Our world is an increasingly crazy place, isn’t it? It is hard to turn away from the news that seems to go from bad to worse with frightening regularity. And being part of a global community in a social media age makes it all the harder to navigate. We are bombarded with images, video, news feeds, and opinion pieces telling us not only what has happened around our world, but how we should interpret these events. 
We are reminded, by our intimately connected economies, of the inequality of experience especially in a global pandemic and of the impact of our privilege and wealth. We are confronted with our similarities in spite of our differences and forced to face our own version of racial discrimination even as we watch protests on the other side of the globe.

It is tempting to retreat into a bubble of things we want to hear, things we want to see – in a word – things that don’t disrupt us. And while there is a place for a little escapism, we must realise that the good news of Jesus, while disruptive in its own way, is also a kingdom of peace. In times of global disruption, when old certainties are being questioned, when our routines have been disrupted, there is an opportunity for the good news. If we, who have placed our faith in Jesus, who cannot be shaken, find ourselves a bit shaken, nonetheless, by events, how much more so our neighbours, colleagues, and friends, who do not have a similar foundation?

Can I encourage you to pray that the kingdom of God comes on earth as it is in heaven, but also that in the midst of the current uncertainty, God might be softening the hearts of those around us to hear the good news of Jesus. Pray that the peace of Christ will rule in your life so that it will evident to all that we have a greater hope.

Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online

SUNDAY 7th JUNE 2020

Karina Kreminski: Neighbourhood Matters 

You Are Here: In Your Neighbourhood

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

Anchored: The Anchor of Perfect Forgiveness

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Don't miss this week's GBC Update from Marc Rader - click on the video image below for the latest update of what's happening at GBC.

This week Marc speaks on: MMM; what the latest government restrictions for "places of worship" means for GBC; Mid-Year Meeting (via Zoom) to be rescheduled to possibly 19 July (more info next week); and Hopefield Sessions. Marc encourages all of us to:

1) Patiently observe government regulations/guidelines - to be "Others-focused";
2) Participate in the church survey - to be released in next week or so;
3) Pray that we do not miss this opportunity to discern what God might be leading and inviting us into for the future.

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Hopefield Sessions

Join us to watch and share our very first HOPEFIELD SESSIONS via our GBC YouTube channel.

Jodene speaks with Robert Boardman, Hopefield Clinical Director, and Linda Salem, Hopefield Psychologist, about stress and anxiety which can be an outcome of the change we're experiencing through these unprecedented times.

We also look at how it affects different generations (kids, youth, adults and the elderly) and what are the invitations and possibilities that change offers to us.

GBC Cares: Food Care
A huge thank you  to everyone who was On-Purpose, Big-Hearted and Others-Focused last Tuesday by delivering meals to restock the GBC Cares: Food Care freezer. You've blessed a bunch of our GBC families! It's not too late though, if you're in the mood for cooking, GBC Cares is always keen to receive more meals. Contact Sheena Hind, GBC Cares Coordinator by email or phone 0400 535 637 to arrange a time for you both to meet outside GBC's main entrance. (NB: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will not be able to access the church building).

If you'd like to provide some meals for our freezer, we accept meals in all serving size disposable containers - single, double and family size. Please place a label on the container with the name of the meal, ingredients, date cooked and your name. Please ensure the meal can be frozen and reheated and does not contain nuts (to protect those with nut allergies).
May Mission Month

May Mission Month (MMM) is a wrap!

Donations received to date: $73,857.

Hurry, last days! Donations close this Monday 8 June. We encourage you to prayerfully consider how God is inviting you to join in and contribute to this year's MMM $190,000 target.

To donate go to "Missions" tab on GBC's website and click on the "Donate Now" button. There, you will also find information about all our projects with links to podcasts and interviews. 

If you need any assistance call the GBC Office on 9521 4611 or email Missions.

You can also watch extended conversations with our three partnership organisations via our GBC YouTube channel or download the 'GBC Mission' audio podcast. We thank you for partnering with our local & global neighbours in these challenging times!

