Chapel Renovation update – January 2021

Hook Norton Baptist Chapel Sketch

The M&E consultants working on the electrical and heating design have finalised their specification and submitted them to our architect for inclusion in the final specification documents for tendering. There were a few queries around siting of the oil-fired boiler and flue, the routing of cables and pipes to / from the chapel, and the requirements for air extraction, but these have now been resolved. Our architect is now busy producing all the documentation ready for review by the [Read more...]

Black Lives Matter

I was disgusted and angry over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on 25th May 2020. He was killed at the knee of a police office using unreasonable force to detain George, and despite George crying out "I can't breathe!" the officer continued to kneel on him for over eight minutes. Another two officers were restraining George with yet another preventing the crowd from intervening. I can understand the anger of the crowd seeing police officers using unreasonable force to restrain a [Read more...]

Renovation project update

Our architect is waiting on the final report from the Mechanical and Electrical Engineer on the heating and lighting design recommendations. As soon as they are received, Peter Preston, our architect will update the drawings and prepare the final specifications to us. Meanwhile, we are grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for their pledge of £15,000 towards our renovation costs.

Calling all Hooky Christians!

It is an interesting static that out of the 2,500 or so folk living in Hook Norton, only around 2% regularly worshipped in the two Christian churches in the village; St Peter's church and the Baptist church, pre-Covid-19 lockdown! According to the 2011 census, 60% of the population identified as Christian, and yet less than 6% regularly attended church at least once a week, if you believe Wikipedia. So using that statistic, I have been wondering, where do the other 4% of Hooky Christians [Read more...]

Need help?

One of the most interesting things about Jesus is that he helped a lot of people. Not just the folks that followed him, but anyone he came across who had a need. There are many examples in the bible like the Roman centurion who asked for help for his servant, the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman who was bleeding and touched his cloak. He didn't discriminate. He was open to all, or to coin a modern phrase, he was inclusive! Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay We, at the Baptist [Read more...]

The Tale Of Big Tree And Little One (By Lee Woodward)

Maybe some of you have children who are very frightened by the Coronavirus situation. Well I decided to write a short story for you to share with your children. It is my hope that this story will share a very simple message of love and kindness just like the love and kindness that Jesus shared with children. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 (NIV) The Tale Of Big Tree And Little One By [Read more...]

Looking after your mental and spiritual health during the Coronavirus pandemic. (By Lee Woodward)

Many of us are now feeling the affects of the current situation concerning the coronavirus. Everyday we are being bombarded by information about the coronavirus through various media outlets. Not all of it is helpful. There are now people in our communities who have now been told to self isolate. Others of us are now becoming aware of how our actions effect not only us, but others who may be vulnerable to the coronavirus. This understandably may have an effect on our mental and spiritual health. [Read more...]