Sunday 9th at 10.30am will see our congregation gathered in Church for the first service of 2022, when Pastor David will be leading us. There will be covid restrictions in place, specifically, face masks will be compulsory for the congregation (This is a legal requirement) and windows will be open and hand sanitizing encouraged, as is recommended best practice. Please come, you will be warmly welcome.
We were very sad that we felt the need to Cancel our Carol service this year. We took this decision in the light of the uncertainty over the new Variant that was spreading around the country. Our chapel is quite small and the Carol service has been popular in past years and we felt we could not operate proper distancing and a safe environment, with an unknown number of people attending. We were concerned, primarily, for the safety of the community and though it was a hard decision, the only safe option was to cancel.
We'll be on line though, see the poster opposite and we hope you'll tune in and enjoy the Carols and readings in the safety of your own homes
Loft Extra This initiative has been paused for the time being as the church considers the way forward
We have been really encouraged by the support this new venture has received. Sunday 7th November saw 10 children attend our second Loft Extra. They had fun, watched a video, played games and there was food too. Loft extra, is an extension to our regular Thursday Youth Club called 'The Loft', Extra is open to all children.
There will be no Loft Extra sessions in December but watch out for the dates in 2022. However, we have one more 'regular Loft' before Chistmas which will be on Thursday 9th. December when we will have our normal Party for the children..Have a blessed Christmas.
9am Saturday 30th October saw men from the Chapel and guests, gather at the Chapel, for the second of what is going to be a regular meeting. A full cooked breakfast was prepared by Jon and enjoyed by all. Afterwards, over Coffee and Tea, John ( note different spelling, so not the same person) led a talk, where everyone participated, on defining the aims and purpose of the mens gathering. This helped to focus attention on what the group hoped to achieve. ( it is not just a Breakfast club, despite how enjoyable a fry up is!!!!)
This is not just for the men from the Chapel either. It is hoped other men will come along and the group will grow and deeper, trusting relationships will develop.
Loft Extra. This initiative has been paused for the time being as the church considers the way forward
Now for something a little different!!
The Loft is the name for our church Youth club which is held every 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month, during term times. But that left a gap that was just waiting to be filled. And now we have!!!! But, its different because, for one thing, it will be on a Sunday morning!!, between 10.30-12noon. The first one will be on 24th October and then 7th and 21st November.So we hope to see lots of our normal Loft members attending and maybe some new children, when they can expect games and fun and perhaps something a little different. Watch this space!!! We can't wait. Oh, and there will be bacon sandwiches and tuck for all who attend and still no charge.
Saturday 24th. October 2021 Ground works day
Our grounds around the Chapel are extensive and we rely on volunteers from our congregation, to keep it in order. But its a tough job and every now and again needs a special push. So it was decided to have a full days gardening. We had many willing helpers, who all worked tirelessly. Strimmers, chain saws, pruning saws etc were hard at work and a big bonfire was essential to burn the mountain of prunings.
The Cafe, being open, and despite being very busy themselve,s also managed to provided the bacon and sausage rolls and hot drinks to the workers which was much appreciated.
Harvest festival flowers
The Chapel looked particularly lovely and was full of beautiful displays. Rosemary and her helpers did a magnificent job thanks to the donation of flowers from local gardens. See some of their work below:
Harvest BBq 25th Sept.
What a lovely afternoon was had by over 60 adults and children who came to the Chapel field. Great fun was had completing the treasure hunt, and there were various games to keep the children entertained including hard fought tug of war trials .We were blessed with warm sunny weather and the BBq was very popular as were all the delicious cakes. Photos of the event can be seen below:
The first Loft held since March 2020 was held on a beautiful evening and because of the lovely weather it was held outside on the field. There were 13 children present from Bunwell and Carleton Rode schools, who enjoyed various games.
The next Loft will be on 23 rd September when, because of the nights drawing in, will be held indoors and we hope that word will now spread that The Loft is open and more children will want to attend.
So much has been happening lately that it has been difficult to keep up with this page.
I do hope you have been checking out the notice sheets each week which is a good way to find out all that is going on. However there are one or two things I want to remind you of, in case they have slipped your attention. see below for details.
Prayer Walk around the villages. 8th September. Our chapel has a heart for the community around us and we want to show Gods love to as many people as possible. We believe, passionately in the power of prayer and so, groups of Chapel members will meet at 6 pm on the above date and then go from the Chapel to as many areas of Carleton Rode and Bunwell as possible. We will be praying for Gods blessing over homes, businesses and the schools , in fact over every aspect of life in the villages around us.
The Loft re-opening!!! This is our youth club for 7-12 year olds. It has been closed since March 2020 due to Covid restrictions but from Thursday 9th September it will be open again and we hope to see our regular members and welcome new ones. Times of opening 6.30pm and finishes at 7.45pm. This first one will be mainly outside, weather permitting, with the usual games on the field at the Chapel. Then the next club will be on 23rd September and thereafter every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, during term times. during the winter months The Loft is held indoors with lots of games and crafts to keep the children occupied ans also there is a popular tuck shop. There is a small fee of £1.00 per child per session.
