Looking Back at Church Events and Community involvement
A full picture of KBC life for 2011 can be found under the heading 'Annual Report & Accounts - below are a few further reflections -
Reflecting on 2011
December 25th, the great day and a day which saw us share the celebration of the birth of Jesus with our friends across the High Street at Victoria Methodist Church. Always a lovely occasion.
December 20th, another firm fixture on the calendar is the Carols By Candlelight service when the sanctuary is illuminated by some 200 candles.
December 18th saw us enjoy the always well supported Family Nativity Service where the Christmas story was acted out by a variety of 'volunteers' of a wide range of ages dressed in true nativity costumes for the characters involved. Always great fun and lots of laughter.
December 13th 2011 some thirty members of the church enjoyed a full Christmas Fellowship meal and served by the Deacons plus a couple of family members. It was a lovely occasion and will no doubt now be a regular calendar feature.
November 25th 2011 the church was the centre of much activity during the town's Victorian Evening, there was a puppet show, and teas and cofees and of course mince pies to be had at the 'coffee shop' in the hall. Outside burgers were on sale. The chirch also provided to location for the first aid and security operation HQ.
November 13th 2011 the service started half an hour early so that the congregation were able to go outside and watch the parade go past on its way to the Memorial Gates to honour those who have fallen. Many followed the parade down to the open air service.
October 11th 2011 the church hosted an evening for Churches Together in Keynsham and Saltford to listen to a very entertaining and thought-provoking talk by author Nick Page who talked the gathering through his book "God's Dangerous Book".
September 27th 2011. We came together to enjoy a two course Harvest Supper followed by tea/coffee and mints.
September 25th 2011 saw us celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving service.
As I look back on previous writings the reader might be led to the belief that everything we do has a food attached. Well not everything but it is lovely to enjoy good company whilst at the same time enjoying good simple food.
August 20th 2011. Our Church Secretary Pat Evans and her husband Martin hosted a walking treasure hunt from their Saltford riverside home. The weather was kind to us and those attending had the choice of a walk across fields searching for clues, or a steady flat walk along the river to enjoy the scenery, the ducks and the river, or they were able to just sit and relax and enjoy fellowship and conversation. However whatever you chose to do, everyone shared in a generous cold buffet afterwards.
July 23rd 2011. Malcolm Broad and his wife Rachel hosted a fundraising BBQ in their garden on a what was a lovely sunny evening. Food was plentiful, fellowship and conversation was warm and Sissi and Molly took advantage of the hot tub.
July 12th 2011 On the evening a group of some 20 people from the church travelled to Counterslip Baptist Church, Hengrove where they shared with others a fantastic concert performed by The Chapel Choir from Dawson Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The 75 strong choir ranged in age betwen 14 and 18. It was a fantastic evening.
July 12th 2011 The Craft Group that meets at the church and has many church members within it held a cream tea at the home of Hilary and David Hallett.
July 3rd 2011 The church hosted the 'Green Room' for the Keynsham Music Festival.
June 18th 2011 A cream tea was held at Haycombe Barn, Bath as a fundraiser for this years Homemakers charity which is Epilepsy Action and the church funds. £175 was raised.
June 15th 2011 Members of the church joined members of Homemakers for an evening visit to Kilver Court Gardens and farm shop. They enjoyed a talk about the building and gardens history before wandering around the gardens and enjoying them. The evening ended with tea, coffee and home made cakes.
June 12th 2011 The Fellowship came together for its 204th Anniversary Service and then enjoyed a lunch together afterwards.
May 21st 2011 God gave us the weather and our Yard Sale was very busy and well supported. As usual the cake stall was sold out long before any other. The profit from the sale helps toward the ongoing work of the church. The Baptist Church has no external funding so what we need we have to donate or work for.
May 16th 2011 An amazing attendance at 'Lunch Break' found the catering staff pleasantly surprised as they ran out of the main course within an hour of opening. Held on the third Monday of each month between 12 noon and 1.30pm in the church hall the event has become quite a social event where people decide to meet, or just come along to enjoy freshly cooked food.
May 3rd 2011 At the evening service the congregation received spirited and enthusiastic reports regarding the Baptist Assembly from the minister Revd Mick Standbridge, Marianne his wife, church Treasurer Malcolm Broad and Sissi Hemming.
There was sadness on hearing the news that Margaret Chapman, a member of the church, had passed away following a long illness.
April 29th 2011 A delegation from the church attended the Baptist Assembly in Blackpool.