In Revelation 3:8, Jesus says to a church in modern-day Turkey, “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” We are not flattering ourselves that we have reached the level of that church, but we praise God nonetheless that he has opened so many doors for our small local church, and enables us to walk through them. Followers of Christ are not meant to be individual consumers, but congregational creators and cultivators. What are your interests, gifts, and abilities? Is there something from the list below that you could help with? Just because it is not on the list or is something we presently don’t do, doesn’t necessarily mean it is something we won’t do. Perhaps you could help us!
We seek to faithfully engage the people around us with the good news about Jesus. We equip and encourage church members to share the gospel with the people in their everyday lives and provide more structured training and opportunities to interact with strangers about the gospel. Gospel leaflet distribution, door to door conversations and prayer, sketch board street preaching, and a multilingual gospel literature table are some of the things we do so that those who have not heard will hear, and we hope, believe and join others in following Christ.
Little Feet Parents and Toddlers Group
Every term-time Friday, from 10-12, we provide a welcoming and supportive place where parents/carers and toddlers can socialise, play, and have fun in a safe environment. We have soft and sensory play, arts and crafts, and circle time for stories and songs. This is held at Alexandra Hall, 64 Alexandra Road, N8 0LJ .
Are you sick? Are you sad? Are you suffering? Have you sinned? Are you struggling? All of us could say “yes” to each of these questions at some time or other. Perhaps you need someone to listen to you, to talk with you, to pray for and read Scripture with you, to provide counsel… Don’t hesitate to give us a call or text, or pay us a visit.
One-to-one Bible study
We realise that everyone is at a different place in their spiritual journey. Perhaps you are interested in exploring Christianity, learning more about the Bible and Jesus Christ at the heart of it. It could be that you are already a believer in Jesus Christ and are not happy with where you are at in your relationship with God and the church. Or it might be simply that you feel like you need additional teaching outside the regular gatherings and studies of the church. We would be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss an appropriate study plan and partner.
Women’s Bible study
Every two weeks, the women of the church meet together at the church address on Fridays at 19:00 to study the Bible and its practical implications for daily life. If you would like to come to this, please contact us.
Throughout history, God’s people have worshipped through music, and we wish to be no different. Through the songs that we sing and the instruments we play, we are seeking to be people who, as Psalm 89:15 says, “know the festal shout, who exult in your name all the day”. As we worship through song, we are also teaching one another. We are helped in this by a small music team of church members who use their musical abilities to encourage and guide us. If you are able and willing to contribute to the musical life of the church, do let us know!
We are not only in the community, we are for the community. Church members are encouraged to work for the blessing and good not only of themselves, but of their neighbours. All that we believe and do has positive social implications, but we also seek to minister in specific ways, whether it is helping with clean-ups, assisting limited mobility neighbours with tasks and chores, food distribution, anti-loneliness outreaches, standing for marriage and the unborn, or supporting refugees and migrants. Pastor Ryan serves as co-chair of the Parkside Malvern Residents Association and coordinator of the Sunrise Neighbourhood Watch, working on various community projects to improve the area, housing, and safety and representing the immediately local area on the Haringey Heartlands Residents and Business Liaison Group and Metropolitan Police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Noel Park Ward Panel.
We have a partnership with two local grocery stores whereby they give us food that would otherwise go to waste – due to expired Best Before date, damage to packaging, or cosmetic flaws. Often they throw in things that have none of these issues. Also, the past two years we have distributed large Christmas dinner hampers to local families including personal contacts and people put in touch with us by the Haringey Migrant Support Services. Do you need food? We cannot predict what we get or when but would gladly add you to our list of suitable recipients – just contact us to schedule a meeting, and we’ll take it from there.
Church planting and revitalisation
From our beginning as a local church, the work of starting new churches and strengthening existing churches has been a part of our DNA. Grace Baptist Partnership was begun in our church toward this end, and we continue to work closely with GBP on national and European projects. To read about our latest church plant, in nearby Bounds Green, go to the designated page . To find out more about GBP, visit http://www.gracebaptistpartnership.org.uk
South Mimms Caravan Park
At the beginning of March 2019, we began weekly meetings among the Irish Travellers at South Mimms Caravan Park. Each week on Monday nights from 19:00, someone preaches from the Scriptures and answers questions afterwards.
We enjoy personal fellowship, joint worship and prayer gatherings, day seminars, and conferences with a range of other churches, especially congregations related to Grace Baptist Partnership, the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East), and the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC).