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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

Women2Women Garden Party - Wednesday 9th May 2018

Ladies, you are invited to the next Women2Women event, a Garden Party being held on Wednesday 9th May 2018 from 7.30pm.  Tickets are £5 per person which includes Pimms, BBQ, nibbles and other refreshments, not to mention good company and conversation.  There are only 30 tickets available so please book as soon as possible on 01892 825590 or by email to jfroberts1958@gmail.com.  If the weather is unsuitable, we will be at the Church with games, food and drink but please be praying for good weather!


PBC Quiz Night - Saturday 28th April

Saturday 28th April is Pembury Baptist Church Quiz Night starting at 7pm.  There will be eight people to a team and tickets are £5 per person with a Ploughmans Platter included in the price.  You are invited to bring your own drinks.  Book now or contact for more information on 01892 825590 or office@pemburybaptistchurch.org.  Alternatively sign up at the Welcome Desk in the church.


Pembury Messy Church - Saturday 12th May

Pembury Messy Church is being held at St Peters Upper Church on Saturday 12th May from 3pm-5pm, providing a fun free themed activities and craft for the whole family, a talk, singing and there's tea to round it all off!  Please sign up if you can by emailing office@pemburybaptistchurch.org or office@pemburychurch.net or calling 01892 825590, and let us know if you or any of your family have any dietary requirements.  If you don't sign up, you can still attend so if you forget to let us know, see you there!


Men's Ministry Breakfast - Saturday 12th May 2018

Pembury Men's next breakfast is on Saturday 12th May 2018 at the Black Horse, Pembury, starting at 8am. Tickets include an 'all you can eat' buffet breakfast. Tickets are £10 per person.  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. 


Kingdom Cafe - Saturday 19th May

The Kingdom Cafe is on Saturday 19th May opening between 10am and 2pm.  Kingdom Cafe opens every third Saturday of the month (except September 2018) throughout the year for free cake, refreshments and conversation.  Books are 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!