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Video Update – 15th May 2020

Here’s our weekly update for events, services and other news at Rayleigh Baptist Church.

Support for Rosedale Care Home

If you receive our Prayer Connect emails you will have heard how Rosedale Care Home as been affected by Coronavirus recently. At our Elders’ meeting last week & subsequently with Ken Edwards we explored how how we might be able to bless them at this time. Today we have been able to deliver some biscuits and chocolates as a little treat for the staff and residents, along with some coloured pencils and the colouring sheets we sent out ahead of our service last week, and a card from everyone at RBC letting them know that we haven’t forgotten them and that they’re in our prayers.

In addition, we would love to help brighten up the home at this difficult time for them all with a positive ‘we’re all in this together’ message. During last week’s service we asked you to do some colouring and send your work to your friends & neighbours. Would you please download this RBC/Rosedale sheet, print a couple of copies to colour in, then send them to Rosedale directly so they can put them up around the home.


Here’s the link to the colouring sheets from last week if you’d like a bit more variety.

Thank you so much for your help…

Video Update – 1st May 2020

Here’s our weekly update for events, services and other news at Rayleigh Baptist Church.

Video Update – 24th April 2020

Details of this week’s theme and reading as we continue our ‘Faith for Life’s Journey’ series, and how to get your hands on your daily reading notes.

Video Update – 17th April 2020

So what exactly do the Ministers & Staff Team do ‘when the Church is closed and there’s nothing happening’? 😄😉😊

Video Update – 3rd April 2020

Some great updates about our services and events over Holy Week plus details of another way to connect via audio to our services and updates. [transcript below]

You will be able to follow our Holy Week Reflections here.

The RBC Offline telephone number to access our services and updates is: 01268 385155

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Discipleship Resources

If I could grant you an audience with anyone in the world, alive or dead, to talk with over a meal, who would you choose? There are some people we would just love to spend time with, chat with and listen to.

We have the opportunity to spend time in Jesus’ presence every day and yet we can so often neglect it. It’s not usually a deliberate choice just that Jesus gets squeezed out by everything else. I don’t say that to make you feel guilty, or because I’ve got it all together. Read a short reflection about how I felt the Lord challenge me about this last week.

If we were offered an audience with the Queen, or Stephen Fry (or whoever you said in response to my opening question) we’d never say ‘I’m too busy’ – we’d put everything else aside and make ourselves available. We’d never pass up the opportunity to spend time with a lost loved one.

But we can often neglect to spend time with Jesus.

We have the absolute privilege of an audience with Jesus – every day, anywhere you like, everywhere you need, no excuse. Arguably that’s true now more than ever as our daily/weekly routines are altered beyond our comprehension. Especially in these difficult times, we get to choose what our ‘new normal’ will look like. We can choose to create new habits (or develop existing ones) which will serve us and our families well for the days, weeks & months ahead.

With that in mind, we want to share with you some free resources we believe will help you to invest in your relationship with Jesus.

 

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Reflection: Facing the Light

March 29, 2020

This week I went for a run. I’d been trying for a couple of weeks, but I either couldn’t make the time, or I couldn’t stop making excuses. I enjoy running, but it doesn’t take much for me to find a reason not to do it; it’s too cold or wet, or early, or late, too hot or too dark, I’m too tired. But I know how good it is for my body, for my physical & mental health, but also for my spiritual well-being too. I usually listen to worship music as I’m running, and I find that God sometimes speaks to me through the lyrics, but He often speaks through the things I see around me. This week was no different.

As I started out from the house, with Tracy & Isaac following on their bikes, I was running downhill, with the sun on my back. It was glorious (why don’t I do it more often?). Running by the road was simple & straightforward, then I arrived at Grove Wood. Although the ground was a bit soft with plenty of thick mud & puddles, there was always a dry path through. But it was far from straightforward, weaving left & right, in and out of trees and bushes with trip hazards to contend with along the way (sounds like a metaphor for life). The first leg of the run was pretty unremarkable. When I turned around, somehow everything changed.

The about face meant I was now running directly into the sun. Instead of the warmth on my back, it was now on my face and the light streaming into my eyes. Then I was struck by the change of perspective and I felt God challenge me, gently but unmistakably.

The last two weeks have been like a whirlwind. Last week I had prepared for a week of annual leave – a chance for some down time after a busy couple of months, some space to breath. Then the Government made announcements which meant we’d have to cancel our services & gatherings – and everything changed. In the short space of time which followed, we’ve been trying to catch up and to ensure we’re well placed for the challenges ahead. All of that to say – it’s been a busy time! During that time I feel like I’ve been running downhill, the pace almost getting away from me. And although I’ve not deliberately been running away from the Lord (instead relying on Him daily for energy and wisdom), I feel like I’ve had my back to Him. As if I could feel the warmth of His light on my back, but not my face.

And so as I turned around mid way through my run, I felt the warmth of the sun on my face again, literally and figuratively; physically & spiritually. Somehow facing the light made all the difference. I noticed was that I was quickly back on more level ground (in fact the same terrain I’d been on previously), having moved away from the bumps, mud & trip hazards. I was now running up-hill, but I barely noticed it, both distracted & sustained by the warmth of the sun; and I was running at a more sustainable pace too – no longer was I gathering speed as I moved down-hill, I was now in control of my pace as I continued toward the light. I changed my perspective and everything changed.

I’ve talked to a number of people who’ve been self-isolating or coping with the more recent lockdown restrictions and who have found the shift in perspective a really helpful one – creating more time to spend time with Jesus, to ensure we’re focussing on what’s important not just what’s urgent.

Whatever your situation, my prayer for you during this time is that you will deliberately turn and face the light; that you’ll spend more time reading God’s Word, in conversation with Him in prayer, and worshipping Him in any number of creative ways.

Can I encourage you to pause for 6 and a half minutes, and listen to this song, reflect on the words, and think about what you can put in place for the week ahead to ensure you’re facing the light each day. Be expectant – God will honour & bless your attention.

Video Update – 27th March 2020

March 27, 2020

We made it to the end of the first week of lockdown. Here’s what you need to know about life at RBC in the second of our new weekly Friday updates. [transcript below]

The resources mentioned in the video are available here: Lockdown Links

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Video Update – 24th March 2020

March 24, 2020

Our first update was just 4 days ago – and how life has changed in that short space of time. It feels like a year has passed. Watch and listen as Jonathan brings you the latest information about life at RBC [transcript below].

Community Hubs
If you are interested in being part of the Community Hubs, which are being set up by the government and tiered through Essex County Council and then Rochford District Council, then please follow the attached links, which should provide you with more information as well as a place to register your interest in becoming a volunteer:

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