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The Bridge International Emergency Appeal

We have some amazing news about the appeal - we have reached our target of £12,000! The Bridge International have started preparations to aim to start building as soon as possible. A huge thank you to all who have donated!

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There is a need to build a separate building for some extra children that have been “dropped off” at the orphanage without warning, which now makes the existing dormitory style building overcrowded. The new children are sleeping on the floor and there is not adequate bedding in some cases. In addition to this, there are many orphans waiting for a place who currently live at the local rubbish tip scavenging for food there.

Here is a video made by Eshwin and Timothy the overseers for the Good Shepherd home: https://youtu.be/fG4VgSDrrDM
 



You can give through BACS into the church account, but please put reference “The Bridge” or there are some gift envelopes in Church.

There is also a JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thebridgezimbabwe.
 



 

Sunday Services

Everyone is welcome whether joining us in person or online.
 

COVID-19 July Update – guidelines for attendance at Church

Dear Friends

We need to ask you for a little more patience as we enter this next phase of tackling COVID-19.  I am sure you will be all too aware that the Government removed all legal restrictions that it had introduced to manage the COVID-19 epidemic including any restrictions on congregational singing. However, it is all too clear that the infection rates are still rising and even in this area are reaching exponential proportions. It is with this in mind that the Deacons have discussed what measures we need to keep when we meet for worship on Sunday mornings. We have taken into account advice from the Baptist Union and other sources of advice and a new risk assessment has been done.  The measures that we think will help keep everyone safe are detailed below. We want to emphasise that we see these measures as short term and as a response to the current infection levels and want to return to our pre COVID ways of meeting as soon as is reasonably possible. We will review these measures at our monthly meetings and as things change.
 

Guidelines for attendance at Sunday Worship


For the time being, we still need to ask you to follow the guidelines below please:
  •  Those with any COVID symptoms are asked to not attend church meetings and worship in person
  •  Those who have been asked to isolate are asked not to attend church meeting and worship.
  •  Please wear a face mask at all times whilst you are in the church building unless you are exempt.
  •  Continue to use hand sanitiser, and track and trace, as you arrive and leave.
  •  Observe social distancing (staying 2 metres apart if possible).
  •  Before and after the service you may congregate indoors but please keep these interactions short and in small groups (no more than 6 at distance).
  •  For now we will not be serving refreshments after the service but expect to do so once infection levels reduce sufficiently.
  •  You can talk more freely outdoors and in larger groups if you’d like.
  •  The advice is still that you don’t linger for too long.

We can now return to congregational singing whilst wearing a mask but those exempt from wearing a mask are asked to do so at low volumes to reduce the levels of aerosol dispersal.
 
Whilst the advice from government now allows brief human contact such as hugging and shaking hands in private gatherings, the advice for now is still to remain cautious for public gatherings and so we would ask you to be sensitive to that advice and remember that not everyone will be comfortable yet.
 
It is planned that there will be a wider spacing between rows of seats and family groups will be asked to leave a seat spare between them and the next group. An area of seating upstairs will be available for those who do not wish to wear a mask and want to take a less cautious approach, but the deacons wish it to be understood that the premise of wearing a mask is that in wearing a mask you are demonstrating your concern for others welfare and that this is actively demonstrated by wearing your own mask.

 There will be no need to book your place at church prior to attendance on a Sunday but for the time being parents are asked to book their children in for Junior Church or crèche (email lbbchurchservice@gmail.com) so that the teams responsible know how many they are to expect. Children will not be expected to wear masks.
 
We know that for some there will be an element of disappointment in terms of expectations following the government's removal of the COVID legal requirements and up to this point we have had somewhat clear restrictions placed on us, but as the burden is now picked up by the church to make decisions, we want to take the responsibility seriously and be careful. Paul reminds us in his letter to the church at Ephesus, to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” There are some within our fellowship who are extremely vulnerable in health and who will be very wary about the return to normal, so we must do our best so that everyone feels safe to come back into church.  We still believe that fellowship with one another in the context of our worship will be a great source of healing from all that has happened over the past year and more and these measures will hopefully be a source of encouragement to everyone that they can come along and reconnect with the church.
 
We so look forward to seeing lots of you soon to join in our Sunday worship and if you have any concerns and you think we can help with those in any way then please do be in touch.
 
With our love and in hope that things will continue to change for the better,
Nathan and the Deacons
 

Online Services

For the foreseeable future we will continue to broadcast live on Zoom. If you don’t feel able to come to the building then please join us online from 10:35am each Sunday.

At the beginning and end of the service there will be a chance to chat with the other Zoom participants, although you will be muted during the service itself.

Please email longbuckbybaptist@gmail.com for details of the Zoom meeting.

Once a video recording of the sermon is available, you'll find a link to it on the church website at longbuckbybaptist.org.uk/sermon-video.
 

Can we pray for you?

The church building may be closed but we are still here for the community. Place a card in the box attached to the noticeboard in front of the Baptist Church, on Long Buckby Market Place.

Feel comforted knowing that a small team will be praying for you and feel free to keep us updated. Be assured that your prayer requests & any information will be treated with confidence.

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News from Our BMS Partners

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

 


 

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.
 


 

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