The Association of Grace Baptist Churches (west anglia) is an association of independent Baptist Churches in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire. Churches subscribe to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith and/or the Strict Baptist Affirmation of Faith,
The purpose of this web-site is to provide:-
Information about churches in the Association. Where they are; when they meet; what they are doing; who to contact if you want to know more. Click here to find out more.
News and reports about Association events; meetings that are taking place; and missionaries supported by Association churches.
Prayer for each other. It hoped that this can be up-dated regularly so that Association churches can support each other, be aware of the needs of individuals and keep up to date with the prayer requests of our missionaries. Click here to find out about current prayer requests and here to find out how to receive prayer letters from local missionaries.
Sharing of material over the internet. Several churches have their own web sites and links to them are found on this page. Click here to listen to sermons preached at Association churches.
The 2014 Association Seminar will take place on Saturday 8 February at Deeping Baptist Church. This year we have two speakers who are addressing very real and practical issues facing today's church. We are commanded to go into all the world with the gospel but there are 'people groups' on our own doorsteps who we struggle to reach with the gospel - those with Learning Disabilities and those with Dementia. The problem is not a lack of desire or wilful disobedience but a lack of knowledge. It is our prayer that these two seminars will give us the knowledge that we need.
1000am – 1100am "Making church accessible to people with learning disabilities," by David Whitmarsh of the Lodge Trust.
There will be refreshments served from 9:30am and between the two sessions. It is open to all and the aim is to challenge all of us - not just those directly affected by these issues or in church leadership.
There is ample parking at the church and the website provides detailed instructions on the church's location.
Both speakers are recognised as experts in these fields.
Following training in accountancy David Whitmarsh studied Theology at The Irish Baptist College in the eighties before pastoring Baptist churches in Cheddar and Paulsgrove, Portsmouth. In 2001 he became the Finance Officer of AGBC(SE). Since 2010 David has been CEO of The Lodge Trust, based in Market Overton, Rutland which specialises in providing Christian support to people with learning disabilities. The charity also runs a Country Park with a Cafe, Log Cabins and caravan pitches which provides meaningful work for the residents
Roger Hitchings retired two years ago after pastoring a church in the East Midlands for 15 years. Before that he worked for 25 years in social welfare. He regularly speaks at conferences and gives seminars on aging issues from a biblical perspective, and has also written extensively on these subjects.
There will be a meeting from 4:15pm to 5:00pm where Adam will speak about the Gateway Project. There is a Bring and Share Tea from 5:15pm to 6:15pm. The Association Meeting, where Adam will preach, start at 6:15pm and will be finished by 7:30pm.
Adam was Pastor at Southport before moving to Kent to work with the Gateway Project. He is the Church Planter / Team Leader for the Project. He lives in Gravesend with his wife and their family.
On the project's website he introduces himself in this way, “I had no real knowledge of God or Jesus until I met a Christian at University. This was the first “real” Christian I ‘d ever met and he impressed me greatly because his life matched his words. After several months of searching, reading the Bible and talking with my friend, I became a Christian in my study-room! After Uni, I spent 5 years as a Teacher, before training for the Christian Ministry. I’ve been the Pastor of “Grace Baptist Church, Southport,” for 11 years before moving to Gravesend to work with the Gateway Project.”
As to the Project itself, it began as a vision from the South East Association of Grace Baptist Churches who wanted, with God’s help, to plant vibrant, contemporary churches in Kent, Essex and London. The initial plan was to work in the "Thames Gateway", a huge Government project to develop new urban areas along the River Thames (The so-called, “Gateway to London.”). When the government project stalled the Gateway Project did not. Instead the Gateway Team looked again at the existing communities of Gravesend & Northfleet. These are large populations served by a small number of Gospel-focused, Bible centred churches. They believe that there is room for a new, house based approach to church.
You can read more about the project on their website
Please encourage your people to come to these meetings. The Gateway Project should encourage us as an Association as it shows what can be achieved by churches helping each other to take God's work forward. The Project also shows how a small group of people can be effective for God as witnesses in their local community. They don't have huge resources but they do seek "to live as passionate Christians in their everyday lives – with the ordinary folk they know – to win others for Jesus." That is what we also do and the meeting will be an opportunity for us to encourage them and them to encourage us.
