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Coronavirus Information Resources

Bathurst Uniting Church

Coronavirus Response TeamBUCconnect@gmail.com
Email us with any questions, offers or
requests for help, suggestions etc.

Websitewww.bathurstunitingchurch.com.au
Check the ‘Coronavirus Response’ page
regularly for updates, information and
resources (including weekly worship)

Rev. Claire Wrightrev.claire.wright@gmail.com
0490 678 593

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and safety measures

NSW Health Informationwww.health.nsw.gov.au

Click the ‘COVID-19 Find the Facts’ button

World Health Organization – www.who.int

Go to: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Please note that there is a lot of false information on-line and in the media, including scams.
For best guidance on how to keep safe, please consult reliable sources!

If in doubt, contact our Coronavirus Response team.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9)


Click here for a copy of the Information Resources sheet

 

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Sunday Worship

Worship gatherings will be suspended after this Sunday’s services (22 March) – weekly resources for at-home worship/devotions will be made available.

Let us know your contact preferences if you’d like to access these resources by web, email, USB-drive or DVD delivered to you.

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Church Activities

Church groups, activities and events are taking immediate steps to suspend ‘in-person’ meetings for the time being – and, where possible, going ‘on-line’ or ‘on-the-phone’, to maintain social connection and activities.

If you would like help setting up ‘virtual’ ways of meeting and sharing together, please contact the Coronavirus Response Team – BUCconnect@gmail.com

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response statement

Our Church’s Coronavirus Response Team, with the support of Church Council, has taken on board the strong advice of NSW Synod, Macquarie Darling Presbytery and civil authorities, and made some difficult decisions – for the common good, and to protect our most vulnerable.
At the same time, we are focused on ensuring that we can continue to connect people with God, people with people and people with community in new, creative and positive ways.

  • After this Sunday’s services, all ‘in-person’ gatherings for worship will be suspended until further notice.
  • All small social/outreach/activity/study groups will be taking immediate steps to suspend ‘in-person’ meetings until further notice.
  • We have put together a range of resources and mechanisms to help us all maintain pastoral care and social connection, worship/devotions (including Easter services) and welfare activity – without physically meeting together!
  • We have put in place a dedicated Coronavirus Response Team (planning, information and resources); a Pastoral Response Group (co-ordinating pastoral care and contact); and a Welfare Response Group (co-ordinating practical helps).
  • Information Packs are availablethis Sunday (22 March) at church, to take home (with spare for friends), and will then be emailed out, and posted on the website. These will tell you everything you need to know (for now) about how to access pastoral connections, worship resources and other information.
  • The Website and weekly Newsletter will be hubs for updates, information, prayer requests and resources – and we will email urgent news and information as required.
  • Please ensure that we have your best up-to-date contact details (especially email if possible) – and if you would like help with getting on-line – or setting up and using ‘virtual’ meetings tools – let us know.

Please be assured: no-one will be left isolated or left behind if we can help it – and if we all work together to connect with and look after each other, our neighbours and networks.
The God who has never failed us yet will surely not fail us now. Our strength is in Christ, and in each other, as we walk this journey together.
If you need to talk to someone, or pray with someone; if you need help in any way – please reach out.

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Pastoral Letter from our Minister, Rev. Claire Wright

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we are all aware, our society and our church are being deeply impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As members of the wider community, and as the body of Christ called to exercise love for our neighbours, we are committed to participating in our community in wise, faithful and responsible ways. We have our part to play – both in slowing and limiting the spread of the disease, and in helping everyone to learn new ways of continuing to connect with God, connect with people, and connect with community, in a time of emotional, physical and financial stress. Fortunately, we have extraordinary resources to face troubled times – in God, in one another, and in the excellent guidance given by Synod and Presbytery, health authorities and government.

At our meeting of March 16, Church Council appointed a Coronavirus Response Team (Rev. Claire and Sharynne and David) to decide and manage our church’s response to the virus. Over the last 48 hours, we have been able to develop what we think is a positive and hopeful first plan of response – at least to things as they stand today. The Synod and Presbytery have advised us strongly to stop all face-to-face meetings and gatherings – and we have had to make some painful decisions about this. But we have also focused on ensuring that we can continue to connect people with God, connect people with people, and connect people with community.

The important ingredients of the plan, for everyone to note, are:

(a) We will be holding services this Sunday (subject to strict infection protocols) for those who wish to gather, in order to offer pastoral support and equipping with resources for the immediate future. (Please bring a hat, as morning tea – again with strict protocols – will be in the open Courtyard.)

