Welcome to Westgate Baptist

We are a friendly, family church made up of people from many different backgrounds and cultures but all sharing the same desire to follow God and show his love to others around us. We would love you to join us this Sunday as we gather together for worship and teaching from the bible; or throughout the week for our many activities.
 
   
02/12/2020
Isaiah 7:10-14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.”

Verse 14 is such an amazing prophecy! 700 years before Jesus, here is Isaiah telling the people of God that He is going to give them a Saviour-child. The details of this announcement are stunning…. God will cause a non-sexually active young girl to become pregnant; the baby will be a boy; and he will be called ‘God with us. More than this, He will be a “sign”. He will be the supreme indication that God has come to earth as never before. A huge pointer to God having shown up in grace and favour. Yet, the context is even more eye-catching…. Ahaz was the frightened king of Judah. He was deeply shaken by forces ranged against him and his people. Overthrow, division and defeat were all Ahaz could see looming. But, into his quaking heart, God spoke to him through Isaiah, assuring him that his fears would not be realised. Scared to ask God for a sign that this would be true, Isaiah tells him in no uncertain terms that he should look for the child-rescuer. He is the guarantee and the means by which all will be well. As I live my life, surrounded by the menacing threats of fear, darkness, and illness, I look to Immanuel. Jesus, the towering sign that nothing can separate me from the presence, love and deliverance of God. Not my sins; not my troubles; and not even death. He is with me and forever this will be so.

Pray: Father God, I look afresh today at the sign that is Jesus. I praise You that You gave Your one and only Son to tell us You are with us – always. I thank You, Immanuel, that You tell me not to be afraid and to be reassured by Your hold on my life. Today and throughout this season please give me fresh certainty that You are with me in the storm and in the calm. Speak to my soul of the ultimate reality that, as Julian of Norwich put it, “all shall be well, and all manner of things will be well”. In the name of, Jesus, Amen.

Listen: “Emmanuel” by Darlene Zschech                                                                                                 
03/12/2020
Galatians 4:4 “…when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman…”

Advent is a time when Christians reflect on the birth of the saviour of the world and his mission of reconciling the world back to God. Advent is a time of waiting, waiting in hopeful anticipation for answers to prayers we may have offered all year. During Advent we remember the promise of the return of Jesus, and we look forward to the time when this promise will come to pass. Jesus promised that He would return one day and that all the world would know Him as Lord and King. Galatians 4:4 says, “… when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman…” The birth of Jesus meant hope and salvation for the world then, it means hope and salvation for the world now and it will mean hope and salvation for the world to come. When God’s timing is not fully at hand, things may look hopeless, bleak, out of control even. Confusion may seem the order of the day. Fear may grip the heart of many, people may be overwhelmed by the circumstances around them. Looking at the health situation around the world and the way Covid-19 has wreaked havoc to so many families, it is alright to be worried. Nevertheless, let us fill our hearts with hope as we wait for God’s timing, knowing that when the set time came, God sent His Son. When the set time comes, God will make all things new. When the set time comes, God will bring about the delivery of the world from the tyranny of Covid-19 and other concerns that may have burdened our hearts.  Perhaps we have prayed for a better world, perhaps like me, you have been praying for an end to the current inconveniences caused by a deadly Virus – Covid-19. Whatever has dominated our prayers this year, Jesus’ birth 2000 years ago, shows us how much God loves us. Jesus   showed us that love by living and dying for us. That sacrifice gives us   hope that at the fulness of time all difficulties will come to an end. Let us therefore celebrate Christmas waiting for the fulfilment of that Hope, that promise.

Pray: Let us pray that through this year’s Christmas celebration, people will come to know the love of Jesus.  Let us also spend time praying for the persecuted church around the world, who because of their faith, may be spending Christmas underground and in fear

Listen: “There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus: no, not one, no, not one.”
 


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Location Westgate Baptist Church,
366 Westgate Road,
Newcastle    NE4 6NX
 
Service Times We meet every Sunday at 10:30am. Currently we are meeting virtually due to COVID. To join us, please contact the church office for more details.

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If you decide to join us at one of our meetings, you can expect a very warm welcome. Members of our welcome team will greet you at the door and help with any questions you may have.
 
Parking: There is free street parking near the church, though we do ask people to be considerate of our neighbours and avoid parking outside houses. 
 
Children: There are age-related groups from creche through to teens. If you are visiting, please speak to one of our welcome team who will gladly introduce you to the Young Church team and show you where the groups meet. The children stay in the service for the first half before going through to the groups. 
 
Worship: We spend approximately 90 minutes. We are a Bible focused church who sing a mix of modern and traditional hymns. 
 
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits are served at the end of the meeting. This is a great time to meet new people and find out more about the church.