Revised Meeting and Ministry Plans During Covid19 Outbreak
LATEST UPDATE 24/03/2020
Our Pastoral Leadership Team of Elders (Keith & Rob) and Pastors (Warren & myself) met again this morning (this time online via Zoom) for our weekly meeting which included further consideration and discussions around how the additional restrictions announced by the PM Scott Morrison, on Sunday night, and the NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian on Monday morning, would impact the way we function as a community.
It was clear to all of us that these new changes/restrictions, designed to combat COVID-19, and which include ‘places of worship’ having to be closed from midday yesterday, meant that we have now moved to being at Red Level 3 (see graphic below used in previous correspondence). This means church closure and moving online.
As of tomorrow the following is what now changes to help us maintain being a church community in this new context:
1- Pastors are still able to work from their offices but the church building itself will be closed during the week as well, not just suspension of services;
2- Home Groups will need to shift to being online via Zoom (or Google Meet, or some other similar application/program);
3- Pastor Warren will be our go to for helping HG leaders and members to use Zoom – please contact him if you have any questions about using it;
4- Pastors Glen and Warren will work on recording an abridged online ’Sunday Service’ that will be recorded in the ‘Church Auditorium’ which will include: Prayers, Bible Reading, and a Sermon. Video will be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the audio version on the CHBC website. See this Friday’s Bulletin for further details. Further work will be done on ways of incorporating worship (songs) in future weeks;
5- This week Home Groups work through the sermonette and questions, as per previous correspondence, but with the addition of it being done together online. From next week they can choose to continue to discuss the ’Sunday Sermon’ and passage or return to the what they were previously focused on as a group;
6- Ministry Leaders are encouraged to consider how they may be able to adapt and provide online options for their particular ministries and then share those with Rob Eyb;
7- The Pastoral Care Team are meeting this Thursday, and they will be talking about the ways that they can continue to help provide pastoral care, which will include a significant increase in pastoral care phone calls, etc.;
8- Diaconate Meetings will be conducted via Zoom; and
9- The New Bulletin will be modified further, noting the changed approach around sermons/sermonettes.
This is not forever, and we look forward to the time when we will once again be able to come together in person, to encourage one another, worship together, pray together, and open God’s word together. It will be a beautiful day! But until then we rejoice that the technology exists for us to connect and continue to gather together in a new way.
We are also very aware of those in our community who do not have access to online options and we will continue to provide hard copies and alternate electronic recording for them to continue to remain connected, encouraged and built up as a part of our community.
Also, many of you have been reacting to the changes circumstances we find ourselves in by coming up with new and creative ways of being and connecting as a community. Some of those we have been able to incorporate, while sadly others have not been possible. Please keep those ideas coming and don’t be discouraged if we are unable to say yes.
Lastly, it is really important for us to know if you are receiving the correspondence we are sending out, so please reply email (not reply all) to let us know that you have received this email (and other emails and SMS’s sent by the PLT). We don’t want anyone falling through the cracks as we boldly and bravely make our way in this new world.
Be encouraged by God’s word, in Hebrews 12:1-2:
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and … let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
On Behalf of the CHBC Leadership
Your Brother in Christ
Rev. Glen Devenish
Cardiff Heights Baptist Church
0421 187 076
[Days off – Monday & Saturday]
James 1:19 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Rev. Glen Devenish
Glen is husband to Rachel and dad to 4 amazing daughters. He is particularly passionate about discipleship, church planting, and releasing both women and men, girls and boys, to use their gifts and skills for building up the community and glorifying God.
James 1:19 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
In a world where social media and electronic communications dominate this verse carries great wisdom in guiding our approach.
Associate Pastor Youth and Young Adults
Warren moved to Cardiff Heights Baptist in 2009, and is husband to Janette and a father of three married children. Warren’s passion is to teach and demonstrate the love of Christ in and through his Church, and then to share this love with his broader community. Warren’s aim is to live his life in a way that will encourage others to also want to live a life for Christ.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Young people in grades 5 – 12 are welcome to join our youth group, meeting on Friday nights in the school term. Aptly named ‘Connected Youth’, our youth group aims to see young people connected into a fun and supportive community, and into a personal relationship with our incredible God. Join us to participate in games, build friendships and learn more about the significance of God in your life.
Friday 3rd April Jack Box Games Night
As we all manage to work out life and community at this time. Connected youth will operate through Zoom Meeting. If you don’t understand what that is give me a call or email details below. Its a great deal of fun and we get to see each other face to face play games on smart phones and spend some time looking at Gods word.
