Tyndale Baptist Church is open for worship on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am

Please read Michael’s letter about the reopening.

Join us online for a live stream via Zoom of the Morning Worship service at 10.30 am each Sunday or Virtual Coffee Shop on Tuesdays at 11 am. Read a Thought for the Day or what has been Shared With Us by church members.

Sunday 25th July 2021

Join us LIVE for a streaming service via Zoom at 10.30 am – check your email or contact us for the details.

Following the service, grab a drink and stay with us at 11.30–12.30 for an online coffee shop via Zoom.

A recording of the service should be available here this afternoon.

After starting the video, there will be a full screen button at the top right.

23rd July 2021

Recently I was thinking of Agathe. She was one of my great-great-great-grandmothers (we each have 16, of course!). Why? A few days ago the people of France celebrated ‘Bastille Day’, the anniversary of the start of the French Revolution in 1789. In November that year Agathe was born in Paris. With her parents and siblings she lived in central Paris throughout the turbulent years of the Revolution. They have left no account of what they experienced, but as a child growing up there she must have witnessed some of the horrific events of those years. They lived on a main road and may well have seen the tumbrils going past on the way to the guillotine. I suspect their sympathies lay with the royalists – a later daughter was named Marie Antoinette – the name of the Queen who had been executed. They survived, although her father died in mysterious circumstances when Agathe was only 12 years old.

Of course she is by no means the only child to have had to endure all sorts of hardships and horrors. Even today we repeatedly hear of fresh examples, some far away, some nearer home. What can we do? In practical terms most of us not much, except, perhaps, support charities that offer practical help. When children were brought to Jesus he blessed them. Maybe for most of us that is all we can do – ask God’s blessing – and not forget them.

And what of Agathe? At the age of 23 she married, at 25 came to England, had four children, was widowed at 30 and died in Kent at the age of 75.

David T Roberts

21st July 2021

So we no longer have regulations. Things are no longer mandatory but encouraged.

And life becomes more difficult. It was hard to “lock down” but it is even harder now to “open up”. Particularly in a building that is “open for all.” How can we be sensitive to the needs of everyone? How can we get back to practical demonstrations of God’s love for us all and keep each other feeling safe?

But Paul has some advice for us in his letter to the Ephesians. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Some of us will be feeling nervous, some will be feeling impatient, some will be feeling tired, some fired up and ready to go. May we lovingly bear with one another in the coming weeks and months.

Nick Parsons

19th July 2021

Freedom Day? Its all we have heard about and yearned for. The end of the pandemic and the return to normality for us all. But is normality good enough – is returning to our pre pandemic ways as good as we should be striving for or do we all need to do better.

The post Euro football racism we have witnessed – is that good enough? Online troll attacks of young teenagers by so called friends – is that good enough? People commenting on each other in derogatory ways – is that good enough? Floods and resultant death of innocent people as a result of climate change – is that good enough? Riots and looting in countries as people rage war on each other – is that good enough? Our own self doubts and anxieties – is that good enough?

We must all work together to bring better to the world. To make equality a real thing, equality regardless of colour, gender, sexuality or religion. To bring hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, food and shelter for the hungry and homeless and real change in our own wants and desires to ensure the stability of our beautiful world for the future generations.

These are the real changes for a true Freedom Day.

Graham Lewis

Sunday 18th July 2021

Join us LIVE for a streaming service via Zoom at 10.30 am – check your email or contact us for the details.

Following the service, grab a drink and stay with us at 11.30–12.30 for an online coffee shop via Zoom.

A recording of the service should be available here this afternoon.

After starting the video, there will be a full screen button at the top right.

14th July 2021

Science, we sometimes hear it said, has given us a picture of the universe so vast that we humans are reduced to insignificance, along with the values that are so precious to us: goodness, truth and beauty, not to mention faith or a sense of the divine. We find ourselves in a material cosmos of atoms and molecules, infinitely empty space and impersonal forces sweeping the galaxies, blind to us and uncaring about our existence. This sounds coldly rational and grimly realistic. In fact it is deeply irrational. It posits an unbridgeable dichotomy between ourselves and the physical universe, when in fact we are as much a part of it as anything else in it. Goodness, truth and beauty are in the fabric of the universe because they are part of us, who are part of that universe. The American Christian thinker and prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson writes in her book The Givenness of Things: ‘It is an error of much scientific thinking to extrapolate from our radically partial model of reality, a model curtailed, unaccountably and arbitrarily, by the exclusion of much that we do know about the fabric and fine grain of the cosmos in which we live and move and have our being… I invoke the stuff of Being because we are made of it.’

