WELCOME!

Great to be in touch with you. Hope you’ll find all that you need to encourage you and help you to engage!  Here to help (phone/email/visit) if there’s any more we could do to help!  Every blessing …..

Sunday 13 June

This Sunday:
IN-PERSON gatherings: 9am & 11am
ONLINE goldhill.org/online
or PHONE 10am: 0333 01 10 945
Room 84528918# Guest PIN 2409#
Zoom: 7pm – http://goldhill.org/7pm

GATHERINGS

DIFFERENT – Current Teaching Series
A series in 1 Peter about how the life God calls his people to is one that is marked out and set apart – with both the blessings and opportunities, responsibility and challenges that entails!
(7) ‘Different Reactions’  (1 Peter 3:8-22) – when conflict, challenge or criticism come, how do we – as followers of Jesus – react?!

'DIFFERENT' SEMINARS ON ETHICAL TOPICS

Three separate seminars on Zoom to explore some important ethical questions
Sign up for just one or all three to help us shape our lives, actions and words in line with Jesus’ teaching and approach.
1. Modern Day Slavery – Monday 7 June – slidepack available on request
2. Mistreatment of Women – Monday 14 June – sign up here
3. Assisted Dying – Monday 21 June – sign up here

CHILDREN'S GATHERINGS/SESSIONS

Kids’ Church
Sunday 30 May – 9am: goldhill.org/kidschurch
CURRENT SERIES: The Church
(2) ‘Worship’ (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 14:26-32)  

Toddler Praise
Back In-Person: Friday mornings 11 June – 15 July
A time of play, craft, bible stories and music.
Session 1: 9.30am – 10.15am
Session 2: 10.45am – 11.30am
Meeting at Gold Hill Baptist Church, SL9 9DG
£1 per week per family.   Sign-up required: please sign up to one session time.
goldhill.org/toddlerpraise for sign-up;  shona.hunter-singh@goldhill.org for any queries.

Plunge Plus
Friday evenings for 7-11s: now back in person every week!
Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre Sports Court: 6.15pm
Friday 18th June: Plunge Plus Olympics
Sign up at goldhill.org/plungeplus
Any queries, contact shona.hunter-singh@goldhill.org

UNIQUE LIKE YOU OPENS ITS DOORS!

Saturday 12 June, from 9.30am!
Come and find out more and experience the unique ULY welcome!
Continuing to serve the Breadhouse coffee blend, together with other drinks and cake.
Opportunities to paint pottery and make pots in various classes.
Opening hours: Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm; Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 2.30pm; Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

THE BIG CHURCH READ

Scattered Servants by Alan Scott
Aiming as a church to read this same book between 13 June and 13 August: full of testimonies and lessons from the author as God mobilised His people to join Him in His mission: an exciting and challenging read! For more info see: http://www.goldhill.org/bigread Copies available on Sunday and during the week (cash, card, contactless) at £9 each – and why not buy two to bless someone else with a gift?! (Or be the happy recipient of a pre-paid copy!)

WELCOMING CHURCH HOLIDAY!

WELCOMING REFUGEES – SUMMER 2021
Plans to Welcome Families to our Community this Summer

This summer, we are looking to run a pilot scheme to welcome some families already settled in the UK for a holiday in our community.  We are partnering with Welcome Churches to host people as a church community for one long weekend in August (dates tbc).  For more details, and to see how you/we all may be able to contribute to extend a true Gold Hill welcome, please visit goldhill.org/welcome. 

CLEARANCE

CLEARANCE OF ITEMS SURPLUS TO GH REQUIREMENT!
We have a range of items from the GHE site which are surplus to requirement at The Hub and looking for a good new home!  Come and see if there’s anything which could be useful to you …. possibly for a small donation: display in the hall, Friday 11 June 4-8pm and Saturday 12 June 9am – 1pm. (Larger items already displayed on http://www.goldhill.org/clearance ; smaller items include stationery, children’s toys/books/DVDs, kitchen items, floral sundries, noticeboards …… and more!)

BAPTISM

Would you like to be one of the last to be baptised on our current site?!
The chapel pool has seen thousands of believers celebrate their new life in Jesus through baptism: could we celebrate this with you?  Do get in touch if you feel this could be the opportunity for you! We’d be happy to explore the significance of baptism, and prepare you for this significant step in your faith life.

PRAYER: WHAT WILL CHURCH LOOK LIKE AS WE EMERGE FROM LOCKDOWN?!

