Regional RoundUp, Oct-Nov 2020
around the grounds:
What's Going on?
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North - Launceston Churches
- We held a brainstorming session, inviting in friends of the church, to get a wider perspective of the issues coming up in the future.
- We continue to be engaged with the street community, the local Muslim community and advocacy.
- Two more members have been arrested in recent months as part of Extinction Rebellion actions.
- We are in a process of merging with our Nepali congregation.
- Our classical music programs are starting up again.
- We have held a meeting to discuss beginning a new youth ministry.
- We will hold an infant dedication on Sunday 1st November
- We are having a Vision Day on 8th November, and our Annual Meeting will be on 22nd November.
- Summerhill started gathering as of Sunday 6th September
- Michael Henderson came and led us in a conversation that utilised art as a prophetic voice. (See Photo of artwork)
- We are planning a community outreach to children of the Hazara community on Sunday 6th December
- Longford is tracking really well at the moment and is in a good place!
Coastal - Northwest Churches
There a few exciting things happening here at LifeWay.
We have just this month called a new Associate Pastor. Penny Clark joined the team as our Emerging Generations Pastor. We are really excited that God has raised Penny up to join our team and called her to help the next generation at LifeWay know and love Jesus.
We also have an exciting Advent Art Project coming up. The project will be hosted in public shop front in Devonport and be combination of storytelling creation and imagination. Children from around Devonport will be able to take part in a session where they hear the advent story and are invited to create a shopfront scene in response. These artworks will be revealed at the end of each session and stay on public display until the next group recreates the scene. Our prayer is that through storytelling and creativity we will be able to share the wonder of the incarnation.
- BACK AFTER COVID-19
Our start-up service took place on July 26, as we take a new shape in this season. UBC is being challenged to step out in faith like never before, to dare to see God change lives through our lives, and to impact our community with the truth of God's word. As we celebrate our heritage and all those who have gone before us, we continue to pave the way for future generations. Today's church is facing new challenges, but we know God will make a way.
Some of our ministries have returned in recent weeks, such as the craft group and youth. While service attendance has dropped, we are excited as we sense God is doing a new thing amongst us.
- VISION, MISSION, VALUES
On Sunday, October 18 we held our AGM and SMM and presented our new mission, vision and values. For over two years we have sought to articulate what God is showing us. In this season, our vision needs to be practical, tangible, and easy to behold, with a sense of actively reminding us of our purpose here. On that day, Ps Louis Fife preached on "Why does it Matter". He called the church experiencing and seeing transformation take place, to become effective in the local community.
Town and Country Churches
- We were happy to have Joel and Tracy Ortiz minister with us in October. Joel's message was timely and inspirational.
- In addition, Joel met some locals originally from the Philippines, with whom the church are happy to follow up.
The Point Baptist Fellowship, Beauty Point
- We appreciated guest speakers Jeff Mckinnon, Bob Goolsby, Peter Shurley and Stephen Baxter.
- Our women's work is in good hands with Stephanie Hateley.
- The fellowship is in good spirits.
- We are enjoying having Pastor Gwenith back from holidays.
- Attendances are low due to much illness within the church.
- Sadly, we lost three people from their fellowship this year - 10% of the congregation.
- Mrs Beverly Duff has retired from playing the organ and piano after 70 years of service. (Who said she wouldn't stick at it!)
- Coming out of COVID
PRAC, the national Baptist magazine's latest edition, features an article written by Matt Garvin about how Citywide managed through the COVID season and what they learned.
Read Here >>>
- Art exhibition
Citywide launched a new art exhibition in the Bob Cure exhibition space in October. The series of seven paintings communicates the Isaac Rai's journey as a refugee from Bhutan, through Nepal and ultimately to Tasmania. (See pictures)
- Claremont is carrying on at a nice even pace, in worship and song, at capacity (30 -35) for COVID restrictions
- We are currently looking at the parables of Jesus as recorded in Luke
- Our small groups are meeting again
- We farewelled Graham Clements on Saturday October 24. Graham was a lifetime attendee at Hobart, a member from the age of 14, and was the President of the Baptist Union for one term. He will be sadly missed. (Read more about Graham's remarkable life in the Oct/Nov News >>>)
- The Alpha Marriage course began with a Date Night @ HBC on October 13, inviting attendees to the first week of the course as a taster evening. It was a great success with eight couples attending and committing, and several more who missed the Date Night but signed up for the course. The remaining six weeks of the course are all happening via Zoom.
- The redevelopment at Hobart is nearing its completion, with the units on the property finished and awaiting occupancy certificates. The remainder of the property is now undergoing an upgrade. We held a Day of Prayer and Fasting on October 14 - with more prayer needed, as it has not all been smooth sailing.
- 2021 Planning is underway for the cafe currently being built, and for the anticipated ministries springing up with the new facilities.