As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic with a strong confidence in our God and with a passionate commitment to care for each other. We encourage you to use this season as an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord and deepens your personal relationship with our loving Heavenly Father. Take time to pray together with your family and with your small groups. This is a time of need; therefore, we will come before the throne of God with confidence to receive his grace and mercy.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…For I am the LORD your God” (Isa 43:1-3)

This page will be where current procedures and warnings for our church community will be posted, as well as updates on our ministries, and resources you can access. We will be posting updates here on the church website, directly through email and through our church Facebook page (Wynnum Baptist Church & Community). As things are rapidly changing around us, please be patient and check in regularly. We are also looking into an information phone message service for those who do not have access to internet services. If your contact details have changed recently, please ring or email church administration.

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, have recently returned from overseas travel or been in contact with other people returning from overseas, or in contact with people who have contracted the virus, we ask you to please stay home. We also advise that you seek appropriate medical attention (phone your medical practice). See the resources section below for more information.

You can submit prayer requests here.

Updated: 25th March, 2020

CURRENT STATUS:

We believe it is important to undertake some different directions to the way we normally fellowship together, doing all we can to ‘flatten the curve’ in our community. As the Australian Government has put out the social distancing restrictions that no groups over 100 people shall meet indoors, and the inherent risk to vulnerable people in our community, all of our ministries have been postponed until further notice, including Sunday services. Instead, we are facilitating live-streamed online Sunday services and encouraging small groups to continue meeting through online/telephone connections. These decisions are made with careful discernment and guidance from Queensland Baptist and Queensland Health. Please read our important FAQ updates on Wynnum Baptist COVID-19 matters below.

FAQ

What is happening with our weekend services?

Both our Sunday services (9am & 5:30pm) will NOT be running as usual, please do not attend our campus on Sunday. Instead, we will be streaming the worship services online and over the phone (Please see HOW TO ACCESS)
We value the very encouraging feedback to our first online worship experience last weekend.
To view our livestream on Sunday, go to this website: http://wynnumbaptist.online.church

What is happening with on-site weekday and weekend ministries?

A decision has been made to temporarily pause all on-site ministry activities, including large and small group gatherings and activities. Please be assured that this decision was not made lightly, but we are committed to doing all we can to keep our community safe.

What is happening with our church office?

The church office is still open from 9:00AM-1:00PM however our staff will increasingly work from home, as many other organisations are doing. Our pastors and staff will actively engaged with a strong focus on care and are innovating to deliver ministry in different ways in this unusual season.

How do I make contact with church staff?

Our church reception number 3390 5833 will still be answered. Also, please feel free to contact any member of our pastoral team if you need prayer or need someone to talk to. You can also email a staff member or complete a contact form on the website.

What is happening with our food relief ministry?

These are challenging times for many. The food relief ministry team will continue to support people in our Church and local community. They are currently looking at processes and procedures to comply with government regulations and the safety of all involved. If you have a need please contact the church office and someone from the team will be in contact with you.

What should I do if I or a loved one contract COVID-19?

Please make contact with one of the members of the pastoral team if you contract COVID-19. Individuals and families can be assured of confidentiality in reporting any diagnosed. We want to be able to provide prayer and pastoral care and can only respond appropriately as we are made aware of the need.

What is happening with our Members Meetings?

Under the circumstances, we have chosen to postpone our Church Members Meetings and will update members in the coming weeks.

What is happening with prayer?

Individuals and families
Join us everyday at 1900 hours as we offer prayers for our nation and church, amidst COVID-19.  Set your alarm and pray around the dinner table, by yourself or even in groups online.  19 minutes at 1900 to pray for each other!

Small Prayer Groups
While we can still meet at the church in small groups there will be a 6.30am prayer meeting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. If you attend these meetings, please abide by the social distancing regulations.

Zoom prayer groups
Please see the website for details regarding remote zoom prayer groups.

You can submit prayer requests here.

What is happening with WBC Kids?

Tanya and our WBC Kids team are firmly committed to partnering with parents and equipping families to disciple their children. On our website you will find a link to an engaging and quality online Powerhouse platform.

What is happening with WBC Youth?

Mat and the Youth Team will continue to do all we can to engage and support our youth and their families during this time. This will include the use of Zoom, social media, pastoral contact with families & young people, and making relevant resources available to spur the youth on to being disciples that make disciples. Keep an eye out in your e-mails and social media for updates. We are in the process of looking at an additional time to do Zoom calls throughout the week and organising a youth focused Bible reading plan.

What is happening with offering?

If you normally give your offering in person and would like to continue doing so, you can drop your offering into the church office (9am – 1pm) during the week. Another option is to give via direct deposit transfer.

