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December Blog 

Leadership can be tough and no less so in a Church. We have our fair share of difficulties, but we are blessed with a prayerful group of Elders who have the wellbeing of the villagers in our locality, and the membership, in their hearts. I have always found it interesting that right after the sentence where Paul in the Book of Timothy Ch 3 v 1 says “If a man desires the office of bishop, he desireth a good work” then follows this up with a lengthy list of requirements and qualifications in order for them to be eligible for the role. As we sometimes say in the world of work about difficult roles, the role of leader in a church could definitely be said to be a “tough gig”. An even tougher gig when you think that the elders and the selection team are currently trying to help us appoint a new leader for Bramhall Baptist Church. It’s great news that we finally have some candidates, but this is only part of the journey that we need to go through.
It got me to thinking (AGAIN!) about what we look for in our leaders versus what God looks for. It seems that our secular thoughts on leadership are very different from God’s. Saul, of course, was a leader who was given to the people because they requested a King. One who, in secular terms, was head and shoulders (quite
literally) above the rest. Nevertheless, Samuel made it plain to the children of Israel that their wellbeing and prosperity would be measured by whether they were God-fearing, served God and “obey[ed] his voice”: not based on their adoration of an earthly King. In 1 Samuel 15 we read about Saul’s disobedience to God: God
told him to utterly destroy the Amalekites and all of their property. Through weakness, Saul disobeyed God and allowed the people to keep the spoils of war and preserved the life of their leader, Agag. Saul’s weakness in pandering to the people, and ultimately his disobedience, was his undoing and led to his replacement. 1 Samuel 15 has got to be one of the sadder stories of the Old Testament.
Anyway, some takeaways from that story...
• We should be careful what we wish for...
• Whether we are successful in securing a leader for the Church, our prayerful obedience and faithfulness to God is what will drive blessing at Bramhall Baptist Church...
• The secular traits of a “Good” leader are not always what God is looking for and this should inform our thinking. Think David vs Saul...
Tom

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building on Woodford Road for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

As we are now also live-streaming our service, if you want to avoid being caught on camera - we suggest you sit towards the rear and left hand side of the room. 

We serve tea and coffee after the service ends. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet in the corridor off the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We will share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

images: Services

What about my kids?

We have a great program lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). You are welcome to keep your child in the service or take them to the creche at the end of the corridor, but it is currently unsupervised so you must stay with them.
  • Kidz Church (3-11 years)  We work with children in a variety of age appropriate groups and activities.  During the Covid restrictions we have had BBC Kidz TV on our You Tube channel.  Now we are having activities in the church building
  • Young people (11+ years)  As we reopen church following the pandemic we will restart the groups we have had for Young People 

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshiping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our home groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Home Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Tea Break for Seniors
  • Little Lambs Toddler Group
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Elders
 

Stephen Burr           
Ruth Meal         
Ted Trim
   
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes
Stephen, Ruth, Ted