Resumption of Activities

The current situation on attending worship

Everyone is welcome to join us in the Chapel for Sunday worship. Covid precautions, such as hand sanitising and socially distanced seating, remain in place. Face coverings must be worn when moving around the building and when singing but may be removed when seated. For those who would feel more comfortable with greater spacing, the Gallery is available. In the Gallery face coverings should be worn at all times.

In most cases the streamed service will not show members of the congregation, except when they choose to participate in the service. Occasionally a shot may include the back of a head or a shot of someone moving around - if you wish to avoid even these incidental appearances please sit under the Gallery on the right hand side, or in the gallery itself as the cameras do not cover these areas.

There is no requirement to book a place although if you let us know you are coming in advance that can be helpful. (Ring 024 7652 0621 or email us). It is now permissible to sing behind your face covering. We cannot generally provide after service refreshments at the moment but chatting to friends outside is fine. 

Prayer for individuals available again immediately after our weekly service. This can be in person or via Zoom. If you would like to be prayed for please let Helen know by the Friday of any week so that arrangements can be made - contact Helen here.

If you are not able to visit the church in person the services will be streamed for the forseeable future on Facebook Live and Youtube (link on Homepage) and you are very welcome to join us in that way.

If you have any questions please leave a message on the church phone and we will call you back or email us

 

22nd August 2021

The Service from today can now be watched and heard here

21st August 2021

Advanced notice of Return to Church Sunday:- On Sunday 19th September we want to welcome as many as possible back to worship in the Chapel. Our preacher will be Rev. Neil LeTissier, our Regional minister. We hope that you will join us after the service for tea/coffee and cake as we reconnect with one another and share fellowship.

More Advanced Dates for Your Diary:- Senior Fellowship is planning to re-start on Wednesday 6th October with refreshments from 10.30 am and the speaker from 11am. The speaker on a musical theme on 6th October will be our Organist, Robert Whale. For more information contact Alan Betteridge.

Arty Crafters are planning their first meeting for Thursday 14th October from 10.00 am for a 10.30 start to activities. For more information, please speak to Coral Lynes. It would be helpful if you could let Coral (or Helen in the Church Office) know if you are able to attend. 

 

16th August 2021

From Jon White on behalf of the Tech Team

For the last 17 months, most of us have had to get used to online worship - not least those of us in the tech team who have had to teach ourselves how to stream a service, firstly with all the participants remote and the equipment in our homes, then with equipment and increasing numbers of participants in the chapel building, and now a full hybrid service, with a significant (and growing) number in the congregation, but still with people participating and joining the congregation remotely. 

Whilst streaming has proved a lifeline for us all through lockdowns, as we continue back towards a degree of normality we hope and expect to see more and more people in the congregation in the future, joining in Fellowship with others in the building. But that doesn't mean we will be turning the stream off - we recognise that adding an online element to our worship enables participation by those who cannot physically join us, for any number of reasons. 

The increasing numbers in the building does however mean that we will be making some changes to way the "in chapel" technology operates, as we look to make sure as many people as possible in the building can see what is going on, even if continued physical distancing measures mean we have to spread out around the chapel building more than usual. We will be experimenting with how we can use the streaming camera technology to project images. and hopefully adding extra projection screens to maximise the view wherever you are sat in the building. We will be experimenting over the next few months to make sure this use enhances worship for as many people as possible - please bear with us if things go a little wrong as we try some new things!

Finally, I'd like to thank those who have joined us in the Tech team, but also remind people we would still like some more help. Full training will be provided so as long as you are comfortable with a camera and/or a computer we can find a place for you - there are multiple roles and volunteers can train to do as many or as few as they would like - please do contact Andy Knott or myself regarding the visual / projection side or Pete Bennett, Chris White or Don Brown regarding the sound desk if you feel you could help! (If you don't know any of these people start with an email here )

Thanks!

 

20th July 2021

We have been encouraged by Coventry City Council to make free Covid Lateral Flow Test kits available for the congregation to pick up from Church. These can then be used, if we wish, to test ourselves before meeting groups of people in any setting including church. There are plenty of people who have to use these regularly for their employment or school/college who will doubtless be able to help us in learning to use them. The kits will be avaialble from next Sunday, 25th July.

