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The government has now started to ease restrictions on gatherings. They have implemented Step One of a three step plan.

This means we can start showing hospitality to one another by having up to five guests in our homes. Some Growth Groups will take advantage of this and will start getting together in person (bearing in mind social distancing and good hygiene).

At the Ministry Centre, we are allowed to have gatherings of up to ten people. However, since we can only have one gathering at a time, the Ministry Centre is still closed to the public. If you want to use the ministry centre for your Growth Group or another ministry you will need to making a booking through the church office.

On Sunday mornings the live-stream will continue at 9am. It has been very encouraging to have so many family and friends of our church watching live. Our youth ministries will continue to gather via Zoom until there are further easing of restrictions.

The Sydney Anglicans have put out a great document called Return to Gathering Framework. This gives a helpful perspective of what we might expect in coming months.

Whether we gather digitally or physically:

Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

Is there more to life than this?

In our six week Life course we look into life with Jesus, and his claim to offer all who believe in him ‘life to the full.’ This term we’ll be running the course online through Zoom, but everyone will still have a good chance to either listen to the discussion, or ask as many questions as they like. Course materials supplied.

There has never been a better opportunity to invite your friends to join us – even if they live a long way away, consider inviting them and doing the course together. Also, consider joining us together with others in your household!

Course Details

When: 7.30-9pm Tuesday nights starting 12th May
Cost: Free
RSVP: Thomas McConaghey by phone or email (his details are in the church directory) or fill in the contact form here

Living out the gospel in today’s world means we need to understand and internalise the truth about God and his plan for the world. Paul’s letter to the Romans remains one of the most important expressions of Christian truth ever written. In our upcoming sermon series on the Book of Romans we’ll dive into this message that confronts us with who we are, who God is, and what our place in this world ought to be.

“It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well.”

Martin Luther in his ‘Preface to Romans’

“When anyone understands this Epistle, he has a passage opened to him to the understanding of the whole Scripture.”

John Calvin regarding Book of Romans

Have a watch of the video of Dave taking us through an introduction to the Book of Romans, and the Bible Project has a great intro to Romans 1-4 here

ANZAC day is coming up. This Sunday, as we reflect on the sacrifice of men and women who have served in Australian armed forces, we have a special guest speaker Andrew Nixon who will be joining our live stream in his navy uniform and speaking to us on John 15:13:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.

This verse applies to those who have fought and died to protect our freedom but even more so, points us towards the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus in our place.

Andrew is married to Jenny and they have four children, all currently doing school or university studies from home. He is a keen gardener and looks forward to being able to watch the Sydney Swans play again. Formerly an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, he now serves as a Chaplain in the RAN Reserves, as well as being the head of pastoral care and volunteer services at Hammondcare.

Please join us at 9am this Sunday via live-stream or find our YouTube channel by clicking here or searching for The Lakes Church NSW and remember to hit the subscribe button to find us easily next time.

Last week Al Stewart started as the new National Director of the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). We’ll have the privilege of meeting him and hearing him preach this Sunday. For now, here’s a short video of him introducing himself.

In this latest update, Dave asks our members to send in short videos to show us a bit of what’s going on at your place during this time of isolation. These will be shown over the coming Sundays during the live-stream. We miss you and would just love to see your faces!! If you’d like to send us a video, check the post about this in our Facebook group (The Voice) or your emails for instructions on what we are after and where to upload your video.

On Monday night the NSW government introduced new rules about people gathering and a partial ban on leaving our homes. Both measures have been introduced to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

This note is a brief summary of the new rules and what they mean for The Lakes Church. If you’d like to see a detailed analysis of the rules, please contact Allan Asher (his details are in the church directory).

Non-essential gatherings

From today most indoor and outdoor non-essential gatherings are to be limited to two people. This is in addition to the announcement made last week that church services were determined to be non-essential. Members of the public are not permitted to come to our ministry centre and from tonight no gatherings of more than two (excepting members of the same family) are permitted in a public place. The restriction does not apply to our homes (they are not public places) but the measures restricting travel mean no meetings of Growth Groups at the ministry centre or in homes, so we will be meeting online only.

Essential gathering

The policy is that, except for essential gatherings (explained below), everyone should stay at home, unless:

  • going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)
  • shopping for essential supplies such as groceries, after which you need to return home without delay
  • going out for personal exercise in your neighbourhood, on your own or with one other
  • attending medical appointments or compassionate visits

 Essential gatherings for which leaving your home is OK are:

  • workplaces which includes the ministry centre where the Sunday service live-stream is produced (these are regarded as essential because this function can not be performed  from home – worship services and places of worship are closed to members of the public but not to staff and volunteers working on church business)
  • health care settings
  • pharmacies
  • food shopping
  • schools and universities (where you cannot study from home)
  • public transport and airports

These essential gatherings must apply social distancing and good hygiene practices, including:

  • maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people
  • providing hand hygiene products and suitable rubbish bins, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal

Lakes Church

The intentions of the policy restricting gatherings is a good one and we are following both the rules and their intent. Those on our team working at the office and those producing the live-stream Sunday service will keep social distancing and hygiene practices and work with the minimum necessary numbers of workers. 

People not engaged in the work of the church (that is, members of the public or church members who do not have a specific job to do) are not permitted into the ministry centre.  

We want our staff and volunteers working on essential activities to be safe and feel safe with the measures we have adopted. We’re urging anyone working at the ministry centre who is concerned about their personal welfare to let a staff member know so that other measures which may eliminate or reduce any risk to safety or wellbeing can be put into place immediately. In addition, we encourage our staff and volunteers to feel free to leave the site at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Allan Asher, our go-to man for all things coronavirus (his details are in the church directory).