Monday 13 July 2020 (117 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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THE FAITHCAFE CELTIC PRAYERS - PATRICK


THE FAITHCAFE CELTIC PRAYERS - PATRICK
Tonight's prayers are led by Andrew Hardiman and the music brings you an ancient Celtic tune.

With love from Stella.

Sunday 12 July 2020 (116 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE ALL AGE WORSHIP


The FAITHCAFE ALL AGE WORSHIP
Here is this week's all-age worship service for all ages. We hope you enjoy it & feel free to share it with others.

With love from Stella.

Friday 10 July 2020 (114 Days since our first post on this blog. )
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The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from WALES


The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from WALES
Tonight we bring you prayers of St. David and others associated with Wales, along with the Welsh song 'All Through the Night.'

With love from Stella.

Thursday 9 July 2020 (113 Days since our first post on this blog. )
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The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from WALES


The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from WALES
Tonight's prayers are led by Andrew Hardiman, who reflects on Alexander's Breastplate and others. The song is "How Great Thou Art"

With love from Stella.

Wednesday 8 July 2020 (112 Days since our first post on this blog. )
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SCBA Email Update, Issue 17
1) Weekly Reflection
2) Baptists Together Update
3) Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
4) Online Services & Worship Songs

UPDATES FROM SANDOWN FORUM
1) - Coronavirus - IWASP - HMRC Scam Alert issued 6 July
2) - Coronavirus - IWASP - Mobil Text Scam Warning issued 6 July
3) - Coronavirus - Wessex Cancer Trust Support Helpline Changes w.e.f. 13 July 2020
4) - Coronavirus - Changes to Free Car Parking for Key Workers w.e.f. 13 July.
5) - Mountbatten Shops Re-opening - Volunteers needed please.
6) - IW PedalAid Fundraising efforts for Island charities latest results
7) - Coronavirus - NHS Covid-Zero Report to Government


Weekly Reflection
This week Colin has put together a reflection called ‘Pathways’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel
Baptists Together Update
Essential Guidance
The government announced on 23rd June a change to the regulations regarding the opening of places or worship, and on 29th June released detailed guidance for churches in England related to this.

Baptist Together continue to update the Essential Guidance which can be found here.

The updates include:

· Essential Advice for Churches
· Guidance on Re-opening Baptist Church Buildings
· Sample Posters for Church Buildings
· Guidance on Church Worship

Please continue to check the Essential Guidance on the Baptist Together website as this is updated regularly.
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday the Baptists Together offers a time of prayer.

The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here.
Online Services & Worship Songs
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available here. The section also includes professionally recorded worship songs which can be used in your online services.
UPDATES FROM SANDOWN FORUM
1) The Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership, IWASP, reports yet another Scam Alert issued 6 July.

2) And another one, this time by text message entitled "important Coronavirus update in your area". It is no such thing!

3) From People Matter IW, some changes to the Wessex Cancer Support Helpline.

4) From Isle of Wight Council, changes to the scheme of free parking for key workers

5) This is better news, the Mountbattens shops are reopening and have issued a call for volunteers.

6) And now for something completely different! Isle of Wight PedalAid has issued the most recent report on their fundraising efforts. A donation from this will go to The Food Bank, The Brainy Bunch, the RNLI and Free Food in Sandown.

7) The last of this group goes to Coronavirus again. This is a copy of the NHS covid sero report from University Hospital Southampton.

Tuesday 7 July 2020 (111 Days since our first post on this blog. ELEVENTY ONE DAYS! )
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The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from WALES


The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from WALES
Here are your night prayers from WALES and some music to keep you in the mood!

With love from Stella.

Monday 6 July 2020 (110 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Scotland


The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Scotland
Tonight's prayers come from St. Cuthbert who was a monk at Melrose in the Scottish borders. The song is the Highlands Song of Assent.

With love from Stella.

Sunday 5 July 2020 (109 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE ALL AGE WORSHIP


The FAITHCAFE ALL AGE WORSHIP: Laying Down the Baggage
Here is this week's worship service for all ages. We hope you enjoy it & feel free to share it with others.

With love from Stella.

Friday 3 July 2020 (107 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Scotland
NHS 72nd Birthday
Coronavirus - IW Police Alert re Easing of Government Restrictions 4 July


The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Scotland
Tonight's Celtic prayers include a Scottish ocean prayer and night prayers from the island of Iona. The Scottish Music is Nightdream Meadow
With kind regards, Stella.
NHS 72nd Birthday
This Sunday 5 July is the 72nd birthday of the NHS. The Loudest Clap Ever" is planned for 5pm.
Coronavirus - IW Police Alert re Easing of Government Restrictions 4 July
Please read this message from Hampshire Constabulary. There is a link in the document which will not work because it is an old style non-editable .pdf. The link can be accessed here

Wednesday 1 July 2020 (105 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Scotland


The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Scotland
Tonights' prayers from Scotland include a Celtic blessing & a prayer for love and light dating back to the 6th Century.
The song 'Jesus Christ is Waiting' was written by Glaswegian John Bell of the Iona community.

With love from Stella.

Tuesday 30 June 2020 (104 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2020
SCBA Covid-19 Reflection, Advice & Resources - Update 16
--- A reflection called ‘Choosing What is Better’.
--- Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
--- Online Worship Services
Scottish Prayers from Iona: The FAITHCAFE


National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2020
Norma writes that this event was "very interesting and inspiring".

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is an annual recognition of the contribution that Christianity makes to the national life of the UK. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast took place online and was livestreamed from 8.30-9.00am on Tuesday 30 June. The event was chaired by Marsha de Cordova MP and the main speaker was the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, who addressed the theme of ‘Hope and peace in a time of fear and suffering.’

You can watch a recording on the Christians in parliament website or on the group's youtube channel.
SCBA’s sixteenth update since the Covid-19 crisis.
This week Dave has put together a reflection called ‘Choosing What is Better’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing, either by sharing this email or by including it in your online services.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the link.

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting by clicking our channel
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday the Baptists Together offers a time of prayer.

The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here.
Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available here.
Scottish PRAYERS from Iona: The FAITHCAFE
Tonight's Celtic prayers are from the Isle of Iona, along with some traditional Scottish blessings entitled "Calm Me Lord"

With kind regards,
Stella.

Monday 29 June 2020 (103 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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Scottish CELTIC PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE


Scottish CELTIC PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE
Aiden travelled to Iona in the sixth century with a dozen other monks and from there set up Scottish communities of believers. Here are some of Aiden's simple but beautiful prayers. The song is a Celtic prayer set to music by John Rutter.

With love from Stella.

Sunday 28 June 2020 (102 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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ALL AGE WORSHIP from The FAITHCAFE
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast


ALL AGE WORSHIP from The FAITHCAFE
This week's intergenerational worship (replacement link)asks what God might be saying to us in a 'new normal' British society? With topical themes of racial equality, justice and peace, children's content & inspirational music.

With kind regards from Stella.

Just a reminder that content provided by The FAITHCAFE is from an outside source. It is not a service or function of Sandown Baptist Church. Please also take a look at the prayer broadcasts by Baptists Together (see below) and the weekly reflections from SCBA.
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday the Baptists Together offers a time of prayer. The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here.

Friday 26 June 2020 (100 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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A Thankyou from the organisers of the online Hullabaloo


A Thankyou from the organisers of the online Hullabaloo
Sorry for this being belated but here’s a massive thank you for coming out for Discovery Bay at Hullabaloo! We splashed out and got you all a bunch of flowers….

Thanks to everyone’s collective expertise, creativity, enthusiasm, amazing camera/recording skills , word spreading and winning ways, I reckon everyone’s not only managed to give a global pandemic a what-for, and brought a 3-day festival online when everything around the country was being cancelled, but there is now also a lasting celebration of the Isle of Wight Biosphere, natural science, arts and ways to discover the Island and beyond over on the Hullabaloo website. And hopefully our Secret Skylark, Rosie Johnson will be taking home her bronze award for the D of E too!

Everyone is still collating the facts and figures and the Hullabaloo team will send out a proper press release, but Nige and Ches report that there were a huge volume of watchers of the videos on Facebook and really surprising was the global reach for the website! 1500 hits just over those few days which is great considering the main focus over that time was the live feed on Facebook. Here’s the list of countries who visited and where we hope people will continue to explore everyone’s videos, links and activities, Sandown Bay and the Isle of Wight Biosphere for a long time to come!

Thursday 25 June 2020 (99 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from Lindisfarne


The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Lindisfarne
Tonight the Celtic saint Cuthbert is introduced. Cuthbert was a shepherd boy tending his sheep in Northumbria when he saw a vision of angels accompanying Aiden to glory. He was a pupil of Boisil and went on to be an early Celtic church leader. The song is one of mine & sung with the band 'Salt & Light.'
With love from Stella.

Wednesday 24 June 2020 (98 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from Lindisfarne


The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Lindisfarne
Tonight's prayers are from Boisil who was prior at Melrose Abbey.
The song is "Because He Lives"
With love from Stella.

Tuesday 23 June 2020 (97 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Covid-19 Reflection, Advice & Resources - Update 15
The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS from Lindisfarne


Welcome to SCBA’s fifteenth update since the Covid-19 crisis.
This week Joth has put together a reflection called Walking The Itchen Way’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. There is also a shorter Edited version.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the link.

We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing.

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking here
Baptist Together Update
Racial Justice Webinars

The Covid-19 crisis has written large the pre-existing and ongoing inequalities that exist within this country, especially along the lines of race and ethnicity. The ‘Hostile Environment', the ‘Windrush Scandal’, the Grenfell Tower Fire, anti-immigration sentiments of ‘Brexit’ and more recently the anti-racist protests, are evidence that institutional racism remains deeply hidden within Britain’s society, resulting in the loss of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) lives.

It can be argued that the Church has yet to have a comprehensive conversation around racial justice matters, despite the magnitude of their impact. This lack of engagement has resulted in confusion, frustration and anger and has, in part, contributed to the Black Lives Matter protests.

In light of the murder of George Floyd and the wave of anti-racist protests, Baptists Together and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) have organised a number of events over the coming year, including a series of webinars to address racial justice matters. The aim of these webinars is to resource churches, associations and colleges to theologically engage with racism and advocate against racism in both the Church and society.

