COVID-19 Period Updates
Hello church! In light of the latest developments regarding the coronavirus, we are having to adapt the way we meet, worship and support one another. It is a time of uncertainty and some are especially fearful, confused and feeling isolated. The opening words of Psalm 46 seem especially relevant to us at this time: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear...The Lord Almighty is with us”
Below are the details of a number of ways we can continue to connect together and support each other. Although we will inevitably miss seeing one another face-to-face, this time also presents an opportunity to be creative in how we connect and to develop different rhythms of prayer and worship in our lives. Being forced to scale back from the busyness of life offers us the chance to return to what is important - namely a focus upon Jesus as our Lord, Saviour and friend
Instead of our Saturday and Sunday services we will be streaming a different kind of service via our YouTube
page. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvysmlosDUgP7pvyoaWPwcg
If for some reason that doesn’t work, simply visit YouTube.com
and type ‘Park Baptist Church Great Yarmouth’ into the search bar. You can also click the YouTube link on the website homepage and it will take you straight there
This live stream will start at 10.45am
and last for around 30 minutes
. It will involve a mixture of prayer, Bible reading and a reflection from Peter. Jorge will be doing something similar in Portuguese on Saturdays at 6.30pm. If you register a free account with YouTube you will be able to make comments during the live stream, which others can interact with
Virtual Coffee Morning (after YouTube Service)
Sundays at 11.30am
The Zoom ID: 874-566-0785
This is a new idea to try and help us stay connected and to develop regular rhythms of prayer and Bible study, especially for those who find themselves self-isolating. On Thursdays
, Peter will host a 10-minute ‘thought for the day’ and have time for members to share prayer requests and pray together. This will be done via a website called ‘Zoom’, which allows up to 100 people to have a video call together. You can register for a free account here: zoom.us
or follow the link that will be emailed around to directly access the live chat each Thursday. I suggest you take a look at this in advance, and if you are having troubles please give Peter a call. There is an app if you wish to connect via a tablet or phone
The Zoom ID: 874-566-0785
Tuesdays at 8pm
The Zoom ID: 874-566-0785
Church Members Meeting
on Wednesday 17th June 2020
(link and details below)
Part of this conversation will also include reflecting upon some wider questions, including:
What has been most challenging during this time and what has been releasing?
What have we let go of that has been a blessing?
What lessons have we learned about church that we need to take forward into the future?
And, ultimately, what is God saying to us now?For those without a webcam or smart phone, it is possible to use audio-only on Zoom using an ordinary telephone. Please contact Peter if you’d like to do this and he will guide you through what to do.
The link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88146335095? pwd=OENDZWdURjNsdXhoUmhtMW0zRndrZz0 9
Meeting ID: 881 4633 5095
If you are part of a prayer triplet, why not switch your meetings to a three-way video call? You can do this using Zoom, Skype, What’sApp, Facetime etc. It’s important we continue to keep in touch and support each other
The same is true of Connect Groups. Some have already set up What’sApp groups and have done Bible studies online together. It is important to keep an eye out for the people in your connect group, particularly if you have members who are in isolation
Network for Practical Help and Prayer
We have developed a small network of individuals who are willing and able to do practical things for others in the church community. This could be collecting some shopping or a prescription or other small errands. If you have a need please message Peter and he will put the request out to the group
If you are finding isolation difficult, feeling lonely or low and would just like to chat to someone,
the leadership team have each offered to be available to talk via phone on the following days:
: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays
Without regular services, there is the possibility that our giving to God can become overlooked, particularly if you usually give by cash. Although we will save a little money by not heating the church at weekends, our expenditure will remain roughly the same. Therefore giving is just as important as ever! We encourage you to give via Standing Order directly into the church bank account (details below), but if you would rather send a cheque to the church or give via cash, we ask that donations are placed inside an envelope and dropped off through the kitchen letterbox from 5pm on Fridays to 11am on Sundays. Peter Lyle will be in church on Sunday mornings to collect these cash offerings and record and bank it as usual. Remember to include your Gift Aid number on the envelope, if you have one.
Church Account Number: 10689696
Church Sort Code: 20-99-21
The Playgroup will remain open for the children of key workers Tues-Fri, so please do not drop offerings through the letterbox midweek
We have also shut down the church office until further notice
We encourage church members NOT
to meet up over this time period, but stay in touch via phone, texts, skype, facebook and other social media platforms
Any church members (or indeed anyone member of the public) who is in particular difficulty should contact us via the form below, and we will see what we can do
COVID-19 Period Help Request
If you need help during the COVID-19 period, then please fill in the form below, and we will contact you to see what we can do:
By clicking "Send" below, you agree that we can hold your information, until it is no longer needed.