As most of you will now be aware, we are planning to re-open SBC on a Sunday morning for viewings of our online services. We’re pleased to say that these Sunday gatherings will begin at 10:30am on Sunday 27 September. Those who wish to attend on that date will need to book a place in advance, by leaving a message on the Church Office answerphone on 020 8651 4308 by 12 noon on the preceding Thursday 24 September. Please state clearly your name and how many places you are booking. We will not be restarting Sunday Club or Youth groups at this point, so any children will have to stay with and be the responsibility of their parents/carers.
Please note that we will giving priority, when booking, to those who do not have access to the internet at home.
As we’ve previously detailed, there will be some restrictions to these gatherings in order to comply with the government’s Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the safety of everyone who attends. Those coming along will need to wear face masks and also maintain social distancing. It also won’t be possible to serve tea and coffee, or for people to socialise before and after the service. We hope and pray that everyone who comes along will be blessed and encouraged by this opportunity to meet, the first steps on our journey back to worshipping in the way we’ve missed and long for.
The Youtube broadcasts of services and the Zoom Foyer discussion times will continue as presently.
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'!
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.
KEEP BRITAIN TIDY – GREAT BRITISH SEPTEMBER CLEAN
Due to Covid19 lockdown the Great Big British Spring Clean was cancelled and is now being held as Keep Britain Tidy – Great British September Clean instead. I would like to organise a litter pick in Selsdon on Saturday 26 September. We will be meeting at the church at 10:30am. The Council will provide sanitised equipment and we will be working in groups of six, at an appropriate social distance from each other, (you can wear a mask if you wish). I would love to see lots of you joining in, as the more people who help, the greater the difference we can make. I would also love to hear of any roads which particularly need clearing of litter.
If you would like to help, please contact me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 02086573563 or 07773186730 so that I know how much equipment to order.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN EGYPT THIS CHRISTMAS
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 explore how SBC can support an alternative project this autumn. We hope to raise funds to support the work of a Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo, working with IN’s 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. Please look out for more details about this scheme in the coming months. If you would like more information, please speak with Trevor.
Another INSight is on the horizon! The deadline for the October issue was Wednesday 16 September and the magazine will be distributed by email on Thursday 24 September. Please send your contributions to email@example.com or call me at home (details in Church Directory). Regretfully late articles cannot be included. Thank you. Eleanor
Do you know someone who is exploring faith at this uncertain time? People are naturally asking questions, more now than ever, about the whys and wherefores of life. What a great opportunity to introduce them to the Christian faith through the Alpha Course!
We may not be able to run Alpha in the way we would like, welcoming guests into our church buildings and sharing our hospitality, but online Alpha still works well with a relaxed and informal feel as it will be hosted by Denzil Larbi and Simon Maddox from the comfort of their sofas! If you have a friend or neighbour who you think has questions, why not invite them and offer to do the course with them? It started on Monday 10 August at 7:00pm and every Monday until 28 September for a total of eight sessions. You can book through the website by a link to Eventbrite, it really couldn’t be easier! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alpha-course-online-sbc-tickets-111854341346
You will see posters about the course at our church building soon and will also be able to book by scanning the QR code.
Due to the continuing guidance that only up to 6 people of different households can meet outside socially distancing, we have decided that it would be best for Walking Together in August and September to continue to be about the choices you want to make as to who you walk with.
Maybe you could ask someone to walk with you who you haven’t seen for a while? From Church or a neighbour? Have a think about who you can ask! If you still feel you want to be careful about who you meet up with or are shielding, that is ok too, there is no pressure.
Feel free to share photos or videos of walks on the SBC Facebook page (if you are on Facebook) so we can enjoy each other’s walks.
We hope that from the autumn, should restrictions loosen further, we can go back to an organised group walk. Blessings, Emma and Jo
LISTENING TO CHURCH SERVICES OVER THE TELEPHONE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
BEREAVEMENT GROUPS AT SBC
"Walking together through grief" is a support group for anyone who has been bereaved during COVID-19 lockdown. The 5-week workshop will begin on Wednesday 2 September from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the coffee lounge at SBC.
The bereavement group will also start on 2 September for 5 weeks. It will run from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, also in the coffee lounge. This is for folk who have been bereaved but may feel 'stuck'. For any further info please call Jane on 07561 869620 or Dawn on 07718 189033
Most activities involving social contact are suspended until further notice.
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
We also have a private Facebook group. If you are associated with the church and want to join, please email email@example.com 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,
If you have an item/info that you would like included (space permitting) please send that to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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/
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 email@example.com by then.
VISITORS: If you new to SBC, please give the Ministry team a call, or join the conversation on our Facebook page.
INSIGHT: If you would like to contribute an article, book review, thoughts or something of interest to Insight at any time please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave in the church office and let me know..Articles will be included subject to space in each publication..Thank you. Eleanor.
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.