‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus‘ (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Our minister, Phil, had a rethink and changed our annual Bible verse to the one above. His previous choice was reminding us that we always have hope in God, this one is very much about perseverance and being active, keeping going with Jesus as our guide. Both are a great encouragement but in the current circumstances it does feel good to be inspired to be active in whatever way we can.
Despite the halting of our hope to meet together a little more in the New Year, church life does continue. We have our live stream on YouTube every Sunday morning and various other groups meet via Zoom, including groups for children and young people.
Our three “projects” continue and the one we are particularly challenged to look at during Lent is our aim to gain our accreditation as an Eco Church. We have a dedicated group working on this but Lent is an ideal time for us all, as a church, to challenge ourselves to do more to combat climate change. Instead of giving up the usual chocolate or wine etc we have been encouraged with ideas of how we can live greener, more sustainable lives during Lent. Some may be reducing how much meat they eat, some are making their gardens more habitable for wildlife or thinking about how we can reduce our single use plastic. All of these can be done with prayer and reflection and an openness to new ideas. The idea that we are stewards and carers of God`s creation is more important than ever.
We have a group working on ideas for our small garden at the church. We are hoping to make it more welcoming for birds as well as being a place for reflection. When permitted a group will get to work putting ideas into action.
We have a newsletter called the “Eco Echo”; if you would like to hear more about what`s happening visit: https://www.kidlington-baptist.org.uk/weekly-services/eco-resources
Easter is, of course, approaching and although we don`t know exactly what this will look like when it arrives we hope to have an online interactive event on 27th March. Families will be able to order an activity pack for children – no doubt including something chocolatey!! There will also be an online activity for children to join.
We will have a reflective Maundy Thursday service and an all age Easter Celebration on 1st and 4th April respectively – both online. Further details to follow on our website and social media pages.
As always we remind everyone that if you need help or support, particularly if isolated or shielding we have a team of volunteers happy to help. Please don`t hesitate to get in touch via our website above.
Michelle Thomas, 22nd February 2021