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Web Service!

The tech guys have been working really hard behind the scene. Our intention is to put something on the web by 10am tomorrow (22/Mar) so that you can tune in and have a sense of sharing a service together. Do as many as possible join us. Here’s a little video by our pastor explaining what’s happening:

Emergency Measures in Response to Covid 19

Dear All, it will come as no surprise that, sadly, starting from Sunday, 22/March, all church services and meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future in line with government guidelines. The exception to this are Food Bank and Blood Donors services. We want everybody to stay as safe as possible over this difficult time. As you can see below, we are actively looking for ways to continue church life as much as possible. Needless to say that we will be much in prayer for all around us.

Here is the full statement from the Trustees:

In light of the statements on Monday 16 March from the Prime Minister in his daily briefing, and the Health Secretary at emergency questions in the house of commons, and in line with advice from our network of churches – the FIEC – it is with a heavy heart that the church trustees (Elders and Deacons) have decided that from the end of this week all meetings run by Freshbrook Church are cancelled for the foreseeable future. This means there will be no Sunday services on Sunday 22 March.

This includes midweek meetings, meetings in homes, and Sunday services – Breakfast@9, Morning Service and the Sunday Evening Service. We are also liaising with external groups who use our building and asking them not to meet. The only exceptions to this will be Food Bank and the Blood Donors who need to continue their services. We will re-assess after an initial period of four weeks, and after that on a rolling monthly basis as the situation unfolds and Government advice is updated. If meetings restart we will advertise as widely as we can.

This is an unprecedented situation and while we would love to keep meeting, the Bible teaches us to respect the governing authorities and at the heart of our faith is concern for the weak, frail and vulnerable. On balance we have concluded this is the wisest course of action to take.

We have started planning for how we might continue ‘being church’ during this crisis.

We have a pastoral care team and with some additional volunteers we are setting up a team to collect prescriptions and shopping for those who are isolating at home. To access this service and for other pastoral needs email: pastoralcare@freshbrook.org. A dedicated text number is also in the process of being set up for this and other pastoral needs, we will let you know the number as soon as possible. If you would like to join the volunteer team use the same contact methods.

The church will remain open during our office hours (mon, tue and fri mornings) and if you feel the need to see a smiling face, have someone pray with you, or ask for help please do pop in, subject, of course, to the current guidelines of avoiding close contact, being in good health and washing hands thoroughly with soap and water on entry to the building.

We are exploring ways of posting weekly videos to our Facebook Page and Website with news, stuff for children and families, and teaching/preaching. We will also try to post some song suggestions for those who want to sing along at home (probably youtube links), and maybe some printable worksheets for the children.

We are also going to look at the possibility of video conferencing which would enable us run live prayer meetings, bible studies and worship without physically meeting. We will email any information out through the church contacts system and post notice of any such action on our web and social media platforms.

The pastor, youth and community pastor, and co-ordinator of pastoral care, and others, are available and willing to pray with you or share bible encouragement over the phone, or by other smart ways of communicating (Skype, WhatsApp video, FaceTime and so on). There are other things too that we are looking into to make sure everyone is looked after and the Gospel continues to go out to the neighbourhood.

Finally, brothers and sisters, put your hope in God, love one another deeply from the heart, look out for one another and for your neighbours.

On Behalf of the Trustees of Freshbrook Church

Alpha at Freshbrook – Starting 9/March

You are invited to Alpha (now gone virtual via the net!) for a time of great conversation, and talks that make you think.

Starting – Monday 9th March 7pm to 8:30pm

Inquiries: alpha@freshbrook.org

Mon 09/Mar – Is There More to Life Than This?

Mon 16/Mar – Who is Jesus?

Mon 23/Mar – Why Did Jesus Die?

Mon 30/Mar – How Can I Have Faith?

Mon 20/Apr – Why and How Do I Pray?

Mon 04/May – How Does God Guide Us?

Sat 09/May – Alpha Saturday

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What Does the Holy Spirit Do?
  • How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?

Mon 11/May – How Can I Resist Evil?

Mon 18/May – Why and How Should I Tell Others?

Mon 1/Jun – Does God Heal Today?

Mon 8/Jun – What About the Church?

About

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

Alpha takes place across eleven Monday evenings (with the option of a Saturday in the middle).

Each evening includes linking up via the internet, a short talk, and a chat at the end where you can share your thoughts and questions.

If at any point you decide Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up, and no charge.

Transformed – Chris Jones at Freshbrook, 29/Feb

Transformed

Chris Jones, the former wild man of Welsh rugby (the only player to receive 2 life bans from the WRU)  will be speaking  at Freshbrook Church on Saturday 29th February.

This nicely fills the gap in the Six Nations fixtures, but don’t worry if you are not a rugby fan, Chris’s story will interest everyone.

A buffet dinner of curry (or stew if you prefer) to suit all tastes, will be served between 7.00 and 9.00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome – there will be separate food and entertainment available for any children.

There is no charge for this event, but please sign up via  events@freshbrook.org.

 

Church Verse 2020

As Jesus went to his death, he had to carry his cross through the streets. That was what they did in Roman times. People made fun of him, throwing things and laughing. Jesus chose to go through with this because of his love for us. He put our well-being ahead of his own safety and comfort. When Jesus died he experienced the judgement we deserve for all that we have done wrong against God so we could be forgiven and become God’s friends.

To benefit from his death Jesus invites us to believe in him and follow him as his disciples. He calls us to put him, and what he teaches, ahead of our own self-centred choices, and he reminds us that, as his followers, we may have to face mocking and rejection just as he did.  This we will gladly do out of love for one who first loved us.

Join us as we seek to follow Jesus.

To hear the sermon that goes with this verse, click here.

Ladies Meeting, Sat 25/Jan

All ladies, of all ages, are invited to a special time together on Saturday, 25/Jan between 10am – 11:30am.

Come and enjoy fellowship and conversations to encourage one another.

Would you like to get more out of the scriptures? There will be brief introductions to Precept Inductive Bible Study material to help you read and understand God’s word for yourself.

There will also a somewhat more detailed introduction to the Freedom in Christ material. Freedom in Christ is an award-winning discipleship course to help you become a more fruitful disciple.

We look forward to seeing as many ladies as possible joining us for what promises to be a very beneficial gathering.

 

Start the Year with Prayer

Start the Year with prayer. New Year’s Day, 7-8am. The church will be open for prayer.

A time to give thanks, acknowledge our dependence on God and honour him in prayer.

If you are up and about early on New Year’s Day why not come and join us.

Bible2020

The Bible is a tremendous book. It is God’s word and has, undoubtedly, shaped great swathes of world in the last 2 millennia. It has stories, history, poetry, prose and lots more. It brings truth, hope and comfort, and invites us know God personally, and to know his love for us.

Here at Freshbrook Church, we are encouraging everyone to read the Bible in 2020 – whether you are a regular here at the church, or just happened to stumble across us.  We can point you to lots of resources to help you Explore, Experience and Discover the Bible for yourself. Join us in reading the Bible together in 2020. Feel free to email us if you want to help or know more, at: bible2020@freshbrook.org.