Sunday Morning family orientated Service from 11.00 to approximately 12.20 (with Sunday Clubs for children)
Monday Evening Girls Brigade 18.30 to 20.00 (4-9, 10-14+ Groups)
Thursday Afternoon Pastoral Counselling from 14.00 onto 17.45; Choir Rehearsal 18.00 to 20.00
Thursday Evening Bible Study 20.00 to 20.45
Friday Evening Boys Brigade 8-11 18.30 to 19.45; 11-15, 16+ 19.30 to 21.30
It will be a pleasure to meet you!
Revd. André Mira & Church
We are a Baptist Church and believe:
We are a Baptist Church and believe:
- That Jesus is the Son of God
- That He is the only way to God and that we can come to know Him through repenting of our sins and putting our faith in His sacrificial death on the cross.
- That Salvation is by God's grace and not by good works.
- That the Bible is the Word of God and we accept it as our final authority.
- In the Grace of God - that there was nothing about us that deserved his love, but God loved us, was merciful to us and saved us.
- That the gospel is relevant to every area of our lives.
- That the Bible defines the church as a body of people who are devoted to God and also to one another.
- That the purpose of our lives is to worship God, to love one another, and to make God's love known to our community.
- That God wants us to enjoy Him for ever.
- That Church members should seek to be as actively involved in the life of the church as possible.
The Sunday Clubs meet during the Morning Service every Sunday. There are three separate groups catering the the particular needs of different age ranges.
Sunbeams (from babies to 6 year olds)
We like to make Sunday mornings a fun time. The children are encouraged to learn Christian values through playing - by sharing, being kind, and helping each other. Each week we have a Bible lesson which we may act, play a game about, or simply have as a story. We also sing, play musical instruments, make models, and do pictures. For our free play time, the children can use a wide variety of toys - including a Wendy House, a castle, a climbing frame with slide, and a wide selection of cars, prams and other fun toys. Bring your under-sevens for a fun-time on Sundays. Sunbeams "opens for business" at 10.45 and normally the children must be collected at 12.15.
Sunrays (7 to 11 year olds)
These children join us for the first part of the Morning Service at 11.00 and then leave for their special time together after 20 minutes or so. They follow a programme of activities, craft, drama, and so on and we aim to teach them basic of the Christian faith.
A group designed specifically for young people - where issues which they can relate to are explored with a Christian emphasis. Issues like:
|Does God exist?||What is the Bible?|
|Who am I?||Why am I important?|
|What is God like?||Who is Jesus?|
|How can I know Him?||How can we pray?|
|What is the Church?||Do miracles still happen?|
The young people normally join in the Morning Service for the first half an hour or so and then go to their meeting.
I am a Disciple, Get me out of the Comfort Zone!
What a blessing to have so many of you participating in our Christmas Bible Study and teachers training last Thursday!
I am confident to say that the time spent thinking, learning, struggling with the texts comes with great rewards. Eternal rewards!
Therefore I just want to remind you that the first disciples had the same feelings and experience as us. Many times they could not follow Jesus’ teachings and have to go back to Him, in private, and ask:
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
Also, so many times after listening the parables they were confused, in need for more explanation of the real meaning behind Jesus’ teachings.
So, as I said during the class, to be a disciple is to learn new things, to be exposed to new materials, then, to add the learning in our lives growing as the Master’s followers.
On the contrary of that there is only a “wanna-be-disciple” who cannot grow to different levels because prefer to stay with the miracles and wonders narrative instead experiencing the suffering of the Christ. My Mark students know what I am talking about. The disciples were also in shock to learn that suffering for the Messiah and for the disciples were at His agenda while on earth J.
Therefore brothers and sisters, well done for those coming and joining us! I pray to our God and Father to keep each one of you not only during this special series, but to keep us a His Church, learning together, as genuine disciples, out of the Comfort Zone!
