Created for May half term 2020, by Esther and Amanda, these are great challenges for all ages to get out and about in this beautiful weather without breaking any social distancing rules.
Jesus told a story about a man who found some treasure and sold everything he had so he could buy the field and have the treasure. That is how amazing it is to find God and know that we can be part of his family.
The first is a photo scavenger hunt which can be done anywhere throughout the week.
The second part is a treasure hunt. If you can solve the clues, you can find the treasure hidden in a location in Wallingford. The treasure will be available until 3pm on Sunday 31 May. If you find the treasure, please record your name and the date. Please take an item of treasure and then replace the treasure box in its original location so others can find it. A photo of you at the location would be great but please only send that to Amanda or Esther otherwise you’ll give away the location!
We hope as you take part, you’ll have time to think more about what it means to be part of God’s Kingdom. Perhaps you can pray for your 5 people whilst you walk or pray for the houses you go past, that the people who live there will get to know Jesus.
Getting started with the Church Insight system
As explained in the January church meeting, we are now using the church management system features of our website, and you will log in to access resources like the church contact list. Emails are beginning to be sent out through the system and in due course groups may organise themselves through here, as well as rota reminders coming from the system! For this to work well, we need to ensure you have tried logging in, checked the details we hold for you are correct, and agreed to your privacy and mailing preferences. Instructions can be viewed or downloaded here.
"Help" card to give out during coronavirus pandemic
We have prepared this help card (adapted from our welcome cards) which you can print out and give to anyone you know who you may want to encourage to get in touch with us for some spiritual or practical support during this strange time. These will also be available to pick up if you come in to the building.
Print double sided then cut lengthwise down the middle and fold each card into an A6 card. One side can be filled in and returned to WBC and we will get in touch with the person. The other half can be kept by them with our contact details and encouragement from the Bible.
Reading the Bible
You might find this little resource on How to read the Bible useful when learning how to get the most out of reading the Bible.
All children's and youth work undertaken at WBC is governed by our Safeguarding Children Policy, and you can download a copy here: Safeguarding Children Policy.
Group leaders can download a risk assessment template
here to complete one for any unusual or external activities not covered by our general risk assessments.
WBC welcomes people of all backgrounds and acknowledges that some of those in its congregation or visitors may be 'adults at risk' and that we all have a duty to support and safeguard these individuals. You can download a copy of our Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy
Medical and Consent form
If you are (or have) an under-18 year old attending one or more of our activities, it is really important that we have an up to date consent form, including things like doctor's details, any allergies, and emergency contacts. You can download the General Consent Form for Under 18s here. Please return to your group leader.
Keeping in touch
If you have recently started attending WBC then you may wish to complete one of our Keeping In Touch forms if any of the following statements apply to you:
you would like to make sure we have your contact details
you would like your name added to the monthly prayer diary
you would like to share (some/all of) your details with other church members via our contact list which is updated about twice a year
you would like to be added to any of our email groups so you stay up to date with all that is going on. The groups to choose from are as follows:
newsletter: to receive a PDF of the Sunday news sheet on the preceding Friday
church: important information and pastoral messages from church leaders and administrators
chat: church members can email the whole group with offers (e.g. does anyone want this fridge?), requests (e.g. can anyone give me a lift/lend me x?), and news items.
You can of course unsubscribe at any time.
Forms need to be returned to Heather in the Church Office or via firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please also fill in one of these forms if you have changed your contact details, or recently turned 16 (when you need to sign for yourself), to ensure we are only holding up to date information.
Gift Aid form
If you are able to gift aid your donations to the work of WBC, please ensure you have filled in the Gift Aid Form and returned it to a member of the Finance team or via the collection plate or the Church Office. This only needs to be done once and will cover all your regular and special gifts to the church.
You do not need to fill in a gift aid form if you are giving cash donations only as, thanks to the government's small donations scheme, we are able to reclaim tax on cash gifts up to £30.
If you would like more information about different ways you can give to God's work at WBC, see our Giving page.
All claims for expenses should be submitted using an Expenses Claim Form. Paper copies of this form are also available from the church office. Anyone who makes a purchase on behalf of the church should be sure that the purchase is necessary and, where appropriate, that this has been agreed in advance with the budget holder. If you are not clear who is the budget holder who needs to countersign your claim form, please ask Rachel Tole.