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April 2020

Pastors Blog - Tim Burns

Welcome to the first edition of the Pandemic Post. Not since 1918 has such a thing been contemplated! But needs must, and in an effort to provide information and promote connection during this period of lockdown, I am grateful to the MOBC Office for collating and distributing this new monthly communique.
 
In my phone conversations with some of you I have been joking about the text I would choose to preach on if I were still Senior Pastor of MOBC when the lockdown ends. Psalm 122, verse 1 says, ‘I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord”’ and I have always appreciated the Psalmist’s enthusiasm. I have long enjoyed attending both MOBC’s Sunday services and those of other churches I have visited while on leave. Nevertheless, the prospect of ‘going to church’ for the first time after social distancing measures are relaxed has taken on a whole new appeal, and I am looking forward to it more than ever.
 
It goes without saying that the Church is the Lord’s people and not the Lord’s House, but in the words of Rick Warren, ‘we were created for community’ and there are vital spiritual benefits that accrue to those who meet together regularly. Here, I think, is why the writer of Hebrews said, ‘do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing’. He knew that there is real value in Christian fellowship, and in congregational prayer and praise, and in listening to live Bible teaching.
 
So, let us look forward to the time when we can meet together again. And, until that time comes, let us make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit by praying for one another, calling or texting one another, joining in Growth Group Zooms, connecting on Facebook (especially during Facebook Live) and participating in the online Sunday services.

Online Services

Along with congregations all over the world our Sunday gatherings have been temporarily suspended. In their place we have created a page where you will find a simple liturgy which you can use each week in worship of God.

Access our online services

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

 

Growth Groups

Growth Groups continue! Most groups are meeting using Zoom or similar technology, and members are staying in touch with one another.

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.

The term 2 Bible study series will be on Micah, and groups will begin in the week before the first sermon on May 10. Start reading the amazing book of Micah and get ahead.

Pastoral Care

In the first month of lockdown the MOBC pastoral team committed to calling each person or family group each week.

Regular contact will continue to be made but the system will be adjusted slightly in the coming weeks.

Eliseo will maintain contact with the young adults. Those in Growth Groups will receive a fortnightly contact from either Tim, Matthew, or Rita, in addition to remaining in fellowship with their Growth Group. Those not connected to a Growth Group will receive contact weekly from either Tim or Matthew. Those wishing not to be contacted should feel free to say so.

We believe it's vital to maintain communication and fellowship with our MOBC church family through this experience.

MOBC Youth at Home

Youth - Fridays 7-9:30pm

Whilst our youth can’t meet physically, Pastor Eliseo and his team are working hard to keep our youth connected. With the aid of technology MOBC Youth at Home has launched as a great way to stay in touch.

The best ways to get involved in MOBC Youth at Home are through Discord and Instagram.

Contact Pastor Eliseo for more info.

Kidzone Matters

Our leaders are missing the children!  See their Easter message.

Kidzone families have been receiving emails with great resources to keep children busy whilst we aren’t able to meet.

Some good resources for children aged 0-12:
LifeKids - Great videos
QuizWorx - Bible teaching, videos, craft and games

The team is busy compiling a vlog so please send in photos or video clips of your craft and activity sheets to the church office.

May Mission Month

Global Interaction (GIA) is the international cross-cultural sending agency of Australian Baptist churches and for 150 years it has helped Baptists serve in Christ’s global mission.

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.

Read more and give

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