Hello Church,

We pray that this update finds you well.

At times like this, we need to remember that God is still in control. He carries us and will carry us through these incredible times. In the same way that he has carried us before, He will not (and certainly has not) abandon us now or in the future.

As a church, together with our ACC family, let’s stand together on the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14, and pray in unity the promise of Psalm 91.

Psalm 91:14-15
‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.’

Can we encourage you as a church to look after one another? In these times, more than ever, the church needs to shine. We must rise up in our love for one another, and in our love for our community.

Let’s share the love of Jesus, not only in our thoughts and prayers, but in practical ways, where safe, as well.

Over the coming weeks we will share with you as things progress, where we are headed as a church.
Be assured, though many of our familiar practices will need to change, we are still here.

Church isn’t closed; the way we meet has changed.
Our vision remains; the way we outwork it will need to adjust.
We need to be wise and stay safe; we don’t need to panic.
We need to prepare and follow instruction; we don’t need to fear.
More than ever we need to love and we need to connect.

MOVING FORWARD FROM HERE


We’ve met as a board, as an executive team, and as key leaders to talk, discuss and pray and have come up with what we think, in our current climate, is a good plan to move forward with, as a church.

Of course, events will continue to unfold and what is around the corner is unknown and we cannot read the future, but with our current knowledge, advice from community experts and our combined projected wisdom, we have a sufficient plan, with which to move forward. We will continue to email you and update you as changes occur, trying not to overwhelm you with more and more information.

Here are some helpful links:
Tasmania Gov. Department of Health
Australian Gov. Department of Health

Sunday 29 March 2020 And Beyond

We will not be holding any physical services in any of our campuses, but will still be live streaming ‘church’ to you in your home for the foreseeable future. For how long? We simply do not know, but expect that it could be for 6 months or more. Let’s pray that God does a miracle and that it’s less!

At this stage, it is intended that a small number of us will meet each week at our Hobart Campus to create a service for you which will be live streamed at 10am each Sunday.

We’ll do our best with what we have and over coming weeks we will be endeavouring to improve this service to you and get better at doing what we are learning to do!

Let’s be creative in this. It’s a great chance to think outside the box about ways that we can connect and care for one another.

You can get together with a few others, invite others to join you, or just share together with your immediate family.

Each week, we are planning to also provide by email your family with resources for kids. We are hoping to provide simple readings, stories and activities you can do with your kids while you watch the live stream.

NEW TEAMS AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES!

A team is being formed to transition us through this period.

Many who currently carry roles within the church may find their roles will no longer be required opening up new opportunities to jump on board and help in different ways.

Some of our current ministry teams like Connect Groups and Care will come into a greater workload in coming weeks, but there will be also many practical teams that we will need to put together.

For example, we might need a team of fit, willing, young people to deliver groceries and medications to those who need to self-isolate or are unwell, and we need more people involved in video editing and live streaming the ever before! There are lots of opportunities. We need to be creative, think outside the box and be positive about the ways that we can serve one another and our community.

Thanks for reading, we ask you to stay safe, don’t panic, share the love of the Father and trust that He is going to bring much fruit out of what seems like an incredibly dire situation.

We care for you. Look after each other and don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s an incredibly emotional time, and anxiety, shock and despair will attempt to rise up in all of us. Don’t deny the feelings, but trust in a God who carries us and has not abandoned us!

Reach out and stay connected.

Church isn’t closed; the way we meet has changed.

We love you!

With love from,

Ps Dave and Alix Morse

Senior Pastors

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