Banner Image:   Baptist-Times-banner-2000x370-
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
    Post     Tweet

Community Family Day at Amesbury Baptist Church 

Amesbury Baptist Church, closed for several months after being caught up in the Novichok events last year, recently held a thank you day for its community. Its minister Barry Davis explains how it went

Amesbury community dayEven when the church was closed last summer, I said that once back inside we would hold a ‘thank you’ day for our community, and especially for the young people who gave up their pocket money to provide soft drinks and ice-creams for the Police and security teams manning our building.

While this time last year we were covered with snow, we decided that 23 March would be the date. Having heard from friends at Downton Baptist Church how they had hired a travelling farm, I could not think of a better attraction to bring the community together. So, Farmer Ian brought with him Max & Ruby (pigmy donkeys), goats, pigs, chickens and two boxes of chicks which could be held. This was in our car-park; inside the church were teams of helpers and children making elephants from four litre milk containers, and more than 130 masks and butterflies.

Our local Co-op had generously supplied hot dogs, baps and soft drinks catering for what we imagined to be 200 attending. To our amazement we had to buy extra food as between 435 (counted inside the church) – 450 (counted outside the church) attended.

Inside the sanctuary, which had to be our overflow dining hall, were areas that explained who are as a church, and a history of our beginnings in 1991. A highlight (and amusement to many) was our filled baptistery where one man said, 'This church has a hot tub!'

At 2pm in the main hall we were joined by three local Police who were caught up in both the Salisbury and Amesbury Novichok events. Sgt Russ Griffin gave a word of thanks, as did I.

While being a great success on the day, it had been covered with prayer, with prayer walks, a 2000 leaflet drop, Spire Fm mentions every hour on the Friday before and Saturday morning, along with many personal invitations to neighbours and local schools.

We give thanks to God and pray for other God-inspired events in reaching out to the ‘never-churched’, a term borrowed from Dennis Pethers.

I can’t wait to see what God has next in store for us!

Pictured is PCSO Tina Roylance, who can be seen holding a chick as well as one on her hat

The Revd Barry Davis is minister of Amesbury Baptist Church. He is also Chaplain to Community Policing, Wiltshire East 

Baptist Times, 16/04/2019
    Post     Tweet
Examples of how Home Mission funds are being used in the West of England Baptist Association
An exhibition which spotlights silenced women of the Bible has taken place in Calne Baptist Church in Wiltshire
Tributes have been paid to Baptist youth and children’s pastor Bob Morris, who died at the weekend
Amesbury Baptist Church, closed for several months following the Novichok events, held a thank you day
Baptist minister Alison Griffiths will become the charity's Pastoral Director for the South of England in January
Fearing our familiarity with Jesus' parables is leading us to missing their application, a lay preacher retells them as poems
The leadership and discipleship initiative for women aged 18-30s is launching in Bristol in February 2018
     Regional News 
    Posted: 05/01/2018
    Posted: 20/09/2017
    Posted: 20/09/2017
    Posted: 26/04/2016
    Posted: 07/02/2016
    Posted: 02/12/2015
    Posted: 21/10/2015
    Posted: 23/09/2015
    Posted: 07/07/2015
    Posted: 14/04/2015
    Posted: 28/01/2015
    Posted: 12/06/2014
    Posted: 09/09/2013
    Posted: 05/09/2013
    Posted: 05/09/2013