Monday, 30 January 2017

If you've come to youth before, we've missed you, and can't wait to have some fun in 2017! If you've never come, but you're in grade 5-12, then you should consider joining us this week! We're having a swim and playing some games at the Ocean Baths, and we always love making new friends. Connected Youth is an inclusive and joyful group of people that are committed to walking alongside young people, sharing our faith and having heaps of crazy fun! We hope to see you there. 
P.S. Remember that Chill Zone is also back, so consider coming early and hanging out with us, playing some games and eating some snacks before youth! 
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It's almost time for the first Women's activity of 2017! 
Our ladies are gathering for a beautiful morning tea, and to hear about the incredible NGOs 'Days for Girls' and 'Wrapped with Love', which are helping women worldwide. A gold coin donation will also be collected to fund-raise for Days for Girls. So if you'd like to join us, please, send us a message for more details!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Australia Day Picnic 2017

We were blessed to be able to spend a day enjoying the company of so many people on Thursday, taking part in boat rides and tubing, playing cricket or patting circus horses, and just sitting back for a good chat and some watermelon! We're blessed to live in such a beautiful land.

As a community we also acknowledge the Awabakal people who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we live. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. We also acknowledge that Aboriginal people have a strong spirit of survival, and a genuine love for this land.

We are grateful to share this beautiful land, and we aspire to act in accordance with that honour!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Come and join us for a picnic! Our location has altered slightly, and you can now find us near the boat ramp, instead of near the circus. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Ministry: Worship Team (bass guitar)

Q: How do you feel that God led you, or prepared you for this role?
A: I’ve been playing musical instruments, mainly trumpet, from a young age.  I’ve always enjoyed music and playing in a group (both in church and elsewhere), and I feel it’s an area where God has gifted me.  A couple of years ago I took up the bass guitar because I thought it would allow me to make a more useful contribution at church, particularly at the evening services where we mainly sing newer songs. 

Q: Why do you value this ministry?
A: Whether you are a virtuoso or tone-deaf, pretty much everyone appreciates music.  Music can move us in a way that words alone can’t.  When you combine words of truth about God, and words that express our response to him, with a great tune, you see how music can be such a powerful tool for ministry.  I love how great church songs and hymns help us to remember scripture and focus our thoughts on “things above”. 

Q: What obstacles or negative thoughts did you have to overcome to accept doing this ministry?
A: In our society, music is often about performance, so it’s designed to draw attention and admiration towards the people making it.   In church, the music should help draw attention and glory to God, and not the musicians themselves.  In practice, this can often be a challenge, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like their abilities to be noticed?!  So it’s important to remind myself often that music ministry is about serving others by helping them worship God through song.  It shouldn’t be about entertainment.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of serving in this ministry?
A: Our church is blessed with some really gifted and proficient musicians, who are also Godly Christians.  It has been great to learn from them, and also a lot of fun to play and sing alongside them while worshiping (and helping others to worship) God.

- Andrew D.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hands of Ministry 2017

Ministry: Editor of the Bulletin
Q: How do you feel that God led you, or prepared you for this role?
A: "The Lord guided me to this church after I faced the saddest time in my life with the death of my youngest son. He had been preparing me since I left school some 52 year ago with opportunities and training in the workforce and the community so I can serve him in this position and I love it. Best job I ever have had."
- Lois B.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

How are you spending Australia Day? You should consider joining us as we picnic together at the lake. Feel free to bring water sport activities, bikes, cricket sets, or simply sit back and enjoy the company! We look forward to sharing the day with you!