Announcements

 

Coronavirus

We are now in  lockdown again. Stephen and the deacons were meeting at the time of the relevant announcement by the Prime Minister, and immediately discussed the situation. Although corporate worship is permitted, it was decided that to meet would be against the spirit of the instruction to "stay at home", so Sunday (and other) services are cancelled until further notice. This is also in accordance with advice from the South West Baptist Association. Please keep watching this website for future announcements, and we all hope and pray that this coronavirus curse will be lifted as the vaccine takes effect.  

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. However, please note that the government instructions are not to leave Paignton, not to go out for exercise more than once per day, and not to go out for "recreation", only for "exercise", and then only for as little time as possible. See www.gov.uk/national-lockdown.

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.

 As with previous lockdowns, services will be recorded behind locked doors. Find these by going to Services where you will find the service for this Sunday and other previous ones. Click on the "play" arrow at the left end of the black strip.

The Boys' Brigade nationally have produced a range of things to do at home, "#BBatHOME". A new set of activities for the spring has now been made available, so please have a look and give it a go. The address is https://boys-brigade.org.uk/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 without church keys are invited to pass items in at 6 Southfield Rise, or between 12 noon and 2 pm, Mondays to Thursdays at the PCL. Items will be delivered to the Larder first thing on Monday mornings, as before. All contributions are gratefully received. 

The following items were particularly requested (8/2):

Pasta 'n' sauce, Custard, Rice pudding, Tinned meat, Hot dogs. 

Plastic carrier bags (especially), empty glass jars (the box of these recently handed in was much appreciated) and egg boxes are also needed.