CORONAVIRUS (Covid-19) - IMPORTANT MESSAGE
SBC is regularly monitoring government and NHS advice regarding Coronavirus.
All 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message from the Facebook page.
WHO CARES FOR THE CARERS?
There are many people around the country who are making PPE (personal protective equipment) for those working for the NHS in our hospitals and GP practices. The people that seem to have been forgotten in all of this are the care workers who go into people’s homes. Many of the those working in the care industry do not have even basic PPE. They risk catching the virus on a daily basis and in turn passing it on to others that they are caring for.
The good news is that you can help! If you can sew there are items you can make that will provide some protection for our care workers. The items they need most at the moment are face masks. If you can sew and would like to do something that will make a real difference during this crisis and give purpose to the enforced time spent at home (besides keeping us all safe), then please contact me, email@example.com. If you don’t sew, there are still things you can do, such as cutting out fabric for the sewists, helping with collection and delivery etc. Together we can make a contribution that will let our care workers know that they are not forgotten but are valued and loved! Contact Kathleen Maddox
The May 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. Yo will have received a PDF by email. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't received and would like a copy..
The most important thing we can do at the moment is PRAY! If you are like me you may be finding it difficult to focus your thoughts at this time, there is so much to pray for. My own prayer is for those without hope, that they will seek and find Jesus!
ZOOM PRAYER MEETING Another creative way of engaging in prayer is to join the chiurch 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,
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
SHOPPING VOLUNTEERS If you would like to sign up to the shopping volunteers, it’s not too late! Just email the church office and we will send you the relevant information. Also, if you are in isolation and unable to get to the shops let us know and we will put you in touch with the organisers. Or you can contact Hilary Howard directly, details in the church directory.
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 https://insidecroydon.com/2020/03/21/sainsburys-joins-with-charities-to-help-selsdon-food-hub/
T@3 Cancelled - May - Due to Coronavirus risk.
BEREAVEMENT GROUP STARTING SOON: Are you struggling having lost someone close to you? Why not come and join a group that provides an opportunity for bereaved people to meet and talk with others in a similar situation. We will be starting this as soon as it's safe to meet again. For details contact Jane t:07561869620 or Dawn t: 07718189033 or the Church office t: 02086514308 email: email@example.com
NEW DAYTIME HOME GROUP: We are exploring the possibility of setting up a new home group, which would meet during the day with the aim of catering for those in roles which make it difficult to attend an evening group. If you would be interested in attending or leading such a group, please speak with Trevor Neill or Andy Crossley.
FOOD BANK: SBC is now a referral centre for the New Addington Food Bank Please see Trevor or Martin for further details.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
READING THE BIBLE PASSAGE IN OUR SERVICES: I am always looking for volunteers to read the Bible each week in our services. Please sign up on the sheet if this is something you enjoy or would be happy to do! I let you know the details in advance so that you can familiarise yourself with the verses. Thank you Caroline
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.