WhatsApp is a simple, secure, reliable, and affordable way to message other people. We use it to interact with members and visitors of Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. We want you to have a good experience on WhatsApp. We will follow these rules when using WhatsApp (and ask that you would too).

Our Behaviour on WhatsApp

We will only send messages to you if you have contacted us or have requested we contact you. For example, if you visit us and provide details at a Sunday morning service we will contact you during the week.

We will get permission from you before adding you to a group. And, if you ask us to stop messaging you, we will remove you from our address book.

We will only message you in ways you would expect. For example, we will pass on information relevant to the worship team on the worship team group.

We will use admin only message settings for some of our groups to reduce the number of messages you receive. The bigger the group the more likely it will be admin only messaging.

We will get permission from parents before adding minors to groups. And we will vet adult group admins on groups (see our child protection policy).

We reserve the right to remove you from a group if you violate our group rules.

Your Behaviour on WhatsApp

Do keep to the purpose of the group stated in the group description. Don’t share off topic messages messages, memes, adverts or deals.

Do give some thought to the message that you post. DON’T WRITE IN ALL CAPS.

Do think twice before forwarding messages. Don’t share confidential information without permission.

Do politely excuse yourself before you leave a group. Don’t be offended if others leave.

Do post your message in one single chunk of text. Don’t post every word or sentence in a new message.

Do switch to private messages for one-on-one conversations. Don’t have long one-on-one conversations in a group.

Do use regular hours for message posting (8:00am-8:00pm). Don’t post in any group between 8:00pm-8:00am. WhatsApp the church office (+27 87 700 5319) or a group admin in case of an emergency.

Don’t use our groups as a political platform, for rumormongering, to spread inflammatory or fake news.

Do address personal issues one-on-one. Don’t use our groups to berate someone else or air grievances.

Don’t send data-insensitive messages. For example, large videos.

Don’t use offensive language. Don’t post offensive images.

Don’t post links to external sources unless you’ve got a thumbs up from the group admin first.

Don’t self-promote. For example, encourage people to buy things from you or use your services.

Should you elect to remain in a group, it will be accepted that you have consented to being a part of this group and to your personal information, such as your cell phone number and name, can be seen by other persons in this group.

We implore all group members to not make use of anyone’s personal information for any reason whatsoever, without obtaining the consent of the relevant person.

Other Groups

CPBC NT in 3 Months: Read through the New Testament every 3 months. Click here to join the group. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC 3 Sermons a Week: Read a curated list of sermons that are posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Click here to join the group. Group admins: Mark

CPBC Daily Devotions: This group publishes a daily devotional from John Piper (Solid Joys). Click here to join the group. Group admins: Tshepo.

Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni Broadcast List

Messages related to the Sunday Service are sent out from time to time to everyone who has attended a Sunday service at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in the past 6 months. In order to receive general messages, you must have the church office number stored in your contacts (+27 87 700 5319).

In order to receive general messages, you must have the church office number stored in your contacts (+27 87 700 5319).

Member Broadcast List

We send members (both on the main roll and on the supplementary roll) prayer and praise information, weekly news and member specific information. In order to receive the message, you must have the church office number stored in your contacts (+27 87 700 5319).

In order to receive member messages, you must have the church office number stored in your contacts (+27 87 700 5319).

WhatsApp Groups

All official groups at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni have a prefix of CPBC.

All official groups at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni are listed below.

Bible Study Groups

CPBC FoF: A young adult (18-35) Bible study. Meets on Tuesdays, 7:00pm at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Group admins: Etienne and Stuart.

CPBC Wednesday Ladies Bible Study: A ladies Bible study. Meets on Wednesdays, 9:30am at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Group admins: Liezl and Shirley.

CPBC Benoni Bible Study: A Bible study in Benoni. Meets on Wednesdays, 7:00pm at David’s home. Group admins: David and Shaun.

CPBC Training for BS and CL: Training for Bible study and church leaders. Meets on Thursdays, 7:00pm at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Moms and Tots: A Bible study for mothers with young children. Meets bi-weekly on Fridays, 9:00am at Linzi’s home. Group admins: Linzi and Liezl.

CPBC Youth: A Bible study for teenagers (13-18). Meets on Fridays, 6:00pm at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Group admins: Tshepo.

CPBC Mens: This is a general group for the men in our church. Group admins: Mark, Tshepo and Warren.

CPBC Ladies: This is a general group for the woman in our church. The Ladies Bible Study meets monthly on Saturdays at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Group admins: Sharon.

CPBC Ladies Discovery Group: This is a ladies Bible study. Meets on Sundays, 10:00am at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. Group admins: Erica and Julia.

Ministry Groups

CPBC Communion Leaders: Communion leaders. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Corporate Prayer: Corporate prayers. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Evangelism: Evangelism. Group admins: Craig and Mark M.

CPBC Mercy Ministry: Mercy ministry. Group admins: Mirriam.

CPBC Missions Awareness: Missions awareness. Group admins: Etienne.

CPBC Notices: Notices. Group admins: Tammi.

CPBC Prayer Team: Prayer. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Scripture Reading: Scripture reading. Group admins: Sandile.

CPBC Sermon Evaluation: Sermon evaluation. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Service Coordinators: Service coordinators. Group admins: Katleho.

CPBC Social Media: Social media coordinators. Group admins: Werner.

CPBC Sound and Video: Sound and video. Group admins: Warren.

CPBC Staff: Staff. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Sunday Fellowship: Tea and coffee rostering. Group admins: Sharon and Debbie.

CPBC Worship Leaders: Worship leaders. Group admins: Warren.

CPBC Worship Roster: Worship roster. Group admins: Warren.

CPBC Worship Team: Worship team. Group admins: Warren.

Administrative Groups

CPBC Elders: Elders. Group admins: Mark.

CPBC Requisitions: Financial committee requisitions. Group admins: Richard.

Group Icons

To make sure that our groups are easily identifiable many of the admins use standardised group icons. If you’re a group admin and you’d like an image for your group contact the church office (+27 87 700 5319).