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Dunmow Baptist Church

The blog for Dunmow Baptist Church.

News and updates from Dunmow Baptist Church.

Church is open!

We are delighted to say that, as from tomorrow, Sunday 16th August, we will be meeting again.  The service will be at 11am and will be in the chapel in Angel Lane as our usual venue hasn't yet reopened.

We are excited to meet together again and everyone is welcome to join us. Please let us know on phThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you intend to come.

We will be following the Government guidelines on social distancing and wearing masks.

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord". Psalm 122:1

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More camp fun

We organised a number of competitions during camp, including a riotous game of hockey using homemade newspaper hockey sticks,which was my personal favourite, probably because I got to join in rather than judge!

During our day in the woods we had a lot of fun doing a photo scavenger hunt followed a big den building competition. 

One evening we made camp fires, seeing which team could get their fire lit with the least matches and get it to a state suitable for toasting marshmallows over the quickest.

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Camp fun

 

Lots of fun was had last week at Dunmow Baptist Camp, which included a day at the beach and the building of a giant sandcastle followed by well-earned sausage and chips. Each day we enjoyed Bible teaching in two groups, the younger ones acting out parables and using detective skills to figure out the meanings and the older ones looking at the subject of the Word of God.

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Cake competition

The teens had a great evening last Friday designing and creating their own cakes and desserts at Rock. 

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Guest Service and Shared Lunch

We would like to invite you to our 

Guest Service and Shared Lunch

on Sunday 25th February, starting at 11am

at The Rowena Davey Centre, Chequers Lane.

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It's just as well we reap what we sow!

We had a great time celebrating the harvest on Sunday with a service, a collection for the food bank and a shared lunch.

Philip preached on sowing what you reap, pointing out that if we didn't, agriculture would be a mess. Who could cope with sowing a field of potatoes and reaping a field of poppies?!

When it comes to our lives some of us would rather we didn't reap what we sow! - but you can't have it both ways.

Praise God for Jesus who is willing to exchanged the sin I've sown for the righteousness he's sown.

 

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Punting

Our church teens had a great day in Cambridge on Friday. We had a picnic, played games and lazed around in the sunshine. Then we had a go at punting. Everyone had fun and, surprisingly, no one got wet!!

 

 

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The Sweet Factory Holiday Bible Club

We had a great day at our Sweet Factory Holiday Bible Club making maltesers and peppermint creams, singing, playing games, making grassheads and hearing Bible stories. We looked at how awesome God is to make a carrot from a tiny seed and how he makes food miraculously in the Bible. We also looked at how Jesus made food miraculously and so we can see he is God. 28 children came and everyone had loads of fun.

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What's ROCK?

At ROCK yesterday evening we played games in the dark, warmed up round an excellent bonfire  and enjoyed giant sparklers and homemade candy floss. Then Cathryn showed us the Sainsbury's Christmas advert with its message 'the best gift I can give my family is me'. She explained that that is exactly what God has done for us - given us the best thing he could - himself. That was God's Christmas gift the very first Christmas. Rock is our church youth group and is held once a month on a Friday night. All youngsters aged 11-19 are very welcome. Phone 01371 878018 for more details.

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Harvest

Our Harvest Service at 11am in the Rowena Davey Centre this Sunday, followed by a buffet lunch. We are enjoying our new facilities, space and flexibility. Why not come and see?

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We're moving!

We are moving our morning service to The Rowena Davey Centre in order to have more space, facilities and flexibility.

We will be meeting there at 11am each Sunday with our Opening Service being Sunday 9th October.

Do come and join us there!

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10 of the best Church Camp photos

River crashing - the winners

Who can stay on the longest, ?

Eating breakfast in the sunshine.

River crashing

River crashing

Hot chocolate on the beach, anyone? - with cream!

We like our hole!

Sand volcano

Glowsticks with a difference came on our midnight walk.

Our goodbye lunch in the marquee

 

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Our Crossroads Club children painted the story of the paralysed man and we made them into a powerpoint for our
Open Morning Service last Sunday. The children loved seeing their work on screen, looking so professional. Admittedly we cut some of the paintings out in order to give our youngest children's masterpieces a
recognisable shape! 

The church was packed - not that that is a major achievement in a building the size of ours, but it was good to see most of our Crossroads families there and afterwards for the shared lunch.


Crossroads Club is our church's after-school club. It became very small and barely viable  in the autumn and we wondered whether it should close. We made it a matter of specific prayer and decided to use our February Holiday Bible Club as a sort
of last ditch attempt to advertise Crossroads in order to boost the numbers. To cut a long story short we now have 16 children at Crossroads. God is good.


Philip spoke on how the account of the paralysed man demonstrates that Jesus is God and that having your sins forgiven is more important that having a healthy body. After all, if you have your sins forgiven you'll have a healthy body in heaven for eternity. If you don't, you won't.

