2020 has been an unusual year, but that doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening. It has been good to meet together again, both in person and via social media.
On the 30th August the Riverland Christian College youth band took the service and did a fantastic job leading the worship. Erin Taylor, our PCW to four schools, spoke a great message that encouraged the young folk. With the College kids, their families, plus a number of other visitors, we had over 30 visitors and a total of 93 in attendance, our largest service ever, even with restrictions. It was a great service.
During lockdown work commenced on building the large shed to house the Berri Community Men’s Shed. This was made possible with grants and donations of over $100,000. We still need another $80,000+ to complete stage one of our project which includes toilets to service the Men’s Shed including a disabled toilet, a kitchen in the Men’s Shed, large rainwater tanks, as well as a new septic system. We will also complete some updates to our Sunday School room, a verandah on the side of the SS building, and a kitchenette in the rear of the SS room, all as part of stage 1 of our long term plans.
On the 26th September we are holding an Open Day for the Men’s Shed and a Spring Market on the Church grounds to help attract people. This is a day of promotion and gaining community interest for the Men’s Shed.
On the 27th September we are holding a special ‘faith offering’ to give our congregation an opportunity to give purposefully to the Building Project. Some members have already been very generous.
The weekly Sew and Chat group recommenced meeting some weeks ago and enjoy the company. Small groups have been up and down, sometimes not knowing if they can meet. The Peppertree Shack men’s ministry has not recommenced yet due to Covid restrictions - maybe next term. Our MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) will recommence next term.
The congregation is in very good spirits and enjoy worshipping together. We praise God that despite the restrictions we have maintained our giving and are still meeting budget. We praise God for his goodness. He is good, all the time.
Convention 2020 has been designed to respond to the challenges of meeting together during the pandemic. Convention 2020 will have smaller gatherings across South Australia and an online business meeting for its formal component.
Convention Gatherings are as follows:
Friday 13th of November 7pm
Elizabeth Church of Christ
Sunday 15th of November 1pm
Berri Church of Christ
Wednesday 18th of November 7pm
Happy Valley Church of Christ
Saturday 21st of November 1pm
Naracoorte Church of Christ
Sunday 22nd of November 10:30am
Redcliffes Campsite for worship followed by lunch and Convention meeting
At these smaller events there will be an opportunity to receive details of the review that Churches of Christ SA has undertaken and how that is informing the future direction for the movement. Each gathering will be the same so you need to only attend one.
If you know which Convention Gathering you wish to attend now, please RSVP to the State Office. There will be further correspondence and opportunity to RSVP for these gatherings in the future.
The Churches of Christ SA & NT Inc Annual General Meeting will occur on Thursday December 10th at 7pm via Zoom. Delegate packs for the Annual General Meeting will go out in the last week of October and will include Board nominations, meeting papers, reports and voting information. The packs will also include the details for joining the Annual General Meeting online as a delegate, and how to join as an observer of the meeting.
Safe Water September
Record Fundraising by a National Community
In a year where a lot of people and a lot of organisations have been forced to look inward and scramble to keep the lights on, churches and individuals around Australia have demonstrated that unprecedented change and upheaval will not stop them from having a positive Kingdom impact on the world around them.
More than 300 people across more than 50 churches, schools, and clubs took the Safe Water September challenge this year, and drank just water for the month of September to raise money for life-changing safe water projects in rural Zimbabwe and Vanuatu through Global Mission Partners and Churches of Christ Overseas Aid.
This year the national community raised $177 666, breaking fundraising records for the second year in a row. By giving up all their non-water drinks like coffee, tea, and juice and inviting their peers, family, and friends to donate, challenge takers have raised enough to provide easy access to safe drinking water to approximately 8,000 people in remote and vulnerable communities.
A lack of access to safe drinking water has profound impacts on communities across the world. Clean water for drinking and washing is the easiest way to dramatically reduce illness in communities, particularly in children and infants. With easy access to clean water, people—particularly women and girls—no longer have to walk more than 30 minutes each day to get water for their families. That time can be re-invested into their families, their education, their farms, and their businesses.
The water projects funded by Safe Water September are community-led in partnership with Showers of Blessing, Zimbabwe, and the Conference of Churches of Christ in Vanuatu. You can find out more at [safewaterseptember.org.au](http://safewaterseptember.org.au/).
The embody and Global Mission Partners team would like to extend a massive thank you to all the churches and individuals around South Australia who participated in the challenge. Well done, and enjoy your drinks!
COVID-19 caused State Youth Games to be cancelled for 2020, but with a small release of the restrictions, an opportunity opened up for 120 youth and young adults to gather at Aldgate Church of Christ for an amazing night of worship, testimony, prayer and community time. A night of youth leading youth, peers praying for peers and all the glory given to an awesome God. Plans are well underway for more joint youth ministry nights, the first planned for the 27th November, and then one a term in 2021.