BUNDOORA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Covid-19 Resources

Highlights This Week

Beware, Sin Thrives in Isolation 

"Even though we cannot physically meet, it is still possible to carry one another's burdens in some way. In fact, it's precisely because we cannot physically meet that we need to stay connected as the church." 

Read the article from The Gospel Coalition Australia here

Learning in isolation

Watch an interview with Jo from the 11am congregation.  Jo has spent long periods of time in isolation due to illness and what God has taught her through this.

Remembering J.I.Packer

Two helpful reflections on the life of J.I.Packer, author of "Knowing God" along with many other helpful Christian books. 
 

The Gospel Coalition Article

The Pastors Heart Podcast (28 mins)

BPC Interviews

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Watch an interview with David Crawford who heads up our team of Deacons as he talks about the impact of COVID-19 on those seeking asylum.

Meaning of Marriage 

Watch an interview with Harold and Ray from the 11am congregation as they share their insights from 64 years of marriage.

Thoughtful Questions

Watch an interview with Jane about making the most of this time by asking deliberate and thoughtful questions in your conversations.

Breakaway Youth Interview

Watch an interview with Paul Coleman as he shares about his work with Breakaway Youth and how COVID-19 has impacted disadvataged youth.

Going back to School

Watch an interview with Alyssa, Andy and Taya - two teachers and an educational psychologist about remote learning and going back to school.

Learning in isolation

Watch an interview with Jo from the 11am congregation.  Jo has spent long periods of time in isolation due to illness and what God has taught her through this.

Living in the light of your death

Watch an interview with Ray Haverfield as he shares about how he lives life in the light of his death (Ray served as a missionary until a diagnosis of cancer). 

Read Ray's article to accompany his interview.

On the frontline

Watch an interview with Kirsten and Chrystal from the 5pm congregation - who are both on the front line in our hospitals in dealing with Covid-19.

Serving at BPC 

Andrew interviews and farewells Justin and Chloe from the 5pm Congregation as they reflect on their experience of church, growth groups and serving in Youth Group during their time at Bundy.

Serving on Groote Eylandt

Watch an interview with Matt and Kate, missionaries from Bundy serving amongst indigenous Australians.

BPC Articles

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Caring for the Sick

"This is my 12th year of working as a chaplain in Melbourne’s public hospital system... The biggest thing I have learnt is to listen more and talk less!"

Dealing with Fear

"I confess that when the pandemic arrived in Australia, and I was told to stay in my home, I was initially gripped by fear. I had to sit down and ask myself ‘Is this a real threat to me, and what am I ultimately afraid of..."

Faith that Survives

Use this time to develop a faith that can survive both success and suffering. 

Technology tips for Covid-19 

One of our elders, David gives his tips of video conferencing software and security. 

5 tips for "church at home" with kids

Cat Camilleri shares her ideas for making the most of the live stream service with kids. 

How to make lockdown fun and fruitful

An article from Rachel McConchie with tips and tricks for the lockdown season


Livestream Survey Summary

Thankyou to all who completed the live stream survey. The session and staff have reviewed your feedback and will make some changes to our services over the coming weeks. 

 

Download the report here.

RESOURCE - Cloth Mask Pattern

Jo Watson from our 11am congregation has designed a cloth mask pattern which is available for anyone who would like to use it. 

 

PS: If you'd like to offer to make masks for others you can do so through bpc.org.au/love

BPC Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEWS

Read good books during this time. Book reviews from members of our congregation are added monthly.

Domestic violence & the church

Neil gives a helpful review of the book "Why does he do that? Inside the minds of angry and controlling men" as well as some further reflections on domestic violence in the church.

EPIC READING - Ephesians 

Listen to a reading of the whole book of Ephesians.

Videos, Podcasts and Sermons

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REVIEW - Clinton Le Page

"The Chosen" - Series about the life of Jesus and his disciples

 

"I just finished watching the first series of ‘The Chosen’  and I loved it... this series was moving and encouraged my faith. It’s worth watching and worth encouraging your family and friends, Christian and non-Christian, to watch too."

 

Read the full review here

FILM REVIEW - Rhys Bezzant

American Gospel: Christ Alone

 

"The radically me-centred prosperity Gospel is turned fully on its head to preach a Gospel which points away from us towards Christ and all his benefits."

 

Full review on TGC Australia website

View documentary on YouTube, Netflix or Vimeo

EPIC READING - Book of Job

9 actors perform an epic dramatic reading of the entire Book of Job. Directed by Simon Camilleri.


First shown on Sunday 28th June, 2020. The reading is now available on YouTube in full or in 7 parts. 


www.thebookofjob.link

Mums at Home with Kids

TGC Australia are running a weekly episode called "Everyday Conversations." A recent episode featured three mums discussing how Covid19 had meant more time at home with kids. Watch and listen as they discuss the challenges and encouragements this time has brought. 

Sanctity of Life Interview

Peter is keen that our people might have the opportunity to see the hope that comes through Jesus, and the dignity and sanctity of life - enabled or disabled. Made in the image of God and redeemed to the glory of God, we are of infinite value and capable of joyful hope in spite of outwardly appalling circumstances.

John Dickson podcast

Listen to John Dickson interview a range of Christians about common misconceptions

 

Particular episodes of interest:

 - "Scientific Theology" feat. Alistair McGrath

 - "Miraculous Physics" feat. Ian Hutchison

How Covid-19 Changes Evangelism

An interview with Phillip Jensen on the Pastor's Heart podcast

Watch Billy Graham's final address before he died at 99.

Podcast on God's sovereignty during a pandemic.

Audio book: Coronavirus and Christ

John Piper's recent book released as a free audio book or E-Book to help you engage with the Corona Virus as a follower of Jesus

Watch a range of bible talks from the Belgrave Heights Easter and Summer Conventions.

Other Articles

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Living in the Covid-19 Wilderness

"All of God’s people effectively live in the wilderness, in between the times of our past redemption and our final rest... Today, with so many restrictions and privations in place, we might feel that this comparison rings especially true. What, then, is God doing when we find ourselves in the wilderness?"

Avoiding the Post-pandemic blues

An article from The Gospel Coalition Australia on avoiding the post-pandemic blues.

How do I fight my coronavirus fears?

Article from desiring God website (also a podcast)

Helpful articles updated regularly to help you to respond to the Covid-19 situation as a follower of Jesus.

Trusting God In Suffering, Sacrifice, Disease and Death: A Lost Art?

Practical Tips from Rev Dr Keith Condie from the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute about maintaining mental health during self-isolation.  

Remembering J.I.Packer

Two helpful reflections on the life of J.I.Packer, author of "Knowing God" along with many other helpful Christian books. 
 

The Gospel Coalition Article

The Pastors Heart Podcast (28 mins)

Beware, Sin Thrives in Isolation 

"Even though we cannot physically meet, it is still possible to carry one another's burdens in some way. In fact, it's precisely because we cannot physically meet that we need to stay connected as the church." 

Read the article from The Gospel Coalition Australia here

Resources for Adults

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People from Bundy posting playlists, reflections, links that are helping them in the Covid-19 crisis.

Resources to help you to read and understand the Bible.

Share your story.

A range of free academic resources like lectures and courses.

Crossway Resources

Bibles and Christian books to help you grow in your faith in Jesus.  

Resources from the Bilblical Counselling from podcasts and articles.