Blessings, see you Thursday @7:30 and hands-on with the Nativity Model, and teachers’ homework preparing the first lesson J
YWAM Mission Team
The Ywam Europe team has involved 11 people (6 girls, 5 boys) from 7 different countries (Germany, Holland, USA, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, France, UK). They arrived on 9th November & left on 17th November. Whilst they were in Barking they street prayed 4 zones of Barking; helped in Food Bank & KidzKlub; painted the Hub; witnessed on the streets & shared testimonies in 4 Barking churches.
They strongly believe that God is doing amazing things in Barking and that the unity of the churches is making a difference in the community. They encouraged us to increase our unity as we went into 2014. The Leader, Richard said that this is the most well organised & supported mission he has led in over 15 years. The structure and vision in place is one that he has not seen anywhere in the World & applauded our efforts to touch the community. Keep going. He knows what it takes to get churches working together. He is a minister’s son in the C of E and has seen how difficult it is and has been for his father in their area.
He wanted to say 3 things:
a) "Thank you. He has come into the town from the outside and you can feel it – the difference made by the Holy Spirit in His church
b) On the street and in the churches, as he has been going around during the week, people are saying it’s much better than it used to be. In Gascoigne, people are saying it has changed, we can be so focussed on the immediate that we can miss the 5 year and 10 year change. Take it in.
He commended Mick to us – he is very easy to work with. The right guy for the right job. He has the Apostolic which means he can be a thorn in our flesh, however we have got a gem. Apostles have a tendency to burn out and leap into things. Don’t get caught up in the crazy Mick idea but in what God is saying through him. Mick is organised, clear thinking, super available, and very flexible. This week has been one of the most well organised he has worked in. Mick is brilliant in the current role. This is a gift. "
Well Done Mick, you are a blessing,
Revd Andre Mira
We were blessed by God with children who attended our holiday club this year.
The theme was Space Academy base on the book of Daniel. Our aim was to help the children grow in their understanding of knowing God and his Words also, to help them in time and to find a personal relationship with Jesus.
Return to the “Warm Heart of Africa”
On 29th May, Barbara Almond will be returning to Malawi (aka the “Warm Heart of Africa”) for the 8th time.
Having previously been involved in short term missions in countries including Romania, Tanzania & Ecuador, I was first asked to go to Malawi in 2005 to assess health needs in a primary school catering for 1,000+ children aged between 6 and 19 years. There I found many were suffering from anaemia (a result of repeated episodes of malaria and malnutrition), parasitical disease and a host of other largely preventable diseases. With 50% of Malawi being under 15 years of age it is absolutely essential that children are taught about prevention & treatment of common diseases as they are responsible for their own health and often for the health of others in their villages.
Over the years I have networked & now promote health within a wide range of settings including several schools, Glad Tidings Orphanage Care, providing day care for orphans taken in by other families but not necessarily treated well and Hope Missions providing nursery care for toddlers in a host of villages. Additionally, I provide staff training at Ndi Moyo (The place giving hope) the only palliative care clinic in Malawi, and Bulamo, an HIV centre staffed solely by unqualified volunteers, most of whom are personally impacted by HIV.
As well as health teaching, I preach & teach in several churches and at various women’s groups and provide spiritual retreat away-days for the Starfish Malawi staff team as well as providing a listening ear & pastoral care.
However, each visit is different and no matter what is planned, God always seems to rearrange those plans, usually at very short notice!! This is though, about team ministry, although I may be the one physically in Malawi I can’t do this without the prayers & support of my home church, Barking Baptist. I need you to be praying and, if you are in position to, to give financially to enable me to meet needs amongst some of the poorest people in Africa. Please talk to me if you have any questions or just want to know more.
Christ is Risen! Please find attached photos of the weekend’s events A Big THANK you to all those who made it such a success. To give some info:
- 400 prayer flowers placed in the garden
- Over 800 NT given out
- 24 hours of prayer witness
- Over 50 people individually prayed for
- 4 hours of Praise & Worship
The presence & glory of God placed over Barking.
