Church life, much as with everything else, has settled into our new way of operating since the lockdown. We look forward to our online service on a Sunday morning as well as our prayer breakfasts on Wednesday mornings (7:45am) and a weekly “Lockdown Logo” vlog with a reflection and words of encouragement. Zoom seems to have taken on a life of its own allowing us to have regular group meetings, post church coffee and meetings for children and young people as well. We, like many other churches, have found that many more people are joining in with us online than would normally attend on a Sunday – we even had a former member from New Zealand join us last week! We are so pleased and welcome all to participate as much or as little as suits. The link to our services is listed below and can also be found on our Facebook page. Services are available to watch afterwards if you`re not free on Sunday mornings. We certainly miss meeting together but it`s surprising how the online weekly structure helps us to keep a sense of normality and contact with others: www.kidlington-baptist.org.uk/sunday-livestream
On 31st May, to celebrate Pentecost, as we usually do, we will be having a joint online service with the other churches in Kidlington. This can be accessed through the above link.
We will be exploring the theme of ecology in our Sunday preaching series in June on the book of Genesis – Creation: Primordial Wisdom and Current Crises.
24/7 Prayer Week
We are again going to enjoy a week of praying round the clock – see here. Obviously the church cannot be turned into the beautiful and creative prayer space that we had last time but we are being encouraged to make our own prayer spaces in our homes, to set aside a place just for prayer, quietness and reflection. We have had several creative ideas already – converted sheds, cushions in kitchens, spare rooms transformed – all a reminder that we can pray anywhere and God will hear.
Exploring Faith Course
We are planning to run an “Exploring Faith” course from mid-June to mid-July. This will run on Thursday evenings with a short video on YouTube followed by discussion groups via Zoom. Full details are still being considered but we hope to make this relevant to our current times and perhaps consider questions such as “Where is God in a pandemic? How can having faith help in times of crisis?” As always, all are welcome and I`m sure we can help and advise with the setting up of Zoom if people have never used it before. Do get in touch via our website or by phone if you are interested in participating.
We hope you are keeping well and coping with the restrictions which are very challenging. We are here to help if people are in need so please do get in touch if that`s you.
Foodbank is still operating from Kidlington Baptist Church and is busier than ever. Donations remains very welcome and much needed. Food can still be placed in the boxes in the Coop’s, Sainsbury’s and Barclays Bank. It can also be delivered to the Baptist Church on Friday morning between 10-1pm or left in the porch at 22 Springfield Road, Kidlington.
Items most needed:
- Tinned rice pudding or custard
- Tinned fruit, all types
- Tinned vegetables including potatoes, peas, carrots, sweetcorn and tomatoes
- 500g packets of rice and pasta
- Washing up liquid, cleaning materials and liquid or tablet soap “powder”
Thank you for your continuing support; we have had to double the number of parcels we are making each week because of Covid 19.
Michelle Thomas, 27th May 2020
For last month’s report see here