Crich Baptist Church – A Word From the Pastor
In keeping with Government advice, our Church Building at Crich Baptist Church is now closed for the duration of this present coronavirus emergency.
This is a sad piece of news for me, as Pastor of the church, to have to report.
What does it mean?
No Sunday Services held in the building. No Seekers Club for the children of our community. None of our regular Prayer Meetings and Bible Studies. No ‘Coffees on the Lawn’ which we were planning to hold with the arrival of Spring. No visits from Missionaries or Christian Societies we support.
What Does It Mean For Me?
And then beyond what we do in our building, what does it mean for me as the Pastor?
No Open Air preaching. No School Assemblies. No visits to the Glebe Field Centre to minister to our friends at Daycare. No Pastoral Visits except for emergencies or to take people to important appointments. And beyond that I have a concern for a considerable number of the folk at Crich Baptist Church whose underlying health issues place them very much in the ‘at risk’ category.
Did we see all this coming two weeks ago? ‘No’, ‘No’ and ‘No’ again.
But while the building is closed (although I am working here more in the building at the moment than usual as the rest of my family work from home), the church is not closed. For our building is not the church, but the place where the church normally meets.
The church is the people who identify themselves as part of what we call ‘Crich Baptist Church’. And we have not gone away.
It is true we have been scattered to our homes and are having to communicate by landline, smart phone, letter, or the host of modern (I give my age away here) forms of communication. But church life goes on.
Online Sermons & Videos
We are uploading sermons on to our ‘Crich Baptist Church’ website. You can listen to them too.
We are hoping to put up some ‘Seekers Club-type’ talks in an audio-visual format that our young people and their parents can watch. Look out for more details.
Likewise, I am hoping to give a few ‘Thought for the Day-type’ messages for those who do not usually think about the matters of the soul and eternity but who might just be asking these kinds of questions now.
We are praying for our neighbours, our community, our nation and, no exaggeration, the nations of the world. If you would like us to pray for you or your family, let me know. I won’t pass your name on to others. But my wife and I will pray for you.
And while our building has sadly had to close its doors temporarily, Jesus Christ remains the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is the one whose Person and work I have been preaching in my 19 years in Crich (and before that too) and He is the one who is the centre of our hope of eternal life. The apostle Paul, in one of his letters, reminded the church in the city of Corinth, that when he had visited there earlier,
…I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
In this, ‘I am with Paul’.
I personally have received nothing but mercy, forgiveness, grace and kindness from His hand. His resurrection proves to me that death is a defeated enemy and that, having discovered the pardon His sin-bearing death on the cross has obtained, I can calmly and quietly look forward to heaven to come. I would love to think that others will come to experience that for themselves too.
If you would like to know more, or would like some helpful literature, or would like me to pray for you, you can contact me on 01773 853180 or go through our church website at www.crichbaptist.org
May the Lord uphold us all in these strange and challenging times.
Chris Hand (Pastor)