SEBASalt and Light in the community

 
Hawkinge Baptist church is based in the ever growing town of Hawkinge, situated in the hills above Folkestone.  We are a small, friendly church, trying to be salt and light in the community around us.  We own the top floor of the local Community Centre, which is in the centre of the town, and have been there since 2004.
 
HawkingeBCAli has been our full time minister since 2013, and it has meant that we have been able to look at new ways of reaching out into the community.  Being in the Community Centre has many benefits, but it can be hard to get ourselves known because we do not have our own building.  Often people will say to me, "I did not realise there was a Baptist church in Hawkinge, where is it?", whilst we are standing in the foyer of the Centre under a massive banner saying ‘Hawkinge Baptist Church’.  So we have sought to provide some activities that invite people into the church itself, so that people know where we are.  Some of the things we have done are ...
 
HawkingeCraftGroupCraft Group – We now run a craft group twice a month (one morning and one evening a month) and have seen a good number of people with no connections to the church coming along.  This includes Mums from the local school, recently retired people, and people who have just moved in to the town, as well as those who we already have some connection with.  This has been a really positive new group and we have some great conversations.

Jump for Joy children’s club – Our fortnightly children’s club continues to do well and we have had a couple of families join the church through this outreach.  Other families come to our monthly all age service.

Easter craft morning
To increase our connection with all the family members of children we know, rather than just the children, we ran a Easter craft morning and were overwhelmed to see 42 children and 27 adults come along.  We will be running another event in the October half term. 
 
Holiday at Home

We run this event yearly and have seen numbers increase recently.  We have linked up with the local pharmacy and community wardens who help identify people who might benefit from meeting people and joining in an activity.  Since the event we have had one lady join us at church which has been wonderful.
 
Seaside Rock Holiday Club
HawkingeSeasideRockIn August 2014 we held our annual holiday club - and we had 32 children come along each day.  What was really wonderful was to see 24 children at the service at the end of the week and all the parents too!  It is always good when you have to get out more chairs for people coming in!
 
Growing congregation
Through these events and new people coming along, we have seen a steady increase in numbers at the church on a Sunday.  This has been a real blessing to the church and it is wonderful to hear people’s testimonies and hear what a difference Christ has made in their lives.
 
Prayers of thanks
  • For the recent holiday club and contact made with new families
  • For the new people who have joined the church in the last year
  • For the sense of family, and strong relationships within the church
 
Prayer requests
  • Please pray that we would always seek to do God’s will and not our own.  There are many things we could be doing, but we only want to do what God wants us to.
  • Please pray for members of the congregation who are struggling with ill health and difficult situations at this time
  • Please pray for our different activities as they start up again after the holiday break.

As a church we would like to thank all the churches in our Union for the support you have given to the Home Mission fund.  A grant from Home Mission has enabled us to have Ali as our full time minister.  Without Home Mission support this would not have been possible.  So thank you all!
 
Ali Boddington - Minister


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