The Leprosy Mission are an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Their aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy motivated by the love of the Lord Jesus.
The Theological College Of Zimbabwe
The Theological College Of Zimbabwe provides theological training for Christian ministry. Ray Motsi is principal of the College and has visited Beccles Baptist Church in the past.
Caring for Life
Caring For Life is a Christian charity based in Yorkshire that seeks to help vulnerable people achieve a settled, contructive lifestyle. The charity does this by providing housing and daytime care that enable those cared for establish genuine emotional security, that many have never before received. For more information visit their website.
Grace Baptist Mission
Grace Baptist Mission is a church-based mission, helping Grace Baptist churches to support and care for their missionaries worldwide. They are based in the United Kingdom, with a Mission Centre in Abingdon, and then work with local churches to support their missionaries in more than a dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Young at heart
This ministry runs on Monday afternoons, 2:30pm-3:30pm. There is a short service for older people at Beccles Rugby Club. This is in conjunction with the day-care club that meets at the Rugby Club on weekdays.
Tea at BBC
This is our group for seniors that meets one Saturday a month, 2-5pm. Besides enjoying some good food together there are various activities to do and plenty of time to talk. There’s also a short talk about the Lord Jesus. This is a great group to come to for both regular and visitor alike.
Babies and Toddlers
Our Babies & Toddlers group meets on Mondays during school term-time. There are lots for the children to do with plenty of toys to play with, crafts to make, songs to sing, and drinks and snacks to enjoy. Parents and carers are able to enjoy tea and coffee and some snacks too, as well as a chance to get to talk together.
This group is run by a dedicated team of volunteers that seek to provide a great environment for all who come.
This is our group for people 18-30(ish). On the third Sunday each month we meet for tea before heading down the evening service at church. Also we meet for a social on the first Saturday of each month too. We do a different activity each month - dinner out, board games, bonfire, take away, trampolining…whatever takes our fancy! For more information please talk with Beth Perrott or Jo Collyer.
JAM is our children’s & youth club that runs on Wednesday evenings during term-time. There are two parts to the club with a club for children (5-10s) downstairs and a club for young people (11-16) upstairs in the church premises. There are a host of activities: crafts, challenges, computer consoles, indoor football, table-tennis, table football, tuck shop, etc. etc. All of which is run by a dedicated team of volunteers.
At the moment, due to demand, JAM is running a waiting list for new children. If you would like your child to be added to the waiting list please get in touch via our Contact Page.
Quest for Christ
This is our Sunday school for older children, aged 10-14 years old. It runs during the morning service. The young people are taught the Bible in an age-appropriate setting. There are are games, activities and hot chocolate.
The young people head out to Quest for Christ after about 20-25 minutes of the morning service. Then after the morning service ends parents are able to collect their young people from the group.
Our Sunday school runs during our morning services for children aged 5-9 years old. The children are taught the Bible in an age-appropriate setting. There are are crafts, games and snacks. The group is run by a dedicated team of volunteers.
The young people head out to Sunday School after about 20-25 minutes of the morning service. Then after the morning service ends parents are able to collect their children from the group.
On Sundays Babies and young children, aged 0-4, are looked after in the creche during the morning service. There are lots of toys to play with and some snacks to enjoy. A team of volunteers runs this group, meaning parents don’t need to stay out of the service with their children. For the older children there is a story from the Bible and a craft to complete.
Parents are invited to take their children out to creche after about 20-25 minutes of the morning service. Then after the morning service ends they are able to collect their children from the creche.
Time Out—Women’s Events
A couple of times a term the ladies meet for Time Out. The meetings are a mix of different activities. Recently we’ve had a quiz, a curry night, a craft night, a pudding night and a summer walk. The evenings provide a good opportunity to relax and to get to know one another better. Ladies, we’d love to have you join us.
We run a range of men’s events, typically a couple each term. Recently we’ve enjoyed a curry night, a quiz, a games night, a barbeque, to name but a few. These events provide a great chance to spend time together and to get to know one another better. These events are also great places to invite friends to come to too. For the next men’s event please check our calendar.
Every other Wednesday, 2:45pm-4pm, Women’s Fellowship meets. Our afternoons include a simple service with a guest speaker and then concludes with refreshments and time to spend together over a tea or coffee.
Ladies Bible Study
On Tuesdays during term time our Ladies' Bible Study meets, 10am-11:30am. We start with Tea, Coffee and a chance to catch up. Then we split to groups to study the Bible together. During the summer term we are going to be studying the book of Psalms. Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years, or whether you’ve never read the Bible, all ladies are welcome to come.
Gateway is our Home Group for people new to Beccles Baptist Church. The group is designed for people who have newly become members or people considering membership at church. As with the other Home Groups, we meet fortnightly. At our meetings we spend time catching up, we study the Bible and we pray together. If you’d like to join Gateway please contact Tom Fenning (our pastor) who leads this group along with his wife Emily.
Our Home Groups are small groups that meet every other Thursday at 7:30pm. In a large church it’s important that we are part of a small groups that enable us to form strong relationships - and Home Groups enable us to do this. Our Home Groups meet to grow in relationships with each other and to grow in our relationship with God, through studying the Bible and praying together. We encourage people new to our church to join our Gateway Home Group.
We meet for our church prayer meeting fortnightly on Thursday evenings. This is a significant mid-week meeting in the life of the church. We begin our meeting by singing a couple of songs before we then have a short talk (10-15 minutes) from the Bible to help us pray. The majority of our time is spent praying. We pray for groups and activities at the church, for people and for things further afield.
At the end of our prayer meetings we enjoy tea and coffee and time to catch up before heading home.
Sunday Morning Service
We meet every Sunday at 10:30am to praise God, speak to him in prayer and hear what he has to say to us. A typical morning service consists of 5-6 songs (a mixture of traditional and modern), prayers and a talk from the Bible.
There are groups for children from 0-14 years every week. These are led by experienced and committed volunteers. All children start in the service. After we’ve sung one or two songs, we have a 5-minute children’s talk then the children head out to their groups. See our below for more information.
If you aren’t used to going to church, you’ll find everything is explained and you are under no obligation to take part in anything you’d find uncomfortable. Church leaders are always on hand to answer any questions you have after the service.
The morning service typically ends a little before 12pm. At the end of the service tea and coffee are served and there’s plenty of time to talk with people.
Sunday Evening Service
Our 6:30pm service is another opportunity for people of all ages to gather together. The service includes time singing praise to God, normally 5-6 songs (a mixture of traditional and modern), speaking to God in prayer, reading the Bible and hearing it preached.
The service ends between 7:45pm & 8pm. After the service has ended there’s tea and coffee and many people stay around to talk together.
Preaching the Bible
Central to our Sunday services is clear and engaging teaching from the Bible. Our commitment to preaching stems from the conviction that when God’s word is preached, in dependence on the Spirit, God’s voice is heard.