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Sunday 5 December
10.30am Sunday Celebration at Grace Fellowship, Little Stukeley
PEACE Led by Delia Steer and Carolyn Keats

BOOKING REQUIRED: We want to encourage as many of you as possible to attend each week. To book your place please click here. Although the weather is getting colder, it is important that we maintain good ventilation - please feel free to bring a blanket and to sit away from the main entrance area.
Because of the changing Covid situation, we are going to start keeping a seating plan at Grace Fellowship.  We'll do this by taking photos - which we will keep for 3 weeks and then delete.
The service will be available on our YouTube channel later in the day
12.30pm Songs of Praise on BBC1
7.00pm Generation Rising at GBC
8.00pm Prayer Meeting on Zoom. Contact the office if you need the link.
Children's and Youth events will also take place during the morning at GBC. Contact the office if you require further information.
Sunday 12 December
10.30am Sunday Celebration at Grace Fellowship, Little Stukeley
JOY Led by Daniel Beckett and Jo Hitchins

1.15pm Songs of Praise on BBC1
4.30pm McCartney House
7.00pm Generation Rising at GBC
Advent Window Trail
The Advent Window trail began on Wednesday. Each evening from 4.00-9.00pm a new window in Godmanchester will be lit up. There will be a question to answer about each window and there will be prizes for completed question sheets.  The questions will be posted on the website each day and a copy of the questions can also be picked up from the church office. Addresses for each day will be revealed daily here on the website.  
 
Christmas Services
We are grateful to St Anne's Primary School for allowing us to use the school building for some of our Christmas Services:

Thursday 23 December at 2.30pm: Carol Service at St Anne's
Friday 24 December at 10.00am: Messy Brunch at St Anne's
Friday 24 December at 6.00pm: Carol Service at St Anne's

And we will be broadcasting our Christmas Day service at 10.00am
on our YouTube channel

Please contact the Office if you require further details about any of these events
Bette George
The Thanksgiving Service for Bette George will take place at
12.30pm on Friday 10 December
at St Mary's Church, Godmanchester.
All are welcome.
Christmas Hamper Building
Monday 6 - Friday 10 December at Grace Fellowship
9.00am  to 5.00pm
All are welcome to help
 
On Sunday 5 December, after the Sunday Celebration service, we will be setting out stock, building boxes and getting ready to build the hampers. If you want to help on that day or for any part of the Monday-Friday please let Jude Lechmere know on 07305 105422 or jude.lechmere@gbcfoodbank.org.uk. Please pray for the team, for safety, and for those receiving the hampers which will include some Christian literature. This is a major piece of outreach work – it needs to be prayed for!

 
Supported Lodgings for Vulnerable Young People
CONCRETE ROSE CIC:  Concrete Rose is a Community Interest Company with a Christian ethos that looks to provide supported lodgings for vulnerable young people (including unaccompanied asylum seeking children, care leavers and young parents).  We’re looking for individuals, couples and families who have a spare room, a desire to make a difference and are prepared to open their homes to a young person.  Concrete Rose supports hosts by providing a comprehensive training and induction package, 24/7 on-call support, regular supervision and a small financial remittance.  Young people are given significant wrap-around support including weekly one-to-one sessions with a professional youth worker.  info@concreterose.co.uk (www.concreterose.co.uk)  To sign up for a 'Zoom Interest Evening', to find out more about the work of Concrete Rose, at 7.30pm on 9 December, go to the eventbrite link here.
Happy Birthday
Birthdays coming up in the next few weeks are as follows
(addresses in Blue Pages):
9 December - Rachel Thurley
19 December - Liz Webb
24 December - Denise Hogg
House rental needed
Our Syrian family are coming to the end of their tenancy soon and are looking for a private rental of a 3 bedroom house in Godmanchester. Please can anyone help? If you have any ideas, please contact Karen on 07863 299545.
Open Doors, an organisation which supports persecuted Christians world-wide, produce an annual report with a list of the 50 countries in which it is most dangerous to be a Christian. The next report will be launched in Parliament on 19 January 2022. Please consider inviting our MP, Jonathan Djanogly, to attend by signing an Open Doors Christmas Card that will be sent to Mr Djanogly. Trish Harewood will have the cards at Grace Fellowship on Sunday (5 Dec) for people to sign. Alternatively, email or phone (01480 383339) Trish to let her know that you would like to participate.
 
Room to Reflect is having a rest until the church building is open in 2022.
In the meantime there is always a display about prayer on the noticeboard for our whole community just on the wall outside Daniel's office window.
This month it is focusing on Advent - Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.

Next month we would like to focus on resources people can use for prayer at home. Do you have any resources which you have found useful in the last 2 years? It could be a book or article, podcasts, radio programmes, apps or websites. Please send ideas, thoughts and links through to Stephanie Brown (stileway@hotmail.co.uk). Your reviews and ideas might help someone else with their prayer life and will be displayed on the noticeboard totally anonymously.
 
Carolyn Keats has a new phone number:
07763 347119
While we hold some of our activities at GBC and Grace Fellowship, we need to continue to follow sensible guidelines about keeping ourselves and others safe. This includes asking people:
  • not to attend if they have Covid symptoms,
  • to sanitise hands on arrival and during their time on the premises, and
  • to wear a mask when moving around the building (can be removed when seated)  
We will also have to limit numbers for capacity reasons and have implemented a booking system for our Sunday morning worship service. To book for this coming Sunday, use the link above. It may be that demand exceeds available spaces so those trying to book later may receive a 'full' response. We will try to manage this by asking people who are present one week to not book in for the following week until the Friday - to give others a chance to book spaces - BUT IF THERE ARE SPACES AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY, GO AHEAD AND BOOK.
For those unable to use online booking, please phone the church office on 01480 458565 from Tuesday morning and we can book your space for you.
The Worship Area and Resources Room remain out of bounds while the building work continues. Please do not access GBC through the side entrance opposite Brian Searle's garage. In the event of an emergency and a need to vacate the building, exit through the fire door in the kitchen and make your way to the front car park - avoid using the fire door in the Worship Area foyer.
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Daniel Beckett, Lead Pastor, mobile: 07909 767505
Carolyn Keats, Associate Pastor, mobile: 07763 347119
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Our address is:
Godmanchester Baptist Church East Chadley Lane Godmanchester Huntingdon, PE29 2BJ United Kingdom
01480 458565
godmanchesterbaptist.org
Registered Charity No: 1188171

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