Mid-Year Meeting - Postponed to 19 July (TBC)

As Marc Rader mentioned in this week's GBC Update (see video above) due to the Government restrictions on meetings for Places of Worship the Mid-Year Meeting, previously scheduled for 21 June, is now expected to take place on 19 July 2020. The meeting will be held remotely (via Zoom). More information to follow in the weeks ahead - stay tuned!

Kid's Activity Sheets

We love for our kids to participate during the service at GBC Online. Each week in the Notes section we provide an activity sheet to download and print. Roxane, our Children's Ministry Coodinator, also emails the Activity Sheets to allow you to print it out ready for the Sunday service. If you'd like to be included in this email list please send Roxane an email

We love to see the amazing craft activities created by kids during GBC Online so make sure you email Roxane your photos of your kids' artworks.

Memory Verse Monday

Check out GBC's website for this week's Memory Verse Challenge. Our Kidzone leaders are taking turns to teach a new verse each week in very creative ways. One of our values at GBC is to be Whole-Life Learners; everyone, kids and adults, can benefit from taking up this challenge - so why not give it a go and get God's word into your hearts and minds!
GBC Prayer
This Tuesday at 8:00pm AEST we'll be led by a member of our Prayer Team in Prayer Reflection.

Join us via instagram @gymeabaptist or at our Gymea Baptist Church Facebook page
GBC Youth
GBC YOUTH (Online) - tonight and every Friday night during school term (Yrs 7 - 12).

This week:
  • Devotions: Switch "Who is the Holy Spirit?" (Download from YouVersion)
  • _gbcyouth Insta Challenge - Blinding Lights Dance-Off Challenge
  • GBC Youth (Online) Friday 7pm.
GBC Youth - Boom! Love ya work!!

To find out more contact Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).
Congregational Care: Elders, GBC Cares & LifeGroups

If you or someone you know is finding these uncertain times particularly disruptive and/or overwhelming we want to remind you that we're here to stand with you. Reach out to us - contact your Life Group leader, GBC Cares (for practical support) and/or the Elders (for prayer) - please allow us to love, serve and care for you at this difficult time. If you need support from any of these teams please call or email: 

Elders: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 
GBC Cares: 0400 535 637 or email

GBC Cares teams assist with practical support, food (pantry and fresh) and ready-made meals; they even deliver to your front door! Our Care Callers continue to check in with people in our congregation.

The Elders are supporting us through prayer. They are praying specifically for the prayer requests we receive each week. You can ask for prayer by calling/emailing the Elders (see above) or submit it online via GBC Links and/or the Prayer Requests tab at GBC Online. Your prayer request will be prayed for by our Staff, Elders and Prayer Team.

We are encouraging LifeGroups to continue meeting online (via Zoom etc) until Government restrictions allow groups of 20 (Stage 2).


Hopefield have recently been involved with some other organisations in setting up a local food co-op. The initiative is called “show us your cans”  and has been set up to support individuals and families that are struggling in our local area. The co-op has now been running for four weeks and we are servicing 13 organisations in the area with over 300 hampers which equates to about 900 meals a week. If you would like to support this initiative please call us on 9545 0299 to arrange to drop off non-perishable items to the Hopefield office Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm. Thank you to those of you who delivered bags of non-perishable items last week - much appreciated!

You can contact Hopefield on 9545 0299, by email or via our website


Playtime@Home is learning about "numbers" this term through craft, song and activities via a fun and interactive video presented by one of our Playtime Leaders. This week's video is from Jackie Martin.

If you know anyone who would like to receive the Playtime@Home resources including the weekly Playtime Leader's video with ideas for engaging young children, please email our Playtime Coordinator - Meddwyn and/or request to join Gymea Baptist Church Playtime on Facebook.

GBC Online via Phone

Family and friends who do not have access to the internet can now listen to our GBC Online service this Sunday by phone - call 02 5925 4015 - from 8:30am. Share this number with them and invite them to join you on Sunday!


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