October 31… Shine Jesus shine!

Sunday 31st October – 11am Light café service for everyone followed by light lunch. 

On the day we put the clocks back and the nights draw in, we gather to find out about God as light in the body!  There’ll be croissants, tea and coffee, light crafts, a talk, songs and prayers.  Bring your lunch to eat afterwards at 12am with others as you chat and have the option to make things to take home. 

Everyone welcome., particularly if you’ve carved out a pumpkin. In fact if you have bring it along and we’ll provide the Tea light. 

And don’t forget if you can’t get to church you can always join us either live or in the future via our YouTube channel. 

Church Meeting, 7.30pm, Tuesday 9th November

Our next Church Meeting will be held here at MBC at 7.30pm on Tuesday November 9th.

All members and attendees are invited and are encouraged to take part in the debates, although when it comes to a vote only members will be eligible.  

A full agenda will be available shortly. 

Lockdown crafts and tabletop sale

We have now set a new date for our Tabletop Sale; it’s Saturday the 20th of November between 2 and 4pm. Each table will cost £10, and all profits will go directly to the Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store.  

Already items are mounting. We have cards, pictures, Christmas decorations, Romanian crafts and gifts, Body shop gifts, knitted items, jewellery and plants. If you would like a table, or even perhaps just half a table please contact Karen Ross.

As the sale will take place in the Sanctuary, and to ensure we don’t fall foul of any Covid recommendations facemasks must be worn and we will be operating a strict one-way system. This means that visitors will come in by the main, front door – buy lots of gifts – and then leave by the door next to the Music Room.

Entry of course is free, so what better way to snap up some crafty Christmas stocking fillers.

Oh, and if anyone would like to help us on the day itself then please speak to one of us in person or drop an email to leadership.team@moortownbaptistchurch.onmicrosoft.com

Lockdown Crafts.

Also, some of us have been wondering if during any of the lockdowns you discovered a hidden talent? It could be anything: knitting, crochetry, woodwork, paper crafts, painting etc. etc.

If you did and you would like to share something with us, on the Sunday that we are thinking about ‘Hands’ that’s Sunday November 7th we would like to put on an exhibition featuring some if not all the things you have made.

As we’ve been hearing over the last few weeks, MBC, as the body of Christ, is made up of so many different parts, so many different people each with their own individual talents so what better way of demonstrating these gifts than by loaning whatever it is you’ve made for display in church. 

Again if you do have something you want to share with us please speak to any member of the Leadership Team or email us on leadership.team@moortownbaptistchurch.onmicrosoft.com

Many thanks


What did you GIVE for your birthday?

There’s one thing we all have in common; each and every year we all have a birthday. A couple of weeks ago I had mine and let’s just say that I’ll never see 72 again! 

But for years now I, and a small number of others here at MBC have supported one of the Baptist church’s main outreach project… BMS World Mission. However, unlike some I have chosen to give that support through what might best be described as one of the Society’s softer options, that the BMS Birthday Scheme. 

It’s actually incredibly simple. All you need to do is to speak with Roger Robson, tell him your birthday – but not necessarily your age and then on the day he’ll send you a card, a BMS Birthday Scheme newsletter (see above) and an envelope in which you can pop a cheque in and give him it back.  

Of course the Birthday Scheme is just one of several fundraising initiatives that BMS World Mission run. I won’t go into all that now but Roger will be keen to explain more. And if you’re looking to see where and how MBC plays its part in providing direct support just think back to July and our first face to face service when John and Sue Wilson, now working in Paris, were our guests and all those newsletters we receive from our other mission partners Mark and Andrea in Chad. 

A last word. In the book of Acts it says this: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. 

Happy birthday


Lights – banner – action!

With a new banner in place, and our rooftop cross all trimmed up  (you can catch a sneak preview in the video below) it’s going to be a busy few weeks here at MBC. 

Make sure you don’t miss out on anything! 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. KJV.

Jane Coates – more thoughts and prayers 

 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. The Message 

“How happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort! JBP 

Grieving in all its forms and any kind of loss or sense of loss, not just the loss of a loved one, can cause overwhelming sadness and grief. It may be the loss of a relationship, job, health, physical or mental wellbeing, finance, prospects, career, or whole host of other life situations. Sadness, grief, sorrow, and loss of this kind, can cause a ‘heart sickness’ that feels as if it cannot be healed.  

The prophet Jeremiah, when he considered the ruin of his people and the captivity of Judah, expressed his overwhelming sadness, intense sense of loss and sorrow, poignantly. “Incurable sorrow has overwhelmed me, and my heart is sick within me”. “My sorrow is beyond healing; my heart is faint within me”. “There is no cure for my grief. My heart breaks for what I see and hear.” Jeremiah: 8 v 18. Jeremiah longed for hope and a healing balm.  

God wants us to know that whatever the nature of our pain, sorrow, loss and grief, we can experience His comfort, as He is the source of every comfort.  

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.2 Cor. 1 v 3-4  

Jesus: Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me. John 14 v 1 The Voice 

“Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in God and trust in me. John 14 v 1  




Supporting our own… Christopher and Bela Singh

Update for October 2021 – Christopher & Bela Singh

Just like 2020, this year 2021 is going so fast. It is hard to believe that we are now heading towards November and the end of 2021. Where have the days, weeks and months gone.

Covid seems to have taken over our lives in one way or the other. Both Bela and I were vaccinated and soon we will be getting our booster vaccine, that is the third dose. By God’s grace we both and our families are safe and have not suffered with Covid. Thanks for your prayers for our health.

To read and download the rest of Christopher and Bela’s newsletter and to find out how you can support their work simply follow the links below…



Face masks at MBC

With cases rising and experts predicting there could soon be as many as 100,000 new Covid-19 infections a day your Leadership Team has agreed that the wearing of face masks, in church, is now a necessity.
This decision comes in response to a number of enquiries from concerned members and it wasn’t taken lightly.
It applies to everyone – jabbed or non jabbed – unless they are singing/playing in the worship band, leading a service, eating/drinking or clinically exempt.

Experiment in Bible reading with Paul’s letter to the Romans

This invitation is for anyone, old and young, beginner or expert, churchgoer or not. 

The experiment will begin with a meeting on Thursday 4 November, either at 12-2pm (bring your lunch) or 7-9pm,  in the Church. Choose the time that suits you.

The core process of the experiment is that each person commits in November to reading  Romans, by themselves and with friends, noting their discoveries on the way.

We will share and reflect on our results in meetings on Thursday 2 December, either at 12-2pm or 7-9pm. 

To make sure everything is in order before we begin would you please register your interest by either calling 0113 2693750 or by emailing admin@moortownbaptistchurch.onmicrosoft.com 

(Facilitated by Haddon Willmer) 

Sunday 24 October – The mind

 On Sunday 24th of October we turn our attention to the mind. Haddon will be sharing his thoughts based around Romans chapter 12 verses 1 to 8 – see below.

As usual the Service will also be streamed on our YouTube channel which means that not only can you join us live but you can revisit it any time you like.

Oh, and just a reminder that with Covid infection rates still rising and having had a number of challenges from people regarding MBC’s policy re face masks your leadership team is now insisting that with the exception of worship/group leaders, those singing or playing in the band, people eating or drinking and the clinically exempt everyone must wear one in church at all times.   

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

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