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Easter Treasure Hunt for All

Why not join in the Treasure Hunt over the Easter holiday (please do keep to the government covid safety guidelines and any updates, we want everybody to stay safe while having fun).

Just download this form:

Start from the church, feel free to park your car in the church’s car park if you need to.

Start following the clues on the form and fill out the answers. It’s all on foot, and mostly on footpaths. It will take about an hour, depending on how fast you walk. It can also be split into two sections.

When you’re done (you should end up close to the church), just put your team name and contact details on the top of the form and post it through the church’s letter box.

Feel free to do the hunt any time during the Easter break. The competition ends on 19/April, and the winner announced on our web site by 23/April. Answers and photos will be posted here too. Some delicious home baked goodies and a lovely gift book will await the winner.

Happy hunting!

GN4S Prayer Evening, Fri 16/Oct

From 6pm to midnight, Fri, 16/Oct there will be a wonderful opportunity to come together as churches in Swindon to seek our God in prayer.

GN4S (Good New for Swindon) will be hosting the meeting on Zoom. Organised as half hour sessions, you can join as many as you like!

Let’s gather and seek God’s blessing on our town and nation!

Lock Down Opportunities – Refurbishment

Our building is extensively use by a wide variety of groups in the community (see list below). Our industrious maintenance team took the opportunity offered by this lock down time to do some great work (socially distanced, of course) for the benefit of all who use our facilities. Here’s a little look at what they’ve been up to:

Here are just some of the groups who have hosted in the last two years, and we very much look forward to opening the building up and welcoming many of these groups back:

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.