Westfield Road, Bishop Auckland
County Durham, DL14 6AE

NBA Sunday Service

Sunday 22nd November 2020

This weekend we’re privileged to feature a message from Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, as part of our worship service.  There is also a brief message from Glen Cormack of New Life Baptist Church, Northallerton, as they are the focus for our prayers this weekend.

John Claydon’s Sabbatical – John is now away, firstly on holiday and then for his sabbatical – so he will not be available to us until the New Year.  In the intervening time a few of us are covering for him, in particular me, Elaine Webster and Tony Ruddle.  In the first instance please do come to me for pastoral or ministry matters; to Elaine for administrative concerns; and to Tony for matters relating to the governance of the NBA such as the Council and the transition plans for the Association.  If in doubt, I’m happy to be your first port of call.  Obviously, you’re not going to be having any difficulties or problems during this time, so the NBA team are confidently looking forward to a very quiet couple of months!  But seriously, please remember that we are here and available to help you.

A Reflection – As the pandemic drags on and I sense there is a growing weariness and discouragement at the ongoing restrictions and disruption which seem to be with us for quite a while yet, may I take this opportunity to share with you some thoughts which were shared by one of our church members in a prayer gathering this morning.  She likened our current experience to the exile of Judah and from Jeremiah 29 reminded us that firstly it’s OK to be honest with God – and others – and lament; that we are called to settle down for the long haul; that God still has good plans for us and through us for others; that God wants us to be a blessing and to seek his blessing for the communities in which we live; that he calls us to seek him wholeheartedly and make this our aim at this time – and that he promises to come to us.

Forthcoming events…
 
Resources
 
Ruth Rice Webinar on Renew Wellbeing
 
A few weeks back Ruth Rice spoke for us online on Renew Wellbeing.  The video of the webinar is available here
 
 
Ideas for Christmas
 
The summary from our ‘Once in Royal Lockdown City’ gathering is attached.
LICC are organising an online event to offer ideas for churches for Christmas on Tuesday 3rd November from 2.00-4.00pm for a suggested registration fee of $5.  You can find further details and book in here
If you already have some creative plans for Christmas that you would be happy to share with other NBA churches, please let me know, and we will circulate these if you’re happy to do so.
 
 
Covid Cash Recovery Course
 
The C of E are running another of these courses which assist churches in supporting those in our communities suffering greatest hardship through the pandemic – see the details below.
 
 
And finally
 
Through November and December we will be offering a Sunday worship service only for a few select occasions, such as Remembrance Sunday and Advent Sunday, but I hope to record some shorter ‘Covid Conversations’ with guest speakers on different themes relating to how God can reimagining and renew our personal and church life through the ongoing pandemic and its aftermath.  We’ll let you know when these come out.  
 
May God’s grace and peace be deeply in you and with you.
 
Paul 

Previous services can be found online at
Website: http://www.thenba.org.uk/
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Upcoming Events

Nov
25
Wed
10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space...
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
Nov
29
Sun
10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 29 @ 10:30 – 12:00
 
Dec
1
Tue
13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 1 @ 13:00 – 14:30
 
Dec
2
Wed
10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space...
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
Dec
6
Sun
10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 6 @ 10:30 – 12:00
 
Dec
8
Tue
13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 8 @ 13:00 – 14:30