November 12th, 2018

AIPM Update: November 2018

By: Chuck McComb

Great news! We have been invited to serve at Marsden Road Baptist Tabernacle (MRBT) in South Shields, UK. South Shields is near Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is about 320 miles north of London. Jerry Cox (wife Carolyn) has been invited to serve as their first American Interim Pastor. Jerry and Carolyn served at Bootle Evangelical Church in Cumbria the first half of 2017 and will get to South Shields in early April 2019.

MRBT began in 1840 with 2 brothers preaching in the market. And, MRBT remains a strong Gospel beacon to this day. Their mission statement includes, “Show the love of Christ” and the many outreach activities prove their commitment to this and their willingness to serve. Their commitment to reaching families is evidenced by twice-weekly Parents/Toddlers meetings as well as weekly Brownies, Girl Guides and Boys Brigade. And, each Wednesday there is a “Friendly Circle” for ladies over 60 that has 30 in attendance. There is a mid-week Bible study and a Saturday prayer meeting.

MRBT Worship Center and Activities Building

MRBT has 26 members and 18 adherents. Sunday worship normally has about 25 adults and 5 children. More evidence of MRBT’s willingness to serve and reach-out – the men of the church did the construction of a building extension and more recently the kitchen has been modernized to facilitate outreach events.

MRBT Worship 3 Nov. 2018 – Youth Groups Emphasis

Volunteers serve for no salary, but the church provides housing and a car and reimburses for airline tickets and visa expenses. Volunteers pay an Immigration Health Surcharge of about $260.00 per person per year as they apply for visas. This gives access to the UK’s National Health Service and is far less expensive than traveler’s medical insurance. Assignments are normally 6-months.

MRBT Manse – 3-bedroom semi-detached house 3/4 mile from the church

Currently, services are led by supply preachers. Six-deacons and a moderator serve MRBT.

MRBT Leadership Team – Moderator in Center

For information contact Chuck McComb on 281-799-1869 or

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