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    15th of April, 2020

    CHANGE OF PLANS

    Due to the snap lockdown in Brisbane, Vanessa and I changed our plans at the last moment, and instead went to Darwin for a week.


    We had a relaxing and enjoyable time there.

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      ReadMIBC CHURCHLIFE
      12th April 2021

      PASTOR'S UPDATE

      Hi Church Family,


      The last several weeks have been quite hectic for me. I had numerous training days and online lectures to attend, meaning the same amount of church work needed to completed in fewer days.


      Thankfully, all my personal development days for the year are now complete and my availability is back to normal. The training I completed was as follows:

      • Prepare and Enrich Training (Marriage Counselling)
      • Baptist History and Distinctives (Malyon College - for ordination)


      This Saturday my family and I will be travelling to Brisbane to visit family and attend the Baptist Convention.


      There are two people filling the pulpit:

      • On Easter Sunday, Cormac Chambers will be preaching on the evidence of the resurrection.
      • Ben Beard will be preaching a sermon on reasons for global missions.


      LEADERS MEETING ON THE 28/3/2021


      We had a quick leader meeting on (28/3/2021) to discuss some pertinent items that affect term two, that would have otherwise been delayed due to the Easter Holidays. Two of the decisions are as follows:


      CHANGE TO 'CHILD SAFE POLICY'

      We were aware that one point in the ' Child safe policy' created frustrations to our ministry leaders due to the transient nature of our context. Namely 10.3:

      • In the case of a volunteer, the person has attended the church regularly for a minimum of six (6) months unless exceptional circumstances apply. 


      We have since agreed to change this policy item to read:

      • In the case of a volunteer, the person has attended the church regularly for a minimum of six (6) months. In certain circumstances, the leadership may consider accepting a volunteer after three (3) months, who has positive supporting references from a previous church, and such a volunteer would be required to work alongside an established team member, for an additional three (3) months. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.


      This will allow children's ministries to receive helpers, who have the appropriate checks and references from a previous church, earlier into their respective ministries.


      It will also allow people who may only be in Mount Isa for a short period of time, more meaningful opportunities to serve in children's ministries.


      REQUEST FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY

      Throughout last week, Wendy Francis from the 'Australian Christian Lobby,' contacted me and requested to hire the hall for an ACL meeting to be held in the first week of June.


      The leaders were agreeable to this request, aware that there would be a number of people in the congregation interested in listening to the discussion and information presented at this meeting.


      The format of the meeting will be as follows:

      • Testimony from local ACL supporter
      • Wendy Francis speaking on gender ideology
      • Martyn Illes applying scripture to contemporary issues
      • Q&A


      NAME TAGS

      You might have seen me wearing a name tag yesterday. Our plan is to have more of these available for our regular attendees to wear in term 2.


      Once they are ready to go, please consider wearing one to help with introductions, conversations, and check-ins.

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        ReadMIBC CHURCHLIFE
        5th April 2021

        PASTOR'S UPDATE

        Hi Church Family,


        The last several weeks have been quite hectic for me. I had numerous training days and online lectures to attend, meaning the same amount of church work needed to completed in fewer days.


        Thankfully, all my personal development days for the year are now complete and my availability is back to normal. The training I completed was as follows:

        • Prepare and Enrich Training (Marriage Counselling)
        • Baptist History and Distinctives (Malyon College - for ordination)


        This Saturday my family and I will be travelling to Brisbane to visit family and attend the Baptist Convention.


        There are two people filling the pulpit:

        • On Easter Sunday, Cormac Chambers will be preaching on the evidence of the resurrection.
        • Ben Beard will be preaching a sermon on reasons for global missions.


        LEADERS MEETING ON THE 28/3/2021


        We had a quick leader meeting on (28/3/2021) to discuss some pertinent items that affect term two, that would have otherwise been delayed due to the Easter Holidays. Two of the decisions are as follows:


        CHANGE TO 'CHILD SAFE POLICY'

        We were aware that one point in the ' Child safe policy' created frustrations to our ministry leaders due to the transient nature of our context. Namely 10.3:

        • In the case of a volunteer, the person has attended the church regularly for a minimum of six (6) months unless exceptional circumstances apply. 


