Latest Update Email – 02 April

04 Apr Latest Update Email – 02 April

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What we are doing as a Church

In the days since lockdown started we have seen many different responses and initiatives launch to help those around us. Here is an outline of what we, as Connect Church are doing:

Connect Solidarity Fund

The solidarity fund is the one appeal we are making that enables us to make a combined effort to help both our own people who will be affected and also channel some support through organizations who have geared themselves up to help the wider community they serve in. We know this is going to be more like a marathon and not a sprint, which means being wise in the way in which we respond. Our concern is that we don’t end up with ‘compassion fatigue’ at the very time we are most needing all the help we can give!

Please consider giving to this fund while you are still able. When the Lord made it known there were going to be seven years of plenty and seven lean years, Joseph put aside resources to see the people through the difficult years that lay ahead. We are yet to see the full extent and effect of the lockdown on people’s finances; this will only become more evident in the next three to four weeks.

A wise plan of action

Right now there are many different appeals coming in from many different organizations, and it might appear as though Connect is slow in responding. From day one we have been anticipating the fall-out that will happen and have been carefully investigating what the best response will be. We are networking extensively, while being aware that we need to respond timeously. With the resources we have at our disposal, we want to be wise in the way we respond. There are some very creative ideas emerging that will help the most vulnerable while at the same time prevent any further spread of the virus.

Access to government/ private funding

Both government and the private sector have made funds available for small and medium enterprises, but the challenge is often accessing these funds. We will make all the links available to those who would like to apply as a first response to acquiring financial aid. The Connect Solidarity Fund will not be able to carry these costs; it is anticipated that they would be used to meet the basic needs to keep people going for the next few months.

Life Groups

The early church met together as a large group and also in homes. People were willing to sell property to help those who were the poorest. This is the kind of spirit we would love to see emerging in our church. Existing life groups are already small connected communities that can reach out to one another to give both spiritual and financial support to those who they have relationships with.

Ministry Opportunity for Care

There are many of our older members who are in lockdown on their own at this time with no access to social media networks. A great ministry opportunity is here for all those who enjoy connecting with others. If you would be keen to “adopt” someone to call regularly to encourage them and just be a friendly connection in this time of isolation then please be in touch with Shelley Smuts.

Keeping you updated

As concrete plans are put in place, we will alert you to ways in which the church is responding and how you can get involved. We anticipate creating ways in which people may apply for assistance from the church and fill you in on our broader response to the wider community.

Once again, please consider making a sacrificial gift now; our corporate response will always be determined by our individual response.

Acts 4:34-35  34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales  35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

John Basson

Donate now with Snapscan,
or EFT details below:Ref: SOLIDARITY FUND
Standard Bank: Blue Route
Branch Code: 025 609

Acc No: 2700 844 87
If you have any personal needs for counsel and care, or are sick, please email Michelle or phone 021 712 1218 and she will connect the need with the relevant pastor.
 

The Week Ahead

  • Sunday 05 April: The Sunday message at 07.30am. This is also available on our Webpage and Facebook.
  • Monday 06, Tuesday 07 and Wednesday 08 April: Dedicated time of prayer, from 5pm for families with kids and then 7.30 – 8.30pm. Daily prayer guides will be emailed each day.
  • Thursday 09 April: Tenebrae service, hosted online at 8pm
  • Good Friday 10 April: Message emailed at 07:30am, followed by an online Live communion service at 09:45am.
On Thursday 9 April at 8pm we will share readings, responses, have time for silent reflection and prayer. This special time together is designed to help us enter more deeply into the meaning of Good Friday.
Good Friday will have a message for Muizenberg and Meadowridge, with an online Live communion service at 9.45am and Resurrection Sunday’s messages will also be emailed and accessible on our website.

Connect Live every morning

 

Join Pastor John for a daily devotion every weekday morning on Facebook Live, or catch up and watch the previous devotions here when you have a gap.
Follow the church on Facebook to get Pastor John’s daily devotions and to keep up with other notices and encouragements throughout the week.

 

We’re still preaching,
even though the Auditorium is empty!

 

We continue to do church differently, using our online channels. Our Sunday Sermons will be uploaded to Youtube and accessible from the front page of the website
You can catch up on last week’s sermon here.

 

Let’s pray!

 

THIS WEEKS PRAYER FOCUS:

Pray for the leadership of our nation at this time, particularly President Ramaphosa and Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize.

Pray for the poorer communities and the unique challenges and struggles they are facing, and for a falling into place of all the logistics necessary to provide housing for the homeless and food for the hungry.

Pray for the churches we are in relationship with that serve some of these communities specifically:

  • Johannes Lata and the Harare Baptist Church
  • Basil and Sheila Leukes and Faith Community Church. Lavender Hill
  • Ibrahim Hilaire and the Pillar Church
  • Bernadette White-Philips and the Capricorn Community Church
  • Gerald November and the Lakeview Baptist Church

Pray for creativity and wisdom in responding to ministry opportunities at this unique time

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you have Prayer Requests, please take note of our prayer chains below:

Emergency Prayer Chain

For needs of a critical nature – such as hospitalisation / illness.
Email ann@skillwise.co.za or phone 021 713 4080 (feedback is appreciated).

General Prayer Chain

Meadowridge
Glenn Withey coordinates the ministry prayer chain and she can be contacted on 021 715 0878

Muizenberg
Claudine Grinker coordinates the ministry prayer chain and she can be contacted on 079 225 5819

Keep the Kids Connected

Connect Kids!

If you do not already receive the weekly teachings to help kids stay connected and assist parents in leading a family devotion time, please send Jolene an email with your phone number.

Union Next Gen!

We have four channels with specific content to capture our teen’s attention in the weeks ahead. Direct your teen to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok (@union_nextgen).