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Sunday 5 April 2020
 

Welcome to your weekly newsletter from Crofton Park Baptist Church. This week Steve Ewing is preaching. Join our Livestream from our Facebook page at 10.30am tomorrow or visit our website to set a reminder and watch online. Set a reminder now and please share the link with friends and family.

THIS WEEK
Created to become like Christ - Part 2

Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding a donkey - riding on a donkey's colt
Zechariah 9:9

Mission Prayer

Our mission prayer this week is for LewCAS

The work of LEWCAS continues. An amazing new team of young volunteers has taken over. FareShares is still providing good fresh produce each week. Restocking Orders have gone out over WhatsApp and coming in from new sources of local people. Among the churches, people are setting up standing orders to replace the shopping they can no longer bring to church.

Please pray for the refugee clients, as they find it more difficult to come along to pick up goods. Also pray that the witness of the church to the internet generation will speak of the love of Jesus for all people, including themselves.

Giving online

During the closure of the church, we are working to make sure we can still do God's work in the community, supporting our members and our missions. As much as possible we are making every effort to function as best as we can. As part of this, if you are a regular giver or wish to make a donation you can do so online through our website. It's safe, secure and is another way of reducing the risk of spreading contamination through the use of cash or cheques. As ever, you are not obliged to give but if it is your wish to, this route is open to you.

Give online

Lewisham Foodbank needs your help

Until the recent pandemic and lockdown, Lewisham Foodbank had been providing food for 80 to 100 households a week, representing roughly 300 people. However, in the last few weeks demand has trebled, so Foodbank is now providing food for 300 households, representing roughly 900 people, and this number may well increase”.

The link below is an opportunity for anyone who holds a wholesaler members' card to help with sourcing the quantities of food that are required to provide parcels to that many people - think 1000 tins of chopped tomatoes, 2.5 tonnes of pasta, etc. Lewisham Foodbank is experiencing a shortfall between demand and supply due to the pressure on delivery slots from the main online shopping providers and a drop in food donations. However, they are still receiving financial donations and they will soon have logistics help with sourcing direct from food suppliers, but until then they need help on a scale not known before.

Foodbank will deal directly with those who volunteer, and all purchases made on behalf of Foodbank will be fully reimbursed on delivery of the purchased goods to the Hope Centre in Forest Hill.

Click here to access the form

Online catchup

Clement is organising a video chat catchup on our Workplace intranet at 7pm this Sunday (5th April 2020). It will be an informal gathering to meet and say hi to each other. Would also be good to see familiar faces after weeks of separation. If you want to fix yourself a cuppa and join in please do. It would be great to get the kids involved so they can say hi too!
You can join through a web browser or download the app to your phone or tablet using the links below.
Contact Clement if you would like to join or are having problems getting into the site.

The Leprosy Mission Day of Prayer

A message from the Leprosy Mission

Next Wednesday, 8 April, we are planning to cease working for one day to wait on God to seek direction for the unique and worrying challenges that we currently face.
We will be praying for God’s wisdom in ensuring that we direct our resources in the best possible way overseas, as well as for God’s provision at this time. I hope that as part of our incredible family, you will be able to set aside some time to join us in prayer. 
We would love to hear from you if you believe God has a word for us at this time and we will certainly consider it as we determine our next steps.
God bless you all for walking with people affected by leprosy.

Keeping in touch

In this current situation, it could be a challenge keeping in touch with friends and family. The leadership team will be making every effort to keep in touch with our members and church attendees. If you know of anyone who could do with a call, let us know by emailing leadershipteam@croftonpark.org.uk.
If you are looking for creative ways to keep in touch using your phone or tablet read this article on our website.

Coronavirus - looking after yourself and others

Up to date information about coronavirus is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Please remember to:
  • wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, regularly during the day or use hand sanitiser
  • catch your sneezes in a tissue and dispose of it immediately
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • stay home and avoid unnecessary journeys
We will continue to pray for all our sisters and brothers across the world who have been and are continuing to be, affected by COVID-19.  We pray that all will know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.

Pastoral Issues

If you are aware of any pastoral issues that you feel the church pastoral team should be aware of, please contact Steve.

Contacting Clement

If you want to send me an email for church-related matters please use clement.oke@croftonpark.org.uk. For notices to go in the newsletter please use newsletter@croftonpark.org.uk.

Pastor Contact Number

Please note that the home landline telephone number for Steve and Nwabs has changed. The new number is 020 8690 5435.

Watch again - Created to become like Christ pt 1

You can watch 'Created to become like Christ pt 1' and other sermons on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe and get notifications whenever a new video is uploaded.

Prayer Chain

If you have an urgent and important prayer concern, please email prayer@croftonpark.org.uk or call 07950 334987.

Need to speak to Rev Steve?

Steve Ewing

You can contact Rev Steve by email at pastorsteve@croftonpark.org.uk or by phone on 07950 334987 or 020 8690 5435. Please note that Steve does not work on Mondays.

Standing in the gap

Please pray for Helen Bogle and her family, following the passing of her father John Barnes last Sunday. Please also pray for Vee Jawara, who sister in St Lucia died suddenly last Saturday. And pray for Maudlyn Samuels and family, that they may continue to recover from Coronavirus.

Pray for continued strength and blessings for those volunteers who help people in isolation.

Pray that we can be the beacon of light in our community where all seems dark and confused.


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