For more information and to access the webinars and events, please go to this page
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday the Baptists Together offers a time of prayer. The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here.
Children, Youth & Mission Training
Children, Youth & Mission Training Celebrates 20 Years with Leicester Move

The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) is celebrating 20 years of providing specialist training through BA and MA qualifications in ministry with young people, children and families. An imminent move to new premises next to Leicester’s Cathedral Gardens allows CYM to enable Christians from all backgrounds to develop their expertise, theological understanding and spiritual resources for careers in mission and ministry with children, families, young people, communities and chaplaincy. CYM’s BA and MA courses are eligible for funding under the student loan system. If you know Christians considering such a vocation, they can find out what makes CYM the UK’s specialist college for their training by visiting www.cym.ac.uk. Link details for online open days can be obtained from Caroline Rowbottom here .
Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following the below links. Please feel free to forward these to your congregation if this will be of help.

You can find the list of churches on our website.
The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Lindisfarne
Tonight I bring some new prayers from Ebba and reflect on the kindness of the Holy Spirit - something she mentions in her prayers. The music, too, is calming; let it calm your soul, your mind and your spirit as you rest your deepest self in Christ. With love from Stella.

Monday 22 June 2020 (96 Days since our first post on this blog.
AND 100 DIFFERENT COMPUTERS HAVE OPENED OUR PAGE )
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The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Lindisfarne
Sandown in Bloom (via Sandown Forum)


The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Prayers from Lindisfarne
Although Aiden came from Ireland to the island of Iona to set up a Christian community there, he ended up bringing the faith to Northumbria too, creating a mixed community of round stone homes at Lindisfarne. Tonight's prayers include some new material, though where exactly he prayed them we will never know!
With love from Stella.
Sandown in Bloom
Entries for Sandown in Bloom close on 30th June so please get your entries in and spread the word to any friends or neighbours. The entry form is here but you can also e-mail with name, address, phone number and and best e-mail address together with a note of which class you are entering.

We hope you are all keeping well and surviving the difficult period we are all going through, especially our local businesses.

Best wishes
SCA committee

PS we have added some floral artwork to the art wall (opposite the Old Corner Bank) in the High Street and welcome any other floral art or photos to add to the display through July and August

Sunday 21 June 2020 (95 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE: All-Age Worship, God as Loving Parent
Coronavirus - St Mary's Hospital Rules for Attending - issued on 19 June


The FAITHCAFE: All-Age Worship, God as Loving Parent
This week's worship is a FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL with more of your favourite songs & hymns, puppets for the young at heart and a short talk from Baptist Regional Minister, Dave LLewellyn.
Don't forget to forward to Dads & Grandads, or to share, like & subscribe if you enjoy our services...
Stella.
Coronavirus - St Mary's Hospital Rules for Attending - issued on 19 June
In case you are intending to visit the hospital soon please read this from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust



Our top priority in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is to protect our patients, our staff and our community.

From Monday 15th June, all visitors and patients attending an outpatient appointment will be required to wear a face covering. This is in line with the latest Government guidance.

To help you prepare please read the following guidance before you attend your appointment.

Make sure you have a suitable face covering that you can wear to your appointment. It should cover your nose and mouth, and you should be able to breathe comfortably.

Please arrive at the time your appointment is scheduled. Please do not come early. This will help us maintain social distancing measures.

As we continue to try and limit the number of people visiting our hospitals you will need to attend your appointment unaccompanied. However there are a few examples where patients are allowed to bring a chaperone with them, including:

If the patient is a child
They lack capacity

If you or anyone in your household have experienced symptoms of coronavirus in the last 14 days, please do not attend your appointment unless you have confirmed it is safe to do so with the relevant department.


Friday 19 June 2020 (93 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe Celtic Prayers


The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS, Ireland
Tonight's prayers are from Ita who was known for her compassion, and founded Celtic communities of believers in Ireland. The song is "Be Thou My Vision" sung by Audrey Assad.
With kind regards from Stella.

Thursday 18 June 2020 (92 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe Celtic Prayers
Coronavirus - Details of a Shielding Scam Alert from IWASP and Trading Standards
Coronavirus - IW Police and Action Fraud Scams Protection Advice
Hullabaloo At Home 2020 - How To Join In Information .


The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS, Ireland
In tonight's prayers you are valued as infinitely precious to God, & the darkness of depression, loss or trauma is prayed about. Prayers from Saint Patrick & Boisil. There is also an Irish Blessing, from RTÉ Choirs. (During May 2020, three RTÉ Choirs combined, singing from their homes, to perform a setting of the Irish Blessing. With words attributed to St Patrick himself, in a beautiful setting by Victor C Johnson, it reminds us that there is love, beauty and hope to be found in even the most challenging of times.)
kind regards from Stella.
Details of a Shielding Scam Alert from IWASP and Trading Standards
Please look at this document. It is not only of interest to those who are shielding.
IW Police and Action Fraud Scams Protection Advice
And this document tells you how to protect yourself from Coronavirus reletd scams
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Hullabaloo At Home 2020 - How To Join In Information
And this document comes to us via Sandown Forum and is all about the Hullabaloo at home.
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Wednesday 17 June 2020 (91 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe Celtic Prayers


The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS, Ireland
Here are some Celtic prayers from Aiden & Felgid for you this evening. I have put one to a Celtic tune.
kind regards from Stella.

Tuesday 16 June 2020 (90 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA’s fourteenth update since the Covid-19 crisis including:
A reflection called ‘Moving into the Neighbourhood’.
Baptist Together Updates
----Essential Advice for Churches
----Planning for the Future
----Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Online Worship Services
The Faithcafe Celtic Prayers


‘Moving into the Neighbourhood’
This week Clare has put together a reflection called ‘Moving into the Neighbourhood’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the link:

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel.

Baptist Together Updates
Essential Advice for Churches
The Baptist Union continues to update the advice and guidance for our churches and communities. This includes the guidance leaflet L18: Covid-19 Coronavirus Legal Issues, which was updated on 15th June; as well as guidance on Opening Churches and Guidance for Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms. The updated guidance can be accessed here. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.
Planning for the Future
As restrictions on closed churches begin to ease, Baptist Together are sharing information to help churches and communities prepare for the future. Articles include: Scenario Planning for an Unknown Future; What will Your Church Look Like After Lockdown (Hope); and Churches – Time to Open the Doors Safely (Anthony Collins Solicitors).

The information can be accessed " here:
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday Baptists Together offers a time of prayer. The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here.
Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available our website.
The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS with Uplifting Music
Tonight's prayers are from Ebba & Aiden(7th C.) as well as a contemporary 'Prayer for our Times' from Rootsontheweb.com. The music is an instrumental version of How great thou art.
With love from Stella.

Monday 15 June 2020 (89 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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Neighbourhood Policing Priorities Survey (via Sandown Forum)
The Faithcafe Celtic Prayers


IW Police - Neighbourhood Policing Priorities Survey (via Sandown Forum)
This from Jean Orman of Sandown Forum. The link in the document. is not live. It is reproduced here.
The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC PRAYERS
Tonight's Celtic prayers focus upon blessings for the land and all that grows in the vegetable plot & flower garden; with contemporary prayers for our world & current events. The song is Because He Lives.
With love from Stella.

Sunday 14 June 2020 (88 Days since our first post on this blog.)
The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight. This week's online service.
If you were to draw a cartoon of Jesus speaking to you, which words would you write inside the speech bubble coming from his mouth? Something to think about...

On the theme of love, this week's online service includes something for viewers of all ages: songs old & new, puppets for the children (& big ones too!) and a moving contemporary dance / drama inspired by Lauren Daigle's song 'Rescue.' I'll be speaking on the subject of 'God's Speech Bubble;' & if you like Celtic Prayers you'll enjoy the unexpected blessing at the end - sung by an Irish stay-at-home choir (& quite different to the UK variety). I hope you find it uplifting.
With love
from Stella.

13 June 2020 (87 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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A letter from our Moderator Rev Roland Wort


A Message from the Moderator, The Reverend Roland Wort
Hello there again! I’ve always been interested in the origin of popular sayings and phrases – who first used the words. We may have heard the expression “All that glitters is not gold” and to my surprise I discovered that it was first used by William Shakespeare, over 400 years ago. Other Shakespearean specialities include: “Tough Love”, My Own Flesh and Blood”, “The Be-All And End-All”, “The World Is My Oyster”, Wild-Goose Chase”, and “Wear Your Heart On A Sleeve”.

A motto that was used quite a lot in the Second World War and has been revived on Tea Towels, Mugs and T-Shirts is the slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On”. This is a typical British expression, emphasising our national sense of quiet modesty and natural reserve, just getting on with it, despite the obstacles and hindrances.

During the current coronavirus situation, all sorts of expressions have arisen that perhaps we didn’t use much before March 2020: “Self-isolating”, “Pandemic”, “Quarantine”, “Lockdown”, “Key Workers”, “WFH”. Other recently-invented expressions include “Covidiot”, “Covideo Party”, Blursday” and “Zoombombing”. I’ve even heard that Cockney rhyming slang for Coronavirus is “Miley Cyrus”!

And on the subject of sayings and expressions, some words we use in everyday language were in fact first used by Jesus: “Turn The Other Cheek”, “Go The Extra Mile”, and “Practice What You Preach” and “Pass By On The Other Side”. He gave us also some paradoxical quotes, “The Last Will Be First And The First Will be Last” and “Whoever Finds Their Life Will Lose It And Whoever Loses Their Life For My Sake Will Find It” and some quite demanding principles, “Let Your Yes Be Yes And Your No Be No” and “No-One Can Serve Two Masters”.

At the moment, the major current issue in the world (apart from COVID19) is how do we interact and reciprocate with others who are different from us? Jesus gives us His challenging golden rule: “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”.

Goodbye for now and with the COVID19 restrictions being relaxed gradually over the next few months, I hope to see you soon,

Roland


12 June 2020 (86 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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Celtic Prayers from the FaithCafe
Community Support Helplines Update 11 June 2020 (via Sandown Forum)
Scam Alert re KN95 Face Masks (via Sandown Forum)
Scam Alert re Alleged Lockdown Violations. (via Sandown Forum)


The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight. CELTIC PRAYERS from IRELAND.
Tonight I sing one of Felgid's 7th Century prayers to a Celtic tune, and bring you prayers from Boisil 7th C. & Patrick 4th C.

If you were to draw a cartoon of Jesus speaking to you, which words would you write inside the speech bubble coming from his mouth? Something to think about...

