Rodbourne Cheney Baptist Church (RCBC)
Paul Rhodes, minister at Rodbourne Cheney Baptist Church (RCBC) conducted his final service last week. On Monday he started work with Barnabas Fund, an organisation dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians around the world. No immediate full-time successor is envisaged. One of those who will be seeing the church through this period of transition is Jamie, Andrew’s grandson, currently training for the Baptist ministry. While in theological college, he will be also be spending time doing some on-the-job training at RCBC. It is a joy to see Jamie following in his grandfather’s footsteps. We will keep him in our prayers as he manages his challenging workload in this coming year.
The Bristol Resourcing Church
There will be a service to celebrate the reopening of St Nicholas Church on Thursday, September 27. St Nicholas has had a number of other uses over the last 65 years following wartime bombing. It is right in the heart of Bristol, and will form part of the vibrant life of the city centre. The team, led by Rev Toby Flint from Holy Trinity Brompton, will also be commissioned. They will be ready to receive students returning for the new term.
The Swindon Pattern Church
We are not expecting The Pattern Church to open its doors until sometime in early 2019 as much work needs to be done between now and then. Assistant Minister Rev Kaf Smith, who is now working in St Peter’s Battersea, will soon be living in a house in our parish. While work continues on the fabric of the Pattern Store , Joel and Kaf intend to open the church in temporary accommodation sometime around Christmas.