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To view our church calendar online please click the link below:

ABBEY CENTRE BAPTIST CHURCH CALENDAR 2022

Pastoral Vacancy – Important News

Rev. Sarah Bingham will be preaching “with a view” to becoming our new minister, on Sunday 1st May. Please attend this service or watch on Zoom if you are able to. Following the service there will be a time of Q & A with tea/coffee and cake, for a chance for people to get to know Sarah a little better. Various members of our pastoral vacancy team have already met with Sarah on several occasions, and she recently led worship for us on Palm Sunday.

The following week, on Sunday 8th May, after the service there will be a special church meeting, in the chapel, for members to vote on whether or not to appoint Sarah as our new minister. The church currently has 61 members, and so, to follow the rules of our constitution, we need at least 31 members to be present in order to vote. So please attend this meeting if you are able to. Zoom attendance and voting will be possible.

We pray for God’s guidance and wisdom in making this important decision and that the Holy Spirit will guide us as we meet to prayerfully consider what is best for the future ministry of The Abbey Centre Baptist Church.

Church Anniversary Weekend

During the weekend of the 7th/8th May, we will also be celebrating 129 years of our church! On Saturday 7th at 5pm we will be having an “afternoon tea” social in the Abbey Centre. Please come along and join us if you can. This will be a ‘bring your own’ tea affair, but we’ll be serving tea and coffee. We’ll be “making our own entertainment” too, so if you’re willing and able to sing a song, read a story or tell a few jokes, play an instrument or any other kind of entertainment, please come along and join in the fun! Robert H will be preparing a quiz for us. No matter how many of us turn up, this promises to be just a bit of fun, in celebration of the long and full life of our wonderful church (formed in 1893).

Gift Day

It has been our custom to hold a “Gift Day” at the same time as our anniversary. As a Baptist church we are completely dependent on the generosity of our members for income to support the ministry of the church and its wider work in the community.  We thank you all for the continued offerings you make on a weekly/monthly basis. Please may we ask you to consider before God if you can give a special offering this Gift Day? There will be an opportunity to hand in your donation at church on Sunday 8th.  If you are unable to be in the chapel or are still attending on zoom, you could make a payment direct to the bank (please mark it “Gift Day” or notify Ann).

 

AGM – new deacons needed!

We will be holding our AGM at the end of this month, on Sunday 29th May, after the morning service. This is traditionally the meeting at which the officers of the church are elected, and new deacons are also elected. This is an exciting time to get more involved with our church, The Abbey Centre is thriving, after a couple of difficult years of COVID and the church has huge potential moving forwards with the possibility of a new minister sometime soon. Please consider prayerfully if you could become a deacon of our church, as there are currently only 3, a number that has reduced down from 12 in the early 2000s.

 

Worship online and in the chapel 

We continue to hold our services in the chapel and also broadcast them on Zoom. Video recordings of Sunday services continue to be available via our website and weekly emails. As agreed at our last church meeting, mask wearing is now “personal choice” in church. We are providing communion elements again, but you are still welcome to bring your own, if you prefer.

Our Chapel at Christmas

 

From all at the Abbey Centre Baptist Church, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” – Matthew 1:23

DECEMBER NEWS – DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Thurs 2nd – Sat 4th Dec – 7.30pm ACT play ‘Agatha Crusty and the Pantomime Murders’ – £8 (adult) £3 (UNDER 18).

Sun 5th Dec – 10.45am morning service led by Robert, Ruth & Kathy Rugge

Sun 12th Dec – 10.45am morning service led by Rev Stephen Heap

Sat 18th7pm Hunsbury & Blisworth Community Choir concert in the Abbey Centre, free admission, donations to the Hope Centre & Eve women’s refuge

Sun 19th Dec – 10.45am morning service led by our children’s group Kaleidoscope

Mon 20th Dec – 6 – 7pm carol singing outside Tesco with our SNPC colleagues (South Northampton Partnership of Churches) – all donations received will go to the Northampton Hope Centre

Thurs 23rd Dec – 6pm joint evening carol concert outside St. Benedict’s church in East Hunsbury

