We want other people in Bicester to meet with Jesus and experience His love for themselves. Before lockdown there were lots of ways people could get involved in outreach! Delivering newsletters, debt counselling, serving drinks, praying, singing carols, face-painting… Even under these restrictions, there are great opportunities: looking out for neighbours, inviting friends and relations to the online services... and, above all, prayer!
Overseas mission is an integral part of life at Orchard Baptist Church. Presently there are a number of causes we support as a church. These include three ministries in Asia which are too sensitive to detail here.
The mission causes we support are:
On behalf of Churches in Bicester we have taken responsibility for outreach on the rapidly-growing self-build development at Graven Hill. Rev Helen Baker joined the team at Orchard Baptist Church in 2018 to serve as Graven Hill Community Minister. Through building relationship with residents and by working with organisations involved in the development, a ministry has begun to emerge. The mission statement for this ministry is ‘building kingdom values into the foundations of this community’.
Helen and the team aim to serve and bless the residents of Graven Hill by building personal relationships and building community in order to help to influence the forming culture to be one of joy, peace, justice, love and grace.
To find out more, or to get involved contact Helen here.
GOD'S GRANDER DESIGN
In February 2021 a video and study material was produced for Baptist Home Mission featuring Helen and her ministry on Graven Hill.
Orchard Baptist Church is grateful for the help and support from OBC members, Home Mission, Baptist Insurance, the Charlton-on-Otmoor Fund and Spurgeons Oaklands Charitable Trust who have made this ministry possible.
We have had a particular focus on East Bicester, the area around where we meet on a Sunday. Before the pandemic we worked with the local Salvation Army to put on an annual Sunday Funday, and delivered a Christmas and Easter card to one thousand homes. We also sang carols one evening every year!
Churches in Bicester
And many of our members are involved in the many joint church initiatives in Bicester: Healing on the Streets, Street Pastors, Christians Against Poverty, Food Bank… different ways to show the love of God and build relationships
CIB Refugee Support Group
Churches in Bicester (CiB) Refugee Support Group is all inclusive involving all faiths and none. Contact the group representative at your church to find out more about what we are doing to help with the crisis. We would also like to hear from you if you have a skill you can share or can offer any form of practical help in settling refugees located in Bicester. Alternatively, contact us through the general information email firstname.lastname@example.org
We support our friends in Goa pastoring churches and running various projects to help the poor and destitute. Much of our support is channelled through the Kalji Trust www.kaljitrust.org.uk
We support Open Doors. www.opendoorsuk.org
The organisation supports and gives a voice to persecuted Christians worldwide.
We support Christine Jones who works with Operation Mobilisation www.uk.om.org in Zambia.Christine heads up a project to equip churches in Africa to engage in effective ministry to street children.