Welcome to our new Minister
We're very pleased (and excited!) to report that on Saturday 1st July Romsey Baptist Church welcomed Jonathan Beer (third from left) as its new Minister. The church was packed for a service of induction and the congregation included Caroline Nokes MP, Cllr. Ian Hibberd (Romsey Town Mayor) and Cllr. Ian Carr (Deputy Mayor of Test Valley), along with members and friends of the church, other Romsey clergy, many of Jonathan's former colleagues from IBM UK and family and friends of Jonathan and his wife Rebecca. Rev. Colin Norris, the Regional Minister of the Southern Counties Baptist Association, led the induction in which Jonathan reaffirmed his faith and commitment to the church and the congregation promised to support Jonathan and Rebecca.
Rev. David Abernethie, a friend of Jonathan, gave the address, basing his sermon on Acts 11 and the church at Antioch where the followers of Christ were first called 'Christians'. Following the formalities a cream tea, served in a marquee erected on the church forecourt, was enjoyed by all.
Jonathan & Rebecca have been members of Romsey Baptist Church for a number of years and latterly Jonathan has been a church worker in his spare time. During the induction service he described how he felt the call of God to the ministry and how that led him to leave his job and become Minister of this church. Jonathan will be undertaking part time studies at Regents College, Oxford.
Our Girls' Brigade held a fundraising evening in June to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, Southampton, which cares for the families of children receiving treatment in the Southampton General Hospital and the Princess Anne. Girls were encouraged to bring a donation of coins with which they made a line on the floor. The line of coins stretched for 68.7 metres (225 ft) up and down the stairs and around the upstairs rooms at church and raised £71.36 for the charity.
Since opening, the Southampton Ronald McDonald House has helped more than 2,000 families stay close to their children in hospital, and in order to continue to keep families close, the House needs support.
Southern Counties Baptist Association Frank Boyd Golf Shield Romsey Baptist Church retained the trophy again this year at Wellow Golf Club! Congratulations to Jeremy, Graham, Matt and Mike who battled through the rain and strong winds to win the trophy for the third time in four years, beating nine other Baptist church teams in the area.
Andy completed his Muskathlon bike ride in Uganda in May with The 4th Musketeer to raise money for Compassion - watch this presentation for details.