 

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Lots of fun!

We had 3 hours of fun at Rock, our Youth Group, last night. We ordered fish and chips and played games at the chapel while the food was cooking. This included seeing how many people we could squeeze into one hula hoop, as you can see in the photo below. The winners managed a total of 11!

Then we collected the fish and chips and went down to the river to eat. We played volleyball  and other games. The most raucous was Charioteering - a game where you transport your team as fast as possible on a duvet cover! - as you see in the photo above.

Back at the chapel, Cathryn gave a short talk, starting with a comparison of our picnic with the feeding of the 5000, which caused a lot of laughter. Many of the people who were fed by Jesus were only there for the food and had missed the real point that in feeding them Jesus was demonstrating that he is the Son of God. We were challenged to think about whether we're only interested in games and food or whether we have got the real point - we can know Jesus, the Son of God, who is the bread of life which lasts for eternity.

We have a great lot of approximately 25 youngsters who are willing to enter enthusiastically into whatever crazy ideas we come up with. The only draw back to the evening was that the leaders (Cathryn and I) didn't get a go at Charioteering - but we're determined to next time!

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Walk in the woods

We have a lovely wood on the outskirts of Dunmow which is full of bluebells at this time of year. We enjoyed a church walk to the woods on a Sunday afternoon. The weather was good and God's creation was magnificent - as always!

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Four weddings

We are delighted as a church to have celebrated four weddings within a year. On Saturday 2nd April Jo and Lydia were married at Takeley parish church. Jo has been with our church for about 5 years and Lydia has been with us since she was born. The day was sunny, the church decked with flowers, the bride was beautiful and God was glorified. It was especially good to see Joe's parents (Rachel and Sam) praying together for Jo and Lydia during the wedding service, after their own marriage  has been so recently mended. Jo and Lydia are now living in Leytonstone; Jo is continuing his film course at Ravensbourne university and Lydia is working as a nanny in London.

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God specialises in mending things



We are rejoicing that our God has mended a broken marriage within our church. Rachel and Sam's marriage broke down a number of years ago and they have been separated since.
Rachel has been living here in the UK and is a member of our church and Sam has been living in Brazil. However there has been much communication, prayer, seeking the Lord and forgiveness. Sam is now here in the UK for a few weeks and he and Rachel told us that they wished to get back together. They wanted to do this publicly so that their friends would know their intentions to make their marriage work, with the Lord's help. They organised a celebration and made a renewal of their vows.


Marriage is a picture of Christ and the church and the Lord is dishonoured when a marriage falls apart. We have seen the Lord glorified as this marriage hasv been put back together.  Praise God! It is far more difficult to put a marriage back together than to marry in the first place!

Sam now has to return to Brazil for a few months but will return in the autumn for good. We pray for the Lord to bless Sam and Rachel's future together, and their children, Jo and Karina.

Photo is of Rachel, Sam and their daughter, Karina.

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Baptism

Philip and I had the joy of seeing our youngest daughter, Rowan, baptised yesterday. Our little chapel was packed and we all celebrated together with a shared lunch followed by the baptism service and tea. Philip and I are so privileged that all four of our daughters and their husbands (the two that have them) love our God and have been baptised to demonstrate that. God has richly blessed us!

Rowan'sTestimony

 

 

My whole life, I have been surrounded by Christians. I have always gone to church and believed that God is real and he created us and died for us. For many years, I would pray “Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive me for my sins, Amen.” But, I felt no change. This is because I didn’t really believe it. I was just doing what I was told to do; what I thought I was supposed to do. For ages I continued like this, vaguely frustrated, but not really that bothered. I don’t think the reality of the situation had really hit me.

 

Then, the day before Church Camp 2012, Joe Hart was preaching. I can’t really remember the sermon; it was something to do with Jesus, the Lamb of God, coming to die for us: for me. That evening, I realised just how much Jesus has done for me, and how much I need him. I begged him for the forgiveness of all my sins and asked him to change me, to make me like him. In that moment, I felt so much joy and happiness: it was incredible.

 

From that moment onwards, I have been a Christian. It was the best decision I have ever made. Without Jesus, I don’t know how I would have survived the last few years. He gives me strength, comfort, love and hope. He is always here for me and, through everything I know I can always trust him.

 

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Romans 8:38-39

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol Service

We enjoyed our carol service on Sunday with a traditional nine lessons and carols format, in the style of King's College, Cambridge, though perhaps slightly less grand! Lots of us took part either reading or playing musical instruments and it was good to celebrate Jesus together.

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Nativity

Our nativity carol service was enjoyed by parents and children of the Crossroads and Bible Explorers' Clubs. The children dressed up for the nativity and everyone enjoyed their singing.

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