Update Archive- March 2020

 Update Archive April 2020

20th April 2020

We are looking to encourage more people to share their experiences of the present crisis and have produced a questionnaire to help you. There is a fuller explanation and access to the questionnaire here.

20th April 2020

If you are in need of something uplifting why not take a look at our appreciation of nature which you can find here

20th April 2020

Praying can, at the moment, be a bit overwhelming - so much difficult news, so many recriminations about how the situation is being handled, so much concern for loved one and ourselves. It really can help to share with others to pray which is why we are having two online prayer meetings each week. The next one is tomorrow, Tuesday 21st at 7.30pm. Login details are in the Members Area of the website (here) or, if you are not registered for access to that part of the website, please email for details.

20th April 2020

This week, on Thursday at 7.30pm Rev Ralph Hanger commences a new series of online Bible Studies. More details can be found here.

20th April 2020

Rev Ralph Hanger provides us with another Word for the Day wondering what we can learn for our current situation from the Exile of the Jews that we hear about in the Bible. You can find it here.

19th April 2020

We don't know how many people joined in our service last Sunday either live or by watching the recording. What we do know is that Youtube has recorded over 800 devices (computers, tablets, phones etc) being connected to it at some point. This includes it being accessed by our technical team and people who looked and didn't stay. Equally there may well have been more than one person watching some of the devices. Getting big numbers isn't why we do this but we have an opportunity to share with those who would not come through the doors of the church. Is there someone you could encourage to join us?

19th April 2020

Our Word for the Day from Anna Grimshaw today has something of a gardening theme. "A very sad and lifeless looking area of green interspersed with large bare sections of brown" - how did she know what my lawn looks like? You can find it here.

18th April 2020

Tomorrow in our online worship service we will be seeing two creative visual interpretations of a Bible verse. We would like to do something similar next week as well this time using Isaiah 41.10 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

If you have an idea or something already created to offer then please contact Rev Graham Banks by email

18th April 2020

When God doesn't do what we want Him to we can get very frustrated. Rev Neil Martin considers this in our Word for the Day which you can find here.

17th April 2020

It is amazing to us that it is only a week and a day since we launched the Our Stories section of the website. In that time we have had dozens of photographs of Nature and of Crafts and written contributions including poems, reflections and light hearted thoughts. If you haven't visited it yet you can find it here. We are still very much open for more contributions of all sorts - please send them to this email address.

17th April 2020

Word for the Day is from another of the Deacons, Miranda Shieh who brings us words of encouragement from the biblical book of Proverbs. You can find it here.   

Word for the Day is from another of the Deacons, Miranda Shieh who brings us wqords of encouragement from the biblical book of Proverbs. You can find it here.   

16th April 2020

The Church Treasurer has  written a letter detailing the effects on the current crisis on the church finances. You can read this letter on the Members Area of the website. If you are not registered with the website for access to the Members Area please email the Treasurer to request a copy.

16th April 2020

A reminder that this afternoon at 2.30pm we have a Prayer Meeting (via Zoom) led by Rev Neil Martin. Joining details are in the Members Area of the website (here) or, if you are not registered for access to that, contact us by email for the details

16th April 2020

Rev Ian Macnair today contributes Part 2 of the Word for the Day about Jesus Last Will and Testament. The final clauses in the Will are "not with what Jesus has done, but with what we have to do."  Read more here

15th April 2020

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 2.30pm, we have an online Prayer Meeting using Zoom. Our prayers will obviously cover the present crisis but can also range over many other subjects. To gain access use the login details in the Members Area of the website or, if you do not have access to that, email us for the login. We do hope you will be able to join us.

If you are unsure about how to use Zoom, Liz Martin will lead a practice session at 11am tomorrow (Thursday).  If you would like to join this session please let Liz have the email address you would like to use and your phone number (in case of difficulties) by clicking here.

15th April 2020

We think that this video, made by two people from Hearsall Baptist Church, might put a smile on your face. Try it and see.

15th April 2020

HEBA (The Heart of England Baptist Association) have an initative so that churches can receive prayer for their ministries in these difficult times.

 

15th April 2020

Have you had a restless night? Have you had spells during the day when you have been overwhelmed with sadness or anxiety or anger? We recommend our Word for the Day from Rev Ian Macnair which talks about the peace that Jesus gives. Find it here

14th April 2020

This evening, at 7.30pm, we have an online Prayer Meeting using Zoom. Our prayers will obviously cover the present crisis but can also range over many other subjects. To gain access use the login details in the Members Area of the website or, if you do not have access to that, email us for the login. We do hope you will be able to join us.

