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KIBERA SLUM PROJECT 

Hope Grows in messy Places
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Allow me to introduce Pastor Chris and Joanna Okumu. They live and serve in Kibera Slum Nairobi, the biggest slum in Africa. More than 30 years ago, they bought land, the authorities used to bury dead babies. Foundational to all they have built and are building is a complete reliance on God to make ways of provision through the hardest of obstacles and adversity.

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Today on that land stands the school, a health centre a boarding house, and a small water production project that is key in providing employment for staff and education for the children as they continue to look for sustainable means. They also have cattle providing milk, chickens and fish too. It's a miracle that surrounded by an urban slum they have found clean accessible drinking water for production . Only God!
 
They established the Soweto Academy giving children in the slum opportunity to be educated because they believe Education empowers children and gives them Hope for a different future. Today children come from new born to the creche so mothers can work, educating through to teenage girls.

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The transformational stories that have been written from out of this place speak for themselves. Now Adults who were once educated at Soweto are becoming Teachers, Doctors and some choose to come back and serve in this role at Soweto because they now want to pay it forward. Students frequently gain scholarships in hockey and volley ball for their achievements playing in National and International teams. 
 
Interdenominational, multidisciplinary teams from Hinckley area have the privilege to partner with them and become a part of empowering the church, changing the lives of children and sharing the gospel with the people of Kibera Slum through prayer, teaching, ministry and practical serving.  

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Previous teams have focused on education, teaching children through a gospel worldview, held a teaching and healing retreat for teenage girls who suffer the effects of heinous trauma, and facilitated a conference to serve and bless the church in Kibera, including many who lead and serve in the 17 churches across Kenya that Bishop Chris has established. 

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We as a church family have many gifts. Kibera invites us to partner whether here in Hinckley or joining a future team travelling to Kenya. If you would like information on how you can support this work, or even visit with a team in the future please email admin@hinckleybaptist.com who will pass your enquiry to someone in our Team. Thank you for reading……………. 

 

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.
Click here to see more.

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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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

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.

Best Wishes
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