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updated 21.11  23/03/2020

Hello Church,

Following the announcements made this evening we are now not able to open the church at all. So if you require a pastoral call please contact your group leader or text me on 07855862707.

I will be sending out another daily reflection tomorrow. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook.

Adam

Updated 17.35  23/3/2020 

Dear Church,

Well, we survived the first live streaming of our service. Thank you for all the words of encouragement we received. We had fun doing it but it doesn’t beat the real thing. We have learnt loads from doing it and will seek to improve for next Sunday. Please continue to be patient with us at this time. I have now uploaded the whole thing into one video onto our YouTube channel and you can watch it by clicking here.

My daily reflection is now up on Facebook and YouTube. You can find that on our Facebook page just search Broadmead Community Church or go to the YouTube page by following the link here

I will also be putting the script of it on my blog each day as well. You can access the blog here.

We are exploring using Zoom for our Virtual Connect Groups and so we would love you all to download it. This can be used for group calls and is the best service for this. It is free to use for you and provides the opportunity to connect. You can download it onto your laptop, tablet or/and smartphone by clicking here. Just download the zoom meeting for clients for PCs/Macs

And scroll down further for links to the app for your phone/tablet.

Each afternoon Mon-Fri I will be starting a Zoom Pastoral Care meeting and you are welcome to join with others. Tomorrow’s meeting with start at 3pm and to join you will need this link.

Adam Eakins is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Adam’s Zoom Pastoral Care Meeting

Time: Mar 24, 2020 03:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8109533448

Meeting ID: 810 953 3448

I hope this will be a great way to connect regularly. I hope you have all been contacted by your Virtual Connect Group Leader and if not please let me know.

Stay Calm, Caring, Courageous and Connected.

Adam

20/3

Church @ Home

This week we will be using Facebook to livestream from our home to yours. Please join us at 10:30am via Facebook where we will be going live at 10:30am with prayers, worship and Mary speaking on How to Handle Worry.

You shouldn’t need an account to see our page but just use this link. It may ask you you to sign in but you can ignore that. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/BroadmeadCommunityChurch/.   If you already have Facebook make sure you like our page so it is easy for you to find. 

After the livestream we will make available to watch again on YouTube and Facebook as well as try to take the audio of the talk off the video and add it to our normal podcast.

Connect Support Groups

We have set up nine virtual small groups led by each of the Trustees. These will be mixed groups, and we would encourage you to join. The leader will be setting up a WhatsApp group as well as making regular calls to those who are not online. Please use the WhatsApp group to stay in contact with prayers and support. We are also exploring a way to do a virtual small group once a week using Zoom. Details of your group and leader will be emailed to you tomorrow morning telling you which group you have been allocated and who is the leader of the group. They will then be in contact with you over the next few days. You can of course choose not to join a virtual group but we hope all of you will want to stay connected.

If you don’t receive an email or phone call telling you what group you are in by Monday please contact me via either email adam.eakins@broadmead.org.uk or 07855862707 and we will resolve it.

VERY IMPORTANT

Whilst we cannot meet together, we would like to stay in contact with you by email or phone or even text message. Please can you check your communication settings in MyChurch suite.  We can only contact you, if you have given us your permission.

To do this you need to open MyChurch suite and scroll down to your own own name and click on the pen symbol to the right of your name.

Click on the communication tab at the top and then please click to receive emails, SMS and phone calls. Finally click the save changes button at the bottom of the screen.

By clicking on the Privacy Tab you can still choose whether to make your mobile, address or email are visible to others on MyChurch suite. The Trustees have another setting which allows them to see your number if you are in their group.

After next week we will not be able to call you if you have not agreed to us doing so by changing your settings.

If you can’t change your setting and want help with doing so, then please email admin@broadmead.org.uk to request this to happen and we will do it for you.

Youth

Jodie’s plan is to set up WhatsApp groups with 2 leaders per group to keep some personal connection. She also plans to set up a livestream event for everyone to access together at a particular time on a Sunday so that the youth can have some type of session together. The plan is to keep connected, keep having fun and keep developing our relationship with Jesus.

Jodie will be sending an email to all parents with a youth plan. Please can all parents keep an eye on their emails at this point as well as making sure youth are connecting, that would really help.

If you don’t receive an email or phone call telling you what group you are in by Monday please contact me via either email adam.eakins@broadmead.org.uk or 07855862707 and we will resolve it.

Food bank

We delivered some food to St. Albans today and it was very busy. Please do consider bringing in food donations to the Broadmead collection point Mon-Thurs 1-4pm. We will then deliver it to the Foodbank on a Friday.

