A Very Messy Christmas

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Dear church family,

When I emailed on Monday morning with the specific list of bits which were still needed for hampers, it was mega overwhelming to have you all respond so quickly and generously.  Thank you so so much!!!

Monday was a day full of the presence of God, of joy, of working together as a team, of being willing and ready to serve and love people we may never get to meet and of making new friends in some instances! It was a beautiful example of church family working at its best - a huge thank you to every single person who contributed to our hampers this year, showed up to wrap and brought the best of themselves!

I often wonder what Jesus would do if he came to our church... I imagine him serving people in The Well - loving each and every person who comes in as part of His family - giving excellently barista'd coffee to people who maybe won't have a hot drink at home and helping people to food from the community fridge so that their families don't go hungry.  I imagine him on His knees in prophetic worship, dancing in lively worship, praying fervently for the lost souls and for salvation across Ashford... I imagine him hosting on a Sunday morning and having a good dance before the service to the countdown music - and I imagine Him sitting down to knit or crochet blankets for people who need comfort.

What I have just described isn't actually part of my imagination - Jesus is doing all of the above and so much more through each member of our church family who chooses to be used by Him to love our community - both church family and wider - He lives in you - and me - in all of us.

He has called us to love and serve our community - together.  What a joy and privilege it is to be part of a church family with a huge heart for mission and the community! We get to partner with God in what He wants to do for eternity...

To each and every one of you reading this message - thank you for being part of our family.  Thank you for being willing for God to use you.  Thank you for the gifts you bring and the impact you make, both inside and outside the church.  You are seen, known and loved - and we really do love you so very much.

Every blessing and much love as always.

Izzy xxxx



SUNDAY GATHERING - 10:30AM Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on Church Family. For those who are unable to attend in person please join us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/y6iTyC5_nyc

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THE 'REAL' MEAL @ CHRISTMAS 🎄🍗 Calling all men who like food! Join us on Monday 4th December 7pm at The Woolpack (Smeeth) for a 2 course Christmas Dinner - Turkey & beef with all the trimming, Christmas pudding. (vegetarian/vegan option will be provided). £20 per person.
Speaker: Andy Hedley-Smith Currently head of Security at MAF, formerly he was a Police Officer who has been involved in close protection work with top governmental personnel. 
Important: We will need to know final numbers by the 27th November and a £10 deposit paid upfront. Please see Ben Oliver or Mark Giles. Limited availability, so please book fast!!

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A Very Messy Christmas is back for another year!  For this event to be a success, we will need a large team of volunteers to help set up on Friday evening 8th December, for either or both sessions on the Saturday and to help clear up afterwards.  Please let Izzy know if you are available to help at all.  This is such a great event for outreach to our community and places will be snapped up super quick.

To book session one (11am - 1pm), please click the link below:
To book session two (2pm - 4pm), please click the link below: https://willesboroughbaptistchurch.churchsuite.com/events/linrnm8f

MEZZANINE the installation of the Mezzanine will begin on the week commencing the 27th November.

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The Real Meal | 4th December
Advent Quiet Day | 25th Nov | 10am - 2:30pm | BBC
A Very Messy Christmas | 9th December | 11-1 & 2-4
Fancy Dress Christingle | 10th December | 10:30am
Carols at Brabourne | 10th December | 4pm | BBC
Church Family Christmas Meal | 12th December | 6:30pm | WBC
Christmas at the Well | 16th December | 9am - 12noon | The Well
Christmas for Everyone | 17th December | 10:30am | WBC
Carols by Candlelight | 17th December | 6pm | WBC
Family Food & Fun Pantomime & Christmas Dinner | 20th December | 11am - 1:30pm
Christmas Pantomime | 20th December | 6:30pm |  WBC
Brabourne Community Carols | 22nd December | 6pm | The Warren in Brabourne
Christmas Eve Communion | 24th December | 10:30pm | WBC
Brabourne Midnight Service | 24th December | 11:45pm | BBC
Christmas Day Service | 25th December | 10:30am | WBC
Brabourne Christmas Day Service | 25th December | 10am | BBC

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Sparks & Firestarters | Sunday mornings | In the church hall | 0-3 & 4-10 year olds
Blaze | Sunday mornings upstairs in the well | years 6-8
Ignite | Friday | 7-9pm | Main worship space | years 7-13
Furnace | Mondays | 7-9pm | Katie's manse | years 9-13
The Well | Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays | 9-12
Crafty Cuppa | Thursdays every other week | Next session 16th Nov | In The Well | 2-4pm
Brabourne Craft Group | Fourth Thursday of the month | 10am-1pm | Brabourne Baptist Church  
Renew Wellbeing | Tuesdays in The Well | 2-4pm
Prayer | Before our Sunday service | front of church | 9:45am
Early Morning Prayers | Thursday mornings | 6:30am | Join here: www.willesboroughbaptist.church/prayer

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