Fri 24th Dec – 12 noon “Hunger Lunch”(bread & soup) in The Abbey Centre foyer, donations to Christian Aid. This is a chance to rest your stomach before the excesses of Christmas and to give a donation to a worthy cause. All welcome

Fri 24th Dec – 11.30pm Christmas Eve communion service led by Rev Ted Hale

Sat 25th Dec – 10.45am Christmas morning service led by Rev Ted Hale

Sat 25th Dec – Christmas lunch, hosted by Pat & Malcom in The Abbey Centre

Sun 26th Dec – no morning service

Sun 2nd Jan – 10.45am New Year covenant service led by Linden Hale

Cash offerings – our cash offerings in December will be going to 2 charities who help people with their mental health – ‘Kids Aid’ and ‘Manna House Counselling’

Lunch club – our Monday lunch club is up and running again, please contact our centre administrator on 01604 767568 if you would like to come along. We recently received a £375 donation from our local Waitrose to help us with this project, for which we are very grateful

Mums and tots – this group is also up and running again on Wednesday mornings and numbers have risen recently. Please contact our centre administrator, on the number in the previous item, if you would like to attend

Flower rota – the new rota for 2022 is up in the chapel entrance. Please add your name if you are able to provide flowers for the chapel one Sunday. It was agreed at a recent church meeting that people on the rota would purchase the flowers themselves and bring along to the chapel. On weeks when no real flowers are provided, we will have some artificial flowers on display.

Karen’s calendars – Karen and Kevin Hopkins have kindly provided us with some 2022 calendars featuring their Owl Sanctuary in Cornwall. If you would like one please give a small donation and pick one up from our chapel. All monies received will go to the 2 charities above (see “cash offerings”).

BMS boxes and globes – please return these to Dee Hale before the end of this year if possible.

“Random Notes” in Concert – Tuesday 5th October 7.30pm

On Tuesday evening the singing group “Random Notes” led by Helen Thorman, will be giving a concert in our chapel at 7.30pm. Admission will be free but donations taken on the door will go to the Abbey Centre and a local charity (TBC). Please come along and support this event if you can. It’s great to be able to host singing events again after such a long time without them!

Thursday 30th September “Chilled Church” bible studies (on Zoom)

Starting on Thursday 30th of September at 7.30pm we will be having a weekly time of bible study and exploration of our faith. Hosted by Alison Oram and using a package of resources from “Right Now Media” this promises to be inspirational and thought-provoking. All are welcome to attend using the link below:

ABBEY CENTRE BAPTIST CHURCH – ZOOM LINK

If you have the Zoom app installed just click “join” and use this meeting ID:

419 995 7903

25th Sept, 10-4pm: Open House – at Kevin & Ann’s for “Home Mission”

“Home Mission” is all about helping Baptist churches and individuals here in the UK to bring the love of God to their communities (click the link below for more details). It is the “Baptist family purse”, and each year the Baptist Union has an appeal, to raise money for Home Mission. Please support Kevin and Ann by coming along to 6 Stanford Way, Northampton, NN4 0FQ, there will no doubt be lots of tempting treats on offer for you!

Baptist Union – Home Mission

Next member’s meeting scheduled for Sunday 19th September

The next meeting will follow our Sunday service on the 19th Sept, at 12.45 on Zoom. All members please attend if you are able to. 

Pastoral vacancy update – Sept 2021

After proceeding with a potential candidate for a couple of months, we are now back on the Baptist Union’s “Pastoral Vacancy List” with a new closing date of the 15th of October. Please pray that God’s holy spirit will guide the right person to us, to become our new minister. In the meantime, we give grateful thanks for the support we have received, over the past 8 months, from a whole host of visiting ministers and the input of various members of our congregation in leading Sunday services, our children’s group and other church activities. We remember the words of psalm 27 verse 14: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”

Friday 3rd September: “Singing for Well-being” is back!

We’re really pleased to say that our once-a-month singing session is back in our chapel from 2-4pm on the first Friday of every month (starting 3rd September). All are welcome to come and join in the singing. 

Members meeting and AGM – scheduled for Sunday 16th May 2021 (on Zoom to enable all to attend).

