We look forward to you joining us for our Sunday service today at 10.30am.
You can watch the service live here: https://www.herefordbaptist.org.uk/stream/
When you open the video in our website it will be set on mute (unfortunately this is the default, so we can’t change it).
To get sound:
Move your mouse over the video, you will then see the speaker symbol in the bottom right corner.
Turn the sound up and you should hear everything!
Songs for today
Words for the songs we will be singing today can be downloaded here:
Songs For Sunday 22nd March 2020
Reading for today
Philippians 1:19-26 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)
19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honoured in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Sunday at HBC
Firstly, on Sunday morning HBC will be streaming live for the first time! Please have bread and wine (or a substitute) ready as we will be sharing communion during the service. The service will last between 30-40minutes and will start at 10.30am.
You can watch live
Sunday 10.30am here:
Outside of live services it will say video not found. It will only show a video while there is a live stream.
Wedding of James Butler and Rachel Warner
Many of you will know that James Butler and Rachel Warner had planned to marry at HBC in April, this will now take place at HBC this Sunday at 2pm. For those of you who know Rachel or James, you can use the same streaming options from the morning service to join them celebrating their marriage.
Please do not attend the service in person unless you have been specifically asked by Rachel or James, the number of people in the building needs to be kept to a minimum in line with government guidance.
National Day of Prayer, Sunday 22nd March 2020
There is a great need for help at the moment and I know many of you will want to support others around the city. In order to ensure that everyone gets the help they need Herefordshire Council have set up a team to coordinate volunteers. If you are able, please do sign up here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help
The Wednesday Club wasn’t fully protected against the floods of mid-February. None of our members was thankfully directly affected by the water, but in view of the uncertain weather and travel conditions on 19th February it was decided to cancel that morning’s meeting. The advertised “Baltic Cruise” was easily rescheduled. Penny Platts once again held our full attention with her talk on the Herefordshire market towns. The historical details are most fascinating. Karilyn and Richard Collins were again very welcome guests when they told us about their missionary work in Tanzania.
During the month of February we will be praying for the outward facing ministries within HBC.
Each day there will be a different prayer request from one of the groups, we would love for you to spend time praying for these with us.
The full month’s prayers can be downloaded here – Prayers February 2020
The highlight of January 2020 was definitely the intoduction to basket weaving by Clyde of Wildwicker. Clyde only uses willow twigs and branches from plants which he has propagated and grown himself. The beauty of a finished basket lies in its smooth feel, natural colours and sturdiness. Besides baskets, willow is also ideal for creating many other forms of practical or ornamental items. A special aspect of willow weaving is its therapeutic value. You can’t rush it.
2019 finished for us with a traditional Carol Service led by our Minister, Revd Steve Ansell. Steve will visit us again this month when he will reflect on his first full year at Hereford Baptist Church.
We would love you to join us as we celebrate Christmas at HBC.
Mair and Brian Granthier gave us a very detailed and sometimes moving presentation about Night Shift and how their vision of some 17 years ago has made a real impact on Hereford’s nightlife. On a Saturday night/Sunday morning – from midnight to 3.00am – HBC’s front doors are kept open by a group of volunteers to anyone seeking a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle along Commercial Road: a warm drink, a quiet chat among friends while waiting for a lift home, a pair of flip flops and an all important toilet stop are just a few things offered. All is done to show that God’s love and care is free for all.
October’s highlight truly belongs to Penny Platts. Her presentation “Travel in Iran” was outstanding. History, culture and especially the friendly welcome given to her by the ordinary people left a deep impression on us all. What could the world be like without wars and hatred among nations.
After travel in a hot country November will transport us into Antarctica and the Baltic. What contrasts!
The HBC Hiking Group’s October walk was a gentle circular affair of about 5 miles, starting near Prior’s Frome and heading through intermittent woodland towards Upper Dormington, then Perton and southwards to Checkley, where we were given the chance to visit the small church of St Nicholas, beautifully decorated for their harvest festival (see example in photo).
After heavy rain the previous day, we were thankful that our leader Mike C had chosen some hard tracks, so we encountered little mud (and no stiles!) on what turned out to be a beautiful day for walking, with some fine long distance views. Watch out for notice of our next hike!