As the effects of COVID-19 became more pronounced in Australia, it quickly became clear that we would no longer be able to hold our Sunday morning worship services in the church hall as we had in the past.
In response, we carefully developed the foundations for an online approach, with a focus on community, serving and presence. Rather than a livestream, we chose to use Zoom Meetings to allow the CBC congregation to engage with the service in an active and interactive way. Although this sometimes comes as the expense of smooth production quality, it allows our church community to continue engaging, continue serving and continue meeting together on a regular basis.
We understand that this has been a difficult time for most of us, but some people have found it especially challenging to navigate the technology. As a result, we encourage everyone to work together to ensure the less tech-savvy members of the congregation are supported and feel connected during this time.
Further to this, we have some additional tools to support people when technology is difficult to manage:
- Each Sunday we strive to provide a non-interactive livestream on YouTube. This is provided as a backup for situations where Zoom is not working as expected. You can access it by clicking here.
- Within 24 hours of each service, we will upload a video recording of the full service to the online meeting page. Due to copyright restrictions, this will be available for no more than 7 days, and may not be downloaded.
- We will also upload video and audio recordings of the sermon each week to the church website. These will remain available on the website indefinitely.
We thank every one of you for your patience, support and engagement during this unprecedented time four our community. We have started pre-recording the music to resolve technical issues faced in the first few weeks, and the team continues to work to improve the online service each week. We appreciate your continued prayer and support. Although things will inevitably look different, God’s church can still come together and serve Him – perhaps in new ways we may have never imagined.
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.”