Sunday 18 October 2020 ( 212 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe

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The FAITHCAFE: All Age Worship & Prayers for Recovery

This week's online worship brings empathy & kindness to anyone hurting at the moment. With encouraging words from Dave Llewellyn and a mix of clips, prayers music and hymns for every age group... we hope you find it truly uplifting. Prayers of Recovery are included below for all those struggling from the effects of being human.


Tuesday 13 October 2020 ( 207 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Update

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SCBA Update 13 October 2020

This week Dave Llewellyn has put together a reflection called ‘Hide and Seek’. 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 listen by clicking on the link. If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel .


SCBA Safeguarding Adviser Role

Southern Counties Baptist Association is seeking a part-time Safeguarding Adviser who will advise for SCBA on issues relating to safeguarding and the protection of children, young people and adults at risk. This person will work closely with the Regional Team to provide good quality safeguarding guidance and support to churches within the Association.

For more information, please go to http://www.scba.org.uk/opportunities-to-serve.html


Baptists Together Update

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches.Please continue to check any updates here.

Two changes this week. First the opening churches document. Updated section 4 to make clearer the use of consent as the basis for collection of contact details and suggested mechanisms for meeting GDPR requirements.

Then the L18 Legal issues document. CIGA extension does not apply to postponed AGMs


Faith, Wellbeing and Mental Health

This section of our website has been designed to support church congregations. It is not a definitive list of all the resources available; if you know other useful ideas, websites or books that could be shared across Baptist churches, please let the Faith and Society Team know.

The page can be found at Faith, Wellbeing and Mental Health


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 services available by following the below links. The section also includes professionally recorded worship songs which can be used in your online services. These can be accessed here


Sunday 11 October 2020 (205 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE ALL AGE WORSHIP

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The FAITHCAFE: ALL AGE WORSHIP

In today's worship we are considering the issues of the day, how do we take seriously the Bible's instruction to Rejoice Always?

Also included are three prayers for recovery :
1. At the end of your rope?
2. It's a long, long road...and
3. Lying down with God:

Remember to share with family and friends.


Tuesday 6 October 2020 ( 200 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The Faithcafe
SCBA Update

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The FAITHCAFE: PRAYERS for RECOVERY

Whatever it is you're recovering from, the first step is admitting one's need for help: 'I cannot do this alone...' I hope you find this helpful.

SCBA Update 6 October 2020

Welcome to SCBA’s Covid-19 update This week Clare has put together a reflection called ‘Made in the Image of God’. This can also 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 listen by clicking on the link

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




Baptists Together Update

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches. Please continue to check any updates here.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Legal Issues
1 October update includes Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act extension does not apply to AGMs.

Guidance on re-opening Baptist church buildings
Updated section 3 to reflect the rule of 6 within social distancing guidance.

Updated section 4 with clarified guidance on use of QR codes for building check-in and collection of attendee details.

Updated section 5 to include the rule of 6 in social interaction guidance.

Updated section 5 to clarify approach to cleaning after a suspect case. Updated Appendix 2 to clarify that wording on cleaning checklist.

Updated Appendix 4 with revised Privacy Statement to reflect changed guidance from ICO on consent to collect data.

Guidance on church worship

Correction to Weddings to make clear that anyone working (minister, photographer, organist, premises manager, for example) is not included in the c ap of fifteen people;

Correction to What is Allowed to clarify the number of singers and the use of wind instruments.

Sam Sharpe Lecture

Monday 12th October 2020, 7pm. Organised and presented by the Sam Sharpe Partners, this year's Sam Sharpe lecture will be delivered by Bishop Wilton Powell, OBE - Former National Presiding Bishop of the Church of God of Prophecy, with Lecture Facilitator: Dr Dulcie McKenzie. To watch it live follow this link. You can find out more about Sam Sharpe by clicking on the picture.

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 services available by following the below links. The section also includes professionally recorded worship songs which can be used in your online services. These can be accessed here


Sunday 4 October 2020 (198 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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The FAITHCAFE ALL AGE WORSHIP


The FAITHCAFE: ALL AGE WORSHIP

Today's worship is about perseverance: 'Turn your eyes up to the Son, let the shadows fall behind you!' Includes children's content, uplifting songs and hymns, and a short contemporary message from Andy Croft of Soul Survivor, Watford.

Remember to share with family and friends.


Wednesday 30 September 2020 (194 Days since our first post on this blog.)
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SCBA Update


SCBA Update 30 September 2020

Welcome to SCBA’s Covid-19 update
This week Colin has put together a reflection called ‘Halcyon Days’. 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 listen by clicking on link. If you have missed our previous YouTube videos you can catch up by visiting our channel .



SCBA Regional Ministers’ Sermons
As we come to the end of the summer holidays, with ministers and leaders hopefully still managing to take some time off, the RM Team thought it would be helpful for all our churches to have access to pre-recorded sermons that they have filmed, which can be used in church services across our Association. Joth is currently putting together a YouTube Playlist containing the pre-recorded sermons, which can be accessed here.



Baptists Together Update

The Baptist Union have continued to update the essential guidance for churches.
Please continue to check any updates through our coronavirus links page.

New Government Job Support Scheme
We've just published initial information regarding the New Job Support Scheme which will come into effect from 1 November 2020. Also an update on the end of the furlough scheme

Guidance on church worship
Clarification of rules regarding Worship Outdoors; Change to Weddings to note reduction in England of the number permitted from 30 to 15; Clarification of rules for England and Wales regarding small groups in Prayer Meetings and Bible Study. See the Essential Guidance page here .

Children’s, youth and families ministry
More changes on both face coverings for youth groups, and on toddler groups, as Government update their guidance.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Legal Issues
Includes information about the 'rule of six' and church meetings, and Rent Concessions in Commercial Leases

Guidance on church worship - update
We've made corrections to our church worship guidance; Weddings to make clear that anyone working is not included in the cap of fifteen people; Correction to What is Allowed to clarify the number of singers and the use of wind instruments.



BMS World Mission

Catalyst Lite 2020
BMS World Mission’s much-loved Catalyst Live is back – and we’re going online for our most accessible and affordable event yet! ‘Lite’ in length but mighty in stature, Catalyst Lite 2020 boasts some of the world’s leading theology and Christian entertainment and you can have it in your home for one unforgettable Friday evening. You can buy your tickets for Catalyst Lite right now. It’s on Friday 9 October at 7.30 pm. It’s live. And it costs just £5.

What you can look forward to:

· A chance for you to hear from and ask your questions to Stanley Hauerwas – a legend, considered by many to be the world’s most influential living theologian

· Wisdom from Professor Anthony Reddie. As Black Lives Matter continues to influence our culture, you won’t want to miss out on hearing from an expert in Black Theology and the author of Is God Colour Blind?

· An exploration of nationalism and the Christian faith – and whether the two are compatible – from Baptist academic, author and Old Testament specialist Helen Paynter

· A behind-the-scenes look into the work of leading contemporary artist Makoto Fujumura, whose work has been described by the New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time”

· Everyone’s favourite musical genre – comedy-rap-jazz – from Harry Baker (World Poetry Slam Champion) and Chris Read (Award-winning song writer), aka Harry and Chris.

Please spread the word and encourage your friends to join you (and me) on the mission of the mind. Get ready to be challenged, entertained and inspired.


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 by following the below links. The section also includes professionally recorded worship songs which can be used in your online services. These can be accessed here

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