N.B. SUNDAY EVENING (ZOOM) PRAYER GATHERING: 8.15 – 9PM: join at goldhill.org/sundayprayer

As 21st June approaches, our thoughts are quite naturally turning towards greater freedoms/fewer restrictions in our daily living.  During lockdown many of our priorities have shifted: we have come to value some things more highly, whilst other aspects of our lives have reduced in significance.  What is God saying to believers as we emerge from this season?  How might we reflect His presence, power and purpose more accurately and with greater impact to promote real Kingdom growth?  Discussion groups at a UK-wide conference for Church Managers reflected on this earlier this week, and jointly proposed the following re-shaping of church:

• Less focus on the church building and structures and more on personal relations

• Both large and small gatherings – large not the only good/strong/real expression of church

• Simpler, more Christ-centred gatherings

• Strip back activities/distractions to release simpler experiences of Jesus

• Hybrid church here to stay: online is the new front door and will continue to be for some – enable those to believe and belong online before they’re ready to believe and belong onsite

• More community-oriented

• Spirit life have more focus than organisational strength

• Less of a clergy/lay divide

• More discipleship training than leadership training

• Decline in consumer Christianity and whole-life discipleship emerging

• Gospel confidence grows – less defensive about faith and welcoming dialogue

As we spend time in prayer this week, let’s join together with other believers around the country/globe who are earnestly seeking God’s direction for their personal and corporate lives in this new season:

Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your glory – because of your love and faithfulness to us.’

WHATSAPP DAILY PRAYER PROMPTS: Mon-Fri, from 7am
Add 07593 365431 to your contacts and send ‘Sign Up’ to it on WhatsApp.

FOCUS 15: Mon-Fri, 8.45am-9.00am
Join at this time (or catch up later) via the Gold Hill Facebook page for a daily devotion to be inspired and encouraged.

NOTICES

SPRING HARVEST 2022 – BOOKING OPENS 15th JUNE!
Theme: ‘Restore, Renew, Rebuild’. Meeting back TOGETHER by the seaside in brand-new, purpose-built venues should social distancing still be in place. Just one week available at Minehead (18-22 April 2022).  Prices frozen for a second year!  Free Covid protection guarantee.  Many Butlins Covid-safety adaptations in place.  Contact Chris & Joyce Gledhill for more info and to join the group: chris.gledhill@bcs.org.uk or joyce.gledhill@goldhill.org

RESTORE HOPE MEN’S GATHERING: JUNE 18-19
Explore the Fire of God with a weekend of camping, food, worship and teaching.  (Can travel in if preferred!) For more details and registration, see https://risenations.org/registration-men

RESTORE HOPE –  VOLUNTEERING (URGENT NEED plus SUMMER STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES)
• URGENT NEED for help to pack fruit and veg on Wednesdays (9.30-11am) ready to deliver on Thursdays
• summer opportunities for young people: either working outside with the gardening team or helping with summer events (children’s activities, refreshments, admin)
Enquire / apply via volunteer@restorehopelatimer.org

RESTORE HOPE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
One year to deepen your faith ad develop your potential.  Four key ares of involvement: estate management; families children & youth; Foodlife programme; media & comms.  Suitable for a gap year, career break, or simply looking for a year of change and growth.  Find out more on www.restorehopelatimer.org or email joanna.clare@restorehopelatimer.org or phone 01494 765555.

M.A.D – Shakespeare ‘on the Common’: Saturday 12th June, 4pm onwards: Henry V, presented by the Festival Players.  £15 (adults) or £7.50 (children/students).  BYO food & drink, chair/rug.  All profit to M.A.D.  For more info/queries, see https://www.makingadifference.today/events  or contact info@makingadifference.today

IN THE COMMUNITY

CHILTERN FOODBANK @ GOLD HILL
Thank you for your continued support for the Foodbank based at Gold Hill.
Your donations continue to be very gratefully received by local households facing particular hardship at present.
Contact Joyce / the office to arrange drop-off at reception.  A big Thank You to our delivery team!
Items particularly requested:
Tinned meat, tinned hot dogs, sponge puddings, tinned rice pudding, cooking oil (1 litre), UHT milk, deodorants, baby food, baby rice (no formula)

CAP – HELP IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY
Gold Hill is a registered CAP Centre, providing advice and support for those who are experiencing financial difficulty.  Call 0800 328 0006 (free) to enquire about help.  (Provided through local people – we have a trained team at Gold Hill.)