Sunday August 22. Café Church… week four of our series based on the story of David and Goliath

On line and in the building…

Once again we begin our Sunday worship at 10.45am from MBC with a live Facebook stream. You can connect to this either HERE or by going to

Following that those of us that are in church will switch over to MBC’s YouTube channel where together we will watch all our prerecorded material. For those of you viewing at home you can of course watch this where ever you are and when ever you like via the same link.

This week, part four of our look at one of the Old Testament’s best known stories, that of David and Goliath sets the scene for the next week’s finale in which any lingering doubts anyone has about the sword being mightier than the word of God are blown away.  

Sunday August 15th and much more

It’s been great to see so many of you in the building and joining online on Facebook or YouTube with our Sunday get-togethers. On the 15th August, 22nd August and the 29th August we’ll have a playlist of worship put together by friends at MBC that continues our ‘David, after God’s own heart’ theme.  I still have some space if you would like to pray or share something for the 22nd  or 29th so do record something and let me know. If you don’t know what or how to do it or want to chat thoughts do get in touch with me.  I can always record you on my phone at church or somewhere convenient for you. To give you some ideas, I’m wondering if someone could say a prayer, read or take a couple of minutes to share some thoughts on the theme.  It would be great to have a few of these thoughts so try not to assume that you aren’t good enough or no one will want to hear you.  God speaks through all of us.  We can get it uploaded to the right place ready for Sunday.  We would ask if you could get it to me a couple of days before the Sunday as I will need to upload it and send it onto those who technically upload the playlist to youtube.  We are trying to make our playlists all age accessible as much as we can so different faces/thoughts really help. As a reminder, we are looking at 1 Samuel 17 and specifically…

15th August:  ‘the right weapon’

29th August: ‘the right power’

29th August: ‘the right focus’

You don’t need to feel too restricted by this.  Last week in the service we did some ‘praying around the world’ and focused on Afghanistan helped by Phil Commons so if you have a country you would like us all to focus on then let me know and we can do that together.  As we heard on Sunday from Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people”.

We’ll be having a get together in the church building and under the gazebo’s (thanks to those keeping the gazebo’s going for us, it really helps for those who don’t want to come inside).  The get togethers will be at 11am on Sunday 15th, 22nd and 29th August accompanied by individually wrapped breakfast pastries and drinks although do feel free to bring your own if you prefer.  There is paper and colouring things too or you may want to create something as the playlist is played.  There’ll be a facebook live at 10.45am and then the playlist will be played in church as well as being accessible wherever you are, on the Moortown Baptist Youtube channel.

Other things to let you know about…

‘Unlocked’ a movement/dance workshop led by myself will take place in the building 4pm-5pm this Sunday 15th August and at the same time on zoom.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Come and relax, be free and explore your own movement in a safe space.  Zoom details below…

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Most of you will have heard the sad news of John Sturges death a couple of weeks ago.  We will miss him very much but we know he is in glory with Jesus who has guided Him all these years and he is not in pain anymore.  His funeral date has moved to Monday 23rd August at 9am in church.  There will be refreshments under the gazebo after the service. There will be no beacon café on that day.

The thanksgiving service for Irene and Wilf that was due to take place on the 11th September has now been moved to May 7th 2022 so that more people will be able to attend as requested by the family.

I do hope you are all ok.  If you are on holidays, at home or away we trust you are having a good rest.

Do keep in touch and let us know if we can support you with anything at this time or you want to enquire about anything at all.  Our next livestream service will be 5th September but we will have some live elements over the next few Sundays for those in the building so do come along if you can.  We continue to have new people join us each week so do look out for them!

In Christ


7th and 8th of August. In church and/or on line, join us as we continue to put #graceandtruth into action

Dear friends

I hope you are all doing ok.  I wanted to update you on a couple of things going on at MBC over the next couple of days.  It would be great to see you.

Saturday Safeguarding

Just a reminder that Saturday 7th August (tomorrow) we have the first of two sessions focused on being a safe church/relating well.  At 10 o clock there’ll be breakfast pastries and coffee in the Sanctuary and we’ll start the BU safeguarding training film at 10.15 with opportunities to share on what makes a safe/accessible church.  The film has been updated to include help to support people in a pandemic.  We are encouraging anyone to come along as the more people who see it, the better.  If you are already volunteering on any team or thinking about it,  it’s important that you see it.  If you are concerned in anyway about content or being unable to come into the building then do let me know.  If you are shielding it may be possible for you to access it at home.  We’ll let you know the date and time of the second session just as soon as we’ve  arranged it.

