Orange light changes

Today we shifted to Orange on the traffic light guidelines.

These are the immediate implications for church:

  • There is no limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask at a gathering, but it is encouraged.
  • Workers and volunteers at gatherings must wear face masks — unless they are exempt.
  • Food service restrictions removed.

Shaping Sundays 

As we return to Sunday services onsite, it is a good time to consider why and how we gather as Christians.  

  • What could we add or adapt, to strengthen our faith and discipleship?
  • How do we continue to build upon the valuable small group settings that have been so enriching?
  • What are the best ways to disciple children and youth, to see them grow in multi-generational relationships and active participation in the life of the church?
  • How is God calling us to serve outwardly in our neighbourhood?
  • What can we learn from the church in Acts 2

How could these questions shape our Sunday gatherings as we move forward?

I’ll leave these questions here for now, and come back to them soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to call us to pray and consider what the Holy Spirit might be saying to us in this season.

Easter reflective stations tonight

Over the years, our Thursday night Easter service has always been one of my favourite church settings.  Tonight is going to be quite special, and quite different.

The evening focuses on scripture and artwork that points to Jesus.  Reflective stations of the cross, as we consider all that Christ has done.

Here is a link to the “Enter” reflective service digital booklet that we will be drawing from tonight.  Enter stations booklet.  You can use this link on your mobile phone as you go around the stations tonight (limited printed booklets will also be available).   This link also enables those who will be away to create their own time of reflection where ever they are.

I’m grateful to my friends Naomi and Mark Compton, Baptist leaders who have created and shared this wonderful resource and podcast

The long weekend will provide time of refreshment, connection with family …and chocolate.   But it is so vital for us to take time at Easter to immerse ourselves in the journey of Jesus.  

This weekend, may you be reminded of God’s incredible love for you, demonstrated through the cross and resurrection of Jesus.  May this be a time of deepening relationship with the Lord, as you centre your life around Christ.

Grace and peace,

Tim

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