Giving

If you normally give via the offering on a Sunday there are a number of ways you can still do so.

  • You can drop you donation either through the letterbox at church or hand it in between 1-4pm Mon-Thurs.
  • You can give via MyChurch suite by clicking on the My Giving
  • You can set up a standing order or make a bank transfer using these account details. NatWest Bank Acc No. 01854887 Sortcode 56-00-60. Remember the account is still in the name of Broadmead Baptist Church.
  • If you have any problems in this area please email admin@broadmead.org.uk

Children

This week there will be two videos for children. One will be on worries and the other will be a mothers day craft. Andrea has also set up two  Facebook page for parents and carers, one for preschool and one for primary ages. This will enable her to resource parents with some really great material.

Daily Video with Readings/Prayers with Adam

This will be starting on Monday morning. This is to encourage you with scripture and prayers. They will be released on our Facebook page and on YouTube. So like our Facebook page and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Daily Worship Song

These will be posted on our Facebook page and YouTube channel also.

18/3/2020

Dear Church,

Following the recently updated government and Baptist union advice after the Trustees meeting this evening, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all church activities temporarily. This is not an easy decision to make but one we feel is right given the circumstances. There will be no Sunday gatherings or other activities at the church and no small groups for the time being.

We recognise this will not be easy for all of us and so, therefore, the Trustees are putting the following in place.

  • We will be putting on Facebook and YouTube a talk each Sunday which will be released at 10:30 am. We would love as many as possible to join us live and interact which will help connect us. Mary is speaking this Sunday on ‘How to Handle Worry?’ We feel this is a timely subject!!
  • We will send out details soon with how you can watch them on the day and now you can listen to them if you can’t watch live. As usual, they will be on our website, podcast and mychurchsuite after the event.
  • We will also be sending out virtual resources for children and young people form them on Sundays. More details to follow.
  • We will be issuing regular shorter emails with readings, prayers and a short video to keep you connected with scripture, God and each other.
  • As of next week, the church will be open Monday-Thursday each afternoon between 1-4pm for people who don’t have to self-isolate to come in ones or twos to meet with the pastor or another leader for prayer and pastoral care. If you have had to self-isolate, you can book a pastoral call by emailing or texting Adam.
  • There will be a daily worship song sent out via Facebook and email to bring Spiritual encouragement and truth.
  • We are setting up nine virtual small groups led by each of the Trustees. These will be mixed groups, and we would encourage you to join. The leader will be setting up a WhatsApp group as well as making regular calls to those who are not online. Please use the WhatsApp group to stay in contact with prayers and support. We are also exploring a way to do a virtual small group once a week. Details of your group and leader will be made available to you by the beginning of next week.

We will be re-directing the church phone number to members of staff until further notice.

Please do print off the offer of help leaflet, fill it in and post it through to your neighbours. We have an opportunity to be the light of Christ in the darkness and make the hope of Jesus more contagious than this virus.

At present we are not expecting the Easter opening to go ahead but we will keep you updated on that in the weeks to come.

The Trustees are holding a weekly video call and we will continue to update you as things change. In the meantime, all updates will be on the church website, Facebook page and via email. I am sure you can understand there are lots of people asking us lots of questions and we will struggle to answer all individual questions at times. Therefore, please do check for updates.

There are many things we can’t do but we can pray, and I encourage you to do so.

National Day of Prayer and Action

Today, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, along with fellow bishops and other church leaders, are calling for a National Day of Prayer and Action this coming Mothering Sunday (March 22).

‘Light a candle at 7 pm and put it in your window; ring someone who is isolated and vulnerable; buy an extra item and place it in your local food bank; keep your night shelters open.

‘We have a stronghold and refuge, we do not depend on ourselves alone, for God keeps us so that as the Shepherd song ends: ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life.’

Can we all commit to joining in with this on Sunday?

One final suggestion is that we all join together for prayer at 19:48 to pray for health care workers. 1948 is the year of the birth of the NHS so it is easy to remember.

And remember these verses from Psalm 91. You can find it here. Remember faith, not fear.

Links

https://youtu.be/Ubm2aLpmLwU – announcement about religion group not meeting

https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/569038/Coronavirus_advice_for.aspx?fbclid=IwAR17N5Sd9BlllBxrzdzQFCULqihqemxtJ6JMoV5YaNi8TsIyDqqDaz5zQSI – BU advice

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ – Government Advice

May God continue to protect and bless you all. Please continue to support and care for each other. ViralKindness.pdf

Adam (on behalf of the elders)