God’s love in word and action
It took a step of faith, but the Lord is definitely leading West Bromwich Baptist Church into new things!
Finances had become tight, but following thoughtful prayer, members agreed the church could aim to sustain a part-time minister.
That’s how, with Home Mission support, locally-born Michael Woodall duly become the youngest minister in the church’s history when called in 2013.
Michael is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus, and under his leadership the fellowship has been intentionally trying to reach its community to show God’s love in word and action.
An obvious example is its new weekly Tantany Lunch Club, named after the estate in which the church is situated. Served by 12 church volunteers (including secretary Sarah Thomas, a professional caterer by trade) the club provides a first-rate weekly meal to people in the estate.
Growing steadily, the club served a three course Christmas dinner to 40 people last year. A number attended the Christmas carol service a few days later, while several attend the church on regular basis.
‘The idea of a lunch club enables us as a church to offer friendship to the lonely, a meal to the hungry and the love of Jesus to everyone we get through the door,’ explains Michael.
‘It provides opportunity to share a relevant gospel message from time to time, but also a weekly chance to speak and develop relationships with local people from the community.
‘I am sure that these friendships give powerful witness to the message of Christ.’
The welcome provided by the lunch club is reflected in other areas of church life, which now includes a new young people’s cell group, Messy Church, a toddler group and the ‘U Choose Youth Project’, a project that works with young people, particularly those who are not in education.
And this is only a snapshot of its activities. In each of the areas the church serves, the bonds with its community are strengthening and the church is becoming a genuinely welcoming space for many. It has been blessed with six baptisms in the last 22 months.
‘Since Mike’s arrival, the The Lord has been leading us into 'trying new things',’ adds Sarah.
‘We are, by the power of the Holy Spirit, being equipped and empowered to put God’s plan in action.
‘On behalf of everyone at West Bromwich Baptist Church, we give thanks to all churches who have given to Home Mission.’
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