March 25, 2020
I wanted quickly update you on what is happening in the church life and encourage you to stay connected during this time.
From the last update I sent out last week, I want to remind you that church is still happening - it's just moved online. We can't meet together physically but we can meet together online. We have our livestream happening on Sunday again - www.sbc.org.au/online
I encourage you to jump on early, the countdown will start earlier than last week, giving you opportunity to say hi to people and make sure everything is working. For those of you who are tech-savvy and wanting to get the service up on your TV, you can find the SBC Youtube channel and cast or airplay to TV while jumping onto the online chat on your phone at the same time - best of both worlds!
From this point going forward all physical gatherings are cancelled - we want you to stay safe, and perhaps more importantly we want to show real love and care for our community. This is bigger than one persons health as I am sure you are aware. We are working towards providing more online opportunities for you to get involved with.
On this point, I'm wanting to put together a new team for this season - online ministry team. If you are good with tech and have a heart for reaching people let me know and we will get together (virtually) soon to get you involved.
Small Groups are going to be a key point of connection during this season, so if you are not currently connected, let me know and I'll get you connected.
Our staff (Jacquie, Lauren, Michelle and I) are working from home (mostly) for the foreseeable future, so please contact our mobiles or emails to get in touch.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out, email me or give me a call.
praying for you,
March 21, 2020
As we face an uncertain future together I want to encourage you that nothing is uncertain for God. He has a plan, a good plan for you and for us as a church family.
There are many things changing around us during this COVID-19 pandemic including the way we get together at SBC. We understand that change is hard and can bring confusion, but be assured we are striving to make it as painless and easy as possible for everyone to understand and make the changes together.
The BUV have followed the governments latest mandates which say meetings indoors now must have no more than 1 person every 4 square metres. As well as this, physical distancing of 1.5 metres is to be maintained. This makes it extremely difficult for any gathering to take place, including our Sunday services, youth, kids, playgroup, small groups and other ministries. For this reason we are not meeting physically or encouraging you to meet physically during this time unless you are able to maintain these mandates.
I would also say, that you should in no way feel pressured or expected to be anywhere physically you don't want to or feel comfortable to be.
Here are some key points for you to know:
- Sunday services - you will be able to access the livestream via the website at 10am on Sunday www.sbc.org.au/online
- Small Groups - continue to meet digitally or at the church building (or both) for those that feel comfortable - let the office know of when and how many are meeting and we will designate you a room. More information for small groups will be sent out on Monday.
- Kids - links for videos and discussions will be available, access them online - www.sbc.org.au/online
- Youth - youth will meet online and resources available. Details will be online at www.sbc.org.au/online
As we go forward, more information and options will be all in the one central location www.sbc.org.au/online
Let's stay connected, pursing Jesus and His mission for us together.
praying for you,