19th July 2021

At a meeting of the leadership (Minister, Officers and Deacons) last Friday the way in which worship could change following the removal of legal restrictions today was considered. It was noted that since the Prime Minister announced the lifting of restrictions the number of cases of Covid in Coventry had gone up by 350%. Guidance from the Government, the Baptist Union and the local health authorities suggests we take a very cautious approach in changing things. It was decided that the way things are done for services in the Chapel for worship will remain substantially unchanged but be reviewed regularly. (Next review in mid August)..The one change that will be allowed is that the congregation will be able to sing quietly behind their face coverings from Sunday 25th July.

15th July 2021

Further to the last sentence of the post below, the Council have now confirmed that the only closures of Warwick Road will be overnight so access to the church should now be straight forward.

14th July 2021

With the Government's plan to remove most restrictions taking effect on 19th July things are changing quite quickly and the leadership are seeking to respond appropriately to this. The latest advice to churches from the Baptist Union is to be found here. These are some things locally that have been decided so far:-

  • The church building will re-open in a limited way. Church organisations will be able to book rooms via the Church Office and use them on a "self management" basis. i.e. they will have to do the setting up and tidying up and maintan security from their own resources.
  • The church building will be available for outside organisations to book via the church office on two days per week.
  • Activities for children and young people will be able to start again from 12th September.
  • On 19th September we will have a Celebration of re-opening and the speaker will be our Regional Minister, Rev Neil Le Tissier.

Please keep watching this page for more information as things develop.

More immediately we believe the weekend closures of Warwick Road may have ended as the huge crane whose use was the cause of the closures has now departed. We will let you know if we get anything further from the Council.

18th June 2021

The situation about attending services in person remains as in the post below. We encourage you to give it a try.

This is the latest update from the City Council on the traffic restrictions around the church and, in particular the closure on Warwick Road:-

"As you will be aware we had hoped that the crane that we use from Warwick Road for the footbridge and canopies construction on weekend evenings would be off site after this weekend.

Unfortunately, there is still work to do so it will need to be used for four more shifts including this weekend. The delay has mainly been due to weather conditions – and although it might not always feel very windy at ground level there are strict guidelines that the crane has to operate within.

We will use the crane every weekend where it is safe to do so to get the last bits of work done. This means there will be some more weekend evening lane and road closures on of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road.

Once the crane work is finished the team will move on to finishing the highways work on Warwick Road and that will then be all of the railway station improvement work affecting roads in your area completed.

Thanks for your ongoing patience"

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1st June 2021

A summary of the latest situation:-

It is now possible to attend the Sunday morning service at 10.30am in person without pre-booking but it is still helpful to let the office know in advance, if you can, by email or by leaving a message on the phone in the church office.

And the latest traffic information we have:-

Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June – no closures • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June - outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June - outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 11.59pm on Sunday If high winds mean any of the above closures can’t take place, the road will remain operating in the contraflow system as it does in the week.

21st May 2021

On Pentecost Sunday (23rd May), as previously noted, we will have an additional outdoor service at 3pm in the Main Church car park. A major advantage of being outdoors is that singing is permitted. Obviously this will be weather dependent. As the forecast is for unsettled weather an announcement will be made at the end of the morning service as to whether it will go ahead. If you miss this announcement the information will be on the front page of this website - please check before setting out.

It is planned to stream the outdoor service but we have never done this before from outside so you prayers and patience would be appreciated. The link for the stream is here.

The latest road closure information from the Council:-

Saturday 22 May and Sunday 23 May - outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday • Saturday 29 May and Sunday 30 May - outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday • Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June – no closures • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June - outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June - outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure of Warwick Road, Spencer Road/Avenue and the area of Warwick Road between the junction of Spencer Avenue and Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 11.59pm on Sunday If high winds mean any of the above closures can’t take place, the road will remain operating in the contraflow system as it does in the week.

19th May 2021

It is now possible to attend the Sunday morning service at 10.30am without pre-booking but it is still helpful to let the office know in advance, if you can, by email or by leaving a message on the phone in the church office.

