HADDENHAM-cum-DINTON BAPTIST CHURCH

SUNDAY 11th April 2021

Jonny and the deacons are meeting via zoom and are continually monitoring the situation and trying to support people the best way they can, we will try to help, but please let us know of your needs.

Finances

Thank you to everybody who is still supporting the church financially whether that be via bank transfer or money through the door. So far this year, offerings have averaged £529 per week, and the mission total is now £225.

Thoughts and prayers

Please continue to remember all those who are ill, or bereaved, and all those working tirelessly in so many ways to keep us safe. Please remember Val Benge as she adapts to life at home. Carol Francis who is still experiencing difficulties, Carol Murray who is recuperating from her operation, Adrienne Ward and Karen Raphu. We also remember Isobel and John Forsyth as they plan the future. Please also remember Geoff Colmer, our regional minister, in your prayers, as he is undergoing treatment at the Churchill hospital. If you know of anyone who needs our prayers, please let us know.

BMS Birthday Scheme

The Birthday scheme is now up and running again. We hope Toby Fillis enjoyed his birthday this week. If you are celebrating, Happy Birthday, and if you haven’t, but would like to join the birthday scheme, please have a word with Pam, Jan, or Katharine Whitney.

Church re-opening

We are having our first physical morning service in church next week on April 18th at 10.15am, the service being led by Jonny. Please contact Marjorie to book your place. All the current restrictions will still apply.

Sunday April 18th at 10.15am there will be a physical morning service in church, please book with Marjorie

Sunday April 25th at 10.15am we will be having an online ZOOM service, 10 am coffee for a 10.15am service

Sunday April 25th at 6pm there will be a physical evening service in church

Sunday 2nd May at 10.15am we will be having a physical service in church

Sunday 9th May There will be an online morning service on ZOOM, 10am for coffee followed by a 10.15am service

Sunday 9th May 6pm there will be a physical service in church led by Andy Hardy.

Sunday 16th May 10.15am we will be joining the Baptist assembly via a live link to share with our Baptist friends at home and abroad.

These arrangements will be reviewed when guidelines become clearer, and we have trialled this pattern of worship.

Weekly services

Our weekly morning service this week, is LOW SUNDAY, which will be a ZOOM meeting at 10.15am, beginning at 10am with coffee, led by Krish Kandiah. This will also be available via our Facebook page later in the day.

BMS

Please pray for Mel and Tom Spears our link missionaries, currently serving in Chad. They plan to visit Haddenham on Saturday 19th June 2021 in the afternoon. Please put the date in your diary.

Burial Ground

If you can spare a little bit of time in the burial ground to help with the numerous jobs available, please let Teresa or Paul know. Email Teresa on twizzlewright@icloud.com or telephone 01844 299169

Foodbank

Thank you for your continued support the Foodbank. They require food items and money, so if you feel you can contribute in some small way to support the Foodbank, we will be happy to accept any donations.

Easter gardens

Well done to the JAM children for some fantastic Easter gardens, we hope you enjoyed making them. Thank you to the JAM team for organising this activity.

Can we help?

As we begin to come out of lockdown in the next few weeks, people are apprehensive about the future.  If you want to chat to Jonny please ring 01844 291548 or one of the deacons. You don’t have to face this alone.

Runner Beanathon
Who can grow the longest runner bean? The Mission committee will soon have on sale, a potted bean, for a small donation to Mission, we are suggesting £1, which you can grow on your windowsill then transfer to larger pot or in the garden. There will be a prize for the longest bean in September. Please register your interest with Julie or Jan.

Women’s retreat weekend DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Cornerstone alongside HBC are planning a women’s retreat. This is planned for the weekend of September 17 / 18th in the Cotswolds. More details to follow. Please contact Julie Wing if you need any further information.

Church cleaning

As we begin to meet again in church, the cleaning team will recommence their dedicated work of ensuring the sanctuary and associated spaces, are a pleasant and clean environment, for us to use for worship. The dedicated team is now very small, and they are looking for more volunteers to join that team. If you think you could give a couple of hours of your time on a regular basis to help, please have a word with Emma Chowns who is organising a rota on our behalf.

Easter Egg Hunt

CTiH would like to thank all those who organised and helped with the Easter Egg hunt, it was fantastic event and enjoyed by all. An amazing 450 families took part.

Easter services

Thank you to everybody who helped with the Easter services. AS a church we were offered a great variety of services, led by Jonny and members of Cornerstone. The sunrise service worked well in the burial ground with the sun rising at the appropriate time. Christ is risen hallelujah.

Jonny on Holiday (Tuesday 6th April until Wednesday 14th April)

Don’t forget Jonny is on holiday until Wednesday 14th April, so please contact one of the deacons if you have a problem

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