We have another Prayer Meeting on Thursday at 2.30pm which we hope you will also be able to participate in.

14th April 2020

Today's Word for the Day is from Kay Hamer, one of the Deacons. Kay invites us to be thankful to God. You can find it here.

13th April 2020

Spring Harvest is one of the biggest Christian events in the UK, taking place for a few weeks around Easter - except for this year, of course. And this presents us with a great opportunity to join in with the Celebrations and the teaching from our own homes. From today for the rest of the week Spring Harvest is online and free. For more explanations and the programme click here

And if you get involved why not write a paragraph or two for the "Our Stories section of our website. Send it here.

 

13th April 2020

Tomorrow, Tuesday (14th), at7.30pm and on Thursday (16th) at 2.30pm we will be holding prayer meetings using Zoom. Inevitably we will pray about the present crisis but we will also have the opportunity to pray for other subjects, other people and their needs. To join us please go to the Members part of the website (here) for the Zoom login in information or email us to ask for the details.

13th April 2020

It was an unusual but nevertheless special Easter Day yesterday. A great celebration of our faith however does not prevent us from struggling with faith at other times, even today. In Word for the Day from Rev Ralph Hanger today understanding is compared with faith. You can find it here

 

12th April 2020 - Easter Day

We have Easter Greetings from Claudia and the congregation of Dresden Baptist Church.

And Easter Greetings also from Rev Paul and Christine Kyalympa and the churches they serve in Uganda

12th April 2020 - Easter Day

Join us for our Easter Day service at 10.30am. All you need to do is to click here. In the service we shall have Communion together. Please have something available to use as the "bread and wine" if you can.

After the service we have a couple of chat groups. In one you can share your thoughts about Easter and how we have celebrated it this year. (According to something on the radio this morning, this is the first time the churches have been closed on Easter Day since the year 1213!) In the other group there is more general chat with Iain Colville. The links to these groups will be on the front page of the website at the end of the service.

12th April 2020 - Easter Day

Our Word for the Day on Easter Day is from Rev Neil Martin. It spells out the Easter message of hope in no uncertain terms. You can find it here

12th April 2020 - Easter Day

The Boxer family have created this visual telling of the Easter story - click here

11th April 2020

And finally..... today we have entered our second month of doing these daily updates. Please do tey to read them regularly to keep in touch while we cannot be physically together.

11th April 2020

We would love to have some help from you for our online communion service on Ester Sunday. We would like to make a collage to show that, although we are separated, we are together. To do this we need photos of those who are joining us for the service, preferably with the "Bread and wine" that they will be using. You can send your photos, as soon as possible please,  here. Hopefully we will be able to show the collage in the service.

11th April 2020

Today, in our Word for the Day, Iain Colville writes the next in our (intermittent) series on Matthews Gospel. He talks about "Your mission, should you choose to accept it…!" as we read Chapter 10. You can find it here.  Apologies that when first posted this morning it was missing its final paragraph - now corrected.

11th April 2020

Thank you for the great response to us launching the "Our Stories" section of our website.  We are delighted with the contributions we have had so far and we look forward to receiving a steady supply over the coming weeks. Yoiu can see further details and the contributions so far here.

10th April 2020

After the service on Sunday we shall have group gatherings on Zoom like last week. A link to join these groups will be available on the website at the end of the service. This week we will also be having a Zoom chat group for children. If your children would like to be involved please contact Nicky P as soon as possible to get the details. If you do not have Nicky's contact details please use this email and we will pass it on.

10th April 2020

Today is Good Friday which is reflected on in our Word for the Day (here). We also have a service online at 2pm which you can join by clicking here

9th April 2020

Today we have launched a new part of our website called "Our Stories" - You can find an explanation of what it is all about here

9th April 2020

Another contribution from a Deacon for Thursday's Word for the Day, this time from Anna Grimshaw. She, in advance of us sharing communion in our Easter Sunday online service, considers what we can learn from Leonardo da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper". You can find it here.

8th April 2020

About 7.30pm yesterday evening we sent an email to people on our email list with details of forthcoming events. If you would have expected to receive this and didn't there are (at least) two possible reasons. One is that we might have the wrong email address for you. The other is that your service provider or your email app might have thought it was "junk". If you did not receive it, please check your junk/spam folder. If you find it there, if you can please mark it as not spam and please add admin@qrbc.co.uk to your contacts. If none of that applies please let us know so we can check we have your address correct. E-mail us here

8th April 2020

Two new dates for your diaries today - Next Tuesday (14th) at7.30pm and on Thursday (16th) at 2.30pm we will be holding prayer meetings using Zoom. Watch out for more information on here a little nearer the time.

