Let’s support Christian Aid — and have some fun together!
In common with other charities, Christian Aid’s funds have been severely hit this year, and our church’s contribution to Christian Aid Week was also much reduced. So here’s an opportunity to raise a bit for Christian Aid and have some fun together – a Quiz on Monday 5th October, starting at 8pm raising funds for Christian Aid, and YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED.
As well as the fun of a well-organised quiz, it will be an opportunity to catch up with friends from across the church that you may not have seen for a few months, as well as raise much needed funds for Christian Aid! Although using a computer/ smartphone is preferable, you can dial-in on a normal telephone, and it will be great to hear from you!
We will be using the same Zoom meeting room that we use for Zoom Coffee & Chat after Sunday Worship (9951954464, passcode 123456). If you’re calling from a telephone line, dial any of the following phone numbers (sometimes the first one is busy), then enter the meeting ID of 9951954464 followed by #, and # again when prompted for a participant ID: 020 3481 5237, 020 3481 5240, 020 3901 7895
The Zoom room will be open from 7.45pm to allow folk to check their settings, chat to friends and make a start on the marathon round, which will be shared with you when you join the quiz. Folk will be randomly allocated to teams when we start the quiz, and then remain in those teams for the evening (although everyone will be together in between rounds for the questions asking and answer giving). More detailed instructions as to how the quiz will be run will be provided on the evening itself.
We do hope that you will make a donation to Christian Aid, where the need for funds is so great. Donations can be made directly to the organisation through their website at https://donate.christianaid.org.uk, or via the Church General Account using BACS (sort-code: 30-99-86, account: 02322684, ref: XnAid). In both cases, please advise David Watson to help us keep a tally of our church’s giving to Christian Aid.
Although you can just turn up on the night, it would be useful to know how many people are likely to join the quiz, so please let David Watson know if you think you’ll be attending. We look forward to seeing you all on 5th October!
As there is limited seating capacity within our church with socially-distanced chairs, our Ministry Team ask you to read this important letter regarding attending worship at church during October, which details arrangements for letting us know which services in October you plan to attend, to enable as many people as possible to come to worship when they want to.
In summary, please send an email to Bev Combes at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise which service(s) you plan to attend.
Here is a brief reminder of what you can expect, and what you need to do for yours and other people’s safety:
- Please wear warm clothing, as the building will be well ventilated and may be cold.
- When you arrive, one of the Hosts will welcome you and check that you have a mask, which must be worn throughout your visit.
- After gelling your hands, another Host will undertake Track & Trace.
- Another Host will show you to a seat in the church.
- During worship, please stay in your seat and refrain from singing.
- After worship, please maintain social-distancing as you depart.
- Please leave the site promptly.
Please be aware that access to toilets is limited to emergencies only.
We look forward to welcoming you to worship at church.
We have been holding a Coffee & Chat session on Zoom video-conference after the online Sunday morning service, and it would be great to see you there. Distant contacts welcome! Please remember to respect confidentiality during these conversations. The session starts after the end of the morning service and continues for about an hour, possibly longer if some people want to go on chatting, so please feel free to join or leave at any time during that period. We have been dividing into smaller groups to aid conversation.
From a computer, tablet or smartphone, you can join using this link.
If you don’t have Zoom already installed, this will lead you to install it (an easy process). Alternatively, you can search for Zoom in your browser and join the meeting by quoting meeting ID: 995 195 4464 then enter the passcode 123456.
If you haven’t used Zoom before, please don’t be daunted as it is very straightforward to use and can be run on a smartphone, tablet or computer, and if you would prefer not to install the application you can just use your web browser. So why not give it a try!
A few quick tips:
- Make sure you have checked your sound and video beforehand, and that you have suitable lighting that lights your face rather than your background.
- It’s best to use ‘Gallery View‘ when there are many people persent so that you can see lots of people at once (although if you using a mobile or tablet, you will need to swipe left or right to see other faces).
- Please try to keep background noises to a minimum (and your own interjections), as outbound sounds cut across what anyone else is saying! Ideally, consider keeping yourself ‘muted’ unless you have something to say, and hold your hand up to indicate that you would like to speak.
In case of any difficulties, please call Brian Simpson (07879 668347) or David Combes (07901 853405) before or during the session. Feedback afterwards would be appreciated! Please email Brian (email@example.com) or David (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call our mobiles – thank you!
On Sunday 20th September, we were very pleased to be able to hold our first service in church since mid-March, and you can listen to a recording of the service here.
And to give you an idea of how the church looks with socially-distanced seating, here are a couple of pictures taken on that Sunday:
If you are thinking of attending worship on 27th September, please advise Revd Stephen Poxon (07786 553833, email@example.com) so that we know how many people will be attending – thank you.
Really sorry – but Baby Talk on Tuesday mornings, and the activities for under 3’s at Toddlers on Wednesday mornings will not be starting back just yet.
Once it’s possible to meet again in ways that are safe and enjoyable, the community programme will be up and running again. Further updates will be posted here and in the Community Newsletter email; you can sign-up to receive the newsletter here.
Important message from Revd Stephen Poxon regarding potential re-opening of our church for Sunday Worship
I am sending this video to you sharing about the possible reopening of our Church at Muswell Hill. I explain what it may be like but forgot to say that masks will need to be worn. The circuit online services will be continuing for the next few months as we and the rest of the circuit begin to open for worship. I look forward to hearing your response.
Revd Stephen Poxon
The latest issue of our Community Groups e-newsletter is out now.
As we aren’t yet open for our community groups, why not create your own toddler group at home with all your favourite teddies?
Our newsletter also has ideas for shape sorting around the house, and spotting circles and triangles while you’re out for a walk.
And look out for our next Messy Church at home on Sunday 12th July at 4pm.
We continue to pursue our mission and ministry during this period of enforced social-distancing through a range of online content provided by our Circuit Ministry Team with support from folk at different churches.
All our content is posted on both the New River Circuit Facebook and YouTube pages which can be viewed without having to sign-in, so you can easily browse through the back-catalogue of services if you missed any.
Here is a reminder of the weekly schedule; we look forward to your participation whenever you are able:
Sunday 10.30am – Worship led by the Circuit Staff and contributors
Monday-Saturday 9am – Morning Prayers (live)
Monday-Friday 11am – Thought for the Day
Monday 2pm – Lounging with the Lunn’s (live)
Saturday 10.30am – (on the last Saturday of the month) Virtual Coffee Morning (live), sharing good news, birthdays, prayer and photos of your #StayHome cuppa and cake
The latest issue of our Community Groups e-newsletter is out now.
There are songs and dances to do with your little ones, a special VE Day update, news about Messy Church at home, crafts and more.
And here’s Gill to sing along with!