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Dedications

 It's exciting whenever a new child enters a family. There's no greater moment when parents sense that children are a gift from God. In these joyful moments, parents can express their full appreciation to God through baby dedication. Here at PBC we are always happy to have a special dedication service at regular intervals!

If you would like to speak to one of our Pastors or Elders about dedicating your child, please call the office on 01892 825590 or e-mail elders@pemburybaptistchurch.org. 

What is 'dedication'?

Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognise the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe. Dedicating a child acknowledges God's sovereignty and love not only over the child, but also Mum and Dad. It also acknowledges that baptism is a decision the child may make when they are more mature.

In a dedication service, parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. PBC members also stand as part of the dedication ceremony to promise their support to the child being dedicated and to its parents. Parents also come praying that their child might one day want to follow Jesus for themselves.

Deuteronomy 6:4 "Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. 6 These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, 7 and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up."

This passage commands parents to love God; if they truly wish for their child to one day love and follow God, their lives must be an example. Dedicating your child is a good opportunity to recommit your lives to Christ.

Second, Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; PBC will do its best to support you in this journey, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life.

Sometimes parents want to choose godparent(s). If you choose to do this, we encourage parents to choose godparents who will encourage the child in their faith and demonstrate a Christian example to the child.  

News & Announcements

Mince Pie Bake Off - Wednesday 13th December

Are you ready for our annual Mince Pie Bake Off on Wednesday 13th December starting at 7.30pm? At the same time as cooking the mince pies for the Carols by Candlelight refreshments, we have a friendly competition to bake the best looking mince pies! All you have to bring are 12 cup baking trays, rolling pin, pastry cutters and that little special something that will make your mince pies stand out from the crowd!  Pastry, flour and mincemeat are provided as are the cooking facilities. Also provided is mulled wine and nibbles and plenty of chat!  Sign up now by contacting Jennifer in the Church Office at jennifer@pemburybaptistchurch.org or by telephone on 01892 825590.  Alternatively sign up on the sheet provided in the Church Foyer.


Carols by Candlelight - Sunday 17th December

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our Carols by Candlelight service starting at 5pm.  Bring your children dressed as someone from the Christmas story - if you haven't got anything suitable, we will have angel wings and crowns and teatowels available on the night so noone will feel left out!  After we celebrate the birth of Jesus through song and word, there are Christmassy refreshments to enjoy in the Church Hall.  All are welcome for mulled wine, spiced apple juice, mince pies and more.  We look forward to meeting you there!
 


Men's Ministry Breakfast - Saturday 3rd February 2018

Pembury Men's next breakfast is on Saturday 3rd February 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. 


PBC Prayer Meeting - 1st Tuesday of the Month

PBC's Church Prayer Meetings are 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'.