8th April 2020

Today's Word for the Day is once again from Chris Burrell and in it she breaks into song - well almost......   You can find it here

7th April 2020

Zoom is proving to be an effective way of interacting with other people but we realise it is a "foreign land" for some people. If you would like some help in how to use Zoom, Liz Martin is offering this on Thursday afternoon at 2pm. click here to email and give us the email address (for us to send the link) and telephone number (in case Liz needs to talk to you) that you would like to be contacted on.

7th April 2020

Last Thursday a number of people had a good time of virtual discussion of the Bible study outline, which seemed to be appreciated by all.  If you would like to join us on Thursday (9th) for the last of this series it would be great.  Even though it builds on previous studies it is also an interesting 'stand alone' study as e consider what John records of Jesus teaching about himself.  This all helps us to appreciate more about who Jesus was and is and the nature of His sacrifice for us.  Let Ralph Hanger know by email  if you would like to join in.  You will need a computer or laptop with microphone and camera working.  Ralph will send you an email on Thursday around 7pm with a link to enable you to get on.  The notes are here.

7th April 2020

Here is something that has not previosuly been announced so we would be glad if you would spread the word.

On Good Friday at 2pm we will have an online Good Friday service. This will go out on YouTube like our Sunday services and the link will be on the front page of this website. Rev Neil Martin who is leading the service would be pleased to have some people to join the "congregation" on Zoom. (That is the people who you have seen briefly on the screen on Sunday mornings). If you are interested to do this please contact Neil by email.

7th April 2020

This week some of the Deacons are contributing to Word for the Day. Today Chris Burrell thinks about taking atock and clearing up. You can find it here

6th April 2020

For the last several years , on Good Friday we have run a very popular event called Interactive Easter with a variety of activities for all ages to help us engage with the Easter Story. Surprise, surprise - it can't happen in the same way this year but from tomorrow it will be happening online through this website. We hope you will join in. 

And if you cannot wait for tomorrow have you seen our QRBC Kids and QRBC Youth Facebook groups which have plenty of great ideas for you.

6th April 2020

There has been a lot in the media over the weekend about "doing as you are told" and for one Scottish Medical Officer "not doing as you are told". And today our Word for the Day from Rev Ralph Hanger considers those very subjects. You can find it here.

 

5th April 2020

Today is Palm Sunday if you would like to join us online for our service at 10.30am the link is here

We will refer to videos showing how to fold Palm Crosses and create Hobby Donkeys - these are on YouTube this morning. If you'd like to make your own click the links

Hobby Donkey                   Palm Cross

And we thought this a good time to share some photos of a previous Palm Sunday - 2003 when there were not the same constraints as today!

 

5th April 2020

As is becoming our pattern on Sunday, in "Something to Think About" we share some thoughts from beyond the QRBC family. Today Dr Ruth Valerio and Gideon Heugh of Tearfund explore the questions that Christians might be wrestling with during the coronavirus crisis. This is a bit long but we think it is well worth reading - which you can do by clicking here

4th April 2020

We are looking forward to sharing our morning worship with many of you at 10.30am tomorrow.

We want to try to add to the "Sunday experience" to make it a little more like meeting together in person so after the service we will offer two group gatherings using Zoom. One will be an opportunity to discuss the sermon with the preacher (- in the case of this Sunday, Neil). The other, led by Iain C. will be an opportunity to chat (which most people do when meeting in person), to hear how people are coping, to offer encouragement.

If you would like some help in how to use Zoom, Liz Martin is offering that this afternoon (Saturday) at 3pm. For the groups on Sunday you can just follow the link and join without "booking" but, if you would like some help from Liz on Saturday, please click here to email and give us the email address (for us to send the link) and telephone number (in case Liz needs to talk to you) that you would like to be contacted on.

Those who are on our email list will get a message with links to the service and the group meetings afterwards. But don't worry if you do not receive an email, the links will be on the front page of this website on Sunday morning before the service.

If the after service chats prove popular we will offer more groups in future weeks. If you would like to offer themes for these groups please email your suggestions.

4th April 2020

How do you see yourself? How do you see others? And does it matter? These are the questions that Rev Neil Martin considers in today's Word for the Day which you can find here.

