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Church Services and Activities Suspended

A Message from the Deacons - 19th March 2020

 
Dear Friends,

We are living in unprecedented times as we face up to changes in our way of daily life that a few weeks ago we could never have imagined. But God has not changed and nor has our faith in Him as our creator, protector and saviour. We are working on ways in which we can share fellowship even as we are not able to meet together.

Earlier this week, all our mid-week activities were suspended. Now, we need to go further and announce that there will be no Sunday Services until further notice and all home groups will cease to meet. We do this with regret as we know that regular worship together is an important expression of our common faith. But circumstances leave us with no choice. Each of you will work through for yourself how to maintain your own pattern of prayer and worship in these days. Lots of new material will be available online for those of you who are connected, and on the television and radio for everyone. We hope that doing things differently can become the way in which God speaks to us in new ways, and enriches our faith.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and for evermore.’

We pray that you will find some peace and safety in these words from Psalm 121 in the coming days.

With Christian love,
The deacons
 



 

Long Buckby Angels

Do you know anyone in Long Buckby that needs a little extra support? Or are you concerned about anyone in the village?

The Long Buckby Angels are here to help.

We are a team of volunteers who can help with e.g.
 

  • picking up shopping
  • posting mail
  • a friendly phone call
  • urgent supplies

If you think you or anyone else needs us then please either email us on longbuckbyangels@gmail.com or call us on 07594 316370 and leave a message.
 

Buckby Angels are collecting for those in our community that are really struggling.


We know this is a difficult time for everyone at the moment but we are asking for non perishable goods to be donated to help those that are vulnerable in the village. We know you can’t give much but even a tin of soup would be amazing. We are also taking monetary donations if it is something you would rather do. If you are interested in helping please drop any goods off to The Old Kings Head. Money can be placed in the charity box in Costcutters.
 


 

Coronavirus/COVID 19

The deacons have met to discuss the impact of the current situation on the church's programme, and we wanted to share this with you as soon as possible. If you know of someone who is not online, please share the information with them.

Our immediate priority in these circumstances is to ensure people stay safe and that we minimise the risks of catching the virus whilst at church. As a result we have decided that most of our church activities will be suspended for the time being with effect from today, Sunday, 15 March. These include Sunday evening Yoof, Monday Club, Toddlers & Babies, Tuesday@2, Thursday Cafe and Messy Church. We are asking the weekday home groups to decide for themselves whether to meet, and Sunday morning worship will continue at least for the present, subject to any new advice from the authorities. If you were at church this morning, you will know we have made minor changes to the way we do things - a collection plate at the door and no tea or coffee, following advice from the Baptist Union. We are also encouraging people to follow basic hygiene rules such as coughing into tissues and frequent hand washing.

But of course church is primarily about people rather than activities, and whilst many of you will be sad at not being able to come to our usual events the situation will present new challenges and opportunities to show God's love in action amongst our fellowship and the wider community. It is important that we all think about what we can do rather than what we may have to give up for a time. There will be folk who are anxious and afraid, as well as those for for one reason or another, are unable to leave their home. It is a time to reach out to people, perhaps as never before, either with practical support and help if we are able or just simply to be there for them. Please consider how you will respond, as this developing situation unfolds. .

'God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way,and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea' Psalm 46: 1-2.

Thank you, and may God continue to bless you.

The deacons
 


Ride and Stride

The Northamptonshire Historic  Churches Trust Ride & Stride is on Saturday 14th September, 10am-6pm.

Plan your own route to visit any of 350+ churches/chapels. Sponsorship money will be divided equally between NHCT and the church you choose.

More info at http://www.nhct.org.uk/index.php/bicycle_ride 

 



 

News from Our BMS Partners

We support two couples, Linda & Tim Darby and Joe & Lois Ovenden,
who are working for BMS in Uganda.

 


 

The Nutcracker Production


The Saltmine Trust Christian theatre company gave an amazing performance of their production inspired by The Nutcracker. 

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Please click here to see more photos from the evening.
 


Street Pastors - Volunteers Needed

We have received the following message from Daventry Street Pastors. You can find out more about the national organisation on their website: www.streetpastors.org.

Daventry Street Pastors volunt

"For the last eight years Street Pastors have patrolled Daventry town centre and estates at weekends offering support to any one they meet. These volunteers from local Christian Churches who care about the community, have provided conversation, water, First Aid and their famous Lollipops; as well as defusing conflict and making the streets safer by picking up cans, glass and other potentially dangerous items. In the 12 months to 31st December 2017 the patrols interacted with 452 people.

Unfortunately due to retirement and ill health, the number of Street Pastors available for Patrols has reduced making it difficult for us to be on the street as often as we would like. In the last quarter of 2017 we were only able to put out seven patrols. Despite this we liaised with 112 people of both genders and different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

To continue to serve the community in Daventry as we would wish, more volunteers are essential. Street Pastors need to be good listeners and stay calm in tense situations. Street Pastors are blind to differences of all kinds between people and treat everyone they meet with equal respect and courtesy. Patrols are carried out on foot on Friday or Saturday evenings from 8.00 until about midnight. All Street Pastors are fully trained and provided with a uniform.

Anyone who is over 18 (there is no upper age limit) and want to know more about what it is to be a Street Pastor, may be able to join a team as an “Observer” and get some experience of what a patrol is like.

Anyone who would like to join a patrol or just wants some more information, should please leave their Name and Postal Address together with their Email address and/or telephone contact number with our Group Co-ordinator and Senior Street Pastor on either of the following:-

Email: daventrystreetpastors@gmail.com or

Telephone: 07474 545 785

We aim to respond within 48 hours. "



 


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