Harvest BBq Saturday 25th September 4pm including a treasure hunt, suitable for all ages. This is open to anyone and you are most welcome to attend. To help with catering, please book in advance, if possible, ring Maureen on 01953 789570. ( oh! yes and its FREE!!) This will be followed by our special
Harvest festival Sunday morning service on 26th September commencing at 10.30am
Coffee shop and community meal. though the Coffee shop has been opening for takeaway, 12noon to 2pm, for some time now, the good news is that plans are being made to open up once again during the week.Watch this space or our newsletter, for more information. Also the community meal will be restarting. You will see the adverts for this at the coffee shop in due course. the first one will probably be in November, but watch this space!!
Waffle Camp last weekend (3rd and 4th July)
'The Waffle', is the name of the young persons group at Church, led by Ness. It has been running for some months now and the breath and scope of activities has started to increase. For a bit of fun, Ness and her select band of volunteers organised a camp on the chapel field. It began at 1.30pm Saturday afternoon with the pitching of tents. Then there were team games, afternoon tea, craft and more games. A camp fire was lit before camp dinner and later there was a camp fire bible chat, worship and discussion time, before s'mores and toasted marshmallows and Pastor David paid a visit. They closed the evening with hot chocolate as the sun went down. Sunday morning breakfast was Waffles, of course, and then the young persons attended the church service.
The weather was challenging at times with a monsoon like downpour on Saturday afternoon, but it did nothing to dampen spirits and did not stop the fun. see photos below
What a wonderful afternoon it was on Saturday last, 26th June, when at 2pm our Pastor, Revd. David Humphries was officially 'inducted' into his new position as the Minister of our church at Carleton Rode. The chapel was full to capacity, though this was severely curtailed due to Covid restrictions. We at the chapel were pleased to welcome friends of David and his wife Sue, who had come to be part of the service and there were also local friends of the chapel, members of the Anglican community as well as our congregation.
The service was presided over by Revd. Neil Walker, who for the last 3 years of 'interregnum', has been our 'moderator'.
We were pleased to welcome our Regional Minister, Revd. Beth Powney who led David in the 'Confessing of Faith and Promises of Faithfulness. Followed by the Deacons of the Church and then the whole church similarly making their promises to support David and the Church.
Following this, Revd. Dr. Sally Nelson led the assembly in prayer, before Revd. Graeme Dodds gave the sermon.
We were blessed with music and singing from our worship group throughout the service and though covid rules forbid singing from the congregation, we did stand, clap and make our worship known to God.
After the service, refreshments were served outside, on the patio and the field, where we were blessed with sunshine and warm weather and had time to chat and relax and enjoy time together (socially distanced where appropriate, of course!)
So now, a new chapter in the 200 year old story of Carleton Rode Baptist Church, begins. David and Sue, having moved from Leeds, need time to settle in their new home at the Manse in Bunwell. They are looking forward to meeting and getting to know, the church family, the local inhabitants, exploring the area locally and the wider Norfolk. We wish them well, give them our wholehearted support and prayers and look forward to the future together.
It time to share some exciting news.
For over three years now our chapel has been without a Pastor. But that time is almost at an end. After much prayer and searching, the Lord has led us to David Humphries, who has agreed to take up the role of our Pastor. He, and his wife Sue will be moving to Norfolk from Leeds on 24th May and David will be leading our service, for the first time, on Sunday 6th. June.
Please pray for them as they prepare to come to us and commence this new chapter of their lives.
For the 6th June, there will still be covid restrictions in place and it will be necessary for us to know how many intend to come to church on that day. So please, if you would like to attend, let Maureen know on 01953 789570.
Of course there is much more to this story, of how David was led to us at Carleton Rode, and I'm sure David will tell share this, in his own time. For now it is enough to know that he and Sue are on their way. And we at Carleton Rode Baptist Church could not be more excited and Thankful to our Lord.
Davids 'induction' will be on Saturday 26th June at 2pm. This is an eagerly awaited, special service and we are expecting large numbers wishing to attend, including invited guests. Covid restrictions will mean we will have a limit on numbers. Plans are in the early stages and there will be more details released as soon as possible.
Church re-opening .
We are now back to having services in the Chapel, however they will still be available to watch on YouTube. Anyone wishing to attend any of our services is kindly requested to book a place with Maureen by using our church email address. To see other advice on keeping safe when attending click here
The Coffee Shop is planning to open for takeaways only, on Saturdays from April 17th.
Another reminder of what's coming up this weekend at church this weekend 8th, 9th May. See below:-
This weekend, 8th and 9th May, is rather special for Carleton Rode Baptist Church as it is our anniversary weekend
. So on Saturday we will be holding a 'gift day'. This poster shows that the coffee shop will be open for longer and there will be 'Special celebration Cakes' for sale. All proceeds going to the building fund. So please come along and support us.
Then on Sunday we will be holding an open air service on our field, led by Neil Walker followed by a bring your own picnic lunch. We would love to see you there
How pleased we are to announce that the Coffee Shop is back!!
