(Well, what did you expect from a church?)
We are old people and young, artists, people with disabilities, lawyers and plumbers, activists and accountants who have been captured by, and caught up in God’s Dream for the world and God’s purpose for our lives, that we see revealed in this Jesus.
Maybe we are a church for those who don’t like ‘church’. A church for those who don’t want to play religious games or be entertained but on a good day, desire to live the love that God has shown us.
UPDATE (April 1): To all members and visitors of the Westcity community
We have seen change in response to the Covid-19 virus move quickly in the wider community over the last week and for most of us, we find ourselves in the unusual position of physical isolation with our immediate families – and physical separation from extended family and friends, workplaces and social contact. It is quite hard to believe that this is to be our reality for weeks or months.
So, how are we to respond? Last Sunday, on our Livestream Sunday program, Jon shared some thoughts from John 12 that helps us rethink and potentially reframe our reflections. We are trusting that every week you will be refreshed and encouraged as you watch and listen to the various speakers and ministers.
Join us online on any of the following options, on Sundays at 10am (or anytime that suits you to watch any of our previous livestream services):
1. Scroll down on this homepage of our website to find the Livestream video section and press play.
2. On Youtube.com or the Youtube app on your phone – search for ‘Westcity Church’ and press play on the Livestream video.
3. On facebook.com or the Facebook app – search for the ‘Westcity Church’ page and press play on the Livestream video.
(PS: We have pre-recorded our programming for the coming month so, please understand we are not meeting in the church to bring the service live).
We love the Westcity benediction. It is the way we close every service. It is the reminder that we come together to grow, be challenged, to worship and then ‘To Go’. It is indeed the call to show and share Christ in our homes, with our friends and across our neighbourhoods. In this time, our benediction is going to serve us by connecting us with one another. We are asking each Westcity home to record themselves reciting the benediction (see link below). Some of you may get a little creative. Others are terrified that we made reference to such an idea. But whoever you are, however you roll, say these words, even learn these words and record them in a video. We wouldn’t be surprised at what happens inside of each of us as we allow their challenge to echo in our hearts and minds.
Here is the link to upload benediction videos to:
And here is the link to a written copy of the benediction: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rEaP8i8mSqYUcRdwD2BDEHWpJbUihmmp/view?usp=sharing
And now we come to Easter. How is it that this extraordinary time of the Christian calendar finds us in our homes and unable to meet at one physical location as the community of faith? No special items, productions or promotions and advertising campaigns. Instead, a simple call to remember the act that changed history. An opportunity to consider without fanfare the significance of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. His impact on time and men across the ages – but more importantly, His impact on each of us. On me.
Let’s give the Easter weekend and its events a new chance to re-form each of us around the things that truly matter: His love, grace and forgiveness. To lay down our lives that we might truly live.
Good Friday: 10am
Easter Sunday: 10am
Please see the three Livestream options listed above for how to join us for our Easter services live, or watch afterwards at a time that suits you.
Home Study Notes, Pastoral Thought and Community Care Team
Below we have included our weekly Pastoral Thought and Home Study Notes (from our latest Sunday sermon) for you and your loved ones. We have also given details on our Community Care Response Team, set up to help those in need during Covid-19.
Let us walk towards Him and one another
I am always amazed at how much there is to share with our church community each week and at the opportunities for connection. It seems that in this season, the doors of the church are flung open. That the call to grace and community and Christ himself is louder and wider than ever before. So, let us step forward. Let us walk towards Him and one another that we might be comforted and more importantly, that we might become like Him.
Warm regards and every blessing
Phil and Westcity Team