The church is shaped and organised around the three key relationships we have as followers of Jesus. There’s UP – our relationship with God, IN – our relationship with one another in God’s family, the Church, and OUT – our relationship within the wider community in which we serve and where we witness to God’s love in Jesus Christ. This page gives a little information on some key aspects of how we help one another in our IN relationship with one another in the church family.

1. Welcome
The author Henri Nouwen wrote: ‘Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it wrbc_life_rgwhen it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.’ We want to be an open community for all. We have a comfortable and welcoming café area in the foyer which is open on Monday to Saturday mornings. Drop in some time for a chat and one of our special coffees and home-made cakes. We also have a Connect team on Sundays led by Rachel Gregory that will help you settle in and introduce you to folk.

For a deeper understanding of the church life check out the ‘Annual Report’ which isn’t as drab as it sounds. It is an insight into the things we achieve and the different groups we run and also ways to get fully connected in church life. There’s also the Churches Constitution document here WRBC constitution 2009

2. Pastoral care
Looking out and caring for one another is central in the Christian life. This happens in our church in informal and more organised ways. A key element of care takes place every Sunday after our worship, when we stay on to chat with one another over tea and coffee. Many also join one of our home groups that meet during the week, where you’re able to get to know others more closely and share together. If you want to chat over an issue with a member of the Ministry Team please get in touch with them directly. There are people in the church who have been trained to listen. We believe that listening to one is one the ‘highest forms of hospitality.’ Have a chat with Simon Robinson if you would like to be listened to. We also have a pastoral team which meets monthly under our Lead Minister’s oversight, to look out for those who have a particular need and concern at that time. Team members visit people at home or in hospital as well as those who are in a local care homes who can no longer be involved.

3. Social events
From time to time we have various social evenings. Barn dances are always popular as well as quirky events like an Odd Socks social, summer barbecues, or musical evenings. If you’d like to get involved in helping with these or have an idea for an event, get in touch with Brian Cooper or Bruce Howarth they would be glad to hear from you.

4. Links to local pastoral and care agencies
Sometimes there’s need of more specialised help. Here are some pointers to locally available services that may help with an issue you face.  This is an information service only. We have no formal links with any of the following organisations or services.

General Christian based counselling – Locally, New Dawn Counselling Centre in Beeston offers a range of professionally qualified counselling within a Christian ethos which is open to people of all faiths or none. They offer counselling for individuals, couples and families.  We work with people of all ages – children, young people through to older adults. www.newdawncounselling.org.uk

The Association of Christian Counsellors offers a post-code search facility for anyone looking for help in this area. In this case you just enter ‘NG’ in their search facility and it will provide a list of possible services.  www.acc-uk.org/do/searchcounsellors

Professional help –  Sometimes Christians make the mistake they can only receive help from a fellow Christian. For instance, a psychiatrist or counsellor needs to be a Christian. This is not true. All truth is God’s truth. All life-giving practices are from God. Whilst not all therapies are helpful here are some reliable professional leads to find help.

To find a Clinical Psychologist www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/dcp  You can search using geographical location and also the type of difficulty you are experiencing e.g. anxiety, depression.

To find a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist  www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx

To find a Counsellor or Psychotherapist   www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/

When you find somebody on the above links there should be a short profile describing their specific area of expertise and their costs.  There are lots of different types of therapy and the above websites should provide descriptions of what these involve. Sometimes it can take a while to find the right therapist for you. Don’t be put off if the first therapist you see doesn’t work out. The most important thing is that you find somebody you feel comfortable talking to and who is able to offer the right type of support.

Homelessness – Framework works in this local area with people dealing with homelessness issues  www.frameworkha.org/framework_near_me/nottinghamshire

Addiction and homelessness issues – Betel of Britain is a group of caring, not-for-profit Christian communities in the heart of the UK dedicated to restoring homeless and long-term unemployed people to healthy, independent lifestyles. They train men and women in a wide range of life and employment skills, enabling them to rebuild a strong work ethic. They have a local centre in the Nottingham area. www.betel.org.uk

Information & local services – there’s a one-stop community services provision in Hucknall ‘Under One Roof’. As well as housing the local food bank and furniture recycling projects it hosts a whole range of services   www.under1roof.org.uk

5. The wider church community
We are part of a world-wide ‘family’ of God’s people – the Christian Church. We are a Baptist Church and part of the Baptists Together movement in this country. There’s plenty of further information to follow up on www.baptist.org.uk

We are actively involved in the Churches Together movement in the UK. Look at some of the many co-operative ways in which the Church works together today on www.ctbi.org.uk/

And we are also deeply involved with the other churches in the Hucknall area and regularly work together on various projects like Street Pastors, Engage Food and Furniture. We encourage people to find the church that is most suitable for them. You can find out more information about all the local churches and its various ministries on www.cthlp.org.uk