Free Online Concerts and Talks – June 1 to 5, 2020

Framed image of Dr Caroline Leaf, for King & Country, Bob Goff, Jordan Feliz and Michael W Smith

By: Kim Wilkinson

As part of this year’s CONNECT20 Online – an Australian Media and Arts Summit, you can take part in some of the online experience – for free!

While the entire summit includes over 30 interactive talks, and interviews, there are also a number of free public concert events and inspiring talks to entertain and encourage you – as we emerge into a brave new world.

Created Exclusively For You

These concerts and talks have been created especially for the CONNECT20 Online Summit, and have never been seen before. Register to watch these exclusive concerts from musicians like for King & Country, We Are Messengers, Michael W Smith and more, plus experience talks with Bob Goff, Will Graham and Dr Caroline Leaf – find details for each, and the links to register below.

Dr Caroline Leaf on How to Detox your Brain in 5 Steps

Free Online Session, Monday 1st June, 3pm
Dr Caroline Leaf, author, international speaker, communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist, shares her insight on why we spend so much time detoxing our bodies through different diets and exercise routines, but we tend to forget to detox our most important organ: the brain.

So how do we detox our brains? Through our minds. We can overcome past experiences that are holding us back and we can overcome toxic thinking patterns that are keeping us from living up to our full potential by learning to harness the power of our minds to change the structure of our brains.

Dr Leaf spent the last 30 years developing a mind-based technique, based on the science of thoughts and memory formation, to help detox and rewire our brains. Her 5-step process only takes 7-16 minutes a day, and in 21 days you will have started rewiring your brain for success.

Register now for free online session with Dr Caroline Leaf

We Are Messengers in Live Concert

Free Online Concert, Tuesday 2nd June, 6pm

Darren and the band of We Are Messengers bring a special intimate acoustic event with a never-before-seen concert recorded in front of a live audience just before lockdown. Feel the energy and passion of this Irish American band, up close and personal.

Register now for We Are Messengers free concert event

A Message of Hope with Will Graham and Crowder

Free Online Session, Wednesday 3rd June, 11am

In this live-streamed free event direct from Ashville, North Carolina – Will Graham will be joined by Crowder to share a message of hope for all the world.

Register now for free online session with Will Graham and Crowder

We Rise As One – The Arthouse Sessions Concert

Free Online Concert, Thursday 4th June, 6pm

Join homegrown host and singer/songwriter Nathan Tasker live from the Arthouse in Nashville for an evening of unplugged sessions and conversations with Michael W Smith, Elle Limebear, Matthew West and Jordan Feliz.

Register now for free online Arthouse Sessions Concert event

It’s Time to Dream Big All Over Again With Bob Goff


Free Online Session, Friday 5th June, 11am

Bob Goff is the author of the New York Times bestselling Love Does and Everybody, Always as well as the bestselling Love Does for Kids. He is the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Uganda, an attorney, and the founder of Love Does — a nonprofit human rights organisation operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq, and Somalia. Bob is a lover of balloons, cake pops, and helping people pursue their big dreams. His greatest ambitions in life are to love others, do stuff and, most importantly, to hold hands with his wife, sweet Maria Goff, and spend time with their amazing kids.

Register now for free online session with Bob Goff

For King & Country Live Concert


Free Online Concert, Friday 5th June, 6pm

Join Aussie Ex-Pats, for King & Country, live from their home in Nashville for an exclusive conversation and live performance, as we celebrate the end of an amazing week online at CONNECT20.

Register now to see For King & Country free concert event

About the author: Kim Wilkinson is a media and communications professional who specialises in building community and valuable relationships.

Church Teams Allowed to Meet Next Weekend, to Conduct Full Easter Services by Live Streaming

guy singing from stage reaching out in worship

By: Clare Bruce

Churches will be allowed to conduct the Easter services they’re accustomed to next weekend, complete with musicians, worship teams and those in other ministry roles—but worshippers will still have to stay home and watch the services by live-streaming. Continue reading “Church Teams Allowed to Meet Next Weekend, to Conduct Full Easter Services by Live Streaming”

COVID-19: National Call to Prayer at 7pm, Every Night

The words COVID-19 and Call to Prayer with Mountain in the background

By: Clare Bruce

In times of national emergency, people of faith are always ready to lend a hand to those in need—and to pray.

Now, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the combined Christian churches across every denomination in Australia have launched a ‘National Call to Prayer’ . Starting March 19, it’s a campaign calling people to take a moment to pray, every evening at 1900 hrs (7pm), for God to bring an end to the crisis.

The time of 1900 hours has been chosen as a simple prompt, linking it to the ‘19’ in COVID19, and because most families will be able to gather at that time to take a moment to pray.

Pastor Wayne Alcorn

Pastor Wayne Alcorn (pictured), head of the Australian Christian Churches, a network of Pentecostal churches in Australia, is leading the campaign. He said that some people may only pray for a minute, others may choose 19 minutes or more, but either way, the message is simple: seek God for his healing, strength and peace across our nation.

“I just think it’s a wonderful thought that at 7pm across all the different timezones, and now it’s going beyond Australia, that people in their timezone turn off TVs and other devices and distractions and seek a God who said, ‘if you call on me, I’ll answer you’,” he said. “And that’s what we have to do right now. It’s so simple. It doesn’t require budget, or program, or promotion. It just requires God’s people to pray.”

Unity Across Denominations

Call for Prayer 1900HR every night

Wayne, who is pastor at Hope Centre in Brisbane, said that as the pandemic has developed, he’s been encouraged to see the the great unity among different faith traditions, to put aside their differences and together seek God for help.

“It’s one of the most encouraging, heartwarming things,” he said. “I’ve been in Christian leadership of different shapes and forms for 40 years [and] I’ve never seen such wonderful unity. We’re not talking about doctrine, we’re not talking about styles and tradition, we’re talking about a need to seek our Father in heaven. 100 percent [of denominations are] right in, standing together in faith. [This is] a magnificent time in church history, despite the pain that a lot of people are in.”

He also encouraged people who aren’t sure about God, or faith, to have a go at prayer, too.

“100 percent of denominations are right in, standing together in faith. This is a magnificent time in church history, despite the pain that a lot of people are in.”

“Start a conversation with heaven,” he said. “We complicate prayer; we think that God’s impressed with big and flowery words. He [just] wants to hear the heart of people that want to connect with Him.

“I think if we can take all the complicated nuances out of prayer and just begin to say, ‘God help us right now…would you just begin to speak words of comfort and clarity into my own heart?’ [When] people start that, I think they’ll be surprised about the journey that God would begin to lead them on.”

He encouraged believers to exercise their faith by being ‘salt and light’ in the community – being calm, being kind, and loving their neighbour; by asking people how they are going, and looking after those who are vulnerable physically and financially.

Call to Prayer from ACC National on Vimeo.

Article supplied with thanks to Hope Media

  • About the Author: Clare is a digital journalist for the Broadcast Industry.