We may not be resuming full opening hours, or inside dining, but we are taking small steps, which we hope will lead to full resumption in due course. To all our customer/friends, we look forward to seeing you and can assure you that all is being done to ensure we are, 'covid secure'.
Easter Saturday event What a fun afternoon this was!!. 30 children came with lots of Adults and spent at least 30 mins searching out the clues and learning about the Easter story into the bargain. At the end all received an Easter Egg or Chocolate Easter Bunny together with a Certificate to say they had successfully completed the hunt. Lots of smiles all round.
From Friday 26th March our thoughts turn to the Easter Story which is so significant to Christians. Christ was to complete the task assigned to him by God by becoming the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Remember His last words on the cross " It is Finished".
We have created a tableau outside the Church, which depicts the story, from the Cross, to the Tomb, to the Resurrection. We hope all that pass will look on this and give a moments reflection on the real meaning of Easter. To read a bit more on the Easter story, click here
For our latest news on the church re-opening, see below
We are planning to hold our first service back in the chapel on Palm Sunday March 28th at 10.30am, when the speaker will be our Moderator, Rev Neil Walker. On Good Friday there will be a time of reflection in the chapel at 10.30am. Both of these - and subsequent services - will also be streamed on youtube. For the time being, if you wish to attend in person, it is necessary to book your place in advance with Maureen (01953 789570) and to follow the covid guidelines. click here to see them
We had an Easter Celebration on the field at the chapel at 10.30am. Sunday morning. All were welcome to come to this, and either remain in cars as we did for our carol service, some brought their own garden chairs to sit outside, suitably distanced! We are delighted that our regional minister, Beth Powney, was the speaker at this service.It was good to rejoice together again in our living Lord Jesus.
During 2021 we are working on an external repair project for the chapel. The outside walls are badly in need of renovation. This project will also see improvements to the disabled parking area. We are in the process of obtaining the various necessary permissions for the work, and several grants have been applied for, some of which have already proved fruitful for which we are very grateful. We still need to raise more money to reach the estimated total of just under £100,000.
Lunch Box Project February 21
The Chapel felt compelled during this February school half term to do something practical to show our love, concern and support for the community around our us. Particularly, but not exclusively for hard pressed parents and their children.
Well!! what a wonderful, God Blessed, two days we had. We thought and planned for about 200 lunches over the two days
Our Chapel window showing the above poster to advertrise the above event for February 2021
These pictures show the packs being prepared for what was a wonderful two days. Our hopes were exceeded when we handed out 260 lunch packs, together with 50 wellness packs to hard pressed mums. What a wonderful God we have. The Chapel were so pleased to be able to show Gods Love in word and Deed
" God, You are good, and Your steadfast love endures forever! Even in the hardest seasons, I always have a reason to worship You.
Thank You for giving me victory and abundant life in Jesus Christ! Although I don’t deserve it, You shower me with unconditional love and forgiveness.
And so no matter what the future may hold, I will shout for joy because You are with me. You comfort me and bless me in the presence of my enemies. Nothing compares to You and no weapon can stand against You. In all things, I am more than a conqueror through You!
Be glorified through me, God. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart bless Your name.
I want my life to bring You praise.
In Jesus’ name, Amen."
We now have a new page containing Bible studies, prepared by one of our members, Chris Jaggard. They commenced in July and we thought the notes would be of benefit to anyone who would like to delve a bit deeper into some of the Characters in the Bible. To see these studies click here, or go to the Bible studies page. We hope you find this useful. We'd be most interested in any comments you have on these studies. so if you want to send these to us, use the link here
YouTube (where you can access our'online services)
We have commenced a regular service each Sunday at 10.30am aired on YouTube. This is very new to us and we are learning to use the technology. As stated elsewhere on this site, we are without a permanent Pastor at the moment, so our services are conducted by our church family, from their homes, with various people taking part. In the past, in 'normal' times, we have used invited speakers to preach to us and it will be no different during this period of lockdown. But at other times, we will conduct the whole service. We hope you'll join us by tuning in. The services can of course be watched at any time after the airing, so you're not restricted to just this time.
To find this service, either pick up the link from our facebook page, or put ' Carleton Rode Baptist Church' into the Youtube search bar.
or go directly to the YouTube site by clicking here
Church Yard Memorials
We have embarked on a new initiative for 2020. One of our members, Jo Sale, has begun to photograph each gravestone and memorial in our church yard and record the information they contain. It is early days as yet, but eventually we intend to place this information on a dedicated page on this website, so that anyone, involved in research in this area can access this information. Click this link to take you to the Memorials page.
Carleton Rode Baptist Church Youth/Contemporary Worship Band
One of our members,Matt Court, has started a new and exciting venture, this is an extract from his promotion literature.
"We are reaching out and looking for youth who might be interested in collaborating together to create their own band/young persons' group. We have the space, time and enough food to support them, but need some enthusiastic and talented young people to join in."
The first meeting was held on Saturday 18th January2020 at the Chapel in Carleton Rode and, with several musicians attending, a great start was made. Another session will be held on a date to be fixed when the Coronavirus has abated.
Matt would love it if you'd like to join in.
You can contact Matt on 07900003368 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org