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: email@example.com