October

From the Minister's Desk

This month sees our Church Away Day, Saturday 14th October, and a Trip to "The House of Bread" near to Shipston-on- Stour. It is a beautiful setting in a place which has come about through the spiritual vision of Christian friends who have developed the House as a place where many have stayed, or have simply come along for a few hours and found spiritual refreshment. We have held three Church Away Days in recent years, all at Hampton Lucy Primary School.

In 2009 we shared the Vision to be A Christ Centred Church, a Caring and Community Based Church, as well as a Changing Church.

In 2012 Adrian Argile and Katherine Pickford shared with us, Our Purpose, Passion and Prayerfulness as a Church. In 2014 we held our Alpha Away Day as a whole Church looking especially at the work of the Holy Spirit whose Person and work we had spent some time studying on Sunday Mornings and in Home Groups.

In 2015 we had a Sunday with the Evangelist Dennis Pethers of Roof Top Ministry, who led to look at our Mission and Evangelism as a Church.

On this occasion, Neil Le Tissier, who is our Regional Minister for Coventry, Warwickshire and South Birmingham will be leading our thoughts on "Being A Healthy Church." This will be an important time in the life of Leamington Spa Baptist Church and it is vital that a significant number of members of the fellowship attend to share in this day with Neil. He will lead us with his insights into what the key elements and practices are that make up a Healthy Church. As I have grown older, I have valued the opportunity of going to my local Doctor's Surgery to have my MOT and to find out about my own health. I believe we all need to have those on going Spiritual Health Checks about our Walk with God.

  • How is our Relationship with Jesus developing?
  • Are there any threats to our Spiritual life?
  • What new things are we discovering?
  • Similarly, it is vital that the Church has such an opportunity to review its Life, Fellowship, Worship, Work and Witness. Is the Lord doing a New Thing in our life together?

Please come along to the House of Bread on Saturday 14 October and share the AWAY DAY with your Sisters and Brothers in Christ. Let's get to know each other better. Let us get to know God better. Let us learn to serve Him better. And let us pray for Neil that he will be led by the Holy Spirit to show us What is Next in the life of Leamington Spa Baptist Church.

Your Friend and Pastor,

Anthony Orr