The search continues

On Sunday 22 October our visiting speaker was Elaine Youngman. She was invited to speak as part of the process we are going through in our search for a senior pastor. Elaine’s profile was received from the Regional Ministers meeting in September and she was subsequently interviewed by the Leadership Board on 26 September.

BACKGROUND

Elaine is in her final year at Spurgeon’s College where she is studying for a Master of Theology in Advanced Christian Studies. Her background is in youth evangelism. Along with her husband Richard, she was involved for several years with Young Life, an international youth organisation.

Elaine has also been a special education needs tutor at a school in Hertford and a lecturer in Childcare, Education, Maths and ICT at Hertford College before doing a BA in Mission and Ministry at Manchester University.

As a Minister in Training, she has a placement at Hoddesdon Baptist Church in Hertfordshire, where she is the sole minister. She is very highly regarded by the faculty at Spurgeon’s College.

INTERVIEW

At the end of that interview the Board concluded that Elaine was a very close fit for our profile and personal specification of the person that we are looking for. She is a passionate disciple of Jesus, an enabler and an equipper. She is someone who inspires, a teacher and preacher who disciples others.

Following the interview, we arranged for Elaine to meet our staff team. The time they spent together was very positive, there was good chemistry between our team and Elaine. It helps that Elaine and Darren know each other from Spurgeon’s College.

PREACHING @ MBC

On the back of a positive interview and meeting with the staff team, we invited Elaine to “preach with a peep” on Sunday 22 October. If you weren’t able to be here on that day a recording of Elaine’s message is in the Resources section. We really enjoyed Elaine’s visit and felt a stronger conviction that she could well be the person we are looking for.

The Leadership Board were completely unanimous in wanting to take the next step with Elaine. So, Elaine has been invited to return on Sunday 19 November to “preach with a view”. I hope that you all can be here that day and please encourage others to be here. Following the service we’ll have lunch, providing an opportunity to meet Elaine and Richard informally, and a question and answer session.

SPECIAL CHURCH MEETING

We will be committing to reflect and pray over the course of the week before holding a special church meeting after the service on 26 November to consider calling Elaine to join us at MBC.

COMPLEMENTING OUR TEAM

One thing to mention is that we, of course, have our own minister in training at Spurgeon’s. I know that many of you have really appreciated the great work that Darren has done in acting up as the leader of the church since Gav left.

One of the things that is key in our thinking is that Elaine made clear to us that she wants to be part of a team. What excites us is the possibility of Elaine and Darren working in partnership, alongside the rest of the team. For our part, we are very conscious that we want someone to join us who will add to our team and complement their gifts and skills.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you’d like any more information on the process or would like to discuss anything related to this potential appointment please do speak to one of the Board or email board@faithinmorden.com.

Carol Service Rehearsals

With December fast approaching plans are underway for our Christmas celebrations @ MBC. This year’s Carol Service will be on Sunday 17 December.

Music

We would love as many people as possible to be involved in the musical side of things. The range of songs and styles will be broad and all skill levels are welcome!

If you’d like to get involved with the music you will need to commit to rehearsals. There will be four rehearsals and it would be preferable if you could make at least to three of them.

Rehearsal dates:

  • 22nd Nov, 7pm-9pm
  • 29th Nov, 7pm-9pm
  • 10th Dec, 1pm-4pm
  • 16th Dec, 1pm-4pm (run through)

You can sign up here, indicating what rehearsals you are available for.

If you’d like more information please speak to or email Mirkku.

Prayer Ministry Training Course

What is Holy Spirit ministry?
How can we pray effectively for people?

John Wimber defined this kind of ministry as ‘meeting the needs of others with the resources of God’.  Wonderfully, this type of ministry is now available to you and me. This is an opportunity to restate a model of ministry that helps people encounter God.

Kay Harvey, Leader of Pastoral Ministry, will be running a Prayer Ministry Training course on Wednesday 11 and  18th October at 7:30pm. This is a practical course that will equip you to pray for others in the power of the Holy Spirit, to pray like Jesus prayed. Each evening will include worship, biblical teaching and practical guidelines for this ministry, whether at home, in the workplace, at church or in any situation. This is for anyone who wants to explore this ministry and be equipped and encouraged to do it. Come on your own or with some friends. We want courageous and expectant pray-ers – completely dependent on the presence and power of God to transform lives and situations.

We would love to see you all here.

Please sign up at the Welcome Board in the foyer or email Kay at if you’d like to attend.

Standing together

On Thursday 25 May a minutes silence was observed outside the Civic Centre in Morden. Gavin was invited to share a few words with those who gathered there.

Minutes silence outside Civic Centre

Thank you all for being here. My name is Rev Gavin Murray, pastor of Morden Baptist Church, apologies for my informal dress, I didn’t have time to get home to change.

As we stand here in Merton, we are symbolically standing with the people of Manchester in their grief, pain and shock. The despicable, deplorable act that brought abject horror to a peaceful and fun concert filled with young people on Monday is beyond our comprehension. May I quote the wise brother and Muslim leader who spoke in Manchester at Tuesday’s vigil, this act has no place in any religion.

