Continuing Celebrations

Our Grand Opening Celebrations began on Saturday and will continue for slightly more than a week. We enjoyed a great day on Saturday. Perhaps as many as three hundred people joined with us at some part of the day.

We began with an open house in the morning, serving tea and coffee. Our structured events began with the ribbon-cutting at 2.30pm. Joan Coupe, our longest serving active church member who at 94 continues to be as engaged in the life of the church community as ever, did the honours. Send me you pictures and I’ll post one here.

I led the service of dedication so it is not really my place to say it was good but it certainly seemed well-received. There were numerous highlights for me. The  children’s music group performed and led us in ‘Sing with joy to the God of all creation’; the children were great! For me, every aspect of the service was meaningful and I was delighted by the support we received from friends from all walks of life. Thanks to all of you who came along. We were honoured by your presence and it would not have been the same without you! The day was brought to a close with a  music concert. After a busy day, it was a great joy (for me) to sit back, relax and enjoy an excellent event.

I am grateful to God for our new building. I am impressed by all the changes and additions but what matters most is that an accessible, functional building is now available to us. I hope it will be a place where God is encountered. I hope it will become a vibrant centre for worship, ministry and mission.

We are open all this week in the mornings if you’d like to drop by for coffee. On Wednesday, Pat Took will be with us. I’ll say more about that in my next post.

Grand opening of our newly refurbished church building

After years of fund-raising and planning and after seven months of holding our church services at Beaver Road Primary School, we are delighted to be back in our own building. Our century-old church building (built in 1900 actually) has been renovated and extended. It now has a new main entrance and foyer on School Lane. New rooms include an office, a small meeting room, kitchen and toilets. The sanctuary has been completely refurbished and new windows are currently being installed. The ground floor is entirely accessible throughout. Extensive renovations have also been made to the Beaver Road entrance, foyer and hallway. The Marion Scott Playgroup and Beaver Road PlayStation are now fully operational at the Beaver Road end of the building and other community groups have now resumed their evening activities in the upstairs hall.

Celebrations to mark the opening of our newly refurbished building will take place from Saturday 14 January 2012. These will include:

Saturday 14 January
2.30pm Ribbon cutting
3.00pm Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving
7.30pm Celebration Concert

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 January
Open Week
10 am – 12 noon
display exhibition
tea and coffee served

Wednesday 18 January
Visit of Pat Took (President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain)
12 noon Meeting for ministers and clergy
7.30pm Evening Celebration

Tuesday 24 January
7.30 pm Convivia in Concert

If you can make any of these events, we’d be delighted to see you.

Easter Happenings

As we continue to celebrate the Season of Easter at Didsbury Baptist Church, we are anticipating a number of key events and happenings in our life together:

Three of our members will be attending the Baptist Assembly this weekend. This will be held in Blackpool and it begins today. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

After that we will be preparing, as a congregation, for the start of building work that we believe will greatly improve our capacity for ministry and mission in our community. We are about to make final decisions on appointing a builder, closing and clearing our sanctuary, and relocating our Sunday services while the work is carried out. More here when final decisions are made!

There will be a final concert in our sanctuary (as it is currently configured) on Saturday 7 May at 7.30 p.m. The twenty five piece band Swingin Affair will perform. Tickets are £6 and £4 concessions and proceeds will be divided between Francis House Children’s Hospice and our building project.

Christian Aid Week will also take place during the Easter Season (15-21 May) and we, along with Christians of all denominations,  are preparing for it now. Churches working Together in Didsbury will hold a special service to launch Christian Aid Week in our area. This will be held at East Didsbury Methodist Church on Sunday 15 May at 6.30 p.m.

Lenten Wednesdays

Starting tomorrow night, we will be holding a Lent Group every Wednesday of Lent in our Sanctuary. We’ll start with coffee at 7.30 p.m. and finish at 9.15. We will be using the York Course, Rich Inheritance: Jesus’ legacy of love. The course blurb reads as follows:

Jesus didn’t write a will. He left no written instructions. He didn’t seem to have a plan. At the end, as he hung dying on the cross, almost all of his followers had abandoned him. By most worldly estimates his ministry was a failure. Nevertheless, Jesus’ message of reconciliation with God lived on. It is the central message of the Bible. With this good news his disciples changed the world. How did they do it? What else did Jesus leave behind – what is his ‘legacy of love’? This course addresses these questions.

The five sessions are: 1 – An empty tomb; 2 – A group of people; 3 – A story; 4 – A power; 5 – A meal.

If you are anywhere near Didsbury on Wednesdays and would like to join us, you would be more than welcome. See you there!

Find out more about York Courses here.

Exploring the Story at DBC


Church Weekend Away

Many of us from DBC spent last weekend at Thornleigh Hotel in Grange over Sands where we held a very enjoyable Church Weekend Away. The venue was excellent. About forty five of us went and, as far as I am aware, everyone had a great time. We had opportunity to worship, learn and pray together and time to socialize and just be together. The photo below shows most of the group though one of our number missed the photo op. and one was serving as photographer. Other than that, most of the groups is pictured below. Other photos will follow (if you have any send them to me and I’ll include them).

Ask the Climate Question

Next Thursday (25 March) at Didsbury Baptist Church there will be a hustings event organized by the RSPB called Ask the Climate Question. This will be a Question Time style event with prospective parliamentary candidates from the major parties for Withington Manchester.

Similar events will be taking place all over the country as The RSPB, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tearfund, WWF-UK and other organisations have joined forces on this crucial issue to ask all their supporters to Ask the Climate Question.

For more information, or to submit a question in advance, please contact Andy Bunten by telephoning 0191 233 4316, or e-mailing andy.bunten@rspb.org.uk.

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