In The Midst of Devastation: An Opportunity for Innovation
This is a time to come together, be innovative, take risks, try new things, and lift up the name of Jesus.
Updated 21 March 2020
Dear Church Family,
Church isn't just a building, it's us as individuals and in unity, the walking, talking embodiment of Christ. Whether we pray together on the phone, video chat or WhatsApp we are still meeting in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I'm excited to invite you to our first Online Experience Sunday 22 March at 10:45am.
Just head over to brettonbaptist.online.church and you'll be able to chat together, request "Live Prayer" with one of the hosts. We have prerecorded some worship and a message from Brian. Please bear with us as we explore this new way of presenting church. Hopefully everything will go smoothly, but you never know.
We would love to include videos of our congregation sharing testimonies, scripture, poems and encouragements. So if you feel able to film yourself on your smartphone, either video or audio, then please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning clearly that you're happy for us to include it in our livestream.
Church Prayer Space
We previously said the church building would be open for prayer. Brian will be at the church praying for our church family but we are not encouraging anyone to come out to the church building. We need to be making every effort to follow our governments guidelines on social distancing to reduce the transmission of this virus.
Community Fair & Events
We have made the decision to postpone the Community Fair until the first Sunday of September. Arise Women’s events and Men’s Ministry events are all postponed until further notice.
Children & Youth
Rachel and S-J are working hard at compiling some resources for our young people, to help encourage and engage them in the word of God during this time as well as providing something to do!
Connect Groups & Pastoral Care
While we are unable to meet physically; we would encourage you to reach out and make regular contact with those in your Connect Groups via a phone call, text or email. There are also a number of technologies available that can help you keep in touch and even meet virtually for prayer and discussion:
WhatsApp & Telegram
Messenger & Facebook Groups
Skype, FaceTime & Zoom (https://zoom.us) Zoom provides video conferencing via smartphone or tablet or a web browser on a laptop or desktop computer. People can even dial in from a landline and participate over the phone
Brian and Amy are also working on ways to make sure those most in need receive regular contact.
If you are struggling in any way or know someone who is vulnerable whether they are part of our church or not, please let us know.
We can still be a light to people searching for good news. So look for ways you can be the Church in your community. Share what you have with others who might need it. Check in on your neighbours. You can still invite people to church online!
We are looking into creative ways that we can care for and support each other spiritually and practically during these unprecedented times and things we can action as a church that might be a blessing to those around us. We’ll be in touch over the next few weeks with things that we are looking at.
One thing to do today to help those who are particularly vulnerable is to donate to the Foodbank, check here to see what items are most needed.
We will continue to monitor what’s happening in our community and update this page as things change.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works
— Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)
With love and prayers in Christ Jesus
Bretton Baptist Church Leadership Team