Home Mission update: Chew Magna
Each month we feature one church or community that receives a grant from Home Mission, so that you can see what your giving is achieving.
This January, we want to show you what a busy Christmas Chew Magna Baptist Church have had! They have really made the most of the seasonal opportunity to connect with their local community in an enjoyable and positive way. Here’s a report from their minister John Miles:
Throughout 2017 we have been establishing and strengthening links with our local community and expanding our ‘fringe’ congregation. In particular we have sought to build on our links with local schools, and families who attend our weekly toddler group. This Christmas we began with a “Christingle” celebration on a Tuesday afternoon to which we invited families from the local Primary School and our Acorns Toddler Group. Nearly 60 people attended this event.
The following weekend was Chew Magna’s Village Christmas Fayre. We asked the local estate agent if we could set up a Nativity Scene in their shop for the event and invite folks to dress up (using our Open the Book costumes) and “get in the picture”. We handed out invitations to our Christmas services and gave away Scripture Union Christmas booklets and Hope Christmas magazines.
CMBC have been running monthly events similar in format to “Messy Church” and our Christmas “Party for Jesus” was held on 16th December and attended by 50 mainly ‘non-church people. On the same day we hosted a Christmas concert by music pupils in the Chew Valley where we welcomed nearly 100 people. We asked those attending to donate to a project in Romania we have been supporting – and in particular to help a family who recently lost their home in a fire. We raised £400 which will have enabled the local church in Romania to finish the roof on their new home!
During 2017 we have been building links with the pre-school using the church hall at Bishop Sutton. We were able to host their Nativity event in the chapel on the last day of term
We believe that God has blessed us with a wonderful building as a resource for the local community so we were delighted to host 3 performances of a theatrical presentation of “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs on 21rd December.
We were really pleased to welcome so many of our ‘contacts’ to these events and were delighted that a couple of families then attended our Carol and Christmas Day Services. We’re looking forward with excitement and anticipation to what God is going to do in, through and for us in 2018!