When: 7- 9:00 pm
What: Supper whats at Home Where: Where ever your Computer, Phone or android or ipad is in your home.
Its School Holidays
I pray you and your families have a wonderful time together over Easter our Church will be having online services so please email me for invites and information. Our leaders have to chat about what youth group will look like for the next season so if you have ideas email me at the usual address. We have had a couple of Zoom nights and we did a Zoom camp so feedback from youth or parents is appreciated.
For details contact Warren
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FOR YOUNG ADULTS
All young adults are invited to take part in our monthly social events. These relaxed gatherings are designed to provide an opportunity for young adults to build friendships and enjoy sharing life together! In addition, young adults are welcome to join a weekly bible study.
Friday 17th April
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Where: Your Place
What: Online Board Games for PC links and info will be received on our Young Adults face book page if your not a member ask for an invite.
Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic
we need to come up with creative ways to connect
we continue to meet as a Young Adults group in Bible Study Thursday evenings
Sunday Pm services both on ZOOM for more info contact Pastor Warren on the ENQUIRE button thanks.
Occurring on the fourth Sunday of each month, Messy Church is for the whole family – young and old! Join us for craft, games, a puppet show and dinner. It is a relaxed and entertaining way to make new friends and learn about Jesus.
Time: 4PM – 6PM
Location: 35 Main Road, Cardiff Heights NSW 2285
*Cannot cater to dietary requirements.
What is Messy Church?
Messy Church Sunday 23rd February
Join us at 4PM on Sunday, as it’s time for Messy Church again! The topic for this month is all about a very Messy Journey. Why not come and find out what that’s about. Messy Church is a fun time for the whole family, including grandparents. We have craft, games, music, puppets and dinner for everyone to enjoy.
It’s a free afternoon of family fun, and we want to celebrate and enjoy learning more about Jesus with you!
Time: 10am – 12pm each Wednesday during the School Terms
Location: 35 Main Road, Cardiff Heights NSW 2285
For preschool aged children and their carers.
Arts & Craft Group
Time: Wednesdays 10am
Location: 35 Main Road, Cardiff Heights NSW 2285 – Upper Hall
Time: Friday nights, 7PM – 9:30PM, during school terms
Location: Mostly @ 35 Main Road, Cardiff Heights NSW 2285 but it changes on the night
Cost: $2 Grade 5 – 12 only
Home Group Bible Studies
MON 10AM @ Church – Leader Mavis Hatcher
MON 7:30PM KYB @ Lynden Grove Retirement Village – Leader Rosmarie Tsousis
TUES 7:30PM Leader – Chris & Judith Ratcliffe
WED 1:30PM Leader – Roy Fitzsimmons
WED 7:15PM Leader – Lindsay Mason
THURS 7PM Leader – Diane Perkins
THURS 7PM Young Adults Home Group – Leader Ps. Warren Moore
Our Sunday 9:30am and 7:00pm services are held in our Church Auditorium. This is a space for our congregation to join together in communal worship, prayer and bible teaching. We have a Children’s Corner reserved in the Church Auditorium for families, and our Parents Retreat room also adjoins our Auditorium with a window and speaker system to allow families to listen to our services with greater privacy.
Our children enjoy a custom-built Children’s Space for their Sunday morning Children’s Church, and Wednesday PlayTime sessions. This space includes an area for games, craft, a kitchenette and a quiet babies’ room. The Children’s Space also opens onto a playground and large grassed area for outdoor games.
Our Parents Retreat is a sanctuary available on Sundays for families to utilise. This space includes comfortable couches, a range of toys, and an area for parents to feed and change their children. Our Creche is also held in the Parents Retreat during our Sunday Morning service for pre-primary aged children. Parents are able to see into the Church Auditorium from the Parents Retreat through a tinted window, and can choose to listen to the service in the Auditorium through a speaker system. We value our families and prioritise a space reserved for them to care for their children while still feeling part of the service.
Our Church Hall is a wonderful meeting area, where we host Sunday Morning Tea. This space is also utilised for our Youth Group, Messy Church, Craft Group, and other community activities. Our Church Hall and adjoining commercial Kitchen have recently been renovated to allow for sound-proofing, which means there is plenty of space for our young people to play active games in this area!
Adjoining our Children’s Space is a large playgound with swings, a sandpit and a fully enclosed grass area. Children are welcome to use this space, and particularly love to stretch their legs on a Sunday morning after our church service.
Our Ministry Centre is located next to our main church building. This Centre contains our church offices, and a room available for ministry meetings and bible studies.