Due to Lockdown Church Opening has been suspended
As we will all be aware, England is now entering a second national lockdown today. Public worship will not be allowed under these new restrictions, meaning that it will be no longer be possible for us to hold the viewings of services which have taken place on a Sunday morning at Addington Road since the end of September.
In the coming Sundays, church online will continue and we’ll carry on with our reflections on Paul’s letter to the Romans, including the wonderful words of hope and comfort which we find at the end of chapter 8: ‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
The Youtube broadcasts of services and the Zoom Foyer discussion times will continue as presently.
VOICE MAGAZINE FROM FEBA
The latest edition contains articles about internet radio for young Egyptians, local FM in Northern Mozambique and a radio station in Bangladesh distributing food in an emergency. There’s a lot more too, but it’s quite a quick read. If you’d like a copy, I shall make sure one reaches you. My details are in the SBC Directory. Michael Barbour
CHRISTMAS CARD DONATIONS
If you have sent a Christmas message for inclusion in INSight Magazine instead of sending individual Christmas cards to our church family and want to donate the money saved to Embrace the Middle East then you can do so by the following methods.
Need help? Call on 01494 897950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SBC IS NOW ON SPOTIFY!
Whether you are on the road or at work or doing some revision you can now listen to the sounds of SBC. You can listen to our services and reflections whenever you want. If you have a voice device you can listen on that too! Just click follow the podcast on spotify and then ask your device to 'play church at home'!
DID SOMEBODY SAY CHRISTMAS?...
As we are not meeting together as a church at present, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be unable to exchange Christmas cards at SBC this year. However, we would like to put a page of greetings into the December/January INSight. If you would like to send one SHORT message to everyone please send it to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, 18 November. If you do not have email access please ring Eleanor (see Directory) by the same date and give her your message.
As this would save everyone money on cards, any donation to Embrace the Middle East would bless that ministry. This can be done by clicking the link https://www.embraceme.org/donate-embrace
Do you enjoy the Sermon Unpacked Session in ‘The Foyer’ on Sunday mornings? Do you think of questions to ask after the session has finished and wish you could ask them? Or are you too shy to ask them? Or you have questions after discussing the sermon at your homegroup?
Selsdon (Free) Christmas Dinner
Delivered to your door on Christmas Day!
Working together with Churches Together in Selsdon and Addington (CTSA) we will be making and delivering a free 2 course Christmas lunch on Christmas Day.
If you would like to be added to our list and have any questions then please do contact us
If you would like to offer your help we are looking for volunteers for the following
MEMBERSHIP AT SBC
If you’re a follower of Jesus who has been attending SBC for a while, and you think of us as your church family, can we invite you to consider the possibility of church membership? Have a look at our Membership Page for more information,. If you would like to explore this further, please speak with Trevor, Denzil, Martin or any of our deacons.
CALLING ALL QUIZZERS
Hi everyone, I wondered if anyone would be interested in an SBC quiz evening? I have just been on a quiz via Zoom with approximately 100 people and it worked really well. If you would be interested then please do email / text me on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07525347055 (or I’m in the directory) and if we can get enough of us we can give it a go. Kim Wright
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN EGYPT THIS CHRISTMAS
An Alternative Shoe Box Appeal
For many years, SBC has worked with Samaritan’s Purse to support Operation Christmas Child, providing shoeboxes with presents for children impacted by poverty and other forms of hardship.
In light of feedback from our church family, we are working with International Needs to support an alternative project this autumn. We are raising funds to support the work of a Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo, working with International Needs’ Country Director Pastor Nathan Bassally who can use this money to source gifts and toys for children from local shops in the city.
We believe this new approach will be more environmentally friendly, without the need for posting our gifts overseas, and that there will be further benefits in enabling presents to be bought by those closer to the children who receive them.
You can support the scheme by making a gift to International Needs in a couple of ways:
Each gift will cost £18, but feel free to give as much or as little as you can afford. Could you also consider writing a card, individually or as a family, to the children at New Life School? It would be lovely if we could encourage as many of the students there as possible, sending our love from SBC, wishing them a Happy Christmas and offering them our support and encouragement as they do their best to support and encourage others. Cards can also be sent to International Needs, or posted to SBC.
TONY WILKINS SLEEPS IN SHED! (Giving Captain Tom some competition!)
Tony Wilkins is planning to take part in an organised sleep-out, which involves him spending a night sleeping in their small garden shed to raise money for Crawley Open House, a wonderful charity devoted to helping the homeless and disadvantaged, many of whom sleep rough. The Centre provides beds, food and many forms of help. He would love you to sponsor him. His target is £1,000. For details Google Just Giving, and search for Anthony Wilkins, Sleep out at Home! page. Action takes place on the night of November 20th.
WALKING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Walking Home For Christmas is Walking With The Wounded's annual, nationwide walking challenge to support our work with the NHS - empowering ex-military and their families who are in a downward spiral due to poor mental health to thrive once more.
