Minister in Training

Minister in Training

9th November 2019

A warm welcome to you all,

After 3 years without a minister Chiddingfold Baptist Church have decided to call me to be their Pastor. As their Minister in training I will live in Godalming and will be in Chiddingfold 3 days a week, Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, whilst I take my master’s degree in Theology in London.

I am honoured by the invitation and will work hard toward maintaining our already good relationship with other churches in the village. We are unified by our common love to Jesus and humankind.

I thank God for being where I am.

My name is João, I am from Brazil, married and have 2 children. You will, in due time, get to know me better as I wander around the village visiting people etc.

November is here, a couple of important dates come to my mind, Bonfire Night on November the 5th and Remembrance Day, November 10th.

Even though most of us haven’t lived through the war we are tremendously grateful for the sacrifices made by those who fought hard for our freedom, many paying the ultimate price with their own lives. “They Shall Not Be Forgotten”.

November is a noisy month and most nights you can hear the sounds and sometimes see the sparkle of bonfire parties being held nearby.

Chiddingfold is known for being one of the most beautiful villages in the UK, it is also known for its magnificent bonfire night celebration. Seeing the night sky lit up by splashes of colour from an exploding rocket is always exciting and a big draw for adults and children alike.

The closest thing to a firework display in the Bible happened on Mount Sinai when God gave Moses the ten commandments. You can find a retelling of this story from Exodus 19:16-25; 20:1- 20.

Bonfire, fire, night. These words remind me of Jesus words to his disciples:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14-16)

Jesus tells his disciples that there is darkness in the world (bad stuff happens); He tells them they are light, and He goes on to explain how they should shine for all to see.

Can you hide a city that is sitting on the top of a mountain? Its light at night can be seen for miles. If we do live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like.

It is possible though to hide that very light we are supposed to let out in the world.

We hide our light by being quiet when we should speak, by going with the crowd, by denying the light, by letting sin dim our light, by not explaining our light to others and by ignoring the needs of others.

I encourage you to be a beacon of truth, don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world. Be light, don’t fear what people think, walk the way your Father in heaven has chosen for you.

God bless you


Ps. If you would like to speak with me, to pray together etc, you can find me at Chiddingfold Baptist Church Sundays, Mondays and Fridays or If you prefer you may contact me on or 01428 289085 (office)