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A Bundle of Hope Baby Bank
Instructions on joining Zoom Services
Instructions for attending in person and
re - COVID19
Bank Details/Church Offerings and Tithes information.
Ways in which we can continue to give.
and other Help lines
in times of need
Zoom Link for Church Meetings -
By Phone 0330 088 5830 Meeting ID 9926382728#
Exciting news! We are about to officially launch
'A Bundle of Hope' Baby Bank
on Wednesday 4th November. We look forward to supporting local families who are in need of essential items for babies and children 0 - 2yrs.
Though we have received some wonderful support already we are still in need of ongoing donations to enable us to continue to offer support.
for full details.
On Monday 22nd March we are returning to our bible study group. Apart from School and Bank holidays, the sessions will take place every two weeks on a Monday evening. For now, the Zoom platform will be our way of meeting. Everyone is welcome and the study group can be joined through the usual service route laid out below for you. I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it!
If you would like to attend New Hope in person on Sunday mornings at 10.30am, please read the advice carefully below. There are instructions on how to join us either, from your own location using the Zoom platform, or how to attend in person by pre-booking your place with us if current restrictions allow.
Instructions for how to join us in person for Sunday morning worship
We really do want to encourage you to return to Church. It is a vital part of our Christian lives and a place of safety and retreat for anyone who might want to visit and be welcomed by us at New Hope. We are hopeful that our communities continue to see a reduction in COVID cases and that eventually we will return to a fully functioning fellowship that we have all missed so much over the last year and a half.
Please be aware though that our services are currently restricted in numbers allowed to attend and also our usual liberties in how we worship are mostly curtailed due to the risk of Coronavirus. Once again, please do read the information below carefully so that you can make a considered decision about attending.
COVID Secure: Practices for enabling the safe re-opening of Church premises as instructed by the UK Government; Baptist union of Great Britain and health and safety solicitors
New Hope Church leadership advise those who are at higher risk of developing COVID-19 not to attend Sunday morning worship, however as the risk is to yourself, you are the one who must assess your own situation, and whether you want to attend having taken on board all the guidelines and advice. This includes anyone who is over the age of 70yrs, even if you are in good health; anyone who is vulnerable or clinically vulnerable due to underlying health conditions, particularly if you have been asked to shield previously.
Please make a prior booking to attend a Sunday morning service, and be in receipt of an acknowledgement, this will be a text or email. For now, we are asking everyone to book via email or text as we know everyone has the ability to text.
Please remember, services will be a little shorter than usual, and sadly we cannot have fellowship time including refreshments before or after the service.
The following will have to be adhered to at all times.
If you, or a family member, have any symptoms of COVID [a persistent cough, high temperature, loss of sense of smell or taste] or have had any symptoms in the past 14 days, or have been asked to self isolate by the NHS Test and Trace system, you must not attend, or if you have travelled abroad and are subject to any current quarantine rules. Please follow Government guidelines in these circumstances.
If you or your family feel unwell during the service and develop symptoms of COVID please report it to one of the leaders straight away and return home immediately to self isolate and arrange for a COVID test. If you have not downloaded the Government App and you have problems using the online service to book your test, you must call 119 [7am - 11pm]. Home test kits must be requested before 3pm. You and those you live with must stay at home and self isolate until your results are known. Follow recommended government guidelines.
Anyone who attends the church is advised not to arrive before 10:20 when the doors are opened. Please keep to social distancing rules outside, staying close to the railings to allow the general public to easily pass by. Please queue the Birmingham new road side of the church building, not along Ebenezer Street.
One person or family at a time will be asked to move forward into the church grounds by a member of staff.
If you travel by car please do not park outside the houses in Ebenezer Street as these houses have no frontages.
Masks are to be worn at all times and before entering the church (unless you have been advised otherwise by your GP or clinician, we will ask you to show your exemption card) Avoid touching your face or face covering as this may contaminate your hands, children under 11 yrs will not be required to wear a mask.
You will be required to have a symptom check on arrival by the staff member at the door who will confirm your contact details.
Hand sanitiser must be applied on entering the sanctuary and again before you leave.
You will then be asked to go into the sanctuary and check in at the desk where where you will be shown where to sit.
Chairs will be placed to allow for social distancing. New Hope Church will also need to be well ventilated and this may prove more difficult during Autumn and Winter months.
Unfortunately, children will not be allowed to have contact with others in the sanctuary so they will need to stay within your own family group and not wander.
We are not allowed to hug or shake hands. No laying on of hands for prayer. No physical contact is allowed.
Only one person at a time is allowed to go the toilet, even though we have more than one cubicle. Please try to use the toilet at home before the service, we understand this is not completely workable but toilet areas are high risk.
