CURRENT NEWS AND EVENTS

Please contact Lynne or Pete to add information to this page.

 





Sermon Recordings available on our website & YouTube Channel.


We are back in the church building for Sunday worship (need to pre-book via enquiriesstocksfieldbc@gmail.com).  Our 10am services are also being streamed live via our Youtube channel. You are welcome to join us!

To access the service on Youtube, simply open Youtube through the browser of your choice and search for "Stocksfield Baptist Church" to find our channel. As soon as you log on on Sunday mornings a, with a ft 10, the live video will be the video showing. Our services will be a mix of live and pre-recorded elements every week, enabling those at home  to be involved.  The worship meeting is followed by a Zoom meeting where you can catch up with people.



Posted 11.7.2021

Volunteers needed for Welcome and Refreshment Rotas by 23rd July.  Please contact Lynne Frost if you can help.    email: sbclynne@gmail.com  



Posted 11.7.2021

Saturday 24th July 2021, 11am-3pm  Eastwoods Park (Prudhoe)  In partnership with The Miner’s Lamp Cafe and Community Hub

Celebrate the start of the summer holidays with a fun-packed family outing to Eastwoods Park. Come along for stalls of fairground-style games, old-fashioned competitions (like egg and spoon races), a Bible story tent and plenty of edible treats for kids. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it or just drop in for an hour.

Volunteers are needed to run the game stalls. We have lots of ideas and plenty of equipment but need your help on the day to make it happen! If you can come (even just for an hour), please contact Samantha on Prudhoe.Stocksfield.Holiday.Club@gmail.com or 01661836059, or tell Tim or Kathy and we will pass the message on.

Please note: Holiday Club 2021 will be 27th-29th OCTOBER - save the date!



Posted 7.7.21

Holiday Club 2021 - Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th October.

Prayer would be much appreciated even if you are not directly invloved with Holiday Club.  Holiday Club will take place this year in Ocotber half-term.  It will run for 3 mornings Puls a celebration on the Friday evening with a fish and chip supper.

Once again we are joining with churches in Prudhioe and the Holiday Club will take place in Prudhoe as in previous years.

The theme for this year will be "Rocky's Plaice" based on the life of Peter and the book of Acts.

Booking forms for children aged 5-14 will be available nearer the time.  Older Young People will be able to be helpers.

We are recruiting adult helpers now.  If you would like to help or have already volunteered or your availabilty has changed please contact Tim Knight or Kathy Clegg as soon as possible



Posted 6.7.21

Has the pandemic left you with worries, fears or pain from loss? Sharing can help. Every Wednesday from 10-11am Listening Ears (a free service) will be available at Stocksfield Baptist Church - a place to share and be supported. You will be met for a one to one chat by a member of our pastoral team. Simply turn up, pre-book or ask any questions by emailing enquiriesstocksfieldbc@gmail.com



Posted 2.7.21

The Church Family Meeting on Tuesday night considered a number of potential new logos for the church, that would also replace the sign on the road frontage. The images must say something about who we are as a church, and who we worship. The road sign will include our contact details and have space for info about temporary events.   It will be magnetic.  The Logo designs suggested are in the Members' Area of the Website for your perusal.  We would like to any hear any further comments you may have, recognising that designing a logo/sign to suit all tastes is not possible; loving graceful compromise will be the order of the day!

Please pass any comments direct to Don Hutton by Sun11th July. The Leadership Team will then consider all the options, ideas and comments.



Posted 09.06.2021

Spring Harvest 2022 Bookings open June 15th (Harrogate bookings from September)

Please read info below as if you are looking for childrens' work this will not be at Harrogate.

One week to go...

The countdown is on! We're gearing up for Spring Harvest 2022 bookings to open 8am 15 June. Yes that's right, just one week to go, so set your reminders to book early! 

Join us at Easter for:
Skegness 11-15 April
Minehead 18-22 April
Harrogate 9-13 April*

We can't promise sunshine, but we can promise worship, learning and laughter; all wrapped up as the Spring Harvest experience you know and love, with a few new surprises along the way...

So, think about who you might like to bring, get ready to book your Easter staycation with us and find out everything you need to know by clicking below. 

