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Mike and Caroline Elcome - Farewell

See also

Mike Elcome Retrospect


David Mayne Farewell


Baptisms in November

The weekend of the 19th /20th November was Mike and Caroline Elcome’s last weekend at Selsdon Baptist Church, as Mike celebrated his 65th birthday and retired

Saturday

On the Saturday the church was packed  with family, members of Mike’s previous churches, and members of SBC to celebrate Mike’s 40 years of ministry.


Mike was previously minister of Brentwood, Whetstone and Dormansland Baptist churches.


Mike was presented with a painting of the three churches he has pastored, painted by Caroline’s brother

After the formal proceedings everyone gathered in the hall and an excellent tea was provided, complete with cake!

Sunday Morning Service


On the Sunday Mike preached for the last time at Selsdon Baptist Church


His message was that whilst people might now define him by the letters OAP, he preferred the letters MAD - standing for Make a Difference

Caroline also took part, reading the scripture, and telling the story of how God helps the seeds of faith you sow to bear fruit over the years.

Mike welcomed 14 year old Jerry Amokwandoh into membership of Selsdon Baptist following his baptism a few weeks before.


Mike warned Jerry that one of the last things he did at his previous church was to welcome another 14 year old boy into membership - this turned out to be the Rev David Mayne, who for the last six years has been Selsdon Baptist’s Associate Minister!

At the service the deacons and ministry team laid hands on, and prayed for, Mike and Caroline

You can listen to the service by following the links on the audio page

Following the service, we all shared in a bring and share lunch to say our final goodbye to Mike and Caroline.

Theresa thanks Mike and Caroline for their ministry, encouragement love and friendship

Mike reads the card for him and Caroline with messages from the congregation

There was of course a cake with candles!