The worship committee with the support of the Church Council and in response to our desire to ensure that the health of individuals and the community are not compromised will be implementing changes to the way we offer worship.
- Beginning this Sunday 22nd March (and for at least the next three weeks) we will live stream the service at 9:30 via YouTube – search Brunswick Uniting Church
- We are seeking to make the worship experience as interactive as possible, to this end Dave Hall (CYYA pastor) will continue to offer children’s talks during the service and will send out activity packs to families in advance
- We encourage you to access the livestream option if you can, rather than coming to worship, and give us feedback on your experience
- We also encourage the development of small group gatherings into the future to help those who do not have easy access to technology, to maintain face to face community for pastoral care and to develop home worship practices
The worship committee will meet weekly to reflect on these changes, their effectiveness and impact. We will also be providing information about other ways of worshipping and connecting. If you have any questions please contact Saide Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0407 096 743) or Valentina Satvedi Leydon (email@example.com, 0456 099 448).
BUC – Pastoral Care Teams are Seeking Your Help…..
because You are an important part of our BUC community
At this time of uncertainty regarding COVID-19, and as things change daily, many may feel fearful.
It is important BUC continues to live as a faithful and hopeful community, expressing God’s love for all with a spirit of grace and compassion. As a community, it is important that we all feel we belong and we are cared for, even if we are unable to meet face to face in the various activities normally happening at BUC.
For this to happen, we all need to play our part in caring for each other. We can’t leave it up to a few people on the Pastoral Care Compassion Team, we need to build up all our “communities of care” within BUC. That is, we must make the most of the groups, relationships and contacts that already exist among us. So, we’re asking everyone in our BUC community to:
- reflect upon who their groups, friends, and contacts are at BUC, and
- approach those networks of people so that communities of care can be established.
All committees and groups within the BUC community are being asked to keep in regular contact with members. If/when a member requires more pastoral care than the group members are able to offer, the Pastoral Care compassion team will be notified and they will endeavour to coordinate assistance from volunteer lists.
We are also working on systems to ensure that no-one “falls through the cracks.” If you are not involved in any committees or groups, or know of someone who might be at risk, please speak to, or make contact with Gwen Arnold – Pastoral Care Church Council Elder (0413047938, firstname.lastname@example.org), or Yoo Mi (email@example.com, 0450767645) our Pastoral Care minister during Ian’s absence.
Would you be able to assist in the vital Pastoral Care of our wonderful community?
Please let Gwen (04130479, firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would be available to assist occasionally in:
- Phoning a member of the BUC community
- Emailing a member of the BUC community
- Doing an occasional shop for someone
- Dropping off a food box or similar to a BUC members doorstep (supplied by PCC Team)
- Cooking and dropping off a meal to someone
- Visiting a BUC member (when appropriate)
- Assisting others with livestream technology
- Hosting small group gatherings
The Olive Way program is continuing to operate. As other programs close the numbers are increasing. If you are working from home and can spare an hour or two (during your break) to volunteer at the Olive Way any time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10am-1:30pm please contact Peter Blair, Olive Way pastor, (0431 193 810, email@example.com )
Looking forward to hearing from you with your offers of support.