MAGOR BAPTIST CHURCH
We are now able to inform you that we are taking the first steps to reopening the Church. A midweek service is being planned for Tuesday, 22nd September at 11 a.m. and will be for the people who we have not reached with our Zoom services on Sundays. These people will be contacted to confirm their attendance shortly.
It is then our aim to resume a Sunday service on 18th October albeit in a limited form in line with the guidelines issued by the Welsh government. We are also working on the technology to allow us to broadcast these services so we are still able to keep in touch with the many friends who have joined our Zoom services and cannot attend in person.
Also, in week commencing 21st September we hope to restart the Life groups and these will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays meeting in various rooms in the Church.
All of these events will have to be risk assessed at the time and social distancing will have to be strictly observed on entering and inside the Church. A steward will be hand to assist in the arrangements.
The Leadership would like to thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.
Coronavirus update – June 2020
The Baptist Union have been issuing advice on how to proceed during the current pandemic and we will be following their guidelines. We also have to take into account that we have to comply with the advice given by the Welsh Assembly. It does appear that there will be a phased return to church usage with smaller groups being able to meet first and it may still be some time before we are able to hold normal Sunday services.
When it is appropriate, we will have to carry out a risk assessment on each activity held in the Church to determine when it will safe to resume and the measures that we will need to put in place to enable that to happen. Please bear with us as your safety will always be paramount.
We are blessed that Harry and Alice are working hard to continue Sunday services, coffee mornings, prayer meetings and reflections on a regular basis. All meetings are on Zoom Pro that has added security measures in place to ensure that it is safe to use. These are not only being accessed by our own congregation but also by friends of ours who have moved away and many others around the country and even by Peter Kasozi in Uganda. Sermons have also been available on a telephone link. Sunday club has also continued on a Sunday morning using Zoom and are known as ZOOM CLUB.
During April and May we have incurred significant deficits in our finances due to the reduction in offerings. Davina and Jonathan have achieved significant reductions to our outgoings but, if you do not already do so, I would ask you to consider donating your regular offering by standing order (Davina will supply account details).
During the past few weeks many people - along with Harry - have been working hard to establish means of communication to enable all our fellowship to remain in contact and to be able to access the ‘services’ and messages from our Pastor. If we do not already have your e-mail address please let us know so that you can receive the regular messages from Harry and other sources.
The Baptist Union – through the Baptists Together website - have set up a time of prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays at 7 pm and I would encourage you to take time out to pray along with people across the country. Other online events during the week on will also be taking place. For those without the internet the Sunday sermon can be heard by ringing 01633 358328.
We want to keep in contact with all of you and one of the Leaders will keep in touch with you on a regular basis at this difficult time. If you are not contacted please let me know so that you can be added to the list. We do not want to miss anybody – It is good to talk.
Every blessing to you and your family. Stay safe
Keith Arnold - Church Secretary
All our activities have had to be suspended including:
Knit and Natter
Mothers and Toddlers