On the theme of love, this week's online service includes something for viewers of all ages: songs old & new, puppets for the children (& big ones too!) and a moving contemporary dance / drama inspired by Lauren Daigle's song 'Rescue.' I'll be speaking on the subject of 'God's Speech Bubble;' & if you like Celtic Prayers you'll enjoy the unexpected blessing at the end - sung by an Irish stay-at-home choir (& quite different to the UK variety). I hope you find it uplifting. With love
from Stella.
Community Support Helplines Update 11 June 2020
The phone numbers and contact details for support for Island residents available from People Matter IW via our links page have been updated with effect from 11 June.
Scam Alert re KN95 Face Masks
The health and Safety Executive has issued a warning about face masks which may be on general sale not bearing the "CE" mark. It says that A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators. KN95 is a performance rating under a Chinese standard broadly the same as the European eqiuvalent. However, there is no independent certification or assurance of their quality. Personal protective equipment (PPE) cannot be sold or supplied as PPE unless it is CE marked. The only exception is for PPE that is organised by the UK Government for use by NHS or other healthcare workers.
Scam Alert re Alleged Lockdown Violations.
Trading Standards are warning about an email purporting to be from the Health and Safety Executive. The message states that the HSE have recieved a complaint about possible lockdown violations and contains an attached spreadsheet detailing the violations. DO NOT OPEN THE SPREADSHEET

11 June 2020 (85 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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Celtic Prayers from the FaithCafe


The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight. CELTIC PRAYERS from IRELAND.
Tonight we bring you a circling prayer from Aiden & night prayers from Felgid, who offers his day's labour as a blessing. Both lived in the 7th Century.
With love
from Stella.

Wednesday 10 June 2020 (84 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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Southern Counties Baptist Association Thirteeth update
Celtic Prayers from the FaithCafe.
Updates and alerts fron the Sandown Forum


SCBA’s thirteenth update since the Covid-19 crisis.
This week Colin Norris, Team Leader for SCBA, shares a reflection around Psalm 8 and what God notices about us and how he views all of humanity. This reflection follows the SCBA's "Time to Reflect" meeting that took place on Monday 8th June 2020.

This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click here and please feel free to subscribe to our channel.

We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’ . Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the link:

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking here

Churches able to open for Private Prayer
The Government has announced that churches will be able to re-open for private prayer from Monday 15 June. This guidance spells out what we expect this relaxation of restrictions will look like so that churches may begin to discuss plans for re-opening. It will be updated as soon as the Government provides further clarity.

We appreciate that the use of church buildings for private prayer may be a comfort to other church traditions more than it is to Baptists. We are actively involved in ecumenical discussions with the Government so that the recommencement of our tradition of ‘gathered church’ is considered as early as possible. Nevertheless, our first interest is in supporting attempts to minimise transmission of Covid-19. We believe that this best expresses our care for the vulnerable.

At this point it is clear that the opening of church buildings for private prayer should not be used as an excuse for covert worship services or even prayer meetings.

The updated guidance can be accessed here:

Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday the Baptists Together offers a time of prayer. The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here:

Zero Suicide Awareness
Suicide: Let’s Talk

You may have seen the high level of national concern very recently about a significant rise in suicide for all ages and demographics. It’s impacted children and young people in a way we’ve never seen before nationally. As one response to being better prepared to help please see the following very accessible and helpful resource produced by the Zero Suicide Alliance

A 20 min e-learning module aimed at supporting anyone to build skills and confidence talking to someone who may be considering suicide is available here:

Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following the below links. You can find the list of churches on our website: here .

The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight. CELTIC PRAYERS AND MUSIC
Please click on the links for your relaxing night prayers & Celtic music
With love from
Stella.

Sandown Forum have asked me to draw your attention to:

(1) Comments being invited on the oil drilling plan for Arreton see the CP article here.
(2) Coronavirus - Working Towards Wellbeing Applications. please see the IW Mental Health Website.
(3) IW Artists Paid Project Applications - needed by 12 June! See the Ryde Town Council Website


9 June 2020 (83 Days since our first post on this blog.)
See below for

Celtic Prayers from the FaithCafe
IWASP Scam warning about fake phone calls to do with the coronavirus app.


The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight. CELTIC PRAYERS from IRELAND.
Tonight's prayers are from 7th Century saints, Aiden and Ebba. The music is a recent recording of Irish singers & musicians joining together in their homes and 'The blessing' is full of surprises! I hope you enjoy it.
With love from
Stella.
IWASP Scam warning about fake phone calls to do with the coronavirus app.
Here is an extract from a notice published by IWASP.

8 June 2020 (82 Days since our first post on this blog.)
See below for

Celtic Prayers from the FaithCafe


The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight. CELTIC PRAYERS from IRELAND.
This week's prayers are from Ireland, beginning with Ita's from the 6th Century. The song is one of my own.
With kind regards,
Stella.

7 June 2020 (81 Days since our first post on this blog.)
See below for

All Age Worship from Stella Hardiman
(This is not just for SBC but something that Stella publishes/distributes by email and I put it here for those who want it.)


The FAITHCAFE: All-Age Worship
Here is today's worship for all ages.

6 June 2020 (80 Days since our first post on this blog.)
See below for Articles on:

Face Coverings
People Matter IW
Crisis Line for Young People and
Hope Now, Churches Working Together


Updated advice and upcoming law on face coverings
From the gov.uk website yesterday...

Face Coverings
If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops. From 15 June, you must wear a face covering on public transport. You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and staff for the purposes of identification.

Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste - anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose.

The phone numbers and contact details for support for Island residents available via our links page have been updated with effect from 4 June.

Click on either image to enlarge it or here to see the publicity pamphlet (printable).

HOPE news: churches working together

Norma sent this to me...
News Update 5 June 2020


There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it... 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

HOPE Together helps churches make Jesus know, with words as well as actions, together. That has meant being intentional about building bridges with churches of all denominations and ethnicities, for the sake of mission. Jesus prayed: ‘…that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me’ (John 18:23). Our unity speaks volumes and shows the world what God is like. We have had lots to learn on this journey of unity for the purpose of mission.

This week our brothers and sisters in the BAME churches have been suffering following the death of George Floyd in the USA. We share their pain. Our good friend Pastor Agu Irukwu from the Redeemed Christian Church of God has recorded his own wise, powerful and challenging response, which you can watch here. Let’s be people who demonstrate Jesus’ love to the world, by the way we love one another.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director

Talking Hope is our Facebook Live event on Monday evenings from 8pm, hosted by associate director Yemi Adedeji, with Roy Crowne and members of the HOPE team. Last week’s guests on Talking HOPE were Lindz West from LZ7, who is seeing hundreds of young people responding to Jesus through his ‘Cabin Fever’ shows from his converted loft; Stephen Elphick from HOPE Bedford who talked about the HOPE Space that has been established in Bedford town centre, and Pastor Tunde Balogun from Kingsborough Church in Uxbridge, who explained how a foodbank parcel given to a local woman saved her life. The Uxbridge foodbank network, which involves 30 churches, and has been given responsibility for food distribution throughout the borough during the Covid-19 crisis. You can catch up on last week’s episode of Talking HOPE by watching the video click on the picture above, and join us on Facebook Live on Monday from 8pm for another episode and more great guests.
Clevedon’s market stall HOPE Space


On the first morning after lockdown that market stalls were allowed to open in Clevedon in Somerset, Clevedon Baptist Church were out giving away copies of Mark’s Gospel and connecting with market traders and their customers. They also had copies of the HOPE Spaces prayer card to give away to encourage people to bring their concerns to God.

Senior Minister Rev Antony Wareham says, ‘We have booked a weekly market stall in Clevedon Market and our chaplaincy team will be there to talk, listen and support people. We have also organised how we can make the foyer of our church a HOPE Space, with social distancing taken into account, as soon as we are able to open up! We are praying that many people in our community will meet with Jesus as we engage in mission.’

Churches Together in Clevedon formed the Clevedon Chaplaincy Team in 2018 to serve the retail and business communities in the town centre to be alongside people in their everyday lives and to be a pastoral Christian presence in the workplace. As a result of the relationships built with C levedon Market, they were offered the market stall free of charge.
HOPE Spaces online
We are developing an online HOPE Space as well as adapting our HOPE Spaces resources to conform to social distancing guidelines. You can download resources from the HOPE website at hopetogether.org.uk/hopespaces


Prayer in Parliament
Spread the word about this year’s National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. The annual event will be livestreamed on Tuesday 30 June 8.30-9.00am. The theme is ‘Hope and peace in a time of fear and suffering’ and the event will include prayers led by parliamentarians, hymns led by special guest singers and a keynote address by the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin. The event is free, but you must register via Eventbrite in order to receive access. For more information visit the website here.
Young evangelists not held back by lockdown...
The first Amplify year is coming to an end. The amazing young people, who are developing as evangelists, have been proactively sharing their faith in so many different ways. One of those brilliant young evangelists is Euan. You can watch him tell some of his story in the video above.

If you know a young person who is passionate about sharing his or her faith, then you can apply for them today to join the Amplify mentoring year, which starts in September. Visit the Amplify website to find out more: www.advance2020.org/amplify

Welcome to the Future
The free, downloadable booklets ‘Everybody Welcome to the Future’ and ‘Everybody Welcome Online’ present some new survey findings, suggest how to make the most of the present situation and also how to plan for the future where churches will have both in-person and online dimensions. This research been carried out with the support of the Durham University Centre for Digital Theology and CPAS.

Download them here:
Everybody Welcome to the Future
Everybody Welcome online
We are praying that God will bless you and encourage you whether you are still in lockdown, at work or at home. Do let us know how we can support you and what resources might help you make Jesus known at this time.

Love from the HOPE Together team
PS - as facemasks are to be compulsory on public transport, would you be interested in buying a washable, re-usable HOPE mask from us with the wording 'Ask me about HOPE'? Email yes or no. (This doesn't commit you but will help us decide whether or not to have them made.)

4 June 2020 (78 Days since our first post on this blog.)
Welsh CELTIC PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE.

This evening's prayers from Wales begin with St. Patrick, together with a short reflection on One who sends us out into the world as bringers of peace.

3 June 2020 (77 Days since our first post on this blog.)
Welsh CELTIC PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE.

Tonight's prayers include the ancient 'Hail Glorious Lord' from Wales, and John Birch's 'New Blessings in the Celtic Style.' The song is that great Welch favourite: 'All Through the Night.'

SCBA’s twelfth update since the Covid-19 crisis.

