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Unnatural Enemies by Kirsten Birkett

By Pam Tailyour, 21 Jul 2020

This really is not my usual pick and I wondered what I’d got myself in for when I started it. When I showed it to my mother in law on video chat, she giggled! My thoughts were confirmed – uh oh. But…I think I actually enjoyed it. Birkett...

Unnatural Enemies by Kirsten Birkett

Christ and science 4

By Gerry Straker, 20 Jul 2020

We're picking up our little series, based on our  back at the beginning of June, which you can watch here. It’s my hope that these articles will: Help you think rightly about science and Christianity in the face of pressure and misinformation. Get you excited about God, His creation, and...

Christ and science 4

Christ and science 3

By Gerry Straker, 16 Jul 2020

We're picking up our little series, based on our  back at the beginning of June, which you can watch here. It’s my hope that these articles will: Help you think rightly about science and Christianity in the face of pressure and misinformation. Get you excited about God, His creation, and...

Christ and science 3

The Westminster Confession of Faith

By Sean Tong, 09 Jul 2020

There is something in the air. Amongst the clanging of knives and thudding impacts of muskets across the country, a different sort of revolution is underway. But this one is being thrashed out with words, and pen and ink. Whilst the country was at war...

The Westminster Confession of Faith

We're coming home

By Gerry Straker, 01 Jul 2020

We're thrilled to announce that we are meeting together on Sunday 5th July at our church building, 91 Balmoral Road! We thank God that we can start doing Church again.  Do have a listen to Sunday 28th June's sermon here which is all about why Church...

We're coming home

The Westminster Assembly

By Sean Tong, 26 Jun 2020

It’s a freezing day in January 1642, and John Hotham the Senior can feel something in the wind. A nation divided, a Parliament in chaos, the coming of war. But he can’t stand here surveying the city of Kingston-upon-Hull, he needs to get on. Within...

The Westminster Assembly

Christ and Science 2

By Gerry Straker, 13 Jun 2020

This article is a follow on to this one, it would really help if you read that one first! 3. Science depends on Christianity   a. God began science   The first science in the Bible in Genesis 2, when God gets Adam to name the animals. Adam is the...

Christ and Science 2

Christ and Science 1

By Gerry Straker, 09 Jun 2020

Over a few posts articles, we’re going to take a look at Christ and science. They are based on our C3 Central, which you can find here and the handout for the evening is here.It’s my hope that these posts will: Help you think rightly about science and...

Christ and Science 1

12 Reasons I love Tony Reinke’s 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

By Pam Tailyour, 29 May 2020

1. Tony Reinke is not an arrogant smartphone-basher or smartphone-phobe. 2. Technology isn't new - and neither are the problems it brings. ‘The good-bad-ugly mix of technology came to particularly obnoxious expression at the Tower of Babel, an attempt to consolidate all known building innovation to build...

12 Reasons I love Tony Reinke’s 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Reading Creation 3b: Thanking God for clouds, our teacher

By Gerry Straker, 20 May 2020

We've been thinking about how to read creation through the Word of God, and what God's creation teaches us. We've thought about sunshine and began to think about clouds. James Jordan writes this: “When we step outside and look up, what do we see? We see...

Reading Creation 3b: Thanking God for clouds, our teacher

Reading Creation 3a: Thanking God for clouds, our teacher

By Gerry Straker, 19 May 2020

Recently, we thought about how to read creation. As new creations ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:17), we can now see with new eyes the glory of God glowing in the world around us. The Word teaches us to read the world aright and the world sends...

Reading Creation 3a: Thanking God for clouds, our teacher

1 John 1:5-2:2 Reflection

By Gerry Straker, 16 May 2020

 At Church by the Bay we need to listen to John’s apostolic message - the message about Jesus that he gave to his apostles, and they, and the Holy Spirit, caused to be written down in the New Testament for us today (1:5). These ‘antichrists’ John...

1 John 1:5-2:2 Reflection

On Reading in an Age of Distraction

By Gerry Straker, 16 May 2020

During the lockdown, we’ve been encouraging ourselves to read, if you'd like, remind yourself why in these articles: Reading the Word Reading Changes Lives We need help Read the classics The Tender heart Today we’re thinking about how to read in age of distraction. Incredibly, the average person checks their smart phone...

