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GBSKS (Bangladesh) 

Hi – my name is Fay and I have been supporting the above charity in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2011.  The Charity (Glory Bandhuprotim Samaj Kallayan Sangstha) was set up in 1992 by Md. Aminul Hoq (Babul for short!) and provides  education for children in three of the largest slum areas in Dhaka city.

Pupils in Classroom

An underprivileged child living in Dhaka with his mother selling peanuts on the street, Babul was lucky enough to be given the opportunity of an education, thanks to the kindness of an Australian man working in Dhaka at the time, who sponsored him through school and then college.
 
After beginning his career as a cook/cleaner with a German Doctors charity (Doctors for the Third World) based in the slums of Dhaka, Babul worked his way up to the role of Manager for the charity. During his work in the slums, Babul recognized, and could empathise with the fact, that people living there could not afford the cost of sending their children to school where text books, exercise books, fees, transport, uniform etc had to be paid for by the family.

In addition, the slum dwellers often rely on their children going out to work – gathering rubbish to be recycled, or breaking bricks, or street selling, just for the family to survive. With the knowledge that education is a way of helping people out of poverty, and as a result of his own experience, Babul started to gather together small groups of children and began to teach them. Gradually the groups became bigger and bigger and slowly but surely Babul was able to convince the Charity to rent a room in which to bring all the children together - the first school!
 
The charity now runs 3 schools in 3 of the largest slum areas in Dhaka. The schools are currently educating over 2,000 children (aged 5–16), giving them the opportunity to learn, sit Government exams, and receive recognized Government Certificates.
Each school runs 3 – 4 teaching shifts per day and every child is provided with one nutritious meal at the end of their shift (this may be the only proper meal some of the children receive).

Free Daily Meals

The older children also take part in Vocational Training programmes at the schools, such as: Sewing & Tailoring; Barbering and Beauty Therapy. In addition, there is also a very successful Arts and Cultural Programme, which teaches the pupils traditional Bangladeshi Handicrafts, as well as traditional Music and Dance  (both of which are methods of raising additional funds for the individuals and the Schools).

 Vocational Traiinig 

 Handicrafts                

During the current Coronavirus Pandemic, the teachers have been making Home Visits to pupils for Home Tutoring and delivering and collecting work, or delivering classes using technology (where possible).

In addition, the charity has been providing Food Packages for the children’s families, since many are reliant on their meagre incomes as rickshaw pullers or street sellers, (which have reduced even further or become non-existent) due to the restrictions).

 Food Distribution during Pande 

GBSKS receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from private companies, individuals and charitable funding organisations to carry out it’s work.

To this end, the charity has been extremely grateful for the support that Hinckley Baptist Church has provided  over the past few years and hope that this positive relationship can and will, continue far into the future.

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning when you visit us.

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Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:45am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and then find somewhere you are comfortable to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

There is limited parking available on the site, plus public car parks close by on each side of Stockwell Head (near to the Concordia Theatre) which are free of charge on Sundays.

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During the summer months the church is set out cafe style, as below, and we serve tea, coffee and cakes/biscuits from 10.15am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

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Accessibility: We have wheelchair access and disabled toilets in our newly re-furbished foyer.   

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.45am with a warm welcome from one of our Members. Then follows a time of sung worship, often led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 15 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. One of our leaders or a visiting Preacher/Minister will then give a sermon/talk that is bible based, explaining how we can apply that message and teaching to our everyday lives. We then finish with a final worship song and a prayer. There is an opportunity to receive personal prayer at the end of the service, in a quiet place.  Just ask one of the Welcome Team to guide you to the right person and place...........

What about my kids?

Children

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:
  • Creche (under school age children). We don’t currently run a crèche, but children are welcome to play at the back of the church with toys and books we have for them.
S.A.L.T Sharing And Learning Together.
Older school age children go out into our children’s groups which we currently run on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month (from Sept-June):-
  • 4-10 year olds (Reception to year 6)
  • 11-14 year olds (years 6 to 8)
  • 15-17 year olds (years 9 to 11)18+ stay in church for our service. We offer mentoring outside of service times. 
Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service. We really value worshipping God all together as a family for the first part of our service. When it’s time for the children to go out to their various groups, Leaders take them up to our Pathways centre for their activities and teaching. The kids group activities vary depending on the age. There is a friendly welcome, bible stories, sharing time, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please go along to collect your children once the service finishes, and then re-join us for our coffee and chat time.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month we have our Parade Service where Girls Brigade and Boys Brigade children and parents join us for a family friendly fun service. We serve breakfast for our Brigade families from 10am prior to the service starting at 10.45. 

On the 3rd Sunday of the month, alongside our normal morning service, we run Messy Church in the Pathways Centre. This is "alternative" church, which we run in the afternoon from 3-5pm. This is open to everyone, not just children and parents/carers. See our Messy Church page for what goes on here.
  
Please contact families@hinckleybaptist.com if you would like more details or information on our Families groups.

Getting Connected

Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, worship God, listen to good Bible teaching and catch up over coffee/tea, it is in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Life Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Life Groups and see if you would like to join a group? We can put you in touch with a Life Group Leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to try their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you would like to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, please speak to one of our Welcome Team or if you would like to volunteer at one of our community based groups in Pathways, please contact admin@hinckleybaptist.com and someone will get back to you to chat about opportunities and current vacancies. 

Other Groups (Ministries):-
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome!
Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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We currently don't have a full time Minister. The church is run and managed day to day by elected members of our Leadership Team.

We hope that you will feel at home at Hinckley Baptist Church, and we look forward to meeting you.

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