The multi-denominational Bar Hill Church is a truly ecumenical congregation, serving a village on the outskirts of Cambridge. A covenant between six denominations including Baptists Together has been agreed, creating a vibrant, diverse community that has been rooted in serving the 4,000 residents of Bar Hill for over 50 years.
Before the onset of Covid-19 the church engaged in a number of activities, including Messy Church, hosting a coffee morning at the local library and a range of craft groups and activities for all ages. A popular annual ‘Holiday at Home’ event, scheduled for three days after Easter, has also been forced to cancel, much to the disappointment of those who would otherwise struggle to get away.
A public memorial garden, designed by local primary school children and maintained by local volunteers is another source that seeks to build community cohesion and relationships.
The main church meeting space, known as the Octagon, usually offers a Roman Catholic mass on Saturday evenings and a range of worship styles on Sunday mornings, reflecting the various Christian traditions of the partnering denominations. During the current lockdown, services are being hosted via Zoom by URC minister Charles Mather.
• Pray for those in the village who are living alone at this time, particularly those without internet access.
• Pray for the church to continue to be a source of light and hope for the village, even though the buildings are closed.
• Pray for those in the congregation who continue to undertake their roles as key workers in various settings.