Westbourne Park Baptist Church
Our purpose is to be building God's Kingdom wherever we are by Loving God and Loving People.
It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the death of our friend and pastor, Jem Sewell.
Jem passed away very suddenly on Monday 16th November at home. As there was no warning of this, the shock and disbelief is the pervading emotion for his family and our church family.
Jem has been the Pastor at Westbourne Park Baptist Church since 1st October 2012, when God led him and Hil and their family to us. Over this time he has been committed in care, support and spiritual leadership of the church here. He has been the God-given person that saw our new church building to completion, and has pastored us through the uncertainty of the pandemic with consistency and love.
Whilst Jem’s death has been so sudden, there are many things that comfort us. Jem always began to pray and consider his sermons on a Monday. His Bible is open on his desk at Matthew 6:19-21, the passage for this coming Sunday. The title of this section is ‘Treasures in Heaven’. Amongst our grief we know that Jem is now with God in heaven. He is receiving the reward of the years of his service to his Lord, and his ministry for His kingdom. Our hearts are broken and we don’t understand why.
However we do know that God is in control; That God holds the masterplan and we WILL trust Him.
The verse that Jem has chosen for our motto text for 2021 is Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
As a church leadership team we pray that we will all know God’s peace and comfort at this time. And we particularly pray this for Hil, Luke & Emily, Bryony, Ruby and Lydia and that they will know God’s everlasting arms holding them in their grief.