With the current social distancing restrictions you may be wondering how we’re going to pull off the music for our live-stream this Sunday.

Well, we’ll have one live muso but they’ll be playing along to others on the music team who have recorded their parts at home. Here’s a sneak peek behind-the-scenes with our tech master Geoff!

9am Good Friday

On the night before he died, Jesus gathered for a meal with his closest disciples. During that meal he did two things: wash his disciples’ feet and share bread and wine with them. Two simple, intimate and profound things that would help them and us to understand the meaning of his death.

BYO Lord’s Supper

As part of our Good Friday service, we’ll share in a BYO Lord’s Supper together. We encourage you to involve your whole household and most importantly plan ahead. Grab some bread or crackers, some grape juice or wine and have them ready to go before the service starts. Dave will lead us through it towards the end of the service so we can share it as a church family!

9am Easter Sunday

We’re living through a time of anxiety and uncertainty. Into our world Jesus speaks these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled: trust in God, trust also in me.” Jesus helps us to see that his death and resurrection provide a certain hope for the future and a profound comfort in the present.

Join us as we declare the wonderful news: Christ is risen… he is risen indeed!

Like many churches, live-streaming is a totally new experience for us. Here’s a bit of a look behind the scenes and some reflections from the team that made yesterday’s service possible!

Our Helping Hands ministry allows us to centralise help for situations where a Growth Group needs help to support people. At The Lakes we encourage all members to be part of a Growth Group so that we can encourage one another in God’s Word and care for one another in our small groups. If you are able to help with:

Over the coming months let’s make sure we all care for one another. We’ve always been great at helping others, but also be prepared to ask for help yourself if you need it. The Lakes has a terrific care team called Helping Hands. If you’d like to contribute by donating food, doing some shopping or phoning to keep in touch with members of our church family we’d love to hear from you. If you’re in need of help, please let us know.

You can help by:
  • reaching out to each other;
  • providing a frozen meal or non-perishable groceries for our food bank – groceries can be delivered to the tub on the church verandah at any time and frozen meals can be dropped off to the office freezer (please phone ahead on 43530977 to make sure someone is at the office);
  • shopping, meal delivery, or phoning people by filling in this simple form here;
  • letting us know if you hear of anyone in need by emailing helpinghands@thelakes.net.au

Let’s spur each other on to love and good deeds with our Saviour’s encouragement:

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:35

It’s great to see that more and more of our Growth Groups are meeting online and enjoying the experience. Remember, at The Lakes this is our main way of caring for each other, especially now that we can’t gather at the ministry centre on Sundays. We encourage you to keep informed about one another’s needs such as food, collecting groceries and transport. Take the opportunity to talk to each other and build relationships and community with one another in Christ.

Please also be prepared to welcome new group members as we invite people who are new to The Lakes or who haven’t previously been in a Growth Group. If you are not in a group and would like to join at this time, please do not hesitate to contact Darren Box (his details are in the church directory).