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

Baptist Church Finds Connections with Hungarian Twin 

November 2012

Members of a Baptist church in Cambridgeshire have just returned from a first successful twinning trip to Hungary where they discovered much more in common than they expected

Godmanchester has been twinned with the Hungarian town of Szentendre for a number of years - and recently the English Baptist church decided to see if there was a comparable church to link up with.Baptist church finds connectio

Much to their surprise, there was. 'We were amazed to find a Baptist church there much like ours,' explained senior pastor the Revd John Smith, 'facing the same challenges of a growing congregation in a beautiful town.'

The team spent time with their church leaders describing some of their church life, worshipping at the church on the Sunday morning as well as sightseeing in Szentendre and Budapest.

'Both church buildings are found in residential areas with parking problems, and with growing attendance', said John.

'However, our Hungarian friends are able to purchase a large piece of land on the edge of town for a new building. It's something we could only dream about doing here in the UK.'
During the visit the group attended a British themed evening for over a hundred young adults.

'We were asked to tell them about some British customs, so I told them about Guy Fawkes night', said Rachel Johnson, 'I even tried some of it in Hungarian.' Others explained about subjects ranging from village vegetable competitions and the British weather to what happens under the mistletoe.

The trip has strengthened the connections between the churches and plans are being drawn up for young people from Szentendre to travel to Godmanchester next year, as well as the sharing of resources, ideas and news on a regular basis.

Ann Newman, another team member, said, 'We were overwhelmed by the hospitality, gifts and love we were shown by the church. We hope we can do the same when they next visit us.'

More than 300 churches with a total of around 11,500 members belong to the Baptist Union of Hungary.

    Post     Tweet
Examples of how Home Mission funds are being used in the Eastern Baptist Association
Barrister and senior coroner for Essex Caroline Beasley-Murray was among the recipients in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020
People on the margins in Southend have been supported throughout lockdown by an emergency fund with two Baptist ministers at its heart
To commemorate the 220th anniversary of Garland Street Baptist Church in Bury St. Edmunds, a new book presents the church’s role in the town, across East Anglia, and beyond. Author and church member Terry Tyrell introduces it
Two Baptist ministers in Southend have helped to create an emergency fund that has supported those badly affected during the pandemic
Dereham Baptist Church marked its 237th anniversary with a special meditation on Psalm 23, put together by some of its congregation in lockdown. Lead minister Nigel Bayley explains more
A number of churches in and around Cambridge are inviting those who 'don't do church' to give prayer a try. Little did they realise launch of the initiative would coincide with Covid-19 and a time of increased anxiety and fear
     Regional News 
    Posted: 03/06/2019
    Posted: 18/10/2018
    Posted: 03/10/2018
    Posted: 19/01/2018
    Posted: 20/10/2017
    Posted: 05/09/2017
    Posted: 10/01/2017
    Posted: 01/09/2016
    Posted: 24/08/2016