News Sheet

24 OCTOber 2021

Sunday morning Service 10.30am

This Sunday we have 'An Intermission' with Bobbie will be talking to us on Acts 18: 1-11 and Peter will be leading our time together.

Coffee Mates

Coffee Mates meets most Fridays from 10.30 am to noon. It's been great to welcome people back and meet new people.  Why not bring a friend along for a chat over coffee and cake?

If you are available on Fridays to help set up or serve at Coffee Mates (you don’t need to commit to a whole morning) please contact Miriam or Amanda.

Lunch Club

Lunch Club meets most Wednesdays 11.30am-2pm. We enjoy activities, social time, a thought for the day and of course a hot meal cooked by Bobbie. If you would like more details, please contact Amanda in the office.

If you are free on Wednesday and have a gift for running activities, leading a thought for the day or serving by washing up please contact Bobbie or Amanda in the office for more details.

Office update and contact details

Amanda works from the office 9-12 most mornings Monday-Friday but please ring before popping in to ensure she is available. The new office mobile number is 07549084902.  The number for the land line which has an answerphone is 0121 471 2379.

Ben’s contact details are as follows:

Mobile: 07985490173

Email: ben@rev.me.uk

www.revbcg.uk

Ben’s day off is Friday.

Defibrillator News

Well Done! to Fred Collin and Jane Clarke who completed their sponsored cycle ride in difficult weather conditions to raise money for a defibrillator to serve our church and community and to support the British Heart Foundation. The defibrillator and the cabinet has now arrived at church and Amanda is waiting to hear when it will be fitted to the front of the building.

Many thanks to all who have donated to make this possible.

One Small Step …

Climate change, environmental issues, plastic pollution, shrinking biodiversity – it’s easy to be overwhelmed, even to the extent where it’s difficult to do anything. But we can all take ‘One Small Step’ and maybe all those small steps collectively might become a giant leap for humankind!  In the week leading up to COP26, the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow, we are running a number of events that might help us take those small steps whilst enjoying being community and enjoy engaging with the community.

More details about all these events, including links to book for the ticketed events, at christchurchb29.org/step.

24 and 31 October: A Greener Journey to Church

If you are travelling to attend a Sunday morning service, can you do so in a greener way - walk, cycle, bus, car share?

Monday 25 October – What in the world are we doing?

10 am - 2 pm. Explore environmental issues through interactive activities

Wednesday 27 October – Food for thought

7 – 9 pm. A vegetarian meal with talk by Ben on ‘Does God really care about creation?’ Ticketed event

Thursday 28 October – Exploring Ten Acres

2 - 4 pm. Explore the 'secret path' along the River Rea with Sustainable Life. Ticketed event

Friday 29 October – I'd rather live without...

7.30 - 10 pm. Fairtrade wine tasting with stories from local people who have reduced their environmental footprint. Ticketed event

Saturday 30 October – Don't throw it away!

10 am - 3 pm. Workshops and advice about upcycling

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October – 24 Hours of Prayer

5 pm - 5 pm. A chain of prayer in our building and at home, ending with a prayer walk and time of prayer and worship.

Update on Covid Measures

What's staying the same

To protect the vulnerable, we continue to encourage everyone to wear a face covering during services.  In case any visitors do not have one, the Welcome Team will have a few masks to hand out.

We will continue to put out chairs in groups of two next to both sets of windows in the main hall.  Please contact Amanda in the office if you would like to reserve a seat in this section.

What's changing

We are making the Test & Trace signup voluntary.  If you wish to be informed of a confirmed case at a service, please either scan the Test & Trace QR code or sign the sheet in the foyer.

You no longer need to book a place at the service (unless you want to sit in the socially distanced section by the windows).

Comment from Ben

I realise that there is a large range of opinions when it comes to wearing masks in church.  Some churches have made face coverings totally optional, others are still asking people to wear them.  Most other places where people gather are no longer requiring people to wear them - but I think church is different, and perhaps we should set an example about protecting those who are most vulnerable.  After all, wearing face coverings is not about 'me', it's about loving our neighbour.

