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Easter 2021

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Sections in this article:

  1. Get Creative - a community activity for all ages!
  2. Ad-Lent Calendar
  3. Easter Sunday Service
  4. Request Prayer

 

Get Creative - a community activity for all ages!


For Christians, Easter is a time of reflection, thanksgiving and celebration for all that Jesus has done for us. We would love for our community to join with us! 

Below is a video telling the Easter story from the Bible through LEGO - please have a watch!* Alternatively click on this link to read the original full story in the Bible

Once you have heard the Easter story - get creative! Make something that reminds you of what you've read, then send us a photo to shotgatebaptist@outlook.com by Saturday 27th March.

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Creativity can come in many forms - drawing, painting, sewing, gardening, baking, writing etc - After the challenging year we've all had, this isn't a competition, its purely to share inspiration as a community and reflect on the joy of Easter time.

We will show all submissions in a slideshow in our Easter Sunday family service (hopefully in person but online in any case). All are welcome to join us, and we would love to see you there to hear the good news of Jesus (details below)! 

(As the photos will be shown publicly please just take it of your creation-no people in shot please! We will use first names only on our slideshow so you can spot your creation but remain anonymous too).

*As this is an externally produced and owned video hosted on YouTube please be aware it may contain adverts.
 

Ad-Lent Calendar


Do you remember our Reverse Advent Calendar?  Well now it's time for our Ad-Lent Calendar!
 
We would like to continue supporting the Wickford Food Bank by arranging another collection of food and toiletries.
 
Wickford Foodbank Churches Tog


By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus' sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.  Lent is usually marked by fasting or 'giving something up'. Can you give something up in order to make a donation?  
 
Lent starts on 17th February and we would like to receive your donations at the church on Saturday 27th March.
 

How do I take part?

Please see our Facebook post for more information on items to collect and drop off details.
 

Easter Sunday Service

Our Easter Day Service has gone online!

All are welcome to join us virtually to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

We warmly invite you to join us for a family friendly Easter service led by our Minister in Training Pholani.

How to Access the Easter Day Service

The service, hosted by YouTube will be available on this webpage directly below closer to the time, so be sure to come back to visit this page on Sunday 4th April to join us online.
 

If you have any queries please drop us an email on shotgatebaptist@outlook.com


Request Prayer

We know that this Easter time will be challenging for many people, if you would like prayer for something going on in your life please share your prayer requests with us.

Planning your Visit

New to Church?

Key information about the church ...


Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church, specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where & when does the church meet?

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive please do introduce yourself to someone, we are a friendly bunch.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the church service finishes, usually around 11:45am, please do stay for a tea or coffee and a chat with fellow visitors and our church members. All refreshments are free.

You can see a map of our church location on our contact us page.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and there are disabled toilets in the main foyer. Please let the person welcoming on the door know if you require any assistance.

What should I expect when I visit the church?

The main service begins at 10:30am with a warm welcome from one of our church members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our talented music team. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. Our Minister in Training or a visiting speaker will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.


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What happens to the kids at church?

We love to have children join us, and welcome all ages! We ask that children be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the first part of the service someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their Sunday School . You are welcome to go with your children to their group, if they would be more comfortable with this. 

The Sunday School activities vary depending on the age and theme but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in?

Not at all! You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them?

Please feel free to contact us.
 

Getting Connected

 

Care Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Care Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. Check out Care Groups and see if there’s one that you could join.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, just let us know! 

Other Ministries

We also run other events, activities and socials throughout the year - please check out the Church Life pages for more information.

If you want to know who the church leaders are , check out our church Leadership Team page.