COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Easing lockdown restrictions
We are entering a period of gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions, and we are being warned to be very careful to not let our guard slip with regard to social distancing, cleaning and other precautions. The Church Council is very conscious of the need to proceed carefully with any easing, and we have made some decisions which will be reviewed at our next meeting on June 10.
Our major concern is the requirement for thorough cleaning following any use of the church and facilities. We have a part-time cleaner, but everyone using the facilities will need to be prepared to clean thoroughly anything they use before leaving the buildings.
Church services will continue to be online through Facebook (except for funerals and weddings, in accordance with government regulations).
No hiring of the church and hall will continue until further notice.
Visitors (including congregational members) will only be able to access the buildings when the office is staffed or the minister is present, and all visitors should phone ahead to make an appointment. All visitors will need to sign a log, stating their name, phone number, date and time of entry and exit, and the rooms/facilities used.
Cleaning of the facilities, switches, handles, taps, and all surfaces used by everyone is essential, and for that purpose spray disinfectant, paper towels, and sanitisers will be available and must be used at the end of any visit.
Worship Plan for this week
Online worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice. See the Facebook address below.
Bible Readings – 7 Jun 2020
Genesis 1:1–2:4a; 2 Corinthians 13:11–13; Matthew 28:16–20; Psalm 8.
Rosters for 7 June 2020
Greetings: Frances Geilen
Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley
Reader: Carol Nancarrow
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Matthew and Suzanne and baby Sebastian are looking good, despite their voluntary social isolation during the past weeks.
Since Sebastian was baptised at Crossroads on 19 January this year, he has put on considerable weight, now 10 kilograms, standing up and saying words including ‘Mum, dad and hello’. All this indicates a smart new member of our faith community!
We talked on Zoom; Matthew, stay-at-home father, says he is more than adjusting to his role; he positively enjoys it, (except for 2 am bottle feeding time) seeing that Suzanne is also work-from-home civil engineer and parent.
Suzanne says that in many ways, the Covid19 pandemic works for her. She works from home with GHD Pty Ltd consultants Geelong office, using internet platforms such as Microsoft Teams which enable sharing of documents and other data.
“GHD was contracted to provide services to the Adani coal mine; it is now no longer in that relationship”, says Suzanne. “My work involves road safety assessment and speed signs”.
We talked about life journeys. Suzanne grew up in Croydon, attending Norwood High School. She commenced civil engineering, then moved to study primary teaching, and back to engineering after she met Mat.
Matt went to schools in Albury, and came to RMIT University Bundoora for civil engineering. He was not a Christian, until he met Suzanne. She says she helped God to convert him!
Suzanne was baptised at St Marks Anglican Church, Emerald. After she turned 14 she attended at St James Anglican Church, Croydon. “Then when I was in Malaysia I attended a Baptist Church, and returned Australia, to St Marks Anglican, Forest Hill.”
Suzanne’s flute playing found her leading music in worship at Croydon Hills Anglican and in Malaysia.
After Mat converted, together they attended Cross Culture in the City (formerly Swanston St Church of Christ) and Cross Culture in Point Cook.
They both agree that now they live here in Wyndham Vale, and belong to Crossroads, their life is enriched. “We are both concerned for environment conservation, and we’ve found some excellent community groups here,” they say. (NT)
NEWS AND NOTES
Joan Humphrey - Methodist and music memories
We agreed to talk about Joan’s memories of church; “full of holes, like swiss cheese”, she says. I wanted to focus on her musical journey, before the time of the Uniting Church.
In Joan’s childhood, “We’d been everything – I was baptised Church of England, and I remember singing in the choir at the Congregational church in Kingsteignton, Devon.”
Joan was a trained nurse. She and her late husband Derek came with their two small girls Lynne and Jill in 1964 (son Paul arrived four years later) to take up Derek’s appointment as saxophonist with the RAAF Central Band at Laverton.
The RAAF found them a house to rent in Duncans Road, Werribee. On the Sunday after their arrival they were greeted by the then Werribee Methodist minister Rev Athol McGregor in the worship service, and were introduced to the congregation. “We were expected—the Methodist Church UK migrant chaplain had contacted Athol, who made us welcome”, says Joan.
Derek soon was a leader in the musical life of Werribee—Joan assisted with the musicals presented by the Werribee Choral Society in the old theatre at Werribee Park Mansion.
“David Crothers was Derek’s pianist for rehearsals and performances—they worked well together. Some RAAF Central Band players were involved, and we got some good singers; Ann-Marie McDonald and Donald Cant were outstanding”.
“Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Carousel and Pinafore – all the big musical theatre hits – I was helping as prompter and much else”.
“At the Werribee Methodist Church, our choir put on Christian musicals over a few years [many from Lillenas publishers in mid-west USA]”. Joan was conducting “The Glory of Christmas” which became “bigger than Ben Hur!”
“Elaine Belcher was my right hand, and Stan sang tenor. Blair and Mary Dixon’s daughter Ruth took a lead singing role. Lots of people made costumes and we had lots of fun“, says Joan.
This brief memoir is hopefully first of several, capturing the pre-1977 era, for CONNECTION. (NT)
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6–7)
This passage affirms God’s love for us, but to skip straight to verse 7 is to miss the exciting point of verse 6. Declaring God’s love for generic small birds (sparrows) reminds us that God’s love extends not just to non-human creatures, not just to groups or specific species, but as far as every single individual of even the most common and “worthless” kinds. By affirming love for every individual creature, the verse challenges us to consider what God must think of animal cruelty and, further, the grief we cause by the even greater crime of wiping out entire species.
What action can you take about this?
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Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.