Dereham Baptist Church, Norfolk:
Linda Brown-Balaam; Mark Cockbill; Heather Melandri-Street; Fraser Morrison and Tricia Waller
Dover Baptist Church, Kent:
Lockwood Baptist Church, Huddersfield:
Kelly Burke and Graeme Duffin
Park Baptist Church, Great Yarmouth:
Gretna Barros Raposa, Sidney Monteiro de Almeida, Lucas Herlan Pontes, aged eight (baptised at home while terminally ill with a brain tumour, died five days later)
Rushmere Baptist Church, Ipswich:
Lydia Barnard, Janet Wade, Daniel Somers
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Lockwood Baptist Church, Huddersfield
celebrated how God has been working in a wonderful way in the lives of two people from a non-church background.
One of our fellowship, Savneet Singh, was driving in the pouring rain and saw Graeme waiting at the bus stop and felt prompted by God to turn back and offer him a lift, although he was a complete stranger. Savneet explained to Graeme why he had given him the lift and shared his faith. They got to know each other and Savneet later invited Graeme to his Baptism, Easter 2015, where Graeme made the decision to follow Jesus.
Prior to this Graeme had challenged God that if He existed to help him with his life, to his complete surprise Savneet had stopped and given him the lift. By the end of the journey Graeme felt this was the answer to his plea to God.
Following this, Graeme, an old school friend of Kelly's, having not contacted her for years did so through Facebook and told her about his new found faith and invited her to church.
There were other 'coincidences' in Kelly's life, including a Lockwood BC leaflet pushed through her door when she was out, inviting her to church at a time she was questioning the meaning of life and wanted to know more about God, having avidly read a children's Bible at the school where she was librarian.
She found out that Lockwood BC was the same church that Graeme attended and had invited her to. She eventually accepted Jesus as her Saviour in June 2015.
David Martin, their Bible study leader baptised them, assisted in the water by Savneet.
LEIGH, the Revd John 1921 - 2016
The Revd John Leigh died in the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham on 6 August.
He devoted 34 years of his life to ministry, including pastorates at Madeley and Bingley and ending at Eastwood Baptist Church, Nottingham, where he was minister from 1963 until his retirement in 1983. Eastwood Baptist Church agreed to appoint him as Minister Emeritus in recognition of his service to the church in 20 years of ministry.
There will be a thanksgiving service for his life at Eastwood Baptist Church, Nottingham, on Tuesday, 6 September at 2pm.
Roger Gray (of Derby) and Maureen Scholes (of Hastings) are delighted, if still somewhat surprised, to announce their engagement! "God ambushed us" sums up how a friendship was transformed into a deep love over a very short period of time by the grace and kindness of our loving heavenly Father. The wedding will take place at Halton Baptist Church, Hastings, at a date yet to be decided.