As you may expect, there has been a lot of thinking and writing recently about how covid-19 will change the face of churches going forward. And make no mistake, it will. The question of ‘how?’ is another thing altogether! I was reading a recent article by American, Michael Frost who noted that since covid-19 hit, church growth (in terms of numbers viewing online services) as increased by 300%! On the surface of it, this is amazing. And yet Michael sounds a warning note. He writes … “Back then, “church shoppers” had to drive around to their few favourite churches to try what each one had to offer on any given Sunday. The bigger ones advertised on billboards and television, but it was still a “try-before-you-buy” arrangement. Then, with the Internet and the proliferation of church websites and advertising campaigns, church shoppers could check out who was preaching or what was on offer (like viewing a menu) and then attend whichever service caught their fancy. But they still had to get in their car and turn up to the service. Now that all these church services are online every Sunday, they don’t even need to leave the comfort of their own home. Church shopping has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s UberEats for churches … My grave fear is that this spike in online attendance will be as illusory as the growth of megachurches last century. It will serve to mask the reality that less and less people are devoted to a wholehearted commitment to Christ, and more and more people see church as an event, a shot in the arm, a convenient uplift that doesn’t challenge their everyday life in any way.’ Frost goes on to note the difference between a consumer church and a church that is truly missional. In consumer church, ‘church is seen as a dispenser of religious goods and services. People come to church to be “fed”, to have their needs met through quality programs, and to have the professionals teach their children about God.’ In contrast, missional church is ‘a body of people sent on mission, who gather in community for worship, community encouragement and teaching from the Word in addition to what they are self-feeding themselves throughout the week.’ With consumer church, the catch cry is “I go to church”; with missional church it is, “I am the church”. May we use all the technology and opportunities that God has placed before us. But let us also not lose touch with what being the church actually is. (Source: https://mikefrost.net/coronavirus-could-set-the-church-back-25-years/).
This Sunday 3 May…
Trials Within Trials: The book of Job can either be the most rewarding or most disappointing of books, depending on what questions you think it is addressing. What are the right questions to ask as we read it?
Small Group Study
Over the next four weeks, Murray will be running a small group study called Archaeology and Jesus. This will happen on Mondays at 11am. If you are interested in joining, please email the office.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Because of the lock down, there will be no kids program going forwards, but we are looking to provide some resources for parents soon.
RBC Sunday Services
You can always re-watch any of the recorded RBC Sunday Services including the Good Friday and Easter Sunday ones. You can do this from our YouTube channel by clicking here.
mainly music Online
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children have had to be stopped due to COVID19, but we have taken it online, and are posting weekly sessions for you to watch. Check out our Facebook page for these.
Ignite Youth Group
Please contact the church if you would like to find out what is happening with Ignite Youth.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. Contact the office for more information.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday of the month at 10am. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. Contact the office for more information.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Thursday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!
You can check out all our Sunday services during the lock-down from our YouTube channel by clicking here.