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Church Members AGM...

If you are in formal membership at CBC, please remember that we have a meeting TONIGHT…our AGM at 7pm followed by an “ordinary” meeting afterwards. Please do attend both these meeting if at all possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to arrive a bit late, or if you have to leave a bit early – it would still be so valuable if you came for some of it, rather than none of it! - THANKYOU

Sunday...

As you may remember, I will be away this Sunday, but in my absence our morning service will be led by John Owers. John is known to many in the church, and he has put together a really engaging service (including a children’s talk and a hilarious video), which he will lead alongside Tim and Nigel (who will be leading the music group).
 
The service will be live-streamed as usual so all those unable to be there onsite, can watch along online instead. The video will remain on our YouTube page afterwards too in case you are unable to watch it live.

Last Sunday...

The sermon from last Sunday’s service is still online, for anyone who missed it (or would like to listen again). It can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzU4KP5MBuM&t=3420s
I am still more than happy to meet with anyone who would like to discuss, or clarify, what I said.

Ukraine...

Many of us are, quite rightly, heartbroken over the ongoing conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. We might feel helpless but there are things we can be doing. Firstly, we can be praying. There are some prayers below that I have taken from the 24-7 Prayer website (https://www.24-7prayer.com/a-prayer-for-the-crisis-in-ukraine).

We can also respond in practical ways – for those who can knit, please do remember the “Teddies for Tragedies” organisation (https://www.teddiesfortragedies.org.uk), that is shipping thousands of hand-knitted teddies out to Ukraine. Margaret Mills can give you more information about this very practical and deeply rewarding ministry.

For those wanting to explore the opportunity of using a spare room to offer accommodation to a Ukrainian refugee, please can I encourage you to look at this website (https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/376006/Baptist_Churches_and.aspx), published by the Baptist Union? The page gives an overview of three different ‘routes’ that someone may be taking, and I am assuming that route #2 will be the one most applicable to members of CBC. Please note an online Zoom meeting for all those un the UK Baptist family, who are wanting to explore doing this as a practical way of welcoming an individual, or family, displaced due to the conflict.

COVID-19...

You may be aware that we have recently had a number of people from the congregation test positive for Covid. Let’s uphold one-another in prayer. Let’s also, please, be wise…don’t come to church onsite (instead watch online) if you suspect that you may have Covid yourself. Please take a LFD test prior to coming. If in doubt, these are guidelines that our sons’ school (CTK) recently circulated to parents;

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If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should get a PCR test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119) and remain at home at least until the result is known and you are fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours.

  • If negative, you can end self-isolation and return to usual work/community/school activities.
  • If positive, then you should isolate as a positive case (see below)

People who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate at home until they are well enough to return, no longer have a temperature and either:

  1. Ten full days have passed, or
  2. They have produced two negative LFD tests on consecutive days, with the first taken no earlier than day five.

Prayers...

Father God, King of all nations, we cry out to you now for the people of Ukraine. We ask you to rescue those who are vulnerable from the hands of their enemies that they may live without fear before you all their days [Luke 1:74-75]. 

Lord of lords and Prince of peace, our politicians are predicting the biggest war in Europe since 1945, and we simply cry out to you urgently to write another story in our time. Thwart the dark machinations of evil men. Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to peacemakers seeking an equitable and less violent way. May politicians exercise the wisdom from above, which is peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, and full of mercy [James 3:17].

Holy Spirit, we pray for the church in Ukraine, a nation in which 70% of the population call themselves Christian. Give our many brothers and sisters in that nation courage in this crisis that they may proclaim the good news of your kingdom, bind up broken hearts, and bring comfort to all who mourn. [Isaiah 61:1-2].

You Lord, make wars cease to the end of the earth; you break bows, shatter spears, and burn shields with fire [Psalm 46:9]. And so we ask you now to save the lives of many people in Ukraine. Make a peace that is strong and not weak. De-escalate this crisis. We hear of wars and rumours of wars (Matt. 24:6], but you Lord are our rock, our fortress and our deliverer. Our hope is in you. And so we address the nations now. In the name of Jesus we say: “Be still and know God! He is exalted among the nations; he shall be exalted in the earth [Psalm 46:10]. 

AMEN

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