Welcome to news and roundup.
As we are unable to gather on Sundays during this COVID-19 crisis, we still wanted to find as many ways as possible to remain connected together and share news and updates among the fellowship.
On Sundays we will be live streaming messages via YouTube live at 10:30am and 6 pm. You will be able to view these without a YouTube account, and they will also be available on Smart TVs/Fire stick etc. for those without tablets/laptops. The livestream links are available on the website. If anyone is struggling to access the livestreams, please let us know.
Sunday Morning I 10.30am Giddy with weakness? (Judges 7)
Does God wants us to launch out from a position of… strength-lessness?
Sunday Evening | 6 pm Letters from Lockdown (Col 1.24-2.5)
Jon is joined by John Birch and Emma Mohr to study this amazing passage together!
Reopening for Church Services
Our church is now open for church services on a Sunday morning. Bookings have closed for this week now. If you would like to book for next week’s service (29th November) please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129846730065 or ring 07565 930791 during office hours (weekdays, from 9.30 am-1.30 pm) . Please note that you will be able to book from 9.30 am on Monday 23rd November and the opportunity to book will end at 1.30 pm on Thursday 26th November. Here are some more details on how to book https://www.bethelcardiff.org.uk/booking-now-open/
Online Alpha Course (Zoom)
UPDATE: Alpha has now moved to 8pm on Tuesday evenings!
Places you can find us:
Monday Night Prayer Meeting
Will be taking place via Livestream on Monday 23rd November at 7pm . Email Jon CLICK HERE! for the meeting details.
New WhatsApp Group and Social Media Guidelines
As discussed at the Church Member’s Meeting on Wednesday 18th November, we are setting up a new WhatsApp group which is to inform you of news and events that are happening in Bethel. The current group will remain as a conversational group and for the sharing of family news, social information, stories and other news .If you would like to join this new group please send a WhatsApp message to Ruth Evans and she will add you. Please remember that you can remove yourself from a WhatsApp group at any time. We also ask that prayer requests are not shared on this group but sent to the prayer text number and if you would like to join the prayer group please send a text to 07578 853751 with your name. We have some simple rules around the use of our social media and we would ask that you take the time to read the information that follows.
Bethel offers a number of different ways to keep in touch
Prayer Text-Bethel offers a confidential link to request prayers for yourself, friends and family. Before requesting prayer support you must ensure that anyone named has given permission for the prayers to be requested. The request will only be shared with those people that have indicated that they wish to receive ongoing prayer requests and are over the age of 16 from Bethel. All requests should be sent to 07578853751 and will be forwarded by a member of the prayer team.. If you receive a prayer text, this should not be forwarded to anyone.
Bethel Facebook Page-For the sharing of news and updates
Bethel WhatsApp NEWS & INFORMATION Group The WhatsApp group is designed to share key church news and information to its members and friends from the Bethel Leadership team . You will not be able to post on this group or comment. Membership of this group is open to everyone.
Bethel WhatsApp UPDATES Group The WhatsApp group is designed to share general information, send help requests, items for sale, family news etc. Prayer Requests should not be sent via this group and may be deleted. Membership of this group is open to anyone from the fellowship who has asked to join.
Some simple guidelines which apply to all our social media platforms
Social media is a very public way of enabling us as Christians to live out our calling to share the good news of Jesus Christ. One of its many joys is that it is immediate, interactive, conversational and open-ended.This opportunity comes with a number of downsides if users do not apply the same common sense, kindness and sound judgement that we would use in a face-to-face encounter.
● Be respectful. Do not post or share content that is sexually explicit, inflammatory, hateful, abusive, threatening or otherwise disrespectful.
● Be kind. Treat others how you would wish to be treated and assume the best in people. If you have a criticism or critique to make, consider not just whether you would say it in person, but the tone you would use.
● Be honest. Don’t mislead people about who you are.
● Take responsibility. You are accountable for the things you do, say and write. Text and images shared can be public and permanent, even with privacy settings in place. If you’re not sure, don’t post it.
● Be a good ambassador. Personal and professional life can easily become blurred online so think before you post.
● Disagree well. Some conversations can be places of robust disagreement and it’s important we apply consideration in the way we express our views.
● Credit others. Acknowledge the work of others. Respect copyright and always credit where it is due. Be careful not to release sensitive or confidential information and always question the source of any content you are considering amplifying.
