July 2020 Update Tahmoor Baptist Church takes the protection of its staff, members and visitors very seriously and is now registered as a COVID Safe Organisation. Our COVID Safety Plan has been implemented and restrictions are slowly being lifted. While most of our ministries are still conducted online, personal appointments and small gatherings are following strict COVID Safe guidelines.
Initial Response Letter from Pastor Nigel Lyons
Hello to the people of faith in Tahmoor Baptist Church,
My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
The Diaconate wants to share with you some important announcements and decisions. These have been difficult decisions to make, but as a faith community we need to respond well to those who are vulnerable among us, as well as to the broader community.
Given the pattern of COVID 19 in other countries who are ahead of us in terms of infection rates, the more we can do as early as possible to reduce the occurrence of transfer in the community, the better, so we acknowledge that at this time there is an increased risk for individuals who engage in normal church activities. We have discussed a wide range of options and arrived at the following decisions:
Out of love for you, our church, and for the community around us, there is good reason to suspend our normal church services and regular ministry activities immediately until further notice.
Instead, we will stream sermons at 10 am and 5 pm each Sunday, build online Connect Groups, and participate in Bible Studies via Zoom.
As we share the steps ahead and find new ways to conduct ourselves as a church, let’s remember that the church is not a building. The church is the people. So while we may not be meeting together in person, make no mistake about it, we’re still going to be Tahmoor Baptist Church. Let’s all lean into this moment as an opportunity to share God’s love with others and be good neighbours. Let’s see the need in the community and meet it.
Helpful Bible verses are, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1) or, “In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33) and, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” Philippians 4:6.
The following steps will help us to remain active and serve together as a church:
Continue to pray and devote yourselves to the Lord!
On our Website, we will still have an audio version of the weekly sermon. We will also provide a PDF version of the power point slides so you can follow along with them.
We can still be a connected community. When was the last time you chatted on the phone to someone you sit next to in Church? Is this a way we can catch up with each other? There are Skype, face time, and other alternatives as well. Maybe connect in person at an outdoor venue (e.g. a park)?
We are still going to have our sermons prepared and delivered right on time at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on Sundays (different versions). Due to copyright law, we can’t provide live music, however, I will be preaching a normal sermon into a camera as though you were sitting in church. We may even include announcements! Our Wednesday Night GEL Group will also continue in an online chat room. You will be sent a separate email about how we will conduct this.
The Church office will remain open (except for Tuesdays and Saturdays), and Pastor Nigel Lyons will be available for pastoral needs as well as preparation for sermons and Bible Studies.
We have wonderful opportunities to reach out to our neighbours and to those we know are in need, with messages of prayer and hope as well as acts of service. We encourage any church members who are not in a high-risk category to find ways to serve the vulnerable in our community.
We will keep you updated as soon as possible with any changes to our circumstances.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Nigel Lyons, Geoff Cannon, Margaret Lepke or Cassandra Callaghan. Alternatively, please use the contact page of this website.
Yes, things are going to look a little different in the foreseeable future, but we are still Tahmoor Baptist Church, and we can still be 'everyone in mission every day.'
I am looking forward to seeing how we, as a church, are going to step up in this different way.
I love serving alongside you all, Pastor Nigel Lyons