15 March, 2020

Corona Virus

Here is where you will read about the impact of Coronavirus on RUC. Last updated 6 Dec 2020.

Sunday Worship

- Is both ONLINE and FACE-TO-FACE. To view our online services click [right here](https://www.redcliffeuniting.com.au/news/online-worship-here)! You can come at anytime and join in, the new service is available from 8am Sunday morning.

- For FACE-TO-FACE worship, just show up on Sunday. We are recording your details for Covid tracing. And remember, if you are not well, please stay home and join us online. Our building can now seat well over 200, so there is plenty of room.

Many things back to normal

- Many of our groups are operating as normal. Playgroup, Sunday school, prayer groups, Quilting, Youth Group, Adult Fellowship, Working Woman's Breakfast, Men's Breakfast, home groups. Contact the office for details [info@redcliffeuniting.com.au], or contact your group leader.

- Groups not starting yet include; 4pm Worship, Heart & Soul Worship, Families @ Five - larger, food based and senior's groups.

General Information

- The office is open - Tue-Fri, 9am-noon.

- To stay informed and cared for make sure we have your e-mail and phone number! email that information to info@redcliffeuniting.com.au

- It's not time to stop physical distancing and practicing good hygiene. Please keep up these practices.

- At the moment people in the vulnerable category - over 70 or with medical conditions - are being advised to check with your doctor if you should attend worship and other public events.

Financial Information

- UnitingCare has approached us to sponsor a Community Chaplain based out of the impending HUB 2 days a week. We are joining that with our Generations Pastor to create a new position in 2021 - Community & Youth Chaplain, 4 days a week! If you have been giving to the Generations Pastor, we hope that you will continue giving to this new, combined role! If you want to give to this mission initiative, talk to the Pastor, or start making payments for "Youth Chaplain."

- If you can't get to church to give, you can give by clicking on the payments section.

- Job-Keeper, on top of your giving, has been a real God-send this year and has kept us and our staff going at pre-covid rates. Job-Keeper will soon come to a close, so we thank you for your continued giving to the work of God through RUC.

- We know life will be tough for some of our members, other may have capacity to give. We want to help people as we can. If you are in need, approach us. If you can give click on Payments and give to Welfare.

21 February, 2020

Joy to the World

What a Christmas!

I can’t remember a more meaningful, more impactful Christmas in all my ministry years!

Last Christmas was something worth celebrating. Remembering the God of the Universe inexplicable revealing Himself to us as a completely vulnerable child was a transcending experience. Communicated to us through song, puppets, video, story and word in our worship! The joy in worship this year seemed like the best I remember. It was exciting to lead congregations that were sitting on the edge of their seats anticipating that something good was going to happen. Thanks to the worship, sound and admin teams.

We also experienced how the birth of Christ, all these years later, is impacting our world.

Joy Harris organised a choir to sing with the angels at the local nursing home. It was wonderful to hear them singing so enthusiastically, and so special for the choir to serenade Francis Cowells just days before she was promoted to glory.

Mark & Glenda Millard and so many volunteers descended on the church in the week before Christmas to sort, pack and distribute 300+ Christmas Hampers and 500+ presents to hundreds of families and individuals. It was staggering logistics partnering with many other local organisations – Encircle, Breakfast Club, El Shaddai, Uniting Care, St Vinnies, Target, St. Andrew’s Hospital. [Sorry if I missed you!]

During that same week Mark & Glenda were joined by Catering, Giving from the Heart and the Dept of Communities to provide a Christmas party for some of the most disadvantaged families in our community. Something like 300 presents were provided [not all families were in attendance] and a wonderful meal.

Christmas Day Paddy and a team of volunteers joined with Moreton Bay Regional Industry & Tourism to provide Christmas lunch for 200 people. We received such good feedback for the event, the feel, the food and the Ministry of Paddi. The impact of Christmas is still reverberating in the new year!

Thank you for how you gave generously with time, presents and money. God is still at work in our world!

Paul Clark