WGBC provides spiritual welfare and social support to the needy in the church as well as in the local community. Our driving factor is that Jesus Christ commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel and discipling them and their faith and trust in Jesus.
As a response to the needs of the community, the church provides support to the elderly and the housebound in our community by way of the Parish Nursing Ministry. This ministry is run by one of our members, Jean Headley who with her team continues to visit the sick and those who are in need. Assistance continues to be given to the elderly of the church and in the community by regular home or hospital visits. Support are given in the form of giving advise on aspects concerning them, help in household chores , shopping, accompanying them to Doctor’s appointments, praying/encouraging them in the Word of God and fellowship to name a few.
Senior Citizens Lunch
The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month for a social interaction, singing, reading from the Bible and praying. These activities are then followed by a three course meal prepared by a team of volunteers from the church. Members who are housebound are driven to the church by church volunteers.
This continues to provide outreach to the local parents, carers and children since February 2012. The group is now established and has a core group of carers and parents who come in on a regular basis. The parents and carers come to meet together and offer support and friendship whilst the children enjoy the space to play. We have had over 70 children come and use the setting with their patents and carers. We have had different people providing support in skills and information that has helped the parents in a big way. This area of ministry that is well attended by the local community however there are not many families in the church that attend which needs to be encouraged.
Which is ran on Friday evenings and around an average of 70 people attend. Those attending are mainly homeless, alcoholics, suffering depression, generally poor in health, drug addicts. Sandwiches, tea, coffee as well as a 2 course meal (main / desert) are provided. Clothes are provided when available for both warm and cold days. There is a teaching of God’s word and prayer as well as counselling to those who ask for it. A variety of people come to the church seeking practical help as well.
Meetings every Friday evening and is open to both churched but mainly unchurched youth for social activities and also creating an atmosphere for discussions about youth issues/ problems and what help the Church can provide when looking for solutions.
Which caters for senior members of the community on Wednesday morning. Tea and cakes are served at a very minimal cost to raise funds to support Children in Need (Tear Fund) mission. This is open to all ages with children who must be accompanied by an adult however the target group are the Elderly. A time of fellowship and building relationship between church members and the community over a hot drink and beautiful home made meals and deserts.
We have various home groups that meet in homes or at church on a weekly or fortnightly basis for Bible Study and fellowship. The groups are encouraged to draw in church members who live closest to a Home Group so every member can be encouraged and discipled in their faith and walk with the Lord.
We have yearly missions to different parts of the UK and Northern Ireland at Summer time by the members of the Church in partnership with other church’s in the area we are going to.
This was conducted on the weekend of 27th to 29th March and it involved women in the church and those in the community and over 100 women attended over the 3 days. Topics covered were on health issues both physical and spiritual, family relationships, teenage issues and parenting. There were topical sessions, group discussions, lectures and Question and Answer sessions and all in all, it was a great success. Another conference is being planned for the next year due to the continued success year upon year.
Saturday Morning/Sunday Afternoon Evangelism Outreach
An initiative conducted every Sunday afternoon where a team of church members consisting of mainly youth and young adults, would go out into the Willesden High street for a one-on-one witnessing and tract distribution with the public. A couple of times, people walking past the Church were invited for coffee/tea/biscuits and engaged in discussion concerning their spiritual life. Many were invited to other church activities such as Youth Friday Club, Open House, CAMEO and Sunday services.
A men’s breakfast that was held on the 20th Feb at Church where around 25 men both old and young attended. The breakfast was prepared and served by the Women of the Church and presentation were given by Pastor Sam Igbokwe. The men also organised for the 1st time a Men’s Concert that was held in November and this was a great success with many people and groups from other churches attending and participating accordingly. The men continue to meet twice every month on 1st and 3rd Saturday’s. Senior Citizens Lunch: the group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month for a social interaction, singing, reading from the Bible and praying. These activities are then followed by a three course meal prepared by a team of volunteers from the church. Members who are housebound are driven to the church by church volunteers.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
Is a community focused project that is design to support people on money management. We are continuing our partnership with St Gabriel’s who has a Money Management Centre already established.
This continues to progress well with around 16-20 people attending weekly. It seems almost every week a new person attends and the group has now settled in well and opportunities are now given to members of the group to lead. The group organised a weekend away from 13th to 15th April at the London School of Theology (LST). There were 15 youth and young adults who attended with some wonderful teachings, fellowship, games and bonding sessions which strengthened the unity amongst the youth/young adults group
This continues to be an on-going work for members in different areas of church work to improve the quality of knowledge and so improve performance and for most to meet the Fire Assessment requirements .