PLEASE READ ON - CORONAVIRUS MEASURES
A service of worship will be broadcast on our YouTube channel at 10:00am every Sunday, beginning 22nd March. The service will be slimmed down, but will still include sung worship, prayers, Bible reading and a sermon. We will continue with our series in Genesis as planned.
We encourage you to join with us in worshipping together. Remember that by signing in to YouTube, you will be able to interact with each other using the 'comments' section and we would encourage you to do this.
Please remember that there are some within the fellowship who are unable to access these online services. If you, and they, are not self-isolating, please consider inviting someone to your home to watch and worship with you.
A place of prayer
The Church building will be open as a place of prayer each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10:00am – 11:00am (commencing Monday 23rdMarch). This is an opportunity for anyone in the fellowship or the wider community to use the Church premises as a place for reflection and prayer. At least one member of the Ministry Team (Tim, Bob and Amanda) will be present and available for personal prayer during these times.
The Ministry Team will be recording a daily devotion and prayer which will be uploaded to our Facebook (commencing Monday 23rd March). This is designed to be another way in which we can provide facial contact and encouragement for you during this difficult time.
We will be creating a system whereby each person in the Church family will be 'buddied' with another to provide spiritual and practical support during this period. Andrew Nock and Leigh Woodcraft will be administering this system and will be issuing further information in the next few days. If you wish to opt out of this initiative, please let Andrew Nock know by the end of this week.
It is possible to use Google Hangouts to hold a virtual home group, and one group has already done so successfully this week. Further information will be sent to the Home Group leaders. If you are not currently in a Home Group and would like to be able to access this form of fellowship, please contact either Pastor Tim Diaper or Pastor Bob Cain.
Serving our wider community
This period is an excellent opportunity to show the love of our Lord Jesus in practical action. A Facebook group (Flitwick Baptist Church community help group) has been established that will seek to communicate needs within the wider community of Flitwick, and enable us to coordinate our response to these needs. We have also produced a postcard (attached) which can be posted through neighbours' offering help – people are invited to call/text a member of the Ministry Team and we have a team of people willing and able to provide the help required, e.g. picking up shopping, a friendly phone call or a providing a cooked meal.
It is vital that as a Church, we are a praying people during this time. Please remain devoted to praying that God will put an end to the spread of this virus, and that he will protect the vulnerable in our society. We cannot pray enough at this time!
The Christian Church has also been called to a National Day of Prayer this Sunday (22nd March), specifically to put a lighted candle in your window at 7:00pm as a visible sign of the Light of the World. We encourage FBC members to do this.
In addition, why not try this… Remember how we've all been told to sing 'Happy Birthday' twice while washing our hands? Let's pray the Lord's Prayer every time we wash our hands instead.
Please remember that although the life of the Church will look different during this season, our ministry is still ongoing, and we are still reliant on the freewill giving of our fellowship. In fact, it is likely that the financial impact of this pandemic will mean that there are increased needs that need to be met. To that end, we want to encourage you to maintain, and where possible increase, your tithes, gifts and offerings to the Church in order that God may be glorified in our generosity at this time. Many of us give by standing order, but if you usually put an offering in the collection bag, you can still drop this off in the Church letterbox or bring it when the Church building is open. Alternatively, please speak to Lee Stone about setting up a standing order.