Sunday Service 8th August

We look forward to a fifty minute All Age service live in the building this week with live music, art and more, at 11am.  Nathan Dring will be continuing our theme about David when we creatively explore David and the right armour (1 Samuel 17 verses 12-19).  It will be livestreamed on our Youtube channel  from 11am onwards and before that there will be a Facebook live to say hello at 10.45am.  Bring your own drinks if you want them (we aren’t doing a café).  Spaces available outside under the gazebo or in the garden too.

See you all soon



Sunday 1st August: At home, on holiday or in church join us for a live Facebook stream, an exciting playlist and for those at MBC a café

Dear friends

I write to you on a rainy day after a few weeks of gorgeous sunshine…well its good for the plants! I can’t believe its nearly a week since we had our first service in the church building and welcomed many of you to share communion and hear stories of God’s work in Paris from John and Sue Wilson. We had painting, prayers and singing with some of our musicians. This was followed by lunch and a cream tea in the sunshine.  John and Sue shared a verse that they felt was for Moortown Baptist Church at this time and I share it here again in case anyone missed it.

“Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.’ (Lamentations 3:21-24)

So following on from our current theme, we continue with being devoted but focus on someone in the bible known for His devotion in the Old Testament, David. We will look over the Summer at 1 Samuel 17.  You might want to read it in advance or follow up in groups through the Summer. So here’s what the next few weeks look like…

Sunday 1st August – Theme: David and the right place

Sunday café with drinks/cake provided by church from 10.30am -12 midday, including at 10.45 a live 15 minute Facebook stream direct from MBC! Both will be in the main church building and outside with tables and chairs. There’s no gazebo up at the moment as it blew down so bring your brolly if you want to sit outside. Our playlist which if possible we would everyone wherever you are to try and watch together will be on at 11am on the big screen in church and is available via this YouTube link. You don’t need to let us know if you are coming on this occasion; the building had been risk assessed and if it gets too full people will need to wait until others come out or sit outside. However, masks will need to be worn inside whilst you are walking around but can be taken off when you are sitting, eating or drinking.

Sunday 8th August – Theme: David and the right armour (verses 12-19)

All age Sunday Service 11am-12 in church and outside in the carpark, livestreamed.  It’s helpful if you leave a message with Shelley, ILT or Kate if you want to come. 0113 2693750 (church office)

Sunday 15th August – Theme:  David and the right weapon (verses 33-38)

Youtube playlist and get together…more details to come next week

Sunday 22nd August – Theme:  David and the right power (verse 40)

…more details to come next week

Sunday 29th August – Theme: David and the right focus (verses 41-45)

…more details to come next week

I’ll be in touch next week with all those who have helped before in leading worship/speaking but also if you would like to help with any aspect do let me know.

Update on ILT email from last week

The ILT mentioned a ‘Relating Well’ course in their email sent out last Monday.  There have been some questions around this so here is some information to help clarify.

  • It’s the new Baptist Union Safeguarding training but its all about relating well with others.  Its engaging, accessible, up to date with covid support  (I’ve seen it myself) and includes all the necessary safeguarding information that you need when you volunteer with a church.
  • You may not help with any groups but we are encouraging all who are able to come along on a session as we think it’s really appropriate for MBC right now as it includes loads of helpful thoughts on being a safe church in general.
  • We’ll have breakfast pastries and coffee/tea available for you from 10am and the training will start at 10.15 so that we can finish by 12.15/30. 
  • There’s two identical sessions being run and you only need to do one of them – Saturday 7th August and Saturday 21st August 10-12.30.  Can you leave a message at or on 0113 2693750 (church office) to book a session.
  • There will be space to raise questions and our safeguarding officers, some members of the ILT and staff will be there at each session. If questions cannot be answered on the day we will make sure we find out and get back to you.

Take care everyone and looking forward to seeing you soon

In Christ


With Jesus front and centre a Service of grace and truth marks MBC’s reopening

To be honest I don’t think MBC’s first day back in the building could have gone much better. Yes there were technical glitches, like the last minute switch from YouTube to Facebook for the live stream but as someone said “worse things happen at sea.”  But as for the weather, well it too could hardly have been better; a very acceptable 21 degrees Celsius made things very pleasant for the dozen or so who joined the 50 in church and the 25 online from the shade of our gazebos.

