Events; for you to know about or get involved in
7th September - Church Breakfast, 9:00am in the Newman Chapel Lounge. A talk follows by Steven Goss on 'Chinese Porcelain' -- Please add your name to the list in the entrance hall of the church for catering purposes or contact Keith Andrews on 01935 423137
8th September - Our 'Connections Sunday' starts. Its a time to reach out and connect with our neighbours and others inside the church. An opportunity to share care and hospitality.
15th September - 6:00pm Discipleship Foundations, This kicks off the first in a series of 6 sessions looking at discipleship; What it is, and what it isn't.
It looks at three fundamental questions;
1 - Where are we on our journey as disciples?
2 - Where are we going?
3 - How are we going to get there?
In the entrance hall there are some flyer's. Please sign the tear off slip and place it in the 'Form return box' there.
The course builds each session so do book the following dates;
29th September - 13th October - 27th October - 10th November - 24th November
18th September - 12:30pm - Alpha for Seniors begins, please book onto the course on the list in the entrance hall.
26th September - Church Meeting - NCL at 7:30pm
29th September - Harvest and Church Anniversary (10:30am) followed by a church lunch. Please look out for more on this soon.
7th July - 5.30 pm Stroll round the Rec, Chiltern Grove Yeovil.
14th July - Evening Communion
Brigades are going to Camp; If you would like to make a pastoral gift to help one of several young people go who otherwise could not afford to, please pass this to Dave Findlay or mark an envelope in the offering tray.
2nd June - Searching Questions: Heaven and Hell, Where does it end?
9th June - 5.30pm - Stroll at Ham Hill, (meet in the car park and come for a walk or meet for a drink after at The Prince of Wales)
SWBA Fun Day - Saturday 15th June at Honiton Community Centre from 11 am - 3 pm. BBQ, Cream teas, Craft, live music, bouncy castle, messy church, 5-a-side football, short AGM with news and stories from local churches. Book on line at www.swbaptisits.org.uk/fun-day or call 01392 433533 so that SWBA caters for enough people.
16th June - 5.30pm - Searching Questions: The trinity important, believable or relevant.
21st/22nd June - Church Clean up/Clear out - On Friday 21st June (evening) and Saturday 22nd June (Daytime) we are having a clear out of the cupboards and re-decorating the Iona Columba room. We need as many people as possible to help with this task, if you can spare an hour or 2 it would be really appreciated. Please add your name to the sheet by the entrance to the church. There will be food provided to keep us going!!
23rd June - 5.30pm - Searching Questions: Open Mike Nite... Ask anything, discuss everything (more information at the previous event)
30th June - 6.30pm Evening Communion
5th May - At 5.30pm Stroll at Ninesprings (Meet in the Car Park)
12th May - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Searching Questions: Thought provoking evening about life. Why Does God allow suffering?
19th May - 5.30 - 7.30 - Searching Questions: Do all religions lead to God?
26th May - 5.30 - 7.30 - Evening Communion
April 2019 (from 31st March)
Good Friday Messy Church: 19th April 4.00 - 5.30 pm. Plans are in hand for our next Messy Church event. We need some help serving food and looking after some of the activities. If you would like to help please see Judith Williams or Dave – thank you!
Sunday 14th April: Palm Sunday worship led by Rev Derek Drapper. A group of 46 from the church are away attending Spring Harvest in Minehead – we pray God’s blessing on them whilst they are away.
Baptismal Classes: Baptismal Classes begin on Sunday 31st March at 5 pm - please see Dave if you’d like to come along and explore what this step of faith is all about.
Sunday 31st March: Yeovil Half Marathon / Mothering Sunday / Clocks Go Forward – lots to remember – as the marathon starts outside of the church we will be holding our service that morning at 11 am please note this change of time.
