RBC Online Resources

Due 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. 

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Services in church resume

The suspension of church services and meetings in the church buildings is now coming to an end. As of Harvest Sunday, 27 September, Sunday services in church will resume, albeit in restricted and simplified form. Please watch this video if you'd like to know what to expect. 

If you'd like to attend one of our services, please book your place (for free) via our Eventbrite page. Please watch the video below if you're unsure about the process.

From the newsletter — for 20th September

A word from Peter 

Welcome to our scattered Sunday! I hope it's the last time for a while that we will have to write those words, as we will be gathering again from next week onwards. It's worth looking back over the last six months. What were your struggles? Did you find joy, too? What has God been doing? What did he teach us? We all pray to see the back of Covid next year; but do we pray the truly dangerous prayers as well - that God makes us wholly his own, fills us with his fullness, and sends us out into a world filled with uncertainty to manifest his Kingdom?

Online Church Hall, Chat and Prayer

You are invited to join us over Zoom at 11:00am on Sunday for a chat, and prayer. Here's a link to join.  Please do get in touch with Peter or Emma if you need the password.

Church Litter Pick

This Saturday (19th September) we'll be out and about doing our bit for the town of Rugby and the environment! Get in touch if you'd like to join us for an hour.

Harvest service and how it will work

We are looking forward to opening our doors for Sunday morning worship for the first time in over six months on Sunday 27th September for our Harvest Service.

Booking a seat is essential - visit rugbybaptist.eventbrite.com where tickets will be available from Sunday 20th Sept. If you’re not able to book via Eventbrite, please call the church office.

Doors will open from 10:10 – please don’t arrive early!

You must wear a facemask when in the church building, keep in your household bubbles, and 2 metres away from everyone else.

When you arrive you will be directed to your seat. We’ll keep your contact details and where you sat for track and trace purposes only for 21 days.

At the end you’ll be asked to leave – not all at once – via the door by the church office.

There is a video on our website which gives a bit more detail about what to expect.

The service will also be live-streamed and available to watch at any time via our website after the event, and this may suit some people better if they prefer not to come to the church building at this time.

Obviously, please do stay at home if you’re unwell or have any coronavirus symptoms. 

This is the first time we’ve done this quite in this way - we’re doing our best and will take it all as it comes! Please do get in touch with David, Peter, Gill or Emma if you have any questions. Huge thanks go to everyone who is working hard to make this happen.

Network Groups will NOT be happening for now, but Sunday Shoal + will continue to meet via Zoom at 10:30am.

There will be no tea and coffee after the service, but we will still meet over Zoom at the slightly later time of 11.30am.

Harvest Appeals

Our two Harvest Appeals this year:

BMS World Mission’s Operation: Chad. Donations can be made directly to BMS. Alternatively donations of cash (or cheques made payable to BMS World Mission) can be made via the BMS envelopes. These will be available in church on Sunday 27th September at our harvest service or will be posted out if you receive the newsletter by post. Please return envelopes to church by Sunday 11th October.

Food Bank Appeal. The foodbank has asked us NOT to have a collection of food in church this year. Instead you are invited to support them by making a donation via our food bank account (please contact Gill for the details). If you prefer to give a donation of food, then you will need to do this via one of the supermarket collection points.

Church open for private prayer

The church continues to be open every Tuesday from 11am - 1pm for Private Prayer.  Please note that face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship.

Any other access to church needs to be arranged with Gill, our office manager (tel 07305 619012). If you’re a group / activity leader interested in resuming meeting at church, please contact Gill in the first instance for a chat about the process that we need to go through before you have the green light to come back.

Annual Church Meeting

Our Annual Church Meeting has been postponed until 10th November in the hope that we will by that stage be able to meet in person.

News from Revive Ministries

Winter Night Shelter  There are changes being discussed about how the Winter Night Shelter might work this coming season with the current restrictions, and a number of different options to help the homeless are being considered. Thank you to everyone who has shared views about this. The responses have been fed back to Hope 4, and we should know fairly soon now what the plans are going to be. Pauline Kimber has done an amazing job as our WNS co-ordinator over the past two years, but she has now stepped down so we are looking for a new co-ordinator. If you're interested in volunteering to help, or even being the co-ordinator, please to get in touch: secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk

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.

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

Prayer meetings

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 Peter 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, 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.

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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