Hi there, Spring’s sprung. Yay! The trees are budding and my lawn is sprouting green. Just like you want to come to church this Sunday so do your friends and family. It’s a great time of year to invite them. Did you know? Among the unchurched, 55% say they would attend church if invited by a family member. And 51% say they would attend church if invited by a friend or neighbour. * These numbers are staggering. The opportunities are incredible. Turns out, the best way to get people to church is to invite them.
So we’ve grown out of 1 service. Celebration! 2 weeks ago we breached the 100 mark (which is the current cap we have on attendance). And so, to continue to allow space we must move to 2 services from this Sunday. 8:30-9:45am and 10:30-11:45am. Take note Sunday School will be during the 10:30am service.
You can come to church without registering. But registering secures your seat. 50 of the available seats this 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. Click here to book a spot at either service this Sunday. Or contact the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Here’s our weekly round-up. It’s jammed packed with what’s going on at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Be praying for your church as we strive to glorify God, together, proclaiming His Word, in Benoni.
Contending for the faith that keeps
We start a new series this Sunday (another great reason to be at the service so you can start at the very beginning). We’ll be studying the book of Jude over the next 4 weeks. Can I encourage you to read the book (it’s one chapter) during your personal, or family, devotions? Look out for repeated words (kept in 1, 6, 13, and 21). And give some thought to the top and the tail of the book (1-2 relates to 24-25).
Your kids are important to us
In Sunday school we help kids focus on the Scriptures as their sole source of authority and truth. And to use God’s Word for daily growth in life and godliness. We have a team of dedicated teachers and helpers who love God and love to make Him known to a young generation. Sunday School is during the 10:30am service. Click here to find out more about Sunday School. Contact Lee-ann or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Youth meet on Fridays, 6:00pm, at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. 13-18 year-olds are welcome. Click here to indicate interest. Contact Tshepo or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Our young adults meet on Tuesdays, 7:00pm, at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. The group has ballooned to 20-30. That means there’s still a little space for one or two more 18-35 year-olds. Click here to indicate interest. Contact Etienne or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Most, if not all our small groups have started up again. That includes various ladies Bible studies, our Benoni Bible study and Training for Bible Study and Church Leaders (next Thursday, 7:00pm). Christianity is meant to be lived out in community. Small groups are a way for you to grow relationally with other believers. Click here to indicate interest. Contact you Bible study leader or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
It is time to join us?
We are the church. We’re not a building. We’re people. People like you. People who strive to glorify God, together, proclaiming His Word, in Benoni. It is time to join us? Find out more about the membership process here. Click here to indicate interest. Contact Tshepo or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Get involved in evangelism
At Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni evangelism is a core pillar of our church. It’s part of our DNA. Monthly we street preach, we go door to door, we preach at local schools and clinics. Our next outreach activity is street preaching in the Benoni CBD on the 4th of September. Join the CPBC Evangelism WhatsApp group here. Click here to indicate interest. Contact Craig or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
John Bunyan wrote, “You can do more than pray after you have prayed but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” Well said! Erica Grunewald asked when the next prayer gathering will be. Sunday, 10 October, at 5:00pm, at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. We look forward to a time of earnest prayers and petitions before Almighty God.
Our library is your library
Tshepo has spent the last week adding 100 titles to our library. We now have over 1,000 titles available to you. As well as 100’s of long-form tracts freely available to you. Want a good book? Speak to Cat, Tshepo, your Bible study leader, or an elder, after the service. Click here to check out the titles in our library. Contact Tshepo or the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
Help us say thanks
Our church has received 1,000’s of books over the years through partnership with Imprint. Imprint ask you to share a brief testimony on any of the books you have received (a couple of sentences). What has a particular book meant to you? Books we’ve distributed include: 9Marks of a Healthy Church, Coronavirus and Christ, Gentle and Lowly. Send your testimony to email@example.com. Or contact the church office on WhatsApp (+27 87 700 5319).
School feeding project
We feed 135 children a day at Crystal Park High School and Crystal Park Primary School. The team has grown to Mirriam (social development), Charles (cook) and Freddy (cook). Would you like to get involved? Click here for details. Speak to Mirriam for more information. Contact Mirriam or the church office (+27 87 700 5319).
Save our number to receive WhatsApp
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. We update our WhatsApp broadcast lists every three months. Our office WhatsApp (and telephone number) is: +27 87 700 5319. Click here to read our WhatsApp guidelines.
Your soul needs physical gathered worship
This virus is bad. I get it. Let’s protect our bodies. But not at the expense of our souls. With the requisite safety precautions in place, let’s boldly encourage each other to come together for corporate worship. Click here to read this 9 Marks Journal article.
Who are our leaders?
Praise the LORD for the depth of leadership at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Elders, deacons, staff and committees, the LORD has blessed the socks off of us. Click here to see our leaders (including the new ones).
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.
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. Contact Mark or 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).
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 serve tea and coffee between services. And 5.) We will 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.
Watch our service
We realise that not everyone is able to return to church yet. We will continue to stream our 8:30am Sunday worship service on YouTube, Facebook and our website. Werner and his team will host you through the service. Please like, comment and share. Help us reach Benoni through social media.
Well, that’s it for this week folks. Did you read all of it? Some of it? None of it? Only this paragraph? I’d love to hear from you. Reply to this message and tell me if these correspondences are worth the effort we put into them. Thanks.
Yours in Christ,