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 26th OCTOBER
It’s eight months since we were able to meet in the church building to worship together. Next Sunday, the 1st November, is the first opportunity to do so once again albeit in quite different circumstances to that with which we are familiar.
Tucked away towards the back of the New Testament is the third published letter of the Apostle John. It is a short, personal letter to his friend, Gaius. It is a short letter not because John had little to write about but because he had so much to discuss with his friend face to face.
Towards the end of the letter in verses 13 and 14, John writes.
“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink, I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.”
Those of us who have been able have mitigated some of the effects of lockdown etc by use of technology. That has been good and we will continue to rely on it as we stream services from Ampthill on a Sunday. But it is no substitute for face to face communication.
Therefore, I look forward to meeting some face to face on Sunday. But not everyone will be able to join us. In this coming week, please uphold in your prayers those most vulnerable at this time, those who will be disappointed that they cannot attend church, those whose isolation leaves them feeling that they are on the outside looking in. And ask yourself this, what can I do to show Jesus’ love to them at this time?
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.