Welcome to ‘The Scratchpad’, where each week we give you a glimpse into the messy background of sermon creation. It’s also a chance for you to ask some questions, so scratch that itch of yours and send in your questions, we’ll do our best to answer them!
Church-wide News and Announcements
Join us on Wednesday the 14th of April as we kick start Young Adults in person! We will meet up in the Street at 7pm and meet at RUC until the end of May.
It was a joy to celebrate Easter together! We had a full weekend of celebrations, including a sunrise service! If you missed the Good Friday or Easter Sunday services you can catch up here.
This weekend we dive right into our second major teaching series for the year: God’s Household, where we will be journeying through the book of 1 Timothy.
It may not seem like it at first, but the book is a fantastic follow-on to Easter:
“I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth”1 Timothy 3:14-15
As with all our major teaching series, we will have additional resources to complement your journey through the book. Each week we will release daily devotions that will follow the passage preached on the weekend. You can find them here.
Some of our community groups will be following the series in their mid-week groups. If you would like to join a group contact Pastor Zwai.
The Scratchpad Podcast.
We are also excited to announce a new podcast that will launch with this series, called ‘The Scratchpad’. This will be a talk-show type of discussion on the Sunday message, which will include additional material and insights on the passage. It will also include an opportunity for you to ask questions related to the Sunday message! Each week you can submit your questions here.
There will also be additional teaching platforms in the series, particularly when we get to the tricky bits. These long-format discussions will also include opportunity for questions.
As is now customary, we have both in-person and online worship services. We are very grateful for the increased capacity (250 people) at religious services at this time, which means more opportunity for you to reconnect with the ‘church of the living God’! If you haven’t yet come back to Church, now would be a great time!
Our services will remain at: 8:00am | 10:15am | 5:00pm – Please remember to book!
The emphasis of this book is on godly living in the social microcosms of our lives, fuelled by life in the Church, which is the ‘the household of God’.
We hope you will come to deeply know
“… he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen”(1 Timothy 6:15-16)
With you in God’s Household,
Starting on 31 March (Wednesday)
This is a 4 week connect course
More info contact: email@example.com
We have units available!
Cottage no 4 is available for sale.
We also have two midcare units available.
For any information please contact
Sales and Administration
Office (011) 883-2872
The new course details are as follows:
Daniel Part 1 (chapters 1-6) “Living out a biblical worldview” an 8 week study starting on
Wednesday 7 April 10.00-12.00
Thursday 8 April 18.30-20.30
Daniel Part 2 (ch 7-12) will start end June
If you are unable to commit to 5 hours of personal study per week but are keen to work through the book of Daniel please join us from Thursday 1 July where we will be using a shorter study known as the
Precept New International Study Series. The NISS requires 2-3 hours of personal study per week.
Colossians “That I may know Him”, an 8 week study starting on
Thursday 8 April 10.00-12.00
Daniel (13 weeks) will start 1 July
We shall continue to meet through the Zoom platform until we have the all clear from RUC.
Please let me know if you would like to join as soon as possible as the books need to be ordered.
If you have any questions and/or would like to join please contact Donna Woolnough
082 883 3630 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: One year on..
Dear Rosebank Union Church,
This weekend we mark the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 disruption on our Church. It was on 15 March 2020 that we had our last full, unrestricted gathering on a Sunday! In the providence of God we were allowed a significant moment to meet, ‘Lift the Sail’, and head into the uncharted waters of a pandemic.
It is therefore somewhat serendipitous that we celebrate the one-year anniversary of closing church by re-opening it!
In case you haven’t heard: we’re opening our doors for a full, gathered worship experience again!
Due to the current limit of 100 people on religious gatherings we will be opening three services, to try and cater for as many RUC worshippers as possible. The services need to be slightly shorter to allow time for making the facility safe, meaning our service times in this season will be:
Due to limited space, booking each week is essential. You can do that here (link)
For our congregation joining us online: please note that we will be live-streaming the first two morning services, so choose one of the two times (8:00 or 10:15), gather, and join us for our brand new online Church experience (there will no longer be a livestream at 9:30).
We have done some upgrades to our online capabilities and are looking forward to bringing you the latest version of ChurchAtHome (which is now 5.0, if you’re keeping track!)
You will find the services on our usual platforms:
- (Youtube channel link)
If you’re choosing to worship at home, in the spirit of our ‘Hospitality’ Rule of Life, (link to sermon on hospitality) consider being intentional about inviting others to join you. ChurchAtHome provides a remarkable opportunity not only for fellowship, but strategic hospitality.
The relaxing of restrictions for Churches also means that we get to plan for a memorable Easter!
We have a few weeks to go, so save these dates:
- Thursday 1 April: Setting the Scene: immersive worship experience through the Easter Thursday narrative
- Friday 2 April: Good Friday services
- Saturday 3 April: Holy Saturday retreat (*new*)
- Sunday 4 April: Sunrise service (*new*) & Easter Sunday services
AGM This Week!
Lastly, the reopening of Church also means that our AGM next week will be both online, and in-person. If you’re attending in-person be sure to book (link), as dinner will be catered.
At this AGM the emphasis will be on celebrating what God did at RUC in 2020, and looking forward to 2021 by presenting our Mission & Purpose for the year(s) ahead.
Hoping to see you soon,
An update from Pastor Richard van Lieshout: –
Join us for XSquared youth in-person!
We are so excited to be meeting in person again safely*.
We will be meeting every Friday during government school terms from 7:00pm-9:30pm.
We are excited to kick off Children’s Ministry for 2021 this Sunday! We have a few new and exciting things lined up.
2-5 year olds:
From this Sunday there will be a Bible Adventure Club video for all our pre-school children, featuring some brand new characters. Find the video every Sunday morning on our YouTube Channel.
We’re starting with a three-week series, God cares, where we’ll look at three people in the Old Testament that God looked after. We’ll learn how God always looks after us.
We’re excited for Kids Church Online to start again – version 3.0! We’ll be following the sermon series to help parents/carers and children engage with each week’s teaching together. Our series is called Cross trainers – how to train your spirit to stand firm in God’s truth. Find the video every Sunday morning on our YouTube Channel.
For more information, please feel free to contact Ansuné@ruc.org.za