Naringal Baptist Church
The Light of Christ to our rural community
Announcement (Click to expand)
Please see below the letter on our current status from church leadership from Wednesday the 18th of March.
Good evening church family
Earlier this evening, our leaders gathered together to discuss our ongoing approach to the current crisis that is sweeping across our nation. The threat of the coronavirus must be taken seriously and, after the events of today with directions from the government and the Baptist Union of Victoria, we will be postponing all Sunday services indefinitely. Please see an excerpt from an email from the BUV which was sent out this morning (Wednesday).
This morning, the Prime Minister announced that non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are now banned as the country responds to the coronavirus pandemic. (This number could be lowered at any time in the near future).
An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed). Schools, universities, airports, public transport, medical and emergency services facilities, aged care homes, jails, courts, parliaments, supermarkets and many workplaces are exempted.
The BUV recommends that churches meet only for essential activities (less than 100 people) and encourage discipleship through small groups. Please make sure that if you do hold any gatherings, you apply social distancing and hygiene practices as recommended by the Australian Government :
This includes being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres (Now 2 meters) between attendees
Hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles need to be available, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal
The pre-existing ban restricting mass outdoor gatherings to 500 people will remain in place.
Currently, gatherings of 100 people or more are not permitted, and any venues hosting gatherings under 100 people need to facilitate a distance of 1.5m (Now 2 meters) between attendees. Be prepared for that number to be lowered at any time.
These steps will be difficult and disappointing for us all but we must do our part in seeking to minimise the spread of the coronavirus within our church family at Naringal as well as the broader community. Obviously, there are many things to consider during this time. Below is a list of changes to our normal church-life routine:
Sunday services are postponed indefinitely. Re-commencement of normal services is unknown.
Sermons will continue, but will be online. These will be available each Sunday morning from 10:30am on the church website, www.naringalchurch.org
Newsletters will continue to go out each week.
We can’t stop home groups from meeting but advise that attendees adhere to social distancing protocols and good hygiene routines (as regulated by the government)
Working bee this Saturday. The plan is to still go ahead with this. Times from 9am - 1pm. Most jobs are outside, but anyone working inside will need to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others. Please contact Sue Loxton for more details.
Church security measures will be put into place for the duration of the postponements.
Other cancellations include; church cleaning, family camp at Kangaroobie, Easter Arts Festival, Heart of Grace Dance Camp, Easter services, youth group and Wednesday night prayer meetings.
Offerings can continue via direct debit: BSB 704922, Acc No 100013332. Those who don’t have online banking can post cheques to Heather at Mal & Leanne’s house.
Rightnow Media is an excellent resource (especially now) for some wonderful studies and teachings. Let Matt Jellie know if you need any help accessing this resource.
Obviously we encourage everyone to continue to pray, read your bibles, sing songs of praise, etc in your homes.
Communion will continue to happen on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, from home. Mal will lead this, but everyone will need to supply their own bread and grape juice.
Any church related announcements can continue to be sent to Matt who will communicate these on the website each Sunday.
Endeavor to stay connected through home groups (if you’re not currently in one, this could be your chance to join. Contact Matt for more info), the church website and Facebook page, messenger groups, zoom conferences, etc.
What a great opportunity this presents to us to ‘Be the light of Christ to our rural community. Ask yourself, ‘What can I do for my community during this time?’ Phone calls, checking in on others (especially the elderly), delivering supplies/groceries to others, etc, etc.
Remember that we are called to be strong and courageous, to not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus!!
Please feel free to ring Malcolm, Matt or the elders with any concerns.
Yours in Christ
Mal, Matt and the Elders
Thought for the day
Song - O Praise The Name (Anastasis)
Interview with Nola McLucas
Prayer & Bible Reading
God is Rejected by Israel
Judges 2:6-23; Matthew 7:24-27
Judges 2:11(NIV): Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.
The Israelites followed a cycle of sin (see below) which is true for all of us. How do we stop that being a recurring cycle in our lives?
In the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) Jesus teaches us a better way. He concludes his sermon by describing 2 contrasting ways to live. He challenges us to:
· Build on the rock - Judges 2:6-11, Matthew 7:24
· Don’t be surprised by storms - Judges 2:12-13, Matthew 7:25
· Know we reap what we sow - Judges 2:14-15, Matthew 7:26-27
The questions from these passages are:
1. Are we listening to the words of Jesus?
2. Are we putting them into practice?
3. Will our lives withstand the storms of life?
Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV): “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Matthew 7:24-25(The Message): “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
1. Why is it hard to break the “cycle of sin?” Judges 2:10-11, Isaiah 53:6
2. Is listening to Jesus enough? Matthew 7:24-25, James 1:22
3. How do we stay focused on Jesus? Deuteronomy 8:7-14, Matthew 6:33