Fellowship Updates Spring 2022

Janet Casson writes:

At the end of October last year, I had the privilege of attending an away day at a friend’s church in Barking. There was a time of reflection and of waiting and resting in the Lord. It has been a while since I have had ‘time out’ in this way. 

I asked God for his direction and his blessing. He gave me this verse:

‘May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.’

Psalm 90:17

BMF

There are well established ministries in our church, such as that of BMF, which of course began long ago as BWL. God has blessed this ministry in abundance and is still doing so. We reinstated our meetings in September. These fellowship meetings have been well attended with an average of 20 ladies and gentlemen, and the ‘favour’ of the Lord has truly rested on us. The variety of speakers makes for an interesting afternoon. We would appreciate one or two offers of lifts to bring those who cannot drive. 

Thank you, June

One of our committee members is ‘retiring’ after many years of devoted service. June Bruce has lovingly crafted handmade birthday cards for our members and Christmas cards too. It has been a focal part of our ministry. June has been at the forefront of supporting our work over the years. In addition to card making, she has encouraged and supported all members with visits and phone calls, flower arrangements and cake making! Of course, June is not retiring from attending our meetings! 

Contact Group

This is another established ministry at BSBC. It has never been more important to make sure that our elderly and shut-in folk receive fellowship. Eight people receive a visit once a month. We follow safeguarding guidelines and visit in pairs, so there are 16 people on the team. Five people that we visit reside in their own homes and three in care homes. We need more visitors as we have additional folk who would dearly enjoy a visit. Is the Lord prompting you to join this rewarding work? 

Breaking Bread Café

The café has been in operation on Tuesdays since March 2018 and complements the work of Exchange. We would like to expand and offer tea, coffee, and cake on a Thursday as well, from January 2022. Maybe you were busy on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday suits you better. On either day we would encourage members of the fellowship to come along and join in. Your presence is needed and most welcome. 

Read more about Breaking Bread Café from Martin Gill →

Stewards

Our Fellowship could not function without the aid of Stewards on a Sunday morning. They have a variety of duties to fulfil, including opening and closing the building, preparing rooms for the children’s work to take place and, most importantly, giving a friendly greeting to all who come through the doors, making sure that newcomers are guided to the appropriate space, place and person to follow up with a welcome. 

Many hands make light work! Some stewards have had to step down due to other commitments and we need at least four stewards each Sunday morning. Please consider serving once a month or every other month. 

Are you the hands that are mentioned in the verse in Psalm 90? God can use us and establish his work through us. ‘May the Favour of the Lord our God rest on us.’ Amen. 

Please get in touch with Janet Casson or Catherine Church, Fellowship Deacons, via the Church Office if you see an opportunity to make a difference.