For all up-coming events please view the church calendar via the link above.
About Our Services
At BBC we love to meet together as a church to worship God every Sunday. Services normally start at 10.30am and 6.30pm
Most morning services last about an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half. An additional 5 to 10 minutes is required once a month when communion follows the service. We invite anyone in good standing with their home church to meet with us for communion. There is always an opportunity for people to leave before this begins. During the morning services we try to cater for people of all ages, so after about 20-25 minutes into the service the younger people have the opportunity to go to a different part of the building to take part in crèche, THE GROUP ABOVE CRECHE and the Quest For Christ Sunday(Q4C Sunday) depending on their ages while the adults stay and listen to a talk. (See the Young People section for more info.)
Evening services last about an hour and a quarter and an additional 10 minutes should be added when there is communion.
After most services there are refreshments, tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are all available. This is a good opportunity to catch up with people or get to know new people in the church or to ask the preacher a question about the talk
Acts - The Risen Jesus Builds His Church
The book of Acts outlines how the Risen Jesus builds his church through the witness of his Apostles and by the power of his Spirit. As we see how the Risen Jesus builds his church we'll learn what should characterise our church and our lives as believers.
Luke 12-13 - Living in the Light of Eternity
These two chapters of Luke's life account of Jesus unpack how the reality of eternity should transform how we for the Lord Jesus live in the present.
Christianity Explored is an informal 7-week course for people who'd like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. Looking at Mark's gospel, it explores who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.
Christianity Explored is primarily for anyone who wants to investigate Christianity informally with a group of other people. Whether you have previous experience of Church, Christians and the Bible, or none at all, this course is for you. Everyone is welcome - from the most sympathetic Sunday schooler to the convinced atheist.
Courses come in various shapes and sizes. A typical evening starts with a bite to eat or maybe just a few cups of coffee, then there's a chance to look at the Bible for yourself and ask any questions that you have. There is a short talk, or the DVD, and then a chance to chat about what you've just heard.
The material is so flexible that it is now being used in countless different formats including very small groups and even one to one, and in settings as diverse as homes, prisons and schools.
Discipleship Explored is a course designed to give you the time and space to think about what it really means to live the Christian life. This eight week journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians helps you think through questions such as:
- How can I be sure I am a Christian?
- What is life really all about?
- How can I grow as a Christian?
- How can I enjoy being a Christian more?
You may have attended church for years, or you may be only just beginning the Christian life. Whatever stage you are at, Discipleship Explored will help you understand what is involved in following Christ today and encourage you to start walking confidently in his footsteps.
Each group enjoys a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and everyone is welcome to join in. House groups are normally held on a weeknight and run from about 7:30 to 9:30ish. If you’d like more information on a specific group, use the “contact” page to get in touch, or just come along to church and ask!
God made us in His image and likeness to be in community with one another. To grow as a Christian it helps to be in community with God’s people and house groups are ideal for this. House groups are excellent for getting to know fellow Christians better, studying the bible together and having opportunities to ask questions and to get answers which can be hard to find on your own. They are an essential part of Christian life so why not join one today?
There are three main activities which make up the women’s ministry at the church. These are the Women’s Fellowship, Ladies Bible Study and Time Out:
- Women’s Fellowship - A group of Ladies meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 2:45pm for a time of fellowship and refreshments and to listen to messages from guest speakers.
- Ladies Night@BBC – Monday evenings every other month (alternates with the men’s group)
- Bible Study - The Ladies Bible Study Group meets every Tuesday during term time at 10.30am – 11.45am at the church in the long vestry. We commence with coffee/ tea and a biscuit and then in a relaxed informal atmosphere study various themes from the Bible. Our concern is not just to study the Bible but to apply it to the way we live our lives. The group is for ladies of any age who have a desire to learn more of God’s Word and develop our Christian character and mature in our Christian faith. We also have a time of prayer together. This is a real opportunity to encourage one another and share needs and experiences of life.
Araunah Men's Groups
Araunah (Beccles Baptist Church's Men's work) exists to build up the fellowship and discipleship of men within the church. From this fellowship we seek to build opportunities to extend outreach to men who do not know Christ as Lord and Saviour. A number of events are arranged on a Monday evening to invite men along to and share fellowship together. A testimony or gospel presentation may be given at these. On other occasions, it is a chance for men to share conversation and get to know each other better.
Each month, weather and other events permitting, on the third Saturday a group of men gather for 9 holes of golf at High Lodge, Hinton at 9 am. All men are welcome to join us - speak to Nick if you want more information. For all the golf scores, handicaps and leaderboard visit our Men's Golf page.