Mental Health - Let's Talk About It: Thursday 28 March at 7.30 pm in the upstairs St John's Schoolrooms, 'Counselling for Yeovil' and 'Christians Against Poverty' will be presenting an evening where we’ll look at the stigma of mental illness in the church and aim to equip churches to support the 1 in 4 of our congregations who will have a mental health issue this year. A local Christian will also share her personal story. Whilst the evening is free and open to all, to enable enough refreshments are available, please contact Steve Hart on email@example.com to confirm your wish to attend.
Church Breakfast: Saturday 9th March at 9 am – speaker Anna Redman and some of the team that went to Uganda last year. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you would like a breakfast.
Lent: Lent starts on Ash Wednesday – 6th March – there are some CTIB resources for Lent entitled "The Mystery of God" – a copy has been placed in the Prayer Room but can also be accessed via https://ctbi.org.uk/
Ashill Baptist Church – Quiet Day: Tuesday 5th March 10 am – 3.30 pm - subject ‘Martha and Mary’. Bookings advisable as places are limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01823 481849. Session led by Norman Cumming (Minister) and his wife Ingrid. Experience leaders of retreats and quiet days. There is no charge but suggested donation of £10
World Day of Prayer (formerly World Women’s Day of Prayer): 1st March at St James’ Church at 10.30 am – further details are on the corridor notice board. This is now open for men to attend
Church Meeting: Our next church meeting will be held on Thursday 28th February at 7.30 pm. Please put this date in your diary. It is important that as many people as possible attend these meetings as discussion and decisions are made that affect the life of our church.
Dave on holiday: Dave will be on holiday for the period 18th – 23rd February 2019. Please contact church office or one of the Leadership for urgent matters
Alpha Series: The titles of the subjects for weeks 6 and 7.
No Alpha on Sunday 17 February
Week 6 - How and why should we pray?
Week 7 – Holy Spirit Evening
Prayers for Wider Westfield: Monday 11th Feb at 14 Westfield Avenue BA21 3DG at 6.30pm for BYO supper, 7pm for prayers. All who have a heart for this part of Yeovil are very welcome. Prayer requests/answers to prayers to Rosie Keynes ph 476086 or email@example.com.
Worship Night: Saturday 9th February an evening of worship at The GateWay, Yeovil from 7pm, with guest speaker Esther Swaffield.
Esther is part of International Justice Mission (IJM) and will be known to some of you from New Wine. She is a great communicator, passionate about justice and will be sharing stories of IJM rescuing people from modern day slavery. We hope that Tim Williams – worship leader at Southville church – will be free to join Joe Hardy in leading this cross-church time of worship and ministry together. All are welcome.
Superbowl Final: Sunday 3rd February 2019 10.30 pm onwards. If you would like to watch the final, or part of it, Dave is holding a Superbowl party at the Manse. There will be American snacks and drinks available. The game starts at 11.30 pm but you can come and go as you wish. Don’t know yet which teams are in the final
Stronger Together: Friday 25th January, 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Rd. As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This will be a mix of music, open and led prayer and last for about an hour. All are very welcome to attend.
Church Meeting: The next church meeting will be held on Thursday 24th January at 7.30 pm in the NCL. Please put this date in your diary and come along and share in this meeting.
Church Breakfast - Paul Chatfield - 'Why do mission in Italy' 9:00 am Saturday 19th January - Meet in the Newman Chapel Lounge - £5.00 donations
SWBA Retreat Day: Led by Rev Laurie Burn on Saturday 19th January at St Rita’s RC Centre, Honiton 10 am - 4 pm. Closing date is Thursday 10 January. For further information please contact Rev Elsie Howell on 01823 664529 Mobile 07765436370 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpha Course: 9 week course starting 13th January 2019 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm information leaflets available on the table in the entrance area.
See Christmas at YBC TAB
Connect – What makes men come alive: 24th November at Southville. A day conference for men who want to feel more alive. A day of worship and inspiration with the founder of Street Pastors UK, Rev Canon Les Isaac OBC and CEO Ascension Trust plus other speakers. Tickets are £7 until the end of the month and there is an option to purchase a pastie for an extra £4. Go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connect-what-makes-men-come-alive-tickets38917530381?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete for more information.
