Weekly Prayer Focus: Godmanchester Baptist Church
Godmanchester is an expanding town near Huntingdon which retains a great community feel. Godmanchester Baptist Church was founded in 1845 and has met at the heart of the community ever since – with one move of site in the 1990s and a complete redevelopment of the premises over the last ten years. Daniel Beckett and Carolyn Keats are the pastors and they work with the Leadership Team and a large number of committed volunteers to head up the various congregations and activities.
A snapshot of their recent summer activities, highlighting the way that there is something for everyone at GBC whatever age or stage of life, includes:
- A Children’s Holiday Club – three mornings of fun, excitement and being pirates! Looking at the life of Paul and his love for Christ – and what can be learnt from his example and find the true treasure of knowing Jesus.
- A Youth Activity Week – four days of activities held locally, including mini-golf, canoeing, a bake along, a make along, a film night, games and a barbecue. A way to encourage more young people to join in.
- Tuesdays@11 – three Tuesdays of fun for older people with quizzes, board games, carpet bowls, pool, a visit from a speaker from the local hedgehog hospital and entertainment from the local ukulele band. All finished off with a thought for the day and a lovely lunch together.
- Together Events – whole church fun events where they fellowshipped together enjoying the summer weather (well, that was the plan!) – with cream teas, picnics and barbecues in various people’s gardens and homes.
The fellowship continues to explore their multi-congregational model. They now have a second building, a few miles away, which was donated to them and they have recently started a new congregation there – wanting to be a witness and blessing in that community.
- For the fellowship as they seek God’s direction and that they will endeavour to be obedient.
- As they continue to grow the different congregations.
- May their unique differences draw in a wide range of people who will feel at home.