Join us on Sunday
We’re switching our livestream experience fully to Facebook LIVE this Sunday from Zoom. This is honestly the superior platform for our usage and the direction we’d wanted to go originally but with the influx of users initially it wasn’t stable enough for us so went the other route. So now we can go this way.
For the regular user, don’t worry (see above!), the experience will be the same. One thing you should notice right away is superior sound quality on this platform.
To access on Sunday, we have a new link on our homepage to replace the old one or you can go directly to our Facebook page, no account required. You can see it here:
If you were someone who was using the phone-in option please contact me to arrange an alternative way to stay connected as that will cease with the end of Zoom.
As we consider how we move forward as a church, one of the key areas we need to seriously consider is outreach. This is basically sharing the Good News of the gospel with the community around us. When we elders were meeting with Gord Martin from Vision Ministries he used the illustration of an airplane with one wing missing for a church that is not actively reaching the people around it with the gospel. I have to say that is a good description of us. While many regularly share their faith with the world around them I don’t think we as a church, and the people who make it up, do this purposefully. So, we’d like to see that change in the days to come. Stay tuned for more developments in this key area of GBC moving forward.
Thanks again to our Mission’s Team for their project to raise money for PPE for mission’s work overseas. Please see the note we received back from MSC:
Hello Helen (& the GBC team)
Many thanks for the contribution of $700 to the COVID fund. We were able to secure a variety of masks from China and have a small stockpile for any immediate needs. It appears that most workers are now able to secure the PPE locally, and so financial help is sometimes preferred to save on shipping costs. However as we all know the situation around the world continues to evolve, and the local needs may change – we should be in a good position to resume the shipments of masks as the needs arise.
Thank you again for thinking of our workers during these trying times.
Blessings, Vlad Paserin
Thought for the Day: Relax and give God your worries in prayer.
There are lots of things we can worry about these days not just in the Covid world but in politics and relationships too. Things seem to be becoming more tense and polarized.
What do you do? It’s easy to start to worry.
How do I deal with this?
You need to be aware of what you’re worrying about. Why would I want to do that, you ask? Often, we can have an overriding sense of anxiety, but we don’t know what’s causing it. Why you need to take your worries to God in prayer you need to have a clear idea of what they are first. Once you’re aware of them you can hand them over to God in prayer. One tip to consider is to write them down as part of a prayer list or prayer journal. Often the things we worry about never happen so this is a good way to track them and see what really happens. That helps to strengthen us in our journey.
The Bible tells us: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). You weren’t designed to carry your worries. It’s unnatural. God is big enough and strong enough to handle all your worries. Pray and give them to him!
In His grip,