Church Elders: At the October church meeting it was announced that there will be elections for 2 additional Elders. This election will take place at a Special Church Meeting on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 7.30 pm. The normal November church meeting will follow this special meeting.
In Love and Remembrance Service: This service will be held on Sunday 18th November at 4 pm. If you would like a loved one’s name read out please add their name to the list in the foyer.
Safeguarding: All leaders and helpers of church organisations must have safeguarding training – this is a legal requirement. We will be hosting training here next year (Saturday 11 May 2019) but we need to submit names by 15th November. Would leaders of organisations please let Linda have names by the 15th please
Raising Faith: ‘Discover God in the Everyday’ Tuesday 13th November at Yeovil Community Church 7.30 pm – 10 pm. As parents there are many ways you can bring God into family life. Come and explore how you can help your child find a genuine faith of their own – help them discover God in the everyday. Tickets £6 (on the door £7). To book call 029 2081 0800 or go to cff.org.uk/raisingfaith
Samaritans Purse: The Boys’ Brigade are once again supporting the Operation Christmas Child appeal through Samaritans Purse. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child. This year we have ready decorated boxes, these are available in the foyer. Please return your boxes on or before Sunday 11th November.
Church Breakfast: Saturday 10th November at 9 am. Speaker – Alice Gay from Weston College speaking on ‘Changing Lives’. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you would like a breakfast (£5 donation).
Please pray for Linda Lovell: Linda begins her voluntary chaplaincy at The Yeovil Opportunity Group, who work to support families who have children with special needs. Linda will work with them one day/week beginning 6th November.
Trip to Uganda: Roger and Chris are returning to Uganda on 31st October with Mission Direct to help lead the last mission trip for 2018. It is both very exciting and a little scary. We have been very busy filling in forms, attending training, meeting volunteers, obtaining visas, ordering malaria tablets and sending and receiving many emails from Uganda. Roger will be responsible for overseeing building work, daily communicating with the builders while Chris will be responsible for spiritual care of the group, daily devotions and reflections / hospitality. Luggage allowance is small but we want to take out little Christmas story books from The Bible Society for each child at the school. These families have so little in the way of possessions, so it would be good to share the story of the birth of Jesus in this small way - a little book to love and treasure. If 20 people each donate £5, 300 books will be paid for. Please pray for us as we prepare to return to Uganda, for wisdom, energy and good health. Chris and Roger
Induction Service: The induction service of Rev Dave Hibbin will take place on Saturday 27th October at 3 pm followed by refreshments. It would help for catering purposes if you could sign the sheet in the foyer if you are able to attend. Donations of small cakes would be appreciated. Please let Linda know if you are able to provide some.
Women’s Day: Saturday 20th October from 10 am – 4 pm to be held at Yeovil Baptist Church. Theme ‘Precious to God’.
This is an opportunity for women to enjoy time in fellowship with each other in worship, reflection and workshops. Cost £5 to cover materials. Tea and coffee will be provided – please bring packed lunch.
There will be flower arranging and an art workshop plus more dependent on numbers. Please add your name to the list on the noticeboard by Friday 12 October
The Cross: One of the last films Billy Graham was featured in which tells of the true meaning of the cross of Christ and the real purpose of why Christ died on the cross. Being shown on 17th October upstairs in the St John’s Schoolrooms from 7 – 9 pm. Refreshments on arrival. So that they can cover catering, please contact Steve Hart on 426771 or email@example.com to let him know you are coming. It is a 30 minute file.
Sunday 30th – Harvest Service – donations to The Lord’s Larder
Saturday 29th – Church Fish and Chip lunch 12.30 pm
Thursday 27th – Church (Business) meeting 7.30 pm
Monday 17th – Rev Dave Hibbin starts
Bring and Share ‘Farewell Lunch’: After the morning service on Sunday 16th September in the Iona/Columba room. This is to share fellowship with Derek and Alison.
