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MESSAGE FROM THE SENIOR PASTOR




As restrictions begin to lift many people are asking what a post-COVID world is going to look like. Every area of our lives has been affected by this disease and it appears that we may never return to how things were.
As a leadership we are beginning to grapple with what it means to be a community of faith in a post-COVID world. So much of our identity as a church has been tied up with gathering together on Sundays and, with a return to regular services months away, at the earliest, we cannot simply wait for a return to normal. 

At the heart of this question is what it means for us to be connected to each other and to have a common identity as a community. This coming Monday the senior staff (Jodene, Mark, Roxane, and Vicki) are meeting to begin to think this through. We also have a Church Leadership Team meeting next Wednesday and I am hoping to have some direction to discuss with them from Monday’s meeting. I would appreciate your prayers as we seek to figure out the invitation of God in these extraordinary times. Please pray for clarity of thought and insight into what we have learned in the last two months but also for the leading of the Spirit as we consider the future.

I hope to “see” you on Sunday, online, as we continue to meet as the church ungathered.
 
Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online

SUNDAY 17th May 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

Anchored: A Warning
Studies in the Book of Hebrews


Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 24th May 2020

Roxane Lawler: Kids' Ministry Coordinator

Anchored:
Studies in the Book of Hebrews


Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Check out this week's GBC Update from Marc Rader - click on the video image below for a 4-minute what's happening at GBC.

COMMUNION SUNDAY - 15 MAY:
Come ready this Sunday to celebrate Communion by gathering some juice and bread or crackers and be ready to join with us as we participate in Communion together.

If you haven't yet, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of all GBC updates. 

COVID Safe Ministry

As you are probably aware, the federal government has outlined a three-stage plan for a COVID Safe return to “normal”. The first stage, which comes into effect in NSW today, allows up to five visitors in homes, up to ten people at religious services or in outdoor venues, thirteen at a wedding, and more at funerals. The government is still recommending physical distancing and good hygiene practices to avoid a second wave of outbreaks which would significantly slow the reopening plan.

The first stage has no impact on our ministries as a church. We are encouraging our Life Groups – the only groups that might be able to meet if they were small and outdoors – to continue to meet online until we enter Stage Two which will allow up to twenty people to gather.

Beyond that, we also encourage everyone who is part of GBC to follow the recommendations and guidelines. This is one way we can be Others-Focused by doing our bit to keep our community safe and healthy.

May Mission Month

We are continuing on with May Mission Month this week as part of our GBC Online services. Our target this year is $190,000.

So far we've heard from two of the projects we're supporting this MMM:

1) Bible Society Australia, Remote Australia (Bible Translation)
2) Mother's Heart Organization, Cambodia.

You can check out the videos of our extended conversation with representatives from both of these organisations via our GBC YouTube channel or download the 'GBC Mission' audio podcast.

For further information on the projects we are supporting and how to donate go to www.gymeabaptist.org.au and click on the May Mission Month image.

KidzHome
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. They love saying hi. 
GBC Youth
GBC YOUTH (Online) - tonight and every Friday night during school term (Yrs 7 - 12).

This week:
  • Join Matt for Daily Devotions everyday "_gbcyouth" on Instagram.
  • Bottle Flip Challenge - Youth post the videos of completing the challenge on Instagram.
  • 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) - see Marc Rader's comments above under the heading "COVID Safe Ministry". 

Hopefield

The Hopefield team continues to support our community in this challenging season and are keen to support us at this time. Socially-distanced counselling, psychological services, speech therapy and support services continue via online and phone counselling for clients. Contact Hopefield on 9545 0299, by email or via our website

Hopefield are currently sharing resources and educational material to educate and empower. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out more.

Food Support Available Now

Hopefield has a supply of fresh produce, non-perishable items and readymade meals for those who might be finding these times challenging with loss of income. If you or someone you know would appreciate this food support please contact Hopefield on 9545 0299 or send them an email or phone/email GBC Cares on 0400 535 637 / email.

GBC Prayer
Join us this Tuesday at 8:00pm AEST for "live" prayer and reflection via instagram @gymeabaptist or at our Gymea Baptist Church Facebook page.

We'll talk about the challenges of this current situation and consider some reflective questions that will help you examine your spiritual life at this time. See you then .... or watch it later when you have/need a quiet moment.
Playtime@Home

The Playtime team are missing their face-to-face times with parents, grandparents and kids but are thankful for other ways to keep in contact. Playtime@Home is meeting online and learning about this term's theme:  numbers. We make craft, sing songs and join in 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

Listen to our GBC Online service this Sunday via your phone - call 02 5925 4015 from 8:30am.

If you know anyone without access to the internet please pass this phone number on and invite them to join us at GBC Online this Sunday. And then, when you know they're listening, make sure you mention them in the Chats as it's good for us all to see who and how everyone is joining us at GBC Online.

Contact

Gymea Baptist Church

2-10 Tea Gardens Ave, Kirrawee
02 9521 4611
www.gymeabaptist.org.au

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Hopefield
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02 9545 0299
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