Following the latest directives from the Federal and State governments allgatherings at the Shepparton Uniting Church will cease from 12 midday Monday 23rd of March.
This will include all: – Services of worship – the Op Shop – Lenten studies – Youth and Children’s Groups – Fellowship Group – Activity Groups etc.
Further information about maintaining connections within the congregation, ways of connecting with worship and studies and our eventual reopening will come in due course.
We know this is a difficult time for many and a time when people turn to their faith and church for support.
Please remember this is a time of physical distancing we can still be social. Keep in touch with each other and others within the congregation and community by phone, email or even by letter writing! And check the Shepparton Uniting Church Facebook page to see yesterday’s service and future online events.
Unfortunately we are unable to come together as a physical community for Worship tomorrow morning. We encourage you to take time for your own personal reflection or join one (or more) of the many online Services of Worship tomorrow morning. One online Worship Live stream we recommend is Glen Waverley Uniting Church. From tomorrow, March 29th, their virtual worship begins at 10:00am Tune in 5mins before.Head here to this website to join them: gwuc.org.au/live/
If Virtual Worship is something your not sure about, below is a resource from The Centre for Music, Liturgy and the Arts that may assist you through your own worship experience. Download it her: Worship With Your Backyard
Keep checking back and click on the following links for continued information and resources during this unknown time of Church Closures:
In the midst of pain and agony of our darkened world, we gaze unto the face of our most loving and gracious God to keep our souls at peace and to steady our feet through the valley of the shadow of death. (Psalm 121: 1-2)
We rely on the faithfulness of God and not our imperfections; therefore we lift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh our help, instead of viewing the deep dale of one’s own unworthiness.
Even as we are isolated and distanced in a far country of the darkest hour of the night, we can still dream of the gracious Saviour God as Sarah Flower Adams wrote, ‘Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, darkness be over me, my rest a stone; yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee’. (cf. Genesis 28: 11-19). My prayer is for all who are struggling in mind, body and spirit this day. Shalom. Loni