WEEKLY UPDATE

21st June 2020

This Sunday 21st June our worship service will be via Facebook Live at 10am.

You can watch it live on Facebook from 10am, just add our page to follow and we will be there. Last week we had 62 engagements on Facebook and 20 at church, our numbers are growing!

Refugee Week & Racism 

This Sunday we will focus on the plight of refugees here and throughout the world. Tim McCowan will be preaching, and we will hear from others from our Asylum Seeker Advocacy Group

If people would like to sign the petition to oppose the removal of mobile phones (only lifeline to family, legal and medical supports) and strip searches without warrant of those seeking asylum, here is the link…  https://action.asrc.org.au/phones-are-a-lifeline 

If any from SKEBC would like to give towards an agency supporting those seeking asylum- they can donate through this ASRC link…https://www.asrc.org.au/_support/?utm_source=campaigns&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WA_CN_eDM_petition_dutton

PRAYER POINTS

  • Those who were brought to Melbourne for medical treatment but held in hotels without receiving treatment or protection from COVID-19; and the hundreds who have been classified as genuine refugees by UNHCR, but have remained in detention for more than 7 years; 
    • Pray for the conscience of our ministers of parliament, that they would recognise the inhumanity and cruelty of the proposed policy to remove mobile phones and subject vulnerable people to strip searches with dogs and no protections, and oppose this as unnecessary and dangerous for the human rights. 
  • a prayer for refugees and asylum seekers throughout the world who are at greater risk of contracting COVID 19 because of their cramped and unsanitary living conditions. Especially we pray for those closer to home who have been held for indefinite detention for 7 long years for committing no crime. We pray for those on Nauru, in Port Moresby, in detention centres in Australia and crowded conditions in hotels Sydney and Melbourne. We pray for their mental health and the strength to keep going until there is a change of heart by the government.
  • With growing concern and deep dismay, we have watched the escalating events of the last couple of weeks, beginning with the horrifying killing of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis, and now encompassing peaceful protests and violent riots, throughout the world. We express solidarity with all those who are suffering now: from grief, heartbreak, abuses to dignity, violence, hatred, and purposely sown division.
  • We pray for wisdom for our leaders as we begin the process of easing social restrictions.
  • We hold close all those impacted by the social restrictions, especially those who live alone, individuals and families affected by domestic violence and those whose good mental health routines have been disrupted.

We are a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God

exemplified for us in the life of Jesus.

We welcome everyone.

This includes people of all cultures, races, religions,

mental and physical capabilities,  sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity  of all creation.

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