Special Church Family Meeting

Following the service on Sunday 12 May, there will be a short family meeting to hear a proposal for the purchase of the second manse. All are encouraged to attend, pray for God’s guidance and contribute to the discussion. There will be a vote on the proposed funding which will be open to church partners only.

Easter 2019 @ MBC

Easter is a significant time of the year as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. The plan for the Easter weekend is:

Maundy Thursday

Following the success and significance of last years service, when around 40 people gathered in the evening to worship, reflect and enjoy food together, we are repeating the format again this year. Our Maundy Thursday Service will start at 7.30pm and depending upon numbers will take place in the Concourse or the Meeting Place.

If you are planning to attend the service we are asking people to sign-up by Sunday 14 April so we have an idea of numbers and any dietary requirements.

You can indicate your attendance using the sign-up sheet in the foyer or email the office and we’ll add you to the list.

Good Friday

On Good Friday we will gather at MBC at 10am where we will spend time in worship before distributing hot cross buns to the shops and people on the high street. Then at about 11.30am it’s over to Morden Hall Park (grass area opposite the white iron bridge) for fun and food (bring a picnic).

Easter Sunday

Our Easter weekend concludes as we join together on Easter Sunday at 10.30am to celebrate the Resurrection and, appropriately, baptisms.

Easter Offering

This year our Easter Offering will be going to Wycliffe Bible Translators. 1.5 billion people in the world can’t access the Bible in their language, because it hasn’t been translated yet. To them, it’s like God doesn’t speak their language. We want to help change that by supporting Bible translation for a specific people group. We have chosen their Ghana project because Ghana is represented in our congregation.

This video illustrates the value of having the Bible in their own language.

There will be a special collection received on Easter Sunday. Please make any cheques payable to Morden Baptist Church, and give under gift aid to increase what we will give to Wycliffe.

Church Family Meeting

On Sunday 17 March following the 10.30 Gathering we’ll be holding our first Church Family Meeting of 2019.

As usual we would encourage all of you to attend to be able to pray for the church and contribute to the discussion about what is happening in the life of MBC. There are usually a number of items for discussion, but in order that everyone is able to ask any questions that they would like to, we invite you to submit your questions – using the form below – to the board in advance of the meeting so that these may be addressed and information shared.

An evening with Hanson Asiedu

To launch his new EP ‘Stages’, we are hosting a worship evening with Hanson Asiedu on Saturday 16 February. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Hanson Asiedu is a singer songwriter currently based in London; husband to Makeda and father to Nala. From walking the streets of Merton as a postman, to whizzing around the streets of London as a Police Officer, Hanson Asiedu’s music journey has been every bit as eventful.

Equipped to Minister course

What is Holy Spirit ministry?

How can we pray effectively for people?

Over the last few years of my Christian life, I have come to see that praying for people through the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit is the greatest way we have to put our contemporaries in touch with the transforming power of the living God. Such prayer is based on the authority of the name of Jesus and the power of his death to bring about wholeness and healing.

This prayer invites the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of the Word of God. It is solely dependent upon God and has a strong prophetic element.

Kay Harvey, the Leader of Pastoral Ministries, will be running this two-evening course – Wednesday 31 October and 7 November – designed to equip every member of the body of Christ to pray for people in the power of the Spirit and obey Jesus command to heal the sick, speak good news to the poor, to drive out impure Spirits using the authority that he has delegated to us.

I want to raise up an army who want to do the stuff that Jesus did both inside the church and outside. Anybody who knows and loves Jesus and has a desire to pray for people can do this!

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.

We would love to see you all here.

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

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.