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Membership

PBC is a group of people committed to live out the way of Jesus together in order to bring hope and justice to our neighbours and our world. Membership at PBC is a covenant commitment to partner with God in what He is doing in us and through us.

Membership is not essentially about what we can get, but about what we can give.

"Covenant is a biblical concept. In the Ancient Near East, covenant was a binding agreement in which covenant members had certain obligations to keep and expected certain benefits in return. What makes a covenant different from a simple business agreement is that a covenant is based on a meaningful relationship between the two parties. Examples of covenant include the covenants God made with all creation in the time of Noah, with Abram and his descendants, and eventually with the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. To the prophets of the Bible, this covenant was a marriage between Yahweh and his people. Another example of covenant is the commitment between Jesus and people everywhere to follow him. We believe that to commit our lives to God, one another and the world in meaningful relationship is what it means to be the church." - Rob Bell

 

Membership in summary

o PBC is committed to serving and giving - it requires people of commitment and partnership.
o 'Membership', however, has lost some of its usefulness in our culture. One can be a member of the YMCA, the gym and a fan club, etc. Membership is often about discounts or priority bookings, not about a declaration of commitment
o Covenant - covenant is based on a meaningful relationship between the two parties.
o Membersip requires a personal faith in Jesus
o Membership requires you have the values and vision of PBC in your DNA and heart
o Membership means you are committing to regular attendance at corporate church on Sundays, in Small Groups, church meetings
o Membership means you are committing to giving time, talents and treasure to what God is doing in us and through in order to bring hope and justice to our neighbours and our world.

The Membership Course runs twice or three times yearly, usually over three two hour sessions. An interview with one of the leadership team follows the course. We ask you to be present at each of the three sessions.   Your proposed membership is then put forward at the next available Church Meeting.  For more information, or to book your place, please call Jennifer initially in the Church Office on 01892825590.  Alternatively email elders@pemburybaptistchurch.org.

News & Announcements

Messy Christmas - Saturday 2nd December from 3pm-5pm

Messy Christmas is being held at Pembury School on Saturday 2nd December from 3pm-5pm, providing a fun and free themed activities and craft afternoon for the whole family.  There's food to close the proceedings.  Please sign up if you can by emailing office@pemburybaptistchurch.org or calling 01892 825590, and let us know if you or any of your family have any dietary requirements.  If you don't sign up, you can still attend so if you forget to let us know, see you there!


The Alpha Course - running now!

PBC is running the Alpha Course over 10 Thursdays from 28th September starting at 7pm, including a meal.  There is a Day Away on Saturday 11th November.  If you book in now, you have only missed one week. Book through the Church Office on 01892 825590 or office@pemburybaptistchurch.org.


Kingdom Cafe - monthly every 3rd Saturday

The Kingdom Cafe will be open every third Saturday of the month throughout the year between 11am and 3pm.  Cake, coffee and conversation are free.  There are books available to borrow and browse.  Children have their own table for colouring. Do come along, bring a friend or come alone, be quiet or enjoy the company - just relax!


PBC Prayer Meeting - 1st Tuesday of the Month

PBC's Church Prayer Meetings in 2017 will be held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Church Foyer, starting at 8pm.  Do come along and worship our living God through prayer and word. For more information on prayer at PBC, click on the heading, then on 'here'.