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The Created, Creatively Worshipping the Great Creator


This Sunday we look at our final value of worship: “Creatively encouraging faith in every age and every stage”.
 
Creative… God is creative, the greatest artist ever… just study your own hand, look into the eyes of another human… tell me that’s not very creative!?… Humankind is made in God’s image and has been gifted with creativity. If we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength then we are compelled to worship God the trinity with all our creativity also – humbly giving God our best. This worship aught to be ordered, not chaotic, using everything from art/music/science/language/poetry/visuals/multi-sensory/and all the love languages we have. We need to make sure our creative worship is humble, purposeful and God honouring.
 
Encouraging… this was a hallmark of the spirit-led early church. The church grew because of a spirit of encouragement. Can we at BCUC, with the help of the Spirit, strive to be not just welcoming but encouraging of each other and newcomers?
 
Every age… BCUC is not just a church for a single demographic but we seek to reflect the demographic of where we are; multi-cultural and all ages. 
 
Every stage… This is about stages of faith (not platforms for performance), Our worship aims to nurture and grow the faith of those who know a little about Jesus and those who know a lot.
 
This is a tough assignment! It sounds a bit like we a trying to be all things to all people. It reflects the biblical picture of the body of Christ. The council and our church have taken on a big vision. We get this picture from Acts 2:17 
 
“‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
 
We will never achieve this alone. Thankfully God is already at work amongst us!
 
 

News

BCUC Directory Coming Soon

Thanks to the nearly 200 people who have submitted their Privacy Declaration Form so that they could be added (or not) to our BCUC Directory.  If you haven’t submitted your Declaration yet, please do it now by submitting the form found in the link above.  We expect to launch the Directory online this week. Look out for an email soon.

 

Monday Day Fellowship

Our first Monday Fellowship meeting will be held this Monday, 3rd August at 1:30pm.  “Getting to know you” with Geoff Bean and Christine You as our speakers. A sandwich and cuppa will be available for members attending church at noon and attending the meeting afterwards.  $2 donation.  Afternoon tea will be served after the Fellowship meeting.  Our food will be served in accordance with COVID-safe regulations.  We warmly welcome all to attend.
 

On Again @ BCUC

  • mainly music – 10am on Monday (Starting this Monday)
  • Monday Day Fellowship – 1:30pm on first Monday of the month
    (Starting this Monday)
  • Playgroup – 9:30am on Tuesday (ongoing)
  • Hizbiz – noon on last Tuesday of the month (ongoing)
  • Craft, Chat & Sew – 10am on Thursday (ongoing)
  • Friendship Club – Noon on Thursday (ongoing)
  • Chinese Fellowship – 6:45pm on Friday (ongoing)  

 

“Thank You!” to our Pastoral Contacts

We are very grateful for the ongoing support given by our Pastoral Contacts to our Church family. During these times of isolation we are encouraging you to maintain contact with those people on your list with a phone call, email or note. 

Breakthru Music

If you have enjoyed the worship music that our congregation has created for our Breakthru Worship videos, you can listen or download them from our Breakthru Music playlist.  

BSF Starting Up Again!

Bible Study Fellowship is an organisation encouraging and enabling thousands of people around the world to study God’s Word. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the Bible or a seasoned reader of the Bible, BSF can help you study, savour, and live out God’s Word.

Join BSF for an in-depth study of the book of Genesis starting on August 3. For the time being, the study will be in an on-line format until COVID restrictions allow the classes to meet face-to-face again. When that happens, the women’s evening class will be held at BCUC on Monday evenings.

Genesis is a book of beginnings. The first book of God’s Word unveils the secrets of the creation of the universe, earth and humanity. It tells of the tragedy of humanity’s fall into sin, of God’s just judgment and of His gracious redemption.

If you want more information, check out the BSF website www.bsfinternational.org. You’ll also be able to find classes at times to suit your schedule by clicking the button “Find a Group near you”. Another great way to find out more is to ask someone from BCUC who attends or has attended BSF. For example you could ask Anne and Peter Wierenga, Merle Paton, Heather Maynard, Nancy Gao, Silvana Ieraci, Anneke van de Loo, and Christine You amongst others.

Winter Worship @ BCUC

We currently have three in-person worship services : Sunday at 10am (with kids and youth programmes), Sunday at 4pm, and Monday at noon.  We would love to see you at one of these COVID-Safe worship services.   Learn more about these services here.  We are also continuing our weekly Breakthru Worship videos for those of you whose health may be compromised or who are not comfortable with returning to in-person worship just yet.  These videos can be seen on this homepage of our website and on our YouTube channel on Sunday morning.

COVID-Safe Worship

It is great that we can worship together again face to face but we are still under the COVID-19 restrictions for social distancing. Although South Australia has done well, the Victorian experience shows just how quickly things can change and we have a vulnerable population. Therefore we must observe the 1 ½ metre distance between us and definitely no handshakes or hugs. We can’t yet have singing together because of droplet spread. We are reluctant to recommence tea, coffee and food because of the cleaning issues and distancing issues in the foyer. We are working on this, but in the meantime it is OK to bring your own. Finally, if you feel at all unwell, please stay home and watch the video. Observing these restrictions, we all contribute to keeping each other safe.

Sunday Worship Services

 

Breakthru Worship

Breakthru Music

If you have enjoyed the worship music that our congregation has created for our Breakthru Worship videos, you can listen or download them from our
Breakthru Music playlist.

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Ministry Team Contacts

Minister

Rev Dr Benji Callen 0427 792 869 benjic@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Monday

Minister in Association

Rev Rob Williams 0424 123 171; robw@burnsidecityuc.org.au; Day off : Friday

Youth and Young Adults Pastor

Ashlee Littleford 0407 730 167; youth@burnsidecityuc.org.au

Administrator

Stuart MacAdam 8331 3914; admin@burnsidecityuc.org.au

Office hours Mon-Fri. 10:00am-4:00pm; call 8331 3914.