*Bookings for Harrogate will open in September

BOOKING IN

You’ll notice that we are not opening the bookings for Harrogate at the same time as we are opening them for Minehead and Skegness. There are several reasons for this (and some of them are pretty boring so we won’t share those) but the most important one is that Harrogate is unique, and it isn’t a Butlin’s resort with all the facilities that come with it. So, we want to explore Harrogate in a different way and provide you with a unique but outstanding ministry event, equipping the church for action!

WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING?

Well, that is all fine and good, but what does it actually mean?

It means that we will be scaling back our children’s and youth ministries. Though still a vital part of Spring Harvest, at Harrogate, our experience has taught us that trying to make it family focused has not worked that well.

As a Spring Harvest guest, if a family focused event is what you are looking for, we want to encourage you to check out the Minehead and Skegness breaks.

At Harrogate 2022, you’ll find the trusted Spring Harvest DNA of rigorous Bible teaching, engaging worship, diverse speakers and subjects in the seminar programme as well as prayer spaces, worship times and entertaining ‘After Hours’ sessions and, of course, our Exhibition centre.

What you will also find is an invested young adult programme, a focus on church planting and revitalisation, plus a stream on mentoring and influencing. Our aim is to inspire you to take your time, treasure and talent and use these for the Kingdom work that needs to happen in this post-pandemic world.

Do you usually join us for our event at Harrogate? Find out our plans, when bookings open and more below.

Watch Cris Rogers, Chair of the Spring Harvest Planning Group explain the 2022 theme: Restore Renew Rebuild.

Have you visited our new event mini-site yet? Find out everything you need to know about 2022 before bookings open.



 

 

 

    

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who were unable to follow the physical tour, Paul Revill has made this YouTube Presentation       https://youtu.be/ehIjqNusudI



NBA News and Events:

123Go - Weekend of Evangelism 

This is a weekend of mission being planned for Easter 2022 by Baptist mission specialists Simon Goddard and Chris Duffett.  As part of this, and by way of introduction, they are encouraging folk to join together in prayer this weekend over Friday, Saturday and Sunday (i.e. starting tomorrow!).  See the document below for more details.


3 Poems by Debbie Henderson:

Maundy Thursday

Cool air fluttering against the nape

as dying leaves blazed in

Autumn canopies of rustling

Swirling waves ...

 

twelve men follow their Rabbi

along dry stone paths,

resting along grassy banks

in awe as he spoke ...

 

as bursting buds spring forth

crowds flock - hope shadowed by

Pharisaic envy - greed

weaves a lurid web ...

 

a gentle breeze of unity

within a shared meal

blighted by shadows of

stark reality - of destiny ..

 

as evening draws close

hostile rage - betrayal

from the cloisters trail

a Suffering servant

toward a Calvary Cross.

(Debbie Henderson)

 

Crucifixion

Sleeping in the dead of night

Poets swayed to lie awake

for in the shadows deep

the silence speaks

of one who from death was raised ...

 

The soul from within the tomb

betrayed by Judas kiss

defied the Cross - the Nails

mere mortals to save

from darkest days.

 

The Crown of Thorns pierced

each bitter spiteful thought

the sword pierced through

each cold stone heart

the scar of Eve departs.

 

Hell’s fury ... Flaming fire

burning through in battle sod

to torture all who in God’s name

defying evil, the path of Calvary claim

the soul in destiny raised.

(Debbie Henderson)

 

Asylum Seekers

Tortured and worn, driven and torn,

forced to flee, far from home.

Havens destroyed, possessions gone,

their minds, imaginations soiled.

 

Horrific images still within

eyes sunken, afraid to sing.

Inhuman experiences forever more

blight the lives of so many souls.

 

Once on our shores racist taunts

of scrounging and benefit fraud,

Vouchers introduced to staunch the claims

demeaning and dispirited, we inflict shame.

 

Woe for our hearts made of stone

closed to the stranger who shares our home -

suffering stares from empty eyes

bedraggled and forgotten one.

 

For there stands the Lord before our eyes

No stranger, not distant, but at our side -

he lives forsaken in humankind

his Spirit within glorified.

Debbie Henderson.

( This Poem was printed in An  Anthology of Poems by Bridal way press in 2002)



 

Posted 12.3.21

Stocksfield Baptist Church will soon be welcoming people back to worship in the church building (need to pre-book via enquiriesstocksfieldbc@gmail.com). From Sunday 11th April these 10am services will be streamed via our Youtube channel. You are welcome to join us!

