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Good Friday

An hour at the Cross

We really hope you’ll be able to join us at 10am on Good Friday (29th of March) as we spend an hour together reflecting on the crux of our faith – the Cross of Jesus.
As usual this will be a joint service with Vine Evangelical Church and Vine Baptist Church. This year held here at Bessels Green.
We will begin the service all together in the main church, then after a time of sung worship and prayer the children (aged 5-11) will leave for their own time of teaching in the back hall.
The service will include communion.
All are welcome.

Internet Awareness for Parents

Do your children spend a lot of time online?

Do you worry that you don’t know what they are doing?

As technology develops, many parents can feel that they are being left behind. News stories can lead us to think that there is danger in every chat room, social networking site and behind every computer screen, but is this really the case?

To help answer these questions we are holding an Internet Awareness evening for parents on 17 April, led by Kent County Council’s e-safety officer. This will not be a technical session and anyone who is a parent or carer is invited to come along. Please also invite other parents who might be interested – we are organising this event as part of our service to the local community, and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from it.

Click Here to download a flyer with more information about the evening.

There is no charge for attending but it would be helpful if you could register in advance using the form below.

Easter Services 2013

Details of our Easter Services for 2013 are now available.

We really hope you’ll be able to join us at one of our special services this year.

Please click on the image below to download a copy of a flyer with details of this years services.

Easter 2013

Easter Story Trail

Why not join us on Sunday 24th March for an interactive look at the Easter Story?

This is an event that is suitable for all ages, especially families and will last 1 ½ hours.
The sessions are free and start at 9.00am and 11.00am with refreshments for everyone in-between at 10.30am.

Please book in using the form below, letting us know the session you’d like to join and indicating how many children there will be.

This event is now in the past, booking form removed.

BGBC – Fairtrade Church

We are delighted to tell you that the Fairtrade Foundation has declared that Bessels Green Baptist Church is now officially a FAIRTRADE CHURCH. Just before Christmas the leadership team decided that if we were serious about living out our church values we should commit to becoming a Fairtrade Church. Now that we are fully certified we will

  • Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and at other meetings for which the church has responsibility
  • Use Fairtrade sugar, biscuits and other products where possible
  • Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and at other times during the year

We have produced a leaflet outlining in more detail what this means, you can download a copy here.

 FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25th February – 10th March.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all smallholder farmers in developing countries could grow more and provide more food for their families and communities to work their own way out of poverty? You can help make this happen on Sunday 3rd March.

  • Join us in the hall after the morning service for a free Treasure Hunt for all the family
  • Buy a Fairtrade cake to enjoy with your coffee
  • Check out the Traidcraft stall – order your Easter eggs now!
  • Make a donation to Traidcraft Exchange

All donations and proceeds will go to support the training of small-scale producers in methods of sharing skills and knowledge.

 

Baptisms

Introducing Chris Norden

Chris is a minister-in-training at Spurgeon’s college and will be on placement with us for the next two years.

We asked Chris to introduce himself, this is what he said:

Last year I believed God was calling me to go back to being a student, after working as an actuary in London for over 20 years. So now I am studying theology full-time as Spurgeon’s College in South London. It’s a three-year course, and as part of that I am spending roughly one day a week at Bessels Green – the idea is to help me to find out more about what church work is really like, and to put into practice some of the things I am learning at College.

I am married to Fiona (who teaches the violin) and we have three teen-age children who are also musical, so our house is always very noisy with a trumpet, bass guitar, oboe, violin, piano and cello all competing for air time. I enjoy cycling to keep me fit and to give me some peace!

It’s good to be back in this area, which is where I grew up, although for most of the last 20 years I have lived in Sussex. Our family has been part of Haywards Heath Baptist Church during that time: I have been an elder, Fiona and I have led youth groups, and we were part of a team that planted a new congregation which meets in a primary school near our home.

I am enjoying being a student again, although writing essays and learning biblical languages can be a challenge. And I am particularly grateful for the way that people at Bessels Green Baptist Church are helping me to develop in my service of God.

 

 

 

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