It is with sadness that we confirm that, in line with Government restrictions, the church building will be closed for all activities from 5th November to December 2nd. This includes the café as well as our services. It is planned that we will continue to live stream the Family Service from the building at its usual time of 11am on Sunday mornings. Only those taking part in the service will be able to attend the building. For those who have no internet access we will continue to produce DVD copies of the service.
During this difficult time we continue to support members and friends of the church with phone calls, doorstep visits and practical support where needed. Thank you to all of those who are helping with this.
It has been a great joy to be back in the building for the month of October and, God willing, we look forward to being back in the building in December, but whatever happens we plan to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is not cancelled!
We want everyone to feel welcomed into our church and that’s not so easy if you can’t come into the building right now. To connect with us and get to know us better, get in touch on the contact page for an invitation to the video chat at 3pm each Sunday with Danny and Katia. Sit down with a cup of tea (other drinks are also acceptable!) and get to know us a bit better.
We are planning that our service on October 4th will be a Harvest Thanksgiving service and we will be collecting food for the local Food Hub. There will be a collection point in the Café on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October and also in the service on Sunday 4th October. We will not be making a display of the food but would be happy to pass donations on. Items needed are: Tinned vegetables, soups, meat, fish, fruit; Pasta, rice, biscuits, cereal, tea, coffee, sugar, jam, peanut butter, chocolate bars.
The Leadership are planning to start holding the Sunday morning service at the church from Sunday 4th October. We will be following Covid guidelines including pre-booking and the use of sanitizer and masks. The sermon may be pre recorded rather than live. The service will be live streamed so that those not in attendance can watch at home. We will also produce a DVD for those who need one but this will not be available until after the service. We look forward to being able to worship together in the church building.
On Thursday 10th of September we plan to gradually reopen the cafe. For certainly the first week at least we shall be operating a booking system via myself only. Bookings are only booked in once you’ve had a confirmation message from me. Please note all bookings must be made by 9 p.m. the night before at the latest. We shall be open 9 till 12 Thursday and Friday, serving the breakfast menu only (see menu below). Bookings are available for up to 6 people for 90 minutes (please refer to the government website for current guidelines on meeting people outside your household).
One person will be required per table to leave their details for the NHS track and trace. Children are still welcome to join you at the cafe as part of your booking, however please be aware they must remain at your table and there will be no toy area available.
BUILD YOUR OWN BREAKFAST. For the first week at least we will only be operating an eat-in service. Menu available- Build your own breakfast… Bacon Sausage Egg (fried or scrambled) Mushrooms Tomatoes Hash brown Beans Toast (Meat items 70p each Non meat 50p each) Breakfast rolls- 2 meat items on a roll £1.50 (Additional items charged as above) Toasted tea cake £1.25 Jam 20p Chips £1.25 Variety of hot and cold drinks.
It is with much sadness that we are suspending our Sunday services until further notice, in line with Government guidance and other church bodies (Church of England, Methodist, Baptist, FIEC and others). We will, instead, be sending out material by email and post so that we can all take part in a programme of worship in our own homes each Sunday.
Although we are unable to meet together in person we know that as the body of Christ we can pray for each other, encourage each other and share each other’s burdens. ‘Cast all your cares on to Him, for He cares for you’ 1 Peter 5:7
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS PARTICULARLY WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO MAY BE PLANNING TO COME TO ANY OF THE EVENTS BELOW
As you will no doubt be aware, the Government has made some very serious announcements regarding Coronavirus tonight. The Leadership team have discussed (by conference call) how we should respond and all agree that we should follow the letter and the spirit of the guidance.
What this means for us that we are cancelling with immediate effect the following:
Mid Week lunch
The Musical Afternoon
We will be reviewing what we do regarding Sunday services over the next couple of days and will let you know once we’ve made any further decisions.
As a Leadership we are looking at means of supporting people in the congregation and in the wider community both pastorally and practically. We realise how important this is and will put plans in place over the next few days. Please bear with us on this as we clarify issues.
At this time of uncertainty it is good to remember that our God is the ‘ same, yesterday, today and forever’. He is a God of compassion and faithfulness. The Evangelical Alliance encourages us to pray, not panic, and to show what’s different with Jesus in our lives. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.