COVID-19 RBC online resources

Palm SundayDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, we won't be meeting for services in person, but we will be posting some resources here every week to keep our fellowship alive remotely. 

RBC Online

Children's resources

Palm Sunday

Download these resources to have a look at with children and young people.

  • Minnows leaflet
  • Minnows activities
  • Sunday Shoal activities
  • C. Life session. This is Holy week! It starts with Jesus entering Jerusalem and ends with him making the ultimate sacrifice. We're concentrating on what happened as Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples and gives them an insight into what will happen to him.

    Think: what prophecies does Jesus fulfill and what links does he make between the Passover meal and what will happen later? How must Jesus have felt, knowing what must surely happen to him?

    Do: There is a great edible activity on the grid worksheet!

    Pray: For people who are worried about things that could happen to them or their loved ones at this time.

Finally, don't forget to check out Anthony Barker's Palm Sunday Quiz and related resources on the Palm Sunday Extra page.

 

From the newsletter

A word from Peter

Palm Sunday! Today the church remembers Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We’re reading Zechariah 9:9-12, a key prophecy behind Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, seated on a donkey, lowly and victorious. What would it look like for King Jesus to enter the town of Rugby, the streets we live in, at the present time?

After the service

You are invited to join us at 11am for chat and prayer via Zoom! The code to join the chat will be in the Rugby Baptist Church Family private group on Facebook and is also in the newsletter. Here's a link to join.

Pastoral care

We’re setting up a telephone network, we are using email, Facebook and our website, and we’re trying out Zoom for some of our meetings.
Some people are using WhatsApp, or texting and messaging, and the Royal Mail has been delivering letters and cards for some of us.

If you would like a church directory so you can phone a friend, please let Emma know (secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk). If you’re aware of anyone in need of a bit of extra pastoral care, then please let Bobbie or Peter know, or a member of the pastoral care team or one of the deacons.

We’re looking for volunteers to help us keep in touch during this crisis. Perhaps you have a bit of time on your hands, and maybe you like a chat on the phone? If you would be willing to ring a few people from church each week, please let Petra know by Sunday night. She will be in touch and will send you a list of names. This is a ministry that could really be a lifeline to someone.

Prayers can also be requested via the prayer chain: please contact Bobbie.

Easter Day

Next Sunday is Easter Day and we are invited to take communion in our own homes. We may be scattered, but we will be united in remembrance and thanksgiving on this special day of celebration. If you’d like to take part, all you need is some bread and wine / grape
juice or equivalent, and next week we’ll share some words that we can all use.

Easter crosses! For the past few years, we have celebrated Easter by bringing flowers to church and covering the Easter cross with blooms. We can't do that this year, but we're inviting you to decorate your own cross and send it to Emma (secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk) - we're going to create a gallery of our scattered Easter crosses on the website and on Facebook.

RBC mutual aid

Many of us may well need help over the coming weeks with shopping – and help is available from your church family. Don’t hesitate to call Bridget, and she will find someone who has offered to lend a helping hand.

Could you help someone who is unable to leave their home with some shopping? Please let Bridget know. She will be co-ordinating offers of help with requests for the church family.

Church buildings

The church buildings are closed to all church members, volunteers, internal groups and external groups. Sunday services and all other church meetings and groups are suspended until further notice. Even if you're a keyholder, please don't go in without first submitting an access request to office@rugbybaptist.org.uk.

Please do keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for the latest information about what we’re doing instead.

Other news

Sunday Worship is broadcast on Radio 4 at 8.10am every Sunday, and on BBC 1 TV there is a Sunday Worship Programme at 11:30am, and Songs of Praise at 1:15pm.

The Baptist Union have a list of resources useful for children and families here.

£400 was raised from the Lent lunches that were held to be shared between Christian Aid and Cafod!

Opportunities to help others during this crisis are plentiful! If you’d like to volunteer to keep in touch on a regular basis with someone by phone, please be in touch with Petra.

Our BMS link missionaries Mat and Suzanne Gregory have a new prayer letter available on the BMS website.

Offertory

Do you usually give to the work of the church via the offertory plate on a Sunday? If so, you might like to consider giving by standing order, direct debit or bank transfer instead. We depend on donations and income from room lettings, both of which will be negatively affected by the current situation. Account details: Lloyds Bank, Rugby, 30-97-17 Account No 00344633.