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Passive lifesaving... active lifesaving

By Martin Peters, 28 Mar 2020

This may be a familiar saying to you: 'People say you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it.' I’m pretty sure we’re all feeling that right now. The advice is simple...

Passive lifesaving... active lifesaving

Discipling children during Coronavirus

By Caz Petersen, 28 Mar 2020

The first week of #StayatHome is nearly done. How has it been?I just wanted to share a few things happening online to help you disciple your children...‘If we as a family are making more time for Jesus, he will help us make sense of these strange...

Discipling children during Coronavirus

More on Prayer

By Gerry Straker, 27 Mar 2020

On Wednesday night and in yesterday’s blog we thought about the first thing we should do in response to the coronavirus. In a time of crisis, we should pray. That’s what Jesus does. In a time of judgement, we should pray prayers of repentance. That’s what God’s...

More on Prayer

The first thing we should do in response to the coronavirus

By Gerry Straker, 26 Mar 2020

The first thing we should do in response to the coronavirusby Gerry Straker Some of you have been forced to stay at home, with new routines and new ways of spending time, learning new technology skills you’d never thought you’d need. Some of you have been...

The first thing we should do in response to the coronavirus

How we can help you

By Gerry Straker, 24 Mar 2020

The coronavirus has shaken our normality hasn't it? We're living in a time of uncertainty and anxiety. At Church by the Bay, we want to tell you about the God who cares. We know God cares, because he sent Jesus into this world of suffering...

How we can help you

Reflections on Livestreaming Church

By Jon Lindsay, 22 Mar 2020

Praise God for this morning's first livestream: it worked! It's been very encouraging to see people's messages and receive phone calls (turns out phones still work!) about this morning's time 'together'. We've also heard news of various family and friends, some believers, some not, tuning in...

Reflections on Livestreaming Church

C3 kids and tots at home

By Gerry Straker, 22 Mar 2020

This morning we livestreamed Church for the first time and we heard Mark 14:27-72 read and preached.  Wonderfully, Caz our Families Worker has prepared a C3 kids and tots session at home for parents to build on, reinforce and continue to teach children from the same Bible...

C3 kids and tots at home

Resources for Livestream

By Gerry Straker, 21 Mar 2020

Tomorrow is our first ever Church livestream. We wish we were meeting together face-to-face but this is the next best thing!  Download our resources in advance:Noticesheet and sermon headingsSong words and confessionSermon questions for 8-12sSermon questions for 4-7sPictures for toddlers And before Sunday, here's how to listen. And...

Resources for Livestream

Making the most of isolation

By Jon Lindsay, 21 Mar 2020

Making the most of isolation I went to work on Tuesday morning at 7:00. By 8:40 our family had to self-isolate. Having been pretty sure that we’d be fine through this whole situation I suppose it’s a welcome lesson to me in humility. Hey, who doesn’t...

Making the most of isolation

Cherish Christ by hearing the gospel

By Gerry Straker, 19 Mar 2020

One of our three aims as a Church is that we might  cherish Christ by hearing the gospel. It really is not the same as meeting up (see our first blog) but it is good that we live in an age when we can make...

Cherish Christ by hearing the gospel