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May 2020

Pastors Blog - Matthew Arkapaw

This is the second edition of MOBC’s Pandemic Post, and we trust you’ll find it helpful to hear about the state of play at MOBC. Restrictions are easing, and some activities, like school, have everyone back in attendance. Unfortunately, Sunday church services are not yet possible, but the pastoral team are gathering ideas for how the church will ‘come out from under the doona’ in the weeks ahead. The further easing of restrictions will make room for certain types of social and ministry gatherings and we look forward to things ‘loosening up’.

It’s been an absolute delight to see the extent to which people have continued to engage with each other, and MOBC ministry, during the lockdown. It would have been easy for people to drop the ball during this time, but the church family’s commitment to looking out for each other, zooming Growth Group and Youth, watching our online teaching, and so on, has been a real testimony to our fellowship.

You may have seen some statistics floating around on the internet about increased google searches for topics like ‘prayer’ and ‘hope’. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the statistics but it stands to reason that people would seek out the deeper things of life in a time of disruption. Paul told the Colossian Christians to ‘make the most of every opportunity’ (Col 4:5), and this will be a real challenge for us during the rest of 2020. Are we ready for opportunities to discuss the gospel with people who wouldn’t normally be interested? When church gets back to ‘normal’, will we be ready to receive people who would not normally have stepped inside a church? Will we prepare ourselves to take advantage of the new opportunities for friendship and witness that our online presence may have provided over the months of the lockdown? We must pray and plan toward that kind of readiness.

The work of the gospel goes on during this time, and there will be unique opportunities in the months ahead. Let’s be ready.

May Vlog

The first MOBC vlog is here! Watch the May vlog and see what some of our congregation have been up to during the pandemic lockdown.

We're always interested in hearing what you've been up to, so if you have something you'd like to share head to our website to see how you can submit it.

May Mission Month

Each year MOBC joins with Baptist Churches all over Australia and uses the month of May to raise money for Global Interaction’s mission projects. This year with the COVID-19 pandemic causing havoc around the world, there is a particular need to resource God’s Mission to those who have not yet heard the name of Jesus and to tell them of the hope we have in Him.

To date we have raised $22,290. Donations will continued to be received till 5th June, pease give if you are able.

Read more and give

Online Services

While we can't meet in person our online Sunday liturgy is continuing.

We're also happy to announce an online liturgy for kids which is updated weekly.

All past online sermons are available on our YouTube channel.

KidZone Matters

A new online liturgy for kids is now live and is being updated each week. You can use it each week in worship of God. 

We're also launching a colouring competition! Download the colouring sheet and instructions here. The winner will be announced in the July edition of the MOBC vlog.

MOBC Youth at Home

Fridays 7-9:30pm

In term 2 MOBC Youth at Home is looking at 'Life Explored' series.

High-schoolers are welcome to join the discussion groups on Zoom from 7pm and games on Discord from 8pm.

Get involved via Discord and Instagram.

Contact Pastor Eliseo for more info.

Growth Groups

Growth Groups are continuing. Many of them are now doing studies on Micah which tie into our Sunday preaching. Download the study materials.

Most groups continue to meet and communicate online, and some have started to meet again in person.

We encourage you to join a Growth Group permanently, but even if it’s only for the duration of the lockdown it would be of great benefit to you.

MOBC Prays

Keep in touch during the week through our Facebook group. Our pastors are live there every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30pm and continue to share messages of encouragement.

MOBC Prays group

 

Pastoral Care Update

During lockdown, the MOBC Pastoral Team have endeavoured to make contact with each person or family in our church. Initially, this contact was weekly, and then those in Growth Groups we contacted fortnightly.

As restrictions ease opportunities for small face to face fellowship will occur, and the pastoral team will be returning, in stages to previous responsibilities. 

From next week they will be endeavouring to make contact with people in Growth Groups monthly, and all others fortnightly.

MOBC Giving Update 

January–April 2020

Average weekly giving

Actual              $8,714
Budget             $9,765
Deficit              $1,051
 
Total giving 
Actual              $148,146
Budget             $166,005
Deficit              $  17,859
 

From the Office

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