My husband Andy was pulling weeds out from under the hedge along the church driveway. Some of the weeds were getting quite big - in fact, they were turning into small trees; self-sown seedlings of ash and enormous brambles. In amongst the tangled, thorny mess of roots, litter and weeds, Andy spotted something small and round - a bottle top? A penny? It was brown and caked in mud, but he picked it up and put it in his pocket. He wondered where it had come from and who might have dropped it. Maybe it was something interesting, like an ancient Roman coin from a nearby hoard! 'Not very likely,' he thought but he brought it home and washed the mud off under the tap.
The object was metallic and very tarnished; certainly a coin of some sort, bigger and heavier than a penny but still so grubby we couldn't read the inscription, or see whose image was depicted on it. So we put the coin in vinegar overnight, hoping to dissolve the remaining dirt. The next morning what we discovered amazed us! It wasn't a penny at all - it was worth one hundred times more than that!! - it was a pound coin from the year 2000. But the story doesn't end there. We'd never looked very closely at a pound coin before and I realised this one had a dragon on the reverse side, which looked like it might be rather handsome if I could see it properly. So I got out the Brasso and gave that coin a good polish and now it's as good as new! The Queen's profile is clearly visible on one side and a distinctive dragon on the reverse. What's more the inscription around the edge - words from the Welsh national anthem - is legible once again. Something that looked like a filthy old bottle top discarded in a hedgerow has now been restored to its true value and purpose.
The good news of the Kingdom of God is that people who are lost and whose lives are a mess, stuck in the mud between the rubbish and the weeds, when they are found by Jesus, they get a fresh start - cleaned up, polished, restored to their true value and purpose, displaying the image of Jesus, the King of Kings.
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If you'd like to find out more, join us at one of our Sunday services when we'll be going through Luke's Gospel to discover more about the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ.
Alternatively, follow the actors and donkey up Bovingdon High Street during our 'LIVE NATIVITY' on Saturday 10 December (the re-enactment begins in St Lawrence churchyard at 10 am and concludes with refreshments at BBC accompanied by songs from Bovingdon Primary Academy Choir).
OPEN CHURCH: During the Bovingdon Christmas Street Fayre on Sunday 11 December the baptist church will be open from 4 - 8 pm. Refreshments, toilets, Christmas carols, a craft activity, a warm place to sit, a space to pray and a listening ear will all be on offer, and from 5 - 6 pm there will be a Community Carol service by candlelight.
If you have questions about church and life, you're welcome to join our next Alpha Course. For details contact Mary.
At BBC we are informal and friendly, a 'one table' church where people of every age and stage of faith worship together and share with one another like a big extended family. Our Sunday services begin with 25 minutes of whole church worship and then different ages continue their learning in various groups: crèche for pre-schoolers; Sunday Club for children of primary school age; Upper Room for young people aged 11-16 years. We also have all sorts of things happening on weekdays: a baby and toddler group on termtime Mondays from 9-11 am; an open youth group on Fridays; a coffee morning on 1st and 3rd Mondays each month; Life Group bible studies; occasional film nights, games nights, quiz nights.
Check our diary page for up-to-date information about what's on at BBC.