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High Street Baptist Church - Tring
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As well as a church page, we also have a Facebook page for our midweek children’s groups.
Every week we produce a Midweek Update with church news, forthcoming events and the scripture for the coming Sunday. We also include a list of those who are currently needing prayer. Midweek Update is emailed to anyone who wants to be kept up to date with the news at High Street Baptist Church.
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My Money March
It was a pleasure to host Goldfield School students as part of their My Money March series. Once the students had presented their business cards, we enjoyed answering their questions about the activity we do at High Street, how we use our money and where it comes from!
Award winning Games Afternoon
Games Afternoon has been supported by Daroum Borough Grants. We were thrilled to be the winner of the health and wellbeing category at their 2019 Community Grants Awards evening. Games Afternoon runs every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4pm. As well as a variety of games and delicious refreshments, there is a quiet space in the worship area where people can take a few moments of quiet and even light a candle.
High Street Mugs!
We are delighted to announce our very own High Street mugs, are now available! Local artist Mary Casserley, generously created a stunning painting of our church, which we have had printed on mugs. She also has prints of the painting available as framed pictures or cards. Thanks Mary!
Tring Christmas Festival
Every year Tring closes it’s High Street to cars, for a wonderful festival of stalls, performaces and food. High Street Baptist Church we open our doors and offer free craft for children, hot drinks and refreshments, as well as a quiet space where you can take a few minutes to be still, and perhaps light a candle.
We have really enjoyed using our garden over the summer, but it was time for a tidy-up! Helpers, big and small, have done a great job.
Farewell to Elena and Catha
From September 2017 to June 2018, Elena and Catha have served as volunteers with High Street Baptist Church under Time for God’s Europe wide scheme. They have been part of the church family during the year – helping out with the children’s activities, Games Afternoon (pictured), Friday Cafe and many other aspects of church life. They will be missed!
We all enjoyed our garden on Sunday 10 June, with a bring and share lunch. It was the first time many had used our new staircase – a sturdy new steel one to replace the rotton wooden one! Thanks to donations and support from London Luton Airport Ltc. – Near Neighbours via BLCF to fund the staircase.
The sun was shining on Sunday 22 April for our bluebell walk in Ashridge Estate.
During Easter 2018, the whole church was busy creating wonderful butterflies, from all sorts of materials. Together we produced our beautiful butterfly cross. The butterflies represent the transformation, which is possible in our lives, through the love of Jesus.
Easter morning started at 7am on Pitstone Hill for High Street Baptist Church. After our service was time for the annual egg-rolling competition. Prizes were given for the first three winners and the best decorated egg. Back to church for a warming cooked breakfast and an all-age celebration service.
Walk of Witness
High Street Baptist Churches joined together with other Tring churches to participate in the Walk of Witness through the high street on Good Friday morning. It was a moving event as the procession walked along the streets to the sound of a single drum. Songs, readings, prayers and drama focussed our thoughts on the sacrifice made by our Saviour, Jesus.
At Andrew’s final service at High Street Baptist Church, on Sunday 14 January, the congregation prayed for him and Rowena. After a sabbatical they will make their new home in Leigh-on-Sea.
A foot stomping farewell
After just over 6 years as minister at High Street Baptist Church, the time had come to say farewell to Andrew Cowley, and his wife Rowena. On Saturday 13 January we held a barn dance and afternoon tea. A barn dance was the perfect choice of event as it didn’t matter if you were 3 or 93 years – you could have a go!
Emma is baptised
After much contemplation Emma recognised that God wants her just the way she is. She chose to demonstrate her faith by being baptised, in front of her family and friends.
A Mayoral visit!
Wednesday Games Afternoon members were delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress of Tring could join them for their Christmas celebrations.
On Sunday 17 December 2017, our service started with Joyce and John lighting the Advent candles. Then we had a traditional Nativity play and Christmas sketches from our older Junior Church members. It was truly an all age service. Afterwards we held our annual Junior Church Christmas party.
Light and Bright
We had a fantastic time at our Light and Bright Party, on 31 October. The party aimed to provide an alternative to the usual spooky activities of Halloween. Children of all ages came together for music and dancing, colourful craft, silly games and plenty of party food!
What a Harvest!
On Sunday 1 October we had our Harvest Celebration and Great High Street Bake-Off.
On Sunday 30 July, we were delighted to give thanks for Lydia and celebrate her first birthday together.
Tring is a Fairtrade town
On Saturday 15 July 2017 the Town Mayor of Tring Town, Councillor Mr Gerald Wilkins, presented the renewal certificate of Tring’s status as a Fairtrade Town. We are pleased to be part of the Fairtrade movement by serving Fairtrade tea and coffee on our premises.
A world first!
On 2 May 2017, High Street Baptist Church became the first Baptist church around the world to make a public commitment to divest from fossil fuels! As such, we have been added to the list of divestment commitments on the Fossil Free (350.org) website. High Street has been in close touch with the Bright Now campaign on Church divestment, organised by Christian environment charity, Operation Noah, and indeed we feature as a case study in the most recent publication from the campaign (see link). With this latest commitment, however, we are joining a list that includes some very large institutions and hope that before long we may be joined by many more Baptist churches up and down the country. Our commitment is based on having moved electricity supplier to a ‘fully renewable’ supplier, looking at options for our gas supply when current contracts expire and also exploring options for moving our bank account away from one of the high street’s big four to a bank that supports and endorses moves towards a net zero carbon economy.
Interactive Prayer Day
On Saturday 11 March 2017, the church opened its doors for an Interactive Prayer Walk. Stations around the church, based on the fruits of the Spirit, invited participants to pray creatively.