Church Meeting - Sunday 2nd September a Church Members meeting has been arranged for after the church service. This will be a short update and therefore should not go beyond 30 minutes - Thank you
Coordinator Help: Currently we do not have any Church Coordinators, the daily Receptionists may at times require assistance with queries etc and so we are compiling a list of people they can call on in an emergency. If you would be willing to be on this list please let Linda know. The more people that we can have on the list the better. If there is anyone who would like to be a Church Coordinator please speak to Linda.
Baptismal Classes: If you are interested in joining a baptismal class, please speak to either Nicky Buckler
Pensions Manager: The Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Trustee of the Baptist Pension Scheme are seeking a full-time Pensions Manager to oversee the operation of the Scheme. This is an exciting opportunity to take the Scheme through the next stage of its journey. There will be opportunity to work alongside the existing Pensions Manager, Mark Hynes, for a transition period. The ideal candidate would be someone with experience in the pensions field, preferably as a pensions manager, alongside an understanding of the Baptist church family. The role covers a wide range of financial and legal areas. Liaison with all of the Trustee’s advisers and service providers is required, as well as providing support to the Trustee, to members and to employers. We are looking for someone who is able to combine administrative efficiency with inter-personal skills. Attendance at Trustee meetings and meetings with advisers will be required, typically in London, Birmingham, Didcot and Bristol. Otherwise it will be possible to work from home, although the option of working at Baptist House in Didcot may be beneficial. Computer equipment and training will be provided. The closing date for applications is Monday 10 September and interviews will be held on Thursday 27 September in Didcot.
Please note there are Gaps in the tea and coffee rota and Flower Rota (July and August) Volunteers welcome please add names to the sheets in the Barn or notice boards.
Baptismal Classes commence soon. Please see Nicky Buckler
Chadwells Blog: Cynthia and Ian Chadwell have updated their blog since being back in the UK - please go to https://www.bmsworldmission.org/people/cynthia-and-ian-chadwell/ to read more.
They will be joining us on the 22/07/2018 for the evening service. Please come along to hear more about their time in Nepal as BMS missionary’s.
There will be a cream team at 5.30 pm in the NCL.
Brigades Camps Commence -
Yeovil Show - 14th and 15th July Yeovil Churches have a stand again this year.
Church Breakfast: Saturday 14th July - Valerie and David Reddaway talking on 'Hope Now' in Ukraine
Church Cream Tea - 14th July Please add your name to the list in the entrance hall. - If you are able to help please see Chris or Linda.
Posh Pudding Fund Raiser - 13th July - To Support the work in Uganda which many of our Church are involved with and visiting this Summer with Mission Direct
Girls Brigade Display Evening - 6th July at 7pm
Leaders away day - 30 June 2018
SWBA Fun Day - 23rd June (More to Follow)
Talent Show - 8th June (More to Follow)
Special Church Meeting/AGM/Monthly Church Meeting on Thursday 24th May 2018 at 7.30 pm. It is important that everyone has the opportunity to express their thoughts following Rev Hibbin’s visit, but only church members are permitted to vote.
Visit of Rev Dave Hibbin: Dave will be returning for a 2nd visit over the weekend of 18th – 20th May. On Sunday 20th May there will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch followed by a Q and A session in the afternoon before the evening service
Church Breakfast: Saturday 19th May at 9 am – Valerie and David Reddaway speaking on ‘Hope Now’ in Ukraine. Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you would like a breakfast (£5).
We are looking for anyone to offer Valerie and David a bed for the Friday evening. If you are able to offer accommodation, please speak to Keith Andrews (it is only a bed they require).
Funeral Service of Cyril Newbury: This is to take place on Friday 18th May at 1 pm here at Yeovil Baptist Church, followed by committal at the Crem.
