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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

HOPE Action Day - Saturday 15th July 2017

HOPE Pembury Churches Together are holding their HOPE Action Day on Saturday 15th July.  This is an opportunity for the Pembury churches to join together and show God's love through gardening, DIY, decorating and cleaning for those who need some help.  If you would like to be part of the teams, please do let Helen Nevison know by calling 01892 825590 or emailing helen@pemburybaptistchurch.org.  It would also be much appreciated if you know of anyone who would like some help in any of these ways, if you could refer them to Helen in good time, with name, contact and what the work would entail.  We look forward to hearing from you! 


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'.


Pembury Men's Breakfast - Saturday 1st July

Pembury Men's next breakfast is on Saturday 1st July at the Black Horse, Pembury, starting at 8am. Tickets include an 'all you can eat' buffet breakfast. Tickets are £10 and there are only 40 available so please book as soon as possible by emailing men@pemburybaptistchurch.org or contacting the Church Office on 01892 825590. 


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.