On Reading in an Age of Distraction

Tender Heart by Richard Sibbes

By Pam Tailyour, 10 May 2020

During the lockdown, one way that Christians who have time can make the most of it is to read. We’ve been encouraging our Church family to read, and you can remind yourself in these articles: Reading the Word Reading Changes Lives We need help Read the classics In this blog,...

Tender Heart by Richard Sibbes

1 John 1:1-4 Reflection

By Gerry Straker, 09 May 2020

The coronavirus is pretty awful isn’t it? But it’s not as bad as some plagues throughout history. The Black Death in the 14th century killed between 70 and 100 million, reducing the world’s population by 20%! A hundred years ago in 1918-1920, Spanish flu killed between...

1 John 1:1-4 Reflection

Why do Christians suffer? Part 2

By Gerry Straker, 08 May 2020

In our first article, we began to see why Christians suffer... Why do Christians get the coronavirus? Why do Christians struggle with mental health? Why do Christians have hard things happen to them? Wonderfully, Christians don’t suffer punishment for sins. If we trust Christ Jesus we have been forgiven...

Why do Christians suffer? Part 2

Why do Christians suffer? Part 1

By Gerry Straker, 07 May 2020

A while ago I promised some thoughts on why Christians suffer... Why do Christians get the coronavirus? Why do Christians struggle with mental health? Why do Christians have hard things happen to them? If Christ has died once for all, our punishment is taken away, we are forgiven, and...

Why do Christians suffer? Part 1

Labour not in vain

By Gerry Straker, 06 May 2020

'Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.' (1 Corinthians 15:58). My mother recently told me a story of my grandfather, Alan Woodfield who died in February age...

Labour not in vain

Resurrection

By Ben Petersen, 03 May 2020

1 Corinthians 15 has been a wonderful reminder of how big a deal it is that God raised the Lord Jesus from the grave. Without the resurrection we don’t even have a gospel to preach, says Paul (1 Corinthians 15:13-19)! I pray that as you...

Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 2

By Gerry Straker, 02 May 2020

In 1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 1 we saw just how important the resurrection is: God will grow us like seeds 15:36-38 God has already created glorious things 15:39-41 We are carrying on where we left off... 3. God will recreate us in the image of the heavenly man 15:42-49 We...

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 2

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 1

By Gerry Straker, 01 May 2020

Many Christians are confused about what happens after death. Some hymns add to that confusion, for example these words from a hymn I love: 'Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,Take my ransomed soul away;Send thine angels now to carryMe to realms of endless day.' This sounds like...

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 1

What has Obadiah taught me?

By Steve Sammons, 29 Apr 2020

When I first began to prepare to preach on Obadiah, Coronavirus was purely an issue in the Far East. Little did I know the context to which I would preach from this prophet would change so dramatically. And little did I know quite how relevant...

What has Obadiah taught me?

Loneliness

By Sean Tong, 27 Apr 2020

BZZZZZZ … the alarm beside my bed rips away the last remnants of sleep as I groggily get up. It’s Sunday. Is it Sunday? It is Sunday. But it’s not quite Sunday. If it’s Sunday, why am I not getting up earlier to get down...

Loneliness

On reading 4: Reading Classics

By Gerry Straker, 26 Apr 2020

In our first article in our series on reading, we saw that the place to start is always the Word of God and it’s been great to hear of some of our people reading the Word more. In our second article, we saw how in...

On reading 4: Reading Classics

On reading 3: We need help

By Gerry Straker, 24 Apr 2020

In our first article in our series on reading, we saw that the place to start is always the Word of God and it’s been great to hear of some of our people reading the Word more. In our second article, we saw how in...

On reading 3: We need help

Reading Creation 2 - Thanking God for sunshine, our teacher

By Gerry Straker, 22 Apr 2020

Yesterday we thought about how to read creation. As new creations ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:17), we can now see with new eyes the glory of God glowing in the world around us. The Word teaches us to read the world aright and the world sends...

Reading Creation 2 - Thanking God for sunshine, our teacher

Reading Creation

By Gerry Straker, 21 Apr 2020

It has been a gorgeous few weeks weather wise, don’t you think? We want to thank God for the sunshine. But the sunshine is not only an opportunity to thank God, the sunshine teaches us. We’ve been thinking recently about reading books, and there’s more...

