"To know Jesus and to make Him known"
We are so grateful to all those who brought Harvest gifts this weekend. We collected eighteen large boxes of food for the Bexley Food Bank as well as some brilliant tools and books for Tools with a Mission (TWAM). Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.
Over the weekend 5th - 6th October, we will be celebrating Harvest and helping hungry people in Bexley through the Bexley Food Bank and people in developing countries through Tools with a Mission. To find out more click here.
For those hungry for answers, there will be an opportunity to join a Christianity Explored course as well
We are thrilled to report that Craig Downes has accepted our unanimous invitation to be our new Pastor. We pray for Craig, his wife Joanne and the rest of the family as they prepare to take this step for the Lord.
We have invited Craig Downes to come and preach with a view to the Pastorate on Sunday 21st July at 10.30am. For a chance to meet Craig and his wife, Joanne, and ask questions, there will be a Fellowship tea on Saturday 20th July from 3 - 5pm.
Jule is a 27 year old girl living in Macedonia. She was first helped by Smile International in 1999 when she, with her mother and brother, was given humanitarian aid after their father had been killed in the Balkan conflict. Jule subsequently became a Christian and now works as an evangelist with Campus Crusade for Christ. Earlier this year her mother died and, two weeks later, Jule was diagnosed with cancer. We have been supporting her with Smile International by twice provding accommodation while she has been in the UK for PET scans. Tests show she wtill has one small trace of cancer remaining.
From Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March the CRIBS 3:16 Bus will be parked at Albany Park Baptist Church. The bus, which used to run on the 316 route has been transformed to provide children with an audio visual extravaganza where they learn about the the work of William Tyndale who first translated the Bible into English despite the danger of so doing. They also learn about the impact the King james' version has had on the world. To learn more about CRIBS and their 3:16 bus project click here. The bus will be open for teaching and viewing sessions throughout the morning from 9.30am - 12. Coffee and home-made cakes will be on sale with all proceeds going to help support CRIBS. Download flyer.
Sam King, MBE, a long time worshipper at Albany Park Baptist Church was honoured on 31st January with the unveilling of a blue plaque outside his former home in Herne Hill. Sam worshipped at APBC for over 20 years and devoted himself to maintaining the grounds. The plaque was unveilled by the Deputy High Commissioner of Jamaica, in front of a crowd of family, friends, the Major of Southwark, local councillors and representatives of the South London Press, who had promoted the scheme of honouring living people who had made history. Sam's son, Rev Michael King, testified to Sam's life and sacrifice, guided by God. The inscription reads:
London Borough of Southwark
Sam King MBE
Major of Southwark 1983-84
Wartime RAF Serviceman
Passenger on the Empire Windrush
West Indian Community Leader and
Voted by the People
For more information click here.
We had a wonderful Baptismal Service this morning. Here is Dorry, cutting her special cake inscribed with words from Jeremiah 31:13 “I have loved you with an everlasting love"
Several of our young people started University in September. To find out how they are getting on you can read their news here.
Thank you to all those who supported our Harvest weekend. Through your support we have been able to send gifts of money to BMS for their "Thirsty" campaign and to Macmillan Cancer Care. In addition we have been able to send gifts of food to the Food Bank at Avery Hill Christian Fellowship and educational materials to Smile International.
To read about our Jubilee Garden Party and see the pictures, take a look at our July/August Newsletter. We raised £160 for the Queen's Jubilee Trust which will go to help to develop leadership skills in young people.
Thank you to everyone who supported our recent harvest appeal. We were able to send 12 heavy bags of food to London City Mission, 2 bags of flannels and toothpaste to Smile International and £250 to BMS Sacred Soil project in Peru. We would also like to thank all those who supported our breakfast, cakes and car wask morning on 1st October. We raised £350 which is being divided between Macmillan Cancer Support and Christian Resources in Bexley Schools.
Thank you to everyone who organised and supported our Pink Party on 18th June. Thanks to your efforts, we raised £600 for Cancer Research. There will be pictures of the event in our July/August Newsletter.
Congratulations to all the church women who completed the 5km Race for Life to support Cancer Research. If you would like to sponsor them, please go to http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/annegaellelequeux1409 There will be a further opportunity to support their efforts by coming to our Pink Party on 18th June. Go to our What's On page for details.
On 16th January we celebrated the baptism of Des Mills with a wonderful service and fellowship lunch. Des came to know the Lord by attending a Recovery Alpha course. We hope to be able to start another such course on Tuesday evenings after Easter. If you are interested in joining it, please contact our Minister.
The local police are regular guests at 71:17, our twice monthly activity for young people. Captured here, they take on the young people at clock table tennis.
You can now listen to our recent sermons online. Just follow the sermons link.
Anne-Gaelle Lequeux succesfully completed the Cancer Research Race for Life on Saturday 22ndMay at 11am. This involved a 5km run in Regent’s Park. To contribute to her sponsorship please go to the Race for Life website – http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/annegaellelequeux
Thank you to all who supported the Coffee Morning on 24th September and provided all the home-made cakes. We were able to raise £170 and are still counting!
Thank you for supporting our fundraising morning on 4th September. Thanks to your generosity and the work of our helpers, we were able to raise just over £250 which is going to support CRIBS (Christian Resources in Bexley Schools) with their 3:16 Bus project to take the story of the Bible to children in the Borough; and Smile International to support a "Step Out Team" going out to help widows and children in Kosova in October.
We are delighted to hear of the safe arrival of a baby daughter, Lilia, to our Link Missionaries. Click here to read their latest news.