Kent cricket coach at WBC Men's Breakfast
The Men at Willesborough (MAW) group regularly arrange breakfast events at the church.
On this occasion the guest speaker was Jimmy Adams, former West Indian cricketer and current Kent County Cricket head coach.
Around 60 men enjoyed a full English breakfast and then listened to Jimmy talking about his life, work and faith.
Annual Quiz Team Challenge
Over 130 people in 18 teams packed the church for our Annual Quiz Team Challenge, which proved as popular as ever. A range of teams from the church and the wider Willesborough community entered the quiz, with a varied mix of ages and a great spirit of fun and enjoyment shared by all.
The final leaderboard showed how closely fought the competition was, with only eight points separating the top five teams. The overall winners were team Omega, veterans of all four WBC annual quizzes - although their first year with the accolade of occupying the top spot.
There was also much vying for position on the trailerboard, with the youthful exuberance of team "Furnace LOLs" spurring them on to triumphantly claim the wooden spoon.
Overall, a really good evening enjoyed by all - and there is much anticipation of a return match.
Family Fun Day
Willesborough Baptist Church held its annual summer Family Fun Day in the grounds of Willesborough Junior School.
During an afternoon of good weather, hundreds of people from the church and local community enjoyed a free barbecue, desserts and a range of free activities - including sports, giant inflatables and Sumo wrestling. There was also time to relax and chat, or enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine.
Annual Civic Service
Bob and Daphne worship regularly with us at WBC and it was great for the church family to share this special service with them.
Around 200 people attended the service, including 40 civic leaders, local councillors, politicians and other friends and colleagues of Bob and Daphne.
The service was recorded for broadcast on AHBS - Ashford's local community radio. The programme included items from WBC's worship group and children's choir, as well as a presentation on WBC as an active church within the Willesborough community.
Excited by all that God is doing among us ...
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Retirement of WBC Pastoral Worker
June was presented with flowers and a gift from the church, reflecting warm appreciation for the care and sensitivity she has shown to so many while fulfilling the role over the years. In a tribute to June's ministry at WBC, mention was made of the many individuals and families she has drawn alongside to help and encourage - some with children who are now active members of the church, and who join in the appreciation of all she has contributed.
We wish June God's rich blessing, both in her retirement from work and in her ongoing fellowship and ministry among us.
It was a fast-moving, fun, competitive evening with a great atmosphere of friendly rivalry.
After much jostling for position on the leaderboard throughout the rounds, the honours finally went to the "Crispy Mint Sticks". Their strategic playing of the Joker in the final round gave them an overall score 11 points clear of their nearest rivals. Following them, just four points separated the next four teams.
The Quiz Team Challenge is an annual event in the WBC church calendar, and we look forward to the return match next year.
Spring Fair raises £1000 for local charities
The day was full of fun – with fancy dress “Chickens” welcoming all visitors, an outdoor bouncy castle for the children, and families and friends enjoying homemade refreshments in the bright sunshine.
Plants, flowers, cakes, crafts, art work, nearly new kids’ clothes and Fair Trade items were on sale inside the church – plus competitions and information displays about church activities. The Kids Fun Zone was packed with children – with face painting, Easter crafts and competitions, free balloons and an Easter Egg Hunt.
The Mayor, Cllr Alan Wells, local MP Damian Green and Cllr George Koowaree also dropped in to enjoy the Fair. They visited the displays and sampled the refreshments, while learning more about the wide variety of community activities taking place at Willesborough Baptist Church.
The Fair was held in support of 1st Willesborough Scouts and the Willesborough Windmill Trust. Each of these local charities will receive a cheque for £500 from the proceeds of this fun community event.
A team of 40 community volunteers took to the streets and recreation spaces of Willesborough for a Spring Clean-up.
Six teams were in action in different areas. They were made up of members of Willesborough Baptist Church plus others from the local community.
As well as being beneficial to Willesborough, the clean-up was also a great social occasion for all age groups. Another event is held in the Autumn.
Visit of Joel Edwards
Joel spent over 10 years as General Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK and 10 years as the International Director for Micah Challenge. He also served as an Advisory Member of Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation. He is a regular freelance broadcaster and is often asked to bring a Christian perspective to current issues.
Listen to the two messages delivered by Joel during his visit to WBC in the morning and during the United Celebration at the North School in Ashford that evening.
Click here to listen or download.
WOW! Ladies' Breakfast
After breakfast, a few ladies shared personal stories of how God has been a faithful presence and guide in their own lives, how he has graciously answered their prayers, and has provided for them in many specific ways during the highs and lows of life. These testimonies encouraged us to end our breakfast celebration by saying “Thank you, God” for the many different things that we are grateful for as part of the church family of WBC - for his love and goodness, shown to us in so many ways.
He brought greetings from the Baptist congregations of Jamaica and explained the reason for his visit to the UK: to present a paper at an international conference in Oxford about the legacy of Sam Sharpe, a Baptist deacon in Jamaica whose stand in 1831 made a significant contribution to the abolition of slavery across the British Empire.
Rev. Dr. Jennings is pictured above (right), with his good friends Phillip & Rhona O'Connor who are WBC church members. Listen to the greetings he brought to the church by clicking here.
WOW! Ladies Evening
A plentiful supply of chocolate brownies was consumed in the process.
The event was part of the regular Women of Willesborough activities programme.
The key topic revolved around the greatest commands we are given: to love God and to love others as we love ourselves. The simple outworking of this can be profound - and when this extends beyond our immediate contacts to the whole church, to Ashford and even further afield, we can begin a revolution that is fired by the practical demonstration of God's love.
Around 40 men met for breakfast at WBC.
The event was part of the regular Men at Willesborough activities programme.
After enjoying a hearty "full English", they listened to a challenging talk by Andy Drake of CVM (Christian Vision for Men).
Andy spoke about being confident as a Christian man in today's world, and not holding back when given opportunities to talk about personal faith.
A total of 21 teams entered this popular event, with a great mix of ages and a great spirit of fun and enjoyment shared by all.
In a close finish that kept everyone guessing right up to the final round, the worthy winners were none other than a team named "The Willesborough Winners" - how did they know when they chose the name we ask ourselves?
The final leaderboard showed how closely fought the competition was, with only nine points separating the top five teams:
There was also much vying for position on the trailerboard, with it not being clear until the very end who would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Ultimately it was the "Team Furnace" youth contingent who achieved this by a convincing margin, as they skilfully deployed their cunning strategy of a loser's prize being better than no prize.
Overall, an evening enjoyed by all who came along. Definitely an event to be repeated.