Local Neighbourhood Update – 1 April 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all those who have been continuing to support our local Discovery Neighbourhood initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis.
Whether that is through your time volunteering, financial support or through prayer, we deeply value your commitment!

#LYN (Love Your Neighbour)

At a time when COVID-19 is causing stress and anxiety in our local neighbourhoods, what an incredible opportunity we have as the church to be able to creatively engage with others in our community with the loving and thoughtful heart of Jesus instead.

We have been encouraged to hear that many of you have already been engaging with your neighbours as people of peace through community pages such as #LYN Melbourne on Facebook, taking the initiative to serve our neighbours practically and compassionately. I am looking forward to sharing these good news stories with you soon.

Discovery Community Care

Our Community Support service at Discovery Community Care (DCC) has had to make some important changes in order to continue operating in line with the latest government health advice. As an essential service supporting over 300 vulnerable families and individuals, we intend to keep operating as long as we can to ensure people can still access emergency food relief, particularly those families now experiencing job-loss stress. We have therefore moved to an appointment only service, whereby clients can schedule a time to visit DCC and one of our staff/volunteers takes food supplies to them when they arrive. This has meant we can ensure the highest level of infection control at DCC.

God’s amazing goodness and love for his people was shown recently when a large consignment of long-life goods where donated to DCC! This provision of abundance came at a time when many in our local neighbourhood are already experiencing food stress. DCC is therefore working closely with the local council and the Yarra Ranges Emergency Relief Network to ensure there is good collaboration between agencies as we all seek to support our local communities more effectively.

FoodStop

FoodStop has been continuing to support those who are homeless in our local neighbourhood with a meal on Thursday nights in Lilydale. With the approval of the local police station, this neighbourhood service has now moved to a takeaway-only meal, to ensure there is no congregating in line with social distancing guidelines.

Treasure Corner Op Shop

The Treasure Corner Op Shop has been closed as of last week, however the shop is now taking appointments for a click-and-collect service of their for-sale items on Tuesdays and Thursdays:
• These appointments can be arranged through the facebook page @treasurecorneropportunityshop
• Stay tuned for an influx of online sales items that will soon be posted both on Facebook and their new Instagram page #treasurecorneropshop @treasurecorneropshop

Stable One / Winter Night Shelter

Stable One is intending to run a winter shelter program again this year, however, it will be taking a different format to previous years. The plan is to use one location with a smaller volunteer team, which will help ensure all the latest health requirements can be complied with. At a time where self-isolation is practically impossible for many of our homeless neighbours, this project is especially important this year. Discovery Church will continue to practically and prayerfully support these efforts and we will share more about the opportunities to engage in this over the coming weeks.

Grace and peace to you all as you continue to serve one another and our local neighbourhood during this difficult season.

With every blessing,
The Neighbourhood Team