Kesgrave Baptist Church is an evangelical Baptist Church based in the town of Kesgrave, near Ipswich, UK. Our main purpose is to spread the message of Jesus Christ who alone is able to save people through His death on the cross and resurrection, and to learn more about Him.
There's a warm welcome to anyone to any of the church services, youth clubs, Sunday school and other meetings, whether you're a Christian or not. Our Sunday services attract people of all ages and backgrounds; there is also a Sunday school which runs during the morning service.
Our motto for 2016 is:
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts." Zechariah, 4:6.
News from the Sayers family
Latest news from Abingdon - Jim & Helen's latest prayer letter includes reports about the Athelington and Root Hill camps, the Summer Envision teams and Jim's preparations for the Annual Mission Day and his planned visit to Burkina Faso in mid November
GBM Annual Mission Day
Saturday 29 October - la there's also news of the Annual Mission Day with Missionaries from the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Poland, France and Brazil. More details at www.gbm.org.uk
Listen to recent sermons
Here are a few of the recent sermons at Kesgrave Baptist church. For a full list of all the services, with downloadable audio, click here.
New youth group for years 4-6: Activ8
With most of the EWOKs kids moving up to the Trailblazers youth group, we've taken the opportunity to re-launch our Friday youth group for older primary school kids (years 4 to 6) with a new name Activ8.
We'll be starting with a small group of kids, with a mixture of games and quizzes and more challenging and creative projects. All youngsters in years 4 to 6 welcome - if you are interested, please contact on of the leaders Martin Tatham, Ben Manson or Helen Thomson - or just come along on a friday night.
For more details, click here.
KBC Youth Clubs Christmas Event
We hope you enjoyed the KBC Youth
Clubs Christmas event. We enjoyed having so many families
and friends there - and the youngsters did a great job.
In case you missed it, here's a couple of the video clips we played at the event:-
The Apprentice comes to KBC
Out-Takes from The Apprentice comes to KBC
Toddler Groups from September
We're making some changes to the timing of the Toddler groups from September, so that the two groups are both meeting on a Tuesday, one in the morning the other in the afternoon.
Both toddler groups will be re-starting after the Summer break on Tuesday 6th September
Verse of the Day
Space Quest Holiday Bible Club 2016
We had a great time at “Space Quest” Holiday Bible Club over February half term. We'll put a few photo's from the club on the website in the near future. If your kids enjoyed Space Quest, you might be interested in our Friday Youth Clubs: Yoyo's (Reception to Year 3) and Activ8 (Years 4 to 6).
If you'd like to see some of the pictures from last year's club 'Clue Hunters', and from the Family Fun Night, click here.
Servants of the Word: building the church in Gambia
Steven Musa-Kormeyea and a team of pastors, teachers and adminstrators are working in the Gambia to disciple and train Christians. To find out details of the work, and learn a bit about the people involved, click here.
Giving to the work of Kesgrave Baptist Church
We've set up a new way to give on-line, if you would prefer to contribute financially to the work of the Gospel at Kesgrave Baptist Church in this way.
Please visit our webpage on giving - which gives details of this, and other ways to give.
Jonathan Tatham's Baptism
We were very overjoyed to witness the baptism of Jonathan Tatham recently. Jonathan's a teenager who's a student at Reading University, and who's been brought up within the fellowship of the church. He recently decided to profess his faith publicly in the Lord Jesus Christ
Here's the video of Jonathan's baptism for anyone who couldn't make it to the service.
Growing up in a Christian family and coming to church all my life has thankfully exposed me to the ideas of Christianity and stories of the bible from a very young age. Although church was always a part of my life, its significance was never clear to me and other activities such as sports were always more important, and, more enjoyable to me. It was when I first went to bible class at the age of 11, and especially when Tirzah took over a year later, that I first really started discussing and thinking about the bible and its meaning to a deeper extent. For example, we no longer just looked at the stories of the bible, we looked at what this meant for us and how what we read could be applied to our own situations 2000 years on. This helped me consider the importance of why I went to church and what it meant to be a Christian.
Over time, my interest in hearing the bible explained grew greater and my interest in listening to sermons increased and, with the help of making my own notes, I began to form my own opinions based on what I had heard. The arrival of Andrew accelerated this spiritual development as I felt that his sermons immediately began to challenge me personally and I was then at the age when I could really start applying what I heard on a Sunday to my own life. I really began to fully understand that being a Christian was not just about coming to church or praying once in a while. Instead it is about what Jesus did for us that gave us a chance to be saved, I just don’t think I appreciated this fact yet.
I was at a stage where I believed there was a God but I still struggled on a few issues such as assurance, what it meant to have repented and scientific views which oppose the ideas of Christianity. Starting over a year ago, I began having one-to-one meetings with Andrew which initially helped me in tackling the issues that I struggled with and then moved on to the underlying principles of what it meant to live as a Christian with sessions on faith, repentance and baptism. It was around this time that I began to realise that I would never fully understand everything in the Bible, and that these things were not important enough to stop me from giving my life totally to him. More importantly I do trust in Jesus, I believe his word is true and I want to live for him, not myself.