BU Assembly: Saturday 12th May – we remember Heather and Keith Andrews who are representing the church at the BU Assembly at Peterborough on Saturday.
Ascension Service: Thursday 10th May at 7.30 pm. We are holding an Ascension service to mark the start of Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. This initiative by the Archbishop of Canterbury is for the period 10th – 20th May (Ascension to Pentecost) and the aim is to pray specifically for individuals we know to come to know Christ. Please come along and join with us.
Stamps: Chris and Roger will be visiting Baptist House, Didcot with a delivery of used postage stamps week commencing 6th May. If you have any stamps, please leave them in the church office. They also accept albums, loose pages, hinges, tweezers etc.
Christian Aid Lunch @ Vicarage Street Methodist Church:
The lunch on Friday 4th May is being prepared by a team from our church. Please come, eat and support Christian Aid. It would be good to have more people from our church supporting this lunch. Christian Aid Week is 13th – 19th May 2018.
Church Elections: These are to take place at our Church AGM in May. Nomination packs can be obtained from Linda. Closing date for nominations is Sunday 29th April. Those nominated must have been baptised and a church member for 18 months.
Church Organisation Reports: Would leaders of church organisations please send their reports to Linda by Sunday 29th April (emailed if possible).
Talent show - The GB are holding a talent show in aid of Mind, Cancer Research and Cystic Fibrosis on Tuesday 24 April at 7 pm. Tickets for adults
£3 / free for children will be on sale from next Sunday 11 March at the parade service and on the night.
Great British Quiz – Saturday 21st April 7.30 pm. Raising money for the Mission Direct Zambia Project. Further information on all these events to follow.
Church Cleaning Day – Saturday 21st April from 9 am. Please look out for more details.
Book Club: Friday 20th April at 7 pm – 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel.
Church Fish and Chip Lunch: Saturday 14th April at 12.30 pm. There is a signing up sheet on the noticeboard – please add your name if you would like food. If you are free to help serve food and welcome people, please see Chris Redman
Women’s Breakfast – Saturday 14th April 9 am @ Airfield Tavern. Please look out for more details
Brigade Camp: There will be no advance guard this year instead they are hiring a marquee for use as the main tent. Those going to the camp are fundraising towards the cost of the marquee so hopefully there will be more news about their fundraising events, however if anyone wishes to donate towards this hiring of equipment there will be a collection plate at the end of the service.
Art 4 Easter: This has evolved from a vision Chris Redman had about setting up an Art project for Easter during Holy Week (26th – 31st March 2018). The idea is each church, who wishes to take part, will be given a bible passage and asked to depict the message in any format they wish ie painting, drawing, photograph, poster, stitch-work etc. The size is approximately 18” x 24”. The passage we have been given is Mark 11: v 18. All pieces of work need to be with Chris Redman by 21st March when one will be chosen and put on display in the old Oswald Bailey shop in the Quedam, the other pieces submitted will be put on display in the church.
There will be a Special Church Meeting on Monday 26th March to discuss and vote on whether Rev Hibbin is invited back for a 2nd preach.
Pastoral Vacancy: On Palm Sunday, 25th March, Rev Dave Hibbin will be preaching at the morning service. This is the same day as the Yeovil Half Marathon and therefore the church service will take place at 11 am to allow for the roads to be opened. Following the service there will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch with Rev Hibbin.
Special Church Meeting: This is to be held on Thursday 22nd March at 7.30 pm when an amendment to the church constitution will be discussed and voted on. The meeting will continue as the normal monthly church members meeting.
Church Breakfast: The next church breakfast is on Saturday 17th March at 9 am when Dr John Bradshaw will be speaking on ‘Walking with a God we cannot see’. Please add your name to the list on the noticeboard if you would like a breakfast.