(b) From then on, we will be stopping all gatherings for worship until further notice – but providing a range of resources for maintaining pastoral care, social connection, worship/devotion (including Easter services) and welfare activity. In addition to the Response Team (planning, information and resources), we have a Pastoral Response Group (Rev. David Wrightson and Ellie) to co-ordinate pastoral contact and care, and a Welfare Response Group (Julie and Sharynne) to co-ordinate practical helps. Information packs will be available on Sunday – and then from the Website and by email – or by mail or delivery if necessary. No-one will be left isolated or left behind if we can help it – and if we all work together to connect with and look after each other.

(c) All social/study/activity groups are being asked to suspend ‘in-person’ meetings/gatherings – and to maintain contact and activity in other ways (with lots of help from us).

Please make sure that we have your best up-to-date contact details (especially email, if possible). If you would like help with getting on-line – or setting up and using ‘virtual’ meeting tools – let us know.

We have opened a dedicated email addressBUCconnect@gmail.com – for all questions, suggestions, offers or requests for help (etc) at this time. Our website will also be a central hub for information about what’s going on – and to access weekly resources for worship and devotions. Our weekly Newsletter will be emailed as usual for prayers, prayer requests, devotionals and updates: please get on Ruth’s mailing list, if you aren’t already on it.

‘Physical distance – social connection’ is our rallying cry for the moment. I warmly encourage each of us to take responsibility for ‘being a neighbour’ at this time: using the phone, post, internet and other resources to reach out to one another; to ask ‘how are you going?’; to share bible readings, prayers and prayer requests; to generally BE CHURCH – be the presence of Christ – to each other, and others. This is our calling, our strength and our comfort. Again: no-one will be left isolated or left behind if we can help it – and if we all work together to connect with and look after each other.

And please remember: we are a people of hope! The God who has never failed us yet will surely not fail us now. Our strength is in Christ, and in each other, as we walk this journey together.

God bless you. God bless us all.

Claire


Click here for a copy of the Pastoral letter to the congregation 20 Mar 2020

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

All information and news regarding to the Church’s response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) will be posted regularly on this page.

 

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2019 Advent & Christmas Services

“And he shall be called Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us’.”

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Prayers for those affected by fires

Dear friends,

Thinking of all those affected by the fires and terrible weather conditions this week.

We continue to pray for those heroically battling blazes, those supporting communities in safe zones and evacuation centres, those struggling to save homes and animals, those burdened by worry and uncertainty, and – most of all – those who have already lost everything. Our hearts break.

Please stay up-to-date with RMS warnings and alerts, and look after yourselves, your loved ones and your neighbours.

Fires Near Me

May God guard and keep you.

Rev Claire Wright

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Moderator’s Drought Appeal

As weather patterns become more extreme, we experience more and more weather events that leave communities devastated by drought, fires and floods.

If you or your Church would like to give to these crises the Moderator’s Appeal distributes funds where they are most needed.

There are a couple of ways you can give to the Moderator’s Appeal:

To give by Cheque

  • To give by cheque simply mark your envelope Moderator’s Appeal, PO Box A2178, Sydney South NSW 1235.
  • Please make the cheque out to “The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT”.

 

To give by Bank Transfer

Our Bank Account Details:
Bank: Uniting Financial Services
Account Name: Moderators Appeal
Branch: L9 / 222 Pitt St, Sydney 2000
BSB: 634-634
Account: 100044774

Once you have made the donation, if you need a receipt, please call 02 8267 4342. If you have any questions or concerns contact us by calling 02 8267 4342 or email fmsg@nswact.uca.org.au

 

To give by credit card
Go to the Moderator’s Appeal page to securely pay by credit card – click here.

 

For more information
If you have any questions or concerns contact us by calling (02) 8267 4342 or email fmsg@nswact.uca.org.au

Please note that donations given to the Moderator’s Appeal are not tax deductible.

For more information about how the Moderator’s Appeal assists in times of crisis go to the Disaster Response page – click here

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Bathurst Uniting Community Markets

Saturday, 14 September 9:00am to 1:00pm

You may have read in the Western Advocate about the city wide fund raising campaign in support of Poppy Stanton, the 4 year old girl in need of a Star Pups assistance dog to help manage her Retts Syndrome (a rare and incurable neurological disorder).

The Stantons are one of our Play Group families.

This month, our markets will be donating all stall fees and any other fund raising efforts as our own contribution to this appeal.
The third ‘mark of mission’ of God’s Church is ‘Tend: responding to human need in acts of loving service’. And sometimes it’s individual human need that catches at our hearts…

If you can help, by holding a stall, spreading the word, bringing friends, shaking a fund raising tin or just being
there to add to the ‘buzz’, please do!

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