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Nigel Coles speaking at the WEBA AGM

Partnership for Mission – Our 2017 AGM

At least 37 churches were represented at our AGM and Summer Gathering on the evening of Monday 17th July 2017 at Clevedon Baptist Church in North Somerset.

Thank you to everyone who made the effort to come – and especially to the team at Clevedon Baptist Church who provided an amazing tea to refresh us all before the meeting.

Great Partnerships make a big difference

Our theme was Partnership for Mission. We celebrated stories where partnership between churches and with the Association team has brought transformation, such as Pill Baptist Church where Jon Thurlow is now serving part time.

One minister commented:

“I came away feeling engaged and enthused. All the elements pointed to different ways in which churches can join together in the mission of God.”

Jon Thurlow with Alisdair Longwill at the AGM

We’re able to share part of the formal AGM with you, because WEBA Treasurer Philip Poole delivered his finance report by video as he’s currently overseas with BMS World Mission:

Phil Poole AGM presentation from Ruth Whiter on Vimeo.

The Report and Accounts Phil refers to is available as a download here:

At the end, each church was given a ‘bag of hope’ containing three books to help resource churches for Hope 2018. There’s one book full of ideas for your church, one to help individuals to share their faith, and one to give someone who is exploring faith. We are hoping to give one of these bags to each church not present at the AGM during the rest of the year, so if you didn’t get one, you could check whether anyone from your church will be attending another WEBA event this year, or if you’ve got a Regional Minister visiting you soon, please let us know in the office and we’ll pass on your bag. Of course, if you’re in Bristol, you’re welcome to pop in and get one any time during office hours.

There was also a free Seventy-two takeaway coffee cup for everyone who attended. Many coffee chains give a 25p reduction when you bring your own cup, so Nigel Coles told us we can save money, help the environment, and remind ourselves to share Jesus’ love if we use one!

Hope books and coffee cup


Posted by Ruth Whiter