This week Dave has put together a reflection called ‘My Grandfather’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking here:

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking Here
SCBA Podcast: Coping with Corona
The Regional Ministry Team recently met together by Zoom to chat about how they have been coping in the season of COVID-19 and to share some of the stories and lessons that churches and ministers have been sharing with them. We thought you might like to sit back and enjoy the conversation! The link for the podcast is here : There is also a video version on our SCBA YouTube channel which can be accessed here:
Baptist Together Prayer Broadcast
Every Wednesday and Sunday the Baptists Together offers a time of prayer. The link for the next prayer broadcast and the previous one can be accessed here:
Baptist Together Weekly Webinars
This week it’s ‘Helping the Grieving During the Pandemic’. How do we support those facing loss of loved ones, jobs, and security when meeting them is difficult? With Pete English from At A Loss, and Vania John-Baptiste, Baptist minister and bereavement counsellor.
George Floyd: A Baptist Together Response
Our General Secretary, Lynn Green, has released a statement in response to the situation in the United States:
Scripture Union: Supporting Churches During Lockdown
SU have a range of resources and materials which youth, children’s or family workers might find useful, and many of which could also be used by individuals at home.

Mental Health Suite
A brand new collection of resources helping 5-18 year olds understand, express and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, with a biblical perspective on anxiety, self-worth and more. Endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation.

It’s Your Move
Our popular book for year 6 pupils preparing to move into year 7. We’ve extended the discount for this until 15th June so you can get 10 books for the bargain price of £16. We’ve also created videos and information to help you connect with schools during this season.

INspire
Daily videos for teenagers using challenges from sport and culture to help them explore the Bible and how it might be relevant today. Created for teenagers with no experience of church, as well as those who’ve been there all their lives.

Make and Pray
Daily videos for children and families featuring a make-at-home craft with an accompanying bible story or prayer idea. Ideal to share with families who are looking for things to do at home.


Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded services available You can find the list of churches on our website: .

2 June 2020 (76 Days since our first post on this blog.)
The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC NIGHT PRAYERS from WALES.


Today's Celtic prayers are from Wales: an excerpt from 'Alexander's Breastplate' and a contemporary prayer from Methodist poet, John Birch. The gentle Gaelic song is about a young woman whose lover's ship is unheard of for several years, and of her joy when it returns to port.
The FAITHCAFE: CELTIC NIGHT PRAYERS from WALES.

Please click on the links for tonight's Welsh Celtic prayers and music. ('Black is the snow and white is the coal').

Sleep well tonight,

With love from Stella.
The FAITHCAFE: All Age Worship for Pentecost.

Please click here to access your Pentecost All Age Worship.
Baptists Together Prayer Broadcast

The latest in our series of Baptists Together Prayer broadcasts will feature Chris Duffett, Baptist Minister, artist and founder/principal of the Light College and Collective, alongside Faith and Society Interim Team Leader, Diane Watts.
Click on the picture.

Updated Links and contact numbers

An update to the contact numbers under the 'people matter' website has been attached to our coronavirus links page.
CELTIC NIGHT PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE.

Tonight take a glimpse at the lives of some of the Celtic saints: Brigid, Columba & Aiden, along with a prayer attributed to each of them. The music is a gentle song based on an ancient psalm and sung by an Irish artist. I hope you like it.

Join us this Sunday for our All Age worship on the theme of God's Spirit being poured out at Pentecost.

With love from Stella.
Relaxing CELTIC NIGHT PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE: Sleep Well Tonight.

Tonight's Celtic prayer for sowing, planting and gardening; and a reflection on how God strengthens the human spirit to blossom and grow again; even following distress. The music is a Welsh rendering of the well-known Celtic song 'The Calling.'
CELTIC NIGHT PRAYERS from The FAITHCAFE, Ise of Wight.

I have some Scottish blessings for you tonight and some Scottish music to go with it.

With love from Stella.
SCBA’s eleventh update since the Covid-19 crisis.

This week Joth has put together a reflection called ‘The Gift of Waiting’. This is on our YouTube channel. Please feel free to subscribe to our channel. There is also a shortened version as well as a longer sermon version.

We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the link.

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel .
Baptist Together:
Missional Idea & Resources

Coronavirus and the accompanying lockdown have changed the lives of all our churches. In this section of the Baptist Together website are ideas of ways to share the gospel well with your church and local community during this time.

Resources include:

How to make your video look great from home in lockdown (15 April) - A few tips and tricks to make your video look better when shooting from home in lockdown.

Keeping your church community connected - updated 11 May - Exploring options to enable churches and small groups to meet, gather and encourage each other in the virtual space.

The importance of a humble phone call - Let's not lose sight of the simpler things in life as we look after our flock in this strange new world, writes Mental Health Chaplain Vicky Martin,

Zoom Tutorial Follow-up - with Simon Goddard (1 May) - A chance to look at some of the security issues that have been in the news, with some tips to keep these online spaces safe.


Church Stories

From Sunday gathering to wider community outreach, Coronavirus and the accompanying lockdown have changed the lives of all our churches. In this section we’d like to share stories of how our churches have been adapting to this new reality, so together we can learn, rejoice and lament. This can be found here. If you have a story to share, please contact us.


Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.

This praying together has been across our diversity and differences as every person, household and church are encouraged to pray in their own way. Whilst an astonishing 92% of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and 40% of those taking part in 2019 did so for the first time, we recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.
Worship Resources

Jim and Jessica Shepherd from Testwood Baptist Church, Southampton, have added to their library of worship resources that your church might wish to use as part of your worship services, or just to circulate around your congregation. These can be accessed here.
Online Worship Services

Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available. You can find the list of churches on our website.
SCOTTISH CELTIC PRAYERS & MUSIC from The FAITHCAFE

Scottish Celtic blessings and music from the Island of Iona.
Baptists Together Prayer Broadcast

The latest in our series of Baptists Together Prayer broadcasts will feature Jeniya Gwendu of Mill Road Baptist Church in Cambridge and moderator within the EBA (eastern baptist association), alongside General Secretary Lynn Green.
Click on the picture.
ALL AGE WORSHIP from The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight.

This week's All Age Worship is from Acts 1 and reflects upon our waiting prayerfully to receive the Spirit afresh in our lives.
Friday 22 May Celtic Night Prayers from The FAITHCAFE

Tonight's ancient prayer is from Wales, known as Alexander's Breastplate, as it was his prayer of protection. The song is also Welsh: 'All through the Night.' I hope you enjoy them and sleep well.

With love from Stella.
Updated Links and contact numbers

An update to the contact numbers under the 'people matter' website has been attached to our coronavirus links page.
Celtic Night Prayers from The FAITHCAFE

Tonight's prayers are from St. Patrick (4th Century) & Boisil (7th C). The hymn 'Come thou fount of every blessing' has been set to a Celtic tune.

Sleep well and God bless.
Stella.
Celtic Night Prayers from The FAITHCAFE

Tonight's ancient prayers are from Celtic saints Aiden & Felgid from the 7th Century. The Celtic song is Welsh and translates from the Gaelic as a song of comfort and solace from a woman to her loved one.

I hope you like it.


Celtic Night Prayers from The FAITHCAFE

This evening's Celtic offering consists of a story about ancient Celtic hospitality to strangers, and Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. The reflection finishes with an Irish blessing to travellers.

The song is 'Peace in Christ' sung by five year old Claire Ryan with her father (a very musical family).

I hope you find it uplifting.

SCBA’s tenth update since the Covid-19 crisis.

This week Clare has put together a reflection called ‘The Extra in Ordinary’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. If you want to be notified when each video is available, please click on the bell which will enable notifications for you.

We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing, either by sharing this email or by including it in your online services.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the this link: If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking on the this link:

BMS World Mission: Solidarity Sunday

On Sunday 31 May 2020, BMS is encouraging as many churches as possible to dedicate their online church service, or a segment of it, to remembering those worst affected in the Coronavirus crisis.

We really hope you will join us!

They have called the event Solidarity Sunday, a name carefully chosen to reflect other solidarity events organised by the global Baptist family, including one in Canada earlier this month – and we really think there is no better word to describe this opportunity to take a stand together, in giving and in prayer, against the Coronavirus crisis and its devastating effects.

Solidarity Sunday also falls at Pentecost, a wonderful opportunity to remember that we have a God whose gospel and living hope is for all nations. On Solidarity Sunday, we remember those nations. It’s very easy to get involved, and we’d be so encouraged if you would share Solidarity Sunday widely with your church networks, asking them to join in.

BMS have created a range of resources to suit every church – whether they use them all to build an inspiring and encouraging online service complete with a ready-to-play Bible reflection, or choose a short video to slot into the online service they already have planned. All the videos, talks and prayer resources will be regularly updated here:

The easiest way to get a flavour for Solidarity Sunday is to watch one of these resources, a short video which provides a snapshot of the global Baptist response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

This is such an exciting opportunity for the UK Baptist family to stand together and show our global neighbours that despite all we’re facing here, we have not forgotten the poor and the vulnerable.

Online Worship Services

Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available. You can find the list of churches on the SCBA website:
Celtic Night Prayers from The FAITHCAFE
Tonight's prayers come from 6th Century Ita and end with a circling prayers that imagines the arms of God encircling us with peace in a loving embrace. The song is one of my own.
With love from Stella.
The FAITHCAFE: All Age Worship.
Today's worship recalls the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said 'I will send you another Comforter.'

With love from Stella.
CORONAVIRUS LINKS PAGE
Our links page has been updated with new contact details on the "people Matter IW" link.
Celtic Night Prayers from The FAITHCAFE
From Stella Hardiman

Here are this evening's Scottish Ocean prayers, and Scottish music to go with them. Hope you find them relaxing. Sleep well.
The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Night Prayers
From Stella Hardiman

Tonight's prayers are from Celtic saints Boisil (7th Century) and Patrick (4th Century). The song is from Irish singer John Coupland and is a modern Celtic rendering of Psalm 84.
Celtic Prayers from The FAITHCAFE for Wednesday 13 May
From Stella Hardiman

Please click on the links for this evening's Prayers with some relaxing music.
Welcome to SCBA’s ninth update since the Covid-19 crisis.

This week Colin has put together a reflection called ‘Holding on to What Matters’. This can be found on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel. If you want to be notified when each video is available, please click on the bell which will enable notifications for you.
‘Holding on to What Matters’ by Colin Norris
We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing.

You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on this link:

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking on this link:

BUGB Coronavirus Updates: Advice for Churches:
12th May 2020:
The Government has published guidance and an FAQ document to provide information on the Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the Government’s 3 steps, it is hoped that by 4th July public places, with places of worship explicitly referenced, will be allowed to re-open in some form. This does not mean things will return to pre-COVID-19 arrangements and in order for premises to be used in any form they will need to meet the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

It might be difficult for places where social distancing is not possible to re-open fully, this will depend on the size of the space and the level of crowding and may result in only partial re-opening. Churches should be aware that even if all the criteria are met for re-opening of church buildings from July, this is conditional and part of a phased plan to lift lockdown.

