COVID-19 RBC online resources

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we won't be meeting for services in person, but we will be posting some resources here every week to keep our fellowship alive remotely. 

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Children's resources

Trust Jesus when you are scared

Jesus did some amazing things when he was on earth to show how much he loved and cared for everyone. He had amazing power to help people. One day his disciples were really scared of a great storm. They needed to trust Jesus.

Q. What things are you scared of?

 

Read

Mark 4:35-41 or read the story of Jesus calms the storm from a children’s story bible.
Q. Have you got stories of feeling scared and someone helped you?
Q: Why were the disciples so scared?
Q: How do you think the disciples felt when they saw Jesus was fast asleep in the boat?
Q: How did Jesus calm the storm?
Q: How do you think the disciples felt after Jesus calmed thestorm and asked them why they didn’t trust him?


Listen

The disciples were scared because the storm was so bad they thought they might die. Even though they had seen Jesus do lots of miracles they still didn’t trust him enough. Every single human being gets scared at different times. But Jesus is Lord over the whole world and everything in it. Jesus cares about everyone including times when we feel scared. We can go to Jesus whenever we are scared about anything. It doesn’t matter what it is. Jesus will take care of us and comfort us. We need to put our trust in Him.

Craft

Choose one or more of the following to do:

  • Draw or paint a picture of a great storm
  • Draw or paint a picture of the disciples looking very scared
  • Draw or paint a picture of Jesus calming the storm and add the words ‘be still’ to your picture.
  • Make a paper boat and write ‘do not be afraid’ on it

 

Prayer

Thank you Jesus that you helped the disciples when they didn’t trust you and they got very scared in the storm. Jesus you know when I feel scared and the things that scare me. Please help me to trust you, put my faith in you and remember that you will help me. Amen.

 

From the newsletter

A word from Peter

Is it the fifth Sunday of Lent, or is it the second Sunday of Lockdown? It's a roller coaster time for all of us, but there is conversation, support, outreach, and grace happening that might otherwise never have happened. God is already using this season for the good. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5). Be blessed this Sunday, and be a blessing.

Church buildings

The church buildings are closed to all church members, volunteers, internal groups and external groups. Sunday services and all other church meetings and groups are suspended until further notice.

Please do keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for the latest information about what we’re doing instead.

Pastoral care

We’re setting up a telephone network, we are using email, Facebook and our website, and we’re trying out Zoom for some of our meetings.
Some people are using WhatsApp, or texting and messaging, and the Royal Mail has been delivering letters and cards for some of us.

If you would like a church directory so you can phone a friend, please let Emma know (secretary@rugbybaptist.org.uk). If you’re aware of anyone in need of a bit of extra pastoral care, then please let Bobbie or Peter know, or a member of the pastoral care team or one of the deacons.

We’re looking for volunteers to help us keep in touch during this crisis. Perhaps you have a bit of time on your hands, and maybe you like a chat on the phone? If you would be willing to ring a few people from church each week, please let Petra know by Sunday night. She will be in touch and will send you a list of names. This is a ministry that could really be a lifeline to someone.

Prayers can also be requested via the prayer chain: please contact Bobbie.

RBC mutual aid

Many of us may well need help over the coming weeks with shopping – and help is available from your church family. Don’t hesitate to call Bridget, and she will find someone who has offered to lend a helping hand.

Could you help someone who is unable to leave their home with some shopping? Please let Bridget know. She will be co-ordinating offers of help with requests for the church family.

Other news

Sunday Worship is broadcast on Radio 4 at 8.10am every Sunday, and on BBC 1 TV there is a Sunday Worship Programme at 11:30am, and Songs of Praise at 1:15pm.

Would any children or young people like to draw a picture, make a card or write a letter to a resident in Bilton House over the next couple of weeks? Contact Kathryn for more info.

Postponed & cancelled events

Our organ is celebrating its 100th birthday on 31st March! Unfortunately, it’s going to be a few months older when we celebrate; the Centenary Recital is postponed for now. This is also the case for our Organ Open Day due to take place on Saturday 18th April.

All Revive Events are now cancelled. Other cancelled events include Bilton House Spring Coffee Morning and Rugby Festival of Culture.

Offertory

Do you usually give to the work of the church via the offertory plate on a Sunday? If so, you might like to consider giving by standing order, direct debit or bank transfer instead. We depend on donations and income from room lettings, both of which will be negatively affected by the current situation. Account details: Lloyds Bank, Rugby, 30-97-17 Account No 00344633.