Because of the Coronavirus crisis ALL MEETINGS including mid-week ones ARE CANCELLED until further notice. However, HMG has now allowed the opening of churches for private prayer, and this is happening on Mondays from 10 am to 11 am, Wednesdays at the same times, Fridays from 11 am to 12 noon and 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 11 am. "Social distancing" precautions will be fully observed, and ventilation will be increased while the church is open. Only plastic chairs are available, to aid cleaning. Some art work will be available to look at, and inspirational music will be played from time to time.

Even following the Prime Ministerial statements on 23 June, Sunday services will not resume on 5 or 12 July, as preparation and thought is required - watch this space for further news as it becomes available. It is hoped to resume morning worship on 19 July, with social distancing, no singing, and other precautions, including that there will be no refreshments after the service.

Please note that it is the circulation of germs in the confined air of indoors that is dangerous, hence the above precautions. Outdoors, the germs are diluted so quickly that the risk of contracting covid-19 is very low. The germs don't like the ultra-violet radiation from the sun, either. So just get out there, keep at least two metres from everyone, and enjoy life. 

An email and hard-copy sheet, "Keeping in Touch" is being circulated weekly. Those whose email addresses are in the Church Manual have been receiving it automatically. If you do not wish to receive it, please contact Mark Ryan. If you have email but have not received it, Mark will be pleased to supply it. Those not on the email circuit will be sent the sheet in physical form.

Complete services recorded by Stephen Coles and others for you to join in with at home are available. Find this by going to Services where you will find the service for this Sunday. Click on the "play" arrow at the left end of the black strip.

A regular series of Zoom virtual prayer meetings is being held on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm. Also available is a virtual coffee morning also on Zoom on Fridays at 11.30 am. Make yourself a cuppa and join us for a friendly chat, and to see Hilary's neighbour's cat.  Contact Stephen Coles for the codings to join these meetings.

The Boys' Brigade nationally have produced a range of things to do at home, "#BBatHOME". Parents have been sent an email by the Captain. Please let us know how you are getting on with this.

As a church, we are anxious to mitigate the adverse effects of having to self-isolate. Anyone who feels they are in difficulty, either because of loneliness or otherwise, are urged to contact Stephen or Mark, or anyone you feel particularly comfortable in approaching.

 The Baptist Union and the South West Baptist Association have various resources available, which can be found by searching for them on the internet.


Paignton Community Larder

During the Coronavirus emergency, the needs of those in difficulty are even more urgent. So members and friends are urged to consider maintaining or increasing their donations. Those with church keys can, of course, drop items in when they want. Items will be delivered to the Larder first thing on Monday mornings, as before. All contributions are gratefully received. Stock levels are generally good (May 27), but donations of the following are particularly needed:

Tinned meat, Tinned meals,