“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.”
[1 Timothy 3 : 8-12]
Deacons are appointed for a one year term and are regular at meetings for worship and prayer; have demonstrated a willingness to serve; will be committed to implementing the 2020 Vision; can manage finances; will notice and help others with practical needs;show initiative, yet work within guidelines; will be hospitable and known across the whole congregation; look after the day to day running of our church buildings; take all responsibilities for the maintenance of the building and fabric, as well as health and safety issues; ensure that the buildings are well maintained and safe and that the buildings are attractive and well equipped to provide spiritual and recreational development for their users. The Deacons and Elders meet jointly for prayer generally on alternate Mondays.
With a shift in role over recent years, Deacons continue to:
help oversee the use & maintenance of church buildings, finances & other resources;
assure that the church has sufficient policies & practices in place to meet legislative requirements (eg: with health & safety, & employment law)
provide support to the elders & house group leaders with practical pastoral care;
help to organise & deliver church congregations & events;
be actively involved in special projects at home & overseas.
However, this can be achieved by deacons working together with elders in building the Kingdom of God, meeting only when necessary, and operating in a more productive and rewarding way in order to help balance family, work and church responsibilities.
We appoint church members to serve as “job specific” deacons on the following groups ~
Buildings (including maintenance of the existing and plans for future development); the Manse; Caterpillar Pre-school Management; Housegroups and practical pastoral care of the members; Catering, Kitchens and Food Safety Management; Local Outreach; Overseas Mission; The practical support required for Worship; Young Peoples and Children’s Ministry; Battle Baptist Church Football Club; Church Membership;
Specific congregational deacons to be responsible for the practical organisation of each of the four congregations.
Our deacons appointed at the 2016 AGM and serving today are ~
Keith Barnes; Glenys Cornwell; Brenda Crew; Jenny Dudgeon; Catherine Garlick; Melanie Gould; Cindy Messetter; Carol Noel; Christopher Nolan; Melvyn Nolan; Pat Nolan; Gary Walsh; Christopher Ward; Pennie Woodcraft; Peter Woodcraft.
We recently agreed that they should continue to serve until a new elections in October 2017 where a new role and lesser number will be appointed.