Sunday was great. We almost had a full house. I’m so glad to see our people coming back. I’m sure that this week even more of our church family will be in attendance. Will we see you?
This past Sunday we studied Haggai 2:1-9. This coming Sunday we’ll look at 2:10-19. Want to catch up? Here’s the YouTube link. Were you able to catch the service online? I’d love feedback. What questions has the book raised in your heart? What applications do you see in your life?
One service at 9:30am on Sunday
We will have one service at 9:30am on Sunday (15 August 2021). We’re looking forward to seeing you. You can come to church without registering, but by registering you secure a seat. 50 of the available seats on Sunday are in the main hall. And 50 of the available seats are outdoors or in the fellowship hall. On the day seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. We’ve tried to simplify the registration process (tell us if it’s easier). Click here to book a spot at the 9:30am service this Sunday. Or contact the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Health and safety
The Covid-19 protocols we have put in place include 1.) Sanitise at the door. 2.) Wear a mask while on the church property. And 3.) exercise appropriate social distancing. This Sunday 4.) We will not serve tea and coffee between services. And 5.) We will not have Sunday School. Read our Covid-19 plan here.
We’ve been using the following information to plan ahead: 1.) Our weekly attendance statistics. 2.) The weather forecast for Benoni. 3.) Coronavirus statistics for South Africa. And 4.) Weekly hospital admissions for Gauteng. We’re hoping that we will be able to serve tea and coffee between services and have Sunday School soon.
Access our library
We have over 1,000 books available in our curated library. If you want a good book to read speak to Cat or Tshepo after a service.
Door to door evangelism
Join Craig and his team this Sunday as they go about door to door evangelism in Crystal Park. Bring a Bible along with you. Speak to Craig for more information. Or contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
School feeding project
We’ve been feeding 90 children a day for the past year. We have begun feeding children at a new school. Another 45 mouths fed. The team has grown to Mirriam (social development), Charles (cook) and Freddy (cook). Would you like to get involved? Speak to Mirriam for more information. Or contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
Protect sound doctrine
Did you know? The ultimate responsibility for sound doctrine and the overall health of our church doesn’t fall on pastors alone, but on the entire membership of our church. How can you take responsibility for sound doctrine and the overall health of our church? Click here to read this 9 Marks Journal article.
On this note, each week I distribute my sermon notes to 25 members of the church. If you’d like me to include you in that distribution list speak to Mark. Or contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
A new elder
The elders have been working alongside Richard Raphael for about a year and a half. We will bring his name to the church at a future general meeting. Click here to see what we teach about elders.
The elders will bring the names of Stuart McFarlane (Building Maintenance) Tshepo Pitso (Pastoral Assistant), Richard Visser (Health and Safety) and Lee-ann Du Toit (Sunday School) to the next general meeting to serve in the role of deacon. Click here to see what we teach about deacons.
Christ is building His Church! Say hi and get to know Werner, Tenieke, Ivan, Jonelle, Jared and Henro at church this Sunday. Would you like to become a member? Click here to book your spot in the membership class. Or contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
Quarterly general meeting
Our next Quarterly General Meeting will be on 29 August 2021 at 5:00pm. It will be in-person and online.
Read together towards spiritual growth
We’re using WhatsApp to read good material together. Here are three WhatsApp groups you can join to read and grow with other Christians in our community:
- Read 3 good sermons a Week: This group reads 3 sermons a week. The elders select the sermons. They reflect central truths or central figures from contemporary and church history. This group starts Monday, 1 August. Mark is the group admin. Join the CPBC 3 Sermons a Week WhatsApp group here.
- Do a daily devotionals with John Piper: Struggling to get into the rhythm of doing daily devotionals? In under 10 minutes each day, you can get your daily dose of Solid Joys by John Piper. This would be a great resource for husbands and wives to do together. Or even families after supper. Tshepo is the group admin. Join the CPBC Daily Devotional WhatsApp group here.
- Read the New Testament in 3 Months: This group reads through the New Testament together every 3 months. This would be a great group to join if you’ve not read the Bible before, or if you need a little accountability. Mark is the group admin. Join the CPBC NT in 3 Months WhatsApp group here.
Would you like to start a WhatsApp reading group? Contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319) (We’d love to help you get started).
Our church app and church directory
Did you know we have a church app? It’s available on Apple and Android. One of the key features of the app is a directory of members. You can control information shared for you and your family. It’s a great way to know who to pray for in our community.
How to give
Our mission is to glorify God, together, proclaiming His Word, in Benoni. Giving is one way that you can partner with us, even as we partner with God, to make that happen. Giving is a familiar theme throughout Scripture. Our giving is a tremendous privilege, not a heavy burden. It should be anonymous, cheerful and sacrificial in nature. Click here to give via our website. Or give via EFT. Bank: Standard Bank, Account: Crystal Park Baptist Church, Number: 021 103 100, Branch: Benoni, Code: 013 042.
Save our telephone number
We send out regular WhatsApp broadcast messages from the office phone. This includes the weekly roundup. As well as prayer and praise items, and church family information. Unless you save our office number to your contacts you will not receive the messages. Our office WhatsApp (and telephone number) is: +27 87 700 5319. Click here to read our WhatsApp guidelines.
How to get involved
There are so many ways you can serve at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. There are evangelism, fellowship, worship, and teaching opportunities. Would you like to get involved? Click here for a list of service opportunities. Or contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
How to submit a prayer request
Need prayer? Please tell us. Want to make us aware of a praise item? Please share with us. Click here to submit a prayer request. Or contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
How to connect with a small group
Christianity was never intended to be a spectator sport. Small group Bible study is not valuable, it is invaluable. Connect with a small group (Young Adults, Benoni, Ladies, Men, Youth, Sunday School).
Yours in Christ,