And it’s funny, although many might question my choice of adjective how coincidental it was that for the first time in a number of years John and Sue Wilson (our BMS Mission Partners in Paris) were with us ahead of an afternoon in which a further 60 to 70  supported our Romania Support Group’s annual cream tea fundraiser by tucking into scones, jam and of course cream.

The pictures you see in this post are a mix of screenshots taken from the live Facebook stream (this is available to watch 24/7 at as well as on the MBC YouTube channel) and some camera images kindly sent in by Phil Coates – hence the difference in quality.However, one thing that can’t be called into question is the spirit, the fellowship, the genuine feeling of grace and truth that radiated from 204 King Lane as once more, despite the trials and tribulations of the last 15 months Moortown Baptist Church came together and put Jesus front and centre.

Of course it wouldn’t be MBC or for that matter any other church if following a visit from friends serving overseas we didn’t make an appeal for your support for their ministry.

John and Sue have worked with BMS World Mission for more than 30 years, however, before that John himself was not only a member here at Moortown but between 1981 and 83 he was our first Youth Pastor.

The image you see to the left is the front cover of a BMS 24:7 Partners brochure which when opened up not only tells you more about them and the work they are currently doing in France but also includes a pre-paid return slip through which you can arrange to give a regular amount to support that work. You can also sign up online at

If all that sounds a bit complicated an alternative is to speak with Roger Robson and he’ll help you set things up.

11am Sunday 25th July. In church and live on line!

Dear friends, I’m happily writing to let you know some more details about tomorrow, the Sunday 25th July.  There has been some information about the day shared already on emails, on the Facebook livestream last Sunday and on the website at Back to the Future… July 25th MBC opens its doors on a new beginning ( However, I’m pleased to let you know some of the finer details here.

At 11am there will be a 50 minute family friendly all age service in the main room (known to many as the Sanctuary).  This will include a song or two, reading, prayer, sealed covid friendly communion pack for each person, ‘Ayo’ story cartoon and a visit from our BMS mission partners John and Sue Wilson from Paris to find out what God is doing in France.  If you would like to come into the building for the service can you let Shelley or the ILT know this week by emailing or passing on a message. or

I have talked to Carole Smith and Kate Slater and we are aware of a few people who are not in touch electronically so Carole has included all his information to them in her mailout. 

We will be broadcasting the service live from YouTube with information on Facebook for anyone who can’t make it or for those who aren’t ready to be inside a building with others.  Also, there’s the option to sit in the carpark, patio or under the gazebos if you would prefer to stay outside.  If you have a phone or tablet, you’ll be able to access it from there. There will be some outdoor seating available or feel free to bring a fold out chair.  There won’t be coffee and tea on this occasion but feel free to bring your flask.  There will be toilets that you can use.

Following the service, there will be an opportunity to catch up in the carpark by the gazebos, bring your lunch and chat with others or for the spritely amongst us you may want to picnic on King Alfred’s field over the road.  Again, please be mindful of others. 

From 1pm the gazebos will be needed so that the team can set up for a Moortown Cream Tea, 2pm to 4pm in the carpark.  This has been arranged by Karen Ross and her helpers.  Its free but donations are welcome to support Romania. If you know you are definitely coming for a cream tea at some point in the afternoon, can you let Karen Ross know please?  Her email is You don’t need to book so if you find you can make it to the cream tea on the day that’s fine, but it helps to get an idea of how many cream teas we’ll need. We should have some live music in the service and at the cream tea.

As we will be using the carpark quite a lot that day, we are asking that only those who need to park in the carpark do, as there will very limited space available, and we need to allow space for people who cannot walk to be dropped off too.  It may mean some people need to walk, park somewhere else or use the carpark as a drop off point but then find a suitable space outside the carpark.  I know this isn’t ideal for many but it would help things at this stage. We’ll keep reviewing it as time goes on.  If you have any questions about this do get in touch.  Over the last few months, we have held Beacon and other groups in the carpark as well as hosted funerals and weddings, so this has helped us to continually review our practice.

Here is some specific health and safety guidance you might find useful that has been agreed by leaders and health and safety teams here at Moortown.

