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Chiddingfold Baptist Church, in the South Eastern Baptist Association, is supported by Home Mission. Minister Ian O’Herlihy shares the story
Today Chiddingfold Baptist church is a fellowship of around 40 who continue to seek to carry the torch of witness to a new generation. There is a healthy balance of female/male members and the range of age of those who attend varies quite consistently with the exception of those aged 18 - 30 who are an age group we are making every effort to engage. Chiddingfold Baptist Church seeks to be at its centre a biblical and evangelical fellowship that has the following mission statement:
We exist to bring people to a relationship with Jesus Christ and to express that new life in the love and work of the church family and local community
Three things to praise God for:
How are things at the Church generally?
Things at Chiddingfold Baptist Church continue to change. Over the last year we have seen many challenges and successes together. Messy Church which we celebrated at Christmas by hosting a party at the village hall was a real highlight and being the second such Christmas party was bigger and better than the year before. Our small but growing creative arts group is something we are hoping to continue to grow and we hope it can become a real base for community outreach. Contact with the wider community is growing through our commitment to evangelism and we have even been out door-to-door getting to know the community a bit more, one house at a time. We are currently facing some difficult times and decisions but the future is bright for Chiddingfold Baptist Church and we continue to walk into tomorrow with faith, hope and love.
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