The FAQs note “As with all coronavirus restrictions on places of worship, venues and social distancing, we will look to ease them as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Activities on church premises:
Under the current regulations churches can be used for some essential activities ‘to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency).’ This must be within the context that social distancing measures are maintained.

Weddings:
The Government stated that there is no change to guidance on weddings at this time. However, the Government is working to enable small wedding ceremonies from 1 June.

Funerals:
On funerals, the Government has also stated that: “there is no change to the guidance on attending funerals at present. ” Further guidance on weddings, funerals and baptisms can be accessed here:

BUGB Prayer Broadcasts:
Every Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm Baptists Together offers a time of online prayer with a number of contributors. This Wednesday former SCBA Pioneer Mission Enabler, Revd Ali Boulton, will be featured. To access Wednesday’s broadcast, and future and past broadcasts, please go to:
https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/338268/Prayer_broadcasts.aspx

You can follow the link on our coronavirus links page to all Baptists Together (BUGB) materials.

Powerpack Ministries
Powerpack originated from the concept that children can be little ‘powerpacks’ for God. The ministry was founded in 1986 by Heather Thompson who is still the director of the ministry. Powerpack is all about seeing children raised up as ‘God chasers and nation shakers’. Powerpack is interdenominational and charismatic in character. We are team based – drawing volunteers from various churches throughout the UK and overseas. The team have produced resources for “Powerpack at Home” which can be accessed here:

Online Worship Services
Thanks are due to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded services on the SCBA website:
Celtic Prayers from The FAITHCAFE
From Stella Hardiman

Please click on the links for tonight's Celtic Night Prayers from 7th Century saints, Aiden and Felgid. The song is one of my own and speaks of the uplifting presence of God's Spirit, which gives us wings and enables us to 'fly'.
The FAITHCAFE
From Stella Hardiman
Celtic Night Prayers
Baptists Together Prayer broadcast
The latest in the series of Baptists Together Prayer broadcasts will feature Rev Dr Kate Coleman, former BUGB President and founding director of Next Leadership alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green. Next leadership is committed to providing leaders from diverse sectors, backgrounds and communities with opportunities to explore, develop and transform their leadership impact and effectiveness.

Following on from our time of prayer we will be welcoming our new President Yinka Oyekan, praying for him and finding out about his hopes for his year as President. This induction was to have taken place during our Assembly, but we hope that even more will be able to join in online this year. He will be joined by current President Ken Benjamin.

Many will have seen communication about this event either through our channels or your local Association. In light of the news that Boris Johnson will address the nation at 7pm Sunday and announce the first steps out of lockdown we have decided to change the time of the broadcast to 8pm. This will allow us to pray in light of what is said.
The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Night Prayers
From Stella Hardiman
Here are your night prayers for this evening, along with one of my own songs and a beautiful Scottish folk song to download if you wish.
The FAITHCAFE: Celtic Night Prayers
Here are the evening's prayer and song.

( I am sorry but sometimes these arrive after I have closed down for the night!)
A Message from our Moderator, The Reverend Roland Wort

Hello there again!

I hope you are coping as best as you can with the “lockdown”. We certainly need to pray for our political leaders as they wrestle with the various options for easing the country “back to normality”.

I wonder how you have been using the time during the lockdown? Since I left the Royal Navy in 2016, I have been wanting to have a good clear out of all the various things I have accumulated over the years. It’s easy to put things off and find excuses for not getting down to the elephant sized task and to be honest, not a lot of decluttering has gone on for the last 4 years! Somehow, there has always been something more interesting to do, like getting a part-time job, watching Hampshire play cricket, solve the super fiendish Sudoku puzzle in The Times, go to Model Railway Exhibitions……and of course there’s always a sermon to write for next Sunday!

Well, for the time being, all of the above has come to a halt - except solving the Sudoku – and the time has come to sort through the North Face of the Eiger pile of paper, the bank statements going back to 1990, the MOD Health and Safety regulations, the leaflets for washing machines that we no longer have, the rather dated sermons from the 1990s and the receipts for shirts that are now worn out and used for rag in the garage. And talking about the garage, what about the yoghurt pots that might come in useful one day, the numerous screwdrivers and hammers, the half used pots of discoloured paint, the tubs of filler that have hardened off, the large jar of assorted screws and the electrical flex that with red, black and green wires?

Now I know that some people have written books and made a fortune out of de-cluttering. For me, it’s rather more simple - do I still need it and if so, where do I store it neatly and tidily; if not, then pass it on, or preferably throw it away. And it’s quite staggering how much stuff gets thrown away. There’s still a lot to do, but I’m already enjoying the benefits of a clear bench in the garage and a filing cabinet that actually has some space in it!

And moving away from the physical to the spiritual, I wonder if a bit of personal decluttering might help – what is really important for us, what really matters? When Jesus was asked about the important things in life, he highlighted loving God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and loving our neighbour as ourself. There will also be for us commitments in the home, work, school, and community, with family and friends, with hobbies and pastimes, in the church and doing charitable work. With all of our many responsibilities, it is possible for us to become weighed down and lose the overall enjoyment of life. This rather unusual time of restricted activity might be for you an opportunity to declutter, make some adjustments, reduce unnecessary obligations and identify the things that really matter.

Goodbye for now and hope to see you soon,

Roland

NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App
The 'ON THE WIGHT' news site have published a guide to the new Contact Tracing App to be trialled on the Island. Click here to see it.
The FAITHCAFE:
Celtic Night Prayers and a song from Stella Hardiman.
Sleep well Tonight
Judy Dawkins

We have heard from Judith Compton that Judy Dawkins of Cowes Baptist Church died two weeks ago. We were asked to put this on our page in order to inform those who knew her.
SCBA’s eighth update since the Covid-19 crisis..
This week Dave has put together a reflection called ‘Faith like Ruth’. Please click on the link and please feel free to subscribe to our channel, which will mean that you will be notified as and when each new video arrives.

We are pleased to offer this reflection as a blessing. You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the link:

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking here:
Albert & Social Distancing – Resource for Children
For the past few weeks, Richard Littledale, Minister at Newbury Baptist Church, has been working away in the background with wonderful illustrator, Heather Heyworth, to produce a story for children all about social distancing. It can be so hard to explain - and so his friend, 'Albert the Mouse', has stepped in to help.

The story can be read or downloaded for free here, and it is formatted for A4 if people want to print it out and use it that way.
Baptist Together Wednesday Webinars
The BU Ministries Team are hosting a programme of ‘Wednesday Webinars’ each week at 1pm. Almost without exception they are aimed at addressing some feature of our current constrained circumstances. They are aimed especially at ministers and church leaders but are available to anyone. They will be sending out an email to all ministers later this week to let them know. So far, they have had between 25 and 50 people join each live broadcast and 100 or more watch the recordings later.

The webinars, including previous editions, can be found here:
Everybody Welcome Online
Welcome from Bob Jackson and George Fisher

Among all the other lockdown shocks, there was some consternation in the churches when we got closed down! But we didn’t close down. We went online. Churches are on a steep learning curve, and some are on a steep growing curve. To assist learning and growing, we’ve asked many churches for stories and wisdom in the early weeks of lockdown church.
Read our core document ‘Everybody Welcome Online’, which extends our training course for in-person church, ‘Everybody Welcome’. Tell your friends about it. It tries to make sense of what is happening (pp4-9), looks at who is being attracted to online church and why (pp1-12), how best to communicate with and welcome everyone online (pp14-20), and what we should be doing to prepare for 'Unlock Sunday' (pp22-23). We will keep updating and adding resources and stories over time from your feedback ot us (p.25).

We’ve teamed up with Peter Phillips, Director of the Durham University Centre for Digital Theology. We think their time has come! Check out the related sites. And we are grateful to CPAS for professionalising the presentation in such a short space of time,

Ven Bob Jackson (Visiting Fellow St Johns College Durham)
Revd George Fisher (Retired Director of Mission Lichfield Diocese)
Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You can find the list of churches on our website: here.
For the Island please note that this includes Cowes Baptist Church
Celtic Prayers from The FAITHCAFE
From Stella Hardiman
Scottish Prayers for help during stormy times. The Song is in Gaelic, on the theme of a passing storm, with stunning views.
(Be aware that Stella uses a 'youtube' account to publish her material. She does not control the adverts which may be added to it.)
This from Stalla Hardiman this morning
"The FAITHCAFE: All Age Worship"
Baptists Together Prayer Broadcast

The latest in the series of Baptists Together Prayer broadcasts will feature Roy Searle who is BUGB Pioneer Ambassador, Free Church Tutor at Cranmer Hall and Community elder at Northumbria Community, alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green.
Click on the picture.
The FAITHCAFE:
Celtic Night Prayers
Here is your song & prayer

30 April 2020
This evening I have received two documents from Sandown Forum. One is an updated list of useful contact numbers from People Matter IW. and the other is from the police Online advice on scams.

I also received Stella Hardiman's night prayers and a song.
as usual click on the link to hear them

29 April 2020
TEAR FUND CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY APPEAL

Click here to see the original of this message.

Dear Friends,
Coronavirus is spreading among some of the world’s poorest communities. Time is running out to help them – please mobilise your church and join us in prayer.

Many of us will have spent this season with a real sense of fear and uncertainty. Our churches have had to quickly adapt to deeply challenging circumstances. Who could have predicted that we would have to celebrate the triumph of Jesus without being able to meet face to face?

We’ve seen for ourselves the enormous disruption this virus can cause. Yet for people living in extreme poverty the impact could be unthinkable.

In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world, cramped conditions mean it’s impossible to keep a safe distance from people. And there aren’t enough handwashing facilities. The virus could spread through the camp like wildfire – threatening the half a million Rohingya people who live there. People whose lives were already a struggle.

Our local church partners are on the frontline, and they need your prayers more than ever.

‘We are distributing leaflets about handwashing, distancing and recognising the symptoms,’ says Sudarshan Kodooru, Tearfund’s Country Director in Bangladesh. ‘We have given out hygiene kits, but getting access to the [refugee] camps is likely to become even harder. The handpumps and sanitation facilities we’ve been able to provide will be more important than ever.’

The scale of the work required is huge, but we know that the prayerful support of your church and others around the UK will be powerful and effective (James 5:16). We’ve put together some helpful resources that you can share with your church – including a pre-recorded talk and a prayer guide. Our teams on the ground will take a huge amount of strength from knowing that the saints are joined together in prayer for them.

