Fleckney Baptist Church:
Relevant Faith in a Relative World
It is always a challenge addressing the question: “how can we make faith relevant in these days of relativism?” Yet it is a question which every church must continually ask if it is going to effectively impact its local community, and really “scratch where people itch”. Of course what this means for any given community will be different; the same Gospel, but applied and demonstrated in ways unique to the community within which the church is based, and utilising the specific people making up the church in that context.
This was certainly the style of Jesus. No formulaic method, instead reacting and responding to the specific people and situations he was faced with.
What does this mean for Fleckney?
Yet the challenge to connect effectively with the large number of people who make up our fringe remains a constant pressure on limited resources. Every week nearly a hundred children attend our mid week groups. Over 30 mums (and a few dads) attending our parent and toddler group. How can we effectively build relationships with these folk?
The food bank we established last autumn has been providing food for those in the community struggling to have enough to eat.
The CAP money course has helped people to handle their finances more effectively.
The Parenting course has been a tool to help equip parents to face the challenges of parenting.
Probably our greatest encouragement is with our Young people, who are enthusiastic, and stepping out in faith. This group is significantly growing in their walk with God and are moving forward empowered by the Holy Spirit. About a dozen will be attending Soul Survivor this summer.
We face many challenges, but as we look forward, we expectantly claim the truths of our verse for the year as we seek to be “strong and very courageous, for the Lord our God goes with us”.
The Revd Andy Twilley
Minister: Fleckney Baptist Church
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