To access the service on Youtube, simply open Youtube through the browser of your choice and search for "Stocksfield Baptist Church" to find our channel. As soon as you log on on Sunday mornings at 10, the live video will be the video showing. Our services will be a mix of live and pre-recorded elements every week, enabling those at home  to be involVED.

 

 


Posted 12.3.21

Click on link for booking form./content/pages/documents/2021-spring-assembly-booking-form-a4-3791-.pdf

NBA Assembly Weekend on 23rd to 25th April. We have planned this in the light of the Covid Pandemic and are also trying a different style. So rather than have an Assembly for a day we have different on-line gatherings over the weekend. Further publicity will be made available soon, but here is the outline programme for the weekend.

Friday 23rd April at 7pm Evening Celebration

On this St George’s day we are pleased to be led by two Scottish Friends.

Our worship will be led by Glen Cormack, the senior pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Northallerton

Our speaker for the evening will be Alan Donaldson with the theme: Defeating the dragons: obstacles to mission.

Alan Donaldson is married to Ruth and has been in Baptist Ministry for 28 years pastoring two local churches in Leven and Dumfries. Alan was the General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland from 2010 until 2019 and recently completed a Masters in Applied Theology at Spurgeon’s College reflecting on church leadership structures and the biblical concept of fruitfulness. Alan is currently working as an interim/transitional minister in his home church and lives on a canal boat called Anastasis on the Forth and Clyde canal.  During the current lockdown he has been running from Lands End to John O'Groats in a virtual race against friends which he hopes to complete in time for the start of the curling season in September.

Saturday 24th 10am Our Life Together

              This will include:

 our Annual General Meeting

the appointment of the Transitional Strategic Leader (Regional Minister)

Saturday 24th Evening

              A Youth Event organised by Paul Revill and Dan Holland (of Portrack Baptist Church

Sunday 25th

We invite and encourage all churches to stream the service from Stockton Baptist Church which is being made especially available for our Association Weekend. It would be great for us to be sharing in the same worship. Further details will be circulated.



Posted 8.3.21

Following the announcement on Sunday it is to confirmed that by the time we re-open for in person services on 11th April the housegroup leaders resource area in the church office will be ready. We now have more office furniture with three shelves of topic marked goodies for housegroups- so this will be a place to come and browse to get ideas for your groups.

In addition the sermon notes will keep being issued and I'd encourage you to use them to help your groups engage more deeply with the various Sunday morning series. They are ready made to use involving no prep on your part apart from reading them! Given that not everyone is there every Sunday it's best not to launch into the questions, but either give a brief summary of the main points from the sermon notes, or screen share and let people scan them again (takes no more than 10-15 mins). the you'll get the most out of the discussion as the questions relate directly to the teaching given.



News From the NBA 

  1. A new Christian holiday retreat  "The Haven" near Rothbury in Northumberland.  The accommodation is ready for use and if the government's lockdown timetable is followed, they will be in a position to welcome guests from 12th April.  Their prayer is that God will use this accommodation to provide much needed rest and refreshment to anyone in need.  Please forward this information on as you see fit.   For more information, visit their website: www.ryehillcommunityventures.org.uk

 

  1. 'Smell the Roses' is a charity delivering ReTreat days to mums/female carers in the Whitley Bay area.  They are currently seeing new trustees - please see attached advert and pass this information on to anyone whom you think may be interested.

    News from the NBA

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88538689867?pwd=TzhLNmErM1l0dVVOQzFoRFdmUHpRQT09 Meeting ID: 885 3868 9867 Passcode: 032598

You don't need to book in, just log in and join us.

Please find attached spring season Gatherings.  Click on the links below for more information

Prayer Gatherings                                Prayer Gathering Summary



From our Minister (Pete Jorysz)

As you know, the government has introduced a national lockdown, as C19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths increase rapidly. As part of this schools are closing and churches that had opened, have closed (e.g The Gate in Prudhoe). In addition Brexit issues and paperwork have held up our new PA delivery from Europe so our installation date for streaming equipment is unavoidably delayed by at least two weeks.

The leadership team met  to discuss this and agreed that regrettably, we are going to have to close the building as of today for the foreseable future. This means it will not be available for Sunday worship, access to Lighthouse/Red Bananas or housegroups. Sunday worship will continue by Zoom, although we will explore getting our youtube channel up and running and posting worship and sermon videos on it. We will continue to review the situation and open the building as soon as we can.