4th April 2020

We have important information for those who are Members of the Church.*   We have a new page in the Members section of the website where the Diaconate, who are meeting weekly at the moment (electronically, of course), will make regular reports. You can find it here. To see this page you will need a password which you get when you register as a member with the website. If you are not registered as a member with the website you can do this on the top right hand corner of the homepage. If you are not sure if you are registered or if you have forgotten your password PLEASE do not register again. This creates a good deal of work and also costs the church money! Instead please send an email and we will let you know if you are registered and send a new password

* By that we mean people who have applied and been accepted as members by the Church Meeting. This is a constituional matter and does not mean that we value those who are not Church members any less. If you have questions about Church Membership please contact one of the Ministers.

3rd April 2020

Just in case you don't know, Coventry City Council produce a weekly update online and by email. You can see the most recent one here.

3rd April 2020

"How big is God?" is the theme of our Word for the Day from Rev Graham Banks, You can find it here

3rd April 2020

We hope you are looking forward to our service on Sunday morning. We posted details of what is planned earlier in the week  (click #31st March)

The team getting the service to you would greatly appreciate your prayers as they meet (electronically) this evening to plan the final details and please pray that there will be no distractions from technical problems as we meet on Sunday.

2nd April 2020

Today our Word for the Day comes from Liz Martin and encourages to think about how we relate to Jesus. You can find it here.

We would also like to remind you about the Bible Study this evening with Ralph Hanger. See yesterday's post below for the details.

 

1st April 2020

New additions to the site today are a Word for the Day from Rev Graham Banks and a a new set of Bible Study notes from the Rev Ralph Hanger. There are new resources being added to the QRBC Kids and QRBC Youth Facebook pages nearly every day. There is no restriction on joining the Facebook groups so you can let your relatives anywhere in the world know about what is available.

1st April 2020

When to present lockdown started Rev Ralph Hanger had just started a Lent Bible study series which rapidly had to move on line.  The material is being added to this website weekly and attempts have been made to meet electronically.  Ralph has sent this message about this week's session on Thursday.  "So last week we failed in our experiment to run a virtual Bible study.  My apologies for time wasted and frustration experienced.  This week we would like to try on a different platform - Zoom.  This worked for the service on Sunday and various other meetings and we hope it will work on Thursday for this Bible study.  If you are still game to have a go and enjoy the to and fro of discussion in this new format, please click here to let me (Ralph) know. I will then send you a link to click on between 7 and 7.30 on Thursday evening and we will see how it works. Again, apologies for last week.  It would be good if you were willing to give it one more try.  Many thanks.  As before it would help if you have at least had a look at this week's Bible Study on the web, although not essential.  Let's help one another get to know Jesus better."

1st April 2020

Our Church Administrator, Helen Jones, joined in the Lent Lunch yesterday.

We know what we can do is rather limited at the moment is rather limited but do send us photos of what you are doing - perhaps spring cleaning or finishing that 1000 piece jigsaw. If it is your birthday, let us see the cake or if it is your wedding anniversary, let us see a wedding photo. Click here to send photos as an email attachment.

By sending photos we understand that you are giving permission for them to be used on this website and/or the church Facebook page. 

 

 

Update Archive March 2020

31st March 2020

We have had a couple of photos from the Lent Soup lunch in support of Christian Aid.

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Thanks, Stan

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Brenda says "We managed to get Judith to join us for our Christian Aid lunch together, thanks to a WhatsApp video call. Good to chat & pray together.

Our soup, by the way, was from a can of Chicken Soup, found at the back of the larder....'use by date' :2007! "

31st March 2020

Quite a lot to update you on today.  

The team that is making the online services happen met (electronically) last night and tried to learn lessons from last Sunday's experience. We very much hope that we will not have the same problems as last week but if you have trouble connecting to the service please go to the front page of the website (rather than anywhere else) as we will ensure that the latest version of the link will be up to date there along with any other information we need to give you. 

Next Sunday (Palm Sunday) we want to try to add to the "Sunday experience" to make it a little more like meeting together in person. After the service we will offer two group gatherings using Zoom. One will be an opportunity to discuss the sermon with the preacher (- in the case of this Sunday, Neil). The other, led by Iain C. will be an opportunity to chat (which most people do when meeting in person), to hear how people are coping, to offer encouragement. We will put links to these groups on here and on the website homepage nearer the time. If you would like some help in how to use Zoom, Liz Martin is offering this on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. For the groups on Sunday you can just follow the link and join without "booking" but, if you would like some help from Liz on Saturday, please click here to email and give us the email address (for us to send the link) and telephone number (in case Liz needs to talk to you) that you would like to be contacted on.

