Dear Church Family,
As the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis has been unfolding in front of us all, our church leadership have been strategising and praying to make sure we do everything we can to continue to facilitate the gathering of our church community.
Every conversation we’ve had about this crisis and our response has been extremely tough, as we strongly believe in the gathering of the Church. We believe that especially in times of need, we need to be surrounded by a faith-filled, Christ-centred community. We want to respond to all government advice, and ensure the utmost safety of all of us, whilst finding a way that we can gather, worship and pray together.
The latest advice from the Federal Government and Queensland Health is to keep all social gatherings under 500 people. Our original response was to reduce the size of our gatherings on site by adding additional service options. As we’ve continued to explore this, and with your safety at the centre of our attention, we have decided to adjust our approach. We have made the proactive decision to shift our Brisbane locations to online services only, as of this Sunday (22nd March). We’re calling this “Life at Home”.
At 9:30am, and 5:30pm, we will still be gathering, but it will look different. We will be gathering in small groups, families and friends, in homes to connect online. We will live stream spirit-filled worship, and powerful, God-centred messages to empower and encourage us all.
Life at Home
Tune in through our website for an interactive, online church service. Call your life group, text your friends, and wave to your neighbour; bring a small group of people over to your place this Sunday. Gather for community, and then tune in live to our 9:30am or 5:30pm services. Remember, you’re not just watching, this is the gathering of the church! We’re there worshiping & praying together. We will be sending out resources so you can have Kids Life at home too! And of course, those who are unable to gather for health reasons or concerns will still be able to tune in and connect through the chat and prayer features provided.
We will be sending detailed information out later this week to help you connect online this weekend.
Life Massive at Brisbane South, Life Groups in all locations, and our Central Queensland services will still continue as planned as they gather in smaller numbers.
This Sunday we will be praying for our nation, our government, and those in the health sector. We will pray for God’s blessing over their lives, and wisdom for them as they continue to care for and guide us all. We are confident that God is bigger than any challenge we can face. No matter what happens next, do not forget that wherever we are, in whatever situation, we are Christ’s church. We are on mission to extend God’s loving hand into every corner of our world. Let’s continue to be kind, generous and loving in all that we do.
I’m excited for this Sunday as we gather throughout our city. It really brings new meaning to what we’ve been saying for a while… One church, many locations. See you Sunday.
Pastor Geoff Blight
On behalf of the Life Church Oversight and Leadership.