Church Family News, 6 June 2021

Welcome to Church!

To mourn with those who mourn

This Sunday we’ll hear from Stephen Baxter as he brings a Lament for the Future (Romans 8:18-39). This sermon is the final in our current series, to mourn with those who mourn.

Dates for Your Diary

SUNDAY 6 JUN A Lament for the Future
WEDNESDAY 16 JUN 7:30pm Prayer and Dedication of new areas
THURSDAY 17 JUN 6pm Opening Night Luminous. REGISTER >>>
18-22 JUN 11am-6pm Michael Henderson’s art installation in Main Foyer and Soundy Lounge, marking the start of the Luminous Festival.
SATURDAY 19 JUN EmpowHer (Tas Baptist Women) – Southern Walk at South Arm. READ MORE >>>
SUNDAY 20 JUN Advent 1 & Church Members Meeting after 10am service. READ MORE >>>
23 & 25 JUN Luminous Conversations (Wed and Fri evenings) REGISTER >>>
SUNDAY 27 JUN Advent 2 
28 JUN – 3 JUL Christmas in Winter week (Hearty meals with friends & neighbours)
2 JUL Carols at the Tab (First weekend of the school holidays)  REGISTER >>>
4 JUL Christmas Day Service 

SAVE THE DATE: 21 – 24 OCTOBER CHURCH CAMP! Spring Beach Campsite (near Orford)
All Welcome! More info available soon.

Accommodation Needed

One of our Anuak families is struggling with a small apartment for too many people. If you can assist, please contact Margaret:

The End is in Sight!

The New Foyer

There has been a lot of activity on the building site this week, and as you can see from the photo of the new courtyard, the fence has come down and the anticipation is certainly rising.

Morning tea after the 10am service will soon be a reality, so if you have a calling to help in this space, Kath Smith would love to hear from you,

Rice for India – THANK YOU!

Thank you for your donations! Most of the rice has been distributed. See our photos below…

Unfortunately, Sreeraj the pastor coordinating works in India has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, as well as his wife and daughter. Praise God, he was quarantined safely, first in his home and then in a hospital. Please pray for him and his family as he is in the age bracket of the people who are not recovering from the virus

Some of the rice he has gathered has had to be left for a week or two before the team can distribute it.
There are 12 others in the team, please pray for their safety!

Breathe, Shine and Seek to Mend

17 to 25 June, 2021
Breathe, Shine and Seek to Mend

Tasmania’s spectacular midwinter arts festival, Dark MoFo, is back for winter 2021. Michael Henderson is taking the opportunity to engage with it again and he writes:

“This year’s art work draws attention to our response to the crucifixion. More than 30 works to challenge, inspire, and offer a genuine space for anyone to have a conversation with Jesus on their own terms.”

The art installation will be on view in the new main Foyer and the Soundy lounge. Put it in your diary, it is not to be missed! REGISTER >>>

Southern Coastal Walk

Saturday 19 June, 8:30am to 1pm

EmpowHer (Tasmanian Baptist Women) invite all women and girls to participate in a 7km walking adventure!

Invite your workmates, friends and family for a bracing walk around the tip of South Arm.

Or talk to Jenny Baxter (0401 652 566) or Jo Sinclair (0401 297 151).

Next HBC Members’ Meeting – 20th June

Please put Sunday 20 June 2021 in your diary as we will be holding an important Members’ Meeting after the 10am Service. This may be the first opportunity to tour the completed building.

Both Members and guest welcome! For more information view our members’ page here.

SAVE THE DATE! Camp Joseph

Thursday 21st to Sunday 25th October

Spring Beach Campsite, near Orford. Come for the day; come for one night; come for the whole time. Just come!


More information will be available soon.

Check in TAS App – Thank You for remembering

Check in TAS App

We can now fill the church to 100% capacity, which is great news. Well actually we can’t quite at the moment until eight of the pews on the northern side of the church are back in action, but we are permitted to!

Thank you to all who have embraced the use of the Check in TAS app. as mandated by the Tasmanian Government. It is great to see everyone either scanning the QR code or checking in by using the sign-in sheet in the foyer or on the check-in table inside the Church.

Keep up the good work, it is just part of our lifestyle now, wherever we go.

Heather Galloway
Duty of Care Officer

GIVING – Your tithes and offerings

Offerings – why do we give?

Baptist churches operate independently – they do not receive financial support from a parent body or government agency. We therefore have to generate our own income to support our budget: to pay our Pastoral staff, cover administrative costs and general running costs as well as supporting local and overseas missions.  

Offerings from the congregation are the major source of our income, and as such are very important. We thank all who continue to give faithfully on a regular basis. We could not operate without this support. 
Currently our offerings income falls short of meeting our budget, hence we are looking forward to the whole building being available for use by the community, and the revenue from hiring the spaces increasing our potential to reach out and minister to the community. 

EFT is a great way to ensure regular giving and as well there are offering boxes available for use as you leave the Sanctuary.

You can give online here>>>

COVID-19 Reminders

Please remember the simple guidelines to keeping everyone safe, including:

  • Stay at home if you are unwell – always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive and before you leave
  • Ensure your name is recorded – Either using the Check in TAS QR code or sign the attendance sheet.
  • Family members may sit close together – others please remember the 1.5m rule.

    Thank you for your assistance.