This is clearly very disappointing news as we had all been hoping that our trajectory as a country would remain forward not backwards. However God's plans and purposes to work in and through our church remain unchanged. Our plans remain the same and when the vaccine gets rolled out more fully and infection levels, hospitalisations and deaths drop, we can once again look towards opening up and streaming services.

Until that time we need to continue to make efforts to stay connected with one another; to love, encourage and support one another. We need to be especially aware of those who are living alone, ill, or vulnerable and anyone who is struggling. For those individuals and for those housgroups who were meeting in the building we can still ring each other, email/text, have doorstep conversations, go for a walk together (max two people) or meet together on Zoom. 

Let's keep praying for God to be at work in all ways in the pandemic, bringing healing to the nations and individuals, protecting people (especially key workers), and helping our government organise a successful rollout of the vaccine. We may be in the middle of Winter but Spring will come!

Regards Pete



Posted 10.01.2021

Please if you know anyone from our congregation who is not meeting with us on Zoom or are suffering from Mental Health Problems, Please inform the Pastoral Team and they will endeavour to make sure everyone is looked after and feels included and see how they can help.



Posted 10.01.2021

Message from John Claydon NBA to the Minister and Church Secretary.

Dear All, I apologise for writing to you again so soon, but it seemed appropriate to do so following the statement of our Prime Minister and of the new restrictions. You will notice that corporate worship is still permitted. Many, if not most of our churches had throughout the autumn began to meet together in person again. However, even before the announcement of the new restrictions I was already aware of a few that had stopped meeting in person and opted to worship and meet on-line. We should appreciate the work done by many in our churches in making our buildings covidsecure and say a big ‘thank you’ to them. However, there is increased risk and the new strain of the virus spreads more easily and it is important to note that while we are permitted to meet in worship it does not mean that we have to. We have discovered other ways of being in touch and engaging in worship and to use those means rather than meeting together is not a loss of faith, nor a going back, but a matter of treading this particular path with care, love, respect and honour. One of the concerns that has been expressed by other regional church leaders in the area is that whilst we work hard to make our church buildings safe our natural inclination for fellowship and conversation before and after times of worship is actually a risk and also not a good witness. It is good that we feel secure and ok in our buildings, it is not so good that we are then led into a false sense of security that we let our guard down in the way that we interact together. It is unfortunate to have to say it, but it seems that the best way of sticking and working together is to stay apart. We have discovered a variety of ways of engaging in worship, fellowship, mission and discipleship and have many good options, including an old-fashioned letter, card or phone card to those not able to use social media. It is important to be inclusive of all. So let us use all the options available to us as we seek God’s Kingdom and allow Christ to build His Church through us. God bless you



Posted 10.01.2021

John Claydon (NBA) is happy to commend this resource produced by the North Western Baptist Association. We are grateful to them for making this available.

Pray for our Health and Care Workers

As a New Year gets underway, the reality that many feared is becoming evident, as Covid-19 cases are rising at an alarming rate, and our health services are becoming increasingly stretched and challenged. While there is much we can do to play our part as responsible citizens in responding to this crisis, alongside this we issue a call across our churches to pray for those who care for us.

We commit to our prayers those within our communities whose lives have been lost, whose health has been harmed or who mourn the impact of this pandemic on those they love. As we recognise this tragic reality, it further underlines the vital role played by our healthcare services and our gratitude for their endeavours as we come together to pray for the wellbeing of all who work within them.

As we do so, we recognise the vital contribution being made by keyworkers across a whole range of sectors, particularly in our schools where there has been significant disruption. We do not and should not underestimate the stress and pressure that many are now working under – we encourage our churches to find appropriate avenues through which to express appreciation and support.

Many who regularly attend and comprise our churches are working in these key professions. They share stories of immense commitment, fortitude and genuine hope, but also bear testimony to the human cost of maintaining these vital services. Many are working long hours under constantly changing circumstances and are often exposed to the threat of infection while also seeing colleagues becoming ill.

First and foremost, this requires us to live and act responsibly, to do all we can to reduce the risk and spread of infection, and to support keyworkers by recognising the pressure under which they are operating. This will disrupt all of our routines and generate stress and anxiety for everyone. Now more than ever, we need to take to heart the New Testament invitation to “value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) These words are inspired by nothing less than the example of Jesus himself.

