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Page last updated 17 December, 2017

© Malvern Baptist Church, 2017

MALVERN BAPTIST CHURCH

CHURCH NEWS

News of the Church Family, for our intercessions:

Our prayers will be for God’s rich blessings on all named and unnamed; in physical, mental, emotional or spiritual needs.


Our prayers of thanksgiving:

‘Thunder in the desert! “Prepare for God’s arrival!

Make the road straight and smooth, a highway for our God.

Fill in the valleys, level off the hills,

Smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks.

Then God’s bright glory will shine and everyone will see it.

Yes. Just as God has said.”’ Praise Him, Emanuel.

                                 (Isaiah 40:3-5 The Message)


Our prayers of petition:

Joan P. as she grieves for Barry who died suddenly this week, and for the rest of Barry's family


Rose P. who is recovering after a broken hip


Simon M. for healing of an injured back


John J. for strength in his recovery  


Please continue to hold in prayer those who are infirm or have long-term illnesses and have asked for regular prayer : Ilfa J. , Megan L.,  Jean & Colin P.


These (and others) are prayed for on a 3 weekly cycle. If you would like to be added to this list please let Rev Dave Clarke know. Personal details are in the newssheet which you can find in the Regulars Section.


In the Church Community we remember this week: John James, Ruth and Ian Jinks, Diane and Robin Jones, Ilfa Jones, Dagmara Jaworek and Rakesh Kumar, Florence Kisten, Renee Laashaus.


Please send any prayer requests for next Sunday’s News of the Church Family, to prayers@malvernbaptistchurch.org.uk. or telephone 01684 562426 before 12.00pm Wednesday. Celebratory news, which we can praise God for, is very welcome too! (1Ch 5:20).


Janet Stewart

Janet's funeral has been fixed for Thursday 21st December. We are very conscious that the date is not convenient for everyone, but it is the ONLY date available this side of Christmas. The alternative would be in the New Year. The Crematorium service will be held in the Worcester Crem (Astwood Cemetery, Tintern Avenue, Worcester, WR3 8HA) at 1:00 pm, followed by a Thanksgiving Service in Malvern Baptist Church (Abbey Road, Malvern, WR14 3HG), at 2:30 pm. Followed by refreshments in the Church Hall.


Coffee Rota 2018

I have 3-4 vacancies on the coffee Rota for the coming year. Can you help? Contact Joy 01684-572899. Will need to print new rota by end of December.



Christmas cards or gifts from the Leprosy Mission

There’s still time if you want to order Christmas cards or gifts from the Leprosy Mission catalogues available in the vestibule. If you give your order to Alison Ayling you won’t have to pay postage.


Publicity Distribution Help

Flyers advertising the Christmas Services are now available.  Please take some to use to invite your friends, neighbours, and family to church this Christmas.  Also if you can spend an hour or so delivering flyers to the streets around the church building over the next couple of weeks please see Dave Clarke.  



Christmas Cards

If you want to send Christmas greetings to folk within the church congregation, why not just send one card to the whole church family and put the money you save on cards into an envelope to go to BMS?  In the last week of November a display table will be put up in the foyer so that during December you can add your card to the display and post your money into the post box that will be on the table too.  Speak to Jean or Joy if you want clarification.



Malvern Baptist Thank Offering

It has been the practice of the church to honour God’s abundant provision to us by holding a thank offering; a freewill offering in addition to our regular tithes and offerings.

This year we are planning to split the money donated equally between 2 causes: a gift to the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) disaster relief appeals; and half the money to improve the facilities of the church.

If you missed one at church you can find an offering form here.



Malvern Baptist’s Prayer Chain

Malvern Baptist’s Prayer Chain is now up and running!

The prayer chain aims to serve this church by giving immediate, confidential, prayer support as and when there is a need. Nothing is ever too big or too small to bring before our God. Neither can too much prayer support ever be given.

If you have a prayer request or want to know more about our prayer chain please contact: Janet Raggett 07962 130256

  



Christmas card postage stamps - Bone Cancer Research Trust  

Please remember to keep your Christmas card postage stamps etc for the Bone Cancer Research Trust. There is a box on the window shelf, in the lounge to pop the stamps in. Thank you.



PASTORAL CARE TEAM  NEWS  

Volunteer Lifts

If any of the congregation are available at any time to offer lifts to other members who are not physically able to come to services, can they please contact a member of The Care team to let them know.

Offer list of Talents or Skills.

Di Jones is in the process of redoing the list of members of the church who are happy to offer their various skills and talents for the benefit of other members.  If you have a special talent or skill that you feel you can offer please contact Di Jones who will include you on the list which will be put up in the church vestibule. Contact Di Jones at rob.stratford1826@gmail.com or telephone 01684 592209.


At Malvern Baptist Church we take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.  If you have any concerns over the safety of any young person or adult please report, in confidence, to either Gerry or Lindsey Davies, MBC Safeguarding Team.