Church Family News, 9 May


It is time to celebrate, and be grateful for, the woman who gave birth to you.
She did a magnificent thing, co-creating YOU.

To mourn with those who mourn

Today, Michael Henderson continues the new sermon series, reflecting on our past.

 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13

Sermon title: A Lament for the Past
Bible Reading: Psalm 139:1-17

Dates for Your Diary

MAY 1 to 31 May Mission Month Read more >>>
SUNDAY 9 MAY Youth meet during 10am service
PLEASE NOTE There is no Kids Church today
SUNDAY 16 MAY A Lament for the Land – Liam Conway
SUNDAY 23 MAY A Lament for the Disadvantaged

Rice for India 2021

A request from Hannah Smith
2020 recipients of rice

$45.00 = 30kg Rice = Food for 1 family for 1 month

Last year our family and friends raised enough funds for 500kg of rice to be distributed amongst people in Banjara India, and looking to do it again this May. These people are members of the lowest caste in India, and one of poorest tribes in the world with a population of 100 million. Unfortunately this year rice prices have increased by 50%, and combined with the impact of COVID-19, many of these families are now in a very difficult place.

$750 is enough money for 500kg of rice. This year, we have already raised $930!
Can you join me in raising as much as possible to help these people have food to eat?

We have a long-term connection with a pastor over there who coordinated everything in India for us last time and would love to have your support.

For further information contact Kathleen Smith (0447 681 132); or Hannah Smith (

Good Friday Play Reading

The audio from the play reading of “Who Really Killed Jesus?” is now available.

Did you miss it? Or like to hear it again? Here’s where to go >>>

May Mission Month – Yawan News

News from Jit and Jan

Jit and Jan Yawan
Jan and Jit Yawan

Greetings dear friends,
Now we look forward to May Mission Month – a time to be challenged again by the God-given opportunities of reaching His world through the outreach of Global Interaction. I well remember the instigation of May Mission Month by J.D. Williams (Leader of the then Australian Baptist Missionary Society – now GI). The challenge then was “a weeks wages in May”.

Jit and Jan Yawan are currently in Australia, waiting to return to Thailand.
Read their Newsletter here >>> | More about May Mission Month >>>


Exploring the Bible Survey

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HBC is entering a new stage of life and we are learning a deeper reliance on God through this transition. Part of this includes the new facilities which will enable the church to reach out into the community and to witness.

Now it’s time to consider what programs can be provided for people to learn about God, or to renew their faith in, and knowledge of, Jesus.

Please fill in the two-minute survey, which gives you an opportunity to show your interest. It will mean you can come alongside others who wish to learn, grow, and be discipled through the Scriptures. In this way, it will be possible to find out how to best serve you in your relationship with God.

Just click the button to respond!

Coming Soon to HBC: The Daniel Plan


A Healthy Spirit, Healthy Body and Healthy Mind are all connected, and like three legs on a stool they hold us up to our full potential.

“I Praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14

The Daniel Plan is a seven-week course that includes a weekly in-person meeting, discussion, guidance and support focusing on Food, Fitness, Family, Faith Focus and Friends. More information to follow in coming weeks, with a view to commence in the first week of May.

The Daniel Plan will be led by Sam Bradley, Certified Health Coach.

Check in TAS App – A sign of the times

Check in TAS App

As from 1 May, the Tasmanian Government has made it mandatory for everyone who attends a church service, or even the premises, to sign in using the Check in TAS app.
The use of the app is not restricted to churches, you will find it in use everywhere you go.

Thank you to those who have started checking in using the QR code already. If you have a smartphone can I encourage you to download the free, Check in TAS app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. If you have trouble, ask Jenny Baxter, Heather Galloway or a younger person in your family to help you.

When you come to church, please scan the QR code, which you will find in a number of places, or if you do not have a smart phone, are not with someone who can check you in with them, or are not comfortable using the app, please check in using the sign-in sheet either in the foyer or on the check-in table.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Heather Galloway
Duty of Care Officer

GIVING – Your tithes and offerings

Thank you to all who have faithfully continued with regular giving during the current economic climate. Many are now using EFT, with quite a few who have made the switch since we had to close our doors. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.
There is an offering box available for your use as you leave the Sanctuary. (A change to the way we do things as a result of COVID-19).

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.