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Montacute Baptist News
We now feel it is right to start to awaken the Church in a careful and limited way, so......
- The Church will be open for prayer at 2:30 on Tuesday 1st September for an hour
- We are joining St Catherine's at 3pm on Sunday 6th September for an open air Harvest Service
- Our first Sunday service at MBC will be at 10:30 on 13th September, with our Regional Minister Carl Smethurst
During these events we shall have to comply with the current advice from the government, so things will be a little different. We hope you can join us.
Letters during closure
During the Coronavirus lockdown Pastor Heather has written periodic letters and reflections for the congregation and other friends. These have been added to the website and can be accessed via the homepage menu. The letters will continue periodically throughout times of closure.
The outcome for September 2020
Reawakening ! As advertised we managed to open the Church for prayer on Tuesday 1st, amid all the careful precautions. 12 of us gathered to bring our prayers of thanks and intercession to God, then to pray for the future. With music and Powerpoint prompts many people offered extempore prayers. We will do it again in a month's time.
Harvest Thanksgiving On 6th September we Baptists joined our friends at St Catherine's for an open-air service led by Revd. Annie, with Pastor Heather giving a reflection in the rain! Some 35 of us gathered in the Churchyard, many taking part by presenting harvest offerings or a series of readings followed by a chat with a young farmer. Thanks to God for his provision.
1st Sunday Service
Chris & Roger welcoming and checking us in
Our happy, masked and suitably spaced congregation
Amy & Madison singing 'Jesus, be the centre...'
A joyful reawakening of the church building for morning
worship after six months ‘in mothballs’. Carl Smethurst, Regional Minister for Mission, led our thoughts on
Genesis 11:27-12:5, encouraging us to be prepared, at God’s prompting, to leave
what is known, not to settle too soon, but to take up new challenges & opportunities, with God’s blessing. 21
friends gathered and the church rang with praise and response. Amy and Madison, from YBC worship group sang
us in (suitably screened), focussing our prayer that ‘Jesus be the Centre’.
As we were unable to meet or welcome guests into the Church we decided to make the Baptist Church front garden into a GARDEN OF HOPE and invite people delivering to the pre-school or just passing by to PAUSE in our Quiet Garden. We brightened the garden with coloured BUTTERFLIES each with a message of HOPE for people to read and take away to brighten their window or garden in the village.
We have now taken down the remaining butterflies, but from comments this was well received and many were taken to homes.
THE GARDEN IS STILL THERE WITH A SEAT !
Tuesday Fellowship: Sorry, this still temporarily cancelled
See separate page for details of our Lent Bible Studies – Hearts on Fire
Community lunch: Sorry, this is still temporarily cancelled
Thursday 19th March. - 1:00 pm - Speaker: Luke Rees, YBC Intern
Why not look at baptistunionretreatgroup.blogspot
for weekly Lent Reflections (one by Pastor Heather)
A quick look back – Our first ever ‘Stir-up-a-Pud’, where 20 people gathered to hear the significance of the Christmas pudding, and to mix one up! Friendship and fun, lovely refreshments, some carols, and all went home with a delicious Christmas pud to cook and eat! We hope to do it again next year!
Thanks everyone who came to Candlelight Carols, the Sunday before Christmas. Over 50 people gathered, and we raised the roof with brilliant carol-singing as we heard again the beautiful scriptures of the birth of Jesus Christ. We were specially blessed by Montacute Village Voices Choir who joined us – having come straight from Montacute House Wassailling – and added lovely descants.
Montacute Village Voices Choir, who meet at the church, held their concert earlier in December, it was brilliant.
Now we wish everyone a Happy New Year, and hope you will join us for our morning worship Services at 10.30 on a Sunday or at any of our Tuesday Fellowship or Community events.
Tuesday Fellowship: 2.30 p.m.
Knit ‘n Natter: 2.30 from 28th Jan and every Tuesday in February
Ecumenical Lent Bible Study 2.30 p.m. each Tuesday in March.
Community Lunch: Thursday 20th February
Don’t be alone in the village – please join us for 1 o’clock lunch. £5 each. Speaker: Rev David Perkins, CAP Money Management. Ring Church Secretary Ruth Shoemark to book on 823095 or the church answerphone 822885.
Messy Church: Saturday 29th February – the ‘leap day’. Come and have fun with us - Children with parents/carers invited 10.30 – 1, to enjoy various activities, a Bible story and lots of MESSY DRUMMING! Followed by lunch. Drumming led by Organic Rhythm.
Website: We are so grateful to Yeovil Baptist Church (especially Nigel Williams) for organising this website for us. This will help visitors find us, and let people know ‘Whose we are’ and what we are doing. We hope it will encourage people to join in, find friendship, worship amongst us, glimpse the love of God. Still work in progress – we are slow learners! – but please let us know what you think.