On 31st October we held a Light Party. Over the course of the evening we welcomed approximately 60 children and their parents into the sanctuary which was bedecked with fairy lights and posters. Scotty the clown entertained the young people beautifully and the craft tables were busy throughout with children making Lighthouses or Beacons.
Teams were sent out into the town centre (also modelling various sets of fairy lights!) with tracts and sweets to encourage people to consider joining us at the party. We collected together prayers in a prayer space, served hot chocolate and doughnuts to a large number of visitors, including some youth who were passing by in Bell Street. All in all the evening had a wonderful feel and God was clearly with us by His Holy Spirit.
The marquee at the front provided shelter for those who wanted a hot chocolate and doughnut and a chance to chat to people without coming into the church building. We were overwhelmed at the generosity and support of the church this year. A team of well over 20 people got involved and we are so very grateful to everyone. Please continue to pray that those who were there on the evening will reflect on what they have seen and heard and that the Light of Christ will work in their lives.
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.