Love & Blessings
On Sunday [24/02/2013] we had a wonderful celebration at the Tab! A time of worship, fellowship and thanksgiving for the 163 years of our Church. More is yet to come!
Check the pictures on facebook:
Next Sunday [24/02, 11:00 am], at Barking Baptist Tabernacle we will be celebrating our 163rd Anniversary. Come and join us for our Special Service with Holy Communion, followed by Bring and Share.
Last Sunday [03/02/2013] we celebrated the committed service done by Brian Fletcher who served as deacon for more than 20 years. As he said, he wont be able to do it without his wife [Barbara]; thanks be to God, he will continue serving this community in other roles, inspiring us all about serving the One who saved us! Many blessings to you Brian!
NEWS RELEASE FOR OCTOBER 2012 FROM BARKING BAPTIST CHURCH
BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT MUSICIAN THRILLS BARKING CHURCH AUDIENCE
Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Paul Gbegbaje thrilled a Barking church audience with his virtuouso performance on the piano at a Sunday evening church concert.
The gifted musician was one of the attractions at a concert organised by the young people of the Barking Baptist Church, in Linton Road, Barking, Essex, on Sunday 28th October 2012.
In addition to demonstrating his musical ability, Paul spoke about his Christian faith and acknowledged that his talent came from God. He encouraged his youthful audience to make use of the talents that they had been given, while recognising the challenges that faced Christians working in the entertainment industry.
The twenty year old Barking-based pianist appeared on the same stage as the evening’s other main attraction, the gospel rap artist known as S.O. The Kid: Nigerian born and London raised Seun “S.O.” Otukpe, signed by Lamp Mode Recordings in 2011 as their first international artist.
Other performers during the evening were drawn from churches and schools in Barking and Dagenham and other local boroughs. Contemporary dance played a major role in the evening with memorable performances from Shreeya Makwana and the twin sisters Teckisha and Aeysha.
The Baptist Church’s own resident singing group started and closed the proceedings with contemporary gospel songs. They were joined on stage by the church’s minister, Brazilian born Andre Oliveira, who exchanged his lectern for a lead guitar and proved himself to be a musician of no mean ability.
Other musical highlights of the evening included the soulful vocals of Lukene, who performed a Mariah Carey song, and the Baptist church’s own Nosa, who performed “You Raise Me Up”. The concert’s main organiser, twenty year old law student Yemi Aderigbe, also took to the stage to perform a song backed by other musicians from the church.
Young people from the church also performed a short play, highlighting the dangers of youth gang culture but stressing the possibility of forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus Christ.
The evening closed with the presentation of trophies to the young performers who had taken part, prayer, and a few closing words from Andre Oliveira.
The “Light Entertainment” concert was arranged as a follow up to an earlier youth concert organised in 2011 in the aftermath of the London riots to draw attention to the more positive aspects of youth culture. Further information about the event, can be obtained from Janet Williams on 0793 2672 109 or from Shade Aderibigbe on 0794 7300 927.
“Light Entertainment” Youth Concert"
Time: Doors open at 4 (Start 4.30-7)
Venue: Barking Baptist Church, Linton Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8HQ
Featuring: Barking Baptist Church Choir, and many youth performers from our community (including singers, poets, rappers, inspirational speakers, testimonies and dramas.)
The idea for this event is to get the young people involved again to bring back the community together and being a leading light for all of Barking & Dagenham, all wards and neighbourhood groups.
Following the united spirit of the London 2012 Olympics, our vision is to showcase a musical/drama/dance extravaganza with the opportunity for families to get together socialise and be entertained at a high level. The event called 'Light Entertainment' will take place on Sunday 28th October 2012. The event will be advertised in the local papers and we are looking for sponsors to help with the success of this project. We would very much like your help to assist with any donation or in any other way in which you feel can support the production that is being planned.