If you need any more details about the meeting please contact the secretary,
The Association AGM will take place on Monday 30 September at Potton Baptist Church. The meeting will start at 7:30pm and will include some reports from churches to encourage and give news for prayer.
Agendas, accounts and minutes of the last meeting have been sent out via e-mail. If further copies are required please contact the Secretary.
The Picnic returns to Hinchingbrooke Country Park - hopefully to sunshine rather than last year's downpour! We will be there from midday to 4:00pm and this year have the use of one of the rooms in the Countryside Centre. As we have use of the centre there is limited car-parking for disabled visitors at the centre and a 'drop-off' point. Car-parking on the main car-park is free AS LONG AS a pass is displayed. This can be e-mailed to you before the 6 July or you can pick up a pass on the day.
There are some limits on the number of passes that we can give out and the number of people that can be in the centre at any time so it would be helpful if you could let us know in advance how many are coming BUT please feel free to turn up on the day even if you have not let us know if you are coming.
For more details before the 6 July please contact Andrew Keen on 07977 927753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On the day itself please contact Jonathan Chell on 07801293552
We can confirm the details for the 2013 Association Meetings.
4:15pm to 5:00pm – ‘The Gateway Project’ planting contemporary churches in ‘The Thames Gateway’
5:15pm to 6:15pm – Tea
6:15pm to 7:30pm - Preaching service
At 4:15pm Adam will take a session introducing the Gateway Project to us and explaining how they are planting a new church in Gravesend with a focus on “simple church, costly discipleship, everyday evangelism.” There will then be a shared tea followed by the Main Meeting where Adam will preach
What is the Gateway Project?
The Gateway Project began as a vision to plant new churches. Their website says: - "To be precise, the South East Association of Grace Baptist Churches wanted, with God’s help, to plant vibrant, contemporary churches in Kent, Essex and London.. Gateway? This refers to "The Thames Gateway," a huge Government project to develop new urban areas along the River Thames (The so-called, "Gateway to London."). After several years of prayer and consultation, the proposed new town of Ebbsfleet was believed to be the best place to start a house-based network of Grace Baptist Churches. Gravesend? The Lord has a way of changing our plans! Given the delays to Ebbsfleet, the Gateway Team looked again at the existing communities of Gravesend & Northfleet. These are large populations served by a small number of Gospel-focused, Bible centred churches. We believe there is room for a new, house based approach to church."
The Association Meal will take place on Saturday 20 April at Whittlesey Baptist Church. This is the same day as the Anniversary Service at Salem (which is at 3:00pm) but they have kindly said that they do not mind the Meal being on the same date. If you are planning to attend the services at Ramsey and do not have time to get home between the two events, there will be people at Whittlesey church from about 5:00pm onwards and you are very welcome to arrive early and have a pre-meal tea or coffee!
The meal is at Whittlesey and will start at 6:45pm for 7:00pm. We will be asking a contribution of £5:00 per person (maximum £10:00 per family) to cover the cost of the meal.
Any member of a church or older child of a member is welcome at the meal. If you want to come please let Andrew Keen know on email@example.com or on 07977 927753. If you book before 2 April we will guarantee you a place at the meal; if after that date we will do our best to fit you in but it will be ‘subject to availability.’
UPDATE!! -THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE
As well as being an opportunity to meet together as Christians and encourage one another, the meal is a good opportunity to introduce people to the Association and give them an opportunity to get to know people from other churches.
The GBWA is holding a Fellowship Day on Tuesday 21 May. The meeting is at Warboys Grace Baptist Church and is from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The day will include a quiz, singing in sign language, a lunch and a bible message.
Pioneer Camp provides "a great holiday in a Christian environment for young people to enjoy the outdoor life and to join in activities with friends." You can read about them on their website.
They have recently sent out a letter to us inviting discussion on some aspects of their future ministry and how churches can help them. A copy of the letter has been sent to the churches but if you would like to receive a copy please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and a copy will be sent to you.
