Christmas 2017

From all of us at St Mellons Baptist Church, we wish you a very happy Christmas.  We would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, during the month of December. [Read more…]

Week of Prayer 2017

Advance notice:   our annual week of prayer will start on Monday 4th September, all being well.  The meetings will be as follows:

Monday: 7:30-8:30 pm

Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 am

Tuesday 11:30 am-12:30 pm (following on from coffee morning)

Wednesday: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Thursday: 7:00 – 8:00 am

Friday evening  Whole Church Family Prayer Meeting: Pizza and chips  6:00 -6:45 pm, Prayer 6:45 – 7:30pm

Saturday morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 am

Easter 2017

You are warmly invited to join us for our Easter Sunday services on 16th April.  The morning service will be a Family Service, during which the Sunday School children will participate by singing a song and reciting a Bible passage that they have been learning.   The evening service will be at 6:00pm, and our pastor Andy Christofides will be preaching at both services.

 

Kisakya Mukama (God’s Grace)

bec 4


“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

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Life Explored

le-logo_fullLife Explored is a new seven week course, designed to be an introduction to the message of the Bible and the good news of Jesus.

You won’t be asked to pray, sing, or read aloud, and you can ask any question you like. Or, if you prefer, you can come along and simply listen.

Life Explored is for anyone who wants to investigate Christianity informally with a group of other people. Whether you have previous experience of Church, Christians and the Bible, or none at all, this course is for you. Everyone is welcome – from the most sympathetic Sunday schooler to the convinced atheist. We will respect your background, culture and beliefs. Tell us as little or as much about yourself as you feel comfortable.

What goes on?

January 2017 will be the first time we have run this particular course. We will meet from 3:45-5:00 pm on Sunday afternoons in the church hall, each week there will be a  short video and some discussion time based around it.   Refreshments will also be provided

How long does the course last?

Seven weeks.

Can I pull out if I want to?

Of course you can.

Do I have to pay, or bring anything?

No, the course is free, and all materials are provided.

Is it ‘churchy’? Am I going to get preached at?

We don’t think so. After all, if that’s what you’d like, you can join us in our Sunday services! Life Explored is different. Each session includes a video designed to explain an aspect of Christian belief and to stimulate discussion. Hopefully you’ll find it challenging and interesting. The group leaders will facilitate discussion and try to answer questions.

Do I have to speak in the group?

Not if you don’t want to. You are welcome to come and just sit and listen.

What is Life Explored based on?

In Life Explored, each session looks at a different aspect of God’s character. Instead of giving your our opinion of who God is, we aim to simply explore what the Bible says about Him.

Why is the course run?

We count it a real privilege to explain the truth and relevance of the Christian message. We don’t have all the answers to every question, but believe that we have exciting news to share about Jesus Christ, and we’d like to share it with you.

When does the course run?

Our first Life Explored course will be starting on 15th January 2017. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming along, or just turn up on the day.

A New Year Begins

September is here, and with it the start of a new year in the life of the church. [Read more…]

March Prayer Letter

Becca’s Prayer Letter
March 2015

We have a great group of doctors at Kiwoko currently. All are committed Christians and keen to care for patients spiritually as well as physically. They are also sociable and keen to spend time together which is making for a good team attitude and mutual support of one another. The on call commitment continues to be a challenge at times but having a team that pulls together certainly helps.

A recent addition to the Kiwoko services is a transitional care unit. This is a place for the babies who have been on the neonatal unit to stay with their mothers so that the mothers can get used to looking after their babies and prepare for discharge. It also helps to reduce the number of babies on the neonatal unit so that more time can be given to care for the sickest babies.

Last month we started going through Christianity explored with the lab and nursing students. This is done via small groups with 2-3 leaders per group. We have been encouraged to see the students really engaging with the course and developing a deeper understanding of the gospel. We continue to pray for conversions and also that the Christian students would be equipped to share the gospel.

It has been almost a year since we were able to do prison ministry. This was due to red tape and a restriction on access by the government. We have now been granted a licence to continue this ministry so we will be recommencing that in April. There were many exciting things happening amongst prisoners when we were last there so we pray that God would be obviously at work again.

On a personal note, I have withdrawn from my paediatric training in Wales and committed to Kiwoko for the long term. This is both exciting and a bit scary! It has been a process that God had has guided me through and his timing is always perfect. I will be back in the UK for around 4 months from July to complete interviews, raise support and also have some rest. If you would like me to speak at your church then please get in touch.