        We have since agreed to change this policy item to read:

        • In the case of a volunteer, the person has attended the church regularly for a minimum of six (6) months. In certain circumstances, the leadership may consider accepting a volunteer after three (3) months, who has positive supporting references from a previous church, and such a volunteer would be required to work alongside an established team member, for an additional three (3) months. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.


        This will allow children's ministries to receive helpers, who have the appropriate checks and references from a previous church, earlier into their respective ministries.


        It will also allow people who may only be in Mount Isa for a short period of time, more meaningful opportunities to serve in children's ministries.


        REQUEST FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY

        Throughout last week, Wendy Francis from the 'Australian Christian Lobby,' contacted me and requested to hire the hall for an ACL meeting to be held in the first week of June.


        The leaders were agreeable to this request, aware that there would be a number of people in the congregation interested in listening to the discussion and information presented at this meeting.


        The format of the meeting will be as follows:

        • Testimony from local ACL supporter
        • Wendy Francis speaking on gender ideology
        • Martyn Illes applying scripture to contemporary issues
        • Q&A


        NAME TAGS

        You might have seen me wearing a name tag yesterday. Our plan is to have more of these available for our regular attendees to wear in term 2.


        Once they are ready to go, please consider wearing one to help with introductions, conversations, and check-ins.

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          ReadMIBC CHURCHLIFE
          29th March 2021

          PASTOR'S UPDATE

          Hi Church Family,


          The last several weeks have been quite hectic for me. I had numerous training days and online lectures to attend, meaning the same amount of church work needed to completed in fewer days.


          Thankfully, all my personal development days for the year are now complete and my availability is back to normal. The training I completed was as follows:

          • Prepare and Enrich Training (Marriage Counselling)
          • Baptist History and Distinctives (Malyon College - for ordination)


          This Saturday my family and I will be travelling to Brisbane to visit family and attend the Baptist Convention.


          There are two people filling the pulpit:

          • On Easter Sunday, Cormac Chambers will be preaching on the evidence of the resurrection.
          • Ben Beard will be preaching a sermon on reasons for global missions.


          LEADERS MEETING ON THE 28/3/2021


          We had a quick leader meeting on (28/3/2021) to discuss some pertinent items that affect term two, that would have otherwise been delayed due to the Easter Holidays. Two of the decisions are as follows:


          CHANGE TO 'CHILD SAFE POLICY'

          We were aware that one point in the ' Child safe policy' created frustrations to our ministry leaders due to the transient nature of our context. Namely 10.3:

          • In the case of a volunteer, the person has attended the church regularly for a minimum of six (6) months unless exceptional circumstances apply. 


          We have since agreed to change this policy item to read:

          • In the case of a volunteer, the person has attended the church regularly for a minimum of six (6) months. In certain circumstances, the leadership may consider accepting a volunteer after three (3) months, who has positive supporting references from a previous church, and such a volunteer would be required to work alongside an established team member, for an additional three (3) months. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.


          This will allow children's ministries to receive helpers, who have the appropriate checks and references from a previous church, earlier into their respective ministries.


          It will also allow people who may only be in Mount Isa for a short period of time, more meaningful opportunities to serve in children's ministries.


          REQUEST FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY

          Throughout last week, Wendy Francis from the 'Australian Christian Lobby,' contacted me and requested to hire the hall for an ACL meeting to be held in the first week of June.


          The leaders were agreeable to this request, aware that there would be a number of people in the congregation interested in listening to the discussion and information presented at this meeting.


          The format of the meeting will be as follows:

          • Testimony from local ACL supporter
          • Wendy Francis speaking on gender ideology
          • Martyn Illes applying scripture to contemporary issues
          • Q&A


          NAME TAGS

          You might have seen me wearing a name tag yesterday. Our plan is to have more of these available for our regular attendees to wear in term 2.


          Once they are ready to go, please consider wearing one to help with introductions, conversations, and check-ins.

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            ReadMount Isa Baptist Church
            28-3-2021 Sunday Service
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            ReadMount Isa Baptist Church
            4-4-2021 Easter Sunday