If you would like to discuss this project in more detail or want to get involved. Please contact me:
BB Pin: 23431993FB: Yemi Aderibigbe
Watch and learn about the mineral Coltan and the use of of it in our Mobile phones, an idea worth spreading by our brother Bandi Mbubi.
The Barking & Dagenham Churches have been working together with Megacities & Ywam since January and have been a great blessing to the Borough. The third team leaves this weekend.
Peter Brownhill leading Director & Pioneer of Ywam Australia for 35 yrs is coming to England for 4 days & feels led to come to this Borough during this time to minister to leaders & congregations.
Peter is a well known international speaker and is a gifted teacher & preacher.
Please promote this event to your congregations & encourage them to this special event to hear what God has to say to us.
Thank you for your support
Co-Ordinator of Barking Churches Unite
On Thursday we had a wonderful good-bye dinner and a blessed service with the Brazilians. We had the opportunity to hear many testimonies about what God has done and we were all extremely blessed. We will miss our new brothers and sisters!
Let not be troubled with it, download the files and please respond the consultation.
Revd Andre Mira, MA
THE WRITING ON THE WALL
Is the writing on the wall for the Christian communications media? Recent events would certainly support this conclusion. After an illustrious history of one hundred and fifty six years, the Baptist Times ceased publication in January 2012, having seen its circulation drop from 13,600 in 1980 to less than four thousand in 2011. Former editor John Capon points out that, in the early 1960s, there were twelve weekly Protestant newspapers in the UK. Now only four remain.
Another long established denominational publishing enterprise came to an end recently with the demise of the Methodist Publishing House and its Epworth Press imprint.
Christian bookshops also seem to be becoming an endangered species. Most of the shops in the former SPCK chain ceased trading a few years back. Many of the Wesley Owen bookshops found new owners but, since that time, all of the shops taken over by the Living Oasis chain have closed down. Koorang, the Australian company that took over some of the other Wesley Owen shops, have recently announced that all but one of these branches are to close. This leaves the Christian Literature Crusade as the only remaining major religious chain in this country.
Christian book publishers are also facing difficult times. Darton, Longman and Todd were reported recently to be hovering on the brink of bankruptcy. However, they are now said to have pulled back from immediate disaster by paying their creditors (including the Archbishop of Canterbury) twenty five pence in the pound.
Of course, these tales of gloom and despondency are not the whole story. New outlets for Christian communications have emerged in recent years. The Baptist Times is about to be re-launched as an on-line service. Christian books can be ordered on-line from mainstream suppliers such as Amazon and from specialist Christian sites. The decline of Christian bookshops may provide new opportunities for improving the supply of Christian books in mainstream bookshops and libraries. Christian radio stations, such as Premier and United Christian Broadcasters, have also emerged.However, there is one inescapable conclusion. If we want the Christian communications media, especially the print media, to continue, then we have to support them. So: Support your local Christian bookshop. Take out a subscription to a Christian periodical. Tune in to one of the Christian radio stations. The writing may be on the wall but the future is in our hands.
Here are some photo's from our Church 162nd Anniversary on 19th February. We were blessed to have Keith White from Mill Grove Homes as our speaker and we all enjoyed a bring 'n share lunch afterwards.
The Leadership Team at Barking Baptist Church comprises a Minister, Deacons, Care Group Leaders, and the people who organise the various youth activities. We believe in the model of leadership that Jesus demonstrated to His followers - namely that first and foremost a Christian Leader is a servant to those who they are leading. We are a mixed bunch of people who share a common desire to serve God in this place. Please make yourself known to us - we would like to get to know everyone who comes to the Church as well as possible._________________________________________________
Revd. André Mira MA, is an Baptist Union of Great Britain Accredited Baptist Minister, originally from Brazil, working in UK since 2000. Together with his wife Cecilia they have been planting the Link Church, which is a Brazilian Baptist Fellowship in West London. They have been married for 16 years and have two children. Andre has been in Barking since 2008, although only in February 2009 he was officially inducted as the Church Minister.