It was Martin Luther King Junior who said, “Hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can do that”. The response in Manchester and indeed all over the country has been incredible. It has been just that. Love over hate. Freedom over fear. Peace over violence. We are so thankful for our country with its brilliant emergency services, security services, and warm public life.

So, we stand together in our common humanity. This day we, as Londoners, and I as a Liverpudlian, count ourselves as Mancunians. Committing ourselves to keep on living by our values, to keep on building communities based on love.

  • We pray for the bereaved families, for their comfort strength and hope.
  • We pray for the 64 injured people, especially the 20 critical ones, and pray for their recovery. For them to be strong and that their determination to live will go on and inspire people 1000 times more powerfully than any act of violence robs us.
  • And we pray for peace, for protection and for an end to such violence, that perpetrators and potential terrorists will be freed from their prison of hate.

Let us now be silent and remember the 22 people murdered on Monday. Let us honour them today, with thanks and prayers for their families.


May we take this opportunity to celebrate our ethnic and religious diversity here in Merton, reassuring our Muslim brothers and sisters in our community of our ongoing love and support in these challenging times, and as we continue to make Morden a better place together.

Church Family Meeting

Our next Church Family Meeting is on Sunday 11 June, following the 10.30 Gathering. This meeting will give an opportunity for feedback on a number of documents including the Church Profile, our policies regarding Safeguarding and Health & Safety – all of which will be made available prior to the meeting.

At the previous meeting the need for more Board members was highlighted, particularly someone who can help with finances. A number of people have proposed Sam Young stand for this role and he is willing to. Also on the agenda will be the re-election of Ruwani Trabelsi to the Leadership Board. Voting will take place regarding both of these proposals.

Below are profiles for both Sam and Ruwani:

Sam Young

I have been coming to MBC since 2011 and became Christian on an Alpha Course. I have been amazed by the powerful transformations that can happen in people’s lives when they accept Jesus and I understand the incredible depth of the meanings of words like forgiveness and saviour. My thoughts about faith before becoming Christian were something along the lines of “it’s fine, but I don’t really need it”, and I came to realise that actually Jesus could not be more relevant to my life. It is this realisation that inspires me to do more to serve others and I would love to see MBC as a real focal point for our community.

I am privileged to be married to Digna and we have two children – Tom aged 12 and 8-year-old Francesca. Family life is wonderful though my passions of travel and sports get less of a look-in as a result! I work as a finance director for an asset manager in London.

Ruwani Trabelsi

I was born in Sri Lanka but was privileged to have grown up in Africa. I worshiped at Catholic churches when I was in Sri Lanka and then went to various Christian churches in Africa. I moved to the UK with my family in 1989 and have been attending MBC since 1994. I was baptised in 1995 at MBC.

I am a mother to two beautiful and talented daughters Ruth (26) and Jasmine (15). I am engaged to a wonderful man, Tharanga, who supports me and loves sharing God’s love with others.

I am a mental health nurse by profession and have been working and supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs for the past 23 years. I love my job and thank God that He has blessed me with the skills and passions for this role. I have also qualified as a further education teacher and as it has always been my dream to be able to influence care by sharing my knowledge and experience with others. The Lord has recently blessed me with a new job as a senior trainer.

I am passionate about people and my varied life experiences allow me to connect with people from all walks of life and cultures. I am a Street Pastor and have a heart for connecting and sharing God’s love with the lost and needy on the local streets.

I am fully committed to the vision of disciple making whether it is in interactions with people at the base or out and about in various other expressions of church. I would love to continue to be part of the MBC board in taking forward God’s exciting plans for Morden and beyond and to represent the wider congregation.

Introducing Just-Ice

Gav and Sal are holding an evening to introduce the next chapter of their life, the social enterprise Just-Ice. Come along to Tariro Extra on Sat 10 June @ 7.30, find out what it’s all about and how you can get involved and, of course, taste some ice cream!

Entry is free but you need to get a ticket from Eventbrite.

Green fingers needed

On Saturday 8 April from 9am to 1pm, under the professional guidance of Rachel Stammers, we need help taming the greenery around our building. We need:

  • People to come prepared to chop, cut and trim – please bring gardening tools if you have them
  • Drivers willing to take rubbish to the dump
  • People to make drinks and bacon butties

If you are planning to come please let us know so we have an idea of numbers and what is possible on the day.

Winter Night Shelter 2017

The Night Shelter is now over for another season and we have been part of this amazing scheme that has given a group of very vulnerable people a literally life-transforming chance to move on. Whilst in the 3-month long scheme, they not only receive food and shelter but access to a whole host of other services, health care, help with job applications and pursuing housing.

Many of our guests got jobs during this period and were going to work from the ‘shelter’ each day until such time as they could get into their own accommodation. Of the 31 guests who benefitted over the period it was running, 26 are now housed and progressing with their lives. Please continue to pray for them, life is not always straightforward.

Our guests talked of the care and kindness they received from venue to venue, some had never experienced that before and all were impacted by it in a big way.

So to every volunteer who helped on the shifts and to everyone who donated money, supplies, skills and time, a HUGE thank you, this would not happen without you!

Download a copy of the Night Shelter Annual Report 2016/17