Being Church when we can't meet at church

Whilst we are unable to meet together in our church building, we want to continue to offer spiritual support  through the work of church.

We will be recording a brief weekly service of worship that you can view below or via Facebook or on our YouTube channel.  We would encourage everyone to ‘tune in’ at 10.30 on Sunday morning or 6.30 on Sunday evening, so that we still get a sense of being part of a worshipping community, even if we are in our own homes. 

If you know of anyone who is anyone is not able to access the services on-line, please let us know and we'll add them to our list to deliver an audio CD or they can listen to the service over the phone for the cost of a local call by dialling 01403 288326. 

There are a number of other ways in which we are trying to ensure everyone stays connected.
Bulletin

We will continue to email a slimmed down version of the weekly bulletin to those who have signed up to receive it.  The most recent version is here and if you wish to receive this by e-mail but have not yet signed up to,  church members can sign up here, or contact us to ask to be added to the distribution list.

Prayer Diary

Our monthly Prayer Diary provides  suggestions for daily prayer enabling us all to be praying together even  when apart.
The latest prayer diary is available here and members can sign up to receive the diary via e-mail or contact us to be added to the distribution list. 

Mission Lines

Mission Lines provides news of those we support working abroad so that we can support them more effectively in prayer.
The most recent version is here and members can sign up to receive a copy via e-mail or contact us to be added to the distribution list.  

Material for families and children

A number of organisations are providing material online that is suitable for families and children learning together.
We've provided links to some of these here, as well a number of Bible stories from Saddleback Kids. 

Weekly Update

Why not join us each Sunday for virtual coffee via zoom - either before our service at 10am or after  the service at 11.30am?
Contact the church office for the access details

Our next Prayer Meeting will be on Wednesday 12th August at 8pm via zoom. To register for the access link please contact the office.

Our online service on August 16th will include a celebration of Communion and we will be holding a Communion service at the church at 9am on the 23rd August - please contact the office to reserve a space as we will sadly have to restrict numbers to allow for social distancing.


 
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It's been encouraging to see how people at BRBC are really supporting each other through this time. So that we can make sure that everyone who is in need of contact and support is included, please let us know, if you haven't already,  who you are contacting and supporting and if you would like support, whether it's a phone call for a chat or someone to help with shopping, please let us know.

You can still call the office on weekdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm or contact us 
and we will do our best to support anyone who needs help.

The good news is that God doesn’t do social distancing. At a time when we are all encouraged to keep each other at more than arms’ length, it is good to know that God’s presence is at our side wherever we go, whatever we do.
Tim
Michael
   

Message from Tim

Lift up your heads: the King of glory is coming!

Many of us will associate King John of England (1166-1216) with two things: the signing of Magna Carta and his attempt to usurp control of the country while his elder brother Richard the Lionheart was away fighting in the Crusades. Britannica.com describes John as someone who gained a reputation for reckless irresponsibility on account of his political indiscretions. He was cultured and literate, but also treacherous. England’s relationship with France deteriorated in his reign and in the ensuing war England was defeated: territories in France were lost and John’s own position was undermined. His efforts to reverse this failure proved to be extremely expensive, giving rise to heavy taxation and the ruthless exploitation of resources. In a dispute with the church he took his stand on the traditional rights of the English crown and was excommunicated for four years. He was deeply unpopular with the barons: there was fighting on the Scottish border and widespread discontent in the north, East Anglia and the home counties. His legacy was an impoverished, divided country at war with itself, and his reign is a signal lesson in just how disastrous poor leadership can be for a country.

My childhood knowledge of King John came from The Ladybird Book of Kings and Queens of England, which is still on my bookshelf – thanks to the longevity of our present monarch, it has not gone out of date since its publication in 1968! This was supplemented by stories about the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, who was first portrayed by the Elizabethan playwright Anthony Munday as a disinherited aristocrat who resists the tyranny of wicked Prince John and loyally awaits the return of the rightful king, Richard the Lionheart. It’s all the stuff of legend, but it is an inspiring story.

What has all this to do with Advent Sunday? Well, like Robin Hood and his Merrie Men, in real life we owe our allegiance to the King of kings and Lord of lords, and Advent Sunday reminds us of the promise that Jesus will one day return to set right what is wrong and to judge the world. Thankfully holding this allegiance to Christ does not make us outlaws - though it would under other regimes, and we should remember to pray for the persecuted church. But in such troubled times as ours we are told to lift our heads to the coming Lord who brings redemption (Psalm 24:7-10; Luke 21:28), and perhaps, as we look forward to his return, we would also do well to draw our inspiration from those who turned the world upside-down with their proclamation that Jesus, not Caesar, was the one true King (Acts 17:6-7).

On-line Services

Whether you a regular at BRBC or have found us through searching the internet you are very welcome to join us in worshipping God together.
Things may be different to the way we are used to doing them, but our Father God has not changed and he still deserves our praise so whilst we are unable to meet together face to face, we will broadcast a service on this page at 10.30am each Sunday and it will remain available here for a few days after.

You can still watch all of our previous services on our YouTube channel or, if you prefer, an audio only version is available on our podcast page.

We hope that you will join in and sing with us and we trust that you will be blessed as we honour God together, wherever we are.
 

 

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We will also seek to post reflections, readings, prayers, messages, etc.  on our Facebook page @BRBCHorsham, so please like our page and follow us there.
We want to find good ways to encourage and support one another and we welcome your interaction