Hi Church,

This week we gather physically and online, with it being the first time in four months (wow – where did that go!) for us to open our church doors again. Thank you to those who have registered and will be attending this weekend.

To be honest with you – I am probably somewhat still hesitant about meeting physically again, but thankful for our church’s leaders and volunteers who are working to ensure that as we gather we will do so ensuring that we keep everyone safe, and even more importantly, our community safe.

I don’t think we anyone has appreciated what has happened in Victoria over the past weeks, as we see this ridiculously contagious virus spread, and more people die – but it has highlighted how vulnerable any of us, individually and as a community, are, and our responsibility to each other to ensure ongoing safety and health.

We are blessed this week to be able to continue our online services, and look forward to people joining us again in this way, and please do not feel under any obligation to join us physically – especially if you are over the age of 70, or 65 with underlying health concerns as per our governments health advice.

To ensure a great experience for our online worshippers, we are looking out for further volunteers in this great area of ministry, as we seek to reach out to more people with the good news of Jesus. So if you are able, and have a calling and desire to help in this way, please let us know!

The coming weeks and months ahead are going to look anything but ‘normal’, and even as we gather together, it is not going to be ‘worship as usual’, but as we have found as we have gathered together online for the past four months – we can adapt, and the Holy Spirit can still speak to us through his word, no matter what worship looks like, or feels like or sounds like – even if it is a bit different.

So as we gather together in corporate worship – virtually and physically this weekend, I trust and pray that you will still have the opportunity to be served by God through His Word for you.

In His service,
Pastor Ben Hentschke

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