Weekly News 17 July 2020

Sunday 19 July:

  • 10am ONLINE SERVICE: Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/480278172
  • Preacher: Kate Pocklington
  • Romans 15:13. “Being hope-filled people” – Let’s unfold together what it means to be people filled with hope during uncertain times.

During the week:            

  • A change of plans: The deacons felt it was not helpful for Pastor Jun to be on leave when he is unable to travel. They consulted with him and Xu Ping. He has taken a week off, but will now return to work. He will take the remainder of his holidays when travel is again possible.

Care groups:      http://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

News:  

Kate Pocklington and Gayle Hill

We are grateful that we have a small part to play in helping Kate Pocklington in her work with Pioneers, training local leaders in the Pacific area, and Gayle Hill, nurturing a small faith community in Carlton.  Gayle also works with the Baptist Union of Victoria as Head of the Mission Catalyst Team.

Both Gayle and Kate have faced major adjustments to their work routines recently.  Gayle would normally visit churches and church-planting initiatives on Sundays, and during the week be at BUV or visiting people in the high-rise flats. Kate would normally be spending much of her time traveling interstate and overseas, meeting with church leaders and engaging in training activities.

Both have now been working from home for several months. (One of the rare advantages of the Covid-19 pandemic is that we are seeing more of them at Balwyn Baptist than is usually possible.)

Modern technology enables them to keep in touch with many people, which is excellent.  However, there is no substitute for face-to-face contact. We encourage you to be in prayer for both of them.

Pray also for the people whom they are serving. Church leaders in the Pacific region are doing their best to nurture faith communities during difficult times. Residents of the high-rise communities in Carlton who attend the faith community there face increased risk, with one of the buildings where they live having positive Covid-19 infections reported during this week.

Our Pastor – Jun Tan

Email: jun.tan.balwynbaptist@gmail.com

Mobile: 0413 015 709

Working Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings and Sunday.