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Home Mission Update: 6 Months of Faithful Giving

On 23rd March 2020, the Prime Minister announced the news of a three week lockdown in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.  From that date we entered an unprecedented time of social restriction, in which many normal social interactions were prohibited.  Some people very sadly have been bereaved, some made redundant, and many have […]

Home Mission Update: The Stowe in Lockdown

The Stowe, Wichelstowe are one of our Home Mission supported churches who seek to live as a values-based community.  These values are what The Stowe call their ‘DNA’ to which they covenant annually. Core to the DNA are the values of; ‘laying down our lives’ and ‘being an unconditional blessing.’ Along with these, lockdown has […]

Home Mission Update

The regular rhythm of many aspects of our lives has been significantly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, some things do continue – albeit in a slightly or even very different form.  As I sit at my desk writing this, I am preparing for our annual webnet Home Mission Grants Awards meeting.  This week several […]

Home Mission Update: Resourcing and Enabling

It really is a privilege to serve God within our network of Baptist churches in the west of England.  For me, this can involve working with individual congregational members, church leadership teams, individual ministers and Cluster groups of ministers.  One of the groups I have been privileged to work with this year has been the […]

Home Mission: Working Together

We in WEBA increasingly value the benefits that come from working in partnership.  So too do our friends at Melksham Baptist Church, one of our churches who currently receive a Home Mission grant.  As well as partnering with us, they are currently partnering with Corsham Baptist Church, several organisations and groups in Melksham, and are […]

Home Mission Update: The Cairn

One of the challenges currently faced by churches where the congregation has reduced to a very small number of people is knowing how best to face the future.  Some churches in these circumstances have handed the ‘running’ of the church over to a steering group, in order to leave a legacy that will last into […]

Home Mission Update: Facing Outward at Chew Magna

Chew Magna Baptist Church (CMBC) is one of our churches which currently receives a Home Mission Grant.  CMBC was also one of the first churches to engage with Re-imagine, WEBA’s missional learning community, and it has been interesting to see the church community transitioning and becoming more outward-facing during recent years. This is currently expressed […]

Thank you for your support for Home Mission

What we know today as Home Mission, began in 1912 as The (Baptist) Sustentation Fund.  This was established to help supplement the stipends of poor ministers and to pay for ten general superintendents.  Over the years this fund has changed in name and in some respects in its sense of purpose, and today quite deliberately […]