NOTICE FROM THE CPBC ELDERS
ON 2 APRIL 2020
Due to the national lock-down we will not assemble for any activities at EBC. Live sermons will DV be streamed by Pastor Willem via audio link, starting 10:00 and 18:00 until we may congregate again, subject to the decision of our Elders at CPBC. https://www.cpbc.co.za/live-broadcast/
Such services will be done on Sundays.
You are also invited to have bread and grape juice ready to share in the Lord’s Supper on the 1st Sunday of every month.
During this time of isolation we realise that you may need additional encouragement, therefore Pastor Willem Bronkhorst will DV be available per telephone 24/7. His number is 073 222 4159.
DV is the abbreviation for Deo Volente, it is Latin for "God Willing".
James 4:14-15; yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
You are invited to join us in prayer via Skype:
Sundays at 8h00 and at 17h00.
Wednesdays at 18h00.
NOTICE FROM THE CPBC ELDERS
ON 20 MARCH 2020
Dearly Beloved Emmaus Baptist Church,
Just a few measures to keep in mind in the two categories of combatting the Covid19 flu virus (which measures are Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene).
Taking things one week at a time, our Lord's Day services will continue as usual. Let's be faithful in that. We do, however, have to be prudent (right thinking in action) in that. We are not only fighting a plague pandemic, but also a panic pandemic. Here, in our best judgement, are the measures, for now, to do so:
If you feel sick, see a doctor and please stay home. You can listen to the EBC recorded sermons at and also livestream the CPBC services at
If you fall in the high-risk category (over 70, or you have an underlying medical condition), use your own discretion whether to attend or not.
If you have recently been to a high or higher risk area outside of the country, please abide by the self-quarantine protocols of the Department of Health. You can find them on their website.
Let's (sadly) refrain from handshakes and hugs for now.
No tea will be served after services until further notice.
As far as personal hygiene is concerned, we will have hand sanitizers available liberally on our premises this coming Lord's day. Use them liberally, also considering others.
The door stewards will not be handing you bulletins (or shaking your hands). The bulletins will be available (produced by sterile hands) for you to take from the counter.
As far as social distancing is concerned, we ask that you keep a one-seat space between yourself and the one adjacent to you (families and couples excepted). Use the available space and don't clutter in as-far-back-as possible confines.
Remember: We are not just fighting a plague pandemic, but also a panic pandemic. Do both.
As your elders, in the midst of this crisis, we are constantly consulting with the best available minds and hearts at all levels. We shall, one day at a time, endeavour to remain faithful and vigilant in our effort to shepherd you wisely and faithfully in the spiritual, physical and social realms. Please pray for us.
Above all: Be virtuous: Maintain faith, hope, love, prudence, justice, temperance AND fortitude. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.
Be fervent in prayer, and read Psalm 91, on which pastor Willem will be preaching this coming Lord's Day. You NEED to hear it.
Panic increases pain; It does not empower. Rudyard Kipling (loosely paraphrased) said: "One day people will ask you 'How did you respond when everyone around you were losing their heads'". May God grant that we will be able to say that we, as true Christians, responded like Luther did during the great plague of the early sixteenth century. Here is a helpful link to a good summary of how he did. Please read, rise up and rally together in the Lord: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/evangelical-history/when-the-deadlyoutbreak-comes-counsel-from-martin-luther
Yours in Christ,
Your loving elders.