GUIDANCE WHEN USING THE SBC BUILDING
It is important that the organiser of any service or event makes those attending aware of these guidelines before they gather and apply them during the service or event.
1. Before the service or event, the organiser will arrange the allocated room as required with social distancing rules being adhered to.
2. Windows or doors must be open to allow an air flow through the building.
3. Someone must be in attendance to welcome and assist the visitors.
4. On entry, those attending must be asked if they are fit and well and to confirm that they are not displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.
5. Face coverings, which safely cover the nose and mouth and securely fit round the side of the face, must be worn in the building. Visors alone do not count as face coverings according to the law.
6. Social distancing rules must be adhered to at all times
7. Hands must be sanitised on entry to the building.
8. The names and contact details of those attending, not exceeding current maxima permitted by law or guidance, must be recorded by the organiser, the family (for a wedding or funeral) or by SBC and retained by the organiser of the event for track and trace purposes. .
9. Those attending will be shown to the allotted room by a designated route and must be seated either as individuals or groups in accordance with prevailing guidelines. They should then stay in that room and in their allocated seat for the whole service or event.
10. Singing is not currently permitted.
11. Musical instruments must not be shared. Brass or wind instruments are not currently permitted.
12. Hand-held microphones must not be shared outside of social bubbles and should be sanitised after use.
13. Activities that include the sharing of materials or close contact outside of social bubbles should not take place.
14.Food must not be consumed on the premises. Those attending should bring their own water. The kitchen will not be available.
15. Personal belongings should be kept with the person at all times.
16. Those attending are encouraged not to use the toilets. Should they need to do so then they should use the disabled toilet on a “one in, one out” policy. The other toilet will be out of bounds.
Please be aware that whilst we manage and clean our facilities in line with Public Health England advice, users of the church and its facilities do so knowing that meeting in a public building there is an increased chance of Covid-19 infection for which Shefford Baptist Church cannot be held liable.
SBC THOUGHT FOR W/C 22.11.20
This week I have been reflecting on things for which I am thankful. This leads to feelings of gratitude but also to a question. Why have so many good things been lavished upon us?
For Christians, the answer is that we have a God who loves us despite our flaws and who had demonstrated that love by sending His son, Jesus Christ, into the world. In His short public ministry which lasted only three years, Jesus showed in dramatic ways what God hoped for us and wanted for us. His final weeks on Earth contained the most remarkable events ever to take place in history which should be for all people the clearest reason for hope.
Nailed to a cross on Friday, Jesus walked from the tomb on Sunday. The grave could not hold Him. Light triumphed over darkness.
Whilst this is our source of hope, it is equally true that Jesus had hopes for us. That we would follow Him and His teachings. A lot of us try but often get it wrong. Even so, His arms are always open to welcome us back, His hands ready to lift us once more to our feet and set us once more in the right direction.
This then is our reason for hope.
This week, take time to be thankful and reflect not upon the things that are the symptoms of a fallen creation but instead upon the source of all hope. We often sing a song inspired by a verse in the Bible found in the letter to the Hebrews, chapter 6 and verse 19, which contains the words,
“we have a hope that is steadfast and certain
Gone through the curtain
And touching the throne”.
This reminds us that Jesus now stands at the side of God the Father but also on our side.
What could be better?
Saying Goodbye, (part of the Mariposa Trust) are returning to Ely in November with a Baby loss remembrance and support service (part of a Nationwide chain of events). Due to Covid-19 this is not our traditional service but we are happy to be able to bring a service to bereaved parents in your area.
The Mariposa Trust’s core objective is to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. It was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical lack of support for people like them, who had gone through baby loss. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK alone, the charity needed to be able to offer not only a comprehensive package of befriending and support but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), for people to join together and remember the children they had lost. 5 years on, over 130 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US, and France, and 2020 will see services across England, Wales, and Scotland, Covid-19 permitting.
On the 15th November at 6.30pm, in Ely Cathedral, Ely we will be hosting one of our Saying Goodbye Services.
Places are free but should be booked online via https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/sgmbep-20-booking-page/ to guarantee a space, as services are strictly 40 maximum per service.
So who is the service for?
Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in early years, or who has been affected by a family members or friends' loss. Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend. We have also extended the services, and gladly welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven't had children. This may be due to circumstance, infertility or for other reasons - but all are welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.
We know that as 1 in 4 women suffer miscarriage and baby loss, you will have contact with a significant number of people who have either personally suffered baby loss, or who have a partner or family member that has, so we wanted to ask if you would help us in promoting the service.
To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org
Escape the busyness for a while! The Matthew Project: Becoming fit for purpose & affirming your identity in Christ, is finally ready to be rolled out! This has been 10 years in the making and now takes the shape of an art course. I would like to invite you to join Bespoke (that's me) for a study of the Gospel according to Matthew. You are designed for purpose! The Matthew Project is a creative personal journey through 37 different selected themes found in the book of Matthew. Imagine 37 different stops or destinations along a journey through the small gate and down the narrow road (Matthew 7:14). Discover the lessons and encounters God has for you at each point on the journey to discovering and becoming ready for your purpose; and affirming your identity in Jesus Christ. Design your own journal pages with drawings and paintings using the verses and declarations as your inspiration. Build a scene on every page of your sketchbook in response to the prompts, themes, verses, and accompanying declarations. Join in a creative community, share techniques and processes. Be strengthened and encouraged in your walk with God. Why not invite friends and family you know would be inspired by a course like this? To join in and take part just follow my Bespoke Facebook Page. I'll attach the link below. Course material and prompts will be posted weekly as well as updates and your opportunity to comment and connect with others also taking part. Come on & join!
Shefford Baptist Church is a family friendly church seeking to serve the local community. Please have a look around the website and see who we are, what we're up to and where to find us.
Everyone is welcome at Shefford Baptist Church!
Our Mission Statement...
"To follow Jesus Christ and make him known to others”.
To that end we base our core values on biblical principles and seek to be a community which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is increasingly Christlike."
We seek to build community by meeting together not only on a Sunday but through the week. See the Midweek section for details of groups and meetings.