OUR COVID-19 UPDATE #9 (15 May 2020) & SUNDAY@HOME RESOURCES
*Information was accurate as at 4.00pm 15 May, 2020.
It was so encouraging to receive your wonderful response of gratitude for our Mother’s Day service and to hear that the Lord spoke to many, including those who don’t ordinarily come along to MPBC.
This Sunday we continue our series entitled Uncertain Times which will take us through to the end of June. The series has been designed to focus on how we practically face and get through the difficulties and painful challenges that come our way in this life.
During the week our State Premier announced a 4 Phase WA Roadmap to carefully ease restrictions following our Prime Minister releasing a 3 Step Framework for a COVID-Safe Australia.
We move into Phase 2 from Monday 18 May where the number of people permitted to gather increases from 10 to 20 with the social distancing and hygiene measures continuing. Although churches and cafés are permitted to open we are taking a cautious approach and remaining closed for the time being. The main reasons for this include:
- The 20 person restriction means it will be some time before we can hold our Sunday gatherings. It’s thought that in 4 weeks’ time under Phase 3 the number of people permitted to gather may increase to 100, although this has yet to be confirmed by our State Government.
- The Government and Baptist Ministry Centre has only today released the Phase 2 requirements to be included in a mandatory COVID-19 Safety Plan that enables us to reopen.
- The social distancing and hygiene requirements, along with the administration required to log and control numbers, is not a simple exercise within most of our church ministries.
At this stage it looks like Infuse Café will be the first ministry to recommence in our facility in the next couple of weeks. The café will gradually provide a controlled place of reconnection and community.
A key component in our planning the pathway to re-engagement in our facility has been receiving the Government’s COVID-19 Safety Plan guidelines. While our planning is underway we are adopting a cautious and carefully-thought-through approach given the risks involved.
In the coming weeks we will continue to encourage the existing mechanisms for connecting including small group meetings in homes or in public places. Sunday@Home could well be in place for a number of months yet.
Mick Stringer will bring a message titled “Weeping: In Uncertain Times.”
The sermon and supporting material, including songs and children’s resources are available on our Sunday@Home webpage.
There will be a time in the service to share Communion. I would encourage you to be prepared in advance with the appropriate elements for the bread and the cup.
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There will again be an opportunity for us all to engage in our Coolbellup Saturday evening service where Michael Christie will bring a message titled “Living on the Word of God.”
The video is available on our Sunday@Home webpage.
A Word in Season
There are several giving options listed on our Giving page:
- You can give through the Church App or Click here
- Cash or cheques can be delivered to our Church Office Reception: Tuesday to Friday 9.00am to 30pm.
Good Friday Corona Care Appeal
The $5,800 given has been allocated as follows; $3,000 to Baptist World Aid’s COVID-19 overseas relief work and the balance of $2,800 to local needs including food hampers and support for those in real need.
Mike Miles will continue to be hosting a Virtual Foyer, using internet technology called Zoom between 11am and 12noon on Sunday, where you can enter our church foyer and chat with Mike from the comfort of your living room.
The meeting can be accessed here
Meeting ID: 833 7834 8532 and Password: 497497
If you have any pastoral care needs please contact us at the Church Office by email or by phone 9329 1777.
Keep safe, keep in touch and have a wonderful weekend.