge for a picnic and then on to Connaught Water. In lovely weather we rambled on through Epping Forest to High Beach and then to Loughton, from where we caught another bus home. We found plenty of logs to scramble on, trees to climb and a stream to play in. People were impressed at having walked just over five miles and having enjoyed such a good day out enjoying God's Creation.
Friday Club Rifle Shooting
Friday Club enjoyed an afternoon trip to Gilwell Park on Saturday April 18th 2015, where we tried out air rifles on their shooting range. We all enjoyed it, and a few even managed to hit the target ! Much more importantly we built up good relationships in a healthy and fun atmosphere, complementing the regular spiritual witness of the Club.