“Although COVID restrictions are no longer mandatory as of 19th July, we have a duty of care to keep everyone as safe as we can.  Therefore, we will be operating within 1 meter plus social distancing guidelines.  The capacity in the Sanctuary is for 100 people in bubbles with a gap of at least 1 meter between bubbles.  

When you arrive at church, you will first of all be asked if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms. This is still a very important part of the process.  We have an obligation to turn people with symptoms away and also if people display covid symptoms you won’t be able to stay and will be advised about getting a covid test.  We will support you in this. 

You will then be asked to sign in, sanitise your hands and find a seat.  Once you are seated in your family group/bubble, please make sure that there is at least one meter between your group and the next seat (you may need to shuffle the chairs a bit).  

The rules on singing are as yet a bit unclear. At the moment we are working on the presumption that you will be able to stand and sing as long as you are wearing a face covering and facing forward. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, then please refrain from singing.  If these rules change between now and 25th we will let you know.  (Update 19th July 2021: “As of today there are no rules on singing” The Baptist Union of Great Britain : Coronavirus although it does say “Nevertheless, as infections continue to rise, the Government recommends continuing caution. Good ventilation, diligence in hygiene, wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces, and limiting contact with those we do not live with, are all noted as beneficial behaviours.” 

We are encouraging all those who are coming into the building to wear a mask. People need to let MBC know if they test positive for covid within 2 weeks of attending the service, so that Trustees can inform public health/test and trace and take any action advised regarding contacting those people present at the service/sitting near the positive case.  The same thing is being asked of other groups meetings at church such as being asked of Lunch Club seniors/their families.

 Pay attention to the signage at church which will remind us all about keeping safe e.g. one-way system through the Sanctuary, pointers to which toilets to use.

 In terms of ventilation, windows will be open in the Sanctuary.

Once the service is over, please exit into the Gazebo by the side door next to the music room to avoid a bottleneck in the foyer. Please sanitise your hands on your way out.

If you are at all concerned about meeting in the church building, then please feel free to sit outside under the Gazebo or in the garden and watch the service on your phone or tablet, as it will be streamed live on MBC’s YouTube page. This will also be an option for latecomers if we reach full capacity in the Sanctuary. (Church WIFI details are MBCnet, Password: Net204WoRk)

If you have any questions, concerns or joys do get in touch with me.  Hopefully there are opportunities for everyone to connect in at some point through the day. 

I know as I write that some will be excited and for others it brings more anxiety as how to move forward with fewer restrictions.  As a church community, let’s put Jesus first as we were reminded on Sunday by so many on the playlist and let’s be mindful of each different person, assuming we do not know how people are feeling, who is vulnerable and who isn’t.  Let’s look at this Sunday as a brilliant opportunity to put Acts 2:42-47 into practice and let’s be excited about the new things that God wants to do here across our families and our wider communities.  It’s going to be a great day.  

Isaiah 43:19

SeeI am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

In Christ


Church at Home, Sunday 20th June. Communion and then our DEVOTED to series focusses on fellowship

This Sunday’s Church at Home continues our series of being devoted, and this week with Luke chapter 14 as our text (the parable of the Great Banquet) we focus on being devoted to fellowship. 

At 10.45am we’ll be live on Facebook either HERE or at and then following on from that our pre-recorded programme will be available on our YouTube channel. 

A link to our YouTube material is HERE

However, before any of this begins Shelley will be hosting a Communion Service for which invitations will be sent out by email. 

Church at Home, Sunday 13th June. Devoted to the apostle’s teaching

Sunday June 13th finds us continuing our new Devoted to theme by looking at the apostle’s teaching. Our live stream welcome will be available HERE or at at 10.45am after which our pre-recorded YouTube channel will focus on a passage from Acts chapter 4, verses 1 to 22 which in our church bibles is headed Peter and John before the Sanhedrin

A link to that YouTube material is HERE.

CHURCH at HOME, Sunday 6th June. DEVOTED, the start of a new series

Church at Home this coming Sunday, June 6th, starts as usual with our live Facebook stream at 10.45am.  You can join Shelley for that by clicking HERE

After that we invite you to switch across to our YouTube channel to catch the start of DEVOTED, a new five week series that focuses on Acts chapter 2 verses 42 to 47.

Here we follow read how after a world changing event Jesus’ friends put into practice being his body here on earth. The link to this material is HERE   

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