Wynnum Baptist Church
BSB: 704913
ACC: 400 038 931

How can we make the most of this mission opportunity?

As a church, we have been called to make disciples who make disciples. We will continue to grow in our discipleship to Jesus, discipling the next generation and disciple those who are yet to know Jesus. In the coming months, our faith will be tested, and we will have an opportunity to go out of our way, to love and serve, spreading gospel hope, in both word and deed.

To help with this task we have provided some leaflets that you can drop into your neighbours letterboxes. Please print them out yourself or collect them from the church office between 9 am and 1 pm.

Printable helper form

Community Chaplaincy
If you would like to be trained in taking calls, please call Graham Sercombe 0422 231 001

How can you deepen your faith in this season?

We encourage you to use this season as an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord and deepen your personal relationship with our loving heavenly Father. Take time to pray and read His word. In this time of need; come before the throne of God with confidence to receive His grace and mercy.

Wellbeing Checklist

What is happening with Growth Groups?

For a time, as we respond to the rapidly changing landscape, we are no longer recommending Growth Group gatherings. If you would still like to meet, please ensure that your group can comply with the government restrictions on social gatherings  as only “very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies” are still permitted.

“A family room of 5 metres by 4 metres is only suitable for a gathering of five people.
“in addition to that, you should continue to practise wherever possible 1.5 metres of healthy distance between each of us, to ensure that we are limiting the contact and limiting the potential for the spread of the virus.”

We are actively encouraging Growth Group leaders and participants to have regular contact via telephone, messenger apps, Zoom, etc, and also to be mindful of those less connected in the community.

Additionally, we are also encouraging the home groups to separate further into smaller groups, “Prayer Triplets” or “Align Groups”, during this time. We understand this is challenging given the restrictions on gathering in person, you can consider telephone calls or online communication platforms.

Growth Group Resources

Discovery Bible Method
– A compiled set of Small Group studies
– Video and work book sessions that explore the key steps to becoming a true follower of Jesus
– Align:
Align is a tool designed to equip groups of three or four people who will meet up regularly to contend for each others faith and to establish practices and rhythms of grace that will allow room for the Spirit to bring genuine transformation into each other’s lives.

What are Align Groups?

Align is a tool designed to equip groups of three or four people who will meet up regularly to contend for each others faith and to establish practices and rhythms of grace that will allow room for the Spirit to bring genuine transformation into each other’s lives. (Link: Align Booklet)

What are Prayer Triplets?

A Prayer Triplet is traditionally a group of three Christians, committed to praying together regularly. We encourage small groups of people (3-4 people) to be regularly/weekly in contact to fellowship, encourage, inspire and pray with and for one another. Small groups of people are a safe environment to share privately with deep interaction, confidentially interceding for each others spiritual well-being. Three is a good number because it is small enough to be an efficient team and big enough to be an effective team.

Some typical conversations we recommend discussing include:

  • How do you rate your satisfaction in your relationship with God on a scale of 1-10?
  • What has been the quality and quantity of your daily practices (prayer, bible reading, etc.) on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • What has God been saying to you this week?
  • What are you going to do about what God is saying to you, and how can we help you succeed with this?

Conclude by praying together.

HOW TO ACCESS

Phone Church

Phone into our church service on Sundays (call between 8.45am to 9am) to listen to our morning service over the phone.

How to?

Step 1
Call 03 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011
AND follow the verbal instructions.

Step 2
Enter the meeting ID 3715 137 749
followed by the # key.

Step 3
You will be asked to enter your participant ID.
simply press the # key

Step 4
You have now joined the Service

Online Live-Stream Church

Our services are being live streamed Sundays at 9:00am and 5:30pm.

Both our Sunday services (9am & 5:30pm) will NOT be running as usual, please do not attend our campus on Sunday. Instead, we will be streaming the worship services online so that they can be watched from home.

To view our livestream on Sunday copy and paste this URL into your online internet browser. Click onto this website: http://wynnumbaptist.online.church

This can be accessed on a computer, smart TV or phone. A webpage should load with an audio and video feed. Ensure your television has the sound turned on.

Remote Access Growth Groups/Small Groups

We are blessed in a technological age where many of us are able to stay connected online. Here are some freely-available avenues to continue meeting as groups of people. If you are not familiar with software programs, consider calling family or friends who may be more familiar to guide you through the technology.
– Facebook Messenger: messaging service which includes calling and video calling.
– Skype: video calling service
– Zoom/ZOOM Cloud Meetings: video calling/streaming service. The pastoral team has paid licenses and may in future use this software to host announcements/messages.

How to schedule and join a zoom meeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJq_OM5VcDY
Basics of how to use it (particularly as the leader of the group) youtube.com/watch?v=7Lyex714UH8

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