This year we've been locked down, but we can get up again, get out, embrace the spirit of Christmas and serve those who served us.
I'm going to do my bit by completing a 15 miler to try and raise money for the charity. So, I’m asking you to help by sponsoring me:
They have walked in far more dangerous places for us so it is time for us to put in some serious social distance for them.
DECEMBER/JANUARY INSIGHT A sure sign that Christmas is not too far away when the December/January INSight is being prepared! If you wish to have an item included, please send it no later than the deadline, Wednesday 18 November to email@example.com or call me at home (details in Church Directory). Regretfully late articles cannot be included. Thank you. Eleanor
You can continue to keep in touch with SBC through this website, including audio recordings of our sermons which are found here, through the church’s YouTube channel, and social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are streaming at least some services on Facebook and YouTube- you don't have to join Facebook to watch - Facebook Streams and Youtube streams
We also have a private Facebook group. If you are associated with the church and want to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message from the Facebook page.
ZOOM PRAYER MEETING Another creative way of engaging in prayer is to join the church Zoom prayer meeting on Sunday’s at 9:30 a.m..
PRAYER TEAM If you would like to pray with one of the Prayer Team for your own concerns then please ring one of the following who would be very pleased to pray with you.
Sally Amokwandoh - Eleanor Axcell -; Anne Floyd -; Pam Knightly - Mike or Debbie McMullen - Dick Rathbone - ; Catherine Reeves - ; Brian Reeves –; Adam White. If you don't have a church directory, email the church office
If you are struggling with life at the moment or have concerns about family or friends then don’t keep it to yourself. Praying together can be so encouraging when confronted with difficult situations. So many of us can testify to the power of prayer!
WOMEN ALOUD We are trying to do a Facebook live each day from different women and a daily devotional. Just to keep people linked. All welcome. X x x . Link is - https://www.facebook.com/groups/261546027626311/?ref=share
If your financial situation is difficult and has been made worse by Covid 19, the church already has a link with The Vine Food Bank run by the Salvation Army in New Addington. Trevor and Martin can issue a voucher to collect food at no charge.
It would be helpful for us all to be aware of this information to share with friends and neighbours in the community as well as our church family.
You may already know of the Vine as this is the food bank where some of the Lord's Larder produce has been donated over the years.
If you need more information please contact Trevor, Martin, Ruth Manson or Hilary Howard.
For information about other initiatives such as the Selsdon Food Hub, clink on the link https://insidecroydon.com/2020/03/21/sainsburys-joins-with-charities-to-help-selsdon-food-hub/
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Starting Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm "Walking together through grief" - a support group for anyone in the church or the wider community, who has been bereaved.
This will be held in the Coffee Lounge at Selsdon Baptist Church. For more information and/or to book a place, please phone 07561 869620 or email: email@example.com
BAPTIST UNION PRAYER
The BU (‘Baptists Together’) produces a prayer broadcast every Sunday and Wednesday at 7pm for about half-an-hour. Here is the link if you would like to join with other Baptists in prayer. https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/338268/Prayer_broadcasts.aspx
NOTICES: Notices@selsdonbaptist.org.uk. Is the email address to use if you have items for the notice sheet. Your message may be missed and not included if you use any other email address, especially as I’m on holiday next week! Kathleen Maddox
NOTICES DEADLINE:To ease the pressure on those preparing notice sheets, the deadline for submission of items is 12 NOON on the preceding Thursday. Please make sure that any items you want included are with the office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by then.
VISITORS: If you new to SBC, please give the Ministry team a call, or join the conversation on our Facebook page.
YOUR SPACE: Selsdon Baptist Church Community Counselling Service
Here, at Selsdon Baptist Church, we offer a confidential counselling service in a safe and relaxed environment. For more information: call 07561 869620 or 07718 189033
POSTAGE STAMPS: Please remember to save all of your postage stamps, British and overseas. These can be forwarded to help the work of Baptist Home Mission who support struggling Baptist churches with projects in the U.K. Stamps can be left in the red box on the Mission Table in the foyer or handed directly to me. Thanks in advance. Kay Holman
Sunday Morning Services (when they restart!)
Children and young people usually leave after the first 20 minutes of a Sunday morning service. (If this is your frst visit, please fill in a registration form for your child and hand it in to Libby or your child’s teacher.)
They go to the following groups:
We also have: hearing loop, recordings of services (details available from the sound desk at the rear of the church), and coffee and tea served in the foyer.
Our services are sometimes live video streamed on Facebook. If you have any concerns about appearing on this please speak to someone on the sound desk.
View our church Diary. Click on any item for more details
A number of folk have successfully completed the ‘First Aid at Work’ training . You can see them in the photo . Our church First Aid Officer is Brian Sharp (back row, second from the right) , with Mark Ridgway (back row, third from the right) as his deputy. Others who completed the training are: Charis Adu-Kwapong, David Canning, Alison Harrison, Beth Hill, Sally-ann Jackson, Marilyn Newland, Katie Travers and Karl Yabsley.