We know many of you will want to give financially in response. If you are able to, either as a church or individually, please give online here. With our offices closed, this is currently the most cost-effective way to process your gifts.

We know these are hard times for us all – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your church. We are incredibly grateful for your support in the midst of these difficult circumstances.

Every blessing,

Virginia Luckett
UK Churches Director, Tearfund

PS We’d love you to join us at a special online event. It’s called Tearfund Live, and it’s an amazing opportunity for you to connect directly with the work that your support makes possible. On Thursday 30 April, at 7pm, we’ll be praying and worshipping together online, as well as sharing inspiring stories about how local churches around the world are tackling the coronavirus crisis. The event will be hosted live on our Facebook page.
FaithCafe Celtic Night Prayers from Stella Hardiman
Please click here for your night prayers, a reading of Psalm 42 & a brief song.
Sleep well.
Stella. x
SCBA’s seventh update since the Covid-19 crisis.
This week Clare has put together a reflection called ‘Welcome to my Potting Shed’. This can be found either as a long or short version on our YouTube channel. Please click on either link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel, which will mean that you will be notified as and when each new video arrives.
Extended version:
Shorter version:

You will also find a on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the below link:
podcast version

If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel by clicking on the below link:
SCBA youtube channel
Children, Young People & Families
Baptist Together have a dedicated Children, Young People and Families page on their website including useful information/advice and resources. This can be found here:
There are also superb resources that can be found on the ‘Together @ Home’ website which can be found here: or on Facebook here
Worship Resources
Jim and Jessica Shepherd from Testwood Baptist Church, Southampton, have put together eight different worship videos that your church might wish to circulate around your congregation. These can be accessed here:
The youth and children’s team at Testwood Baptist Church have also produced some resources that may be helpful for churches to share on a Sunday morning (each page is updated every week):
Youth Resources:
Children’s Resources:

Baptist Together Prayer Broadcasts
An online live prayer broadcast is presented every Wednesday and Sunday by BUGB with a variety of contributors. The link, along with previous broadcasts, can be accessed here:
Online Worship Services Thanks are due to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following the below links.
You can find the list of churches on our website here:
More from Stella Hardiman
Night prayers, followed by a lovely song about one of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Please click the link to access online all-age worship from Stella Hardiman.
Baptists Together Prayer broadcast Sunday 26 April
The latest in our series of Baptists Together Prayer broadcasts will feature Carl Smethurst, Regional Minister for Mission in the South West Baptist Association alongside our General Secretary Lynn Green. Sunday 26 April 7pm. Click on the link below.
Prayer Broadcast at 7pm
More from Stella Hardiman
The FAITHCAFE: Celtic night prayers: Sleep well tonight.
Night Prayers(1)
Time for everything.
Night Prayers (2)
What follows is from SCBA’s sixth update since the Covid-19 crisis.
This week Joth has put together a reflection around ‘Walking with Jesus’. This can be found either as a long or short version on our YouTube channel. Please click on either link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel, which will mean that you will be notified as and when each new video arrive
Extended version:
Shorter version:
You will also find a podcast version on our podcast channel ‘SCBApod’. Subscribe to us on Spotify or Apple Podcast or take a listen by clicking on the below link:
Podcast Version
Explaining Coronavirus to Young Children
Early Years experts Sonia Mainstone-Cotton and Tamsin Grimmer have put together an information sheet on Coronavirus and young children, from a Christian Perspective:
How to explain to young children about the Coronavirus from a Christian Perspective
Sonia has also written a few blog pieces aimed at parents offering thoughts around supporting children in this time:
calming ideas to try at home
supporting emotional development at home
ideas for families to do at home at times of isolation
Online Worship Services Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following the below links. Please feel free to forward these to your congregation if this will be of help. You can find the list of churches on the SCBA website

IW FOODBANK
Items currently in short stock - Long Life Milk, Tinned tomatoes, tinned spaghetti, tinned potatoes, tinned vegetable, packet rice, tinned fruit, rice pudding, coffee, long life juice/squash.

The Foodbank reports that they are partnering with @bankuet - they make it easier for you to donate food from the safety of your own home. Got 30 seconds? Here is a video explaining :
Saturday 18 April 2020
Not very much new has occurred for me to put up this week but I have noticed that there is an expanded and updated list of churches broadcasting their services online on the SCBA website and it has also been pointed out to me (thank you Norma) quite a bit of material on the 'Spring Harvest'website and on their youtube channel.
Message from Stella Hardiman at 16:17 today (Good Friday)
The FAITHCAFE:
Good Friday Reflection is about to go live.
Apologies for unexpected delay
Please click on the link below
https://youtu.be/vCr3MpwU0x0

Stella.
SCBA Easter Reflection April 2020

Colin Norris, RM Team Leader, has recorded a reflection and prayers for this Easter time, entitled Present Anxiety, Promised Presence. This can be found either as a long or short version on our YouTube channel. Please click on either link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel, which will mean that you will be notified as and when each new video arrives.

Present Anxiety, Promised Presence (Extended Version)

Present Anxiety, Promised Presence (Shorter Version)

Alternatively, it can be downloaded as a Podcast :

You can also listen to the other SCBA Podcasts, including Dave’s reflection from Tuesday. You can find us on Spotify and Apple Podcast and several others podcast platforms or just click on this link

Please note that the next SCBA Update and Reflection will be after the Easter break, on Tuesday 21st April.

Churches unite around Covid 19 statement
British and Irish church leaders have released a Holy Week statement following a meeting convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. See the full statement here
and A prayer for Easter Day, taken from 'Gathering for Worship':

Living God,
we worship
you today
with joy in our hearts and thanksgiving on our lips.
When the powers of evil had done their worst,
crucifying
your son, and
burying him
in death,
you raised him
to life again:
an act of power
giving hope
to the world.


...and this from Stella Hardiman

To listen to songs to go with the Celtic Prayers, follow this link and this one
A Message from our Moderator,
The Reverend Roland Wort


Hello there! Thank you for inviting me to be your moderator.

Firstly, let me introduce myself. I was born in Salisbury and baptised as a teenager in the local Baptist Church. After going to Cardiff University to study Mathematics (with a bit of Physics thrown in), I went to Spurgeon’s College to train for the Baptist Ministry. I was a pastor for 8 years at Perry Rise Baptist Church, Forest Hill, South-east London, but for most of my ministry I have been a chaplain in the Royal Navy. I did 26 years as a full-time chaplain, retiring in 2016 and for the last 4 years I have been a part-time reservist chaplain. In addition to working in a variety of establishments in Portsmouth and Plymouth, I served on destroyers and frigates deployed all over the world and spent some time also with the Royal Australian Navy and the US Navy. For 3 years (2013-16), I served as an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen, a great honour indeed.

My wife, Sharon, and I live in Winchester and we met at Cardiff University. We’ve been married for 40 years and have 2 married daughters, Rebecca and Jo, and 4 grandchildren.

In “normal” circumstances, I would now be visiting Sandown on a monthly basis and exploring the way ahead for the Sandown Baptist Church, looking at different types of ministry and helping you decide what would be appropriate for the church at this particular time. However, we all find ourselves in this rather strange situation where (quite rightly) we have to stay indoors, avoid unnecessary travel and go out shopping for basic necessities only. Therefore, I won’t be able to visit the church until the restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, I would encourage you all to keep in touch with each other by phone, text or email and, if possible, to read regularly the BUGB and SCBA websites where there is some really useful material to help us at this unusual time, including live-streamed Church Services.

Finally, at this time of Easter, we need to remind ourselves of the great truths of the Christian faith, that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, was crucified, was buried yet rose again from the dead. In a time of national perplexity and bewilderment, many are feeling vulnerable and perhaps even fearful. I’ve been really impressed by the ways that churches and individual Christians have been helping in their communities and demonstrating practical love in action. In the midst of all the confusion and bafflement , there is an opportunity for us to affirm our faith and proclaim some good news. In previous times of National Crisis, eg the Two World Wars, the churches never minimised the suffering and pain experienced by the nation, but found ways of offering hope and optimism, not in a loud, brash, insensitive way but with quiet self-confidence, similar to the words of the old hymn, “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”.

Goodbye for now…………
and hope to see you soon.
     Roland


SOME NEW CONTENT I HAVE BEEN GIVEN TODAY (7 APRIL 2020)
The weekly SCBA update for 7 April is below these local items.

Stella Hardiman sends this:
under the email heading "Celtic Night Prayers: The FAITHCAFE, Isle of Wight".
Click on the link here to access relaxing 5 minute night prayers.

COMING THIS WEEK:

Good Friday:    Reflection with Reading & Music, 2pm
Holy Week:    Short Children's video
Easter Sunday: Family Worship, 2pm


Mike Clegg writes:
"I would like to add my daughter's church to those available offering live streaming of their Sunday service at 10.30AM, or available to watch at other times after then, plus previous services from the last few weeks.
The service is available on YouTube, searching for West Wickham and Shirley Baptist Church (pressing Subscribe on the first viewing - free viewing of course). The service includes worship, prayer, reading, children's and main message. Message is good.
Also available from the choices of dates of service are ideas for things for children (or those who still think they are?) to do. Hope this is useful to some within the fellowship of our church."
[I have checked the link for Mike and the youtube link is here ]

Norma Hall also emailed to say that
"Wednesbury Baptist Church are doing an online Service on Maundy Thursday which will be prerecorded and Good Friday at 3.00p.m. They will be sharing communion on both of these days. Not sure of any other services on those days."
[Wednesbury Baptist Church do not appear to have a website nor can I find a reference to them on Youtube but they do have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wednesburybaptist/ . There are some video files there.]