Prayer points:
• Praise God for a committed group of doctors at Kiwoko
• Pray for fruit from both the Christianity explored course and the prison ministry
• Pray for me as I prepare to stay at Kiwoko long term

Thank you for your ongoing support of myself and Kiwoko Hospital. “We treat, Jesus heals”

Then and Now!

Having found this old photograph of the Pastor and deacons from about 100 years ago, we decided to re-create the photograph with our current pastor and church officers!

Pastor (Alexander Evans) and Deacons. Photograph taken outside the Chapel, sometime between 1910-1920.

Pastor (Alexander Evans) and Deacons. Photograph taken outside the Chapel, sometime between 1910-1920.

 

Pastor (Andy Christofides) and Church Officers. Photograph taken outside the Chapel, 23 Nov 2014. Back row (left to right): Jonathan Williams, Gareth Thomas, Roger Gray, Richard Webster, Steve Napper. Front row: Gwydion Emyln, Dave Williams, Andy Christofides, Tony Rees, Andy Radford.

 

 

 

A few photos from the Family Fun Day today

We were blessed with a beautiful hot, sunny day today for our Family Fun Day at Willowbrook School.  Hundreds of people came from the local area, many of whom we had never had contact with before.  Here are a few photos.

Guess the weight of the Cake

Guess the weight of the Cake

blowing pingpong ball through maze

Beat the Goalie

Beat the Goalie

Bouncy Castle fun

Bouncy Castle fun

The fire engine was very popular

The fire engine was very popular

Before the crowds arrived

Before the crowds arrived

Who knew that shooting ducks with a water pistol could be so much fun?

Who knew that shooting ducks with a water pistol could be so much fun?

Hook a duck

Hook a duck

Face painting

Face painting

Craft table

Craft table

Prizes!

Prizes!

Mass catering by the hard-working kitchen team

Mass catering by the hard-working kitchen team

joel

Happy Easter

This blog is well overdue, sorry. I hope you all had a blessed Easter. I have just got back after a week away in eastern Ugandan with my sister (though that feels like ages away now after an 8 hour shift comprising of 1 ward round, 2 caesareans, 11 admissions and 3 reviews!). We spent our time away doing a mixture of fun things like kayaking and hiking and more relaxing things like eating, sleeping and playing games! Eastern Uganda is mountainous and so has a very different climate. It’s more wet and cold. I had been warned so took a fleece and trousers for those days when the temperature was below 20 degrees!! It was good to get time away from the pressures of the hospital and life in Kiwoko, enjoy God’s creation and recharge the batteries.

Many of you will remember my fear of maternity and the request for prayer about this prior to returning to Kiwoko in September. God has answered those prayers in a very definitive way. After a few weeks of re-learning maternity with a very good Ugandan doctor I was let loose again. This time I found it all clicked and I’ve started enjoying maternity, so much so that I now happily cover maternity on call for one of two doctors here who don’t do caesareans. I would much rather be called to maternity than one of the adult medical wards these days!! God certainly has a sense of humour. He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20) – most definitely!

Health wise I am now much better. After a week as a patient and a week recovering I was back at work, but it took 2 months for me to be back to “normal”. I am grateful for all the friends here who stepped in to help in lots of different ways. Thanks for all your prayers and emails too.

There are some challenges facing the hospital at the moment. You may have heard about the controversial anti-homosexuality bill that Uganda has signed. The fallout of that is that some countries have pulled their aid from Uganda. For us that has meant a dramatic reduction in the money available for diagnosing and managing HIV especially. The countries involved have said they will direct the money through different channels and we will still get it, but for now we are having to make difficult decisions about who to treat and which services to suspend. Please pray we would have wisdom. It is heart breaking to even contemplate babies being born with HIV because we can’t test and treat their mothers or to tell a parent their child has HIV and should be on drugs that would make and keep them well but we can’t provide them.

I have applied to stay in Kiwoko for another year. I’m waiting for those in charge of paediatric training in Wales to say if they will allow me to take another year out of training or not. Please pray that the process would be smooth and that God’s will would be clear whatever the outcome. I will be back in the UK for 6 weeks or so in the summer either way.
Thanks for the ongoing interest, prayers and support (oh and the chocolates etc. too 🙂 ). Please keep in touch.
Becca