We are restarting in-person services on Sunday mornings from Sunday 23rd May, although with some restrictions still in place and with limited numbers being able to attend. Regular attenders have the opportunity to go on a regular rota for attendance at services with other places being made available for visitors or for those not on the rota.
We are saddened to report that our dear brother Mervyn Evans, passed away on Tuesday January 26th - but we rejoice that he was called home into the presence of his Lord and Saviour. The interment is due to take place on Wednesday February 10th in Ashford Carbonel at 2:30. When restrictions on gathering for worship are lifted, there is planned to be a service of thanksgiving in remembrance of Mervyn, to be held at Witton Chapel.
We were privileged to take part in a baby naming ceremony on August 12th - a custom in Nigeria for announcing the names given by family members to new born babies. This occasion took place under the current coronavirus restrictions on church meetings so we were unable to sing and were required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. The meeting was however streamed live and can still be seen on our YouTube channel or directly using the link below:
Our dear sister Ann Thistlethwaite passed away on Wednesday April 1st and went to be with her Lord in glory. The funeral service is being held at St. Peter's Church on Wednesday April 22nd at 1:00pm but can only be attended by a limited number of people due to the lockdown. When the restrictions are lifted we plan to hold a Thanksgiving service at Witton Chapel in remembrance of Ann.
During the Coronavirus lockdown our regular services are being run using Zoom and also streamed live on YouTube for the benefit of visitors who would like the opportunity to connect to our church services.
Before the Covid-19 lockdown, we were able to hold a gardening work party at the Chapel and tidied up the bushes and shrubs ready for the springtime.
Unfortunately we have had to postpone our planned baptismal service due to the restrictions on public gatherings currently in place. When we are able to resume our normal services we plan to set another date for this baptismal service.
We are pleased to announce that God willing, we have a baptismal service planned for the Sunday evening of March 29th 2020 with a number of folk making public profession of faith in Christ Jesus by being baptised in obedience to our Lord's command.
Donated items for Care Sri Lanka included clothes (for children and adults), babyware, knitted blankets, knitted clothes, knitted children's toys, kitchenware, crockery, spectacles and a mountain bike. A work party helped to box up all the items which have now been transported to the shipping agent in London.
Items are being collected for the next shipment on November 5th to Sri Lanka to help needy Believers. Suggested items include clothes (new or nearly new), computers (3-4 yrs old), sewing machines, household items, hand tools, toys, bicycles, spectacles and mobile phones (good working order with charger).
Our Open Air witness continues in Droitwich on the 3rd Saturday of each month. We now regularly use a location where many people arrive from the car parks or walk between Morrisons supermarket and the town centre shops. The location also has a number of benches which allows folk to listen to the preaching while taking a rest from shopping.