Welcome to our weekly news update for the week beginning 10th December 2023.
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For safety reasons we don't publish the Zoom details for our services or meetings online. If you'd like to join us on Zoom, please get in touch for the details.
Late Night Shopping & Christmas Tree
A massive thank you to everyone who joined us for the carol singing at late night shopping last night. There was a great turn out, and we think it went well!
Hope fully lots of you were able to pop in and see our tree in the Methodist Christmas Tree Festival. If you haven't, then do go over the next few days. Well done and thank you to everyone who helped make the decorations and put it all together!
Sunday 10th December
Tomorrow we're gathering at the chapel and on Zoom at 10.30am for this year's Christmas Splash! service. As usual there'll be lots of fun as we think about the meaning of Christmas together - do join us if you can.
After the service those who have pre-booked will be heading to the Croquet Club for our Christmas Lunch. If you haven't already paid, please bring the money with you tomorrow
Do join us if you can! You're welcome to join us at the chapel or on Zoom. Please get in touch for the Zoom details.
For details about our other Christmas services, click here.
BMS Uganda Appeal
Thanks to everyone who has already given to the BMS Uganda Appeal, which we highlighted in the service a couple of weeks ago.
If you'd still like to give it's not too late. Please bring your money in a marked envelope and pop it in the bag at the chapel tomorrow. Thanks!
Candlelit Carol Service
On Sunday 17th December at 5.30pm we'll be holding our Candlelit Carol Service at the chapel.
As usual, after the service we'd like to invite people to stay behind for some mulled wine and other refreshments. We'd love it if people could bring some finger food to share - mince pies, sausage rolls, cakes etc. Thank you!
Longest Night Service
On Thursday 21st Dec at 7.30pm we'll be holding a Longest Night Service. This will be a quieter, more reflective service for anyone who finds Christmas hard, who is missing loved ones, or who needs a little space to breathe in the chaos.
We have some printed flyers available advertising both this service and the carol service - please feel free to take some to give to friends and neighbours.
Details of our Christmas services are now available on the website, which you can see by clicking here.
More events may be added as details are finalised, so watch this space for updates!
Wellbeing Warm Space
Starting on Mondays from 8th Jan, Seachange are offering weekly free lunches. These are for anyone who feels like they are spending too much time alone,or anyone who might be struggling financially are welcome.Ideally spaces to be booked, but drop ins will also get a warm reception.Transport can be arranged, but must be booked a week in advance.
For more info please contact Seachange on 01395 446896.
Exmouth Foodbank News
The December newsletter from Exmouth Foodbank is now available to read by clicking here.
Please keep bringing your donations for the foodbank - they can be left in the box in the foyer of the chapel.
Thank you for your ongoing financial support for the church. There's lots of information about online giving, standing orders and how your money will be used by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can now give by text message:
- To donate £5, text BSBC to 70970
- To donate £10, text BSBC to 70191
BMS World Mission
Join us in prayer for projects bringing hope to a broken world.
- Lift up mission worker Genesis Acaye as he serves communities in northern Uganda through agroforestry projects aimed at sustainable livelihoods. Praise God for the many Ugandan believers who are taking seriously their commitment to their families and the planet.
- Lift up regional Baptist bodies and the Baptist Forum for Aid and Development as they respond to major humanitarian disasters. Pray especially for settlement and reconstruction efforts in Ukraine, Türkiye and Syria.
- Pray for access to justice for the poorest communities, and praise God that BMS’ legal partners in Uganda and Mozambique are working to make this possible. When conflict is navigated and land rights are established, local communities can develop their land to provide enough income for their households.