West Bromwich Baptist Church
The Baptist Fellowship in West Bromwich has always sought to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to people in this locality and beyond. This mission is the centre of our witness. Throughout the 219 years of Baptist presence in this town, God has blessed and maintained the work Baptists have undertaken. This does not mean that we’ve 'got it right', rather 'God is faithful and true'.
There have been tremendous social changes in each generation, and our present fellowship are a faithful people who desire to serve God in the time and place he has set us. Following thoughtful prayer, the members knew finances were becoming tight but agreed that the church could sustain a part time minister and Michael Woodall, who had just completed his training at Bristol Baptist College, was called to be the minister. He is the youngest minister in our church history and all are willing for Mike to assist us on this journey of faith.
In September 2013 Mike began his ministry here at West Bromwich Baptist Church as a part time minister. With finances becoming tight and the fellowship unable to support a full-time Minister, a successful Baptist Union Home Mission Grant application has enabled us to follow support Mike’s stipend.
The Lord has been leading us into 'trying new things'. As food plays a major part in our outreach activities, God has enabled the church over the last ten months to begin a weekly, now very popular Luncheon Club. Diners average 12-14, with at least six volunteers. Some have started attending the church on a regular basis. Another new initiative is the young people’s cell group which is led by Mike and one of our deacons, with six in that group. Messy Church - a new expression of Sunday service held every other month - is 'seeker friendly' and has been attracting the families of folks who are already have a link with the church. Attendance is at least a third more than usual.
Mike's youthfulness most definitely has brought a new feel to the church. We have had six baptisms in the last 22 months. He has God’s heart to serve his people. He is practical and under his guidance the elders and deacons have had a 'Visioning/Away Day' where they sought together the Lord’s will for such a time as now. This is a work in progress.
The church has a number of term-time weekly community activities such as; Toddler Group to which 20+ attend, Kid Club with 26 regulars, Girl Guides with 7 on the roll and Brownies with 12 on the roll. We also have 15 attending our 'U Choose Youth Project'. Our Coffee Stop continues to develop relationships with new folks.
Our Holiday Bible Club which is held during the summer holidays for primary aged children gives the church opportunities for friendship evangelism with their parents. Approximately 20 attend. There are a number of other activities which WBBC are involved in which do not need to be mentioned as this article is about what the support of Home Mission has enabled us to do. 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, a note of thanks to all churches who have given to Home Mission, as it’s enabled God’s vision to be fulfilled.
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