OFFICE HOURS BACK TO NORMAL FROM JULY 13
Immanuel office returns to normal office hours from July 13. Already the office is returning to be a hub of ministry activity. Please drop in to say G’day!
STARTING PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM JULY 19
After the long wait it’s finally happening. On Sunday July 19th we will start a new worship program that we hope to maintain in August and September. As restrictions ease the program may gradually grow.
7.30AM SERVICE (WEEKLY)
The early service will be back but with a reduced seating capacity (maximum of 99) due to distancing rules. This means this early service will be there only for those that have attended it before. To comply with health guidelines there will be: contact tracing (you sign in), sanitising on entry, seating further apart, and no handshakes at the door.
9.30AM OUTDOORS WORSHIP ON THE STADIUM OVAL (FORTNIGHTLY FROM JULY 19)
Bring a picnic chair, a blanket or your camp seating! Come prepared to buy a coffee from the coffee van! The late service will be outdoors to accommodate larger numbers and ensure everyone has a safe distance. We will have ushers at the driveway to show you how to get to the location. Due to the massive effort to setup outside we will hold this service fortnightly for a couple months. More information will come as the date approaches. We are currently negotiating with Queensland Health around some conditions but hope that by the start date we will have all the permissions required to go ahead.
11.00AM LIVESTREAM CONTINUES (WEEKLY)
We know that some people will not feel ready to come back to public worship. So our LiveStream will continue each week. It will evolve and grow as our community does.
We can again have baptisms! If you’ve been waiting now is the time. You can either have your baptism at our 9.30am outdoor service, or we can schedule another time as long as a Life Group can come so that it is not a private event – baptisms are never a ‘private’ thing as they are entry into the worldwide Church of Jesus – and into our Immanuel faith community.
LIFE GROUPS & HOLY COMMUNION
Through the time of restrictions Life Groups and meetings in the home have been vitally important and an incredible encouragement. Please keep your Life Group going. As we wait for Sunday July 19th we encourage Life Groups to meet on Sundays, watch the LiveStream and have communion in the homes together as a group. For guidelines on how to do this please go to our website and click on ‘Faith Resources’ and you’ll find the words to use and some advice on how to prepare communion.
Through the second half of the year we also hope to offer regular Saturdays where you can come, learn and grow. We have some inspired ideas for these days. Stay tuned for more information and dates.
CREATING A PERMANENT LIVESTREAM STUDIO
Up until now most of the gear used to create our LiveStream has been borrowed from our PA system and from Immanuel College! We can’t continue this way as we need our sound system back in the worship centre. So the leadership team agreed to spend the funds we need to make a semi-permanent LiveStream studio in the downstairs prayer chapel. You’re welcome to visit and check it out as it grows.
TAKE YOUR MARRIAGE DEEPER
This term Pastor Matt is running a six week ‘marriage enrichment’ program. If you are interested in this (either for the relationship growth or the research) please touch base with our office.
MUSTARD TREE KEEPS GIVING
The economic pain is really starting to bite. Last week we had a local Maroochydore family where mum and dad lost their jobs, and their teen child lost his casual job too. They’re struggling to make ends meet – but Mustard Tree supplied them with food and hope. Praise God for your generosity to this ministry.
Praise God for Immanuel Gardens. We are blessed with dedicated professional and deeply compassionate Chaplains there. Pray especially for our members who suffer dementia as this time as been very isolating for them.
GROW CHURCH AT HOME RESOURCES
Grow Ministries have released three amazing resources for all ages and especially for those with children:
Call our office number and it will go to someone alive and real!
As normal, Pastor Matt and Pastor Doug remain available in genuine emergencies.
CARE OF THOSE IN NEED
Pastor Doug has restructured our Immanuel care system. We have 148 households currently in a category of need. Many willing volunteers have come forward to support them! We will continue to need more volunteers to call them on the phone, have a conversation, and offer a prayer for them.
In the current crisis, visiting of the vulnerable and elderly may spread the virus. So our team have changed all non-urgent care and support to phone calls.
During this time we ask you to obey all State and Federal Government directions: www.health.gov.au .
If the government rules change, Immanuel will do whatever they require. At the moment the guidelines mean that our Life Groups should not be meeting physically. This may change, so please keep an eye on the current regulations. We strongly discourage groups from meeting physically. If your Life Group needs resources, support, or ideas, please call our coordinator Victoria.
Our youth ministry have innovated so much. Youth ministry will start up again in term three!
Our youth leaders are prioritizing relationships, making contact with teens, and are producing wonderful content to engage teens.
IF YOU NEED HELP
If you need help (for instance groceries or help getting shopping) please do ask. Please be honest about your needs. Our aim with the prayer & care phone ministry is to find out who needs what. But if you’re hurting we need you to let us know.
May God’s grace and peace be with you all.
Matt Thiele, Lead Pastor