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Think no-one can help?
Think no-one cares?
Need someone to speak to, or share a problem?
crossline is here to listen to you, no charge, no commitment, we are just here to help and show you love and compassion.
What is crossline?
"I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears" Psalm 34 v4
crossline is a confidential, Christian staffed help-line established in Hull and the surrounding area. It is part of the ministry of evangelical churches and it seeks to be a representative of the diversity of evangelical witness. crossline is different from other help-lines because of the specifically Christian content of its listening, caring and sharing. Our aim is to be available to listen and to pray with those who call to show Jesus's love and compassion for them and to provide a listening, compassionate ear whatever their problem. Face to face counselling can be arranged with trained counsellors if appropriate or callers can be put in touch with other specialist agencies. The work of crossline is overseen by a board of trustees drawn from evangelical churches in the area.
All volunteers are committed Christians who have completed an intensive listener training course with some having approved training in counselling.
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History of crossline
crossline began as a result of Mary Whitehouse (the moral standards campaigner in the 1960s) calling Gordon Wright, a Christian counsellor working in Plymouth. She asked him what he was going to do about the disturbed people coming away from the cinema having watched the film "The Exorcist". This film, like many films today, was having a profound effect on the people who had been to see it, many of whom needed counselling afterwards. In response, Gordon got together a number of Christian counsellor friends and handed out leaflets telling people where they could get help if needed. That helping hand became known as crossline. From that initial organisation, a number of crossline organisations were formed.
crossline Hull opened on September 14th 1998. In the first month, we only took three calls; however, we are now taking well over 100 calls per month. crossline Hull opened with the support of 24 churches in the Hull area, that number has now risen to over ninety. crossline Hull was officially opened on January 5th 1999 by the late Kathy Staff (who was a Christian and was best known for playing Nora Batty in "Last of the Summer Wine"). Since then, we have had many Salvations, been able to place people not only into face to face counselling but also into a number of churches. We can also refer people on to other specialised agencies if the nature of their need requires it.
Quotes and Testimonies
Who are we here for?
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34 v18
We are here to listen to your problem, hurt, or situation - whether you are a Christian or non-Christian - confidentially and with empathy.
Behind the harsh public face of our communities many people are hurting and crying out to know that someone cares.
crossline listeners are here to listen to your cries and to show the same compassion that Jesus did. We are here to give you time and acceptance for you to share your burden of grief, loneliness and frustration, indecision or guilt; to help you talk through a particular problem; to put you in contact with others who may be able to help you; to pray with you; and to continue to pray for you. crossline is here to listen to anyone who needs comfort or just someone to listen.
Whether Christian or not, Jesus treated each person he talked to as unique and special. No problem was either too big or too small for him. We aim to follow his example.
Telephone contacts can also be put in touch with supportive churches in their area where they can receive further fellowship and spiritual encouragement.
crosslines in the UK
How can I get involved?
The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed. Luke 4 v18
Christians changing the face of the world with prayer and compassion
God is calling His people to listen with Him and through his Holy Spirit is equipping us to act.
What are we looking for?
Are you ready to set the captives free and bring good news to the poor? If so, please join us by contacting us via telephone or email as detailed below.
About Your Decision To Receive Christ
God's Remedy - The Cross
God's love bridges the gap of separation between God and you. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for our sins.
John 3 v3: "In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again'"
1 Peter 2 v24: "He personally carried the load of our sins in His own body when He died on the cross"
The Response - Receive Christ
You cross the bridge into God's family when you receive Christ by personal invitation.
John 14 v6: "Jesus answered 'I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.'"
Hebrews 11 v6: "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."
Believing that God exists is only the beginning - even the demons believe that much! (James 2 v19-20). God will not settle for mere acknowledgement of His existence, He wants a personal relationship with you which will transform your life.
Those who seek God will find that they are rewarded with His intimate presence.
Read also: John 1 v12, 1 Timothy 2 v5-7, 1 Peter 3 v18.
To receive Christ you need to do four things
Revelation 3 v20: "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in"
Romans 10 v13: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved"
Romans 10 v9: "If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved"
What to pray:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Saviour. In Jesus' name. Amen.
How do I know that I am saved?
Because it is promised:
John 5 v24: "I tell you the truth whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life"
Read also: Ephesians 1 v7, Ephesians 2 v8-9, 1 John 5 v11-15, John 14 v12-14, John 10 v10, John 8 v36.
If you have prayed the prayer on page 6 and sincerely meant it in your heart, then please call crossline or email us:
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