Looking to work with children?

If you’re looking to work with children and would value some hands-on experience in a local church environment then this could be for you.

We’re looking for a young adult (approx. aged 18-25) who is:

  • Committed to growing as a disciple of Jesus and helping others do the same
  • Passionate about working with children and helping them to discover and engage with God for themselves
  • Prepared to work hard and have fun in a team environment

In return, we’ll invest in you as a person giving you opportunities to grow and develop whilst providing the necessary support, encouragement and guidance. We don’t expect you to be the finished article; you may be inexperienced and at the start of a journey exploring ministry. We’re looking for someone who is willing to learn and ready to get involved.

As part of your internship, you’ll also be studying in London on the New Wine Discipleship Year programme fully funded by us – visit their website to get an overview of what this entails.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Discipleship of children through Sunday sessions and small groups
  • Involvement in all-age services
  • Messy Church and other after school clubs
  • Leading ‘Great & Small’ our weekly parent/toddler group
  • School’s work and a variety of community projects
  • Managing children’s volunteer teams and rotas
Occupational Requirement
  • There is an Occupational Requirement that the post-holder is a Christian
  • The job holder must be able to provide evidence of their eligibility to legally work in the UK prior to appointment and for the entire duration of employment.
  • The job holder is required to obtain and maintain satisfactory DBS clearance for the entire duration of employment.

Interested? Call Darren on 020 8540 9380 to talk about the possibilities.

Love All Serve All

Every year Third Space Ministries organises outreach to the tennis fans who queue in Wimbledon Park during the Wimbledon Championships.

Volunteers from local churches go out each evening offering free refreshments, a listening ear, and prayer. It’s a fun and easy way to help people encounter something of God’s love.

Carolyn would love to have you join the team this year. You can come for a night or several nights.

Dates: Sun 1st – Sat 14th July
Times: 8-11pm
Where: Meeting in Southfields and then going to Wimbledon Park

To get a taster of the outreach watch this clip

Pray, pray, pray

There is also the option of praying for the outreach by signing up in the foyer for a prayer slot, attending a prayer walk, and receiving prayer texts.

Prayer Slot – Sign-up and commit to pray for Love All Serve All at a time and place that suits you.
Prayer Walk – Join one of the daily prayer walks between 2 and 3pm, either in Southfields or Wimbledon.
Prayer Texts – Receive daily prayer texts – simply use the sign-up sheet in the foyer or email us your number.

Prayer and Praise Event

On Saturday 7 July we will be holding a Prayer and Praise event, celebrating and giving thanks to God for 18 years of Love All Serve All. The event will take place at Everyday Church Southfields (map location), starting at 6.30pm.

If you are interested in finding out more then talk to Carolyn Skinner or Hannah Rouse or email Love All Serve All.

Evangelism Training Course

Evangelism. It’s something we know we should do. Deep down it’s something we want to do. But the thought of doing it makes us nervous. “Where do I start?”, “What do I say?”, “What if I mess it up?”

Is that how you feel? Good news: Carolyn Skinner and Third Space Ministries are running an Evangelism Training Course just for you!

The course takes place over five consecutive Wednesday evenings. It starts on Wednesday 9 May and concludes on Saturday 9 June with a morning session that will give you a chance to put all you’ve learnt into practice.

If you interested in attending please put your name and contact details on the sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Speak to or email Carolyn for more information.

Engage Email Communication

Data Protection laws are changing from 25 May 2018. This will affect any personal information that is stored electronically or on paper. Put simply it means that we cannot contact you unless we have your explicit permission.

In order to comply with the new legislation we are playing it safe. The Engage Weekly we send out on Thursday 24 May will be the last one using the present database. After this date Engage Weekly and Engage Extra will use a new database.

If you wish to continue receiving Engage email communications in June and beyond you will need to sign up.

DJ Ministry Launch

Third Space Ministries invites you to the official launch party for their new DJ Ministry. It will be an evening to hear more about the vision from Luke Rollins, their DJ Ministry Coordinator, enjoy sets from guest DJs, drinks and nibbles, and raise support.

Friday 13th April, 7.30 – 11pm @ Crown House Creative

Entry is free but tickets are limited so it is essential to book online.

MBC Foodbank Hub

Good news: the MBC Foodbank is ready to launch!

We are really excited that we’re in a position to launch our very own Foodbank hub here at MBC! Working alongside the Wimbledon Foodbank project, we’ll be offering an additional hub to provide a weekly drop-in service for local people. Food parcels will be delivered to us from South Wimbledon and our doors will be open for ‘clients’ every Wednesday – starting on 21 February – between 5pm and 7pm.

It’s not too late to get involved in this exciting new ministry. If you would like to join the volunteer team please get in touch with Darren Powell or Angela Cox for further information.

We will be commissioning and praying for this ministry at the Sunday service on 11th February in preparation to launch the following week. Your prayers will be very much appreciated!

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.

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.