June 22, 2020

These are uncertain times, but God is not surprised or uncertain. He knows more and loves more than we could ever imagine and we can continue to trust Him completely. I encourage you to keep trusting His provision and grace in your life as you look towards an unknown future - He’s already there.

We had planned to begin our in-person gatherings this Sunday June 28th, but now we have had to put that on hold for a future date. We will continue to meet online (and on DVD) in the coming weeks - I hope you will continue to connect and invite others along.

Small Groups will have to adapt to the limit of 5 visitors in homes by either booking a time at the church building, or using zoom.

SBC Kids will have a break of sorts of the next 3 weeks, with a shortened stream at 9.30am before the service (no zoom) or be able to watch the content at any time that suits your family.

We will continue to plan for future weeks and will give another update when we know more.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.

praying for you, Brad

May 29, 2020

As we continue to see restrictions change in our state, the leadership have begun plans for a return to in-person services for June 28th. These services will be limited in attendance, will require reservations and social distancing. We will continue to provide on online stream for those that can’t or choose not to take part in physical gatherings.

Our priority remains the health and safety of the most vulnerable and so each step will be cautious and will maintain strict measures.

Below is a few key questions and answers and as the next few weeks go on, plans will develop and more questions will be answered. The purpose of this information at this stage is to prepare us all for a return to the building, it will not look or feel like it did. Things will be different, we won’t be hugging, high-fiving or giving handshakes. We need to prepare ourselves for this so that when we are together, we can be present with God and each other and minimise the distractions around us caused by the changed environment.

Questions

What measures will be taken to maintain social distancing?

We will adhere to 1 person per 4 square metre rule, immediate family will be able to sit together, otherwise a distance of at least 1.5metres will be between each person / family.

What will be different?

A lot of things will be different. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave the building, the only thing you will need to touch is the chair you sit in. The doors will be pegged open or handled by one person, offering buckets won’t be passed around, communion will be served in a socially distant way, no newsletters will be handed out, no morning tea will be served, hand sanitiser will be available at the front door.

What other precautions will be made?

A thorough clean will happen before/after each ministry event, reminders (printed and verbal) will be present for social distancing, washing hands, etc.

Will kids ministry / creche be available?

Not to begin with, as we return all families will stay together in the service. As the weeks progress and we get a sense for how things are going, gradual changes could be made in this area. Any changes that are made, will in no way be forced or even encouraged, each family should decide what they are most comfortable with and that decision will be respected.

How many people will be allowed?

From June 28th we understand that there will be 50 people allowed to attend a service (plus those required to run the service). We will not be pushing this number to capacity each week. We want to ensure that there is space for the first time guest as well as ensuring caution in all we do. As restrictions change, we will allow more people to come and anticipate having a second space (Hall) for a set number of people, to maintain social distancing requirements.

What time will the service be? And how long will it go for?

Our service will begin at 10am with the doors open from 9.30am (earlier for those serving that day). The service will go no longer than an hour and the after service chat will be shortened and restricted to the same room.

How long will you continue to have a live-streamed service?

We will continue to have a live-streamed service indefinitely at this stage. We see this as a great opportunity to continue to reach those who have yet to hear the gospel. We also want to provide an opportunity for those who are vulnerable or not yet ready to return to physical gatherings to participate and belong to Sale Baptist Church.

How do I reserve a seat for a service?

Details will come on how you can register for in-person services in the coming weeks. We will have a system to ensure each person has the opportunity to come to a service.

What about other ministries?

SMALL GROUPS - Small groups can begin meeting in homes or at the church from June 1st in groups of up to 20 people. These gatherings must maintain social distancing and are at the discretion of each group/leader.

YOUTH - Youth has begun plans of gathering in person from June 12th at the Church building, more details will be emailed to parents and available on the SBC website - www.sbc.org.au/online

PLAYGROUP - Playgroup will continue online for the rest of term 2, a decision for term 3 will be in the school term break.

OTHERS - Other ministries will continue to adapt and begin as they are safe to do so. All SBC events will be listed on our website www.sbc.org.au/events and whether they are in-person or online events.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a pastor or email admin@sbc.org.au

praying for you, Brad

March 25, 2020

I wanted quickly update you on what is happening in the church life and encourage you to stay connected during this time.

From the last update I sent out last week, I want to remind you that church is still happening - it's just moved online. We can't meet together physically but we can meet together online. We have our livestream happening on Sunday again - www.sbc.org.au/online

I encourage you to jump on early, the countdown will start earlier than last week, giving you opportunity to say hi to people and make sure everything is working. For those of you who are tech-savvy and wanting to get the service up on your TV, you can find the SBC YouTube channel and cast or airplay to TV while jumping onto the online chat on your phone at the same time - best of both worlds!

From this point going forward all physical gatherings are cancelled - we want you to stay safe, and perhaps more importantly we want to show real love and care for our community. This is bigger than one persons health as I am sure you are aware. We are working towards providing more online opportunities for you to get involved with.

On this point, I'm wanting to put together a new team for this season - online ministry team. If you are good with tech and have a heart for reaching people let me know and we will get together (virtually) soon to get you involved.

Small Groups are going to be a key point of connection during this season, so if you are not currently connected, let me know and I'll get you connected.

Our staff (Jacquie, Lauren, Michelle and I) are working from home (mostly) for the foreseeable future, so please contact our mobiles or emails to get in touch.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out, email me or give me a call.

praying for you, Ps Brad

March 21, 2020

As we face an uncertain future together I want to encourage you that nothing is uncertain for God. He has a plan, a good plan for you and for us as a church family.

There are many things changing around us during this COVID-19 pandemic including the way we get together at SBC. We understand that change is hard and can bring confusion, but be assured we are striving to make it as painless and easy as possible for everyone to understand and make the changes together.

The BUV have followed the governments latest mandates which say meetings indoors now must have no more than 1 person every 4 square metres. As well as this, physical distancing of 1.5 metres is to be maintained. This makes it extremely difficult for any gathering to take place, including our Sunday services, youth, kids, playgroup, small groups and other ministries. For this reason we are not meeting physically or encouraging you to meet physically during this time unless you are able to maintain these mandates.

I would also say, that you should in no way feel pressured or expected to be anywhere physically you don't want to or feel comfortable to be.

Here are some key points for you to know:

  • Sunday services - you will be able to access the livestream via the website at 10am on Sunday
  • Small Groups - continue to meet digitally or at the church building (or both) for those that feel comfortable - let the office know of when and how many are meeting and we will designate you a room. More information for small groups will be sent out on Monday.
  • Kids - links for videos and discussions will be available, access them online.
  • Youth - youth will meet online and resources available. Details will be online.

As we go forward, more information and options will be all in the one central location - www.sbc.org.au/online/

Let's stay connected, pursing Jesus and His mission for us together.

praying for you, Ps Brad