As we draw near to the end of August and the five-month mark of not meeting together face-to-face I am growing in my resolve to take advantage of this opportunity. I believe that God is still at work and that we are no less the church now than we were in early March. There are challenges, certainly, but these are not insurmountable, especially for the Spirit empowered community participating with God’s plans and purposes! 
As a leadership we are in the process of finalising our next steps and I look forward to sharing these with you next week. I believe that we will emerge from these restrictions (whenever that might be) stronger as a community of faith, more focused on our mission, more aware of the Spirit’s invitation, and more appreciative of one another. 

Please continue to pray for our community of faith and ask the Spirit to bring to mind a name or two who you can touch base with and encourage as we move forward. The plans of God are not in a holding pattern and neither should we be! 

Be encouraged and do not fear, God is at work!

Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online


Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

The Church Reimagined:
The Medium is the Message ...
    (And Our Lives are the Medium)

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor 

The Church Reimagined: 
(Final week)

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Click on the video image below for all the latest news in the GBC Friday Update from our Senior Pastor Marc Rader.

We're celebrating Communion together this Sunday at GBC Online - have some juice and crackers/bread at the ready. 

Join the Chats this Sunday at GBC Online - It's always encouraging, for everyone, to see who is "in the room" with us so please remember to log in and say "hello" in the chats during the online service. If you're unsure how to sign up to log in to the Chats please call Karen Watkins at GBC Office during the week to take you through the steps (it only takes a minute!).

Invite a friend or two to join you at your place on Sundays for GBC Online.

To be notified of all new GBC content make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel



Playtime has returned this week to face-to-face meeting in our new Covid Safe format (Monday-Friday 10:00am - 11:30am).

Last week Meddwyn sent all existing Playtime families an information email with our COVID Safe plan attached - you can read Playtime's COVID Safe Plan by clicking here.

Please note: Spaces are limited to 18 people (adults & children) per session and registration is essential for every session each week. The link to book for the following week will be emailed to all existing families every Friday.

If you are an existing Playtime family and you did not receive that email please contact our Playtime Coordinator, Meddwyn via email.

Any questions; or if you're interested in joining Playtime for the first time; or perhaps you feel God is nudging you to assist or lead, please contact Meddwyn by email or phone GBC office on 9521 4611.


We are encouraging people to create connection, discipleship and care by getting involved in a LifeGroup and to make it a #1 priority to attend each week.

Check out the LifeGroups tab in GBC Links. There you can:
1) See a list of all the LifeGroups (leaders, photos and times they meet);
2) Fill out an Expression of Interest form (if you want to join a LifeGroup);
3) Download the LifeGroup Study Notes and Questions.

If you are NOT in a LifeGroup - what are you waiting for? Log into GBCLinks, take a look at the Group List and click on the Expression of Interest link above to let us know what times during the week you'd be able to attend a LifeGroup. Any questions please contact GBC's LifeGroup Coordinator - Brett Robinson via email.

We need more LifeGroup Leaders! If you feel God is asking "Are You Available" to step into the space of leading a LifeGroup - please email Brett Robinson or Mark Coleman.

GBC Safe Church

As Marc mentioned in this week's Friday Update (see video above) we are asking all our GBC Volunteers to participate in the eligibility process of Safe Churches by completing a short screening questionnaire.

To those who've submitted their questionnaires - THANK YOU for being "Others-Focused" and "Trustworthy" - filling your form out now allows us to process it so all our volunteers are Safe Church ready when we return to face-to-face meetings.

If you have not yet completed the questionnaire, please take 5-10 minutes this weekend to rest on your lounge with a tea/coffee and fill in the questionnaire. Click on the link below for your age group. You can also access it anytime on the GBC Links home page.

If you're 18 and over - click the link to the over 18 questionnaire

For those who are not yet 18 - click here for the under-18 questionnaire.

Any questions please contact the GBC Serve Team via email.

GBC Youth
GBC Youth has returned to face-to-face meetings at GBC for Term 3:
  • EDGE YOUTH: Yrs 5 & 6. Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • GBC YOUTH: Yrs 7-12. Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Parents: Check out EDGE & GBC Youth's Term 3 Programs and read through the GBC Youth's COVID Safe Plan  (FYI: Also available on GBC Links ("Youth" tab) and on GBC's website).

Contact: For enquiries, email Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).

Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Children - Thursday 27 August 2020 at 7:00-8:30pm. Cost: $10/screen. Speaker: Kerry Moss. Register via Try Booking - click here. [Kerry Moss is an author, facilitator of parenting programs and an educator with many years of experience working with children and families. She works in a primary school, supporting the wellbeing of children, parents and staff. Kerry presents this online talk to help parents understand and manage anxiety in their children. She will explore the physical, emotional and relational effects of anxiety on children and parents and most importantly, offer strategies to manage anxious moments].

For all enquiries or to make an appointment with one of our Psychologists please contact Hopefield by phone 9545 0299, by email or via our website

The Big Three
If you haven't yet joined us for The Big Three, we encourage you to subscribe and download the weekly podcast "GBC Big Three".

This week join Marc Rader and co-hosts Jess Baker and Amaris Rader for a fun and thought-provoking conversation as they discuss the three big questions submitted and upvoted by you (our congregation) via Slido during Sunday's sermon at GBC Online. It's a deep dive into last week's sermon; a great opportunity to consider what God is saying to us right now and how we can apply that teaching so our lives are changed by Jesus.

Listen to Podcast Ep. 27 The Church Reimagined: We Celebrate What Matters ... (But What Really Matters?) - the Big Three Questions this week:
  1. What would celebration for the lost look like for us and how would our lives look different because of it?
  2. If what matters is people being found by God and having their lives changed, then how can we keep this as a focus in our diverse ministry passions?
  3. Why does it appear that a follower who has wandered away and returned is more celebrated than someone who had remained faithful?
Watch all past The Big Three conversations at GBC's Youtube channel.
GBC Prayer
You're invited to spend 15-20 minutes during your week with us in prayer online.

WHO? You!
WHERE? Online via instagram @gymeabaptist or GBC's Facebook page 
WHEN? Tuesdays 8:00pm AEST
WHAT? For Prayer Reflection led by a member of our Prayer Team.

Let's spend some time together at the feet of Jesus - the best place to be!
Congregational Care:  Elders  /  GBC Cares  

If you need prayer or practical support please call or email the teams anytime. 

For Prayer Support - contact the Elders by phone: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 
Our Elders meet with Marc Rader on the second Sunday of each month to pray for GBC and discuss pastoral care. They also meet weekly to pray for specific prayer requests submitted via email or during GBC Online.

For Practical Support - contact GBC Cares by phone: 0400 535 637 or email

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 the kids are creating during KidzHome / GBC Online - email Roxane photos of your kids' artworks so we can showcase their talent to the rest of our GBC Community.

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE - 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!

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