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In this email you will find the latest updates and information from Terrigal Uniting Church. If you would like something to be included in future editions, please get in touch!

COVID Updates

  • Due to the lockdown worship will continue to be held online only. The service is streamed to Youtube and Facebook every Sunday at 9:45am. 
  • 4:12 Kids and 4:12 will not meet until the lockdown is lifted (at this stage August 6th). Stay tuned for updates on this.
  • Small groups who still want to meet will need to do so via zoom. If you need help setting this up please contact the church office.

Minister's Message

The last 18 months have been a lesson in flexibility and resilience.

Right from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to learn how to adapt and change. Some of the changes have been really beneficial. As a society we have learnt a little more about hygiene and how diseases are transmitted. As a church we have set ourselves up for live-streaming our services, and over the weeks of the lock-down that live-stream has been an invaluable link to worship, to each other and to God.

But some things have been really challenging. Having weeks where we cannot gather together in the same room for worship has been less than ideal. Pepper and Salt has had a long break and it was wonderful that last month they were able to come back together, even if only for a month.

It was disappointing that in the school holidays, we yet again had to cancel the Kids Holiday Club and Youth Day after Craig and Emma had put so much effort into planning the events and the volunteers were keen and ready for fun. It seems like so many of the flare-up’s with Covid-19 in NSW have been during the school holiday times, interrupting our vital youth and children’s ministry.

Please pray for our children’s and youth programs, that we can continue to connect and build this vital aspect of our church's ministry. And let's pray that next holidays things are a little more stable.

Blessings,
Richard

A note from Jan Fellows

It has been a great privilege and joy to work in Pastoral Care over a number of years. It is time now for me to retire and I will be doing so at the end of August.

I have greatly appreciated working alongside such a committed and caring staff and under the guidance of Richard, who pastors us all.

It is a wide area of ministry which has only been made possible to oversee through the assistance of Emma and the many volunteers who give their time and care so generously. It has also been a great privilege to have worked with Anne Hand and Stephanie Laughlin in previous years.

Thank you all for your support, encouragement and the multitude of ways you care for one another.

Jan

Pray

Central Coast Regional Prayer Network has begun a prayer initiative, for while we are in lockdown, to each day pray for:
  • The wellbeing of our area  
  • The physical and mental health of all people
  • Businesses that are struggling
  • God’s grace in relationships
Some additional prayer points are listed on the boards at church.
If you have a prayer request, you can email it to prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com.
 

July Prayer Focus

Throughout July our hearts and prayers turn towards our rural communities. Not only are many still in drought, some have had floods or fires, and now the mice plague is destroying crops and the livelihood of many farmers. The recent COVID-19 outbreak has only added to their plight.  
 
Geoff, a Uniting Church Scattered community Minister, in NSW/Eastern Riverina, has sent through the following prayer and praise points:
  • After the long drought which broke 2 years ago now people have experienced one of the best years in memory and now after a mild summer early rain has meant crops have gone in on time and there is pasture for livestock. The wildlife and bird numbers seem to be recovering well and trees and natural plant life has new growth happening.
  • Give thanks to God for the resilience of God’s good creation and how it sustains and supports all living creatures.
  • The mouse plague has caused distress and hardship but this too is easing with the cold weather and rain reducing numbers. We continue to pray for the normal weather patterns to bring rain and cold weather as this both enhances the season and returns to balance things like excessive mouse numbers that threaten other species wellbeing and the livelihoods of rural and regional people.  
  • Pray for the health of our land and that we might use its resources wisely so that the whole creation might be renewed.
  • Rural people are very concerned about how to adapt to climate change as ever increasing demands on water and other resources impact the fabric of rural communities and at times divides communities with competing interests. Added to this like city people have experienced, Covid-19 is impacting peoples day to day lives and the business that support our local communities.
  • Pray that our religious, social and political leaders will seek the common good of the whole community as together we support those vulnerable in our community to thrive.  
  • Rural and regional people are concerned about access to Doctors and healthcare generally with many towns having limited access to GP’s. Sometimes people are forced to leave their homes and communities so they can access health care or they suffer the effects of poor health not being addressed, or have to drive long distances to visit a Doctor. Pray for those whose health is compromised and are forced to make difficult choices, may the love and compassion of family and community surround them in this situation. Give thanks for nurses, doctors and health care workers who do so much in our communities.
Please pray for Geoff and the ministry that he does in the Riverina area.

If you or any of your family or friends are living in a rural community, we’d love to hear from you. Please let us know how we can be praying for the community.
 
Bless you as you pray
Anne & Arthur Hand
prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com

KidsLife

The KidsLife Team are hard at work on another lock-down edition of KidsLife!

If you haven't had a chance to watch the first one yet, it's available on the Terrigal Uniting Church Youtube Channel.
Due to the lock-down, we are currently holding just the one service at 9:45am each Sunday, which is live-streamed to YouTube and Facebook.
Richard will be on leave this Sunday, and we are pleased to welcome Leigh Van Aswegen to lead us in worship.

Upcoming Readings

Sunday 18th July
1 John 5: 1-23
Sunday 25th July
2 John 1-13

Catch up on last Sunday's Service:

CC21

If you haven't yet secured your place for church camp, please contact us soon!

There are 3 cabins left, and a few tent/caravan sites.

For all enquiries and booking requests contact Claire in the office: claire@terrigalunitingchurch.com.
 

Community Notice

The planned Australian Church Women Fellowship Day service will not be held this year, unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. However, the Fellowship Day Service will be streamed, probably from Sydney, on Friday 30th July 2021, at either 10am or 11am. This time will be clarified closer to the date.  

Tithes and offerings

Thank you for continuing your generous offerings!
 
If you would like to give a tithe or offering to the church, you are welcome to do this online. Alternatively you can place your offering in the box on Sunday.
 
Click here to tithe online

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