Our Minister Nigel Bayley writes:
On Sunday 12th May we launched our Gift Day, which will culminate in a special service on Sunday 19th May, at which we will also be celebrating our 236th anniversary. The truth that God has sustained a worshipful and missional Baptist community in Dereham since 1783 is a display of his glory and is certainly something to acknowledge and celebrate.
Our Gift Day gives us the opportunity to raise funds for the work God is calling us to, and to find and send workers to the ‘harassed and helpless’ in the harvest field, which he has made plentiful in preparation (Matthew 9:36-38). We believe that each one of you has much to offer in terms of your God-given gifts and so on Sunday morning our many different ministries will be displaying the work they do and offering opportunities for you to get involved. In what way is God calling you to bring what you have and use it to serve him in our church and our town?
In addition to this, we have put together a letter about the financial element of the Gift Day, which you can access by clicking here. This will give you all the details about why we are having this event and explains the various ways in which you can contribute towards our target. On Sunday, I taught from Luke 12 about money and giving. You can listen to that message on our website – derehambaptist.org – and click here for the study notes, which include a summary of the sermon and some questions for you to to think about and respond to. Please come before God this week and with his guidance decide how much you are able to give towards the work that he is calling us to do together.
Thank you everyone – see you on Sunday!