Being Church when we can't meet at church

Whilst we are unable to meet together in our church building, we want to continue to offer spiritual support to folk through the ministry of BRBC.

We will be recording a brief weekly service of worship that you can view below or via Facebook or our YouTube channel.  We would encourage everyone to ‘tune in’ at 10.30 on Sunday morning or 6.30 on Sunday evening, so that we still get a sense of being part of a worshipping community, even if we are in our own homes. If you know of anyone who is anyone is not able to access the services on-line, please let us know and we'll add them to our list to deliver an audio CD.

There are a number of other ways in which we are trying to ensure everyone stays connected.
Bulletin

We will continue to email a slimmed down version of the weekly bulletin to those who have signed up to receive it.  The most recent version is here and if you wish to receive this by e-mail but have not yet signed up to,  church members can sign up here, or contact us to ask to be added to the distribution list.

Prayer Diary

Our monthly Prayer Diary provides  suggestions for daily prayer enabling us all to be praying together even  when apart.
The latest prayer diary is available here and members can sign up to receive the diary via e-mail or contact us to be added to the distribution list. 

Mission Lines

Mission Lines provides news of those we support working abroad so that we can support them more effectively in prayer.
The most recent version is here and members can sign up to receive a copy via e-mail or contact us to be added to the distribution list.  

Material for families and children

A number of organisations are providing material online that is suitable for families and children learning together.
We've provided links to some of these here, as well a number of Bible stories from Saddleback Kids. 

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Please join us for our next Prayer Meeting on June 10th
6.45 to 7.30 pm, 7.45 to 8.30 pm and 8.45 to 9.30 pm
Contact the Church Office for details
 
It's been encouraging to see how people at BRBC are really supporting each other through this time. So that we can make sure that everyone who is in need of contact and support is included, please let us know, if you haven't already,  who you are contacting and supporting and if you would like support, whether it's a phone call for a chat or someone to help with shopping, please let us know.

You can still call the office on weekdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm or contact us 
and we will do our best to support anyone who needs help.

The good news is that God doesn’t do social distancing. At a time when we are all encouraged to keep each other at more than arms’ length, it is good to know that God’s presence is at our side wherever we go, whatever we do.
 
Tim

Message from Tim

Freedom…from fear?

Well, how have you enjoyed your first week of relative freedom? Lockdown has been eased in a variety of ways: we are free to send some of our children back to school, to meet outdoors in groups of six, either socially or for exercise (so long as we keep our distance) and if we have been shielding, we have been told – quite unexpectedly – that we can venture outdoors again once a day, and to meet one other person if we live alone. The rest of us can go out as much as we like, including paying a visit to an outdoor market or a car showroom. And competitive sport is back in business too. So – how much have you done and how did it go?

The initial granting of these freedoms met with a mixed reaction. For some of us, there was a sense of relief and liberation. Others shared the misgivings voiced by some scientists that relaxing so many measures all at once seemed to be doing too much, too soon and too quickly. Some apparently fixed points shifted in unexpected ways; there have been some mixed messages and a lack of detail, all compounded by some pretty melodramatic media attention.
The more finely attuned your social conscience, the more likely it is that you will have found the resultant lack of social cohesion to have been a source of real concern, and looking into the future, there is plenty more to be anxious about, if that’s the way your mind tends to work.

So, when Jesus tells us not to be anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34), you may feel that is easier said than done. Yet we are also reminded that the Spirit God has given us is not a source of fear, but rather makes us capable, loving and sensible (2 Timothy 1:7). It is the Spirit who gives us the inner resources we need to apply ourselves to the responsibilities we carry for ourselves, our families, at work and at home.

So, this Trinity Sunday my prayer for you is taken from Ephesians 3:16-17: I pray that, out of his glorious riches, the Father may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

In these times of uncertainty and change, as we venture out of lockdown into a way of life that feels strange and unfamiliar, may your fixed point be the indwelling presence of the living God governing your heart and mind, your thoughts, your feelings and your actions, and keeping you in his peace

 

Click on the links below to see previous messages from Tim

 

No Easy Answers
No Easy Answers

On Thursday 7th May Tim and Michael hosted a discussion via zoom to consider the question, ‘To what extent is the coronavirus a consequence of human sin and our relationship with the environment?’

If you have a question you would like us to consider in this way one Thursday evening, please contact us.

The meeting was recorded so that you can hear the discussion - to watch the video click here or to listen to the recording click here.
 

On-line Services

Whether you a regular at BRBC or have found us through searching the internet you are very welcome to join us in worshipping God together.
Things may be different to the way we are used to doing them, but our Father God has not changed and he still deserves our praise so whilst we are unable to meet together face to face, we will broadcast a service on this page at 10.30am each Sunday and it will remain available here for a few days after.

You can still watch all of our previous services on our YouTube channel or, if you prefer, an audio only version is available on our podcast page.

We hope that you will join in and sing with us and we trust that you will be blessed as we honour God together, wherever we are.

 

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We will also seek to post reflections, readings, prayers, messages, etc.  on our Facebook page @BRBCHorsham, so please like our page and follow us there.
We want to find good ways to encourage and support one another and we welcome your interaction