As we settle into an extended lockdown, let’s remember our God knows our needs and understands our fears. We can bring everything to him in prayer to find help, hope and peace beyond understanding.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Check out the video message from Dave as he encourages us to keep up good spiritual habits during lockdown.

Sunday church

This Sunday we continue in our new series: 1 Samuel – Looking for a leader. Israel’s King David points forward to Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of God’s promises to his people and the only perfect leader the world has ever known.Join us live online at 8.30am or watch the recording any time after the service is finished. The Chinese translation will be at the same time via a different link. The links are below and also on the Livestream page of our website.

8.30am Sunday livestream
8.30am Sunday livestream (Mandarin translation)

Kids Church printout

Be sure to download the Kids Church printout for your children so they can participate in church along with you this Sunday! It is available here and in the right hand sidebar.

We know this is a stressful and challenging time for many in our church family and wider community. Let’s continue to go to the source of our endurance, patience and thankfulness: time in God’s word and talking with him in prayer. Stay in touch with each other, particularly anyone you know who could be feeling isolated during lockdown. 

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-11

Sunday church

This Sunday we start a new series: 1 Samuel – Looking for a leader. Israel’s King David points forward to Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of God’s promises to his people and the only perfect leader the world has ever known.Join us live online at 8.30am or watch the recording any time after the service is finished. The Chinese translation will be at the same time via a different link. The links are below and also on the Livestream page of our website.

8.30am Sunday livestream
8.30am Sunday livestream (Mandarin translation)

Kids packs

Be sure to download the Kids Church printout for your children so they can participate in church along with you this Sunday! It is available here or via the link in the sidebar under ‘Kids Church downloads’.

Lakes Youth

For the next three Fridays the Youth team will be livestreaming a talk at 7pm followed by a short 20-minute Bible study over Zoom. While not the same as gathering in person, we hope these sessions will be an encouragement to your teens during lockdown and an opportunity for you to watch with your teens if you would like to. Lakes Youth parents will receive the YouTube and Zoom links via a separate email this week. For more Youth info please visit the Youth page of our website.

As we head into another week of lockdown and all the challenges that come with it, let’s intentionally cultivate hearts of gratitude for all we have in Christ and keep our eyes fixed on the hope of eternity where all pain and grief will be done away with. Also, consider if there is someone you could encourage with a phone call or text message, especially those who live on their own and could be feeling particularly isolated during lockdown.

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

Sunday church

We’d love you to join us online this Sunday for a time of worship, prayer and digging into God’s word together as we consider what God’s word says about growing Godward in our walk with him. Church will be at 8.30am via livestream only (the recording will be available to watch any time after the service is finished). A Mandarin translation will be at the same time via a different link.

Click here for 8.30am Sunday livestream
Click here 8.30am Sunday livestream (Mandarin translation)

You can find our YouTube channel here or simply search for The Lakes Church NSW in YouTube. Remember to hit subscribe so it’s easy to find in future.

Growth Groups

We encourage Growth Groups to meet together via Zoom next week, not only to do the first of our 1 Samuel studies but also to encourage and pray for each other during this challenging time.