Alongside this, we encourage our churches to intentionally and continually pray for all those who work in hospitals, hospice, care homes and so on. We offer this is a starting point and encourage that this is expanded to recognise and include other key workers and vital service providers over the coming days and weeks. In particular we encourage you to:

Deliberately focus on your local hospitals, G.P.’s, ambulance service and other key healthcare providers. Take time to recognise them and include prayers for them in your online services and shared bulletins.

Make contact to let these providers know that you are praying for them – A simple card or email to share your prayerful commitment can be a message of encouragement and hope.

Keep in touch with key-workers in your own congregation or contact network. This is something that everyone can do, and a quick call, voicemail or text to simply assure them of your prayers and concern can make a difference.

Maintain this commitment. Don’t just make this a one-off response, but stay aware of the key developments and pressures, continue to pray and as we suggested above, broaden your prayer focus to recognise other key workers and service providers – along with those whose businesses and livelihoods are threatened by continuing lockdown. We would encourage that you particularly identify, recognise and engage with those located in your immediate neighbourhoods.

We recognise the significance of our calling to be a people of prayer, as we seek to embrace present realities as those whose faith and hope is rooted in God. Our Scriptures repeatedly remind us that our faith should be rooted in behaviours and actions that reflect its true meaning and worth. So we make no apology for repeating the call for our churches to do all they can to encourage responsible and supportive citizenship across our communities – and we do so as a people of prayer.                                                                                                                      North Western Baptist Association – January 2021


B.U. Prayer Broadcasts (posted15.10.20)

You might find it helpful taking time out to join weekly prayer broadcasts that take place at 7pm each Wednesday evening. These are a great opportunity to spend time in prayer with fellow Baptists from across the country, led by a variety of people from across the Baptist family.



Prayer Requests

Remember to log in to the Members Area for updated Prayer requests.  If you cannot rember your log in name contact Lynne Frost for your log in Name. You can then reset your password on the website.  Lynne does not have access to anyones passwords.

 


 

Posted 3.4.20  Remember to log in to the members area to access the prayer page.  If you cannot remember your user name, contact Lynne.  She will give you the user name and then you can log in like any other website.  If you cannot remember your password, go to "forgot password".  Lynne does  NOT have access to your passwords!



Friday morning prayers for Prudhoe and the Tyne Valley (posted 27/03/20)

I've shared a few times about the encouraging ecumenical prayer group that meets every Friday morning at 8.30 am to pray for Prudhoe and the Tyne valley. This is now meeitng on-line via Zoom, coordinated by Paul Revill. If you are now at home on Friday mornings and would like to join us, pass your email adress to Paul and he'll put you on the circulation list!



Poem by Debby Henderson (posted 19/03/20)

Debby felt this was inspired by the Lord and is posted here to encourage us!

A Pandemic has hit our lands,
People are worried, Scarred with fear,
Many will die, the pain of loved ones so dear.

But amidst the darkness a light appears!

Can we see the Love of all he teaches?
The beauty as he lingers near.
The world must change!
Love must be pure!
Our lives belong to him.

Death is but a new beginning
to be with the Lord above.
Our destiny from birth
If we live his truth.



Please see the Church Policies Page for updated Covid-19 Communication 17.03.2020. We will be adding much more news over the coming days.

We want to keep all channels of communication open in this difficult time and Pete is in numerous discucussions on how we can use Skype, Zoom etc to meet together while social distancing at home!  More information will be released as decisions are made and prayerfully considered.

We are setting up a prayer page in the members area with info on members of our congregation with the Covoid-19 virus or other significant illnesses. For obvious reasons this cannot be on the public part of the site, but will enable all of us to pray for each other (if you have forgotten your log In details, Lynne can give you your Username so you can reset your password on the front page of the website).

When self-isolating or social distancing it is good to have a strategy for each day, and not give in to binge watching Netflix!  This is an opportunity to use our time well and invest in our spiritual lives. Some ideas:

1. Invest in God's Word and your Prayer life.

2. Telephone people (yes old fashioned, but is is good to hear people's voices).

3. Have a daily routine and put structure in to your life

4. Incorporate a daily walk to keep fit and get fresh air.  (Keeping away from other people of course)

5. Use Social Media to honour God and see who we can reach out to in this time.  We see many photos of empty shelves and false news, so  let us flood social media with photos which show good things and news that may be balm to the soul.