Children under 11yrs will have to be accompanied to the toilet by the adult in their family group.
Visits to the toilet if absolutely necessary: Hand sanitiser is available on entrance to the toilet and you must apply this before entering, you will be required to use it again on returning to the sanctuary.
Anyone using the toilet must first flush the toilet, then immediately wash their hands, then you will need to firstly spray the flushing lever, then the toilet seat and bowl with the disinfectant provided, wipe with a paper towel and dispose of in the bin then wash your hands again. On return to the sanctuary hand sanitiser will need to be applied. This is to minimise the risk of any surface that has been touched of transferring COVID. Please note that this is information that we have been given by the BUGB to adhere to.
Please bring your own bible.
You will be asked to take any waste home, nothing is to be left on the premises.
Sadly, there will be no singing allowed in church at this time ☹
No eating or drinking (unless taking medication)
Please don’t share pens etc.
Holy Communion: we will ask that you bring your own and take any leftovers home with you.
There will be no passing of the collection bag, new procedures will be in place but we would like to encourage electronic/online giving [please see details on how to give further down this page], although we accept there are some who prefer to give cash. Envelopes will be placed on designated seats before the service, offerings can be placed into the envelope and left on your seat, these will be collected after the congregation leave the church.
Only the sanctuary and toilet will be accessible: Sorry, the school room with the TV is out of bounds at the moment.
Once the service is finished please wait for staff to instruct you on leaving arrangements for everyone’s safety. It will be first in and last out to avoid a bottleneck at the exit and leaving following the designated route allowing for social distance of 2 metres, the service will need to be kept to a shorter time as realistically possible.
Apologies but no-one is allowed to stay and gather in groups, and this also includes outside unless you are in your own family ‘bubble’. This is to protect those in the community too.
Bank Details/Church Tithes and Offerings Information
'Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine' Proverbs 3:9-10
An aspect of our worship to consider is the importance of how and why we make our offerings. Our desire to give of our first fruits to the storehouse can be impeded by a lack of convenience, and yet the word of God compels us continue where there is a way. A dangerous mistake for any Christian is to believe that our giving is somehow an unhappy duty, rather than a joyous sacrifice in the knowledge that God has provided for us first and that all we are doing is honouring Him by submitting willingly to our inherent need to contribute to His Church.
There are currently three ways that we can continue to make our tithes and offerings. Please take note of the details of Gift Aid giving. This is a hugely important step where we can make a real difference if we are a tax payer.
Firstly, below are the details of the church bank account for all who would like to send a one off BACS payment or set up a standing order.
It is by far the easiest and most convenient way to pay your offering on a regular basis. If you bank online, you can easily set this up and control everything yourself.
Where you do not bank online all the details you will need to give to your bank are listed below.
For anything you don't understand please get in touch with Emma Campbell who will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Standing orders are completely controlled by you and can be cancelled or amended at any time. Additionally, all payments are totally private arrangements and NEVER discussed at any church meetings.
The details you'll need for both of these transactions are....
Account Name: New Hope Baptist Church
Nat West Bank
Sort Code: 60 07 06
Account Number: 40778061
Gift Aid is a scheme which allows charities to claim from HMRC, the basic rate of tax their donors have paid. Gift Aid increases the value of donations by 25%, so it means even more money goes to the causes you care about – and it won't cost you extra.
If you have completed a gift aid form for the church and are a tax payer can you please add your name in the payment description to keep for evidence of Gift Aid Giving.
Secondly, at the bottom of every page on this website is a 'donate' button where we can pay your tithes by way of PayPal. This can be a convenient way, particularly where we have an email account. If you do not already have the facility of PayPal it its easy and convenient to set it up on any of your devices.
Thirdly, where you would only make your offerings in cash, I would suggest that you set aside at your usual intervals, the amount you choose to give. We will eventually return to a normality where you will be able to pass this on to our church treasurer. Again, if you do this please give attention to the Gift Aid scheme.
Domestic abuse and other helplines in times of need
Restored [Christian Organisation for Domestic Abuse and support for churches]
Tel 020 3906 3922
Domestic abuse Helpline - Tel 0808 2000 247
Black Country Women's Aid - Tel Mon- Fri 9-5pm 0121 553 0090
24 hours help 0121 552 6448
Dudley Domestic abuse single point of contact [SPOC] Tel 01384 455411
NSPCC - 18 or under Tel Childline 0800 1111
To report a concern email Tel 0808 800 5000
Mind [Mental health support] - - email info line 0300 123 3393
Living Life To The Full [Mental health resources including online support]