MBC COVID-19 Update

11am 26 March 2020

Weekend Services: Services will continue to be live streamed at 10am and 6pm on Facebook in our closed Mitcham Baptist Church Group. If you are unsure how to get on to Facebook, there are instructions here: https://www.mitchambaptist.org.au/mbc-online-services/  The leadership encourages you to watch the streams live at home. This will ensure you are connected to the MBC Community during this difficult time. If you don’t have the capability of watching the live stream, please let us know and we will help you get connected. The Mandarin Congregation will have a service provided by Ps Waikwong Sun online at 10am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC1ihgluf6tktGUaUHD6j8A

Blast:The Blast Team are producing resources for upcoming services. There will be a video on the website for the kids to watch during the live stream of the 10am service plus some activities to print off for the kids to do. 

MBC premises: Our building at 8-12 Simla St is closed until further notice. No meetings or events are to be held on site. Some staff will still be working onsite at various times during the week. If you need to contact Cathy, you can on 9873 2576 or 0427 980 265 during the office hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 4pm.

Connect Groups: We encourage you to continue meeting virtually at this time. Connect Groups provide great community and encouragement at this time, so it is important to stay connected. If you are not in a Connect Group, why not join one by emailing here: [email protected] You could try:- Microsoft Teams (https://products.office.com/en-au/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software), – Zoom https://zoom.us/– Google Hangouts https://hangouts.google.com/– or a Conference call

Weekly Prayer Group:
It is important that we continue praying as a church, seeking God at this time. We are looking at how these can continue in some form, possibly over video conferencing.  We will let you know when the next Corporate Prayer event is. 

Church Community:
Where you have a pastoral care need, follow the normal process of informing Ian, the church office or the Elders via phone or email.
If you are concerned for your health or someone you know, please seek appropriate medical advice.
If you have specific needs or things that the church community can assist with, please don’t hesitate to contact the Church Leadership or the Church office.
We have a specific Fund set up to assist people in need. If you would like to contribute to that fund, please transfer the money via EFT into the Church account below.
Please be looking out for each other. Why not plan to ring 3 people each week who you would normally see at a Church Service or ministry.  

Offering: We encourage you as part of your normal worship to continue giving your tithe. If you are able to can you give via EFT:

Church Bank Account
Mitcham Baptist Church
BSB: 063-146
Account: 00900195

Wider Ministry / Missionary Fund:
Mitcham Baptist Church Missionary Committee
BSB: 063 146
Account: 00900830
If you are unable to give via EFT, please contact our Treasurer John Poustie or the Church Office and we will work out other arrangements.

Flattening the curve:

We encourage you to do all you can to ‘flatten the curve’. Please follow Department of Health’s advice and directives of the Federal and State Government.Measures that we all MUST be practicing: 

 – Stay 1.5m away from people whenever possible. Read more about social distancing HERE.

  •  Wash your hands properly and wash them regularly.
  •  Stay at home unless it is necessary to leave the house. Work from home if you can.
  •  Avoid all non-essential gatherings of people.
  •  If you are elderly or vulnerable, you should consider limiting physical contact with other people, especially young children. 

If you are unwell, please see appropriate medical advice.