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Last Updated: 11th May 2020
Being ‘community’ feels very different at the moment. Instead of regularly seeing each other in person on a Sunday morning or during the week in our small groups we are now relying on other forms of interaction and communication to stay connected. Maybe it feels even more critical in this time of isolation to reach out to someone or to know that someone is thinking of you.
It has been great to hear how our church community has remained engaged and connected while our usual corporate gatherings are restricted. Thank you to everyone who has regularly scheduled in their diary the time to make contact with someone and check how they are going. Our pastoral care goal is still that ‘everyone is cared for and everyone is caring’.
Over the weekend we were pleased to hear the government announce its strategy for the way out of Coronavirus restrictions for our nation. Although NSW has not yet set the dates for each stage, we are hopeful that by the end of July there may be some definite dates for us to begin to meet again. Initially it may not be the same as before we went into the restrictions, and certain measures will need to be put into place, yet it will be wonderful to be able to start gathering again in person and in one location. Until then, we will continue to live stream worship on a Sunday morning at 9.30am.
The biggest news for this month is the new way that the Red Shield Appeal will operate. The door-knock is now digital. Instead of collecting in a suburb or at static points you will collect from your network of friends, family, workmates, and neighbours via the web. Anyone can sign up to be a Fundraiser. Once you have signed up you can share your profile on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or through an email. There is an opportunity for your place of work to become a Fundraiser or the team you play sport with! This support can be shown in the Fundraiser list as well as in the Local Sponsors section, where a logo can be uploaded. We thank those people who have already signed up and have accepted the challenge of fundraising this way.
Go to the Digital Doorknock website to join in.
We are excited to see the results of this new method. Doorknocking from the comfort of your own home – couldn’t get any easier! This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to support the Appeal and build our local capacity for helping those in need in Western Sydney.
We continue to remember the people in our society who are significantly impacted by the Coronavirus; whether it is through the loss of loved ones, the loss of employment, the loss of relationship, or generally the loss of their wellbeing. We thank God for His provision in this time of uncertainty and we pray that His presence will continue to sustain us and motivate us to be His love wherever we are.
Keep praying. Keep safe.
Love, Sharon & Grant
Parramatta Salvos is a Christian Church in Parramatta. We seek to make Jesus known to all people, all nations, and all generations.
Our faith convinces us that hope, purpose, and fulfillment can be everyone’s story. Whether you’re looking for connection, guidance or a community of like-minded people, we are here to welcome you.
During this season of COVID-19, out ministries can be found at the following locations:
(due to restrictions)