Daily Devotions - Week 16
This week Mike is leading our 16th week of Daily Devotions for Isolated Christians, looking at the book of Ruth. Why not spend a few minutes each morning considering what God has to say to us through scripture?
If you click the three lines in the top of the video below, you can view all devotions in our Daily Devotions series. Alternatively, you can visit our archive of all previous Daily Devotions.
Sunday Worship - 12th July 2020
We will be streaming our Sunday service at 10am on 12th July 2020.
The livestream will start around 9.45am so that you can get set up. There'll be a song at 9.55am and the service starts at 10am. To watch, please click this link to go straight to the service or click on the image below. You can also go to our YouTube channel and set a reminder.
There will also be a chance to chat after the service, if you're on the church mailing list please check your email for details on Sunday morning.
The service includes a short talk and activity for children (scroll down this page for details of what's required), as well as music, Bible reading, prayer and a sermon. The is an opportunity to ask questions after the sermon using YouTube chat.
We are trying to make the service accessible to most people. If you have no idea what to do or what YouTube is, please read the advice in the blue box elsewhere on this page.
Craft item list for Sunday 12th July
People have found it useful to know in advance what items they would need to complete Teresa's craft activities. On Sunday, Teresa will be making a craft related to her story about just how enormous Jesus' love is.
The items needed are:
- toilet roll tube
- a stick, dowel or pencil
- sheet of paper
- sticky tape
- colouring pens or pencils
Keswick Convention 2020 - daily programme now available
This year sees the launch of 'Virtually Keswick Convention' from 27th to 31st July – an exciting, new five-day online event this summer. It will feature teaching, sung worship and seminars for adults, youth and children. All the sessions will be available free online for everyone.
The theme is hope – chosen because at this time of great uncertainty, in the midst of a global pandemic, there is hope in Jesus Christ. The main speaker will be Christopher Ash, Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge, who will speak on ‘Hope in Jesus’ from the Psalms.
The daily programme has now been published on the Virtually Keswick Convention website including details of evening speakers, seminars and events for children and young people. Put the date in your diary and tell your family and friends about 'Virtually Keswick Convention' – for what promises to be an encouraging time together virtually.
Please also pray for all those involved in putting this event together, and particularly for James Robson.
Real Issues Service - Christ and the Coronavirus
On Sunday 3rd May, Mike led a special Real Issues service - "What is Christ saying to us in the Coronavirus?"
You can listen again to the recording of the livestream (link to YouTube will open in a new window).
The audio of the talk is also available on our sermon recordings page and as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast channels.
Many people make their gifts to church via standing order, however, those who would normally use envelopes or put their offerings on the plate in church are not able to give in this way at the moment.
If that is how you would normally give, please consider setting up a transfer directly to the church’s bank account instead. The details are:
- Sort code: 05-06-34
- Account number: 52275551
- Account name: PCC St John the Baptist Hartford
If you are able to Gift Aid your offering and haven't already completed a form, you can download one here.
Please click this link to watch a video message from Mike recorded on 18th March 2020, the day after it was announced that churches were to be closed.
Extract from a message from Rev. Mike Smith, written on 16th March 2020:
"As you will know by now, the Prime Minister has today advised the nation to cease all 'non-essential contact' in the effort to slow down the spread of Coronavirus. The purpose of the advice is loving, namely to allow the NHS to treat a manageable number of poorly people and so to reduce the overall impact of this disease. At St John's, we aim to follow the government’s advice fully and swiftly.
None of this is a surprise to the Lord: he is good, loving and sovereign over all things, including our nation, this virus, our church and every one of us. I am praying that you will know the reality of this promise: 'You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal' (Isaiah 26.3-4)"