Costessey Baptist Church
Costessey Baptist Church has closed for Sunday services and all other activities until further notice as required by the Government guidelines for COVID-19 from 5th November.
Pastor Peter Lillystone will continue to record Bible messages on YouTube and you can find the message for this week on the Pastor's page and earlier messages on Peter's archived talks. You can watch and listen to this in your home. Please continue to encourage one another by phone, email or letter.
Prayer changes things
In this time of a national and international health crisis, our faith is in Jesus Christ, who experienced suffering and triumphed over it. As a Church, we need to pray that God will help all who suffer in this difficult time.
Pray for all those who have been bereaved, those ill in hospital or recovering at home from the effects of the COVID-19.
Pray for all who are providing essential services and the provision of care by healthcare workers to all who are ill with COVID-19.
Pray for health and well-being of all staff and pupils in your local schools as they remain open.
Pray for the physical and mental health of all students at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich University of the Arts and City College Norwich. This term is not the experience they had anticipated. Part time employment for students may not be available due to the Coronavirus impact on retail and hospitality leading to students facing financial hardship. Pray they will find support to see a way through this crisis and be able to rejoin their families safely for Christmas holidays.
Pray that those with responsibility for making decisions in government on COVID-19 guidelines after 2nd December will have wisdom. Christmas celebrations will be made in the light of government guidelines.
Give thanks for the COVID-19 vaccine trials going on and pray these will prove to be safe and soon be available to the wider population.
Pray for those facing job loss or homelessness who are anxious about what happens next.
Pray that the Salvation Army and other charities who distribute gifts and food to families in need this Christmas will be supported in practical ways to provide all that is necessary.
Costessey Baptist Church supports the local Salvation Army in their annual Toys and Tins Christmas Appeal. More information nest week on how you can help.
The Bible says: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5 verse 7
You may contact the Pastor using the contact page or by phone or email.
There is a freephone service called "Daily Hope" which is provided by the Church of England.
Calls are free and particularly useful to people who may not have access to the internet.
This could be a way to bless elderly relatives and friends who can listen on speaker phone.
Please try it yourself so you can explain to others how the options work.