Church Crookham Baptist Church


Seeking to know Jesus and to make Him known to others

This page displays messages, notes and articles written by our Pastor and our Leadership Team.

Grace for Today and Tomorrow – 25 July 2021

One of the games I enjoyed playing as a child was called Buckaroo.  The aim of the game is to load a plastic donkey with different items of baggage gradually.  Eventually the load gets too great and the donkey kicks its heels into the air sending its cargo flying.  Sometimes I feel like that plastic donkey, coiled spring and all. During particularly…

“We do not know what to do ….!?” – 18 July 2021

The remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted tomorrow in England.  However, whilst all legal requirements are to be removed, the Government recommends continuing caution, with good ventilation, diligence in hygiene, wearing a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces, and limiting contact with those we do not live with, all being promoted as beneficial.  Very sadly, all this, of course,…

It’s Coming Home – 11 July 2021

Wherever I go at the moment I hear the song Three Lions by Lightning Seeds and the comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel.  The subtitle of the song is “It’s coming home” and it’s these words in particular that are being repeated so often around us.  There’s a reason for this, because for the first time since 1966 the England football team…

Give God our focus – 4 July 2021

On my single mobile device, I can access more information, games, books, audio and video than anyone in history. That is a remarkable achievement of technology, bringing that much content to the fingertips of human beings.  It is truly incredible.  But it also poses an incredible challenge, both in the amount of information we now take in, and the frequency this happens.…

It’s Your Move – 27 June 2021

Luke and I are part of the FACCTS team presenting the ‘It’s Your Move’ programme across Junior Schools to help prepare their Year 6 children for the transition to secondary school.  It’s a real privilege and opportunity to be able to pass on information and advice based on very useful Scripture Union material, as well as draw out some of the lessons…

You Only Live Once – 20 June 2021

Growing up we constantly used the acronym ‘YOLO’.  The letters stand for You Only Live Once, and we usually said it before we did something stupid.  My friends and I would take our bikes in and around the town and jump off things, but we made sure to say ‘YOLO’ before we did to attempt to justify our careless abandon for our…

Rich towards God – 13 June 2021

Today I came across an interesting article in The Guardian.  The article claimed that Bill Gates is the biggest private owner of farmland in the United States.  Another article corroborated the claim but added that some of this land is used for growing potatoes, and the potato fields are so vast they can be seen from space.  What does Bill Gates, who…

Pride Flags – 6 June 2021

This week I’ve noticed rainbow flags appearing everywhere I look.  I was greeted by one at the front of my Sainsbury’s local and it reminded me that our nation is celebrating Pride Month again this year.  The rainbow represents the LGBTQI+ movement.  The acronym represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, and intersectional communities.  The + acknowledges the existence of other…

God’s rainbow – 30 May 2021

A few weeks ago I referred to a book of daily readings “Reading between the lines” written by Glen Scrivener.  I have continued to very much enjoy each day’s reading – let me summarise one recent reading. Have you ever wondered why a rainbow is so called?  We could, perhaps, describe it as a rain-arc or a rain-dome – but it is…

A World Without Forgiveness – 23 May 2021

In many ways, social media is a fantastic tool.  Just this past week I had photos pop back up on my Facebook feed that enabled me to travel back in time to only a few years ago and relive my son’s newborn days.  It was a fantastic surprise, and social media is such a useful way to preserve precious memories online, rather…