WEEKLY UPDATE

13th September 2020

This Sunday 13th September we will gather together on Zoom for our morning service and our AGM and quarterly church meeting Our AGM will be a part of our morning service and a celebration of life at SKEB. The church meeting will cover our finances, updates on what is happening at SKEB & CK and voting for 2 new deacons.

We invite you to bring your favourite cup or one that has special significance to you as we will reflect on the symbol of the cup during our service.

If you would like to join our service at 10am please send an email to admin@stkildabaptist.org.au for the link.

Monday Bible Study

Launching on Monday 21st September there will be a weekly Bible Study for all who can make it. Teash will lead us through some wonderful Hebrew Bible passages that specifically focus on women, girls and those all too often overlooked. She will introduce us to a “Womanist” theological lens in an accessible and exciting way. Womanist theology is a feminist theology that specifically centres African-American women and their experiences. How might we learn from this lens and what depths can it add to stories we may already know (and others we may not know)? Come along to find out! Come along Mondays at 5:20pm for a 5:30pm start. Email Teash if you have any questions! 

This is just a quick update on Community kitchen. 

  • the kitchen is now finished and will begin to start cooking this Monday.
  • we have recommenced the Oz-Harvest delivery and this now adds to the Second Bite pick up.
  • this enables us to hand out more food at the front of the church on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00-6:00PM.
  • the food we cook will be frozen and handed out the following week.
  • we have also been picking up food from the Port Phillip Council warehouse which is being donated from various prominent restaurants
  • this has enabled me to deliver lovely meals to a few of our folk whom are isolated .
  • due to the continued restrictions we will just continue to hand out food and monitor the situation as it progresses.
  • it has been lovely to re-engage with many of our Ck folk when they come to the church for the food pick-up and this enables me to keep a little more active awareness of any urgent needs that may arise with them.
  • continue to pray and uphold these folk during this difficult time. 
  • a big thankyou to Barry for the great work he put into the kitchen renovation.
  • Regards Ross

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

16th August 2020

This Sunday 16th August we will gather together on Zoom for our morning service. We will open the zoom at 9.50 so folk can have a short catchup and then at the end of the service we will go into breakout rooms to have some time to share with one another. Sally will be leading us, and Alan will be preaching on Matthew’s story of Jesus’ world-changing argument with a Canaanite woman (it’s the only argument in the Gospels that Jesus loses – so it’s pretty important!).  

If you would like to join the Zoom service please email admin@stkildabaptist.org.au for the link

Bible reading Matthew 15:21-28  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+15%3A21-28++&version=NIV

Kitchen renovation update: It’s finished and looking fabulous. Now we just need to restock the cupboards and start cooking! We can’t have any folk coming for a sit down meal but we can do take away meals and hand out fresh fruit and vegies and other staples to help those who are struggling at the moment. Thanks to Barry Jones for supervising the works and to Yianni for the great job he has done.

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

2nd August 2020

This Sunday 2nd August we will use Zoom for our morning service. We will open the zoom at 9.50 so folk can have a short catchup and then at the end of the service we will go into breakout rooms to have some time to share with one another. Teash will be leading us, and Ross will be preaching on Matthew’s account of the feeding of the 5000.

We will share communion together during the service so please have some bread or toast and wine or juice or maybe a coffee with you.

If you would like to join our service please email admin@stkildabaptist.org.au for the link.

Bible reading Romans Matthew 14:13-21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+14%3A13-21+&version=NIV

Andrew is taking 3 weeks leave from 29 July til 18th August. We pray for a restoring and restful time for him and Alice as they holiday at home!

During August we will be hearing from Ross, Digby, Alan and Teash on Sunday mornings as we return to the gospel of Matthew.

Freshwater Dreaming Mural We have heard from Viv Parry that the film of the painting of our mural is being screened on SBS on Friday week – 7th August – at 4:40pm.

Kitchen renovation update: The stone benchtops are due to be installed on Monday and then the rest of the stainless steel sinks and benches can go in. Finally the plumber and electrician will finish off their connections and then we can restock and sort out the cupboards and shelves and start cooking again. Although we can’t have people coming for a sit down meal, we can provide take away meals and food parcels of fresh fruit and vegies. So this is very exciting to look forward to and a wonderful way to reconnect with some of the folk from CK who are doing it tough in isolation.

Here is the prayer I shared last week as a blessing at the end of our service

My Sheltering Place by Rodney Marsh

Come

I open the door of my heart

to seek shelter

In the stillness and silence

my heart becomes

the guest

My god, my host,

becomes my protector

My heart, my home

a sheltering place

Love is at home

in my sheltering place

Here fear and anger

cannot enter

Here I hear a new command

Go

Love as I have loved you.