If the after service chats prove popular we will offer more groups in future weeks. If you would like to offer themes for these groups please email your suggestions.

We are also looking at finding safe, confidential ways to offer individual prayer - we will tell you more when we can.

Another idea that some might like to try is "Calling in for tea".  Contact a friend or perhaps someone who might need some encouragement and arrange a time to have a chat over a cup of tea. You can simply use a phone or, if you are both comfortable with it, WhatsApp, Facetime, Zoom, Skype or whatever.

We would like to hear your views about whether we should organise some sort of get together during the week, perhaps a fellowship time, a prayer time or something else you suggest. Please let us have your thoughts as we look to create a fully functioning online church for the next few months. Click here to email.

And finally for now, a week on Sunday is Easter Day. We plan to have a Communion service so when you are shopping please buy , if necessary, something you are happy to use as the bread and wine in the service.

Thanks for reading all of this!

 

31st March 2020

In our Word for the Day, Rev Neil Martin continues his series on Matthew's Gospel. We are up to Chapter 7 and Neil considers the meaning of the Sermon on the Mount. You can find it here.

30th March 2020

\ A reminder that tomorrow/Tuesday/31st March is our (virtual) Lent Soup lunch at 12.30pm. For full details see the announcement on 27th March below.

 

30th March 2020

The first post of the day on the family WhatsApp group of a certain family.  "Day 1 of Part 2 of the great Spring Clean. Take down a curtain to wash only to find it's "dry clean only" - label inaccessible til curtain down! Take down another curtain ..... washable.... hooray. But half the curtain hooks snap (brittle with age - over 47 years of age some of them probably!).  Supplies of replacements limited. Oh the dramas of life in lockdown."

One week in (-yes, only one week- ) would love to hear some of your lockdown dramas. You can send them to us here - please make sure that everyone involved is happy to have them shared. Alternatively, the absence of dramas (or anything else) might be your lockdown story. If you have any suggestions about what we, as a fellowship, can do "together" then please let us know.  You may not get an instant answer but we will consider all suggestions.

(Offers of curtain hooks not needed, thank you - another member of the family has plenty of spares.)

30th March 2020

Our Monday Word for the Day comes from Rev Ralph Hanger and considers what happens when the wind blows. You can find it here

29th March 2020

HOPE Coventry publish a newsletter covering what is going on in the Christian World in Coventry. The latest one (which you can find here) includes information about Radio Plus broadcasting a service on FM Radio for those who do not have internet access.

29th March 2020

Today our Word for the Day took the form of our streamed service this morning. If you missed it you can still go to our home page and click the link to see a recording of the service.

We have however got a different contribution as 'Something to Think About.' You can find it here

29th March 2020

News from Pastor Roberts and his team in Liberia. They are working to share information to prevent  the spread of the coronavirus and to raise awareness of the severity of the issue. It is essential to talk to people and going through the community, meeting them around their homes works best. Pastor Roberts has years of community engagement and he is training his team to be able to go out into their communities as trusted members, to share the important message. \
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Meanwhile the school roof in Cotton Tree is being repaired while the school is shut due to the coronavirus  - the building was in need of repair before the rains caused more damage.

 

28th March 2020

Tomorrow, Sunday, on QRBC Kids Facebook page from 3pm there will be a Virtual Scavenger Hunt. You will need to join the group if you haven't already and full instructions about the Scavenger Hunt are on there. Click here to go the QRBC KIds
 

28th March 2020

On Friday evening a small group of people gathered (electronically, of course) to finalise plans for our online service on Sunday morning (10.30am). Some of us are having to learn very fast about the technicalities of bringing together a service from eight different homes across the city but fortunately we have those who have the skills needed. Please pray for the them today as they make the final tweaks. And please join us on Sunday at 10.30am. There is a link on the front page of the website that will take you there in one click without the need to put your coat on or get in the car. And if for any reason you miss the 10.30am start (perhaps because you forgot to put your clocks forward) the link will stay active and you will be able to watch a recording of the service.

28th March 2020

Today's Word for the Day is from Rev Neil Martin and asks the question "Can we trust?". You can find it here.

27th March 2020

This is something we were planning to do by gathering in the same room but.....

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Lent Soup Lunch Tuesday 31st March at 12.30

Everyone is invited!....

….Though not to my lounge, thank you!! We invite you to share ‘virtually’ (i.e. in your own place with just your household) in a simple lunch… e.g. Soup and roll (or crackers) or bread, cheese and fruit or …. and to take time to remember the work of Christian Aid. Pray for the millions of people throughout the world who cannot wash their hands in clean water; those for whom such a lunch would be a luxury, and if they get sick there is no access to medical treatment.

