LBC News

Update 26/03/20

Mothers Day Message

Mothers Day Message

Joe Whitfield

A Mother’s Love

On this Mothering Sunday I want to look at what I believe makes a mother’s love so special. I once watched a programme where young children were asked if they would be willing to eat their least favourite food so that their best friend could have their favourite food. Some children completely refused. Some you could see wanted to do something kind for their friend but couldn’t quite bring themselves to do it. There were some though who despite looking very unhappy and enduring a bit of retching were willing to eat the food.

As I thought about this afterwards, I was struck by what a great act of love this was. The person who ate the food went through a horrible experience where they gained nothing so that someone they loved could have a treat.

As I watch my wife with my son or think of my own mum, I can see this type of love clearly demonstrated again and again. A mother’s love is self-sacrificing. They do things for their child, not because they gain anything by doing it, but because they love so much and want their child to have the best life possible, even when that comes at a cost to themselves. A truly amazing love.

It is a love that can perhaps only be bettered by Jesus’ love. The Bible tells us that Jesus displayed the ultimate act of self-sacrificing love; he died for us. He didn’t do that because he gained anything from it, he suffered in unimaginable ways. But is was so that we might gain an everlasting friendship with him. The gain is all ours.

How do we respond to such love? Some of the friends on the programme who received their treat tucked straight into it seemingly unaware of the sacrifice just made by their friend. Others however stopped and thanked their friend for the love just shown and offered them some of their treat. How often do we stop and show our mums how thankful we are for the love they show us? And have we ever stopped and thanked Jesus for the ultimate act of love he has shown us? Have we come to him and accepted the everlasting friendship his love offers to us?


Coronavirus Update

Updated 17/03/2020
As of 18/03/2020 we will be stopping all ministries and services. Please see the document below for more information.
Please see the latest updates and measures we will be taking in regard to the Coronavirus here.

Capernwray outreach week

We are enjoying the annual visit of a group of young people from Capernwray Bible College, Lancashire, As well as joining in with various activities and services at LBC, they are also out and about with Joe and Dean to help with school assemblies, classes and after-school clubs.

Christmas celebrations


Another busy week at LBC

Saturday – Flower arranging and               Monday – Full Circle                      Tuesday – Christmas meal
      Christmas wreath workshop                                                                               in Newent
      Wednesday – Sunbeams                  Thursday – Quiz Night                   Friday – Coffee Morning

Co-op Local Community Fund

Fantastic news – our CAP Job Club has been chosen by the co-op to benefit from the next round of their Local Community Fund!!!!!
Every time a co-op member buys selected own-brand products and services, 1% of the money they spend goes to local causes. The next funding round opens on 27th October 2019 and runs for a year. During this time, co-op members will be able to select us as the local cause that they want to support.
If you are not already a member, you can join by going to
This is a brilliant opportunity for you to support the great work being done by the LBC Job Club to help local people get back on their feet.

Harvest celebration

Command those who are rich with things of this world not to be proud
Tell them to hope in God, not their uncertain riches
God richly gives us everything to enjoy.
Tell the rich people to do good, to be rich in doing good deeds.
Be generous and ready to share                  1 Timothy 6: 17 – 18 (NCV)

Holiday Bible Club

Thirty six children have just enjoyed this year’s Holiday Bible Club – three days of
games, crafts, songs, challenges and, most important of all, finding out about
how much God loves and cares for them. Our theme this year, Set Sail, had a
distinctly nautical feel – the two teams of children, the Super Surfers and the
Krazy Kayakers, learnt how God guided the Israelites safely across the Red Sea,
how Jonah was saved by a big fish and how Jesus calmed the storm. 

Newday 2019

Sixteen youngsters from LBC along with four from the Christian Life Centre, Hereford, and several leaders have just got back from an amazing week at the Newday conference in Norfolk – along with 7,000 other teenagers from around the country, they enjoyed a week of Christian worship, teaching and workshops interspersed with sports, water fights and relaxation in the sunshine.