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From Sunday gathering to wider community outreach, Coronavirus and the accompanying lockdown have changed the lives of all our churches. In this section we’d like to share stories of how our churches have been adapting to this new reality, so together we can learn, rejoice and lament.

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'Challenged to care for the flock in a completely new way' 
Cathy Buntin leads Laird Street Baptist Church in Birkenhead. She shares how she and her fellowship have been adapting More ...
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'Extraordinary acts of kindness' 
Lockdown has seen many extraordinary acts of kindness shown by ordinary people towards others, not least in New Brighton, Wallasey More ...
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'It has been a faith stretching decision'
Carol Knight explains how and why her Baptist church's community fridge is still running - and how praying each day for daily bread has taken on a new perspective More ...
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'It was so painful'  
As the minister of Trinity Church in Rawdon, Leeds, Helen Lambert normally conducts around four to five funerals a year. 2020 has proved to be very different More ...
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'It’s NOT virtual church - the people are real'
Reflections on the first online service at Haggate Baptist Church in East Lancashire More ...
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'Songs to bring hope to a broken world'
Two worship leaders at a Baptist church have offered their new songs for use in streamed services More ...
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'The response was truly overwhelming' 
An NHS nurse and Baptist church member has spoken of her appreciation after six artists painted her portrait during the Covid-19 pandemic More ...
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'We can’t press pause on the Great Commission during the Covid-19 pandemic' 
Wallsend Baptist Church has released apologetics resources to help churches do lockdown digital evangelism More ...
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'We couldn't deprive the town of it altogether' 
Wellspring Church found a way of being a welcome presence even though its town's busy May carnival had to be cancelled for the first time since the war More ...
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'We have facilitated friendship'
How the vision of a Devon church, released in part by a Home Mission grant at the start of 2020, has led to the explosion of a brand new missional adventure over the weeks of lockdown More ...
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'We need to really try to understand each other'   
Reflections on racial justice and young people, with Amie Buhari, founder and chief executive of the Hebe Foundation More ...
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'We’ve been challenged and we’ve changed'  
Interview with Denzil Larbi, associate minister of Selsdon Baptist Church More ...
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‘Do not be afraid’ 
Baptist minister Paul Campion introduces a song written by one of his congregation shortly before he died in July 2018. It has a message that resonates deeply today - and a new recording is available for churches More ...
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A call to mission 
Now is the perfect time to ask the question ‘Am I linked to the church where God wants me to serve?’ says Sandra Kimber of Hampton Wick Baptist Church More ...
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A new song for streamed services 
With congregations no longer gathering in person, Matthew Newman introduces a new worship song for our homes More ...
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Albert to the rescue 
During a period of self-isolation, Baptist minister Richard Littledale wrote a child-friendly book about social distancing. He explains more More ...
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Back into the building  
Kim Bames from Waltham Abbey Baptist Church shares advice for churches thinking about returning to their buildings More ...
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Baptist church opens as a 'Hope Space' 
Clevedon Baptist Church opened its building for private prayer and reflection this week using the Hope Together mission initiative of Hope Spaces More ...
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Becoming a bereavement friendly church 
Judith Brashaw is Bereavement Team Co-ordinator, Oundle Baptist Church. More ...
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Channel 4 film captures impact of Covid-19 
Dispatches film 'A Day in the Life of Coronavirus Britain' was directed by Anna Hall, a multi-award winning documentary maker based in Leeds, and the wife of a Baptist minister More ...
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Church encourages community to 'try praying' 
A number of churches in and around Cambridge are inviting those who 'don't do church' to give prayer a try. Little did they realise launch of the initiative would coincide with Covid-19 and a time of increased anxiety and fear More ...
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Dereham Baptist Church marked its 237th anniversary with a special meditation on Psalm 23, put together by some of its congregation in lockdown. Lead minister Nigel Bayley explains more More ...
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Churches embrace telephone befriending tool 
A new telephone befriending tool which launched in lockdown is already being used by a number of churches around the country More ...
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Covid Conversations: A new song
'Worship is more than the songs we can sing’, writes Shona Shaw More ...
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Covid Conversations: church4U in Pickering
Not having premises is actually lifting a burden More ...
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Covid Conversations: Laird Street Baptist Church
Wherever God's people meet he is present there with them More ...
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Covid Conversations: Old Lodge Lane Church
"We have stopped meeting on Sunday - and now have our main gathering on Thursdays" More ...
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Covid Conversations: West Worthing Baptist Church
Finding ways of being God's gathered people - without relying on our premises More ...
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Delivering food to the most vulnerable 
A Baptist church in Purley has accelerated plans to work alongside the council and FareShare in ensuring the most vulnerable in its community have access to food More ...
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Enabling life in all its fullness 
West Lane Baptist Church has a small congregation – but plays an integral part in the life of the Yorkshire village in which it is based. More ...
How we connected with the church using technology 
The Revd Stephen Maclean of Cricklewood Baptist Church on how this has worked in his North London church More ...
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I cry out to God and ask: 'When will this end?'  
Working in a hospital during a pandemic has been overwhelming at times, writes NHS nurse and Baptist church member Kit Torres. But we try to hold on to God’s promises for us. More ...
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Improving mental and spiritual health, digitally
A Bristol digital company led by a Baptist minister has won contracts to support new prayer and mental health resources following surge in people accessing faith online during lockdown More ...
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Lockdown without technology 
With a more elderly congregation, we could not connect using technology, but kept the church connecting in other ways, explains Gerry Stanton, minister Union Church and Community Centre More ...
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Our pastoral response is one of listening 
A reflection by hospital chaplain David Southall More ...
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Reconnect with the world at your own pace 
Interview with Sandra Boden, counsellor at the Oak Tree Counselling Service. More ...
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The big thing is to get people to sense there is hope 
Colin Richards, Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre manager at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church, East Dunbartonshire, shares his experiences of the pandemic so far – and outlines what may be ahead. More ...
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University challenges  
University students have had a hugely disrupted year. Joni Roberts and Josh Edah give an insight into their experiences in the pandemic. More ...
Unlocking the lockdown   
The journey from supermarket to recording studio and beyond – Stephen Cave of Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs offers his thoughts More ...
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We are not alone 
Sheena Dykes and Dawn Hazell highlight a resource to help people to understand and share experiences of grief in the midst of Covid-19 More ...
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We have to provide hope 
Parish nurses walk alongside those who are struggling in the communities they serve. How has the pandemic impacted their ministry, and what needs do they perceive as we move forward? More ...
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