We may not be able to meet together but we can share together in this, for the sake of others.

If you would like to take a selfie or picture of your lunch (to show you joined in) you can email it to us and David will put together a little gallery.

If you would like to send a donation to Christian Aid their web address is: www.christianaid.org.uk . They are currently not accepting postal donations. Or you could put your gift in a marked envelope for when we next meet physically as a congregation. \

Thanks

Ruth, Brenda and Judith

27th March 2020

Plans are well advanced for our first online worship service on Sunday. We hope you will join us at 10.30am. All you need to do is to go to the homepage (front page) of this website and click the link in the box towards the top of the page. Just click here now if you want to check that you can find it.

27th March 2020

In todays Word for the Day Graham considers our need for rest and refreshment, both physically and spiritually. You can find it here.

26th March 2020

In today's Word for the Day Neil considers the importance of our relationships. You can find it here

26th March 2020

The email about our Sunday online service mentioned in this update yesterday has now gone out. If you want to receive it and haven't done so please let us know - click here

25th March 2020

In one sense not a QRBC matter but something we all need to know

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25th March 2020

Baptist Union President Ken Benjamin will be leading an online prayer gathering along with General Secretary Lynn Green this evening (Weds 25th) at 7pm. To join in click this link shortly before 7pm

25th March 2020

The next set of notes for our Lent Bible Study series led by Rev Ralph Hanger are now available here. These notes are designed for personal Bible study, but will also form the basis of the online Bible study on Thursday evening (26th March 2020).  You are welcome to join this online study.  All you need is a computer with a microphone and camera built in or attached.  If you would like to join those already booked in, send an email to Ralph asking to be included.  Ralph will send you a link in an email nearer the time with any further details you need.  As  Thursday 26th March is our first experiment, we will start going online at 7pm to get everyone linked in by 7.30 to start.

25th March 2020

In today's Word for the Day Graham talks about knowing what the future will bring. You can find it here

25th March 2020

Yesterday we talked about planning an online servcie for Sunday morning. In the next day or two please watch out for an email from us about this (if we have your email address). This will have a link to take you to the right place just before 10.30am on Sunday making it even easier to join us. If you would like to receive this but think we may not have you email address please send us an email - click to email.

Don't forget, by the way, that we change the clocks (put them forward one hour) on Saturday night.

24th March 2020

There is something you can do to help us (from the safety of your own home). Through the website and Facebook we are trying to keep information and encouragement flowing through the Fellowship. Not so many years ago it would have been much harder with only landline telephones and the Royal Mail as channels to use. It is a fact however that not everyone has completed the transition to internet based communication. There is no criticism of people who are not using the internet much or at all. But if you know such people in the fellowship could you be the channel to them by giving them a phone call from time to time to update them. They may want to support what is going on through their prayers.

At the moment it is uncertain to plan anything ahead but as things stand we are working hard to get a worship service broadcast on the internet next Sunday morning (and future Sundays). Could you pass this information around as widely as possible? The aim is that to see and hear the service it will just be necessary to click one link on the front page of the church website. If anyone needs any advice on the technology, we obviously can't do a home visit but hopefully we can help over the telephone, in advance of Sunday, to get this broadcast. If you need to contact us about this please click to email.

24th March 2020

As we start living with the latest round of restrictions, in today's Word for the Day Neil considers the temptations we face and how to deal with them. You can find it here.

 

23rd March 2020

We have two new Facebook Groups for parents and, where applicable, their children. We will be sharing online resources and ideas. We will be glad to have any ideas you can share.

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To get involved go to Facebook and search for either QRBC Youth or QRBC Kids and click "Join Group"

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23rd March 2020

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Today our Word for the Day is from Rev Ralph Hanger. In it he talks about his experience of a major crisis when he lived and worked in Africa. You can find it here

 

22nd March 2020

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Graham's Word for the Day today focusses on doing things differently and being creative with our expression of faith and love for others. You can find it here.

If you want to share your ideas about this, you can click here to email us

 

21st March 2020

In addition to putting Bible study notes on the website (see announcement on 20th March below), it has been agreed to try an online study, basically discussing the notes on the Internet.  If you would like to join in this new way of discussing (who knows if this will be our only form for a little while), please contact Ralph Hanger by email  so that your email can go on the list.  He will then reply with details of what you need to do.  "This will be an experiment for all of us and a steep learning curve, but it could be fun and hopefully beneficial.  Anyone is welcome to join in.  Thanks, Ralph"

21st March 2020

You may be wondering whether we are going to put a service online tomorrow (Sunday, 22nd). Although we are working on doing this in future, we have not been able to achieve it for this week. Please pray for the small team working on this and watch this space for further announcements.