Reading Creation

On Reading 2: Reading Changes Lives

By Gerry Straker, 20 Apr 2020

Reading is very powerful, it changes lives. ‘An ungodly Welsh clergyman, shopping at a fair in the eighteenth century, bought an article which happened to be wrapped in a page torn from an old Puritan portfolio [a form of book]. The reading of that one page...

On Reading 2: Reading Changes Lives

On Reading 1: Under lockdown or not, Bible first

By Gerry Straker, 17 Apr 2020

Psalm 19: ‘The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.’...

On Reading 1: Under lockdown or not, Bible first

Resurrection Hope

By Gerry Straker, 13 Apr 2020

Everyone’s hopes have been dashed in all sorts of ways whether that’s going away, enjoying the sunshine, or eating lunch with friends. This coronavirus seems to know no boundaries and no borders. Country, class, colour, clan, culture or creed make no difference. And some people’s hopes...

Resurrection Hope

Serving during Coronavirus

By Gerry Straker, 10 Apr 2020

On Good Friday, we think about Jesus the Servant King (Mark 10:45). Jesus’ whole life is serving his death is serving and his rule is serving as he blesses his subjects. And we are to be servants, slaves of all. That is true greatness. So: ‘Do...

Serving during Coronavirus

God’s gift of technology

By Gerry Straker, 06 Apr 2020

Technology is everywhere; it is utterly inescapable. I am writing this on my desktop computer with a bluetooth keyboard on a desk I put together made by Ikea, under electric light, in a house with a roof, and I am suspended 2 and a half...

God’s gift of technology

Mark 15:29-39 Reflection

By Gerry Straker, 05 Apr 2020

Right now, it can feel like the world is against us, but Jesus really did have the world against him – even those crucified with him, mock him (32)! Mark’s recorded some of what was said to teach us. The insults are ironic (with irony, the...

Mark 15:29-39 Reflection

Why we sing

By Jon Lindsay, 04 Apr 2020

I really miss meeting with my church family.I really miss eating with my church family.I really miss singing in my church family. When the elders ‘met’ to discuss what church would look like in the age of a pandemic, singing was one of our non-negotiables. Why?...

Why we sing

Making the most of the times II

By Gerry Straker, 03 Apr 2020

Yesterday, we were reminded that we want to make the most of the times. Here are some of the practical ideas from Wednesday night along with a few new ones. Obviously, we need to do our very best to follow government advice. We're to stay at...

Making the most of the times II

Making the most of the times

By Gerry Straker, 02 Apr 2020

Do you remember before the coronavirus? Can you remember driving? Can you remember the Morecambe Prom? Can you remember there used to be something called ‘sport’? Well at Church by the Bay, before the coronavirus hit we were thinking about the first step to Church growth. Each of us...

Making the most of the times

Dealing with Disappointment

By Ben and Caz Petersen, 31 Mar 2020

‘If we as a family are making more time for Jesus, he will help us make sense of these strange days we’re living through, he’ll help us feel less disappointed about what we’re missing out on and more excited about what he has done for...

Dealing with Disappointment

Planning time

By Steve Sammons, 30 Mar 2020

I love to plan, I love thinking about what the future holds and I love to think about what I’m going to do in light of that. And these things I’m going to do, I’ll be able to do because I’m organised enough to plan...

Planning time

Prayers of Thankfulness

By Gerry Straker, 29 Mar 2020

We’ve been thinking 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 people do. We’ve also seen that...

Prayers of Thankfulness

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

Our only hope

By Gerry Straker, 19 Mar 2020

In this time of great fear and anxiety it is good to know that the Bible's most repeated command is this: 'Do not be afraid'. Do not be afraid of...God. Remember the Christmas shepherds? When on that hillside that dark night they are exposed to...

Our only hope

Coronavirus update

By Gerry Straker, 18 Mar 2020

Message from the elders (Church leaders)We have an all-powerful and all-loving God. We are 100% safe in His hands. We need not fear anything at all, and certainly not the coronavirus.Romans 8:37-39No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I...

Coronavirus update