Latest Update Email – 26 March

28 Mar Latest Update Email – 26 March

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What can we do as a Church?



As a church we believe that it is important to be as proactive as possible during this season we find ourselves in.

To assist those people who will be financially affected and who will be forced to take drastic measures to survive, we are setting up a CONNECT CHURCH SOLIDARITY FUND. It is when our love is expressed in a practical manner like this, that Christian love becomes what Jesus meant it to be.

I would like to ask you to be generous and support this initiative because of the gospel. We do what we do because we are followers of Jesus who instructed us to ‘love our neighbour’. From the parable of the Good Samaritan we are left with no doubt what that means. It was ‘the one who showed mercy’ who became the neighbour to the Samaritan who had been attacked and left for dead.

We have an opportunity right now to set aside a bit extra for the lean months that lie ahead for some. When Paul appealed to the Macedonian churches to take up a special offering to help the believers in Jerusalem, he wisely advised them that, ‘each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work’ (2 Cor 9:7,8)


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

Acc No: 2700 844 87

What can I do, practically?


There will be many demands on us from our community in the coming weeks but lets not forget to start our care with those in our immediate circle of influence:
The people who work in our homes as domestic workers and gardeners often live very close to the breadline. They rely on their daily wages to provide for basic needs for their families. If you employ someone to assist in your home we encourage you to do  what  you can do to ensure that they still receive wages for this time of lockdown.

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.

Keep the Kids Connected


Connect Kids!

We have put together whatsapp groups with weekly teachings that will help kids stay connected and assist parents in leading a family devotion time.

If you would like to receive these each week, please send Jolene an email with your phone number. This is a group where only the admin can post, so you don’t need to be afraid of joining yet another Whatsapp chat group.

Union Next Gen!

Over the next 21 days we will be connecting with our teens in the online space. We have four channels with specific content to capture their attention in the weeks ahead. Direct your teen to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok (@union_nextgen).

If any teen would like to connect with Roland personally over this time, he would love to schedule a video chat. Email Roland directly to arrange a time and get connected.

What does Lockdown mean?

Download the governments Talking Points PDF to help answer all the questions you may have or visit their site. Here are some quick answers to the most burning questions:

Let’s pray!

Prayer is so powerful and as Christians we have the great privilege of calling out to the creator of Heaven and Earth! As a church, we would like to encourage you to pray as much as possible during this time. Co-ordinate with your Life Group, with a friend or partner or alone in your closet. Our Father hears us when we pray!

President Ramophosa has called for prayer on this evening of the 26th March. He has invited us all to pray for the protection and healing of our land and its people from this disease between 6 and 6.30pm tonight.


Pray for those who will be economically effected by the shutdown

Whilst necessary to contain the spread of the virus, the National Lockdown will have severe economic effects on many people, both inside and outside our Connect community. Please pray for:

  • Those who will not be able to generate income during this time:
    • Those in the retail, entertainment, tourism, beauty, property and other similar industries
    • Those in informal employment, such as gardeners, domestic workers, etc.
    • Pray for God’s provision for those affected in this way
  • Small Business Owners
    • Who need to pay staff and rent, but are without income
    • Pray that they would be able to have access to, and favour from, the government channels available for this purpose
    • Pray for God’s peace, provision and grace for those affected in this way



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 or phone 021 713 4080 (feedback is appreciated).

General Prayer Chain

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

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