On 9 March, Wattisham Baptist Church gathered with friends from far and wide to give thanks to God for his sustaining of this cause for 250 years.
Our thanksgiving services were chaired by Brian Ellis, who together with his wife Necy was sent out by Wattisham Chapel in 1977 as a missionary in the Philippines. Mr Ellis brought greetings from the friends at Cubao Reformed Baptist Church in Manila.
Senior deacon Keith Chaplin drew attention to the recently published book, entitled All of grace, giving a history of Wattisham Chapel since 1763.
Malcolm Watts (Salisbury) preached powerfully on two texts from 1 Samuel. At the first service, his text was 1 Samuel 23:16: ‘And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God’; in the evening, it was 1 Samuel 30:6: ‘David encouraged himself in the Lord his God’.
We should think on God, remember that we are precious in his sight, remember his covenant with us, enjoy communion with him through Christ, and think on his past blessings to us. We are kept in the double lock of the hand of Christ and the hand of the Father.
Many have come to know the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ at Wattisham, and we pray that others will come to know him too. It has been ten years since the passing into glory of our late pastor, Gordon Hawkins, and we continue to pray that the Lord will soon send us another man after his own heart.
Jeremy and Caroline Kent