Encouragement

Laurie's Flowers

See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. … So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ ... or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Laurie's Tulips

Laurie says: I planted these tulips last autumn; they are multi-petalled and are called ‘Amazing Grace’. They stand as a wonderful reminder of God’s powerful love for the believer.

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.’

Prayer

Even though we can't meet for prayer at the moment, there are many things for us to be praying about as a church. For regular updates about people in the church who've asked for prayer please contact our pastor, Mark, on pastor@crockenhill.org.

You may find it challenging to know exactly how to pray in the midst of this coronavirus. Mark has give us some suggestions for things to pray about:

  • For our Prime Minister and the government as they seek to guide the nation through this difficult time.
  • For our NHS and care workers around the country on the front line.
  • For those in countries where there is little or no medical treatment.
  • For those who are anxious and fearful, that they might know God’s peace.
  • For families who have lost loved ones.
  • For God’s will, whatever that may be, to be done.
  • For God’s people to learn to trust in Him more.
  • For opportunities to speak about Jesus.
  • For those who have no real hope in life to find Jesus.
  • For pastors who are seeking to lead their flocks but find themselves restricted to their homes.

Teaching

One good thing to come out of this pandemic is the opportunity to virtually visit lots of other churches.

The FIEC have helpfully compiled a list of churches that are broadcasting their Sunday services. Do check it out (and see if you can spot us).

FIEC Churches Serving Online

There are lots of other places we can go online for good Bible teaching. Here's a few recommendations:

FIEC
FIEC

We're part of this group of independent churches working together to reach Britain for Christ by growing gospel churches. The FIEC have lots of resources on their website, from articles about what local churches are doing to conference talks.

Go to FIEC
TGC
The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition is a predominantly American group of reformed evangelical churches. They put out a lot of accessible content, and have a vast collection of sermons from the last 30 years on their website.

Go to The Gospel Coalition
Desiring God
Desiring God

Desiring God is the ministry set up by John Piper to proclaim the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. They have lots of helpful articles, particularly about dealing with times of suffering like we're in now.

Go to Desiring God
Christianity Explored
Christianity Explored

The Christianity Explored website has a lot of good 'apologetics' content: explaining why belief in God is perfectly reasonable, even in a time of suffering and uncertainty.

Go to Christianity Explored
Word Alive
Word Alive

Word Alive, an annual Bible teaching holiday, had to be cancelled this year due to coronavirus, but they're making past recordings available for free on a Sunday.

Go to Word Alive
Speak Life
Speak Life

Over the last 8 years, Speak Life has produced hundreds of video resources that seek to proclaim the gospel in a modern and relevant way.

Go to Speak Life
Ligonier
Ligonier

Ligonier Ministries, founded by R.C. Sproul, exists to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. They've made many of their video lectures free to access during the coronavirus pandemic.

Go to Ligonier
Clayton TV
Clayton TV

A website produced by Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle, which broadcasts free Bible teaching from several evangelical Anglican churches and as well known conferences like the Keswick Convention.

Go to Clayton TV