At which point, we can turn to Psalm 8, and with the psalmist be awed by the stars into a sense of our seeming nothingness, and then marvel at ourselves as human beings, even as little children endowed with no less reason for wonder than the highest heavens.

Keith Clements

12th July 2021

By the time you read this, we will know whether the England men’s football team has indeed ended those 55 years of hurt. At the time of writing I (like a lot of other people!) am fervently hoping they will: a win on Sunday night will bring so much joy to so many people after a very difficult eighteen months.

But win or lose, this England squad has already provided plenty of causes for pleasure and pride, not least in their activities off the pitch. Two of them have been awarded MBEs specifically for their work for social and racial justice: Marcus Rashford for services to vulnerable children during the Covid pandemic and Rasheem Sterling for services to racial equality. Jordan Henderson, who was awarded the honour for services to football and charity, appears to be the driving force behind a planned second major donation by English football players to NHS charities after the Euros. Led by a manager whose own earlier disappointments have made him a model of resilience and empathy, these players have coalesced into a diverse, inclusive, and ultimately inspiring young community who are not afraid to use their platform to express their values – even in the face of booing and online vitriol from some who claim to be their ardent fans.

How willing are we to go public with our own values and faith? ‘Will you risk the hostile stare / Should your life attract or scare?’ (Bell / Maule, ‘The Summons’). Perhaps the lesson we should take from this England squad is that it’s easier – and has more impact – when it’s a team effort.

Debbie Pinfold

Sunday 11th July 2021

Join us LIVE for a streaming service via Zoom at 10.30 am – check your email or contact us for the details.

Following the service, grab a drink and stay with us at 11.30–12.30 for an online coffee shop via Zoom.

A recording of the service should be available here this afternoon.

After starting the video, there will be a full screen button at the top right.

9th July 2021

I was raised in the Church of England, even singing in the parish choir. Our vicar was an austere man, hailing from Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, and one of his oft-repeated sayings was that ‘privilege carries responsibility’. I had my disagreements with that man, all the more so as I grew older, but this particular dictum has nevertheless stayed with me over the years, despite its somewhat Victorian tone – the sort of moral lesson our great-grandmothers were expected to sew into samplers as little girls.

A variant of that saying would be ‘freedom carries responsibility’, the notion that when we choose to decide for ourselves what we will or will not do (rather than simply going along with society’s dictates and expectations), we must also accept some degree of accountability for the consequences of our actions, especially on others.

This issue comes into sharp focus for me with the news that we’re soon to decide for ourselves whether we’ll wear a facemask as lockdown restrictions are eased. What is intended as a public health precaution is talked about in some quarters as if Britons are being arbitrarily denied fundamental freedoms. But surely helping protect one another from a pandemic that’s brought death and misery to millions around the world is motivation enough, especially as we’re nowhere near seeing the overall threat recede or be contained? How we cope once the facemask is optional remains to be seen, but I find myself rather curiously wishing that my old vicar were still around to remind us not to forget the duty we owe one another to use freedom responsibly.

Ken Stewart

7th July 2021

As I write this, football fans are in a state of euphoria following their team’s victory over Germany, tennis enthusiasts are glued to Wimbledon, cricket carries sedately on and athletes are gearing up for the Olympics. What a feast of sport for us to indulge in and enjoy! Whether you follow any sport or not, it is difficult not to be impressed by the agility, physicality and skill of those taking part. We know that behind their performance lies months and years of dedication and sacrifice to attain the necessary ability to reach the standard demanded of them.

This can be said of every discipline whether it be music, art, dance, anything in fact on which we set our hearts and minds. It was moving to hear the ovation of the Wimbledon crowd, when the commentator introduced the visitors in the Royal Box as being the scientists who had developed the vaccine for Coronavirus. What single mindedness and devotion went into that. Achievements don’t just happen, they have to be worked at. Study, practice, focus, all help us to do the best we can.

So what does this say to us about living as a Christian in the best way we can? Our study is reading the Bible, meditating on God’s word, surrounding our souls and spirits with wholesome and nourishing good things, and allowing the fruits of the spirit to develop in our lives. Our focus is on living in such a way, so that God’s Kingdom can be seen as a reality.

So, let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12: 1­-2).

Elizabeth Webb