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Membership

PBC is a group of people committed to live out the way of Jesus together in order to bring hope and justice to our neighbours and our world. Membership at PBC is a covenant commitment to partner with God in what He is doing in us and through us.

Membership is not essentially about what we can get, but about what we can give.

"Covenant is a biblical concept. In the Ancient Near East, covenant was a binding agreement in which covenant members had certain obligations to keep and expected certain benefits in return. What makes a covenant different from a simple business agreement is that a covenant is based on a meaningful relationship between the two parties. Examples of covenant include the covenants God made with all creation in the time of Noah, with Abram and his descendants, and eventually with the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. To the prophets of the Bible, this covenant was a marriage between Yahweh and his people. Another example of covenant is the commitment between Jesus and people everywhere to follow him. We believe that to commit our lives to God, one another and the world in meaningful relationship is what it means to be the church." - Rob Bell

 

Membership in summary

o PBC is committed to serving and giving - it requires people of commitment and partnership.
o 'Membership', however, has lost some of its usefulness in our culture. One can be a member of the YMCA, the gym and a fan club, etc. Membership is often about discounts or priority bookings, not about a declaration of commitment
o Covenant - covenant is based on a meaningful relationship between the two parties.
o Membersip requires a personal faith in Jesus
o Membership requires you have the values and vision of PBC in your DNA and heart
o Membership means you are committing to regular attendance at corporate church on Sundays, in Small Groups, church meetings
o Membership means you are committing to giving time, talents and treasure to what God is doing in us and through in order to bring hope and justice to our neighbours and our world.

The Membership Course runs twice or three times yearly, usually over three two hour sessions. An interview with one of the leadership team follows the course. We ask you to be present at each of the three sessions.   Your proposed membership is then put forward at the next available Church Meeting.  For more information, or to book your place, please call Jennifer initially in the Church Office on 01892825590.  Alternatively email elders@pemburybaptistchurch.org.

News & Announcements

The Alpha Course - Invitation Supper Saturday 23rd September

PBC is running the Alpha Course this autumn. The Alpha introductory supper is being held on Saturday 23rd September starting at 7.30pm.  There's a meal for you to enjoy and an introduction to the Alpha Course.  The Alpha Course itself takes place over 10 Thursdays from 28th September starting at 7pm, including a meal.  There is a Day Away on Saturday 11th November.  More information will be available at the introductory supper.  Do book in now, bring your friends, for the Supper Night through the Church Office on 01892 825590 or office@pemburybaptistchurch.org.


Women2Women Italian Meal - Wednesday 13th September

Ladies, Women2Women invite you to an Italian meal on Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm.  We are very pleased to have Hennie Nijman sharing something of her inspiring story on the night.  Tickets are £10 per person.  For more information and tickets, please contact Jennifer on jfroberts1958@gmail.com or 07830367382.  Alternatively speak to the Church Office on 01892 825590.


Kingdom Cafe - monthly every 3rd Saturday

The Kingdom Cafe will be open every third Saturday of the month throughout the year between 11am and 3pm.  Cake, coffee and conversation are free.  There are books available to borrow and browse.  Children have their own table for colouring. Do come along, bring a friend or come alone, be quiet or enjoy the company - just relax!


PBC Prayer Meeting - 1st Tuesday of the Month

PBC's Church Prayer Meetings in 2017 will be held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Church Foyer, starting at 8pm.  Do come along and worship our living God through prayer and word. For more information on prayer at PBC, click on the heading, then on 'here'.


PBC Family Barbecue - Sunday 25th June at the Hills

On Sunday 25th June, after the monthly family morning service, everyone is invited to the Hills' home in Henwood Green Road for a Family BBQ! It's a time to relax together and enjoy some family fun time! Please sign up if you would like to come along and bring friends and family.  More details will follow but in the meantime, get the date in your diary, sign up and ask friends and family.