Areas forming this ministry include:
Pastoral Support Ministry
Social and Fellowship Ministry
All the Woodley Baptist Church community and visitors to Woodley Baptist Church.
With such a large community to care for, alongside the elders, we try to identify those people who are unwell, with employment
problems (including redundancies) and social, family and marriage difficulties. We inform David Barter of these concerns and
discuss the best ways of helping people in need. The primary resource is for the relevant home group to provide care but some
issues require more support from the Elders. Also, not all members are linked to a home group, and then extra arrangements need
to be made. We also welcome visitors to Woodley Baptist Church.
By prayer, welcoming newcomers, looking out for people who are in need, speaking sensitively to people who are clearly
unhappy and mixing with others than those of your immediate circle, especially those who live alone. We also welcome any
offers of practical help, e.g. providing meals, transport, shopping and visiting. We recognise that this ministry overlaps
with many others who undertake many pastoral tasks.
The Information Desk is situated just inside the entrance to the Church, and is the point of contact and welcome for everyone,
especially visitors and people who are new to the church.
To provide information about the life and activities of the church, children's work, and Alpha Courses together with details of
other forthcoming events.
Daily Bible reading notes, Radar magazine, church welcome packs and other information are also available.
There is a Visitors’ Book and it is also a location for sign-up lists for special events.
Help with staffing the desk before and after the Sunday services is always welcome, it is a great opportunity to greet people
and help them if they have any questions. If you would be interested in helping please speak to me.
Absolutely everyone involved in, connected with or interested in Woodley Baptist Church in any way.
The 'Social and fellowship Ministry' area encompasses all of the fun and welcoming sides of church life. It includes the Newcomers' Tea, church communal lunches, barn dances, quiz nights,
"Who's Coming To Dinner?" evenings, weekends away and much more! It is a way for everyone to become more involved in the family
and life of our church.
Any ideas or requests for social activities gratefully received, and offers of help much appreciated.
Everyone is welcome to join in any of the events - keep an eye out in Take Note for details!
There are a wide variety of occasions, large and small, within church life where refreshments and food are involved!
We all benefit from it and many are involved in different ways at various times.
Gathering with friends to eat and drink was something Jesus did on a regular basis and provides a relaxed setting for the
development of friendships and for productive conversations. Tea and coffee after our services, meals in one another's homes,
lunches for the retired, suppers on the Alpha course, occasional church family ‘bring and share’ lunches, Newcomers' teas -
all are valuable expressions of church life and contact points for visitors and friends.
You can offer to help in many ways - by sharing with your small group in the serving of tea and coffee on Sundays; by contacting
Pam Shepherd and saying you would be willing to be on the rota to serve drinks on Sunday nights; by offering to help cook or
serve occasionally when events occur; by being willing to serve on the rota for Café Piazza or by offering to help coordinate
a team for a special event that needs catering.
And we can all help by keeping the kitchen area clean, tidy and fit for its purpose!
The Newcomers' Tea is for anyone who is new (ish) to Woodley Baptist Church and wants to know more about us.
There is a delicious spread of food and a good mix of church leaders and new people who attend.
The Newcomers' Tea is an event that happens every few months (as needed), designed to welcome new people to the church,
let them meet some of the church leaders, share useful information with them and answer any questions they may have.
Look out for details of the next Newcomers' Tea in Take Note. They are usually at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon.