Front and Centre
Last week we were talking about our need to focus on relationships. This week, as Brisbane moves into lockdown, with uncertainty about whether the lockdown will continue and therefore whether this weekend will be face to face or not, the issue of relationships remains front and center for us. COVID has dramatically reduced our face-to-face contact with people. Again, this week we need to work and operate from home. People are asked to stay at home to keep everyone safe. I know for me personally it has been a lot harder to get to know people because of COVID. Much of my time here has been in the COVID environment. I was only here a month before our first lockdown occurred. Our social gatherings have been greatly reduced. Many of our Engage groups have not re-started. Through technology we are providing better ways of connecting virtually. Each week we stream both services, there are daily devotions being provided, there are prayer sessions being streamed, Worship and dig in (Sunday school) material is provided each week. The Ministry team put a lot of time and energy into providing these online resources. However, the risk of people feeling disconnected is increasing.
Right across our society depression, anxiety and loneliness are on the increase. Those issues are also present in our Emmanuel community. We need your help and support. Please take the time and effort to stay connected. It would be great if people would take the time and effort to give a couple of people a phone call or video chat. If you can, try and connect with someone a little bit outside of your normal group. We talk about pastoral care at Emmanuel being for everyone by everyone. Now is a really good time to take that seriously and make a few phone calls and take the time to pray together. Now is the time to emphasise the importance of us all taking responsibility and playing our part.
Welcome to this first issue of the Emmanuel UC Families Ministry newsletter. The idea for this has come out of requests from parents and leaders within the Emmanuel Community who want and need easy access to information and resources to help them be the best disciples, leaders, and disciple-makers within their home, family, and community.
Each issue will have a range of links, tips, and recommendations for resources, articles, and new (or old) ideas to help support you and your family, ministry, and community.
If you find something that you think would be helpful to share with others, please share it with me so that we can share and others can benefit too.
Click here to view(https://mailchi.mp/b6ec883167c0/newsletter-7th-march-1934247?e=UNIQID)
Our whole Church Bible Study Holy Spirit Dependence has started here is the study material is attached if you would like a copy.
Want to join a group? Here is a list of groups that are currently meeting.
Monday @ 1245pm
Tuesday @ 245pm
Wednesday @ 7pm
If you would like to join one of these groups please contact Helen in the office and she can give you the contact details. Also if these times don't suit contact Helen and we can sort something out.
Ways you can share with others in prayer:
- Send in prayer requests via websiteor app
- Email or call Bronwyn Kelly (Prayer Team Leader) with your prayer requests. email@example.com
- Meet with prayer warriors and others after Worship on Sundays. (during covid restrictions we suggest making a time to connect electronically or over the phone)
- Find a prayer buddy/ or group to meet with regularly. (during covid restrictions we suggest making a time to connect electronically or over the phone)
- Tune in on Wednesday mornings to our Face Bookpage.
- Offer to pray for someone..... and do it.
Watch this space further resources and information will be shared soon.
Please continue to collect used postage stamps. There is a blue plastic container in the cupboard in the foyer. (this is a fundraiser for Qld Synod)
Thank you. Carole Simpson