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Montacute Baptist News
November / December 2020 Due to the updated Government rules we had to stop all activities again during the November lockdown, but rules permitting we plan to hold services in the December lead-up to Christmas (check out the 'Our Services' page).
Sunday afternoon Carol Service
On December 13th we held an afternoon candle lit Carol Service. We were able to listen to carols and readings and light the 3rd Advent candle
At just the right moment the rain stopped and we were able to go outside and sing our last carol together.(suitably distanced of course)
With the help of many knitters we added some 110 knitted angels and a Christmas blessing to our Tree. Over 100 were gladly taken to homes in the community.
During December another 70 were added and they all went!
Thanks to Chris and Roger for that mission.
Although we could not gather we recognised the period and reminded the village through our display of poppies
Our friends and the Knit and Natter group provided poppies to make this display
Coronavirus impact - September....
We 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 some Tuesdays for an hour
- We will join St Catherine's at 3pm on Sunday 6th September for an open air Harvest Service and 8th November for a Remembrance Service
- Sunday services at MBC will be on 2nd Sunday of the month in September and October with additional services during Advent
During these events we have to comply with the current advice from the government, so things will be a little different.
For final details of our gatherings please see the 'Services' page.
Sharing treasures of our faith - a hymn, a text, a picture starts on 29th Sepetmber for those who have booked.
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.
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.