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MALVERN BAPTIST CHURCH

CHURCH NEWS

News of the Church Family, for our intercessions:

Our prayers of thanksgiving:

“Nobody told me that the road would be easy

I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.”

(from the Gospel song “I don’t feel no ways tired” Rev James Cleveland)


Pray for our community to be kept safe during this epidemic. Pray for all our sisters and brothers across the world who have been, and are continuing to be, affected by COVID-19. We pray that all will know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.


Please send any prayer requests for next Sunday’s News of the Church Family, to prayers@malvernbaptistchurch.org.uk. or telephone Rev. Dave Clarke 01684 569110 before 12.00pm Wednesday. Celebratory news, which we can praise God for, is very welcome too! (1Ch 5:20).


NEWS


Christians Against Poverty, Malvern

This link is for the latest CAP update. Please continue in support of this vital ministry.


The Leprosy Mission Cards

We may not be able to meet together at Christmas time so sending and receiving a card may be even more important this year. Many of you do your own orders for cards but I am very happy to order anything from the The Leprosy Mission catalogue for you. I also have a limited supply of cards for sale. As well as cheering someone up with a card you will also be supporting the wonderful work of The Leprosy Mission. Thank you. Alison Ayling


Election of Deacons and Church Officers, 6th December 2020.

The AGM was planned for Wednesday 25th November at the church and on Zoom. However, due to the lockdown this will not be possible, so instead we will have a short AGM meeting after the first church service (and streamed on Zoom) after the lockdown has been lifted (assuming there is no extension) on Sunday 6th December.  Legally for an AGM we need a quorum of members (11) to meet to make the vote legal but postal votes are allowed and will be included in the quorum numbers. Our constitution does not have any clauses to deal with a worldwide pandemic, we never planned for one – our bad.


John B, Sue C and David S have been proposed for re-election as deacons. Sue Fairchild has agreed to stand again.

Steve A and Anthony S have been proposed to stand again as officers.


I have sent out the voting forms by email for people to vote by post, though you will be able to vote in person at the AGM (Sunday 6th Dec). Please remember only members can vote. Members without an email will receive the forms by post. The short AGM meeting will have just 3 essential items to consider:

1. Election of the church officers and deacons; confirmation of the Appointments for 2021;

2. Approval of the church budget for 2021;

3. Election of new members.


Postal votes will need to be sent to me before the AGM (Sunday 6th Dec) to be counted. Please write your name on the back of the envelope so we know who it’s from and can check that you are a member. Otherwise we can’t check its authentic. Don’t write your name on the voting slip as it has to be anonymous. The envelopes will not be opened until the AGM meeting (whenever it is).


Kind regards,


Stephen Ayling

MBS Church Secretary

 


HEBA Women’s Conference online on 28th November

Courageous Faith9:30am - 1:30pm on Zoom. There is no cost as we would like all women to have the opportunity to benefit from what our speakers will share. We are looking forward to bringing all women across our HEBA family together:


1) Video with information on the day.

2) PDF (with information from the video for those who do not have access to YouTube).

3) Women can register here.  


Every blessing, Sharon Jones

Administration & Communications Officer


BMS Birthday Scheme

Hilary Grove, who coordinates the BMS Birthday giving scheme has asked that if you wish to make your donation via cheque rather than cash you can make it to Malvern Baptist Church and mark the envelope "Birthday scheme" or make the donation direct to BMS online.


BLESS Acronym

Some people have found the BLESS acronym helpful in praying for their situations and communities so I reproduce it here. You may extend the prayer of blessing for a person by asking the Lord to bless the person’s:


● Body – health, protection, strength

● Labour – work, income, security

● Emotions – joy, peace, hope, love

● Social relationships – marriage, family relationships, friends, neighbours, colleagues

● Spiritual relationship – salvation, faith, grace, mercy, spiritual growth


Maintenance Volunteers needed

At the recent church meeting it was requested that the Baptistry cover be made more fitting for the front of the church. If there is anybody that has the time and skills to rebuild this cover and is willing to do so can they see Steve Dowling and discuss the work involved.


Volunteers needed!

There are a small amount of tasks to do around the church for anybody who is handy at DIY and also Joanna would like some additional help in the garden.

If you feel you can help contact Dave Clarke or Joanna Crewe.


Appeal for items of encouragement and prayer

In the absence of activities, we are still sending out a news sheet. So please send into Peter or myself items of encouragement, answers to prayer or personal testimony for inclusion and we will try to include them.  Similarly if you have particular items for which you would like church prayer.

minister@malvernbaptistchurch.org.uk      

prayers@malvernbaptistchurch.org.uk    newssheet@malvernbaptistchurch.org.uk


Also if you have a  pictures of life under lockdown (social distancing exercise walks) or MP4 videos of a testimony for example,  scriptures you feel are relevant to our situation please send them to me.

 

PASTORAL CARE TEAM  NEWS  

The pastoral team, home group leaders and I will be keeping in touch with you via the telephone, and please let me know if you need help in any way, such as shopping. Please don't hesitate to ring if you need to talk or you want prayer.   Perhaps you could consider ringing others you know also. (If you need a phone list please let me know). If you just want someone to chat to, Joy Morrow has offered to be a listening ear so you can ring her between 10am and 9pm on 01684 572899


If you can volunteer to be part of a team who can do shopping and food delivery for others please also let me know.  


Yours in Christ

 

Rev Dave Clarke


Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble


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


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 Sue Fairchild or Stephen Ayling, MBC Safeguarding Team (safeguarding@malvernbaptistchurch.org.uk).