We're back to our regular Sunday morning livestream beginning at 10:30. You can access our YouTube channel here. You can also watch back the livestream later.
This Sunday we're beginning a new series in Luke: Living with Jesus as Lord. This Sunday's passage is Luke 6.27-36. Adrian will be leading the service and John will be preaching. The kids history characterS will be William and Catherine Booth so have your cards ready (they'll be put through your door this week). Kids might also like to have something to bang for the kids song!
Watching with others
Don't forget that some people who are not shielding can now watch the service with others. Please follow the government guidelines carefully, particularly the rules about numbers of people/households and not taking people in your car. Remember that now only six people are allowed to meet together in homes (including children) and they must be socially distanced. Nevertheless, some families will be able to meet with others on this basis.
Problems with YouTube?
Some people experience connection and synchronisation problems with YouTube. If your internet connection is strong enough, these can generally be fixed by reloading the stream.
Song words are displayed on screen and large print words will be available here.
Please encourage your children to sit, watch and participate with you if they can. For those slightly older teens, there is a really good blank sermon sheet here designed by an illustrator in an FIEC church in Surrey. It may encourage you to take notes.
On Sunday 27th September we will be gathering over two services at Hothorpe Hall to hear a guest preacher. Members and regular attenders should have received a letter about this. This is a one off special day for the church. Please note:
- you will need to book your slot in advance. The services will be for older teens and adults and there will be only 30 places at each. If you have young children, please try to ensure that both parents attend, by splitting across the two times. Contact Anne to book your place.
- each gathering will be followed by light refreshments
- it remains government advice that those over 70 should stay at home as much as possible
- we will record the service for distribution but there will be no livestream
As with all physical gatherings, it is essential to keep to the government rules and guidelines. This means:
- arriving in and keeping to your household. You cannot mix with other groups.
- unless you have a medical reason, you must wear a face covering
- keep 2m social distancing at all times
- you may not sing, but try humming or saying the words quietly instead
- please follow carefully directions from stewards, service leaders and the Hothorpe staff
We are asking all members to be praying regularly - both individually and together - about this important time in the life of the church. Our prayer meetings over the next few weeks will be focused on this subject.
We'd love all members and regulars to join us for our Sunday prayer meeting running from 6.00pm-7.00pm. It is always important to pray, but especially so for us to pray together at times like this. Our prayer meeting is hosted by Zoom. You can connect in three ways:
- using the zoom app
- dial in using a mobile or landline
- use a web browser
We look forward to meeting and praying with you.
We will send through the meeting details by email or WhatsApp because we want to keep this meeting private to church members and regular attenders.
What do we do?
As Christians we meet together to worship God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We sing and pray to him, read the Bible (his word) and one of the church leaders preaches a message from the Bible passage. Once a month we share the Lord's Supper (on the last Sunday of each month). We also plan informal time so that we can chat and encourage one another.
What should I expect?
We are a relatively informal church. Come wearing what you want. We use first names and sing a mix of older and newer Christian songs which are easy to pick up. A small band leads our singing each week. We try to serve good coffee and enjoy being together. There are groups for children up to Year 11 during the service. All our workers are DBS checked and we have a safeguarding policy.
Where and when?
We're not meeting physically at the moment. Watch this space for more details of our restart.
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