Masks now required at Church

Our State Government has asked that people attending church services wear a mask. So friends please do that as we gather on Sunday. If you have a mask at home you have been using, or feel more comfortable bringing your own please do so. Otherwise, we have masks available here at The Centre.

Online Church and Care Callers

With the restrictions on church gatherings over the past few months, here at The Centre we were fortunate to have some of our technologically-minded members put their hands up to get services streaming online. The first service was streamed live with a few members in attendance, but as restrictions tightened, filming was changed to earlier in the week before streaming the services on Sunday .

The majority of the congregation has been managing to tune into one of the two services each week, with even a few past members also tuning in from their new homes abroad! Chatting live throughout and after the service keeps everyone engaged and even the traditional bikkie and a cuppa after the service was maintained over zoom.

We wanted to ensure that the individual members of our church were still being looked after, so a system of “Care-callers” has been successfully implemented. These callers set up a roster to phone other people from the church, ensuring that they were well and doing their best to meet any emotional, physical or spiritual needs that they could. As a church family, we didn’t want to let isolation get in the way of caring for each other.

The Care-caller program didn’t just ensure that no-one fell through the cracks, but went further to connect people that wouldn’t usually have had a chance to chat. Some members who may have sat side by side in church for years without more than a “how-do-you-do” were now having long conversations with each other and can now look forward to a deeper relationship when they meet again in person.

We are looking forward to resuming services in person soon, as well as morning tea and supper in the freshly spruced up café. Services will continue to stream online as well.