Howland’s Baptist Church
“Loving God Loving People”
Fellowship News February 2021
Our Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends,
Greetings and welcome to the all new Fellowship News. Although many are visiting and benefiting from our new Online Church Platform for the Sunday Services, and the after service Zoom Home Cafe, we are aware that there are those who are not entirely comfortable with technology. The Deacons, now being responsible for the leadership of our church and fellowship have been mindful from the start of Covid 19 and the periods of lockdown, that if we were to move to online services, we should under no circumstance leave anyone behind. It is for this reason we are producing this Newsletter, telephoning you more frequently to check you are okay, initiating a buddy system, and doing all we can to ensure the engagement of every member of the Howland’s B.C fellowship.
It has come to our attention during pastoral phone calls that at least one of the fellowship would benefit from large print. This is an important point, if you require a large print version please let us know.
THE BUDDY SYSTEM
It matters to us all, to know you are okay. This is especially important in these odd times of social distancing. Many of you are in contact with others in the fellowship as a matter of routine. We would like to ensure every member of the fellowship receives at least one weekly call by telephone during the week, if there is a concern it can be passed to the Deacons for action.
ACCESS TO SUNDAY SERVICES
Should you want to try the fortnightly Sunday Services this is the information needed for a loved one or person in your bubble to give you access on (howlandsbc.online.church), the after service Zoom Home Café (I/D 845-025-6358 PW 873022). The Howlands Baptist Church website (Howlandsbaptist.org.uk)and Facebook page can be easily accessed.
We all need God, we need church, we need fellowship, we need each other, especially in these challenging times. So please let us know if there is something we can do to make things easier for you. Always remember the church motto: “Loving God Loving People” which are not just words, they are a statement of intent that we in this fellowship love our loving Father God but we also love you our dear Brothers and Sisters.
THE PRAYER CHAIN
We remember our Sister Margaret Plank and Rita Stammers who returned home to Jesus having contracted Covid 19. Please keep dear Claire and her family, and Claire King & Hilary Lester, Rita’s daughters in your prayers. If you feel the need for us to pray as a fellowship for something in your life, a family member or neighbours life. Please send a message requesting The Prayer Chain by e-mail or a phone call to Stuart on 07572871447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHURCH COORDINATOR ROLE
Congratulations to Stuart Soper for his appointment as Howlands Baptist Church Coordinator in the absence of a pastor.
Many thanks to you all for your encouraging comments.
FUTURE SERVICE DATES ONLINE
Sunday 14th February; Sunday 28th February; Sunday 14th March; Sunday 28th March.
As said before , none of us has any idea when we can return to doing services and activities as we did pre Covid 19, and even when we do it is likely to be a combination of live services and online church. We need to be prepared for all eventualities and to work as a team to the glory of God. We ask you all to pass the word, to invite others to the services, and the after service Zoom Home Cafe, to allow our numbers to grow. Please also pray for God’s guidance and direction in this.
JUNIOR CHURCH ON ZOOM
Junior church will meet on Zoom fortnightly. The future dates are 21st February, then 7th March. For any further information contact Fang.
Adults and Young people, if you would like to join us on the Online Church Development Team, you would be most welcome, we need your help and knowledge. In line with the Covid 19 restrictions -All meetings will be on Zoom.
We take communion regularly at the online services, but what about you? We could do communion or pray with you over the phone if you like, just let us know in order that we can arrange a time.
We have discussed the production of a monthly Newsletter, this being the first. It has brief details of the online church project, it is important that you are aware of what we are doing. But this newsletter concentrates primarily on all fellowship news. Are you that missing piece in our church jigsaw? Alex Gray is producing this Newsletter to keep our church community informed and engaged, thus please let us know if you have anything you would like to add to the newsletter for the next monthly edition (March). You can send material for inclusion by e-mail to email@example.com or call him on tel: 07305 837272 .
God bless and love in Jesus’ name.
Fellowship Newsletter Coordinator.
Howland’s Baptist Church Coordinator