Sermon Sketchnotes: With Longing For The Lost [Christ on a Mission]

What can we learn about Christ’s mission from the story of Zaccheus? [Luke 19:1-10]

Rev Nick Swanson took the story of Zaccheus as the basis of his message for our Sunday morning services. To listen to the sermon, click here.

Sermon Sketchnotes: To The Valley Below

On this, the third Sunday in Lent, Rev. Michael Bochenski looks at what we can learn from Mark 9 about being in life’s valleys.

Whilst we are searching for our new senior minister, we have a moderator – an experienced minister from another church to help as a guide and mentor during the search. We’re delighted that Rugby Baptist Church have blessed us by sharing their minister, Rev. Michael Bochenski, with us. On this, the third Sunday in Lent, he spoke with us about how we might experience Jesus in the valleys of our lives.

To listen to Michael’s message, click here.

[Artist’s note: I haven’t posted any sketchnotes for a little while, more by omission than deliberately. That said, I wanted to return to a non-digital style for today’s sketchnote, and though still working on my iPad, I think I’ve created a more analogue feel to the illustration.]

Churches Together – Sermon Sketchnotes

Yesterday saw the annual ecumenical pulpit exchange in churches belonging to Churches Together across the country. At Whetstone, we (very unusually) had a different speaker at each of the morning services, both talking on the day’s theme of ‘Christian Unity’.

As part of the pulpit exchange, we welcomed Rev. Chris Allen from St. Peter’s Parish Church, Whetstone to our 9am service. He used Matthew 4:12-23 as his Bible text. To hear his message, click here.


At the 10:45am service, Chris’ colleague and lay Reader, Eric Leese visited us from St Michael & All Angels, Cosby, where he worships. For his message, he chose 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. To listen to his message, click here.


Healing and Wholeness Course

We’re delighted to be welcoming Rev John Woolmer, Prebendary of Wells Cathedral, to Whetstone Baptist Church during March to May when he’ll be leading a Healing and Wholeness Course on Tuesday evenings from 7th March at 7:30pm.

The course is biblically based and inter-active. It is designed for churches and Christian groups wishing to offer healing prayer to those suffering from physical ill health, emotional issues and/or spiritual oppression. It is careful to build a foundation of sound theology and good practice.  The emphasis is on ‘equipping the saints for ministry’. Hopefully, new people will want to participate in the healing ministry and established members will feel more confident theologically and practically.

The course runs for eight sessions, and costs £25. Click on the link below to download a booking form which also has more details.

Download booking form [PDF]

Sermon Sketchnotes: Being Built As A Spiritual Temple

As we embark on the building of our new church, Rev Jon Grant led us through what it means to be built as a spiritual temple, grounded on Christ as our cornerstone.

Rev Jon Grant is minister at Higham Way Baptist Church in Burbage and kindly loaned to us on Sunday. He continued our series looking at what we can learn from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. You can listen to the message here.

[Ephesians 2:19-22]

New Build Update

Want to keep up with the changes on the site of our new church build?

We’ll be posting updates about our brand new church building which is being constructed off Dog & Gun Lane in Whetstone. Entirely self-funded, the church has raised or pledged £3m of a £4m estimate, and is proceeding to build a ‘watertight shell +’ – the ‘+’ being fitting out the interior of only half of the building. We hope as the building grows, so will the Building Fund and that we will be able to complete the whole building by the time we move to the new church in 2018.


The site has been cleared of trees and the hedges trimmed back. Fencing is being ordered, and site offices, canteen and toilet facilities are on their way. Contract negotiations for the groundworks and steel fabrication are underway and likely to be awarded this month. Waste management for the site and the completed building is being looked into. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is being ordered for all site visitors and church volunteers. Quotes for site signage are being sought.

Appointments – Voluntary
Neil Burley – Admin Assistant (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, initially mornings only)
Susie Howard – Finance Assistant (Mon/Fri)

Volunteers required
Physically fit volunteers are needed to help erect fencing around the site, and someone willing to provide refreshments on the day would be marvellous. Please sign up in the church foyer, or let Neil know asap.

Prayer Points
A prayer card is available in the church foyer with prayer pointers for the new build, with a list of the project team and board members for WBC Design Co Ltd. A downloadable version will be available shortly.