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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 Update

Here are the things you need to know regarding worship and events at church as of Friday 2nd July.
  • There will be no on-site worship this week (Sunday 4th July). You are invited to watch the live-streamed 9:45am service from home via Youtube or Facebook.
  • Communion will be held this Sunday as usual, so if you would like to participate from home please have some bread/crackers and juice ready to go.
  • Kids Holiday Club has now been cancelled
  • 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.
  • Men's Cuppa and Chat will not be meeting this month. The next meeting is scheduled for August 4th.

Minister's Message

In the midst of this frustrating lock-down, it can be easy to start thinking about ourselves. The frustration of working from home. The sadness of not being able to gather together in worship. The metal-health issues of isolation and loneliness and also people's businesses struggling in lock-down. These issues are real and affect people deeply. It will take a while to get back to where we were in society before this lock-down.

With the hope of vaccinations coming, there is a light at the end of the tunnel (however distant that light may feel). In the mean-time, caring for each other is a part of being in a Christian community. I invite you to think about who you can call to offer encouragement or support in this time of isolation.

Also, being a Christian community means we need to think of our neighbours - and that does not just mean the person next door. Last week, just before lock-down, I had two separate conversations about Uganda - one with Esther from our evening congregation and the other with Anne Hand. Esther was talking about Bushfire Uganda, an orphanage that she has been supporting where people in the local community are struggling to find food in the midst of a 42 day lock-down. There, people are not able to leave their local region to source food and some have resorted to scavenging for herbs from the side of the road. The Bushfire orphanage is now trying to cook for as many in the community as they can.

The other conversation with Anne was about Kalonga in Uganda, where Impact Nations runs the orphanage that our church supported in a congregational project a few years ago. The kitchen, which was renovated as a result of this project, is also being used to feed as many as they can in their community. Many people in Uganda live hand-to-mouth, using their daily wage to feed themselves. In the middle of a 42 day lock-down, many people are not working, thus their next meal is a struggle to find.

Lock-downs are affecting people right across the world. We need to pray for our local community, for all those that are struggling. Let us also pray for people right around the world. This small window into Uganda is just a glimpse into a world affected by this virus. Practical help is needed for these people to survive. Our prayers are also vital, for it is only with God's help that a pathway out of this situation can be found.

In your lock-down, please spend 10 minutes in prayer for our friends here in Australia and our neighbours affected right around the world. Also pray that God can lead us out of this situation.

Blessings,
Richard

Pray

Some prayer points are listed on the prayer boards at church:
If you have a prayer request, you can email it to prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com.
 

July Prayer Focus

Thank you for your continued support to the prayer focus. Since beginning this initiative, we have prayed for:

Front line workers
Emergency personnel
Children, teachers and people in the education system
People who are homeless
Please continue to pray for these people and situations.
 
For July our hearts and prayers turn towards our rural communities. Not only are many still in drought, some have had floods or fires, but now the mice plague is destroying crops and the livelihood of many farmers. The recent COVID-19 outbreak has only added to their plight.  
 
Some thoughts to guide your prayers:
Provision – financial and practical
Peace – emotional and spiritual support
Quick eradication of the mice plague
An end to the COVID-19 pandemic
 
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
Due to the lock-down, we are currently holding just the one service each Sunday, which is live-streamed to YouTube and Facebook from 9:45am on Sunday.
Normally, we meet for worship each week at the following times:

Sunday 8am (Traditional with hymns) | Sunday 9:45am (All-age worship) 
Sunday 6pm (Contemporary) | Tuesday 11am (Traditional with hymns)

You are welcome to attend any service that suits you.

Upcoming Readings

Sunday 4th July
1 John 2:18-3:10
Sunday 11th July
1 John 3:11-4:21

Catch up on last Sunday's Service:

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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.
 

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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