Carey Baptist Church today held one of their Women’s Breakfast events at their The Carey Centre, Anstey Road, Reading. Over 50 women gathered to tuck into toast, granola, fruit and morning pastries this morning with lashings of tea, coffee and chatter.
Caroline Davis, who helps to run various forms of women’s ministries at Carey Baptist Church said: “We run these breakfast events about three times a year. Hilary Wilkinson, who heads up our women’s ministry work at Carey, decided to do these around 4 or 5 years ago and it’s grown ever since.” She added: “It’s a way of the women within the church family at Carey to catch up and get to know one another. We have other outreach as well as book clubs and home groups, but these breakfast groups really do enable women within the church to keep in touch, communicate and make new friendships and relationships.”
Guest speaker at the breakfast was Jacky Cooper, wife of Pastor Ian Cooper who runs Tollgate Evangelical Church in Redhill, Surrey. Her talk was based on the scripture of Luke 12: 22-34 (NIV) and the relevance of having little faith then as now. Before launching into her talk, Jacky said: “It’s amazing where faith can take you. Over 20 years ago when my husband and I started leading our church in Redhill, we had just 20 members and within the first six weeks, seven of them had died! With faith, we have seen steady growth over the years and from those 13 people we had, we have now grown to a church attracting over 90 members on a Sunday morning, 50 on a Sunday evening an a congregation of around 40 to 50 members during the week. We [Ian and I] are so grateful to God for the growth we have experienced. We are now a very vibrant church which is experiencing another burst of growth as our married couples are now having families of their own, which brings new life and growth to the church.”
Carey Baptist Church is a vibrant independent evangelical church situated on Carey Street, Reading. Their Sunday worship is held at 10:30am and at 6:30pm and they have a wide variety of ministry, outreach and engagement programmes both within the church and their wider community. To find out more visit their website at www.careybaptistchurch.org.uk or telephone (0118) 959 0058. The Church has an active Twitter account which can be followed @careybc and they also have a Facebook page at facebook.com/careybaptistchurch.
Where women come together over a cuppa – Carey Baptist Church, Reading
Pictures: Lynda Bowyer