Next Sunday we shall also have an outdoor service in the Car Park at 3pm where singing will be possible. The main car park will not be available but there is unrestricted parking on Queens Road on Sundays as well as the rear car park.

30th April 2021

We still have places left for anyone who would like to attend our service in the Chapel on Sunday 2nd May at 10.30am. If you would like to be there please contact Helen as soon as possible by email or by leaving a message on the phone in the church office.

26th April 2021

From Sarah White

I was able to go to church this morning (Sunday 25th). Here are my thoughts on returning to the chapel.

Today I was able to join the congregation worshiping from the chapel for the first time in over a year.

Jon and Joseph have been down there streaming the service almost every week since they've been allowed but I have remained at home with Benjamin. This week Benjamin decided he'd like to learn to help with the sound desk so suddenly I was able to attend church in person.

I was apprehensive about going as I didn't want all of the restrictions to detract from worship and I was particularly worried that the lack of freedom to sing or move around would make attendance in person 'not worth it'.  However, I was wrong!  The increased feeling of fellowship and togetherness was lovely. It was really good to be back in the chapel. The atmosphere of worship was wonderful despite the lack of singing.  The fact that we aren't allowed to sing out loud doesn't mean God doesn't hear our hearts singing to him.

I'd like to encourage those of you who are able to come to church in person to come along and try it yourself.

For those who cannot attend in person we can continue to be thankful for the technology and people who enable us to join in from wherever we are.

[If you would like to attend a service in the church it helps us greatly to notify Helen, our Administrator, in advance. Either email Helen or ring the church office and leave a message on the call minder. Helen can also answer any questions you may have].

 

16th April 2021

We still have places left for anyone who would like to attend our service in the Chapel on Sunday at 10.30am. If you would like to be there please contact Helen as soon as possible by email or by leaving a message on the phone in the church office.

12th April 2021

The latest experience of "being back in Church" went well yesterday for those who were there. Someone who had not previously been to QRBC commented in an email afterwards that she "felt very safe". We would very much like to fill all available seats each Sunday (only a fraction of the pre-pandemic capactity). If you would like to be at the service next Sunday (18th) please contact Helen by email or by leaving a message on the church office phone.

3rd April 2021

If you would like to be part of the 'in person' congregation for worship in the chapel on 11th April please let Helen, our Administrator, know by Thursday 8th April. You can email her here or ring the church office and leave a message. Please see here for updated road closure information.

29th March 2021

Following the successful return to the Chapel for a limited congregation yesterday it is now time to book a place for Easter Sunday if you wish to be in the Chapel for that service. This is done by emailing or by leaving a message on the church office phone. This needs to be done by the end of Wednesday at the latest and you will then receive notification of whether there is a place available or not. A reminder that we will need to continue to observe all the Covid restrictions, so it will not be 'business as usual' for the time being. Please spread the word about this to anyone who may not have seen this message. For those not able to be present for whatever reason our servcies will continue to be streamed to the internet for the foreseeable future.

26th March 2021

 If you are travelling to church in the next few weeks for the first time in a while this information may be helpful.

A new road has open near the church. So as before, from the junction above Junction 6 of the Ring Road we will take the slip road down towards the clockwise Ring Road but now we will turn left off it earlier than previously onto the new road (which has two way traffic). This will take us to Westminister Road where we will turn right and then right again into the now two way Grosvenor Road where the car park is at the end on the left. The previous access into Grosvenor Road from the slip road will be closed off.

When leaving the church we need to remember that Grosvenor Road is two way. We can either retrace our route back onto the slip road to the clockwise Ring Road or exit through one end or the other of Westminster Road.

Also this:-

Anyone who uses Warwick Road in their journey to or from church needs to be aware of the following Road Closures that are planned.