The AGM is when we elect the officers of the church, the deacons/trustees and also sign off the previous year’s accounts. This will be followed by an ordinary church meeting at which the ongoing life and activities of the church will be discussed. Both meetings are open to members and non-members, although only church members are eligible to vote.

The church is looking to recruit new members and also new trustees/deacons to help it move forwards in doing God’s will, serving the spiritual and social needs of people in South Northampton. Please consider prayerfully if you could become more actively involved by a member or a trustee/deacon. Nominations have to be put forward a couple of weeks prior to the meeting. If you are interested please email our church secretary Linden Hale: acbc.churchsecretary@gmail.com

APRIL 2021: Our chapel is now open again for Sunday worship

On Easter Sunday 4th April 2021, we opened again for our weekly Sunday morning worship. Services will also continue to be broadcast via Zoom (see the link below if you would like to join). For those attending chapel please remember to bring a face covering and to abide by the usual social COVID distancing rules. For the time being, you will also need to bring your own communion. To view our video archive of zoom services, sermons, prayers and other messages please click on this link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17_DC760sILTb8D-11rhHfh8UZDoULaNn

Next church member’s meeting – Sunday 14th March 2021 @ 12 noon. 

At our next member’s meeting, we will be discussing re-opening our chapel for worship and beginning to return to our many of our normal activities, as the country moves out of lockdown. We will also be discussing and voting on a resolution to adopt a new constitution, which is a part of the process of becoming a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).  All members please attend if you are able to. Guests are welcome to join us but will be ineligible to vote.

Our minister David retires at the end of January

On Sunday 24th of January we said a fond “farewell” to our minister David and his wife Alison, as they moved up to Yorkshire to a new life in retirement. We thank David for his devoted service to us over the past 5 years and also to Alison, for all the support she showed to David and for being such an inspiration to us all.

£553 raised for The Hope Centre and the Angel Tree Project

A big thanks to all of you, for donating over Christmas to these 2 wonderful local projects that support homeless people in Northampton and prisoners at Christmas. If you’re interested, you can find further information about both, using these links:

https://northamptonhopecentre.org.uk/

https://prisonfellowship.org.uk/our-work/angel-tree/

January 2021 – chapel closure

Unfortunately, due to Northampton being moved to COVID tier 4, we have had to close our chapel. All Sunday services and other social activities will be on zoom for the foreseeable future.

To attend any of our regular events on zoom, please use the following meeting ID:

419 995 7903

Or use this weblink:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4199957903

REGULAR ONLINE ACTIVITIES

Every Saturday at 11am – Zoom social. A chance to chat to others, share things that have happened during your week and to find out what others have been up to. No pressure to share, just a good way to keep in touch with people.

Every Sunday at 10.45am – Zoom service. A chance to share weekly worship involving images, video, praise songs/hymns, bible readings, prayers and communion. All are welcome to attend!

To attend either of the above please use the following Zoom ID:

419 995 7903

Every Wednesday at 2pm. Online bible study. Led by our minister David. A chance to explore passages from the bible in depth with some lively discussion. All welcome! If you wish to attend please email David at: acbc.pastor@gmail.com

Prayer Broadcasts

The Baptist Union is offering a time of prayer online every Wednesday and Sunday evening at 7pm.  Please follow the link  below to connect with the latest prayer time or to listen to previous prayer broadcasts:

https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/338268/Prayer_broadcasts.aspx

Advent & Christmas 2020 schedule:

Sunday 13th Dec 10.45am – Worship on Zoom, led by David

Friday 18th Dec 7pm – “Christmas Blessing” walk around our local area, with carol singing (starting and ending at the Abbey Centre)

Sunday 20th Dec 10.45am – Kaleidoscope nativity service in the chapel plus on Zoom

Sunday 20th Dec 6pm – “A Dickensian Christmas” carol service in the chapel plus on Zoom

Thursday 24th Dec 11.30pm – Midnight communion carol service in the chapel plus on Zoom

Friday 25th Dec 10.45am – short Christmas day service followed by a social – on zoom only – wear your christmas jumpers “and bling”!

Sunday 27th Dec 10.45am – Worship in the chapel plus on Zoom – led by Ted

To attend any of the above events on zoom, please use the following meeting ID:

419 995 7903

Or use this weblink:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4199957903