The idea of moving to University was a nervous time for me, I wasn’t sure whether University was for me or whether I’d enjoy it. I know that I and many other people prayed a lot that God would watch over me at this time. God answered these prayers in that I made new friends very easily and found a church that I feel is right for me. Even one of my seven flatmates is from a Christian family and chooses to go to the same church. Moving away was a time when the Bible, church and Jesus could easily have been pushed to the back of my mind but instead God proved that he answers prayer and cares for me despite my failings. There was no specific time that I felt I became a Christian but it was over the weeks leading up to university that I came to a point of knowing that I had truly repented of my sins and believed that Jesus died for me and so was ready to be baptised.
CY Woo's Baptism
We were very privileged to witness the baptism of CY Woo recently. Following her husband Paul's baptism, CY was baptised by Pastor Andrew Thomson, she affirmed that she repented of her sins and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here's the video of CY's baptism for anyone who couldn't make it to the service.
I was brought up in a non-religious family. When I was five, my parents asked me what primary school I would like to go to and I replied a Catholic primary school. To be honest, I did not know anything about Catholics at that time. I probably heard the adults talking about Catholic schools being good schools and that’s what I came up with.
We said prayers at the start and at the end of the school day. Some students from different year groups were selected every day to say the prayers in front of the whole school and I was selected on a few occasions. I felt special about it. I also liked the RE class as it was all to do with Bible stories. That is when I started praying to God at bedtime. I asked my father once about being baptised. I can’t remember how old I was but I think I would have been around 6 or 7. My father told me that it was a serious commitment and it would be better for me to decide when I grew up. I continued my bedtime prayers until I came over to the UK at 17.
Between the ages of 17 and my early 30s, I only prayed on occasions. I was too wrapped up in all the other things happening around me. I gave no time to praying to God except during exam time. I had put him to the back of my mind. Even so, God had looked after me and had provided me with many good friends to help me along in different stages of my life.
When Paul and I got married, we chose to get married in the Church of England. We had an opportunity to get married in a Roman Catholic Church providing we promised to bring our children up as Roman Catholic. We felt that our children should choose their own relationship with God. It is not something the parents should dictate to them. However, we agreed that our children should know God. That is when God came back into my mind.
God has been very patient with me. He waited for another few years before creating a chance for me to meet with Helen Thomson. Alice had been going to the church toddler group since she was little. Then she went to the Three Bears Playgroup where Joel also went. However, I hardly talked to Helen during the whole school year as I only picked up Alice once a week. I took Alice to the toddler group a week before she started the primary school and that’s when I talked to Helen properly. I asked Helen what a Baptist church was about and how it was different from a Catholic church and a Church of England. She explained and then told me about the Sunday service. She also came to my house for a coffee and we chatted about our families. She came across as different from other people I knew (in a good way). That interested me even more to come to Kesgrave Baptist Church.
We came to the church service and we felt very welcome as a family. We particularly liked the fact that there were not hundreds of man-made rituals and we both felt right to be in this church. Andrew and Helen then gave up their time to run the Christianity Explored course in the morning for Tabassum and I. They answered many of my questions. I started my praying again and I started reading the Bible. I finally felt I had the right channel to know God. The more I read, the more I understand, and my faith is strengthened. The fact that it is down to God’s grace whether we go to heaven makes sense to me. That it is not down to brownie points but repentance and faith comforts me. How the Old Testament and New Testament correspond with each other make me believe in God.
When we were back in Hong Kong during the summer holidays, we found comfort listening to Andrew’s sermon. I knew I was changing in some way when my friends were worrying about dying and I wasn’t. The “old” me would have worried the same way they do. When Paul was baptised, I felt I was not ready yet because I had not read many chapters of the Bible. I also felt I was a long way off trying to live God’s way. Although I had repented, I felt that I fell short on faith. However, the note on the church weekly notice a few weeks after Paul’s baptism opened up my mind. It is Proverbs Chapter 3, verse 5-6. “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” I have always been quite a logical person and liked things to be explainable and controllable. However, this verse just reminds me that I should have faith. God is mighty and he works in a mysterious way. There is no way that I could understand everything he plans.
He had patiently waited for 30 years for me to come back to him since the last time I wanted to be baptised. I believe that it is time to be fully committed to him. I also felt that I now know him properly through the Bible. There was no drama or crisis in my life that made me turn to him all of a sudden. I believe that He’s been at work with me slowly all these years but He has chosen this time for me to know Him properly and to commit to Him. I thank God that Paul shares the same faith with me. It has strengthened our relationship. I also thank God that we have many supportive friends to share this faith with.