21st March 2020

Today's Word for the Day is from Rev Neil Martin and considers how we deal with change. You can find it via this link.

20th March 2020

Since we have had to cancel the Lent Bible studies due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are trying to continue to encourage the study of Jesus in John. The studies are being put into a format for the website.  One of the main advantages of meeting together for study is the interaction and learning from one another.  At the moment we cannot provide this, although a ‘virtual study’ may be possible.  Watch this space. Meanwhile, for the first study click here

20th March 2020

The latest update on the operations of the Coventry Foodbank is here

20th March 2020

Some thoughts on Social Distancing in today's Word for the Day brought together by Rev Graham Banks. You can find them via this link.
 

19th March 2020

If you have children at home needing things to do having a look at resources the National Literacy Trust has made available might be helpful. You can find them by clicking here

19th March 2020

The next Lent Bible Study which was due to happen tonight will not be meeting but steps are underway to make material available through the website for personal study. Watch this space for further information.

19th March 2020

Today's Word for the Day looks at how we deal with our questions and doubts and is by Rev Neil Martin. It can be found here

19th March 2020

There is an opportunity this evening to join other Baptists in an online Prayer Gathering this evening. Click here  just before 7pm and follow the link to connect in.

19th March 2020

Just to confirm that due to current situation, the Arts and Crafts Group meeting  "Flower Arranging" scheduled for Thursday 9 April will not take place.

18th March 2020

There will be no Duke of Edinburgh Award meetings from now until the summer term starts at the earliest. A restart date will be posted on the group web site which participants should check after the Easter holidays have ended. All practice expeditions are cancelled. The advice is to only continue with volunteering and physical sections if it is safe for you and those around you to do so.

18th March 2020

Today's Word for the Day is by Rev Graham Banks and can be found here.

17th March 2020

Our foodbank centre will open at Queens Road on Thursday this week  but will then close until further notice.
Next week Foodbank will be operating an emergency centre from the warehouse on the Binley Industrial Estate. We will let you have more information of this when we have it

17th March 2020

The Senior Fellowship meeting due to take place on 1st April has been confirmed as cancelled.

17th March 2020

Following the latest advice Tiddlywinks will join Tiddlers in being closed until further notice. Sarah says  "we plan to share ideas together on the Tiddlywinks Facebook group, so if you are able to join that  please do - click here   Alternatively if you are a parent  feeling isolated and not on Facebook email us by clicking here and we can include you in the things we share".

Also we confirm that BB and GB on Friday evenings will be closed until at least 1st May.

17th March 2020

From Rev Neil Martin

As Graham has said, we are aiming to produce a Word for each day to provide spiritual support in these difficult times. My first contribution is now available clicking on the box on the right hand side of this page which says "Something to think about". If you have any difficulty getting to it please let us know by clicking here

 

17th March 2020

We have been asked to make the print on the website larger and darker. We have done this for this page and the related "Something to think about" page. At the moment it is not feasible to do that for the whole website.

16th March 2020

From Rev Graham Banks

Over the next number of weeks we are going to be sharing a Word for each Day on our website and Facebook page. Our hope is that you will be both encouraged and feel connected.

For the time being Neil and I will be sharing these words. You can find today's and future ones by coming to this page (by clicking the red box on the home page) and then clicking on the box on the right hand side of this page which says "Something to think about". If you have any difficulty getting to it please let us know by clicking here

16th March 2020

Update QRBC's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and continuing developments

Following a meeting of the diaconate this morning to discuss and pray in the light of ongoing developments, we seek to add clarification and update the church's response. 

In all things, our position must be subject to the following 3 overriding principles:

  1. If it is not necessary for groups to continue to meet, the most sensible course is not to meet face to face, but groups are encouraged to stay in touch with one another;
  2. We each need to take seriously the Government guidance that any individual with a  new persistent cough and/or  a temperature should self-isolate for 7 days.  Any individuals who have any concerns that they or their family members are in a higher risk group should also exercise caution. No one  (including employees and volunteers) should feel under any pressure or guilt if they need to self-isolate or otherwise not participate; and
  3. We will continue to adhere to Government advice as it evolves.

Subject to those principles, we have decided to undertake a multi-tiered approach as set out below.

