March 24, 2020
Through COVID-19, God has presented us with an enormous opportunity, coupled with an enormous challenge, to worship and come together in Christian fellowship in new ways.
From Sunday March 29, GGLC services will be online only, until such time as Government restrictions are removed. Please see our website or Facebook which will be regularly updated with details prior to each service.
All groups within the church are encouraged to continue to meet using whatever means possible that will ensure the health and safety of all participants and comply with Government directives. For example, our youth and young adults groups will be meeting virtually using the Zoom conferencing system.
If anyone in our community needs assistance with technology - be it accessing the online worship services, or logging into an online meeting, or getting set up to connect with family and friends - please contact the GGLC office on 7200 0090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect Groups who wish to meet virtually may also wish to discuss options with the GGLC office.
Please note that Bishop Henderson has indicated that there are to be “no Sunday morning, Lenten, or other church services, small group bible studies or prayer times in our buildings or in the church grounds” but to “Gather however you can, without physical proximity”. Government advice as of March 24 is that people should only go outside the home to deal with essential matters.
Finally, some further words from Bishop John Henderson:This is an opportunity for us to step forward, boldly and confidently, as Christian citizens who understand how to practise care, compassion, and love. The hope we have in us is greater than anything this earth can offer, and God’s love strengthens us. Our Lord has been preparing us for this time for many years. Suddenly, being church is not just talk, but action, as we are challenged to step out of our church buildings into the unknown. As we do that, we will feel some sense of loss, but it does not need to bother us unduly. Our true hope is not in bricks and mortar, or the things of this world. We will always have what we need for each day. This is what we repeatedly ask God for, every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer. We can use the gifts we have been given for the good of the whole world, serving God with joy in our hearts.