Aldershot Baptist Church
In the heart of a multicultural and diverse community facing many social and economic challenges
A welcoming and lively growing congregation that reflects the community with 16 different countries represented in the fellowship
Aldershot Baptist Church (ABC) has now started a new ministry - Open Door - with people who are homeless
Many changes have occurred in the last year with lots of new faces in the congregation. There have also been many opportunities to reach out to the local community.
Our Sunday morning service takes place at 10:30am and is a lively time of worship and bible-based teaching. Kids' Church runs every week with All Age services once a month and we have seen a large increase in the numbers attending; going from 30 to an average of 68 each week.
Praise and Thanksgiving
We give praise and thanks to God for five baptisms this year, for six new church members and for strengthening our church family bonds and relationships.
We give thanks and praise for answered prayer for a new leadership team.
Thank God for increased numbers of young people attending Aldershot Youth Hub and our new young people’s group, EDGE (Every Day God Explorers) and their thirst to know more about God.
For Open Door, our new growing ministry with the homeless in Aldershot; for the growing relationships and trust and for safety and a sense of peace in each of the weekly sessions.
For MAD in October half term: ABC hosts the Make a Difference Team and has a full programme planned.
Wisdom and discernment for the leadership team in moving the work of the church forward and for guidance as they look to adapt and make the church building fit for God’s work in the 21st century.
Our Minister continues to act as School Chaplain for The Connaught Secondary School, leading assemblies once a term and mentoring teams taking part in the Christian Business Enterprise in conjunction with Faith and Football. One of the teams reached the top six this year.
In February at one of our regular Community Breakfast events we were asked by some of the local homeless community if we could provide a place for them to come at the weekend as there were no other services open that they could access. Further questioning showed that a safe place to come for a few hours on a Sunday with a hot drink would be very well received and Open Door was born. It was a need that we could meet quite easily it seemed, just open the door to the hall and serve a drink and something to eat.
The church meeting unanimously agreed that we would give it a 12 week trial and a team quickly formed. Risk Assessments, door policies and safety training have been carried out which have made the initial ‘easy’ open door more complicated but the ethos behind the ministry remains the same; a safe and warm place where the homeless community can come, feel welcome, have some soup, a bacon roll, unlimited drinks and collect a take away tea when they leave.
We have really known the presence of God providing a hedge of protection around the team in this ministry. We have had many positive and meaningful discussions with the guests who are beginning to open up and share some of their journey with us. Some now come to other church events and one or two to a service (although not a whole one). The 12 week pilot is now continuing as even though the weather has improved, the need for food and a place to go is still there and we are happy that we are able to fill it and share the love of God for all his people in this really practical way.
With more community events being run we have had to improve our kitchen and we have instigated a food management system in line with the requirements of Environmental Health. We need to do further remedial work to the kitchen and some other areas of our building to bring it up to current specifications.
We continue to be excited about the future of ABC and long to see the lives of those we come into contact with transformed by God’s amazing grace. As we now come to the end of our financial support on Home Mission, we thank God for his faithfulness and provision and look forward to being able to support other congregations through the SEBA network. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Home Mission for its financial support over many years that has helped grow Aldershot Baptist into a living example of God’s kingdom on earth.
Minister of Aldershot Baptist Church
can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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