Regional RoundUp Feb/Mar 2021
around the grounds:
Stories from Our Churches . . .
. . . As they live and engage with their communities.
North - Launceston Churches
Plans for the Future
City Baptist is in the process of discerning God's leading for our future as a welcoming presence in the city. We hope to be able to make a clear decision by mid-year. We are now meeting in combined, bi-lingual worship each month with our Nepali congregation.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: A mother and daughter celebrating at our 180 Anniversary service, 27 December 2020;
One of our members Sally Staley being arrested at an Extinction Rebellion action in St Johns Street, Launceston;
Prayer gathering after the Change the Heart Aboriginal Reconciliation Service 25 January 2021;
Graham & Marylou Townsend enjoying the City Baptist Change the Heart Aboriginal Reconciliation service, 25 January 2021
We have started an uncertain year by diving deeply into tending the quality of our relationships and connecting with our community. We have held two church picnics over the last few months (see picture) that have been well attended and enjoyed by all who came and have been a great opportunity to connect with new families.
Clean Up Australia Day
On Sunday March 7th, we participated in Clean Up Australia Day for the first time. We had around approximately 25-30 volunteers, including four from our community. Great connections were built and we enjoyed a picnic lunch afterwards (are you noticing a theme?)
We are going on the journey as a church of what it means to be an intergenerational community of faith doing life and faith in Jesus together. We had a great conversation with Richard Sharp around it and are looking forward to trying some new things as the year moves on.
Coastal - Northwest Churches
Jesus gave blood - and so are we
LifeWay is participating in a blood donation drive with other local churches, competing to donate the most blood between now and Easter. Instead of a combined Easter service, the churches have decided to roll up their sleeves and provide blood to those who will require a transfusion.
Nicholas Alexander, senior pastor at LifeWay Baptist Church, said the 11 participating churches had the potential to make thousands of donations. He said the blood drive was a practical way of "loving our neighbour", while also remembering the Christian Easter message.
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Town and Country Churches
Celebrating nearly 30 years of faithful service to the Latrobe community
The Latrobe Baptist Chat 'n' Choose organisers were officially thanked on Wednesday 10 February, when 86 people joined together for a celebratory morning tea.
The Mayor of Latrobe, Peter Freshney, encouraged those present by thanking Glenis Smith, Glad Purdy and Fay Horne for their community work over so many years. Retired Latrobe minister, Rev. Dan Rough, also spoke to the crowd, who were carefully seated in the hall to fit in with Covid-19 requirements. Rev. Rough's wife was the original force behind the beginning of the group, back in 1992.
Glenis, Glad and Fay worked tirelessly, with over 200 ladies attending over the years. Tutors taught subjects including hardanger embroidery, bead jewellery, knitting and crochet, card making, macrame, quilting, smocking, zentangling (drawing); and for the men, wood-turning.
Gifts and flowers were presented to the women in appreciation for their work. Everyone sang "For they are jolly good fellows", and then enjoyed a wonderful morning tea.
Pictured from left: Fay, Glenis, and Glad (with her daughter Sandra). Current Latrobe pastor, Ralph Terry is at the lectern.
On the 2nd of February Lower Barrington celebrated three men's baptisms held at Coles Beach. It was a beautiful day with the water being warm! It was a special day, too, as it was also the resumption of their men's Bible study that night.
At Christmas time our children were involved in distributing a Christmas gift to each of the Myrtle Park Aged Care residents, which were well received.
Thanks to Speakers
We are so grateful to God for our regular speakers, who so faithfully come each month to minister to us, which brings continuity to our services, and we appreciate the ministry of Graeme Goninon, Jeff Weston, Gwenith Alexander -Hill, and Vivian Hill so much.
Ministry in Music
We were glad too, to welcome Jim and Merilyn Winkley recently also. Their ministry in music, and sharing God's word was a special time. Following the church service, we had 23 folk enjoy a meal together, at "Sweetness Cafe" at Boat Harbour Beach.
Yolla school chaplaincy
The church ladies also provided a Special Morning Tea for our School Teachers at the Yolla District School. We felt it was one way we could say "Thank-you" to them, for what had been a difficult and challenging year. We continue to pray for our Yolla School Chaplain, Lynnese who does an amazing job at the School.
On Sunday 31 January, Citywide held an outdoors service at Sound Bowl in Tolosa St Reserve. We were blessed by good weather and enjoyed sitting to hear the Scriptures read - using Genesis 1 as the theme - while appreciating the noises and atmosphere of creation to worship.
Dan Hutchison shared on the need for Sabbath rest.
Open 11.00am-6.00pm Monday to Friday.
Our Nepalese congregation have recently opened a cafe at our Mornington site, called Namaste Cafe (welcome). They're serving a selection of hot meals (eat in or take-away) as well as snacks, coffee, and drinks at very reasonable prices. We invite anyone to come and check it out.
Citywide have taken under their wing the little fellowship that meets at Levendale, and on Sunday 14 February, are church picnic we held a church picnic for all 4 congregations there. It was a beautiful time of fellowship and fun.
Claremont Baptist celebrated their 50th Anniversary of ministry in the Claremont/Abbotsfield area on Saturday 6 March.
The Sunday service on 7 March was streamed for others to participate in, and the whole day was a great success!
In January, two of our young Karen couples married a fortnight apart, creating a flurry of activity in the Karen community. Congratulations to Lay Ber and Than Tun (Saturday 16 January), and Moo Eh Paw and Ywar Moo Pler (Saturday 30 January). It is so encouraging to see Christian young people who grew up in refugee camps in Thailand, come to Australia and faithfully make their new lives here.
Pictured: Lay Ber, Stephen Baxter officiating, and Than Tun; With their bridal party, Moo Eh Paw and Ywar Moo Pler.
In November we enjoyed a church picnic, "Meeting Jesus at the Beach", at Seven Mile Beach (pictured). Multicultural pastor Joel Ortiz dressed up as a very convincing Jesus.
This will be followed up on Saturday 13 March with "Meeting Jesus at Bellerive Beach". The day will include a BYO BBQ/picnic lunch, beach cricket and lots of fun and games! The question is, who will "be Jesus" this time?
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