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Church Services in the Building Suspended

Church services are moving back online for the time being!

With regret, we've taken the decision to suspend church services in the building again for now. This is because of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Rugby, and the plea from Rugby Borough Council for local people to do what they can to prevent a local lock down.

But this doesn't mean church is cancelled! You're in the right place to find all our online resources...

RBC Online

What is the best prayer you can pray for a church? Today we look at the prayer Paul prayed over the church in Philippie for some clues.

From the newsletter — for 22nd November

A word from David

Today is “Stir up Sunday”. Traditionally it is the day when Christmas puddings should be made for the feast. Everyone in the family is supposed to take a turn stirring the mixture in the bowl, stirring from East to West in honour of the Wise Men and adding sixpence to the mixture for someone lucky to find (or someone unlucky to choke on). But the name actually comes from a prayer used in Anglican churches on this Sunday, which begins, “Stir up, O God the wills of your faithful people.” My prayer is that we will all be stirred up by God today as we worship together and take a last look at a one of the dangerous prayers from the Bible.

Online Church Hall, Chat and Prayer

You are invited to join us over Zoom at 11:30am on Sunday to chat, catch up and prayer together.

Please get in touch with David or Graham if you need the link and password.

Sunday Shoal + 

We have a group for primary age children and younger that meets on a Sunday at 10:30am for 20 minutes or so, for a story, prayer and game, and a time to catch up with each other. Please contact us if your child would like to join.

Take Part in Art

The artwork is going to look amazing to celebrate the Season of Wonder! However, we have only had 50% of the art returned so we really need the rest to make our display magical! Please don’t forget to return your artwork to Elaine Ridgway by 22nd November. Every last piece counts!

Rugby Foodbank

Rugby Foodbank are inviting us to mark advent with their “Reverse Advent Calendar” donating an item a day so they can create 250 hampers to give to clients. Ideally donations should be made prior to 7th December. Look out for the special collection baskets at Sainsbury, Asda and Tesco. Separately Lidl will match your donation and make it easy to donate by putting a leaflet in your basket for scanning.

Alternatively, Kathryn organises our church donations and if you would find that easier, you should contact us for the details. 

Follow for more information: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10158233852467545&set=gm.363616308245936

My ChurchSuite

Launch

The invitations have been sent, and lots of you have been logging in to My ChurchSuite so you can keep up to date with church events and access the church directory. We are going to be using this system more and more, so please do give it a go.

If you are finding it a bit baffling, or have any questions or could do with a helping hand, please do get in touch with Emma, or call the church office, or ask a friend who is using it already!

If you didn’t receive an invitation, might it be because we don’t have an email address for you? Please do get in touch with the office or with Emma to update your details and we’ll send you an invitation.

Church Office: 01788 570410

Events

It’s great to have all the church events and Zoom links accessible via My ChurchSuite! Please do let Gill know the details for events you’re organising so they can be included in the church calendar. Visibility can be restricted, so it’ll only appear on My ChurchSuite for people to whom it is relevant.

If you can’t see details in My ChurchSuite for certain events, it might be that we have some settings incorrect – so please do let us know!

Church Directory

The new Church Directory will also be available via My ChurchSuite. In order to appear in the new edition of the Church Directory you need to give your permission. You can do so either by making your name visible via My ChurchSuite (preferable), or by getting in touch with Gill in the church office.

Toy and Parade Services

The Brigades are asking everyone to support their Christmas Toy Appeal again this year. Due to the pandemic restrictions, we are not able to collect and pass toys on as we have done in previous years. So we will be supporting the Salvation Army who are working in partnership with The Entertainer toy shops to collect toys for children in need this Christmas. Donations of money can be made online or in store (when they are open again), and The entertainer will forward the toys to the Salvation Army.

Full details are on the websites for The Entertainer and the Salvation Army. There will be more families than ever in need this Christmas, so please consider supporting the Brigades appeal and families in need in this way.

Please click here to be redirected to The Big Toy Appeal | The Entertainer

Office Closed

The office will be closed next week on 23rd and 24th November but Gill will be back to it on Wednesday 25th .

You're invited

Peter den Haan’s induction at Leamington Baptist Church will take place on Saturday 28th November at 3pm. You are invited to join in live via the link sent in the newsletter (please contact us for the link if you do not receive the newsletter)

Rugby Interfaith Forum

RIFF AGM meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm using Zoom. So, has RIFF reached the end of it's useful role in our community or does it have an important future that needs to be developed?

Please contact us for the link

Christians Against Poverty

CAP are collecting items for hampers this Christmas again. It will be done a bit differently this year. Please contact Petra or Pauline to be given an item to buy and drop off at their houses. Alternatively, you could donate a couple of pounds and they could do the shopping. They would like to receive the items by November 29th. Thank you

Both Petra and Pauline's phone numbers can be found in the church directory or contact Gill in the office

They are seeking to recruit extra debt advisors to cope with extra pressures caused by Lockdown. Full training is provided. Please contact David if this might be of interest to you.

Missionaries Prayer Letter

There’s a new prayer letter available from our link missionaries, Helen and Wit, in Thailand. BMS World Mission

Rugby Christmas Cracker

Rugby Christmas Cracker is now open to take bookings for takeaway evening meals. Please contact Katie Thomas for more info

HEBA Women’s Conference

“Courageous Faith” A day for Baptist women across HEBA to come together for a time of exploration, encouragement and fellowship. Speakers Rev Dr Kate Coleman, Rev Cham Kaur-Mann and Rev Alison Mackay. Free of charge, this conference will be held over Zoom.

For more info watch his video

Register here: click here

9:30am – 1:30pm on Saturday 28th November

Pastoral care

As we go into another period of lockdown, please do let us know if you become aware of anyone in need of a bit of extra pastoral care. Contact David, Bobbie or any member of the pastoral care team.

Prayer at RBC

Join the private RBC Family Facebook group to share news and prayer requests. There is also a WhatsApp prayer group where friends are sharing sorrows, joys and encouraging one another in prayer – all are welcome to join. Please contact Pauline 

Prayers can also be requested via the prayer chain. Please email our Pastoral Co-ordinator Bobbie and follow this up with a text to her mobile.

A prayer meeting takes place on Zoom every Wednesday at 7pm. We're also meeting daily for 20 minutes at 9am via Zoom to pray together, and this is proving to be a helpful pattern for some of us. If you'd like to join either, please contact David or Graham for the Zoom link.

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 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.

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