Sunday services

We will continue to suspend Sunday services until further notice.  This is in order to safeguard the large proportion of our congregation who fall into high risk categories.  The Diaconate is working on ways to maintain and build up our spirituality without meeting face to face for worship together. Further communications will explain these ideas in due course.

Other church groups

Where groups do not involve those in higher risk categories, those groups (and their leaders) may decide whether to continue to meet for the time being. 

Pastoral area leaders (PAL) are organising the church family into clusters in their areas.   Please let your pastoral area leader or the office know if you need pastoral or practical assistance.

Church centre

Foodbank continues to operate, with modifications to minimise risks for volunteers and clients.

We are seeking to facilitate groups external who wish to continue to use the premises, where practically possible.  Further updates will be provided in due course.  Please contact either Barry Peak or Helen in the office if you have any queries about the operation of the centre.

 

The Diaconate will be meeting again in the coming week, to continue to pray and keep these matters under review and further updates will be provided as developments occur.

If you, or a member of your immediate family, have self-isolated, please do let your PAL (Pastoral Area Leader) know, who will then let the office know; failing this, do let the office know.

15 March 2020

Psalm 121:1-6

I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip –
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you –
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

16th March 2020

We would like to confirm that our Prayer Network is still operating as before. Members of the congregation can have a request circulated by emailing prayerchain@qrbc.co.uk or ringing the church office on 024 7652 0621 during office hours (9am - 1pm, Mon to Fri)

15th March 2020

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Deeper is a Bible teaching event held at Castle Hill Baptist Church, Warwick where our former member and deacon Rev Kevin Johnson is minister. For more about Castle Hill's response click here

 

14th March 2020

As things stand it is planned to open our Foodbank operation on Monday and Thursday as usual. The basis it operates on will change but food wil be available to those with vouchers.

14th March 2020

Chris Goswami is Director of  Communications at Openwave Mobility and Associate Minister at Lymm Baptist Church. You can read his thoughts on the present situation by clicking here

14th March 2020

This is what the Archbishop of Canterbury is saying about the present issues - click here

13th March 2020

Here are some thoughts to consider from the Christian Medical Fellowship about Christians response to Coronavirus - click here

13th March 2020

It has been agreed the WLTDO (Who Let the Dads Out) will meet this Saturday morning (14th) as planned.

12th March 2020

CHURCH & CENTRE CLOSURE Until Further Notice

Due to the unprecedented Coronavirus situation and further to expected advice from the Government to enter the “delay” phase we have made the collective decision that the church and centre will be closed from 10pm Friday 13th March 2020.

This decision has not been taken lightly but we simply feel that this is the most prudent choice open to us.

This also means that our Sunday services will be suspended until further notice.

Our Facebook page is a great way of keeping up with many aspects of the life of our Church family and any significant messages will be available in this way.   We also have all the information we have on a special page on the church website. To access the page, click on the red box on the front page of the website - - you do not need to log-in / use a password.

If you are involved in the running of a church activity and need to announce anything please email your request to communications@qrbc.co.uk and admin@qrbc.co.uk

If you have friends who do not have access to the internet, please share information with them in a suitable way.

The Church leadership will continue to review this situation and we will publicise any changes as and when appropriate.

 

Graham Banks (Minister) 07742104816

Neil Martin (Minister) 07701388169

 

11th March 2020         Social Distancing……????....

A phrase you might well have heard quite a lot in recent days…(and writing this in the second week in March, who knows what it might mean in practice by the time you read this).

As a Church family where words like community, fellowship, gathering together are central to our thinking….where we are encouraged in Scripture to ‘greet one another with a holy kiss’, which some of us might prefer to translate as a ‘warm hand-shake,’ how might we sensibly respond if the advice comes to us to physically distance ourselves, self-isolate or, more drastically, go into ‘lockdown’ in the current Coronavirus outbreak.

The Church leadership, Deacons and Pastoral leaders (PALS) have begun to give some thought to this, not to cause panic, but to be prepared to support one another, especially the more vulnerable, if such advice might come.

Firstly it’s important to say that any decisions we make will be based on government and local guidelines from the proper authorities…..not based on social media fake news!!

Our Facebook pages are a great way of keeping up with many aspects of the life of our Church family and any significant messages will be available in this way. On Facebook search for "Queens Road Baptist Church" and like the page to receive our posts.

Whatever the outcome of the coming weeks let us use this time to look to pray, and to support and encourage one another in new ways. As the writer to the Hebrews put it:

‘Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. (Heb.10v24The Passion Translation)