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Sunday 18 September
10.30am Harvest Sunday & Mission Sunday Celebration  
Led by Daniel Beckett
4.00pm Harvest Songs of Praise at GBC, followed by afternoon tea. The service will include a time of thanksgiving for the life of the Queen.
For both our Harvest services while there is no expectation to bring gifts, contributions for the FoodBank will be gratefully received.
7.00pm Generation Rising

There will also be a thanksgiving service for the Queen at 6.00pm at St Mary's Church, Godmanchester. All are welcome.
Prayer Meeting at Grace Fellowship
The next prayer meeting at Grace Fellowship is this Monday (19 September) at 7.30pm - join in prayer with the Leadership Team as we give thanks for the life of the Queen and as we continue to pray and seek God's guidance for the way forward at Grace Fellowship.
Sunday 25 September
10.30am Sunday Celebration with Communion 
1 Peter: Confident in Identity. Led by Tony Goodwin & Peter Nodding
2.30pm Families Venture Out & About - Meet at GBC for a litter picking event.
4.00pm AIC Annual Service Broadcast on our YouTube Channel - see separate notice below.
7.00pm Generation Rising
Goodbye and Thank you!
Holly Carter has been working with us as our Business Administration Apprentice for 18 months and she has now completed her time with us and will shortly complete her Apprenticeship.  We have enjoyed having Holly with us as part of the team and we will miss her presence and all the skills and help that she has brought us during her time in the GBC office.  Please pray for Holly as she moves on from GBC into whatever the future holds for her.
An email was sent out last week with full details about the Freedom in Christ course which starts this Tuesday (20 September) at 7.30pm. Any questions or to book your place, please email or phone Carolyn (07763347119) by this Sunday.
Alpha Course
The next Alpha course
starts next Thursday (22 September) at 7.30pm. Please let Carolyn know by Sunday if you are planning to invite someone.
AIC Annual Service | Sunday 25 September
This service will be broadcast at 4.00pm on our YouTube channel and will include up to date reports on the work in Chennai as well as in depth interviews with some of the students who are currently being supported by the charity.
What is church membership all about?
If you would like to explore what membership at GBC entails, you are invited to join us on Sundays 9 and 16 October at 7.00pm at GBC. During these two evenings you will have the opportunity to find out about the structures, ethos, and heartbeat of GBC, the responsibilities and privileges of membership as well as a time for questions. These are information sessions for anyone wanting to find out more. Some may then want to pursue an application for membership. If you would like to attend, please speak to Carolyn.
We are working hard preparing to welcome a family of four in a few weeks time . They have been in Lebanon since 2015. Please will you consider blessing this family with a gift from this wish list? Thank you so much . 
If Prison Walls Could Speak
A critically acclaimed professional theatre performance is coming to Godmanchester on Friday 30 September at 7:30pm with the profits being used to help fund the arrival of a refugee family into the town. 

The play, If Prison Walls Could Speak, is based on the book "Imprisoned with ISIS" and tells the true story of a Christian aid worker who was imprisoned in Sudan. 

It is a production for Christians and non-Christians alike and has been stirring audiences since debuting in September 2021, including MP Fiona Bruce who reported “The skill and stage direction was phenomenal, hugely impacting for everyone [...] I thought I knew about the Persecuted Church, but this play brought it to life. A must-see."

Tickets, which cost £10, are available from the GBC Office or online at ticketsource.co.uk/godmanchesterbaptist or by scanning the QR code
Cakes and magazines needed!
Please contact Carolyn if you are able to bake some cakes over the coming weeks for the various events taking place.

We also need a collection of colourful magazines to be used for craft activities please!
Church Members' Meeting
Monday 26 September
7.30pm at GBC

Papers have been sent out to church members this week. 
Please contact the church office if you haven't received yours.
At The Mix event we considered Prayer about Courage using material from Engage. This information can be found here.

Week of Prayer

In the week leading up to the Exploring New Ground day (see below), the EBA is hosting a week of prayer, from this Sunday (18 September) to Friday 23 September. The prayer meetings are being held at various times and locations during the week, including one at GBC at 2.00pm on Tuesday 20 September. All are welcome to attend this and any of the other meetings. Booking not required. Details of the times and venues are on their website.
Exploring New Ground
At Bluntisham Baptist Church
1.30pm-5.00pm on Saturday 24 September
The EBA annual gathering will take place at Bluntisham Baptist Church. The day will include a mix of worship, workshops and teaching. The Keynote speaker will be Rev Susan Myatt. Susan was born deaf and into a deaf family, She attended a boarding school for the deaf and engaged in various occupations before feeling God’s call on her life to serve in ministry for the deaf community. More information about Susan and her ministry is available in this video,

The three workshops, that will run in parallel in the afternoon, are:
  • Exploring new ground in communication. Led by Susan Myatt
  • Exploring new ground in outreach. Led by Neil Whitmill
  • Exploring new ground as a Trustee. Led by the EBA Team
To book a place please e-mail secretary@easternbaptist.org.uk  
It’s that time of the year when we start preparing Christmas shoeboxes once again! Last year 2417 shoeboxes containing gifts for all the family were sent to Romania through Amen Trust. At short notice we contributed 30 complete shoeboxes and 3 sacks of homemade blankets and children’s toys from GBC. It was a great effort! 

AMEN is a Christian Charity that was set up in 1995 by Operation Mobilisation to channel resources to Christians working to make a difference in their own countries. Each year the Christmas shoeboxes are sent to Romania where they are distributed to gypsy and other needy families by local Christians. This often opens doors to follow up visits by church members. 
Over the years support and donations have been used by God to bring great blessing to people, both practically and spiritually.  

If you would like to contribute to this ministry this year, now is the time to start collecting items and/or knitting gloves for both children and adults and miniature teddies to go in the boxes or blankets/ hats/ scarves etc to be sent alongside.  

Do pick up a leaflet from Carolyn or the Church Reception as this will give detailed information about what can be included in the shoeboxes and what to avoid!  

It will also tell you how to pack your box when the time comes. Please keep hold of this leaflet as it needs to be attached to your box later! 

Any questions, please speak to Carolyn. 
Other Notices
Sponsored Bike Ride: Alan Webb and some of his youth workers and friends are doing a sponsored bike ride this Sunday (18 September) covering most of the villages that The Connections Bus Project works in, from Sawtry to Haslingfield (50 miles). 
The charity is currently providing youth work services to 14 communities a week and have interest from another 6 communities. In order to meet this need, they need to get their second youth bus back on the road (it has been parked up since April 2020). It requires quite a bit of mechanical and cosmetic work to make it usable again. To sponsor Alan please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alanwebbcbp
Alan is also looking for someone that would be able to give a lift to a few cyclists (not bikes) on Sunday at 8am from Haslingfield to Sawtry. If you can help, please contact Alan (
alan@miral.co.uk; 07768 045 902)
Happy Birthday
Birthdays coming up in the next few weeks are as follows

26 September - Ruth Bridge
17 October - Marion Johnson
23 October - Thomas Webb

If you would like to join the birthday scheme, and receive a card from the church family and friends, (no cost involved) please email Liz Webb at birthdays@godmanchesterbaptist.org with names and dates.
Rehoboth is looking for someone to help with their finances.  For further information please contact Philip Thompson (413884) or Rosemary Steen (509632).
Sunday Parking
We ask that you do NOT park in East Chadley Lane or Lancaster Way and please also be careful not to park in front of the bus stop at the main road end of Tudor Road! Please check this separate e-mail which gives details of available free parking places in the locality and details of how to get a permit for the car park if you need one. 
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