Hello church,

This is a quick encouragement and update on what we are doing as a church during Level 4.

This is a difficult time for our country, with many of us frustrated or fearful, battling financially, missing our freedom and uncertain about the future. I pray that you would know God’s strength and grace each day as we persevere together in this storm. I believe that God is using this time to dig deeper foundations in our lives and that God will use these to impact our communities in a significant way. He will not leave us or forsake us.

Our context has changed but God’s call to the church remains the same. At CHS we sometimes talk about the purpose of the church as a triangle UP, IN and OUT. These are some of the ways we are living out our calling to worship God, nurture believers and reach out to the world around us during Level 4.

  • UP – Ministry to God in worship and keeping our eyes focused on Jesus
    • We are praying! Together with our parish we filled a whole week with 24/7 prayer and are also planning to set up Zoom prayer meetings.
    • We have moved our Sunday services online to Youtube (and learning some new tech along the way)
    • Thanks to everyone who contributed daily devotions during Level 5 lockdown. We now plan to post devotions 3 times a week and a service on a Sunday.
  • IN – Ministry to God through nurture and encouraging each other
    • Many life groups and HUDLs are continuing to meet online
    • We have set up a Pastoral Support team (led by Colleen Cloete) who are staying in touch with those who may be isolated or vulnerable during this time.
    • We have put together a COVID-19 Health Team of health professionals in the church led by Dr Lyn Vrettos. They have been able to advise the church leadership team and provide support and advice to the congregation.
    • Children’s & Youth ministry led by Jenny, Ros and Zane are supporting families in discipleship of children and connecting with teenagers.
  • OUT – Ministry to the world, reaching out in evangelism & outreach
    • We are starting a online Alpha course next week (Chat to Zane for details)
    • The CHS Solidarity Fund is managed by a representative team of church members which receives and accesses requests for support, is overseen by Nina Young and Ronald Abels. This has been set up to enable us to support each other in times of food insecurity and reduced employment opportunities.
  • OF – We do not do this alone but as part of the wider church
    • We are partnering with our parish on the Loving our Neighbour food voucher scheme
    • Working with Siyakula Relief and the Bay City Church to get food parcels to those in need in Capricorn
    • Supporting Westlake United Churches Trust

If you have any questions, are in need of support or would like to offer support then please contact us.

Let us continue to trust in God as together we discover and learn how to follow Him in our changing world.