I started coming to Waltham Abbey with my husband Derek about 15 years ago. We felt welcomed and part of the family in no time and felt the Lord could use us here.
I am the secretary and support the treasurer role as well and try to keep activities for everyone running throughout the year. Always willing to try new things and enable as many people as possible to come and share with us – a lot of it is around food – Always a good theme!
I am a keen hockey player and play competitively each week as well as trying to fit in some golf during the better weather
I think it’s key that as a family we are able to share in activities not only on a Sunday but during the week. We’re keen to get everyone involved in church life so if you feel you have a gift or skill that we could use in the church, please come and have a chat.
18 years ago we came to Waltham Abbey looking for a suitable church, on our second week in the area we went to WABC and our son who was two at the time really enjoyed the Sunday school, especially his teacher Janet. We stayed even though we were not sure whether we would be happy with the style of worship. There have been a lot of changes over the years and the church is now a contemporary, lively, spirit filled place to worship, as well as continuing to be welcoming to young families.
I am married with 3 grown up children, all of whom came through WA Sunday School. I started coming to WABC when my eldest Stephanie was about 1 year old (she is 31 this year!), and we came to the Friday Mothers and Toddlers group ‘Cabbage Patch’. Since joining WABC I have been baptised and have helped out as a Sunday School Teacher for about 15 years and a Deacon for 10 years.
I am a Primary school teacher teaching at Hereward Primary in Loughton. I specialise in PE, a subject about which I am passionate. I also play sports, in particular netball and badminton. My hobbies include walking, reading and playing cards. I love to ski!
Since September 2016 I have taken the older group of children aged from approximately 10 to 14 years of age. We read stories from The Bible and discuss them at depth. Most Sundays will include an activity! The youngsters are quite competitive and enjoy activities where teams are necessary! We are often involved in crafts etc. in the lead up to significant dates in the life of the church i.e. Christmas, Easter, Remembrance Day, Mothers Day and our Summer Holiday Club at which many of the youngsters come and help.
I grew up in a Christian family and have been coming to WABC since moving to Waltham Abbey in 2004, I work part time at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a clinical Scientist in a genetics lab.
I have been married to Adrian for 18 years, having met at a Baptist church in Islington. I have two children aged 11 and 14 and seem to spend a lot of my ‘free’ time as an unpaid taxi service!
My Favourite verse is ‘Now, there are many other things that Jesus did, If they were all written down one by one, I suppose that the whole world could not hold the books that would be written down. John 21:25
Sunday Club & Cabbage Patch Leader
I have been coming for 15 years with my wife, Kim. I currently help in the Sunday school and take the 5-10 year old children each Sunday morning. We enjoy ourselves in the back hall with some games, bible stories and crafts. We also run some games afternoons and events throughout the year for children and sometimes mums and dads can come too.
I have been a Christian for over 35 years and have helped with church life throughout that time. I try and keep the church maintained by fixing and servicing equipment. It’s an old church so this can be quiet challenging.
I used to play golf and hope to start this again as the better weather comes along and quite like a bit of Top Golf when I get some free time.
Sunday Club Helper
My name is Sherrie Farnsworth, I have been coming to Waltham Abbey Baptist Church for 8 years with my husband Gary. We both felt very welcomed on our first visit, have since been married and baptised here and are now part of a great church family.
Over the years, the Lord has been at work in my life, growing me in faith and biblical knowledge. I really enjoy sharing my faith with others and more recently, have been blessed with the opportunity to become a youth leader. It is such a joy teaching the youth and the relationships built with them is very special.
I am a charity worker and am currently learning British Sign Language as part of my current role. Gary and I are passionate about the outdoors and are keen mountain hikers/scramblers. We spend all our holidays climbing mountains in the Lake District…but some may not call that a holiday! My favourite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do this through Him who gives me strength”
My name is Gary Farnsworth and I have been attending WABC since 2011 along with my wife Sherrie who is the youth leader.
I have grown so much in my faith since coming here and am now part of the inhouse preaching team.
I love to talk about my faith and enjoy sharing the good news of Jesus. I also enjoy a good biblical discussion.
I have a passion for the outdoors and spend all my spare time on the lake district fells. I have also completed the coast to coast walk and several marathons.
My husband David and I moved to Waltham Abbey in 2013 after more than 40 years in Loughton where we were members of Loughton Methodist Church and brought up our three children .
We started coming to Waltham Abbey Baptist Church as it is the nearest non-conformist church to where we live in January 2014 and immediately knew it was our new Spiritual Home as we were made to feel so welcome. We became members in July 2017.
I have always worked in the Public Sector in paid or voluntary roles and found it very fulfilling. We both have helped at the Food Bank here in Waltham Abbey since it was started. I was one of the founding members of the Waltham Abbey U3A and I do Line Dancing with them and Family History and go to the Short Story Book Group. No time for long stories.
Among my other interests I enjoy walking in the forest or along the river, sewing, photography , gardening and seeing my grandchildren.