Steve stood down as minister of NLBC at the start of September. The photograph is from the leadership team's farewell meal.
We were delighted to be able to celebrate John and Jeanette's 70th!
It was fantastic to spend the morning with David Judkins who joined us to share about his work with BMS in France, and the church that he has planted in Brive-la Gaillarde.
It was very exciting to witness Michelle, Alex, Jacob, Rebecca and Brittany get baptised.
Exploring the idea of 'praying in colour'.
Prayer stations for praying the Psalms.
All-Age challenge... can you resist the temptation to lick your lips? Easy, just put the doughnut in your mouth in one go!
Over the school holidays we met in a number of places to enjoy some all-age worship. On this occasion our service was followed by a BBQ.
The bouncy castle came out for the Toddler group end of term party. Best wishes to those moving on to nursery school in September!
All ages enjoyed an evening of board games and curry.
Watching England vs Iceland whilst enjoying a BBQ.
Our opening community event in the ground floor was a Piano Concert with Andy Quin followed by cheese and wine. The ground floor was officially opened by Pauline Searle.
It was fantastic to be able to dedicate the ground floor of the QE Park Centre at our first service downstairs. Stuart Davidson our regional minister preached. The service was followed by tea.
And this year it's a giant bauble...
It's the time of year when we all get stuck into the dressing up box to retell the story of Jesus' birth. Love the camel this year.
Another yummy church breakfast and beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
We used an advent labyrinth for our monthly prayer meeting.
Orla shared some of her drawings with us on how we could encourage each other - spot the: hugs, texting each other an encouragement, giving each other the gift of time, kind words and flowers!
About 40 members and friends of NLBC enjoyed a game of skittles, a fish and chip supper and team puzzles. A great time was had by all!
At this year's Light Party we had some very happy looking spiders (as well as some children).
NLBC was delighted to host an event for Friends International for overseas students studying at Surrey University. Over 30 guests (from as far a field as Nigeria, India, China, South Korea, Reunion and the USA) enjoyed a trip to Hatchlands House and gardens, followed by afternoon tea at the QE Park Centre.
August in the UK and a few brave souls ventured out in the rain for walk around Box Hill followed by cake and tea and the National Trust tea rooms.
The winners of the strongest boat competition!
Cucumber sandwiches, cakes and tea were the order of the day for the ladies of NLBC. Everyone looked lovely and the sun shone.
NLBC held it's first Board Games and Curry night. An excellent Curry, cooked by Miahs and delivered by Geoff, was enjoyed by all. During the evening James Jones took over the whole of the Earth and Mark Whiting built a very large railway network. Early in the evening various Marvel superheroes popped by and the evening concluded with a Grand Prix. Join us next time and it will all make sense.
NLBC hosted a very relaxed curry and quiz night with an Indian theme. The food was delicious and the quiz was great fun, if tough. Just over three hundred pounds was raised towards the ground floor refit at the QE Park Centre.
The annual QEP Christmas Fair was held at the QE Park centre, with children's activities on the ground floor and refreshments and craft stalls on the first floor. The band from NLBC led some carol singing.
XL and X:treme helped cook the church lunch this month.
Jeanette attempted to climb Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysian Borneo. At 4095 metres above sea level it is approximately 3 times higher than Ben Nevis. This challenge was in aid of providing funds towards the fitting out of the ground floor of our Community Centre which will be used for the benefit of the local community. However, she was thwarted by heavy typhoon rains and altitude sickness, but did get to the base camp (3,000 metres) and felt that her challenge had been met. She raised over two thousand pounds.
The start of term for our FNT Kids Club and FNT Youth club was as busy as ever!
Little Lambs Toddler group restarts for the new school year.
Every year we try to organise a couple of dates over the summer holidays for the children from Toddler group to get together. We had a lovely time this year with an outdoor play date.
The annual FNT end of term BBQ was well attended and we were blessed with lovely weather. The bouncy castle was very popular, despite the heat!
The adults and children went prayer walking to pray for our neighbourhood - and the sun shone!
NLBC ran another table top sale to raise funds for the ground floor refit.
The youth group got stuck into Ready 4 Action once again, joining a team of nearly 200 people from nine churches. This year R4A completed 96 gardening and decorating jobs and moved over 43 tonnes of rubbish from public spaces and people's homes.
