SPBC News and Updates
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Survey Results and Housegroup
The house group and Church meeting planned for Tuesday 30th March has been re-scheduled and will now be on Tuesday 6th April at 7.30pm. We will be sharing the results of the recent Survey about our Church which has produced some very interesting results followed by a shortened house group. The topic for the house group is ‘hope’ so that ties in nicely with the purpose of our survey which is about our hopes for the future of SPBC. The link for Microsoft Teams will be sent out closer to the date.
Quiz and Housegroup
This Saturday evening at 7.15 is the second of our online quiz evenings so please join us for a fun evening hosted by Cij. The link is as follows:
Microsoft Teams meeting - Join on your computer or mobile app
A second date for your diary is Tuesday 30th March at 7.30 when we will be sharing the results of the recent Survey about our Church which has produced some very interesting results. Again we want as many people as possible to join us for this meeting which will form part of our monthly housegroup. The topic for this month is ‘hope’ so that ties in nicely with the purpose of our survey which is about our hopes for the future of SPBC. The link for this is again on Microsoft Teams and is:
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Hope we see you on both dates.
The first stage in our search for a new minister is for us all, as a Church, to put together a Church profile. This profile can then be used by prospective ministers as a starting point in their search for a new Church and it is also very useful for us as we identify what we are looking for in a new minister.
To this end we are putting together a short questionnaire to help us work out the key parts of our profile. This will be coming out to all members and also those on our distribution list next week. We will then collate the results and report back by the middle of March with a Church meeting on Zoom planned for the end of March.
Monthly Zoom House Group
We are starting a monthly Zoom House Group on Tuesday, 23rd February from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Andy Drake will be leading the first three sessions. Please add this to your diary and come and join us. Keep an eye on your email inbox for the vital Zoom link near that date.
SPBC Zoom Quiz
Join us on Saturday 27th March at 7:15 p.m. for a Springfield Park Baptist Church Virtual Quiz Night hosted by Cij! All are invited to take part. Make sure you’ve got your drinks and nibbles ready. Keep an eye on your email inbox for the vital Zoom link nearer that date.
On Wednesday evening at 8pm we will be meeting on Zoom to discuss Sunday services for the next couple of months. Everyone is welcome, even if you do not feel you can lead it would be great to have more people to offer ideas and to help plan the services. The Zoom link is below, please join if you can.
First of all a big thank you to all who joined us for the Zoom meeting last night. We had a chance to meet Andy Drake and I can formally announce that we have voted unanimously that Andy should be our Interim Moderator to help us through the coming months (or maybe years) as we look for a new minister. It is great for us as a leadership team to have Andy on board as he can certainly make sure we are doing all that we can and should be doing to further God’s kingdom in Springfield Park and beyond. Please pray for him as he undertakes this role.
There were a few other things to come out of the meeting.
1. We want to set a date for a Saturday ‘Vision Morning’ later in February so that we can start work together on a church profile
2. We want to set a date, hopefully around Easter, when we can work together at Church to give the buildings a good spring clean
3. We want to start a monthly midweek home group on Zoom.
4. One other important date for your diary is Saturday 6th February at 7.30pm when Rosie will be compering a quiz evening on Zoom. Everyone is invited and please bring your own drinks and nibbles as “virtual” snacks are not available
Chris and Otmar
We have been discussing the appointment of a new minister with Nick Lear, the EBA (Eastern Baptist Association) regional minister. The process for this includes appointment of an Interim Moderator who will not only guide us through the process but also be available to help us over the coming months prior to any appointment we make. Nick has suggested a candidate for this role and it is Andy Drake who is the Chief Executive for the YMCA in Essex. He was seconded to this position by the Baptist Union and actually lives on our “patch” in Navigation road.
Alison, Otmar and I have met with Andy several times on Zoom and we all feel that he is an ideal candidate for our Interim Moderator role. However we are unable to make a decision about this as it has to be a decision made through a church meeting. The Church meeting will have to be via Zoom and is scheduled for 21st January. Andy will be able to tell us all a bit more about himself and also the process of finding a new minister. In addition he also wants to help us through the coming months as he does have a wealth of experience in leading a Baptist Church.
Please put this date in your diary as it would be great to see everyone as well as being able to start the process of finding a new minister.
Please also remember to pray about this as it is an important part, of the next stage, in the life of Springfield Park Baptist Church.
Chris and Otmar
Need Some Help?
If you are self isolating and struggling to get by we may be able to offer some practical help.
Use our request form here to give us your details and one of our volunteers will contact you.
Please note we are only able to offer help within our local community of Trinity Ward, Chelmsford.
Listen to a Service
The last recording made in the church before Covid 19 changed everything can also be found near the bottom of our home page where there is a player that can be used to listen to it or you may download it to listen to later.
From our Foreign Correspondent
See an account of John Lancasters 2019 visits to India here.
Follow Johns latest mission trips to India and see more pictures of the people and places he visits by joining John's Adventures in India on Facebook.
Tool Box Project
Do you have any spare tools or craft items? We are collecting them for Tools With a Mission. See the list on our Tool Box Project page for details of what we currently need.
Can you knit, crochet or sew?
The Springfield Stitchers need help with various charity projects. If you would like to help or, if you would like to learn to knit, crochet or sew, or if you have unwanted wool or haberdashery (buttons, zips, thread, fabric, sewing machines) please pop along to find out more.
The Springfield Stitchers meet at “The Coffee Hub” every Thursday 9.30 till 12.00 at Springfield Park Baptist Church. Contact Alison for more information.
As a church we believe in the power of prayer and that it makes a difference in situations and circumstances. We are part of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, joining with Christians from across our City to pray for the things God lays on our hearts. Please follow this link for more information about how you and your church can get involved: https://chelmsford24-7.org/. Plans for the near future at Springfield Park involve the setting up of a new prayer space and prayer walks around our local area. Watch this space for developments.
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