● Follow the rules. Abide by the terms and conditions of the various social media platforms themselves. If you see a comment that you believe breaks their policies, then please report it to the respective company.
How will we respond to people who breach our social media community guidelines?
The Elders may take action if they receive complaints or spot inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive material posted to the social media accounts. This may include blocking users or reporting comments as appropriate.
Who do I speak to for further advice?
If you have a safeguarding concern, please follow the policies and procedures in place for Bethel Baptist Church.
Upcoming Christmas Events
Please follow the link to find out about our exciting Christmas plans!
If you know of anyone who doesn’t have internet access and would appreciate the Sunday sermons on a CD or USB stick, please let Lorraine know and she will arrange to have these sent to them.
Lorraine is working from home and is contactable via email. Lorraine goes to the office once a week to check the answer machine, post and all buildings.
Children and Youth
Bethel Kids This week is our final week on our epic journey discovering who God is… with no exception this session is gonna be great- we will see that God is Worthy.
The Memory Verse this week is “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.” 1 Chronicles 16:25. We follow the story from last week where the tabernacle was set up around the Ark of the covenant- what happened next?
Bethel Teens Meeting on a Tuesday night at 7pm on Zoom (contact Tim for details.) This group has expanded in recent weeks to include some of the older kids from primary school, so please come and join us as we find God in our daily lives, read the Bible, have a good catch up and play around on Minecraft doing a game or building challenge.
Bethel Youth Catching up on a Friday at 8pm, we are chilling out at the moment as life is hectic with school. Join in on Zoom for a social time and to discover some interesting stuff in the Bible together.
Bethelcraft: this is our Minecraft server. Work is beginning this week on Winter Wonderland. Plenty of people are joining in and building their houses, mining and working together on some big project builds. If you would like to join in, contact Tim.
Livewires Nativity: over the next few weeks either Sarah, Debbie or myself will be in touch about cast parts, scripts, costumes and how to film your bit. It’s gonna be so much fun putting this together! Please encourage the kids, teens and youth to get involved. It’s gonna be fun, creative and something we can do together but apart.
If you would like to get involved in anything with the Children and Youth please get in contact with Tim.
Please check out the following blog to find out how you can send a shoebox this year.
Please continue to pray for John Coles’ son Huw who lives in Slovakia and has developed Covid.
Please also keep baby Sebastian in your prayers. He had a 5 hour operation on his eyes on Thursday 12th November and is now recovering well.
Please continue to pray for Dave Best, the girls and the whole family (after the recent passing of Vicky), for God to sustain them through this time and to enfold them in the arms of the Saviour who gives his perfect peace.
Tearfund Christmas Cards
Its already too late to buy your Christmas dinner online from Marks and Spencer and Waitrose (other food stores available) and your delivery slots will be full by the time this news reaches you, but it is not too late to order and send Christmas cards from Tearfund (or if you don’t want to send cards you could donate the money you would spend on cards for a donation towards a Christmas gift via Tearfund.)
Stop for a moment and picture what your gift this Christmas could mean to someone in Malawi . In God’s hands, your kindness can reach far. It will give folks encouragement and hope to know that people and God are supporting the people in rural Malawi, as they do all they can to lift their families out of poverty. If you want to look at the Tearfund cards before buying, you can contact Jan Best or myself (Chris Plummer). I can email you the cards available and you wont need to pay for the postage. If you want to find out more and see what can happen if you pay for 5 trees to be planted in rural towns in places like Malawi, or what happens when you pay for a toilet to be built in Uganda go to https://www.tearfund.org/ https://www.toilettwinning.org
Collecting used Stamps to help fund BMS work
Please continue to save used postage stamps for the BMS stamps bureau. During the first quarter of 2020 £3500 was raised for BMS by the bureau. We look forward to being able to collect the stamps you are saving as soon as possible. Marion Rushton.
Can you help?
If you are able and willing to help during this period with phoning those who are isolated or delivering essential supplies to people’s doorsteps, then please do be in touch and let Jon know. Equally, if you know of people in any kind of difficulty due to self-isolation, please do pass that on.
If you would like to find out more about joining a small group, please contact Rosie Roberts for more details.
Problem accessing online content?
If you have had a problem accessing the online blogs, sermons or newssheet, please let Lorraine in the office know as she can arrange to send these out in the post (including CD versions of the services)