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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Hello Everyone

Sunday 30 August saw our seventh 'live' morning service at Acre Mill.  This was the best attended so far (30 people) and everyone enjoyed Stephen Crook from Goodshaw Baptist leading the worship.  Every week we have learned something new and we hope we have done all we can to keep everyone safe.

For 22 Sundays since lockdown in March, we have provided a recorded morning service on Youtube which has been watched by a surprising number of people and  thanks go to everyone who has contributed and helped in any way.  From this Sunday, things will be a bit different. 

We will be recording the Sunday Service and an edited version will be published on YouTube the following Sunday. So, on Sunday, 6 September, you will be able to watch the service that took place 'live' on 30 August.  This is a bit experimental at the moment so we shall see how we get on.  There is no truth in the rumour that there will be a special 'outtakes' version available at Christmas! 

Grateful thanks go to Phil Bowden who has spent an amazing amount of time on the technical problems involved.  Also, thanks go to Kerry for signing the songs - this had been a great help and inspiration as we are officially not allowed to sing during the services. So we are signing rather than singing!

The Zoom meetings will continue on Wednesdays(Quiz and Bingo) and Fridays at 7.30pm but there is another change coming up for the  Sunday Coffee Time Zoom. Because more people are coming to church, it's hard to get home in time to start the Zoom at 12.00 so, as an experiment, the Zoom on Sunday 6 September will be direct from church at 11.30am. If you log on, you will be able to see and speak to everyone who is having coffee after the service (outside and socially distanced, of course!)

The Deacons met last week to review our situation and to discuss what changes will need to be made to get some of our regular activities back to normal.  We are hoping to start CBC later in September and the leaders are discussing this soon.  Also, we hope to have some arrangements in place for the younger children during the service. Although we are limiting service times to about 45 minutes, we realise that even this is a long time for the younger ones.  Our Sunday School leaders are meeting to see how a mini-sunday school/creche could be arranged and news about this will be available shortly.

Congratulations to Katie and Lauren for their great exam results recently.


Happy Birthday to all who have birthdays in September : Yvonne, Barbara, Samantha and Bethany
 
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Morning Services for September:

Sunday  6 September    Terry Haslam-Jones
Sunday 13 September    Rev  John Prior
Sunday 20 September    Yvonne Webb  (Tear Fund)
Sunday 27 September    Jayne Webb (Send-a Cow : Harvest)


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Please pray specially for

  • Jean Cormack who is back at home now
  • The Spencer Family
  • Teachers and Health Workers
  • Older folks and those still shielding
  • Our Government and the important decisions and negotiations which take place in the next few months
  • Folks recovering from illness, operations and hospital treatment
  • Children and Young people starting new courses, schools and classes
  • People who are bereaved, sad or worried
  • Our work with children and young people
  • Difficult personal situations of all kinds – especially those just known to you.

Ben, Terry, Phils B and W, Peter, Jason

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Acre Mill Wednesday Zoom Quiz and Bingo 7.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87129653919

Acre Mill Friday Night Cafe Zoom 7.30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89022291081

Acre Mill Sunday  Coffee Time Zoom 11.30am
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82419226433
 
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Monday 13 July 2020

Hello Everyone

This is the first newsletter for a few weeks - mainly because there hasn't been much news to report! 

Everything is OK with the church building and there has been someone there almost every day to do cleaning, maintenance and gardening.  We have continued with the Sunday morning video services and have received some very encouraging comments from far and wide -  so thanks to everyone has taken part.  It has been especially good to see so many of the younger people of our church involved.  Past Sundays are still available on the Acre Mill YouTube channel and most have well over 100 views now.

The Zoom meetings are continuing on Wednesdays(Quiz and Bingo) and Fridays at 7.30pm and on Sundays at 11.30am as a Virtual Coffee Time.  A special thanks to Kimberley for continuing to set the Quiz and to Pauline and her assistants for the Bingo session.

Finally, some good news to report!   The Government recently issued guidelines for the re-opening of churches and this was quickly followed  by further advice from the Baptist Union.  The Deacons have ploughed through these long and complex documents and drawn up a risk assessment relevant our situation at Acre Mill.  The full  risk assessment is available on the church website or by email on request.

We are hoping to open for our first service at 10.30 on Sunday 26 July and a brief guide on safe procedures and practices will be available a few days before that.  National guidance is changing all the time and we are not completely sure what regulations will be in place by 26 July.  If there are any questions, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As a "Trial Run" we are having a shortened service on Sunday 19 July at 10.30 with limited numbers to make sure that the measures we have put in place are working properly.  An important task is to establish the number of people that we can seat safely, bearing in mind social distancing rules and the fact that families and those in family 'bubbles' can sit together.  Unfortunately we are not allowed to sing during the service or serve coffee in church afterwards.  However, if you would like to bring your own coffee and biscuits, we are allowed to meet in small groups outside the church afterwards.

If you would like to come to the "Trial Run" on 19 July, please let one of the Deacons know or send me an email or Facebook Message.

Please pray specially for
  • Jean Cormack who has had a further operation on her hip and is still in hospital
  • All the children who have returned to school and those who haven't been able to
  • Teachers and Health Workers
  • Older folks and those still shielding
  • Shop and service workers as restrictions ease a little
God Bless and Keep Safe

Ben, Terry, Phils B and W, Peter, Jason
 
This Month's Virtual Flowers
7 July   : John and Barbara Ingham in memory of all the Ingham family of Acre Mill
14 July : Terry and Pamela
21 July : Pauline and Karl Sinkinson to celebrate their wedding anniversary (21 July)
28 July : Jayne and Philip Webb to celebrate their wedding anniversary on 29 July

Happy Birthday to all who have birthdays in July  – George (8th), Jacob (7th), Katie  (23rd), Joan Sanderson(25th), Tim HJ(27th)  and to all others celebrating birthdays this month.
 

Acre Mill Baptist Church

Hammond Avenue
Stacksteads
Bacup
Lancashire
OL13 8LN

 

Church Text 2020

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are mine. 

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel,

Your Saviour.

 

Isaiah 43 :1-3

 

We have produced a Risk Assessment and a Guide with information about the safe opening of Acre Mill for services.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment

Covid Guide For Services

Children

Children are always welcome at our Services. On Sunday Mornings we have a creche and Sunday School so they don't need to stay in for the whole service.

Some Sundays we have a special Family Service specially designed to involve the childreen.

Tuesday mornings it's Toddler group which meets 9.00am to 11.15am.

On Thursday evenings 6.00pm to 7.00pm is our CBC Childrens Club.

 

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