Facebook and the Internet are flooded with resources and ideas for church communities in ‘non-contact’ times. Here you will find resources selected by the UCA leaders in Tasmania, for live-stream worship, alternative activities, ways to remain connected, and to ensure effective pastoral care.
Online church: broadcast worship, live streaming, and other digital worship options
- Cradle Coast Uniting Church is holding a Zoom gathering at 7pm every evening during Holy Week, 10am on Good Friday and every Sunday from 10am. Contact one of the ministers Fee & Brian for more details.
- Hobart North Uniting Church Youtube channel for services broadcast on 5 April, 29 March
- Kingston Uniting Church Youtube channel for services broadcast on 5 April, 29 March
- Launceston Pilgrim Uniting Church – Youtube service broadcast on 5 April
- Virtual Visiting: visit another Uniting Church congregation somewhere else! Lists of Uniting Church worship services and online churches include VicTas (with about a dozen ‘online churches’), NSW.ACT, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Synod, and the Assembly also lists some places you might like to go, or perhaps visit another denomination!
- By The Well Podcast – A weekly UCA podcast where a Minister (Rev Fran Barber) and a Biblical scholar (Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker) explore one of the lectionary texts to equip preachers to proclaim the Word. Listen to the podcast and reflect or talk around these questions: What did I connect with? What was challenging? What was new?
Create a space where you can place something that reminds you of the community of faith to which you belong – a bible, a cross or another symbol. If you don’t have a cross, you might like to draw one for your space. Each day write out a favourite verse from the Bible and leave it present as you go throughout life in your daily living.
- Brian Cole’s order of service for Worship at Home on 29 March 2020 (Word doc) and Worship at Home on 29 March 2020 (PDF file)
- Godly Play You Tube channel has many of the Godly Play stories available. We would encourage your household to listen and be attentive to the story as it is shared. Then together make a response in your home, with whatever you have. Perhaps you could make a journal, recycling paper as you go. Draw, write, take some pictures and add them into the journal. Perhaps your response is to cook a special meal together, write a letter to some, or email or ring them. You might think about connecting with someone who is struggling in this time.
- Palm Sunday – a gift from Gippsland Presbytery
For Holy Week
- Mountain Masala – a daily reflection, prayer, activity for each day from Palm Sunday. Provided by Craig Mitchell.
- Stations of the Cross – a you tube channel from a community in Western Australia, with contemplative worship space, and conversations with artists who have contributed pieces to an annual installation with Uniting Church in the City of Perth.
- Holy Week in a Box – Together as a family find the various elements (or be creative with what you have in your home!). Each day you can engage with a story, an object that is part of the story and a question to help your family journey through Holy Week towards Easter.
These resources are available as easy to print documents to share around as paper copies for your congregation or community.
Some helpful tools for your community to care for one another are also available:
Zoom meeting info
- Youtube video: Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection
- Kelly Skilton’s very simple intro to Zoom
Links to (many) other resources
- Synod of Victoria and Tasmania news pages
- Illustrated Ministry – please contact Denise Savage for access to downloadable PDFs to use in your community.
- Busselton Uniting Church provides Home Church resources: words you can pray, and links for input message.
Communication from Presbytery and Synod leadership
1 Corinthians 13:8 ff (ed.) Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part … For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.