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We are a multi-cultured church, with a mix of all ages and have a large amount of children. The congregation is made up of around 160 members, 60 regular attendees and 100 children and young people.
Woodford Baptist Church was established in 1881 shortly after the railway came to Woodford. A school-chapel was opened in 1883 and three years later a minister was settled here. In 1895-6 the present main buildings were built in front of the school-chapel. Since that time many thousands of local residents have been part of the life of the church. Church members haven been local shopkeepers, teachers, professionals, councillors and even a Mayor of Redbridge. In the 1940‘s two ‘missions’ were opened locally which subsequently became independent churches. The church partnered with Redbridge in the 1960’s and 1970’s to build a residential care home and two sheltered housing units for over 100 people all based on one site in Wanstead.
The church is growing numerically and in the services that we offer to the local community. Regular courses or seminars open to the public are about parenting (including single parenting); marriage; singleness; separation/divorce; money management and the well-known Alpha course.
Clubs and activities are well attended by children and young people of all ages with 100 children/young people involved week by week and up to 100 children at holiday clubs.
Fundraising Pamper Events (women only!) for Breast Cancer or the Macmillan Nurses have filled the buildings regularly. We take part in the Woodford Festival and have links with local churches and local, national and international Christian organisations, for example the Redbridge based Christian Education Project, Epping Forest Youth for Christ, Christians Against Poverty, Tearfund and World Vision.
The church recognises, and is interested in meeting or helping to provide solutions to a local demand for debt counselling, addiction recovery, excluded young people and homelessness.
We use a five-point plan to assess our effectiveness as a church:
Evangelism. Evangelism can be described as ‘Making Jesus known in our world.’ We are so excited by what Jesus has done for us that we are desperate to give other people the chance to encounter him.
Worship. ‘Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of Him.’ Colossians 3:17. Worship can be defined as ‘Loving God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.’ We aim to worship God in everything we do. As a congregation we worship God together using a contemporary music style. As individuals we aim to live lives which bring glory and honour to God.
Ministry. Ministry can be defined as using the gifts God gives us to help and reach others. Christianity is about participating not spectating. As we serve each other we fulfil our collective calling. As a church we try to seize every opportunity to pray for each other and allow God to work in us.
Fellowship. We want our community to be marked by relationships of care and sacrificial love.
Discipleship. Following Jesus is a journey of self-discovery and more importantly God-discovery. This process of discipleship leads a believer to enjoy a deeper relationship with God, to become more like Jesus, and to leave behind patterns of behaviour which place a barrier between them and God. ‘He is a fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.’ (Jim Elliot)
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