Greetings again sisters and brothers!
Greetings on this lovely, strange day.
The Ballarat South church council met on Wednesday night over Zoom -which was exciting for some and I’m sure trying for others- to discuss again the status of our church communities and our worshipping life.
At this stage, we have decided once again that our buildings* will remain closed until at least the end of August, when we will reconvene and make another decision. Obviously we can’t know what state-wide restrictions will look like at that point, but we’ll be monitoring them, and hoping for the best.
In the mean-time we’ll be working to make sure that whenever we do return to collected worship that we can do so safely and in a way that includes the most people.
We feel like this is the right decision to have made, particularly as our restrictions will increase somewhat over the next couple of days.
It’s obviously hard to be separate from one another for such a prolonged period but we have to act in a way that keeps us all safe and well.
We’re all aware that this time is fraught and difficult in so many ways, many of which take us completely by surprise. I’ve been thinking lately about how so often our pain, or our individual complications may feel completely unique to us, but are actually experienced, perhaps slightly differently, by others nonetheless. We are connected in our joy and in our difficulty. We are offered chances to see ourselves in one another’s lives, and invited into empathy as a choice we continue to make.
Please keep checking in with one another. As visiting becomes more difficult, use the phone. Pray for one another and know that you in turn are loved and held in prayer.
If you want to continue visiting your friends (those in areas where this is allowed), or hosting worship at your home, please make sure you are doing so safely and as ever, if you feel at all unwell, please stay home.
We love you all, take care of yourselves, and if I may, can I invite you to do something that brings you joy this weekend? It’s important to remember that we are living, not just surviving.
Peace to you in the name of Christ our liberator and friend,
Ps *some good news- the Op Shop will open next week!
They will be open from Weds – Friday, 10am till 1pm, using any and every social distancing and hygiene tool available to us.
Big thanks to the op shop team who have been working really hard behind the scenes to get the shop ready to go.
Hello Party People!
Greetings in the name of the risen Christ,
Hi there all,
Greetings to you all!
Hello again everyone!