Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting attendance numbers at public gatherings, this year’s LCA/NZ ordination service will be live-streamed on the internet, so that people from across the church can participate.
With ALWS Walk My Way community events cancelled due to COVID-19, four Year 11 students from Concordia College in suburban Adelaide thought creatively about raising funds to support the education of children in refugee camps. They raised enough to help 143 children to go to school.
Intergenerational ministry is a priority for members of St Mark’s Lutheran Church Dalby in Queensland, so during COVID-19 church closures, they embraced new opportunities to engage all generations in their worship and activities.
Many health workers have been struggling to obtain enough personal protective equipment during the pandemic. But when a request came for masks for Noosa Hospital, Queensland, a local Lutheran church member and her neighbours set to work and have since supplied more than 1500 masks as far as PNG.
Amid all the suffering from COVID-19, God has given us precious and rare gifts – among them less busyness and the chance to reflect on what it means to be his church in the world. Some LCA/NZ mission leaders believe these gifts present our church with an opportunity too good to miss.
When COVID-19 restrictions closed offices around Australia and New Zealand, Amy Dahlenburg began working from home, along with her family. But while the pandemic has caused stress, anxiety and grief, she says the upheaval has also brought important lessons – and blessings – home for her.