Sundays: Gathered but Multiplied

Welcome to Southern Cross Presbyterian Church. We’re glad you’re here!  This Sunday, most of our church family is meeting together face to face across 4 venues around Lismore & Goonellabah at the times listed below and in line with our Covid Safety Plan*.

This Sunday 20th September is also our annual ‘Celebration Sunday’ where everyone can join us at 3pm on Zoom to celebrate new members and baptism and watch our 2020 SCPC photo montage.

Is this your first time? If you would like to connect with our church family, we’d love you to get in touch. Give us a call or email us through the contact menu above. We’re here to help you grow in your love for God, love for Christian community and love for the world. And of course you’re welcome to join us on Sundays at any one of our venues listed below.

Unable to meet face to face?  We will continue to provide the Bible reading & Bible talk via ZOOM from 9:45AM each Sunday. Click here to access the webinar.

Southern Cross Goonellabah & friends will meet at Invercauld House, 163 Invercauld Road, Goonellabah at 9AM.

The Coutts & Herd Gospel Communities & friends are gathering at the Lismore Scout & Guide Halls, 186 Magellan Street, Lismore at 9:45AM.

The Griffiths & Maxwell Gospel Communities & friends are gathering at Wyrallah Road Public School, East Lismore at 9:45AM.

The Kemsley & Playsted Gospel Communities & friends are gathering at our Park Avenue Hall, East Lismore at 9:45AM.

 

Term 3 Visionaries Series: Wherever you find yourself scattered or gathered this Sunday, we pray you will be encouraged from God’s word throughout our Term 3 Visionaries Series.

This Sunday 20th September, we open to Matthew 6:25-34 to consider that knowing God as Father ought to prompt and control our worship and prayers and whole outlook on life. We’ll be asking the question: Do you know God?

There will be no 6pm Gathering – just for this week – at Park Avenue, (due to Celebration Sunday) but we’ll be there again as usual from Sunday 27th September.

Want to keep up to date? On the above-right of this page you can click on Church Family News & Prayer to keep you up to date with what’s happening and to keep our church family and link missionaries in prayer.

Music Acknowledgments: We’d like to acknowledge the music we have played online during our Covid-19 Sunday Scatterings. Click here for details.

Kids Church

Hi kids!! Kids church is back! We’re meeting face to face across 4 venues each Sunday (with our Gospel Communities as listed above). Hope to see you there!

*As of Friday July 24, Government restrictions have capped all gatherings to no more than 100 people.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact your Gospel Community Vision Coordinator or speak to a staff member.

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The Pastors’ Post

Here is a short video from one of our pastors, Stew, as he talks about life at SCPC this week.

Below is the text from the video.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update about life at Southern Cross.

Well, we need to pray don’t we? It is at the hardest moments of life that we are helpless, unable to find answers, we are desperate. And so we pray.

Prayer is something that has dominated this week, after the tragic news of the death of Eddy on Monday night. On Tuesday, we were able to pray with Nick and Ange. Can I encourage you again, to please pray for the family. If you would like to contribute to the family you may be interested in giving towards ‘The Common Fund’ as we provided the family with a care package and flowers that indicated our care for them on Tuesday night. The funds could also assist with the cost of the funeral and any video production that may be involved to allow others to participate in the funeral over livestream. You can contribute to ‘The Common Fund’ through PayPal on our website www.scpc.org.au. Add ‘Eddy’ to the remitter name or payment description.

Then on Wednesday, Ian and Susan with the some of our youth leaders were able to meet and pray with our youth on Wednesday afternoon at huMPDay our youth program.  

And tonight, I invite any parents or carers of youth who would like to come to my place between 7pm and 9pm, to come and pray. If you are a parent or a carer of youth and would like to pray tonight, please head to our website and register your interest in joining to pray tonight so that we can adhere to governments restriction of numbers gathering in a home.

And we invite the whole church family to join us in one of our four locations on Sunday morning, or over ZOOM, to join us in prayer, for part-way through our gathering this Sunday 20th September, we will have a time for anyone from our church family to pray. I should note those from our church family who attend our 6pm gathering are invited to join with their Gospel Communities on Sunday morning, either at 9am if you are from Southern Cross Goonellabah, or at the location that your Gospel Community that meets at 9:45am, as there will be no gathering this Sunday at 6pm. Please speak to your Vision Coordinator if you have questions.

But on Sunday, we will see and be encouraged from God’s Word that we have a God who is not distant. In fact, we have a Father who can be found, and in whom we can find rest in his care. Sunday we were due to celebrate, and yet it will be a celebration of a different kind as we celebrate the remarkable news that we can have a living and everyday and vital relationship with the God of this world.

Let me read to you from 1 Thessalonians 5 from verse 16:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Thanks for tuning in to The Pastors’ Post.

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Youth Parents and Carers Prayer

Youth parents and carers are invited for a time of prayer for the Allen family tonight, Friday 18th September 7-9pm at the Playsted’s.

To ensure we adhere to government restrictions of 20 persons, please register below.

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The Pastors’ Post

Here is an important video from one of our pastors, Stew.

Below is the text from the video.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update for life at Southern Cross.

It is with extraordinarily great sadness that I inform our church family on behalf of, and with consent from the family involved, that Eddy, the eldest son of Nick and Ange, was killed in an accident while driving by himself in East Lismore last night around 7pm. 

As you can imagine, the family is devastated by the loss. Matt C and I were able to visit Nick and Ange this morning, to cry with them, and to pray with them. Can we encourage our church family as a whole to be praying for Nick and Ange, and for Eddy’s sister and brother. The added heartache for the family at this time is the challenges surrounding restrictions and the numbers allowed at a funeral.

Please pray for the family, please pray for our local member, pray for other community agencies, and pray for our state denomination as we explore options that will be available to the family. But we do ask for great wisdom and sensitivity from you as the family explores these options. We will continue to liaise with Nick and Ange and provide you with information if the family deems it appropriate regarding the funeral.

To our youth that knew Eddy and are trying to come to terms with the loss, huMPDay, our Wednesday afternoon youth program, will take place tomorrow at 3:15pm at Park Ave with Ian our Families Pastor, to allow youth the opportunity to talk and to pray about the news of Eddy’s passing.

To the rest of our church family, again, at this point, pray. And if you would like to contribute to the family you may be interested in giving towards ‘The Common Fund’ so we can provide the family with a care package and flowers that indicate our care for them at this time. And the funds could also assist with the cost of the funeral and any video production that may be involved to allow others to participate in the funeral over live stream. You can contribute to ‘The Common Fund’ through PayPal through our website at www.scpc.org.au. Add ‘Eddy’ to the remitter name or payment description. Again, we are unsure about the details of the funeral and the family too is unsure of when it will even be able to take place.

Our week ahead at Southern Cross Presbyterian Church from 20th September through to 26th September was to be a time for our church family to come together in whatever ways possible for us, to reflect upon the ways that we could consider how we could “Rest in our Father God’s care”. This grieving family and our grieving church family needs to desperately rest in this hope.

Let me read to you from Matthew 6:25

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?

Please pray for this family that the worries that fill their minds, and the scariness of the darkness of night, and the worries that may overwhelm them, please pray for Nick and Ange, that they would know of our Father’s care for them in the midst of these worrying days.

That is all from today’s Pastors’ Post.

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This Sunday’s Recording

If you missed this morning’s webinar, here is the recording.

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