Church Update – 1 Aug 2021

Jason HoetUncategorised

Hi Church, This update on what is happening Sunday is a regular fixture! We continue our relationship series and I am really looking forward to our guest speaker from Melbourne, Kim Smith. Kim will be speaking on “understanding singleness in God’s family”. Restrictions for Sunday are: People over the age of 12 will need to wear masks No congregational singing … Read More

WHAT ABOUT SINGLES?

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

We are more likely to talk about sex, than singleness. Kimberly Smith has written an excellent book on singleness, “What we cannot be alone: Understanding singleness in God’s family.” There were so many things I valued from reading it. First and foremost was understanding life from her perspective as a single person in church.  We love to talk about families and marriages in … Read More

GROWING YOUR CIRCLE OF SUPPORT

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lockdowns & quarantines highlight the strength of healthy community. There are many, many stories of people looking out for one another.  Help like folk in Mildura offered frontline staff, attest to community strength. In our pastoral care ministry, we use the phrase ‘circle of support’ to describe the family, friends, and community a person can rely on in challenging times.   I meet people who have very few within their circle of support, at times only … Read More

CV19 update – 18 July 2021

Jason HoetUncategorised

Hi Church, Now for something new…a covid update! As before, we can’t have congregational singing this week. Room numbers have also changed, but we think we can spread out across the various overflow spaces we have available. No congregational singing, but still we can worship together, be lifted by vocal & instrumental items, hear from God’s word (I am preaching … Read More

THROUGH CHRIST, I CAN

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

We are one week from the summer Olympics. There will be a display of amazing athletic feats from extraordinary people. The belief required to perform at this level is incredible. At our Kids Holiday program, we were inspired by how Kerri Shrug ran and vaulted on an injured ankle for her team to win gold. We may not compete in … Read More

THANK YOU FOR INVESTING IN OUR CHURCH

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Thank you for your generosity. A significant portion of the financial support (80%) Unley Park Baptist’s ministry comes from the generosity of our congregation. At times I find myself having to explain this. A tradie working for us assumed the government, or a denominational body paid for our building upgrade. No, these finances come from our congregation. I have had people presume our … Read More

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

Jason HoetUncategorised

Scroll down these bible passages. Is there a favourite or one that speaks to you now? If so, share with one another why? If you are online why not share in the chat. The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.Exodus 34:6 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For … Read More

Update – Sunday July 4

Jason HoetNews

Church this Sunday has CV19 restrictions and Church renovations to negotiate. You may prefer to not attend church in-person due to the current circumstances. Don’t feel you must. You can join us online at live.upbc.org.au, youtube or facebook. Key changes for you to be aware of: We will use the rear hall for the service, with lounge and breezeway areas … Read More

WHEN YOU CAN’T SING

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…” Ephesians 5:19 Is singing important for gathered church worship? Restrictions this weekend require no congregational singing. This should be put into context. This is the first time in South Australia no singing has been required. Other Australian states have been … Read More

RAISING A VILLAGE

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

If it takes a village to raise a child, where are our ‘villages’ today? Where are the communities of people, of all ages and stages, that together help grow our children? We could name our extended families, families of close friends, schools, sports clubs as ‘villages’. Here children mix with adults who build them up through input and experience. I believe church community, at its best is another wonderful ‘village’.  Building ‘villages’ for children to grow in takes effort. We … Read More