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

26th July 2020

This Sunday 26th July we will use Zoom for our morning service. We will open the zoom at 9.50 so folk can have a short catchup and then at the end of the service we will go into breakout rooms to have some time to share with one another. Sally will be leading us, and Andrew will be preaching on Romans 8:26-39. During the service we will also hear the last of our Joy in July stories and Bri will include our Young Theologians in a time with us.

If you would like to join our zoom service please email admin@stkildabaptist.org.au for the link.

Bible reading Romans 8:26-39 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A26-39+&version=NIV

Andrew is taking 3 weeks leave from 29 July til 18th August. We pray for a restoring and restful time for him and Alice as they holiday at home!

Contemplative Services join us via zoom for a quiet reflective time together. This Thursday 30th July at 7.30, invite will be sent out before the service. Then every 2nd Thursday, 13th August and 27th August at 7.30pm. All welcome to join in.

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

19th July 2020

This Sunday 17th July we will use Zoom for our morning service. Felicity will be leading us, and Andrew will be preaching on Romans 8:12-25.

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Bible reading Romans 8:12-25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A12-25+&version=NIV

Joy in July

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.

Deacons will meet this Thursday 23rd July at 7.30pm. If you have any issues you would like raised please email David Wright.

Using Zoom for our worship times Many thanks for all your feedback from last Sunday and Thursday evenings service. It appears that Zoom is the preferred medium for our gatherings and we are getting better each week with using it. Thank you for your patience as well during the services if things do go awry.  Perhaps a few reminders of Zoom etiquette that may be helpful to our gatherings:

  • please keep yourself on mute unless you are speaking
  • If you are moving around while listening, please close your video as it can be distracting for others
  • Don’t forget that you can send chat messages to the host, to all or to individuals during the session to help make it more interactive

We are aware that there are several folk who do not have either a computer or good internet access. We are looking at ways to enable everyone to be able to join in the service but with the current lockdown we cannot invite others into our homes to watch the service together.

Do you have a spare laptop or tablet that you are not using that could help someone to join the service? We are also looking at ways to help with internet access and to help with data usage as well. If you can help please let Teash know.

Kitchen renovation update: The kitchen is well under way; we are waiting on the benchtops and once they arrive the stainless-steel sinks and benches can go in and the final plumbing and electrics will be done. The end result will be a safer and more productive space for preparing meals for our CK community.

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

12th July 2020

We just want to acknowledge how hard another lockdown feels for many of us. The world felt as if it was just opening up again when suddenly we found out we would all have to enter a strict lockdown again. Be gentle with yourselves and those around you as we all navigate these strange times.

You don’t have to use all your time “productively”. Do not worry if you haven’t scrubbed your whole house, planted a whole new garden or learnt to bake the perfect sourdough. Sometimes getting through each day and caring for those around us is more than enough.

While lockdown can feel tiring, scary and hard, God is still with us. In the midst of it all the kingdom is still breaking in. God is in the messiness and the mundane. I wonder where God is for you at the moment in this lockdown? For me, Teash, I have been finding God and comfort in cat cuddles, the perfect cup of tea, gathering around the dinner table with those I live with and regular calls with my grandmother.

Please also know that if you are struggling, if you need someone to talk to or if you need some assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

This Sunday 12th July we will use Zoom for our morning service at 10am. There will be no one present at church, but we can all gather together online in the comfort and safety of our homes and in your pj’s if you wish.

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Bible reading Romans 8:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A1-11&version=NIV

Joy in July

Yep, it sounds a bit kitsch and quite counterintuitive. After all, it’s mid-winter in Melbourne, we’re already carrying some loads from a tough year and COVID-19 cases have soared in the last 2 weeks necessitating suburbs re-entering lock-down. Jollying people into contrived joy is not what this church is about. And yet… there is a sense in which being people of the way of Jesus does change our perspective. Yes, we experience fear, frustration, fragility, weariness and grief… and that can evoke times of darkness within us. But those things need not define us. There is another narrative at work within the life of our faith community. God lives with us and among us and so forgiveness and compassion and hope and justice and kindness also weave through our life and service. We pray that Joy in July will not cheapen us but send us deeper into God’s love which is not derailed by anything that has been happening.

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.

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.

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

14th June 2020

This Sunday 7th 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.

  We are trialling Facebook Live as it seems much easier to setup and the video is there for all to see after. It will hopefully be easier to manage than Zoom but we value your feedback on the services.  

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.

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.

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.

WEEKLY UPDATE

31st May 2020

This Sunday 31st May will be Stephen’s last day with us as interim pastor. We will have a Zoom morning tea catch up starting at 10.45 for an 11am thank you to Stephen. Bring your cuppa and cake and meet up online!

Next Sunday 7th June our worship service will be via Zoom at 10am. Felicity will be leading and Teash will bring the message.

National Reconciliation Week  2020 Theme – In This Together

27 May – 3 June

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.

On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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.