"Coventry Railway Station improvements – crane on Warwick Road
So that we can safely and quickly get on with the improvement work to the railway station, we need to put a crane on Warwick Road. The crane will be located just south of the railway bridge, near to the Michaelmas Road and Warwick Road junction and it will be used to lift in parts of the new footbridge and canopies.
For the majority of the time the crane is in place, a contraflow system will be used so that single lane traffic can run in both directions on Warwick Road south of the Central 6 roundabout. However, there are times when we will need to temporarily close lanes or the whole road to traffic and pedestrians. These dates and times are subject to weather conditions, but we expect the following closures on Warwick Road:

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March. Full closure of Warwick Road between 12.01am on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday

Saturday 3 April and Sunday 4 April. Outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday to 1pm on Sunday. Full closure from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday

Saturday 10 April and Sunday 11 April. Outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April. Outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April. Outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full closure from 4pm on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday

Saturday 1 May and Sunday 2 May. Outbound lane (from city centre) closed from 12.01am on Saturday until 1pm on Sunday. Full Closure of Warwick Road from 4pm on Saturday until 11.59pm on Sunday."

 

25th March 2021

A message from Rev Neil Martin

Hopefully, tomorrow our Members who live locally will receive a parcel. Within that parcel is some cake. The cake has been made by myself and Liz, and has been delivered by others, all in a Covid-secure manner.   

Why have you been given cake?  

First, we are having a day of prayer and fasting as a church on Saturday and it seemed good that we could break our fast together, sharing the same food.  

The second reason is that on Sunday we will have a congregation worshipping in the Chapel for the first time since March last year, and so that seems an appropriate reason to celebrate.  How do we celebrate? Certainly in my family, cake is always in there somewhere.  

On a practical note, at the bottom of this message is a list of the ingredients used in the cake as well as a diary of the prayer events for Saturday (all of which will be on Zoom). Link to follow.  

I hope you enjoy the cake and I very much hope to see you soon in the chapel.  

God bless,  

Neil  

Programme for the Day of Prayer & Fasting 

9.30 – 10.00am - Short worship, prayer and thought – Neil and Liz  

11.00am-12.00pm - Prayer time for Church - Neil  

12.30-1.10pm – Personal reflection – Iain Colville  

2.00-3.00pm – MAG and Youth - Various people 

4.00-4.40pm – Listening slot - Kay Hamer 

6.00-6.30pm – Coffee, cake and worship – Neil 

 

Ingredients list: 

Barm brack (Tea bread): 

Cloves 

Eggs 

Ginger 

Mixed peel 

Mixed spice 

Muscovado sugar 

Nutmeg 

Raisins 

Self-raising flour 

Sultanas 

Tea 

Cookies: 

Egg 

Margarine 

Self-raising flour 

Sugar 

 

Lemon & white chocolate chips 

Milk chocolate chips 

Orange, cranberry & dark chocolate chips 

Raisins & vanilla 

Fifteens: 

Coconut 

Condensed milk 

Digestive biscuits 

Glacé cherries 

Marshmallows 

Flapjack: 

Margarine 

Oats 

Sugar 

Syrup 

 

(Apricots or 

Sultanas) 

Gingerbread: 

Bicarbonate of soda 

Brown sugar 

Egg 

Ginger 

Margarine 

Milk 

Mixed spice 

Plain flour 

Syrup 

Treacle 

Ginger biscuits: 

Bicarbonate of soda 

Cinnamon 

Cloves 

Egg 

Ginger 

Margarine 

Plain flour 

Sugar 

Treacle 

Sponge cake: 

Baking powder 

Eggs 

Margarine 

Sugar 

Self-raising flour 

 

Cocoa powder or 

Coffee or 

Muscovado sugar or 

Vanilla extract 

   

 

 

12th March 2021

The Chapel has been very used very little in the last year and is in need of freshening up before the return of a congregation on 28th March. If you are able to help with this please contact John Montgomery here.

11th March 2021

Unless outside circumstances intervene, we shall have a small congregation in the Chapel on Sunday 28th March. If you would like to be part of that congregation please contact our Administrator Helen either by email  or by leaving a message on the Church phone 024 7652 0621.

After assessing that Sunday we will increase the congregation as appropriate and in line with the loosening of restrictions by the Government. Services will continue to be streamed to the internet for the foreseeable future

In preparation for what might be seen as a new era in church life we plan to have a day of Prayer and Fasting on Saturday 27th March. Details of online activities on that day will follow.