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Church Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.
 
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Revd Fiona Lee – Minister of Bradninch Baptist Church
 
Fiona became minister of our church on 28th December, 2019, having moved from Alvechurch Baptist Church in north Worcestershire, with her daughter, where she was minister of that church for over 14 years. Before that, Fiona had trained at Bristol Baptist College to become a minister, gaining a BA (Hons) in Theological Studies; and previous to that, Fiona was trained as a Nursery Nurse, when she spent some 16 years working with children in various settings, including nurseries, school nursery classes, and at a Children’s Hospice in Romania. Fiona is now delighted to be serving the church and local communities of Bradninch and prays that God helps her to strengthen and lead people onward in their faith and love of God, whilst being available to help and support the community in any and every way she can.
     
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Adie Banner - Deacon 
 
  Jess Mandizha - Deacon
Adie has lived in Bradninch since Christmas 2014 with my wife Catherine, son and daughter.  They find Bradninch Baptist Church (BBC) to be a warm and welcoming, community loving church.   Feeling part of the church family they are heavily involved in a variety of areas in the life of the church, including the running of a dads and toddler group (who let the dads out), Men's breakfast, Hug in a Mug and Along with Catherine, Adie hosts a house group which encourages honest and frank discussions about Jesus and world issues.  Adie is committed to serve and share the love Jesus in my community, with neighbours, friends and family and is excited to see what plans God has set before him and his family.     Jess has called Bradninch home since spring 2015.  Soon after arriving, she found a wonderfully warm church family at Bradninch Baptist Church (BBC).

Since arriving, Jess and her husband, Aaron, have been blessed with two children.  Although she has done her best to follow Jesus since being a young teen, Jess has always managed to dodge church leadership!  However, when invited to join the Deaconite at BBC she couldn't say no.  Having seen the love that the church has for the community, Jess wanted to fully play her part.

Jess has a heart for mission, in all its shapes and forms, and a passion for social justice.  Both fuelled, by years of Nursing overseas.
     
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Dawn Pettit - Deacon   Liz Williams – Deacon 
Dawn is married to James and they moved to Bradninch 11 years ago to take up the role of joint Pastors at this Church. Although they retired in 2018, they remain members of the Church and Dawn was elected as a Deacon in 2020.

Dawn was baptised in 2006 and is passionate about the local church being the hope of the world! What other global organisation cares for people from the cradle to the grave, incorporating all aspects of life – living out the manifesto of Jesus, feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers, clothing the poor, helping the sick and visiting the prisoner?

Dawn was born in Zimbabwe but has lived here in the UK most of her adult life. James and Dawn have 4 children and 5 grandchildren who are the joy of their lives! If there is any spare time they love sailing together as there is nothing quite like the blue sky and ocean to help connect with God. Fortunately, this also incorporates Dawn’s love of water and swimming! They enjoy a country walk or cycle (not fast enough for Lycra!) and enjoy the theatre and music. Dawn has sung in the Bradninch Festival Choir. She feels blessed along with James to live in Bradninch and be able serve the community here.
  Roman Catholic raised, Liz is a mum to 5 boys so used to a busy home, and is a wonderful asset to the church helping with activities and duties and generally welcoming people into our family.  Liz is full of energy and passion for all  to know the good news of Jesus Christ  . Even when she’s not on official church duty her friendly and caring demeanour shines through to make you feel at ease.
     
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In Loving Memory of Sylvia Scurr

4th May 1946 – 8th May 2021

Sylvia was born in Leicester with her twin brother! Their father was in the REME division of the Army and they did a tour to Cyprus where Sylvia had many happy memories of life there. They returned to West London for the twins to start school.

Sylvia was known to many in Bradninch and beyond! Like Queen Elizabeth 11 who has seen many prime ministers come and go, Sylvia has faithfully served the Baptist Church under five or six Ministers depending on whether James and Dawn Pettit count as one or two Ministers! They were Rev Edmund Palmer, who baptised her on Easter Sunday 1982, Rev Trevor Davies (twice), Rev Barbara Carpenter, ourselves and Rev Fiona Lee, so there is a lot of history. Sylvia was the name and face of the Baptist Church. Her love and expertise of catering was widely appreciated in the Church Café C@BBC, Coffee Mornings at the Guildhall Hall, Men’s breakfasts, The Phoenix Club lunches, Advent Roast lunches (with Doreen Mears as her assistant) until latterly and of course her cream teas and catering for all events at the Church were legendary.

Sylvia’s talents didn’t only lie in catering. Her flair for flower arranging, which she did week in and week out, was a delight for all and her arrangements for Easter, Christmas, weddings, funerals, baptisms and a flower festival held in 2013 to celebrate 200 years of the Baptist Church in Bradninch were memorable. Sylvia loved making cards and craft was her speciality, especially at Messy Church. She taught at Sunday School and was wonderful with children, so kind and gentle and they loved and respected her. She was still attending camps for the Girls Brigade up to a few years ago; Sylvia with Doreen Mears ran the Bradninch Girls’ Brigade for many years with dedication and professionalism. Sylvia has always been there and was our Church Secretary from 2016, having been a Deacon for many years before that. She was unflappable, and 100% reliable.

Sylvia was fun and had a good sense of humour, her nails were renowned for their pristine paint; she loved a good jigsaw puzzle and wordsearches. Her hero was Cliff Richard and she saw him live! Another joy for her was travelling and her job in the AA travel Agency took her to the four corners of the earth. Her cat Raffles was named after the hotel in Singapore! Sylvia was a keen and active member of the Bradninch Bowls Club and quite competitive! She was also a member of Bradninch Festival Choir and made sure the Church building used for practices was warm and welcoming.

Sylvia took ill at the beginning of March and sadly was not well enough to have chemo or surgery. She died peacefully on 8th May. Through her hospitalisation her faith kept her going. She knew she was going home to her Loving Father in heaven. Her illness was tough and she said to me she didn’t know she could face death without a faith. A Thanksgiving Service was held on 27th May at the Baptist Church with social distancing, which meant that there were not enough places for all to attend. Bearing this in mind there will be a “Songs of Praise “service followed by tea in the afternoon at the Baptist Church on Sunday July 25th and all are very welcome to attend to celebrate Sylvia’s life. Final details of time etc. will be announced next month. Sylvia is deeply mourned by her two brothers and their families and all the Baptist Church Members.

 

If you need to contact the Church then please visit the Contact Us page.

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service when COVID restrictions allow. It is a great way to meet people. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10:30am with a warm welcome from one of our leadership team. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church and also an opportunmity to share what God has done in church members life. Our Minister will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have great family friendly services along with kids church for all ages.

When kids groups are on the activities vary depending on the age but there is always friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Community Cafe
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Leadership 

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Revd Fiona Lee 
Minister of Bradninch Baptist Church

 
   

Fiona became minister of our church on 28th December, 2019, having moved from Alvechurch Baptist Church in north Worcestershire, with her daughter, where she was minister of that church for over 14 years. Before that, Fiona had trained at Bristol Baptist College to become a minister, gaining a BA (Hons) in Theological Studies; and previous to that, Fiona was trained as a Nursery Nurse, when she spent some 16 years working with children in various settings, including nurseries, school nursery classes, and at a Children’s Hospice in Romania. Fiona is now delighted to be serving the church and local communities of Bradninch and prays that God helps her to strengthen and lead people onward in their faith and love of God, whilst being available to help and support the community in any and every way she can.
   
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.