SCBA’s fifth update since the Covid-19 crisis.
This week Dave has put together a video around ‘Responding to Crisis’. This can be found either as a long or short version on our YouTube channel. Please click on either link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel, which will mean that you will be notified as and when each new video arrives.
Responding to Crisis (long version)

Responding to Crisis (short version)
Baptist Together Easter Resources As a church family, journeying through Holy Week and the Easter celebrations this year will be somewhat different to usual. The Baptist Together website provides a wide range of material, including the seminar hosted by Revd Ken Benjamin, BU President, on creative conversations about our Easter messages. These can be found at: https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/339349/Easter_Resources.aspx
15 Ways to Stay Connected and Build Community While in Isolation and Social Distancing. This based around the Up, In and Out discipleship rhythms. You can download a copy by clicking here
Abuse and the Virus
Natalie Collins, international speaker and trainer on issues of violence against women and wider gender injustice, has written a helpful blog on the issue of Domestic Abuse you can read it here
Mental Health and Wellbeing Ruth Rice and Renew Wellbeing are also producing some helpful resources around Mental Health and Wellbeing: https://www.renewwellbeing.org.uk/
Love Your Neighbour
Churches are working around the clock to demonstrate love to their neighbours through this global pandemic. With so much new information and initiatives each day it can be difficult to know where to begin. https://yourneighbour.org/ equips church leaders with the latest updates and resources and connects people in need to their local church.
Church Together in England
The Churches Together in England website contains advice and resources for this difficult time:
Messy Church’s Response to Covid-19
We can do so much as Messy Churches in these weird times. The creativity and hospitality of Messy Church is going way beyond a once-a-month gathering, and the celebration is needed more than ever as we walk through this difficult time together, keeping Christ at the centre of all we do. For information and resources please go to: https://www.messychurch.org.uk/covid-19
Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following the below links. Please feel free to forward these to your congregation if this will be of help. You can find the list of churches on our website: http://www.scba.org.uk/cv-updates.html
Hampshire Constabulary have issued a reminder about the coming Bank holidays
2020 Easter Coronavirus Police Alert001

Information comes from Evy Skinner and Debbie Andre concerning the opening hours of two of the Island Foodbanks from 1 April until the lockdown is lifted. The Bay Foodbank at The Chapel (YMCA) Winchester House, Sandown Road, Shanklin will open only on Thursday - 4.30 to 6.30pm and Friday 9.30 to 11.30am. This Foodbank will be open on Good Friday but will close on Tuesdays until the lockdown is lifted. The Ryde Foodbank - Grace Church, Marlborough Road, Ryde - remains open on Tuesday and Thursday.
Some Good News !
We are glad to announce the birth of Eliot Lovell, a bouncing 8 pound 6 ounce boy to Samuel and Abbi Lovell. Apparently he looks like Samuel and nicely fills a cardigan knitted for his father when he was born.

Our MP Bob Seely has also collected information about Coronavirus on his website
Covid-19 info rmation for the Isle of Wight https://www.bobseely.org.uk/covid-19-latest-advice
there is a great deal of information and advice there.
I have put updated links on our Coronavirus page
Web access to information about Coronavirus on the Island has been rationalised onto one site by wightcomputers
Covid-19 info rmation for the Isle of Wight
www.iowcoronavirus.co.uk/
, Just about anything you need to know should be there.
FROM SCBA
Dear friends,

This is our fourth update since the Covid-19 crisis. [Only the second we have received Ed.] Since our last communication the Regional Team have decided to put together a video clip each week, from various members of the team, with the hope to offer a word of encouragement and support at these times. This week Joth has put together a video around ‘Embracing Vulnerability’. This can be found either as a long or short version on our YouTube channel. Please click on either link below and please feel free to subscribe to our channel, which will mean that you will be notified as and when each new video arrives.

Embracing Vulnerability Long version (inc. greetings and prayers)

Embracing Vulnerability Short version (devotion)

SCBApod
We are also updating our podcast channel with all the audios from these videos. If you haven’t yet subscribed to out podcast, please search ‘SCBApod’ on whatever podcast platform you use and just hit the subscribe button. Each new podcast will then download automatically onto your devise as and when they are published.

The most recent podcasts can be listening to by using these links:

‘Embrace Vulnerability’ by Joth Hunt

'Greetings and Prayers’ by Colin Norris

‘Corona Pod’

SCBA Facebook Page
If you would like to join the SCBA Facebook page, for regular updates and links, please go to: our page on this link

BU Coronavirus Updates
The Baptist Union have been busy updating their advice regarding our response to the coronavirus. You can find all their updates by following this link

BU Online Prayer Meetings
Many of you will be aware that Lynn Green and Richard Wilson have been hosting an online prayer gathering twice a week on a Sunday and Wednesday evening at 7pm. The next one will take place tomorrow evening 1 April, hope you can join us!

Bringing the Easter Message of Hope to the Coronavirus World
Rev Ken Benjamin, BU President, is offering a Zoom webinar this Thursday 2/4/20 at 2:00pm to think and plan together about our Easter online messages. What themes might we draw on to particularly resonate with this unique season?

A good number of people have already signed up. Some can’t make that time slot and have asked for us to record it – which we will try to do – tech permitting.

More details here. People can sign up here

Online Worship Services
Thank you to all those churches who have opened up their Sunday worship to others. You will find a variety of both live streaming and pre-recorded service available by following the links below.

Final prayer taken from Joth’s video on ‘Embrace Vulnerability’:

In my fragility, Jesus, you are my shield
In my vulnerability, Jesus, you are my security
In my weakness, Jesus, you are my strength
In my isolation, Jesus, you are my friend,
In my sickness, Jesus, you are my health,
In my darkness, Jesus, you are my light,
and in my death, Jesus, you are my new life!
Live-streamed Church Services: (Amended on 29 March)
There is an increasing number of live-streamed services or talks being offered by SCBA churches that will be available as they happen for this and following Sundays. As well as serving their own congregations and communities these are available to those who would like to join others in worship but whose churches are not able to offer an online facility at this time.

Here are some: Click on the name of the church to go to their site

Live streaming on Sunday
Andover Baptist ; Canford Heath Baptist ; Christchurch Baptist ; Eastleigh Baptist ; lyndhurst Baptist (youtube) ; Orchard Baptist

Pre-recorded video that can be accessed at other times as well as on Sunday.
Emsworth Baptist ; Thornhill Baptist ; Waypoint Church ; Weymouth Bapist
Saturday 28 March
Norma has referred me to this page.
Open Doors:Facing coronavirus: 7 lessons from the persecuted church
There are many other pages available on this site
Norma has also found this bible study, once again on a site that has a lot of other resources. IMMUNE TO FEAR: 60-Day Bible study

I have also received this via the Sandown Forum. It is a new website for the Island which has created a delivery-to-your door service across a wide range of items. IW businesses and groups have listed their abilities to deliver to areas across the Island, starting to-day. The website address is - www.atoztome.com The site lists telephone numbers and websites and email addresses for every participant. Some are also on Facebook and/or Twitter as well. More and more businesses are joining this new site.
SCBA Reflection: When the World Narrows (Extended Version)
Lookout for updates to Baptists Together Coronavirus advice and resources. here . including news of the next online Prayer Gathering, 7pm Wednesday 25th March.

From SCBA
Free resources for children and adults from Roots on the Web.; https://www.rootsontheweb.com

PRAYER POINTERS
I feel that I ought to be publishing the weekly PRAYER POINTERS. The trouble is that I do not feel adequate to the task. The Weekly published payer diaries have been largely overtaken by events. Is there anything on your heart that you wish to share? There is certainly enough to pray about if you just look at a page of BBC news . But is there anything else you want to bring up? (This is, of course, open to all. Not just SBC members and friends but remember the universal nature of this medium which can be read by almost anyone, almost anywhere.) Email me at news@sandownbaptist.church.


A
little
good news. We
have been awarded
a grant of £2300 by the
Allchurches Trust towards our
kitchen roof project. That is a big step
in our progress towards the total required.

FROM SCBA
Dear Friends,
We are getting in touch with an update during this Covid-19 crisis.

Colin, on behalf of the SCBA team, brings greetings and a short reflection on 'When the world narrows' following the announcement last night of much tighter restrictions on movement and gatherings: click here

A longer version (9 minutes) here includes some prayers for this Lent season from the Order for Baptist Ministry and which are reprinted below.

Other links that may be useful at this time are:
Baptists Together Coronavirus advice and resources. including news of the next online Prayer Gathering, 7pm Wednesday 25th March.

Free resources for children and adults from Roots on the Web. https://www.rootsontheweb.com/lectionary/2020/106-march-april-2020-a/lent-4-mothering-sunday/worshipathome

Richard Littledale, Baptist minister at Newbury, broadcaster and writer:

• In these strange times, you may like to listen to Richard's Podcast diary 'isolation and hope'. Available free at https://anchor.fm/richard-littledale
• Church Youtube channel is here, and will have sermons added each week, as well as some children's material in due course:
• The up to date list of all his BBC broadcasts is here:
• Current set of children's books are here:
• Next book details are here:

Online patterns for prayer from the Order for Baptist Ministry https://www.orderforbaptistministry.co.uk/daily-office/

Prayer and resources from the Northumbria Community https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/

LICC Resources and articles. https://www.licc.org.uk/ Links to services from SCBA churches (live-streamed and pre-recorded) can be found on our website here: http://www.scba.org.uk/cv-updates.html An adapted Lent Pattern of Prayer from the Order for Baptist Ministry

Shorter Daily Office: Lent & Passion – Suffering God (drawing on Hebrews)

Becoming present to God
Lord Jesus, we look to you,
pioneer and completer of our faith,
who for the joy set before you
endured the cross.

Celebrating the presence of God
Desert Christ and suffering Son,
image and kindness of God,
in wilderness lair and village square,
on city streets and Skull Hill,
you earthed the glory of God, and God’s Spirit still
brings your radiance near.
Lord who goes before us,
Thank you for every sign of your presence with us.
(A pause to name any specific thanks or praise)

Acknowledging our humanity
In you, Jesus,
we find solidarity with our weakness and hurting.
In you, Lord,
we find understanding of all that tempts us. (Pause for quiet confession)

As we bring our lives before you,
Help us to receive your kindness and grace:
Sins remembered no more,
Your ways being written
on heart and mind.

Listening for and reflecting on God's Word - Scripture reading(s)

Free prayers for others followed by The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Going to love and serve
Now may the God of peace,
make us complete in everything good,
so that we may do his will,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Amen.

With every blessing
The team at SCBA

A NEW WARNING ABOUT THE NUMBER OF COVID 19 SCAMS
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Members of the public should ignore scam products such as supplements and anti-virus kits that falsely claim to cure or prevent COVID-19. In some cases individuals may be pressurised on their own doorsteps to buy anti-virus kits or persuaded into purchasing products that are advertised on their social media feeds. In addition, some call centres that previously targeted UK consumers with dubious health products are now offering supplements that supposedly prevent COVID-19.

Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals preying on residents – often older people or people living with long-term health conditions – by cold-calling at their homes and offering to go to the shops for them. The criminals often claim to represent charities to help them appear legitimate before taking the victim’s money. There are genuine charities providing support, so consumers should be vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent a charity.

