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Church Services in the Building Suspended

Church services are moving back online for the time being!

With regret, we've taken the decision to suspend church services in the building again for now. This is because of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Rugby, and the plea from Rugby Borough Council for local people to do what they can to prevent a local lock down.

But this doesn't mean church is cancelled! You're in the right place to find all our online resources...

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Agur's prayer in Proverbs is one of deep humility: "keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches". He knows his weaknesses, and asks—as Jesus would teach many years later—not to be led into temptation. But this, too, is a dangerous prayer.

From the newsletter — for 18th October

A word from Peter

"Finally, beloved friends, be cheerful! Repair whatever is broken among you, as your hearts are being knit together in perfect unity. Live continually in peace, and God, the source of love and peace, will mingle with you. Greet and embrace one another with the sacred kiss"—so writes the apostle Paul near the end of his second letter to the church he had planted in Corinth. I am not sure that a kiss is appropriate to our own culture or particularly welladvised during a pandemic, but everything else I want to echo and add: "The last four and a half years have been a joy and a privilege. Thank you for everything.”

Online Church Hall, Chat and Prayer

You are invited to join us over Zoom at 11:30am on Sunday for a chat and prayer. Here's a link to join.  Please get in touch with DavidPeter or Emma if you need the password.

Sunday Shoal + 

We have a group for primary age children and younger that meets on a Sunday at 10:30am for 20 minutes or so, for a story, prayer and game, and a time to catch up with each other. Please contact us if your child would like to join.

Goodbye to Peter, Inger and Nathan

This Sunday, 18th October, is the final Sunday with us for Peter, Inger and Nathan. We’ve loved getting to know them over the past 4 and a half years, and it is with a mix of emotions that we say our good-byes, offer our huge thanks, and wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives and make their way over to Leamington Spa. May God bless them richly wherever he takes them in the years ahead, and may their ministry be fruitful, fulfilling and happy.

Diaconate Elections

Please contact Emma regarding changes to the role of secretary and the working of the diaconate. We’ll be holding elections to appoint 3 deacons, plus Church Secretary and Treasurer at the Church Meeting on Tues 10th Nov. Please pray and think about who you could nominate and talk to the people you know who might be suitable candidates. Nominees need to be church members aged 18 or over – find out more from the leaflet “Being a Deacon at RBC” available from Emma. Nominations, which must have the consent of the candidate and be supported by two church members, must be submitted to Emma by Sunday 25th October. This year, forms can be submitted by email.

Contact Emma for info/forms etc: secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Church Meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th Nov at 7:30pm. This will probably be taking place over Zoom now. Watch for more details in the newsletter next week. Please save the date!

Church Appointments

We will also be confirming church appointments for the year ahead at the Church Meeting in November, but to do that we need to make sure the appointment list is up to date! Please take a look at the  draft list of appointments and let Emma know any corrections. The deadline for amendments is 25th October.

Gift of Years Autumn Prayer letter

This is now available. Please get in touch with the office if you’d like it by email, or a paper copy.

BMS Link Missionary News

Our link missionaries Mat and Suzanne are back in the UK, and about to end their time with BMS. They have sent a final prayer letter which can be accessed from bmsworldmission.org, or please ask the Church Office if you’d like a paper copy.

Rugby Interfaith Forum

The Rugby Interfaith Forum is holding a meeting over Zoom on Thursday 22nd October at 7.30pm. There will be a talk “Inclusive worship in a care home – the challenge in the time of Covid” given by John Reeve, a Quaker resident of Bilton House, followed by discussion. If you’d like to join, please ask Emma (secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk) to forward the email with more info and joining instructions.

HEBA Women’s Conference

“Courageous Faith” A day for Baptist women across HEBA to come together for a time of exploration, encouragement and fellowship. Speakers Rev Dr Kate Coleman, Rev Cham Kaur-Mann and Rev Alison Mackay. Free of charge, this conference will be held over Zoom.

For more info watch his video

Register here: click here

9:30am – 1:30pm on Saturday 28th November

Pastoral care

We have set up a telephone network, we are using email, Facebook and our website, and we’re using 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. If you’re aware of anyone in need of a bit of extra pastoral care, then please let Bobbie, David or Peter know, or a member of the pastoral care team or one of the deacons.

Prayer at RBC

Join the private RBC Family Facebook group to share news and prayer requests. There is also a WhatsApp prayer group where friends are sharing sorrows, joys and encouraging one another in prayer – all are welcome to join. Please contact Pauline 

Prayers can also be requested via the prayer chain. Please email our Pastoral Co-ordinator Bobbie and follow this up with a text to her mobile.

A prayer meeting takes place on Zoom every Wednesday at 7pm. We're also meeting daily for 20 minutes at 9am via Zoom to pray together, and this is proving to be a helpful pattern for some of us. If you'd like to join either, please contact DavidPeter or Emma for the Zoom link.

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 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.

QR Code Posters in Church

If you have the NHS Covid-19 app on your phone, you can use the QR posters that are on display at the entrances to the church building to check in to the venue. For more info and to download the app: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/

Flowers

Please speak to Fiona if you would like to give flowers one Sunday as we begin to meet again in church. All donations for flowers can be made directly to the church account (please contact Gill for the details) or via cash or cheque to Gill in the office. Please ensure all donations are marked for flowers.

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