President of Baptist Union: We are delighted to welcome Rev Dianne Tidball, President of the Baptist Union, who will be leading our worship on Sunday 4th March in the morning. Following the service there will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch. Further details to follow. Due to the Weather conditions this has now been cancelled
Connect – What makes men come alive?: Saturday 3rd March 2018 9.30 am – 4 pm at Elim Church. Speaker: Rev Canon Les Isaac OBE founder of Street Pastors. Cost £10 or £7 before 31 Jan. Available from @eventbrite.co.uk or 07980 660912 - Due to the Weather conditions this has now been cancelled
Pastoral Vacancy Update: The Leadership Team have received another set of ministerial profiles and will be meeting 2 ministers for further discussion in February. We will keep you updated.
Spring Harvest 2018: Abby still has some accommodation available for Spring Harvest (3 – 8 April 2018). Please see her for more details. Also a little reminder to those already going that final payment is due by 1 February.
Magazine Items: If you have any items for the next edition of the church magazine for March/April, please let a member of the team have them by Monday 4th February.
Special Church Meeting & Church Meeting: On Thursday 22nd February 2018 we will be holding a Special Church Meeting together with our monthly church meeting at 7.30 pm in the NCL. The Special Church Meeting is being called to discuss the proposal of the closure of burials at Five Ashes burial ground. This item was discussed at the January church meeting and a vote to be taken at this meeting.
Unite: Youth Church Youth Groups join together again on the 24th February, more information will be put up about venue and times on Solid Rock's tab.
Funeral Service of Mrs Stella Palmer: This will take place on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 11.20 am at the Crematorium followed by a buffet lunch at Johnson Park Sports and Social Club. Donations in memory of Stella to St Margarets Hospice (family flowers only).
Church Flowers: Anne Plympton is putting the flower rota together for 2018, if you have a special occasion and would like to arrange or provide a monetary donation for flowers to be arranged, please contact Anne on 427867.
Spring Harvest 2018: Abby still has some accommodation available for Spring Harvest (3 – 8 April 2018). Please see her for more details. Also a little reminder to those already going that final payment is due by 1 February.
Tea and Coffee: Tea and coffee is now available before the service, as well as afterwards. Please help yourself.
Solid Rock; meet at Frankie and Benny's Restaurant in Yeovil at 6:00pm on Saturday 13th January 2018
Church Breakfast: Saturday 20th January see's the first of our breakfast's this year. Philip Skelthorn will give a talk on 'Somerset Churches Trust'
January's Church Meeting: Thursday 25th January - We meet for prayer at 7:15pm which then leads into the church meeting.
Beetle Drive: Clare Day is organising a Beetle Drive on the 26th January which will start at 7:30pm to help raise money for Mission Direct. Tickets are £3.50 for Adults and £1.50 for Children. There will be a Ploughman's Supper. Please see Clare for more details.
Christmas Puddings: On Sale Weekly - The Girls’ Brigade are selling Christmas puddings and other various puddings again this year. Please see an officer to place your order.
Christmas Angels: Chris Redman is part of a Yeovil Team from churches across the town and they are delivering a knitted Christmas angel to every house on the new Lufton housing estate as a welcome and offering Gods Blessing to the family moving in, peace and goodwill to all and the love of Jesus at Christmas from the Christian community in Yeovil. If you are able to knit an angel or 2, please pick up a pattern on the table in the entrance area or see Chris.
Church Christmas Cards: The church’s Christmas cards are now available and are on the table in the foyer. Please take some and deliver to neighbours and friends inviting them along to our Christmas services and events. There are envelopes provided.
HARMONY SINGING GROUP PRESENTS - WHAT A GLORIOUS NIGHT
Date: Friday 8th December
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm for drinks and light refreshments
Venue: Yeovil Baptist Church
Girls’ Brigade Cake Sale: Sunday 10th December, Amy, Bethany, Olivia and Molly from Girls Brigade will be selling cakes after the service in aid of several different charities: Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer Research and Mind as part of their badge work for this term. Please support the girls in this worthy cause.
Advent Services - Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am
Christmas Morning - Family Service - 10:30