Malvern Baptist Church

Worshipping God, Following Jesus, Loving our town.

Church Bulletin Board

MBC Magazine
Please note that the copy date for the next issue is Friday 21st June. Submissions to Colin or Rosalie as usual please.

Boys Brigade/Girls Association picnic
You are invited to a picnic to celebrate the end of another session of BBGA. This will be held on Peachfield Common, by the football pitch at 6pm on Friday 28th JuneGames will be provided. PS the weather forecast is better than last year!

Churches Together In Malvern
Invite you to a PICNIC AND SWIM Sunday 7th July 3pm - 5pm at Elim International Centre. Pool open 3.30- 4.30pm Admission Free Parking available.

Lifepath 24th - 28th June 2024
The Lifepath Volunteer Team is made up of members of many churches across the Diocese and beyond. W are nearly fully booked with children for the whole week but are still in need of lots of volunteers to be Pilgrim Guides/Assistants, Activity Group assistants and a whole range of other jobs!
For more information go to https://www.greatmalvernpriory.org.uk/lifepath where you can also sign up, or email lifepath.malvern.2024@gmail.com.

From Vicky Ayling
What an amazing time Basecamp was! Thank you so much for your prayers for the students and staff. It was a delight to meet students from across Canada, reconnect with staff in person and see the Carleton students connect with the wider Navigators family. We had 14 different university campuses represented! Grab a cup of tea and let's dive in! 

Basecamp
Kathleen Selje, one of our wonderful campus leadership team members, led the daily sessions on encouragements and challenges posed by the book of 1 Peter. If you're unfamiliar with this book of the Bible, it was a letter from Peter (one of the 12 disciples who was a close friend of Jesus and who was heavily involved in the early church movement) to some people who believed in Jesus in the area where modern-day Turkey is. He was writing to encourage the believers to keep trusting and serving God despite the persecution and sufferings that they were living through.

One of the things that I loved about these sessions were the times of reflection that we had at the end - some time to pause and think about what we had just heard and to bring them before God. For me, something Kathleen said that stood out was that "the secure and steady grace of Jesus gives us an identity as God's special people who live with purpose". All too often I put my self worth and identity in my performance (grades or how well my job seems to be going) or in people (how well people seem to like me) - these are transient and unstable things, whereas because "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), I don't have to worry about not being enough because my identity is an honour gifted not a trophy earned. 

Facing a fear
I have been very nervous to speak in front of large groups for a long time, so when I was invited to be an MC for Basecamp co-hosting the main sessions I was excited by the challenge but really rather dreading it - there would be 108 people in the crowd! However, God has given me the gift of an excellent friend and co-host in Shelby my intern colleague at Carleton University. She helped me to prepare and was a very gracious person to be presenting alongside. I asked God to bring me comfort as I walked up to the stage that Monday morning, and oh did he deliver. As the days went on I became more comfortable being up in front of people and looking a little silly sometimes - thick socks and flip-flops turns out not to be a very good look... I am so thankful for the way that this internship with The Navigators has been challenging me to grow personally as well as spiritually! 

Shelby constantly helps me to remember God's character better and to approach life with more thoughtfulness and love. She also brings out some silliness in me which helps to mellow out my overthinking! 

And after Basecamp?
The rest of May was much quieter after the rush and high of Basecamp. We had a lot of time to focus on reading for self development - which we are continuing into June. I also had the joy of my family coming to visit me! It was really special getting to introduce them to people and places that I love dearly

Coming soon
June means Summer Nav Nights! We are looking at the book of Jonah with fresh eyes and seeing what we can learn from such a familiar story when we try and set aside our preconceptions (and hyperfocus on the fish...) At the end of June we will be back in British Columbia for the staff National Gathering at NavCon24! See you soon! 

Praise and Prayer Requests 

Praise the Lord for the 109 students and staff who safely made it to and from Basecamp! He was so good to us! Thank God for the relationships and connections that formed and that we would remember the lessons we learned to continue growing.

Thank him also for the incoming Wave Interns (campus mentors) who will be joining the Navigators of Canada this fall - and please pray for them as they go through their support raising process. 

Please continue to pray for safety for students who are traveling, working, and studying this summer.

Please also pray for the Carleton campus staff team as we work on personal development and discipleship this summer. We have begun "Summer Navs" which will run until the end of July. We are studying the book of Jonah and enjoying time in fellowship with students who are in the city over the summer.

Love and blessings,
Vicky Ayling

And finally… 
“A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:8