Welcome to Westgate Baptist

We are a friendly, family church made up of people from many different backgrounds and cultures but all sharing the same desire to follow God and show his love to others around us. We would love you to join us this Sunday as we gather together for worship and teaching from the bible; or throughout the week for our many activities.
Luke 2:1-7: ‘…Everyone, then went to register himself, each to his own town. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David.’

When reading the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth, it’s easy to slip past the journey that Mary and Joseph took to get to Bethlehem. Mary was most likely in her 9th month of pregnancy and the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 80 miles. As a woman, I can’t imagine riding a donkey at any time let alone when 9 months pregnant. Going up steep inclines over treacherous rocky terrain, all the stops to eat, and imagine all the toilet stops she would have needed! (Ladies you know what I mean!) Journeying on foot and all those stops on the way would have made a seemingly short journey into one take about a week. I remember watching a film of Jesus’ birth seeing Mary on a donkey and for the first time realised what Mary would have had to go through just to get to Bethlehem. I thought back to when the angel told her she was going to give birth to a son and Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.” I don’t know about you, but I remember when I gave my life to Jesus I didn’t really understand what that would mean; many tests and trials later and my faith has grown and I know that God works through these testing moments for my good. Did Mary understand what she would go through? I don’t think so, but as a young girl who loved God, she trusted Him. God knows what He is doing and why He chooses the people He chooses, even if we do not.  Has God asked you to do something you never expected to do? Mary’s story tells us that when God asks us to do something, He also gives us the faith to do it.

Pray:  Father, help me to follow Mary’s example of trust and obedience; to cooperate with Your plan and purposes knowing that all Your plans are for my good. When unexpected things happen, help me to keep trusting You.

Listen: ‘I Surrender All’                                                                                                                          
Luke 1: 26-38 ‘…I am the Lord’s servant…may it happen to me as you have said.’

I have chosen these verses because I have always been in awe of Mary`s instant and complete acquiescence to God`s will. If truthful I have been a little jealous of her bringing up God`s only son, as a baby, she fed, washed, nursed and absolutely loved him with plenty of hugs and no doubt some deep conversations went on between them. I have wondered what questions she asked him and what his response was, I would love to know.

Pray: Dear Father, Almighty God we offer our heartfelt thanks for your son Jesus, for his witness, teaching, preaching, the miracles he performed but most of all for the selfless surrender of his life to secure our salvation and give us hope for the future.

Listen: ‘Mary`s Boy Child’                                                                                                                     

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Location Westgate Baptist Church,
366 Westgate Road,
Newcastle    NE4 6NX
Service Times We meet every Sunday at 10:30am. Currently we are meeting virtually due to COVID. To join us, please contact the church office for more details.

Our meetings:

If you decide to join us at one of our meetings, you can expect a very warm welcome. Members of our welcome team will greet you at the door and help with any questions you may have.
Parking: There is free street parking near the church, though we do ask people to be considerate of our neighbours and avoid parking outside houses. 
Children: There are age-related groups from creche through to teens. If you are visiting, please speak to one of our welcome team who will gladly introduce you to the Young Church team and show you where the groups meet. The children stay in the service for the first half before going through to the groups. 
Worship: We spend approximately 90 minutes. We are a Bible focused church who sing a mix of modern and traditional hymns. 
Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits are served at the end of the meeting. This is a great time to meet new people and find out more about the church.