Holmer Green Baptist Church
The Power and Purpose of Pentecost
Anthony Smith 31/05/20
Pastor Anthony Smith has written an article for local magazine Holmer Green Today offering some comfort through faith during these uncertain times. The magazine has had to be postponed for printing until June now, but we wanted you to still have the opportunity to read the article in the hope it may provide some support and clarity during this time.
This video explains how you can access the live video service on the HGBC Facebook page on Sunday morning. Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to access this video.
Join with us in this prayer for our Nation written by
a friend of our fellowship singer/songwriter Kat Mills.
Email address for confidential and pastoral issues for the Holmer Green community to use:-
Hello and welcome to Holmer Green Baptist Church! Here at HGBC we believe that the Church is a place where everyone should feel welcome. We are a diverse family of people who meet together to worship God, encourage and help one another grow in faith and tell others about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Our Sunday morning meetings are relaxed, informal and relevant to modern life. We expect the Holy Spirit to be always present with us and to speak to us in a relevant, life shaping way.
Our time together usually starts with a hymn, then a time of contemporary praise and worship based on Biblical truth, a time for open prayer and a talk applying the truth of the Bible to life. We like to make visitors feel welcome and comfortable, and we invite them to stay at the end of the meeting for tea, coffee and chat.
Each week we have special activities organised for children -- creche and Sunday Club for under-16s.
So please come and join us on a Sunday morning or throughout the week for one of our many groups or activities. There is something for everyone, from toddlers to the elderly.
We meet every Sunday at 10.45 am until 12.00 pm approx.
There is Sunday Club for under-16s and a crèche.
The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus. More detail can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Church services and activities: practical advice
Faith groups have now been advised by the Government to avoid meeting physically to help halt the spread of the Coronavirus. This applies not only to Sunday services but all associated gatherings throughout the week, such as house groups, and Baptists Together is urging churches to follow Government advice.
Prayer as individuals and as a fellowship will continue to be our primary focus at this time, although we may have to develop novel ways of doing this. More information to follow.
Sunday morning services and our monthly evening Encounter service are cancelled until further notice.
We are looking urgently to do something on line for those with computers, tablets and smartphones.
Life Groups are also suspended.
The AGM / church meeting is moved provisionally to the 17th June.
Youth clubs are cancelled until further notice.
All external bookings up to the end of June will be cancelled.
No further external bookings will be taken until the situation has settled down.
Anthony our Pastor will now be working predominantly from home. Pastoral visits will only be for exceptional / emergency reasons. (We are developing alternative methods to care for everyone).
Please don't leave messages on the church office phone as this will only be checked occasionally.
Update as at 14 March 2020
With immediate effect and for the foreseeable future:-
Toddlers is cancelled
Time for God and Pop In is cancelled
Refreshments after services are suspended
Simply walk will put out there own notices but there will not be refreshments afterwards provided by the church
Youth club will continue at the moment but with no refreshments
Messy church is cancelled
Easter cracked with the schools will be cancelled
Encounter will continue but with no refreshments
Monday morning prayers will continue but we will increase the personal spacing - please consider coming and standing in prayer with us
Anyone returning from a holiday abroad to a country with any cases will be requested not to attend any church activities for 2 weeks from the date they return
External groups using our facilities will be reviewed on a case by case basis but no refreshments or food will be permitted because of the risk of passing on the virus
We now have hand sanitiser which all attendees will be offered and we hope everyone will take advantage of this facility - (hand washing is still best). There will be offering boxes available so as offertory bags do not need to be passed around.
Further action taken will be posted on the website as it becomes recommended.