COVID-19 scams identified include:
Doorstep crime
• Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.
• Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.
Online scams
• Email scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, which put people at risk of identity theft with personal information, passwords, contacts and bank details at risk. Some of these emails have lured people to click on attachments by offering information about people in the local area who are affected by coronavirus.
• Fake online resources – such as false Coronavirus Maps – that deliver malware such as AZORult Trojan, an information stealing program which can infiltrate a variety of sensitive data. A prominent example that has deployed malware is ‘corona-virus-map[dot]com’.

Refund scams
• Companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

Counterfeit goods
• Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. There are reports of some potentially harmful hand sanitiser containing glutaral (or glutaraldehyde), which was banned for human use in 2014.

Telephone scams
• As more people self-isolate at home there is an increasing risk that telephone scams will also rise, including criminals claiming to be your bank, mortgage lender or utility company.

Donation scams
• There have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.

Loan sharks
• Illegal money lenders are expected to prey on people’s financial hardship, lending money before charging extortionate interest rates and fees through threats and violence

People are being encouraged to protect their neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams, which provides free online training to empower people to take a stand against scams. To complete the online modules, visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk.

NTS is also issuing urgent advice to help prevent people falling victim to COVID-19 scams through its Friends Against Scams initiative.

Members of the public are being urged to keep in contact with family members regularly and inform them of the most prolific scams and the possible dangers to them. If someone has been targeted by a scam it can be reported to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040. For advice and information on how to check if something might be a scam, visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/.
Tuesday 24 March Midday
A few items borrowed from another website!
IW COUNCIL
The Government guidance on school closures is clear that children should stay at home if they can safely do that. However, children should not be cared for by elderly people or people with an underlying health condition.
Schools will be providing places for the children of parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (Covid-19) response and include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors so they can continue to work, where they cannot make other arrangements for their care.
Where required, schools will also make sure vulnerable children have access to a school place and that children who are entitled to a free school meal continue to receive it.
Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services and education, said: "Island schools have been brilliant, putting plans in place for this week at such short notice.
"Parents need to be responsible and only take up a school place if they are in the categories that the government has defined and really cannot make other arrangements.
“We are hugely grateful to all our schools and education colleagues for their efforts to make sure our most valued key workers can continue to do their vital work during this challenging time.
"We urge everyone to follow the latest government advice and check the council website for the latest local advice."
Information for parents on schools — closures, key workers, vulnerable children, school meals etc — is here and is being regularly updated Please check the IWC website for updates

It hasn’t taken long for the scammers to try to cash in on the fear and concern surrounding the Coronavirus. Cyber criminals are targeting individuals as well as industries – In common with most other crisis situations, criminals are using emails, text messages, social media posts, online advertisements and phone calls to defraud their unsuspecting victims.
Beware of-
- Click here for a cure – emails are being sent purporting to be from a doctor claiming to have details about a vaccine being covered up by the UK and Chinese Governments. You will be taken to a fake web page where your details will be harvested. NEVER click on links in emails.
- Covid-19 Tax Refund Email – this has links to access a refund and you will be asked to put in all of your financial information. The HMRC will never advise you of a tax refund in this way. NEVER click on links in emails
- Fake Online Advertisements – these include, protective masks, sanitising gel, vaccines (these do not currently exist) and appeals from fake charities
- Criminals are also knocking on doors selling Coronavirus tests. These are fake and wont tell you anything. We haven’t had any reports yet on the Island but please be aware anyone acting legitimately would not be going door to door trying to get you to part with money.
DON’T get tempted into ordering any of these items – it is unlikely that you will receive your product and your money will be gone.
DON’T believe everything you read – for accurate and up to date information use reliable and official sources such as the Government Official website and the NHS
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
ISLE OF WIGHT FUELS
We have put measures in place to reduce the impact of the coronavirus, this includes keeping our delivery drivers and customers safe, Therefore, our drivers will be keeping contact with customers to a minimum, our drivers will not ask for delivery paperwork to be signed and will leave in a convenient place, for the foreseeable future.
Our terminal will remain open but with a reduced team, our stock position is currently holding well, and product is still being received as normal. We would kindly ask at this time that you do not visit the terminal. If you do need to visit for whatever reason, please call Lyn Wherry on 01983 292311 and we can advise accordingly.
If the situation changes, we will update you. (Gen Manager)

IW COUNCIL
is extending its support for elderly people during the COVID-19 crisis. From Monday 23 March bus passes for Island bus users who are over 65 will be valid before 9.30am, to help older travellers access supermarkets which have made available early shopping time slots for elderly people. Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure & Transport said: “The Isle of Wight Council is extremely pleased to have reached agreement with our transport and health partners to extend our support for those residents with bus passes. This will allow them to access the offer from retailers to use their shops early in the morning.”
POST OFFICE
We know how important Post Office branches are to our customers. And we, alongside our postmasters and branch colleagues are doing all that we can to keep our branches open, so that we can continue to provide our products and services to you and your communities.
At the moment, the majority of our branches are open as usual and our supply chain is running as normal. Our priority is to keep our customers, postmasters and colleagues safe and healthy. We have advised everyone working in our branches to practice good hand hygiene and we ask that our customers do the same, as well as maintaining a sensible distance between other customers and our colleagues.
We will keep you updated as the situation evolves. But please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to support our customers, communities, postmasters and colleagues through this challenging time.

ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK
It has already been reported that nationally, contributions to Foodbanks are down - what can we do within our communities to help?
From Hannah Jones -We have been working hard to balance the amount of volunteers who have quite rightly had to step back but WE ARE STILL OPEN
However, how we operate is looking different from previously. Our Foodbanks around the Island are still open and supporting locals in crisis (apart from our Freshwater Cafe). From now, food vouchers will be fulfilled with a pre-packaged food parcel. Depending on how busy we are, there may be a wait for food as we keep up with demand.
We have seen an increase in the number of people we are supporting and a definite decrease in food donations too. So we take each day as it comes and do our best at what we can. We will be communication a lot more in the days ahead as we keep up with the changes.
SOUTHERN VECTIS
All of our latest info is available via this link; https://www.islandbuses.info/coronavirus" The main message is that we’re currently still running buses as normal, but we plan to introduce emergency timetables from 6th April, or perhaps the week before. PLEASE keep checking the website for the latest information.
Some useful links for food/meals delivered to your door for those who may be self-isolating…
https://phoenixfrozenfoods.co.uk/ are from East Sussex and have spare delivery slots on the island. https://www.parsleybox.com/ can post cupboard stored meals that are vacuum packed and keep for up to 6 months.
medinafoodservice.co.uk are also aoofering deliveries.
Also, keep an eye on www.thepriceiswight.co.uk for offers.
Brownriggs have said they will be doing deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays. You can order on their website brownriggfarmmeats.co.uk. They do meat, eggs, fresh vegetables and Grace's bread. They have significantly increased their bread order so should have plenty. £15 or more gets a free delivery, under that it is £3. They do lots of pickled and preserved stuff as well that they will add if you ask for it.
The Co-op at Rookley will be closing at 8pm rather than 11pm. This is to help the staff keep the service going.
23 March 2020 20:50 We are, all of us, now officially grounded. Please continue to speak to each other on the telephone, skype or other system if you can. Particularly telephone others who you know do not have access to the internet. The helpline number at IWC is 823600 (see below) and a friendly voice at AGE UK IW is waiting for your call on 525282. I do not know if the new regulations will allow the libraries to open as community hubs.
Sunday 22 March 11:00
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Saturday 21 March 12:40
A new helpline number is now available to support the Island’s most vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) self-isolation measures.
People who do not have a local network of friends or family to support them while they are self-isolating or social distancing can call (01983) 823600 (seven days a week, 9am-5pm) for support. The helpline has been put in place by the Isle of Wight Council in partnership with the Island’s voluntary networks, including Community Action Isle of Wight, Citizens Advice Isle of Wight and Age UK Isle of Wight, to support those who meet the coronavirus ‘vulnerable’ criteria.

Please will you spread the word as widely as possible - perhaps dropping a copy of this information through letterboxes to those in need of the telephone numbers.

If you are healthy and able to help by volunteering, please get in touch emailing volunteer@actioniw.org.uk
Saturday 21 March 12:32
Isle of Wight Libraries will re-open as community support hubs as soon as arrangements can be put in place, working with community partners, to create local hubs enabling residents to safely access the internet or to gather information about council services.
When the buildings are community hubs, customers will be asked to keep at home any books they currently have on loan, unless asked for them to be returned, in order to prevent the need for staff to handle them. All due back dates have been extended, and no fines will be accrued during the closure period.
Ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines and newspapers can be accessed online using your library card.
Saturday 21 March 10:45
There will be another prayer broadcast on Sunday 22 March at 7pm that will be part of the BUGB participation in the National Day of Prayer and Action we are supporting as part of Churches Together in England along with CYTUN in Wales and churches in Scotland.
We are encouraging people to light a candle if they can and join together in praying that the light of Christ would be seen and experienced across the UK and around the world at this time.
Catriona Gorton, Minister at Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow is leading prayers with our General Secretary Lynn Green. We are using John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16 and Philippians 2:15b-16a Join via this link  
Friday 20 March 22:30
The Baptist Union have updated their coronavirus page today, organising it into four categories. Please take a look, especially the call to prayer which is in the section headed "Prayer and study resources".
Friday 20 March 12:00
This is from Jill, it is a link to the newsletter of Carisbrooke Priory It is a good read including an excellent article about Aspire in Ryde. It does also have announcments for upcoming events in May and July. It remains to be seen whether things will have normalised even by July.
Friday 20 March 09:00
Prayer broadcast 19 March recording
Yesterday evening our General Secretary Lynn Green and our President Elect Yinka Oyekan led a time of prayer. 1500 people joined the session. If you missed it and would like to pray into the current situation please watch here
Thursday 19 March 10:25
I will be publishing the newsheet as this online blog during the current difficulties. It may not look quite the same but please send any news or announcements to news@sandownbaptist.church unfortunately there will not be a paper edition. Please let me know of those members who have no access to the internet and I will see what I can come up with. It may be that someone close can read the latest posts to them over the telephone during regular contacts.
Thursday 19 March 08:55
The County Press coronavirus upates have useful information every day. I won't repeat what they say, take a look at the County Press
Wednesday 18 March
Church Meeting
The current intention is that the church meeting will go ahead on Thursday 19th as planned. It will take place in the church rather than in the hall. Appropriate "distancing" between members will be observed.
Wednesday 18 March
I will be publishing the newsheet as an online blog during the current difficulties. It may not look quite the same but please send any news or announcements to news@sandownbaptist.church unfortunately there will not be a paper edition. Please let me know of those members who have no access to the internet and I will see what I can do.