Annual report 2018/19

Rosemary Lane Chapel:

We are a free evangelical church with a strong emphasis on Bible teaching. We meet twice on Sundays and throughout the week for various events with the intention of meeting with God, following Jesus together and sharing His love with one another and the wider community in which we serve.

Sunday Services:

RML continues to have Services each Sunday at 11.00 and 18.30. These will include Family Services, Bible Teaching and Open Worship. Sunday classes for the children and young people are held rooms upstairs with the exception of the Family Service, when all remain together. The evening service on the final Sunday of each month has become a celebration service during which time there is opportunity for people to share a testimony of how God has been at work in their lives. This has been a great encouragement as we strengthen our trust in God and deepen our relationships with one another. We also have a time of contemporary acoustic worship led by several members of the fellowship.

Encouragingly, we have been joined over this last year by several new people and a new family.

 

Mid-Week Activities

Home Groups:

RML currently maintains two Home Groups who meet to study the Bible and pray together on a Tuesday evening. Our most recent study has been on Exodus: Liberating Love. Additionally, we have been looking at the subject of ‘Discipleship’ during our Winter Bible Study which was open for all to attend on the third Tuesday of the month at the chapel.

Toddlers:

Taking place on Friday mornings (10am-12pm), Toddlers continues to be well attended and has had upwards of 20 toddlers, along with parents, grandparents or carers most weeks. This remains a vital service for toddlers and their carers, and we are grateful to the team of volunteers who make this group possible.

Ignite and Ventures:

Our Youth Programme on Friday evenings alternates between our Ventures group for Primary School age children and our Ignite group (formerly TeenScene) that caters for secondary school age children. These programmes provide entertainment during the evening followed by a short Bible/faith-based talk by one of the volunteers or visiting speaker. Whilst Ignite has maintained a steady group of youngsters, the Ventures programme has seen an increase in primary age children attending regularly attracting 25 or more children from across Clayhidon and Hemyock.

Luncheon Club and Tea Club:

RML has continued its’ long association with the Blackdown Support Group in the running of the Luncheon Club which takes place on the 2nd Wednesday each month, 12-3pm. Numbers have dropped a little over the last year with between 25-30 attending each luncheon club, most of whom stay on beyond the meal to listen to the visiting speaker or musician. A particular highlight within the last year were the celebrations that took place in December as the BSG Luncheon Club at RML celebrated 25 years working in connection to provide this most valuable service.

The Tea Club is run in a similar format, once more in partnership with the Blackdown Hills Support Group. Whilst numbers are lower than those attending the Luncheon Club, nonetheless a good group of regular attendees enjoy the time together. After a break over the winter months, the tea club is now up and running again.

Ladies Prayer Group

Several ladies from the church maintain a Ladies Prayer group and welcome all who wish to attend. This is held in one of the member’s homes. The group provide a good time of fellowship, support and prayer for issues within the church, the community and further afield.

Women’s Ministry

This last year has also seen the commencement of a ‘Women’s Ministry’ within Rosemary Lane Chapel which has been attended not only by members of Rosemary Lane Chapel, but also women from the wider community. It is planned that events will take place 4 times a year. Again, we are grateful that this work, like all of the above is only made possible by the servant-heartedness of many within our fellowship and community.

Outreach

On the 30th June 2018 the British weather came up trumps for our annual ‘Community Fun Day’ in the chapel field. A BBQ, several bouncy castles, games and a wealth of cakes were enjoyed by members of the church and the surrounding community. We also held a ‘Soak the Pastor’ event, it proved very popular and raised enough funds to sponsor two toilets with Tearfunds ‘Toilet Twinning’ project. We would like to extend a welcome to all when we host our Community Fun Day this year on Saturday 29th June 2018 (2-6pm) with similar activities on offer.