Colin Grimwood spoke to us on the subject of the local church for our 2013 seminar. The three talks that he gave are available on the "Salem", Ramsey website. Please click here to access the church's Sermons page and scroll down the section titled "Special Events."
The next area prayer meeting is being held on Wednesday 27th March at Potton Baptist Church. For further details please contact the church or Pastor David Smith. At this meeting reports will be presented by the churches at Potton, Needingworth, Over, Harrold and Carlton, Irthlingborough and Cambridge.
There is an area prayer meeting at 7:45pm on 13 June 2013 at Deeping. At this meeting reports will be given by Deeping, March, Salem Ramsey, Great Whyte Ramsey, Warboys and Whittlesey. For more details please contact the church or Pastor Jonathan Chell.
All are welcome to both meetings. Refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting.
Further prayer meetings for the year are planned at Salem, Ramsey on 10th September, Over on 12 September and Warboys on 10th December.
The afternoon meeting is from 3:00pm to 4:45pm and will include presentations from Graham and Sally Jones who are supporting Pastors in Western Kenya and from Brian Ellis who has worked for many years in the Philippines and can share encouraging news of growth in these churches. There will be a meeting for children with their own activities and speakers during this session. The meetings will be chaired by John McDonald who retires from GBM this autumn.
From 4:45pm to 6:00pm there will be a Bring and Share tea.
The evening meeting will be from 6:00pm to 7:15pm and during this meeting Brian Ellis will preach.
There will be an offering taken for the work of Grace Baptist Mission during both meetings.
In an age when people can listen to sermons preached on the other side of the Atlantic, read in the comfort of their own living-room the words of the great preachers of the past, have friends all over the world through 'social media', and receive face to face pastoral counselling via Skype - What's the Point of the Local Church?
Colin will tackle this subject. He will show from the Bible, that the local church is the place where God loves to meet with his people, where they can receive the benefits of pastoral ministry and where members can support and encourage one another.
There are three sessions. You are welcome to all but each session 'stands alone' so you will benefit if you can only come to one. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussions after each session with a time of prayer at the end of the seminar.
The time-table of the day is as follows.
9:30am to 10:00am - Coffee and welcome
10:00am to 10:45am - Session 1. What's the point of the local church? CorporateWorship. The church is where God loves to meet with his assembled people.
10:55am to 11:40am - Session 2. What's the point of the local church? Pastoral Care.The benefits of the pastoral ministry to Christ's people.
11:40am to 12:10pm - Coffee Break
12:10pm to 1:00pm - Session 3. What's the point of the local church? Christian Fellowship How the local church provides for mutual support and encouragement.
Everyone is welcome to come. The Seminar is suitable for all church members and their families to attend. It is intended to allow an opportunity for more detailed study than can be done at home and to show the depths of knowledge that are found in Scripture. It is hoped that from this will grow a desire to study the Scriptures more, making use of the many resources that are available to us.
Further details will be sent out closer to the event. The speaker at our Seminar is Pastor Colin Grimwood and the theme of the mission meetings will be 'Kenya' with several of the missionaries from Kenya being able to attend and take part.
Please pray for these events and, if you are able to do so, join with us and enjoy fellowship together.
The following are included on the website to show the nature of the work of the Association.
Our Association Meetings are to take place at Warboys on Saturday 13 October 2012. Our speaker will be John Mark Teeuwen. John Mark was Pastor at Needingworth before moving to Swindon to work with UFM as their Assistant Director..
There will be a bring and share tea from 5:15pm to 6:15pm which will give an opportunity for fellowship. The meeting will be from 6:15pm to 7:15pm and will be followed by refreshments.
Further details have been sent to the churches. To see a copy of the poster advertising the meeting please click here. If more details are needed please contact Andrew Keen on 07977 927753.
We are experimenting this year with having the AGM separate to the Association meetings.
The AGM will be held on Monday 1 October at 7:30pm at Potton. Further details and agendas will be sent to the churches during September.
There are two area prayer meetings in September. On Thursday 13th September there is a meeting at March with news from Whittlesey, Warboys, Salem, Great Whyte, March and Deeping.
