Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The Lakes Church
Friday 27th March
Church Online is happening again this Sunday morning at 8.30am and 10.30am. Throughout the pandemic crisis we’re committed to providing you with ways to connect with God, grow in your faith and connect with each other.
Make sure you and your household are ready to join us at 8.30am or 10.30am on church online right here. We’ll take communion together each week, so you can prepare something to eat and drink beforehand. You can also jump into church online a few minutes early and start chatting with each other if you like.
If there are any kids in your household, Sharon has put together another video for them. You might like to set aside some time over the weekend to let your kids watch this video and the extra links below.
We’re looking forward to connecting with you this Sunday. See you at 8.30am or 10.30am at church online!
Monday 23rd March
Here’s a video update from Geoff about our prayers for you, Church Online and a verse to encourage you today.
Saturday 21st March
Everything is ready for church online tomorrow! All you need is a device that can connect to the internet. Your phone, tablet or computer will do the trick.
We will have two services online tomorrow, at 8.30am and 10.30am. Please test these steps on your device before the service begins:
- Tap this link http://thelakes.church/online
- You’ll be taken to an information page on our website where you can read more about church online. When you’re ready, tap on the sentence ‘Join us for church online.’
- This link will take you to the church online platform and you’ll be ready for church online to begin at 8.30am and 10.30am on Sunday.
If you arrive early for church online you’ll see a short video about what to expect. This video will be replaced by the church service at 8.30am and again at 10.30am.
If you have any questions or any trouble along the way, please reach out by replying to this email. We hope and pray that you’re able to join us online this weekend!
Friday 20th March
We’re putting the finishing touches on church online, and we’ll be sending you that information soon. We want to make sure that you’re ready to join us by following these three easy steps.
1. Find something to use for communion
During church online we’ll each have the opportunity to take communion, but it’s up to you to find the emblems. There are no special rules about what to use. The idea is to use anything that can represents Jesus’ body (we usually use crackers or bread) and anything that represents Jesus’ blood (we usually use red juice).
2. Decide if you’d like to experience church online in person with others
If there are other people in your household, or people you’d like to get together with, you could invite them to experience church online together with you. Please remember the government’s social distancing guidelines – this is important to continue to combat Coronavirus.
3. Show this video to any kids in your house
We want to make sure that kids don’t miss out in this season without being able to come together for Lakes Kids. Sharon has put together a great video, saying hi and providing other videos and activities for them. If you have any kids in your house you can show them this video and use the resources anytime before or after church online.
Make sure any kids in your house get to watch this video and check out Sharon’s recommended resources of the week:
1. This Church Babies video.
2. This God’s Story Rescue Plan video.
3. This great example video.
Your church online checklist
If you have communion emblems ready…
If you’ve decided who you’re experiencing church online with…
If the kids in your house have watched Sharon’s video and are ready with their activity sheets…
Then the last thing you need is a device connected to the internet.
Church online will begin on at 8.30am on Sunday and again at 10.30am. We’ll post all of the information tomorrow.
Wednesday 18th March
Church is coming to you this Sunday!
Due to the developing Coronavirus situation, we won’t be gathering in person at the church on Sunday. Instead, we’ll have church online! To find out more, you can watch this 2 minute update:
We will share more details later in the week, and we look forward to hosting you online on Sunday!
Geckos update – Wednesday 18th March
Hi Geckos families,
As you will all be very aware there is much talk and consideration being taken around Coronavirus.
In light of this situation we have made the decision that Geckos will be taking a break for the rest of the term – and until we see more clearly how to proceed.
So from and including this week, there will be no Geckos on Friday nights.
This was not an easy decision to come to as we know the kids enjoy Geckos as much as we enjoy running it. But we also want to help protect each other and our wider community.
Each year we have an Easter gift bag to give away. We are getting those ready and will letter box drop them over the next week.
Please don’t hesitate to be in contact if you need anything.
Stay safe and we look forward to meeting again in the future.
God bless, Tina
Lakes Crew update – Wednesday 18th March, 2020
Dear Lakes Crew,
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has made interesting times in the last few weeks for all of us.
As a church we have been closely watching and following government regulations. In light of this we have decided to cancel our last two weeks of our Friday night program (20/3 & 27/3). We are looking and thinking about ways to keep interacting with our online platform so if you haven’t already like our Lakes Crew Facebook page.
We’ll be in contact with you via email and on our Facebook page with information regarding next term. We will be praying for you guys over the next few weeks. Jesus offers us peace in the midst of fear and cares for each of us.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Laura and the Lakes Crew Leaders
Tuesday 17th March
Here is a video update, encouraging us to connect any way that we can.
Our new Facebook community group is here.
Monday 16th March, 2020
A letter from Rosemary (our Playgroup Coordinator) to playgroup families,
In light of the COVID-19 situation we have made the decision that Koala Kids playgroups will be taking a break for the rest of the term – and until we see more clearly how to proceed.
So from and including this week, there will be no Koala Kids playgroups meeting.
This was not an easy decision to come to as we know that these sessions are part of a family’s weekly routines. But with an abundance of caution we also want to help protect our immune-compromised, our very young, our pregnant mums and our grandparents.
Please don’t hesitate to be in contact if you need anything.
Stay safe and we’ll look forward to meeting again in the future.
We’ll continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our other programs – Geckos and Lakes Crew. We’ll communicate with families if we make any changes to these programs.
Friday 13th March, 2020
Things have moved quickly this week from toilet paper jokes to some pretty big things around the world. COVID-19 is a virus that for many may be nothing worse than a cold but for others who are vulnerable can be much more serious. It can also put our medical system under huge strain, and is already putting the financial world and many businesses under strain.
As a church there are two things that are important in our response. The first is what this means for us meeting together and the second is what we can do as people of faith.
Cairns does not have a COVID-19 case yet. If things continue, we will. But things are not the same here as they are in China, Italy or even in Brisbane. We are following the advice of Queensland Health who have been saying:
- Wash your hands.
- If you’re sick, stay at home.
- There is no need to cancel any events or gatherings or take additional precautions to normal practice.
This advice began to change this afternoon with the Prime Minister announcing that from Monday all gatherings of 500+ people should be cancelled. This doesn’t affect our church, as we only have around 200 people participating in each church service.
If we need to continue to make changes as a church based on Queensland Health advice, we’re ready for that and we’ll communicate via our Church News emails, Facebook and SMS if we have your details. If we don’t have your details, please update them securely here, so that we can stay connected over the coming days, weeks and months.
As Christians we do have a particular response to things like COVID-19. It is not one of superiority or ignorance. But the words of the Apostle John remind us that we have the Spirit of Jesus living within in us, and “greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.”
This means that Jesus enables us to choose peace instead of panic.
Jesus enables us to choose faith instead of fear.
Jesus enables us to choose love instead of selfishness.
We don’t need to be caught in fear or panic, but in faith and peace. We can be a voice of calm and a voice of hope for others. We can look out for each other and for our neighbours when they are afraid or unwell.