Return to Church Survey

Please help us by filling out this survey.

Hi Brothers and sisters, as you guys know the UK Government has started to talk about loosening and easing lockdown restrictions for places of worship and churches and they will be announcing more in the coming days.
But we also know that some of the restrictions that they have suggested already, would be things like no singing and also social distancing measures in place of one plus metre.
Now of course, in our church premises that would be quite hard to do, and of course the form of what worship would look like would be very different.
So, we’re still not making any firm decisions on when church might resume in 14 Upper Gough Street, and we’re still asking you to continue to help us keep that in prayer. In the meantime we’ll still be keen to have worship online using the platform, and also having our LifeGroups online.
As we learn more about how the government and how the nation is faring with the battle against COVID-19, we’ll continue to make adjustments along the way. But what would really help us now during this time is also if you would help fill out this survey, which will just give us a little bit more information about how you’re feeling about our return to a church premise for worship.
That’s also give us an update on how you are doing as well. And so, our church can be better prepared to know how to serve and minister to you as well during this time.
So if you could please fill out that survey that would really help us a great deal in terms of gathering data for making a good approach, back to when we and how we will resume services that. Thank you very much. And again we continue to ask you to keep praying for one another, caring for one another and blessing one another.
See you guys soon.

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BCEC Online Episode 10

This week, as a special episode of the BCEC Online, we’ll be going through a little booklet called My Heart Christ’s Home. As a way to also help the family and kids stay engaged, you can download a little worksheet and colouring page for them. And hopefully you can have some conversations with them over dinner, or before bed about Jesus making a home in their lives too.

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BCEC’s Attempt At Online Broadcasting

It was so great to see so many churches exploring new technologies. As we continue to pray for the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and churches try and find the way to continue to provide support for communities around us, we thought it would be good to share how we did things this past Sunday. We are all trying our best to figure out how to use and leverage these different technologies, so this is just to share what methods that we’ve used. If you’ve got ideas be sure to share them as well!

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BCEC’s Action Plan for COVID-19

TL;DR: Love Your Neighbour. Spiritually draw close, Social physically distance. BCEC Sunday Services are online only. Minimize group meetings unless necessary.

Last Updated 19 March 2020

This is the Pastoral Team’s proposal to deal with the rising epidemic of COVID-19. We understand that different members of the congregation will have different feelings and concerns about it, and we hope this document will help the congregation members to know the church’s plans now and going forward.

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Silent Night

It wasn’t really a silent night was it. Mary and Joseph, tired from a long journey, no doubt frustrated about the lack of accommodation. Words spoken. Conversations had. Frustrations vented. About the long journey. About what happens next. Mary, pregnant and weary, uncomfortable from the travelling, with aches and pains from carrying the child in the womb. And no birth happens in silence. It happens in groan and cries and weeping. And the trial and labour of childbirth culminates in the cries of a newborn.
It was not a silent night.
And yet, there was something very different about this night.
Christ’s birth — Jesus — fully God, fully man — broke through the darkness of the world, and let the world know sin will be silenced.
There will be no longer any place for murder, for hate, for injustice, for abuse, for war, for crime. There is no place for greed, jealousy, bitterness, factions, drunkeness. There is no voice for violence, destruction, selfish ambition, and pride.
The birth of Christ silences the volume of sin.
The sound of Christ’s arrival, burst through a still night, not with empty pomp and circumstance, but with a clear and decisive sound of victory. The victory in His arrival would resonate throughout all of the past, present and future. An eternal sound of triumph.
Darkness was silenced that night.
And yet, you and I, even when hearing the clear sound of Christ’s victorious triumph — the declaration of his victory over sin — the forgiveness from sin in our lives — still too often we turn a deaf ear to His words.
“He who has ears, let him hear.” Do you hear? Do you hear what I hear? Or do you hear what you want to hear? Do you hear the voice of our Lord, our friend, as He whispers “I am with you, even til the end of the age?” Do we hear Christ say, “I come to give life, and life to the full?”. Do we hear Him say to us, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men?” Do we hear him say, “your sins are forgiven…”
Or do we, drown out his voice, ignoring His words, so we can listen to ourselves?
Telling ourselves things to make us feel better. The selfish words to soothe our itchy souls : Live for yourself, do what you want, it’s not hurting anyone. The pitiful words borne from our prideful insecurity : you’re no good, no one loves you, you’re ugly…
Whilst Christ, continues to declare around you, that He is King. He is Lord. He is Victorious. “Come to me and I will give you rest, “ he says in Matthew 11. “With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible,” Matthew 19:27. “ I no longer call you servants, instead I have called you Friends,” John 15.
Why would you choose to silence Christ, to only hear yourself? What sound can come from within that is greater than the voice of God?
The sound of Christ comes in a powerful voice commanding the storms to cease, and in the joyful words encouraging the children to come to Him. It is the sound of clear and true teaching, and soft and gentle promises saying you are forgiven. It is the voice saying Father forgive them, and the voice saying I will come again.
Why turn away from that voice? The voice that spoke the universe into creation. The powerful triune voice of God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. That speaks and reverberates from the beginning of time to… the voice that says I Am … the voice that says, It is Finished.
Don’t turn away from the voice of God, from the triumphant declaration of his victory — instead let the triumphant sound of God’s victory tear down the walls around your heart that keep you shut off from him, trapped by your own fears and failing.
Listen. Listen for His voice. Let sin in your life be stilled by the glory of God.

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Kingdom Vision

There’s this moment in Luke 8, when Jesus is speaking with his disciples, and they’re asking him to explain the parable of the sower. And Jesus tells them, “the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’”

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BCEC Retreat 2018!

This year the BCEC English Congregation are planning a getaway into the countryside for a fun-filled retreat!

We’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend away from the city where we get to take part in fun activities for all the family, attend workshops that will help inspire and equip our everyday walks with God as well as engage in worship and fellowship with brothers and sisters in a beautiful location in the West Midlands.

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