On 25 September there will be a meeting at Over with news from Over, Potton, Cambridge, Needingworth, Harrold and Carlton, and Irthlingborough.
Meetings will start at 7:45pm. More details will be available from the churches.
Whittlesey Baptist Church have arranged two missionary meetings for September. Come along and here these speakers - and see the new carpark at Whittlesey!
Wednesday 19th September at 7:30 pm – Mike and Vi Webb will be speaking. They have just returned from Sierra Leone. They have many links with this area and it will be good to see them again.
Wednesday 26th September at 7:30 pm – Malcolm and Ruth Firth. They are members at Whittlesey and Malcolm was originally from Over. They are missionaries in Riga, Latvia
On Saturday 27 October Grace Baptist Mission are holding their Annual Meetings at Friends House, Euston, London. The afternoon will include a main presentation called ‘Destination Asia’. There will also be two sessions after lunch where a number of missionaries will be reporting on their work. The day begins at 11am with the delegates' meeting, alongside which there will be two other missionary presentations. The day ends with evening worship at 5.45pm, which finishes at 7pm. The main speaker at the evening meeting will be Malcolm Firth. More details can be found here.
The annual Association Picnic will take place on Saturday 7 July. We will again meet at Hinchingbrooke Park from midday to 4:00pm. Please bring your own picnic food and equipment but we will provide games, fellowship and activities. It is the third year that we have held the picnic; numbers have increased each year and it is a great opportunity to get to know one another better.
There will be a meeting for young people and older children (school year seven and above) at Potton Baptist Chapel on Saturday 16 June 2012. It starts at 3:00pm and includes games and a BBQ.
The church at March are hosting an illustrated lecture on John Bunyan. It will tae place on Saturday 16 June at 8:00pm. Known primarily for writing THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, Bunyan was a pioneer in expressing his Baptist faith; ultimately serving a total of twelve years in prison simply for holding to baptism by immersion for believers only.The speaker will be author and retired Pastor, Stan Evers from Potton.
All are welcome to attend. Admissiom is free.
Grace Baptist Mission Area Rally takes place on 21 April at Potton Baptist Church. The theme is "Asians in Britain." The speakers at the afternoon meeting are Nicola Edkins and Nathan Javed. In the evening John McDonald will be preaching and speaking about GBM's work in India.
During the afternoon meeting there will be a children's programme and between the two meetings there is a Bring and Share Tea.
The Programme for the afternoon is as follows:
3.15pm Nathan Javed — Planting a new church among Bradford’s Asians
4.00pm Nicola Edkins — Behind the veil—reaching Asian women in Britain
4.45pm Bring and share Tea
6.00pm Evening worship -
Presentation — GBM’s continuing interest in India
Ministry from John McDonald
The first Association event of 2012 is the Association Seminar. It is taking place on Saturday 14 January at March Baptist Church.
Stan Evers, recently retired as Pastor from Potton, is the speaker. He has a book awaiting publication on Doxologies from the Old Testament and has been commissioned to write a book on Doxologies in the New Testament. He will speak to us on three occasions, "Exploring Doxologies in the Book of Revelation." The three sessions will be on the Saviour's Love (Revelation 1:4-7), the Saviour's Wrath (Revelation 11:5-19) and the Saviour's Coming (Revelation 22:20-21).
The Seminar is suitable for all church members and their families to attend. It is intended to allow an opportunity for more further study than can be done at home and to show the depths of knowledge that are found in Scripture. It is hoped that from this will grow a desire to study the Scriptures more, making use of the many resources that are available to us.
The Seminar starts with coffee from 9:00am to 9:30am. The three seminars will be from 9:30am to 10:10am, 10:20am to 11:00am and 11:30am to 12:10pm. There will be a coffee break from 11:00am to 11:30am and the morning will conclude with a time of questions and prayer finishing by 12:30am. Please feel free to come to all sessions or to just one.
Please click on the link below to open an A4 poster which sets out further details including a summary of each Seminar.
The following are the dates of the Association Meetings for 2012.
If there are any dates from your church calendar that you wish to be included on this site please contact us.
Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Annual General Meeting
Area Prayer Meetings
Great Whyte, Ramsey
General Committee Meetings
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