We hope to spend a few Thursday evening prayer meetings studying issues that relate specifically to men as part of our commitment to discipling the men in our fellowship. The only qualification for coming to any men’s event is that you are male! You will not be required to do anything that you may be uncomfortable with, or forced to have certain views, rather you will be accepted for who you are and made to feel very welcome.
For further information contact Nick via firstname.lastname@example.org
18+ is a group for people aged 18-30(ish). We meet every other Sunday at 4.30pm for sandwiches and cake and then head to church for a bible study in the Sampson room during the service where we eat even more cake!
Once a month we meet for a social night, we do different activities every month- dinner out, board games, bonfire, take away, trampolining- whatever takes our fancy!
We’re always glad to see new faces, so contact us if you’d like to come along to our next meet up.
Tea at BBC
Tea at Beccles Baptist is for the 60+ age group. It is held every month except August, usually on the first or second Saturday of the month. It runs from 2pm - 5pm at a cost of £2. Regulars usually like to bring their own games to play but there are some other games available. Assembling jigsaw puzzles is also a favourite. We offer card making and have a quiet area available for anyone who wishes to use it. When possible there is the opportunity to have a free hand massage. Tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon; the Tea itself is traditional with homemade cakes. At Christmas time there is a Christmas lunch instead of Tea. The atmosphere is relaxed, unhurried and friendly. Everyone welcome.
For further details contact Jane Spill via email@example.com
Lowestoft Living Word
Lowestoft Living Word 14 - 16 September 2017 at Christ Church, Whapload Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1XD
Theme: Faith in Action
Introducing our speaker: Jonathan Lamb
Lowestoft Living Word is an annual conference for Christians from a range of churches in Lowestoft and the surrounding region. This year it is running from Friday 14th to Saturday 16th September. As in previous years we are meeting at Christ Church Lowestoft on Whapload Road for worship, fellowship and to hear God’s word proclaimed.
This year we are thrilled to have Jonathan Lamb as our speaker. Jonathan serves as minister at large for Keswick Ministries. Previously he has worked with: UCCF – the Christian Union movement in the UK; and IFES – the international student movement of which UCCF is a part. His roles with Keswick, UCCF and IFES have seen Jonathan travel to many different countries around the world. In addition to his preaching and leading, Jonathan has authored a number of books including: Integrity – Leading with God Watching; Knowing God Better – the Vision of the Keswick Movement; and Preaching Matters: Encountering the Living God.
Jonathan’s will be preaching under the title of Faith in Action. He will be helping us think how our trust in the Lord Jesus can be vibrant and active, seeing us make a difference in our churches and communities. The focus of the teaching will be the book of Joshua. Here’s what Jonathan says about this book: “This is a fantastic part of God’s word. It’s a description of a very significant stage for God’s people in the story of redemption as they enter the Promised Land. From it we learn some huge lessons for ourselves of what it means for us to be on the Christian journey. In Joshua, there are some key lessons for how we must live for Christ in a world that confronts us with many challenges.”
We do hope you’ll be able to join us for Lowestoft Living Word this year, for any or all of the four main meetings at Christ Church Lowestoft: at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday at 10.00am and 11.45am. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. For more information, you can find us on Facebook and YouTube.
To listen to talks from the past few years visit www.lowestoftlivingword.co.uk
Zimbabwe Partnership Trust
Beccles Baptist Church is closely linked with Christians in Zimbabwe. Roger & Gill Prime and John Rogers have been involved in training and developing church leaders.
The Zimbabwe Partnership Trust was formed to bring help to the poorest and most vulnerable members of Zimbabwean society. The Trust aims to work together with other Christian individuals, Churches, and organisations both in Zimbabwe and the UK in achieving its aims.
The goals of the trust are:
- To provide training and resources for Christians in Zimbabwe
- To alleviate poverty in the short term by sending material aid and practical assistance
- To reduce dependence on aid in the longer term by assisting with livelihood projects and sustainable agriculture schemes
- To give particular help to Pastors and church leaders to help them to come to a closer understanding of scripture, and countering error
- To help with the rescue and care of orphans
To find out more, or to contribute financially to help this work please visit www.zpt.org.uk. Please remember this outreach in your prayers.
Young-at-heart: Every Monday at 14:30 we hold a service for Day Centre attendees at the Rugby Club in Beccles. If you would like further details please contact Carolyn Britton.
As a church we support Grace Baptist Mission. Grace Baptist Mission is a church-based mission, helping Grace Baptist churches to support and care for their missionaries worldwide. For further information on GBM please visit their website www.gbm.org.uk