 

On the 2nd November 2018, RML held their annual bonfire night for the members of Ignite and Ventures as well as the wider community of Clayhidon and the surrounding area. This event, which included a bonfire, fireworks and hot food, was enjoyed by the many who attended. The event concluded with a short Bible reflection shared by Jonathan Hillman, pastor at RML.

Every Wednesday, throughout the months of October and November people met at Rosemary Lane Chapel as we worked through the ‘Christianity Explored’ course. Whether new to church, never attended, or a regular for many years, this proved to be an informal and relaxed environment to consider, discuss and discover some of the basics of the Christian faith… often accompanied by cake. The Chapel will be running the same course during the summer of 2018 with a warm welcome to all – Please contact Jonathan Hillman for further information.

RML continues to be part of the Blackdown Hills Christians (BHC) network and enjoyed meeting with members of others churches through the regular Barn Praise events at Kerswell on the Second Sunday in May and September. Things are changing a little this year with Spring Praise due to take place in May and Autumn Praise in September, both at Uffculme School’s new multi purpose facility – ‘The Venue’. On the 2nd of June 2018 the BHC looks forward to welcoming Steve Brady (Principal of Moorlands Bible College) to share a word of encouragement to the ‘Rural Church’ – this takes place at Throgmorton Hall, Dunkeswell.

Closer to home, we continue to enjoy strong connections to our brothers and sisters at St. Andrews, Clayhidon meeting together at combined services three times throughout the year and at the recent Easter morning sunrise service at Gray’s Quarry.

Rosemary Lane in the wider community

Members of the fellowship continue to support the wider community in both the Parish of Clayhidon and further afield. These activities include: Open The Book at Hemyock Primary School, Torch Fellowship Meetings (Wellington), volunteering on the County Hall Chaplaincy Team, Street Pastors (Wellington), and Gideons.

Overseas Mission

Within the fellowship several members have at one time or another had involvement in the overseas mission field. Currently, Chris Menzfeld is the South West and South representative for the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA), which involves deputation meetings in this country as well as Bible Teaching visits in Eastern Europe.

Our SGA meeting in March saw RML welcome Pastor Tomasz Chlyka who provided us with an insight into their work in Poland and how SGA supports them.

Rosemary Lane also supports the work of several other overseas missionaries, which include:

Israel, Charlene and Miles (The Neale Family) are serving with the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). They have been involved in work amongst the Yolngu indigenous people in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. However, they recently moved to support the work of MAF in Papua New- Guinea.

 Jonathan and Jingle Bradford have a Bible Teaching programme for young potential church workers in the Phillipines, Asia, where floods and health problems regularly affect them. There have been several floods this year and Jonathan has suffered ill-health but with the Lord’s help the work continues and flourishes.

 

Chrissie and Jano Mulindabigwe have a unique role in Rwanda, Africa, seeking to help in refugee camps, with orphans and others affected by HIV/Aids and as well as supporting vocational training centres. They are currently residing in the UK with visits to Rwanda to keep abreast of the work.

                 As well as supporting these missionaries, we have continued contact with Mission Aviation Fellowship with a Sunday set aside to the reviewing of their work – We enjoyed a visit from Luc Van Damme on Sunday 8th July 2018 to tell us more about this expansive and vital work. In November we welcomed Tim Fielder from Bermondsey, London, to talk about the work of London City Mission and in particular, his work with young men in a Spirit and Body fitness programme.

 Easter Celebrations

At time of writing we look forward to welcoming David Herring (Quantock’s Ministries) to our Good Friday Bible Teaching meetings.

 

A great deal has happened at Rosemary Lane Chapel over the last 12 months including two weddings. None of it happens apart from the servant-heartedness of so many people who come together be an authentic believing community that practice the kind of love that Jesus calls us to live out as we follow him.

 

We pray that God, who has revealed his expansive love through Christ his Son, would continue to work within us and these hills; that we would be a people who love because he first loved us.

 

This is how God showed his love among us:

He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

 

1 John 4:9-11

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