Let's Get Together

Small Groups

Refresh

About every three weeks in term time on Monday @ 9.30am: Katie Burtonshaw.

Nurture

Wednesdays at 8pm: dates as arranged: Jenny Breakspear.

Men's Bible Study

Mondays at 8pm: dates as arranged: Merril Baptist.

Encouragement Group

One Thursday per month at 1.30pm; dates as arranged: Maynard Newman.

 

For men: Occasional Film and curry evenings.

Breakfast: Second Saturday at 8am.

For ladies: Occasional away days and retreats: Caroline Jessup.

Ladies Prayer Breakfast: Third Saturday at 8.30am: Jill Mumford.

 

Home Groups: The first line of pastoral care

Dates and times as arranged. (Groups meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesday or Wednesday)

There are five homegroups led by:  

Sid Ancient & Ken Medhurst
Merril & Jane Baptist
Maynard & Joan Newman
Kevin & Michelle Wright
Kent & Alex Gamby

Here For all Ages

Across The Ages

Children

Sunday School, during Morning Service: Katie Burtonshaw.

Monday: 6pm: Girls' Brigade.

Young People

Sunday Morning & Thursday Evening (Ignite); Soul Survivor: Richard Dowling.

Parents and Toddlers 

Wednesday Morning: 10am – 11.45: Katie Burtonshaw.

Messy Church

First Saturday from 4 - 6pm; Phil & Sheila Simmons.

(Children must be accompanied by an adult)

For families, just turn up on the day for crafts, games, songs, a story and food, and its all FREE.

Singles

We would like someone to work across the churches in Orpington, to get something going for single people.

OVER 60s: Caroline Jessup

Indoor or 'short mat' bowls group meet from 2 - 4pm on a Monday afternoon.  While others are playing, there is always plenty of time to chat over tea and biscuits. Michael Pretty & David Waters.

The Tea Room is open on the first Wednesday of the month from 2 - 4pm, with lovely cakes, tea and coffee, the atmosphere is relaxed and chatty.  Sometimes there is an activity or a speaker; the police and other local people drop in to advise and help: Caroline Jessup.

The Lilac Lounge Lunches are cooked on the third Wednesday at 12.30pm:  and are particularly for the elderly or those who live alone, but everyone is welcome. There is no charge, they are run on a donation basis: Lisa Bryan and Jeanette Swift.

Here To Minister

Communion

The Lord Jesus, on the night before He died, broke bread with His disciples and told them, to keep doing this, to remember Him, until He returns. We have what is called an 'Open Table,' which means that all those who love God and have asked Jesus to be their Saviour, are welcome to share in the taking of the bread and wine. Once a month in the morning, we are seeking to make the communion a central part of our service and in the evening we use it as an opportunity for ministry.

Membership

If someone asks to come into membership, they are interviewed and if they have committed their life to following Jesus, we are happy to accept them.  They do not have to have been baptised, but we consider membership to be a privilege and a commitment to find their place in the church family and to use the gifting that God has given them, to serve others.

Dedication of Babies

We bring babies and children in a service of dedication; thanking God for preserving the life of the mother and welcoming the child into the church family. If the parents don't believe, or don't belong to the church, we are very please to have a service of blessing over the child and the family.

Baptism

In the Great Commission – Matthew 28.19 – Jesus called his followers to , 'Make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.' On confession of a person's faith in Jesus, and their willingness to turn away from sin, we baptise by complete immersion. We have baptised people aged from 11 to 90!

Marriages

If you are interested in getting married at our Church, we would be very happy to meet with you and discuss it further.

Funerals

We are happy to do anything we can to help those who have been bereaved. The pastors can either take a funeral, cremation or memorial service. We do usually also have a service of remembrance on the first Sunday in November.

Giving

We have always tried not to speak much about money as we see giving as a personal issue that should be a part of our life if we are following Jesus and, as it can be costly to run a church fellowship, we appreciate those who see it as part of their commitment.  Giving can be as part of worship at the Sunday services, or through a bank, by Standing Order. Those who give regularly can fill in a form for us to reclaim tax. We are seeking to be a generous church that blesses others as the Lord has blessed us.

Here To Reach Out

Prayer

your kingdom come

We are committed to praying at the church, although much of the prayer is done individually at home and in small groups.  Our pastor John and our worship leader Chris can often be found just walking around the church, bringing people and issues to the Lord. The Pastors and Ministry Team will pray for anyone who requests it. Our Evangelism Team use a small booklet called 'Try Praying,' to give to anyone who might find it helpful.

PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens
Pray according to the Word of God – not according to your expectations (or lack of them!) 

There are various small prayer groups that meet during the week and also organised prayer walks. Pam Marley runs a Prayer Chain that is well used when there are emergencies and Yvonne Pressdee send similar messages to those on e mail.

Regular Times: Thursday 7am and 7pm:

First and Third Fridays: 8pm at Newman's.

First Thursday: 'Prayer for Harry' at Gamby's.

Evangelism

Simon Swift heads up our Evangelism team, going out regularly with the cross.

Holy Spirit

(HOTS) Healing On The Street

Here for such a time as this

The team is led by Mike Ruffhead and go out into the High Street on the first Saturday morning each month, to pray for people passing by; however, they are getting known and there are now people who come back each month to talk and pray.

Fareshare

Jeanette Swift collects stuff that's past it's 'sell by date,' from a local supermarket.  Some of the food is used for our 'Lilac lounge Lunch,' and the rest is put out on Sunday morning for the congregation to take, for which they leave a donation. In 3-4 months we have collected enough to 'twin' eight toilets. (that means that eight toilets have been built in various place in the Third World – Africa, South America, the Far East) Now we are building a home for a disabled man and his family (Denis, Ernest and Beth) in Kenya, working with Footsteps International. Liz Elms and others do regular sponsored marathons and walks, to help top up the donations.

Foodbank

Bob & Jill Mumford collect all food items donated and take them to the Foodbank base.

Resources

Joan & Maynard Newman keep the library stocked and also get copies of DVDs, magazines and journals that people may find helpful.

Safeguarding

Val Ruffhead heads up our Safeguarding
 Programme and is also involved with the Youth team, Events Team and the Worship Team. 

Social Concern

Merril Baptist keeps us up to date with issues that we need to pray about or act on.

The Wider Church

Jackie Rowling is an evangelist, pray-er and part of the worship group – and wherever else she is needed.  She keeps us in touch with the Women's World Day of Prayer and keeps in contact with four other village churches (Five Villages Together)

 

Yvonne Pressdee represents the church at Churches together in Orpington and we are part of the London Baptist Association (LBA), the Baptist Union (BU) and the Evangelical Alliance. (EA)

 

John & Yvonne are part of the South East Prayer Leaders Team, Transform Bromley and REFORM (Catholics and Protestants working together)

Community

As part of the community, our building is also used by the AA, an Art Group, Craft Club, the Safer Neighbourhood Team and 'Prayer for Israel.'