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Notices and Diary




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Kathleen Maddox will be taking holiday from 17 June to 30 June inclusive.


This idea has come from another church, passed on by Jacqueline Barbour. As a result, Helen Whitehead and I have spent a pleasant couple of Sunday mornings participating in the church services, including communion over the telephone. As you can see, it will be helpful to have some people who could host a telephone call at the same time as watching the service on YouTube.. If you don't have internet access and would like to hear the church services and spend time with someone from our Church family on a Sunday morning and you're not sure who to approach let me know.. It's also possible to listen to the services together at other times.

I'm sure by now some will be smiling that this message is on teh website.. In case anyone has forgotten, Church News is being printed and delivered or posted to our friends not on email during lock down..If you have a relative or friend who would be interedted please get in touch.

Hilary Howard - Home: 020 8668 3124 email:


All activities involving social contact are suspended until further notice.

As most of us will probably be aware, a few days ago the government announced its ‘Covid-19 Guidance for the Safe Use of Places of Worship from 4 July.’ Churches are now permitted to reopen for public worship, but these guidelines impose strict conditions on such gatherings – it’s advised that services are as short as possible and that people leave promptly afterwards, and it won’t be possible for us to sing or to have much conversation before and after a service. The deacons will discuss these guidelines on Tuesday evening, and a further update on the recommencement of services will be made after that meeting. Trevor.

The church will be open for privateprayer on Tuesdays from 2 00 pm til 4 00 pm from 7th July onwards.


We will be maintaining telephone contact with our older members, and will be using social media to maintain our spiritual togetherness - please watch this page and the Facebook page for details.


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

As you will be aware, the government advises that anyone who is currently experiencing even mild cold or flu-like symptoms should self-isolate for seven days. Government advice is that everyone should remain at home unless they are involved in essential work. We want to encourage all of our church members to follow this advice. 

We also have a private Facebook group. If you are associated with the church and want to join, please email 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.. If you would like to join up and see people praying with you, email the church office for details,


On the 16 July we are running a youth worship gathering at church.

This will be a time of prayer, of testimony, a space to catch up and play a few games. We will also have the opportunity to hear from Denzil about his faith journey and let the young people ask him direct questions (always fun). All young people school years 7 to 13 (ages 12 to 18) are welcome.

This is an event with limited numbers (to ensure safety), if you wish your child to attend please complete the new consent form and I will be in contact with you soon.

If you would like more information, please do call me on 07715660819

God Bless Martin

WALKING TOGETHER, BUT NOT WALKING ETC. ETC….  Walking together, but not walking together, but still walking together is happening this Sunday 5th July from 3:00pm. Wherever you are why don’t you get out for some fresh air, take some photos or, if you’re really brave, do a FaceBook Live, and share your experience with other SBC walkers! 


The July / August  issue of INSight Magazine is here! Many thanks to Eleanor who continues to pull together all the content for the magazine so that we can all keep abreast of what is happening with our SBC church family, whether locally or further afield. You will have received a PDF by email. Please contact if you haven't received and would like a copy..Please note there will not be a separate magazine for August. If you have an item/info that you would like included (space permitting) please send that to .   

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 -

Kim Wright


Manna Christian Centre Bookshop, 147/149, Streatham High Road, London SW16 6EG is reopening to customers on Thursday 2nd July 2020.

When you come to see us you will find a few changes, some signs and a guidance note as you enter the shop, nothing more than you will find in most of the other shops. They are all in place to keep you and the staff safe, please observe these as you visit us, they are all in line with Government guidelines for shops.

If you wish to reserve an item and just want to call and collect please either email us on or give us a call on 020-8769-8588, we will be open from 11am to 3pm initially Monday to Saturday, but Closed on Wednesday’s for the time being.

This has been a tough time in the High Street…. we value your support at this time more than ever.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Dave Lock and the Manna Team.

SHOPPING NEWS AND FOOD BANK  We are aware getting food shopping done at the moment can be an issue for various reasons. 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

"WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE" by BEN LINDSAY I would like to recommend this book to all those that have been challenged and concerned about the growing voice of injustice around race and diversity. We as a Church have been blessed by being a family which reflects diversity mentioned in Galatians 3. However, we do consider this to be the first step in the right direction. Ben Lindsay offers a considered insight to the challenges of race and Church. It is a book which I would encourage all church members to read as we continue to learn and develop a church welcome and inclusive to all..    Martin Wright 

Link to Amazon oManna Christian Centre

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. 

FOOD BANK: SBC is now a referral centre for the New Addington Food Bank Please see Trevor or Martin for further details.

NOTICES: 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 by then.

PAPER RECYCLING: If you tend to have room in your recycling bin and would be able to take a sack of paper home on a weekly basis that would be very helpful. Please speak to Ros

VISITORS: If you are visiting or new to SBC, please pass your contact details to one of the stewards or the Ministry team. There are cards in the front of many of the chairs. 

INSIGHT: If you would like to contribute an article, book review, thoughts or something of interest to Insight at any time please email  to or leave in the church office and let me know..Articles will be included subject to space in each publication..Thank you. Eleanor.

COMMUNION BREAD: please be reminded bread served is always gluten free.

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:

  • Creché Ages 0-4
  • Scramblers Reception, Years 1 & 2
  • God Squad School years 3 - 6
  • Rock Solid School years 7-9
  • Gravity School years 10-13

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


First Aiders

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.