I wish we didn't need to wear them - they are a pain when singing (even more so for those who wear glasses), leading and preaching to a bunch of eyes instead of faces isn't great, and they make things more formal and restrained when I long for us to feel free in our worship services.

However, the bottom line is that (within reason!) I want people to feel safe and valued when they come to one of our worship services.

‘Monday Prayers for our Country’

On Zoom at 6pm on Mondays for 30 minutes, term time only.

We pray for our government and other leaders, for issues of concern in the news, for the poor and marginalised, for Christian witness, and especially at the moment, for preparation for the UN climate conference in November. If you would like to join in (you can join in silently if you prefer) please contact the office or Bobbie for the link.

Saturday morning prayer 23 October 2021

Join our Saturday morning prayer breakfast for our church on 23 October from 8 to 8.45am. The group has returned to meeting in person. Coffee and croissants provided! Note that this session has been brought forward a week from the normal date.

Women’s Craft Evening 19 November

Nativity bracelets and Angels - Please join us on Friday 19th November from 7:30pm, to make bracelets which tell the story of the nativity through coloured beads and charms, plus, to make a beaded Angel pendant to use as a decoration. 

This event is suitable for ladies and older girls. Please bring along snacks/cake or drinks to share. A £1 donation towards materials would be appreciated. Please let Cheryl Homer know if you will be coming ASAP to ensure we have enough materials for everyone. 

24 Hours of Prayer for COP 26

Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 October – 24 Hours of Prayer - 5.00pm Saturday to 5.00pm on Sunday. 

‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it’ Psalm 24:1

Come and pray for climate justice, climate action and COP26, the UN Climate change conference starting on 1 November.  Prayer will take place in Christ Church prayer room or youth room from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday (including during the service), during the night we ask you to pray at home.  You can also sign up for a slot at home during the day if you can’t make it to church.  Materials will be available in church to help you pray, or if you are praying at home you may find these links helpful.

https://prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Prayer-Vigil-for-Glasgow-2021-2a.pdf
http://s3.eu-central.stackpathstorage.com/24-7downloads/pdf/Climate%20Prayer/COP26-Prayer-points_English.pdf

We would love as many as possible to join in the final two hours on Sunday - at 3pm we encourage you to go on a prayer walk in the local area on your own, with your family, or with some friends – you can walk from home, park at the edge of the parish and walk in, or park at church and walk from there.  As you walk look for things in creation that bring you joy and give thanks to God.  In areas where there are signs of environmental damage pray for God’s healing of the world. Where there are signs of hope and people are doing good things, again give thanks and pray that those acts would multiply.  As you walk ask God to show you what part he would have you play in bringing about His purposes on the earth.  If you can walk for an hour that’s great if not come to church and finish your time of prayer there.  At 4.00pm there will be tea and scones for all, followed by sung worship and prayer as we finish together at 5.00pm.

More ideas for the prayer walk https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-03/Prayer%20Chain%20activities.pdf

Practically, if you are praying in the building we ask you to sign up for an hour and ask you to arrive promptly and to stay until someone comes to take over – we need people with church keys at the beginning and ending sessions.  Please use the fire door at the back of the building and knock on the prayer room window for access.  It is important that there are at least two people in the building at any time and there will be details of someone to contact if there are any problems.  If you are praying at home you can sign up for a 30 or 60 minute slot.  We would like to keep an unbroken chain of prayer for the 24 hours so please think about whether you could make the sacrifice to get up in the middle of the night to pray.

You can sign up by emailing Bobbie or signing the sheet on Sunday.
 

Curry Socials!

Men’s curry night – Monday 29 November 2021 at 7pm at Balti Bazaar, please contact Alan Haynes.                                                                                         Women’s curry night – Friday 3 December at 7pm at Balti Bazaar, please contact Susan Haynes.