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.
Visitors and locals in Hervey Bay in southern Queensland are being greeted by a gospel message of reassurance written by the road into town. Members of St James Lutheran Church have posted the sign which reads: ‘Stay calm. I will get you through this, love God’ on a 6 metre x 3 metre billboard.
There is a significant number of people originally from Papua New Guinea (PNG) who live in Cairns in Far North Queensland, and Trinity Lutheran Church community is finding more and more ways to engage and connect with them.
Like many others during COVID-19 church closures, St Johns Hope Vale in Far North Queensland has had to seek creative and technological ways to reach people. With shaky internet and very basic equipment, it was a huge challenge. But a new generation of people has stepped up.
For 68-year-old Queenslander Anne Maczkowiack, walking the 800-kilometre Camino De Santiago trail across Spain was only a part of a post-retirement reward in 2014. She and husband Robert decided to add an extra 300 kilometres to start from Barcelona. That says something about embracing opportunities