Step up and be counted… MBC’s new normal is waiting in the wings

For well over a year Moortown Baptist Church has been delivering a whole raft of online services and events via Facebook, YouTube or Zoom. With  a core team of around a dozen people this has been no mean feat. These broadcasts have included more than 60 Sunday Services (including Christmas and Easter specials and a good number of Communion Services) over 50 live Moortots/Oasis sessions, scores of weekly or fortnightly housegroups and of course numerous Church Meetings.  

Now as we slowly, surely but most importantly safely start to look towards reopening some parts of our building our need for volunteers to step up and join that team is as acute as it’s been since that first Sunday (March 22, 2020) when Church at Home was born. 

So who do we need? Well we need people to read scripture, people to pray, people to preach, to help unpack a particular theme, to make things, to sing, to introduce our live stream welcome… the list is almost endless. 

But why you may ask do we still need all this if as we hope and pray our “new normal” is waiting in the wings. The answer put quite simply is that even when lockdown ends, even when our doors are open wide and even when handshakes and hugs can be shared MBC will not be the same as it was pre Covid. What the differences will be and how as a fellowship we will respond to them is as yet unknown. However, without robust planning and a strong and resourceful team of volunteers working alongside them those charged with breathing life into any number of fresh ideas may just find the task overwhelming.

Please think prayerfully if there is a part you can play in helping to develop and sustain MBC’s “new normal” and if you decide there is don’t sit back and wait for self doubt to set in – dash off an email to

Thank you



Irene Wyatt dies at the age of 90

At the age of 90 and just three months after losing her husband, Wilfred, it is very great sadness that we learn of the death of Irene Wyatt.

In addition to her commitment to many external organisations, here at Moortown to call Irene a pillar of the church would be an understatement. Her service to our fellowship included many many years of involvement in Sunday School and Family Church,  the pastoral team, the deaconate and of course Day Care. 

We will update you with funeral details as soon as we have them. In the meantime please hold Irene’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  



Church at Home, 2 May – Jesus the teacher

This week our Journeying with Jesus reaches the gospel of Luke, chapter 15 verses 1 to 31. This passage looks at three separate parables relating to a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. 

The chat mat for all this is available for download HERE or of course for collection from the box outside church. 

As usual our live stream welcome begins at 10.45am on Facebook (either HERE or at and the link to our prerecorded Church at Home programme is HERE

The Baptist Assembly 13th – 16th May 2021. Online and open to all!

In normal times, the annual assembly of UK Baptist Churches, organised by the Baptist Union and BMS World Mission, takes place over a long weekend in May or early June at a different venue each year. MBC usually sends its minister and/or official delegates.

In these Covid times, this year’s “Assembly” will be an online affair open to all both as individuals and churches. This gives all of us the opportunity, from our sofas, to share in the national activities of Baptist Churches and to worship and celebrate with fellow Christians from around the country.

The keynote speaker will be Shane Claiborne – an American evangelical speaker, activist and author. The Theme is:

“Heal our Hearts; Heal our Streets; Heal our World”

For a preview go to

The Programme Outline is:

  • Thurs May 13th 7 – 7.45pm – In Memoriam – those we have lost.
  • Fri May 14th 7 – 9.30pmWorship with address by Shane Claiborne
  • Saturday 15th May30am Baptist Union AGM
  • 11am Bible Study “Dwelling in the Word”
  • 12 noon BMS presentation – celebrating transforming 1 million lives and unveiling the new strategy for mission.
  • 2 – 4.30pm Choice of Seminars on:
  • ‘We can’t breathe until you can’ (racial justice)
  • ‘Children, Young People and Families -building back better’
  • ‘Walking with Jesus through a Changing Climate’
  • ‘Mission Threads’
  • 5 – 6pm Shane Claiborne Q & A

  Sunday May 16th 10.30am – 11.40 am Sunday Service for All

With Shane Claiborne as speaker. This is a chance to share in National Worship. We are all encouraged to join in this service – usually the high spot of the Assembly

Anyone is free to join any part of this programme via the website.

OR you can register beforehand to be sent emails with joining instructions. Registration also enables you to choose the seminars you want to attend live. (Note – all will be recorded and available later). Register via the website.

As we seek to build MBC “back better” we pray this Assembly may be a great encouragement, challenge and inspiration to us as individuals and as a church.

Roger Robson

Bank Holiday Monday – Beacon takes a break

Hello lovely people. Thanks to all who came to Beacon Café this last Monday, it was wonderful to see so many of you there and to start to reconnect with people.

I had totally forgotten that it’s a Bank Holiday next Monday. That being the case we will not be running a Beacon Café on 3rd May (not sure about the 31st yet). However, we will be back to normal the following week.


A direct email link to your deacons

New Leadership Team

We’re delighted to report that you can now email your deacons any time you like. The address you need is either or the slightly shorter 

This account is specially set up to send your message to all six deacons simultaneously, a feature which we hope will ensure that what ever it is you are wishing to share with us you shouldn’t have to wait too long for a reply. 

Church at Home, Sunday 25th April – Jesus the shepherd

Ayo! This week out Journeying with Jesus series takes us to the gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, verses 12 to 14; The Parable of the Lost Sheep. 

As usual you can join us for our live Facebook welcome which will begin at 10.45am by either clicking HERE or going to  

And then after that you can switch over to our C at H YouTube channel  to take part in our pre-recorded  programme. A link to this is HERE

Chat mats available as usual either from the box at the front of church or for download HERE

Civil unrest in Chad – a response from BMS World Mission and from our Mission Partners Mark and Andrea Hotchkin

Dear Church Partner

We are writing to you to update you concerning the situation in Chad and your Church Partners; Andrea and Mark Hotchkin. As you may be aware from the news, Chad experienced significant unrest over the weekend of 17/18 April resulting in the death of the President.  The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has strongly advised that all UK personnel should leave Chad immediately and gave assistance in doing so.

We continue to be in touch with all BMS World Mission workers remaining in Chad, and all British Mission Personnel have left the country safely. Andrea and Mark were already in the UK and BMS were in the process of organising their return. They have asked us to attach their update to this email.

They would value your continued prayers for them and particularly for the hospital and the country in the coming weeks. You can get an update on the BMS website here.

Thank you for standing with us in this challenging time — and please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your generosity as a BMS Church Partner.

Yours in Him


Rev Edwin J Penman

Church Engagement Co-ordinator

Join Shelley as she takes part in Worship Wave – 24 hours of continuous Worship

Calling all children, families and the young at heart! We’re excited to have two sessions especially for you at the MIW Movement Wave with two brilliantly talented and wonderfully worshipful facilitators.
On Saturday join Shelley from 12.30-1.15pm for ‘Improvisation on a wave for all ages’ Feel free to bring ‘wave like’ material or drawing things or just bring yourself. And then between 2.45 and 3.30pm join Rachel for a kids and family creative special!  
It’s free and all are welcome to join us!
MIW Worship Wave 23-24th April.
For more info and to register:

Glorious sunshine heralds the return of our Beacon Café

On a near perfect day MBC’s Beacon café reopened this last Monday with more than two dozen visitors dropping by. With social distance rules and strict hygiene protocols in place it was wonderful, after such a long period of closure to watch as face to face contact was reestablished.

Running alongside Beacon the church Music Room was open for private prayer and lurking in the bushes were Hilary, Nicky and Shelia, three of our regular gardeners. Beacon will be open as this week, and weather permitting in the carpark every Monday from 10am. Brilliant job Kate, thanks to you and to everyone else who helped. Well done. 

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