WEEKLY UPDATE

28th June 2020

This Sunday 28th 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.

We understand that not everyone has a Facebook account but you can go to the church website https://stkildabaptist.org.au/ go to the contact us page and click on the Find us on Facebook link and watch the service there.

There will be a Zoom morning get together after the service for anyone who wants to join in, separate email will be sent.

Attendance at the church building will be by invite only for the present time as we can only accommodate 20 people in the church space due to the current government restrictions, but everyone is welcome to join in by Facebook. There is a list of the Sunday morning groups attached and this week is Grp 3 joining in. I will email each group when it is your turn to attend.

When you arrive you will be asked to: 

  1. fill in an attendance register for contact tracing, 
  2. sanitize your hands, 
  3. refrain from hand shaking and hugging 
  4.  maintain a safe 1.5m distance at all times. 
  5. If you are unwell, please stay at home.

More information about the BUV guidelines that we are following during this stage 2 of the Covid Safe period can be found on the BUV website https://www.buv.com.au/news/covid-19-church-resources or on the attached document.

This Sunday 28th June is our annual NAIDOC service which Digby will be leading and we will hear from Teash and Josh Glover from Indigenous Hospitality House. The theme for NAIDOC week, which has been postponed until Nov, is  ‘Always was, always will be.’

We are planning to bind over 400 small sticks to symbolise those who died while in custody. They will be included in the NAIDOC service on June 28th and remain at the Church as a visual reminder of this ongoing injustice. 

Bible reading Matthew 10: 40-42 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+10%3A+40-42&version=NIV

Seasons of Stories – Places of joy

Back in March, Scott Morrison told us that this could be the hardest year of our lives. Indeed there have been bushfires, floods, COVID-19 social restrictions, the loss of jobs, income and the opportunities to meet together and clear evidence of social stress, prejudice and violence. Within our church community, we’ve also had a wave of loss, grief, trauma and illness and some long waiting. As a church we don’t gloss over these things. They are real and they affect us. But they are not everything.

There are other stories that we haven’t told yet: stories of unexpected gifts we’ve received – things we’ve discovered about ourselves, about God, about our church community, about being “people of the way of Jesus”. In July, we’d like to share some of those stories and let one another in on our sources of hope and joy. The story could be as simple as the joy of seeing a familiar, friendly face in the street. It could be as deep as some new discovery transforming your view of yourself or of God. It could be a story of how you’ve felt the care of God, neighbours or church community.

We’d like to invite someone to share their story on each Sunday in July. We’d also like to include stories in the weekly update and in video links. If you have a story that you’d like to tell, write or film, please get in touch with Teash at teash@stkildabaptist.org and she will find a way to help you share your story.

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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