Dear Church Family,
In light of the rapid escalation of restrictions the Government is advising us to adhere to, we have decided to cancel our physical Sunday church services and Relevate Youth until further notice. On Monday this week, restrictions applied to groups of 500, then two days later they have revised this down to 100 and it looks highly likely to become even smaller. So rather than confuse everyone, we thought it best to lean on the safer side and make this call now.
Therefore, from this weekend, we will be moving our Sunday services to the online platform of Facebook Live. For those on social media, please head to our Heritage Christian Centre Facebook page and the service will begin streaming from 9.30am on Sundays. In the next couple of weeks, we hope to also include a time of worship prior to the preaching. Please note that we will continue to make both DVD’s and Podcasts available.
As it’s important to stay connected with one another through this season of uncertainty, we encourage you to still be meeting together, especially in your Connect Groups for fellowship, community and prayer.
As was said in our previous email, while the authorities are speaking about ‘social distancing’, our perspective is ‘appropriate physical distancing with increased social connections’. As well as Connect Groups, this can also be achieved by phone, text or other social media platforms.
We need to have increased care for one another during this season where many may feel isolated and anxious.
We want you to know that our Pastoral Team are here for you, so please do not hesitate to contact the church office if you need prayer or have any specific needs where we may be able to assist. (Ph 41531649 – Tues to Fri 10am to 3.30pm)
We will endeavour to stay connected with you through emails, along with our various social media platforms in order to encourage you and keep you updated of any future developments.
In closing, while there are challenges, there will also be great opportunities that God will provide for us. We need to live with Godly hope and a ‘confident expectation of good in the end’. It would seem timely that our recent sermons have been about encouraging ourselves and one another in the Lord. We do not need to live in fear but trust God in the midst of the circumstances.
Our prayer for you all and declaration over you and your family is Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV) “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Our love and prayers
Pastors Errol & Sue Buckle