With lockdown being extended in the ACT until at least 15 October, this means that we will not be gathering in-person.
Gathering for Worship
We’ll continue to gather in our homes to worship together via Livestream. The livestream will begin at 10am AEST, and you can access it via Immanuel’s YouTube page or at woden.lutheran.org.au/livestream. There’ll be hymns and songs, an interactive kid’s time, prayers and a message.
Caring for One Another
Please take some time to pray for one another during this time. Especially for those who are feeling isolated or anxious, those who are overwhelmed with caring for children or adapting to changes at work. You might like to write a letter of encouragement: Take some time in your own method to write (say, draw, sing, etc.) some simple words that speak the truth of God’s love to encourage and build up someone else. Allow God’s love to flow through the truthful words you speak.
In the lockdown last year, many people wonderfully connected with one another through regular phone calls and checking in. We are hoping that this will happen again. Pastor Tim will be in contact with people in the coming days, and if there are any urgent needs you are aware of please let him know.
If you need pastoral support, or just want to talk to someone you’re welcome to contact Pastor Tim (0490 765 061 – not on Fridays) or Jacob (0416 708 470 – not on Wednesdays). Our understanding is that pastoral visits for urgent needs are permitted as ‘essential work.’ Finally, if you or someone you know is not coping with mental health, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (more mental health resources can be found here).
Events at Immanuel
Events which would normally be held at the church or in the hall (such as Blokes Breakfast or the Thursday Morning Group) will not be happening in person at this time. The organisers of these groups (and other small group leaders) will be in touch with regular attenders to let you know if your group plans to gather online.
The office will not be open regular hours during this time, as Hannah will be working from home. You can still contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and messages on the office phone will be checked regularly.
May the love of God, which endures through every circumstance, wrap around you and hold you in his presence during this time.