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Abbotsham Baptist Sunday Newsletter – 10.10.2021

Only let the manner of your life be worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27

Dear Members and Friends of Abbotsham Baptist Church,

Sunday Service including communion – 10.30 at Abbotsham Baptist Church.

Title – Living out the gospel.

Bible Passage – Philippians 1:27-30

Sermon available on this website–over on our ‘sermons page’

  • Recorded sunday morning 17th oct

Church members meeting – Thursday 21 October at 7:30pm

The meeting is taking place in the church building and not on Zoom to abide by our constitution. If you wish anything to be added to the agenda please contact Pat prior to the meeting.

Discipleship Explored – Tuesday October 19th @ 8.00pm

My apologies to those who tried to join in last week. It was my fault, I sent out the incorrect link. We are starting again this Tuesday. The invitation is below.

Our new online Zoom series Discipleship Explored starts this Tuesday. If you are thinking of joining in please let Geoff Williams know so he can get a copy of the booklet to you. If you wish you can have a pdf version as opposed to a paper copy. There is no charge for the series. Experience has shown us that it helps people get to know each other better as well as increasing our understanding and faith. Please think about who you could invite to join us. If you cannot make any of the sessions do not worry as each session can stand alone although the most is got out of the series if it is followed through as a whole. You will be very welcome. If you haven’t used Zoom before we can also help you. The login details are:

Topic: Discipleship Explored – Session 1

Time: Oct 19, 2021 08:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 0186 3562

Passcode: 773050

Knife Crime – A Christian response

The tragic stabbing of Sir David Ames has highlighted the growing problem of knife based violence in the UK. In 2018/19 there were 40,000 knife offences recorded in England and Wales, a shocking statistic that illustrates the level of suffering caused by knife based violence. It particularly impacts the young and those drawn into knife crime through the culture they live in. Churches including Baptist Churches have looked to positively respond in the name of Jesus. Please read this short article from the Baptist Times and pray for people and families caught up in this form of violence.


Prayer diary – Week beginning – 17.10.2021

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Mathew 6:6


Prayer Themes: BMS: Emerging leadersBMS World Mission has a great record of sending well-trained mission workers to our partners overseas. We are now focused on developing training that can be engaged with by personnel and partner workers in their local contexts. We aim to walk with, build up and learn from emerging leaders as they grow in experience and effectiveness. Current Events in National and International Settings

Household of the day


Give thanks that we are free to meet together to worship without fear and pray that today’s message will build the church up as a fellowship. Pray also for those who are unable to attend church but are privately worshiping Jesus. BMS: Pray for BMS-supported worker Ingeborg te Loo and the close collaboration between BMS and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam, as we develop a learning network for mission leaders across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Current Issues and Events – Following the stabbing of Sir David Amess pray for his family in their grief giving thanks for his Christian life and work for social justice across political party divides. Pray also for a wise response from the government and police as they seek to protect elected representatives and also allow open public access to democracy.



BMS: BMS is partnering with Horizons Youth and Children’s Work Training. Pray for BMS-supported workers, Baptist John Jaya Prakash and Koffi Soké Kpomgbe, as they oversee this training in India and across Africa. Current Events/Issues – COP26 – Pray for world leaders to attend and take radical measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the world. Pray that Christians and Christian organisations will take a lead in showing creation care.

Jim and Clare


Pray for those who are unwell, waiting for appointments, suffering with pain or mental health, grieving for losses this year. Discipleship Explored – Pray for the first session this evening that the right people will attend, that God will speak to our hearts and fellowship will be enhanced. BMS: Pray for UK staff members Jacqui Miller-Demirovska and Becky Parnell as they organise pre-departure training for BMS mission workers and develop new training initiatives with Global South partners.



BMS: BMS is collaborating with Spurgeon’s College to develop training that can be used with overseas partners and among churches in the UK. Pray for this important partnership. Current Events/Issues – Please pray for young people caught up in a culture of knife crime including local youngsters attending schools and colleges in North Devon. Pray for those helping them and families who have suffered the consequences. Pray they may see a more positive way to live.

Nick, Liz and Harrison


Abbotsham Baptist Church: Please pray for the church meeting tonight. That God will be with us as we decide on current matters and plan for the future. Pray that ABC will be a church living out the gospel in our community. BMS: Pray for personnel in training now as they prepare to leave the UK and take up new opportunities and challenges in overseas contexts.

Mike and Sheila


BMS: Pray for David McMillan, our Training Team Leader, as he develops partnerships and programmes with emerging leaders and mission practitioners within the Global South. Current Events/Issues: Domestic Violence – Office for National Statistics reported 2.3 million cases of domestic violence in the year up to March 2020 a 9% increase on the previous year. Levels have risen during the lockdown period. Pray for victims and survivors in our churches and pray that as Christian communities we will learn how to be a safe loving environment for everyone. Pray for the government as it makes and implements policies to reduce domestic violence and protect the vulnerable.

Jim and Fay


BMS: Thank God for BMS partners in Delhi and Kolkata in India, the Global Institute for Vocational Excellence and Biglife, and pray as we collaborate to set up a training hub in India. Praise the Lord for Abbotsham Baptist Church and pray that as a fellowship we will grow ever closer in Christ.

Graham and Sheila