We are watching the news with some nervousness as COVID-19 cases pop up with alarming frequency in Victoria and NSW. The prospect of a return to earlier restrictions is not especially appealing to any of us. 

The sense that we are going backwards after months of doing our bit to “flatten the curve” can also lead to a whole raft of emotions. 
Anger at those whose actions have led to this situation of high alert; anxiety that we will be sent back to isolation or home-schooling; or a sense of hopelessness and resignation to the inevitable spread of the virus.

It is this last emotion and its subsequent actions (or lack of action) that I want to encourage you to resist. The thing about perseverance and endurance is that you can only really put them to the test when you are at the point when you want to give up. I remember participating in a 400m sprint when I was in grade school and coming to the third turn and seriously considering just running off the track and collapsing on the grass. It was only then, when I was just about done, that endurance mattered.

As followers of Jesus, as we’ve been reminded about in Hebrews, endurance and perseverance is an important virtue. Now, it’s true that we are called to persevere in faith not in the face of a pandemic, but it seems to me that this is a chance to practice our endurance. Let us not give in to resignation, but continue to do what we can to look after our own health and the health of those around us. It’s the third turn and we have to dig deep to stick at it and, in so doing, get some practice in on our own endurance.

Hang in there!

Marc Rader

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Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

The Church Reimagined: We are the Church Ungathered ... (and that's okay)

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor 

The Church Reimagined: 

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Click on the video image below for all the latest news at GBC in the GBC Friday Update from our Senior Pastor Marc Rader. This week: Mid Year Meeting - 26 July (12:00 for 12:30 start); and COVID-19 Restrictions.

This Sunday at GBC Online log in and say "hello" in the chats - we love to see who is joining us. (It's the digital version of the good ol' face to face smile or wave that you used to give on arrival at GBC - simples!).

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Mid-Year Meeting - Sunday 26th July 2020

As Marc Rader mentioned in this week's GBC Updates video (see above) we will be holding our Mid-Year Meeting via Zoom on Sunday 26 July 2020 (12:30pm-2:00pm). 

Before the Meeting please:

1) Read the Meeting documents (incl Finance, Hopefield and Senior Pastor's Reports) - click here.

2) Submit Apologies and/or any Questions you might have via GBC Office.

3) Invite someone you know without internet to join you for the meeting. (Please note there is a maximum capacity of four voting members per computer screen).

From 12:00pm Sunday 26 July - click on the link to join the zoom meeting 

GBC's Reopening Strategy

Please refer to Marc's comments in the Senior Pastor's Report for the Mid-Year Meeting (click on the link in the section above to read it in the Meeting Documents package).

GBC Youth
GBC Youth will not be meeting during school holidays.

For Term 3, our weekly youth programs will return to face-to-face meetings at GBC:
  • EDGE YOUTH: Yrs 5 & 6. Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm - Starts 22 July.
  • GBC YOUTH: Yrs 7-12. Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm - Starts 24 July.
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).

Playtime@Home will take a break over the school holidays. We are currently developing plans for a return to face-to-face meeting, hopefully, later in Term 3.

Any questions, please email Meddwyn our Playtime Coordinator.

Hopefield Op Shop - Open from 22 July

HOPEFIELD OP SHOP (9-11 Gosport Street, Cronulla) re-opens on 22 July.

The opening times from 22 July will be:

  • Wed 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Thurs 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Fri 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Sat (1st & 3rd in month) 9:30am - 3:00pm.

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

Hopefield Sessions - 20 July @ 7:30pm


On Monday 20 July at 7:30pm join us at GBC Online as Jodene and two of Hopefield's psychologists (Robert and Linda) chat about Stronger Families on the next Hopefield Sessions.

From 21 July, available to watch on demand via GBC's YouTube channel - encouraging content that's great to share with family and friends.

The Big Three
Each week on The Big Three, Matt Willis and two GBC pastors/guests seek to answer the three big questions submitted and upvoted by you (our congregation) via Slido during Sunday's sermon at GBC Online.

This week Matt is joined by Marc Rader and our first time co-host Jessica Baker for a fun and thought-provoking discussion on leadership and hospitality (with great cheese platters ... or not) - Curious? Watch it here.

Watch all past The Big Three conversations at GBC's Youtube channel. This week was our last video recording of The Big Three; we are now moving to audio only via Podcast. (Subscribe to receive all our weekly podcasts - GBC Big Three as well as GBC Sermons)
GBC Prayer
Can we encourage you to join us online this Tuesday at 8:00pm AEST 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!

Join us via instagram @gymeabaptist or at our Gymea Baptist Church Facebook page
Congregational Care:  Elders  |  GBC Cares  |  LifeGroups

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

For Prayer Support - contact the Elders by phone: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 

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

To join a Life Group - sign up to GBC Links and submit your Expression of Interest form and then someone from GBC Office will be in contact with you.

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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