A Good News Story from Fernhill Heath Baptist Church
In 2003 Fernhill Heath Baptist Church (FHBC) appointed a minister in training on 50% Home Mission support. That is 50% of a 50% stipend! By 2013, the church was on 0% Home Mission, with a full-time minister. Behind these statistics lies a journey of faith.
The village of Fernhill Heath is situated on the edge of Worcester and has a population of about 2,500 people. Like many small churches it has a big heart to share the light of Christ in the community and beyond. Growth in terms of faith and numbers has not been spectacular, but gradual.
During an early Home Mission visit to the church, the question was posed, “what do you do regarding mission?” The answer was “we don’t do mission, we are mission!”
So whether in one of the church activities such as 'Open the Book' school assemblies, or Wednesday Morning Ladies (keep fit) group, or Thursday Diners (lunch club), or Snack and Chat (monthly café), or the Green Team initiatives, or the GMC (Grumpy Men’s Club), or whether in our personal encounters as Christians, the vision in Christ’s name is to be instruments of grace and channels of blessing. In other words, to be church.
This also means we take our partnership in the gospel very seriously with those around the world. This includes prayerful and practical support with our BMS link missioner, regular BMS news and prayer support during services, a partnership with Emmanuel Cathedral in Arua, Uganda and support for New Life Baptist Church in Malawi….. and to think without Home Mission support, this journey of faith may never have happened!
This photo, taken in August 2014 shows the Revd Jeff Porter, Minister of FHBC, handing over $100 gift to the Chairman of the Father’s Union at Emmanuel Cathedral, Arua, Uganda, Mr Aritua Jowett Louis ('Uncle Joe'). The gift was from the 'Grumpy Men’s Club' and was raised during the GMC’s annual Christians in Sport Quiz.
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