Members of the church and friends enjoyed a game of skittles over a fish and chip supper.
We enjoyed a delicious church lunch cooked by John and Jeanette.
A highly successful ladies pamper night was organised to raise funds for the ground floor refit. It was a lovely relaxing evening and raised over seven hundred pounds, thanks to the kind support of many friends who offered their services and treatments for free.
Jeanette and Kate hosted a coffee and cake sale to raise funds for the ground floor refit.
A quiet moment to reflect again on the birth of Jesus - God stepping into his creation to rescue us.
NLBC once again hosted Year 6 from Northmead Junior School for a presentation about the real meaning of Christmas and an opportunity to make mince pies!
NLBC once again hosted a live nativity scene at the QEP Christmas Market.
The youth group enjoyed cooking the church lunch in November for our 8th anniversary as NLBC.
NLBC hosted its first Arts and Crafts Sale. Many thanks to Jeanette, Michelle, Anne and Emma for all their hard work organising the event and ensuring that everything ran smoothly. We raised nearly five hundred pounds for the Community Centre refit.
Members of NLBC and friends enjoyed an Italian themed evening and a quiz to test their knowledge of all things Italian. Over five hundred pounds was raised towards the cost of refitting the ground floor of the QE Park Centre.
The NLBC Golf fundraiser (for the refit of the ground floor of the QE Park centre) raised over a thousand pounds. The weather was lovely and a good time was had by all. The winning team was led by Alex Mole.
Despite the rather wet weather the youth from NLBC enjoyed selling their jolly jars.
Then youth group washed cars to raise funds for the ground floor refit.
Another yummy church breakfast.
Kate and Paul's HG enjoyed a lovely BBQ.
The youth group did a fantastic job. They removed 2.5 tonnes from one garden and sorted out three more too. Well done team.
Another delicious church breakfast. The perfect way to start a Sunday.
Our Easter celebration was followed by hot cross buns and a bouncy castle for the children!
SNT (our youth home groups) and 'Going Deeper' explored a Holy Week prayer labyrinth.
Children from Year 6 at Northmead Junior School came to the QE Park Centre to find out about the real Easter Story by taking part in a 90 minute presentation and workshop.
NLBC welcomed families from around the world for a family fun afternoon. About 80 people attended the event and enjoyed afternoon tea, craft activities, games, face painting and a bouncy castle.
A large group of children and adults enjoyed a New Year's Day walk. It was a lovely clear day if somewhat muddy underfoot. This was followed by nibbles and mulled wine at John and Jeanette's.
The QE Park Centre was the venue for the 2012 QEP Christmas Market. The centre was full with stall holders, craft activities and refreshments, a bouncy castle and Father Christmas. Outside there was a live nativity scene.
Geoff and Kate's homegroup enjoyed a lovely weekend away in the New Forest, where they enjoyed crabbing, fossil hunting, climbing trees and swimming, as well spending time together eating, praying and relaxing.
The sun shone for the annual QEPRA Summer Fair. This year there was a beach theme complete with donkey rides! The young people from NLBC worked hard all afternoon looking after the donkeys.
Fifteen ladies from NLBC enjoyed a relaxing weekend away in the beautiful Sussex countryside.
QEPRA and NLBC hosted a Diamond Jubilee Party for the community - with live music, children's tea and fun and games for all the family.
We celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with a special service.
NLBC enjoyed it's first all-age cafe church service.
As part of the QEP Christmas Market, NLBC offered folk the opportunity to remember the real reason for Christmas by having their photo taken as part of a live nativity scene, complete with farm animals. The activity was very popular with adults and children alike!
The recently opened QE Park Centre was visited by our local MP, Anne Milton, Pauline Searle (Local counsillor)and Michael Andrews (Chair of QEPRA).
NLBC hosted a wine and cheese evening to mark the opening of the QE Park Centre. The Mayor of Guildford and other community representatives came to mark the occasion and the Centre was offically opened by Councillor Pauline Searle.
On the 29th October, Steve Godfrey was inducted as Minster of New Life Baptist Church. It was lovely to be joined by a large number of folk from Abingdon, as well as church and community leaders from Guildford.