1610, 2020

An Update from our Children’s Ministry

By |October 16th, 2020|

An Update from our Children’s Ministry Our Operation Christmas Child appeal for 2020 has officially ended, and I’m so pleased to say that despite the challenges we experienced this year has, our church family has packed 240 shoeboxes for children living in poverty. Because of your generosity, a child will not only receive a box full of gifts, they will be invited to attend a Bible teaching project where they will hear the good news about Jesus. These shoeboxes provide a wonderful opportunity for the local church to reach their community and share the gospel with families. Thank you to the many people who have donated items, given money for postage costs, hand-made beautiful items for the boxes, and packed their own shoebox. I feel blessed to be part

910, 2020

The Most Rewarding Spiritual Practice (And How You Can Do It)

By |October 9th, 2020|

The Most Rewarding Spiritual Practice (And How You Can Do It) “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) Chuck Swindoll once wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture… No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, 61). Perhaps this is surprising to you? I must admit, I’m a novice when it comes to the practice of Scripture memorisation, and have

2509, 2020

Youth Camp 2020

By |September 25th, 2020|

We had a great time at BECOME Youth Camp on the Sunshine Coast last weekend! There was plenty of fun, powerful times of worship, and engaging sessions from our speaker, Rev. KJ Tromp, who led us through the story of Joseph as we thought about how God Breaks, Shapes, and Makes his people. It was awesome to see several teenagers make the decision to give their life to Jesus at camp. Camp is a fun, engaging space where many friendships and memories are made, and it is also a powerful opportunity for us to think about what following Jesus really means for us. The Tribe Wars were a big highlight for me! In the Tribe Wars, everyone was split up into tribes which were given a colour and created

1809, 2020

Lessons Learned from Ecclesiastes

By |September 18th, 2020|

Lessons Learned from Ecclesiastes This Sunday we come to the end of our study in the book of Ecclesiastes as we land our series, Chasing the Wind. And what a ride it’s been! I don’t know about you but I feel equal parts exhilarated and gloomy, excited and depressed. But I guess that’s exactly the way we should be feeling. After all, when we consider the totality of life in this world, as the Teacher has been doing throughout the book, it is equal parts exhilarating and depressing, exciting and sobering, joyous and painful, beautiful and tragic. This is my biggest personal takeaway from the book of Ecclesiastes. The complex, multi-faceted, nuanced experience of life. To put it simply, life is not simple, nor is it neat. In fact,

1109, 2020

Learning from Our Aboriginal Friends

By |September 11th, 2020|

Learning from Our Aboriginal Friends I don’t know how much you know about the culture and history of our First Nations people, but I must confess that I have been ignorant for years. The only thing I remember from my school education was the movie, ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’. Over the past few years though, I have had a growing desire to learn more from our indigenous Australian family. Some things have sparked this for me. For example, Peter Adam (formerly principal of Ridley College Melbourne) taught me a Bible College subject in early 2019. I loved watching this brilliant, humble, Bible-loving Christian show so clearly that the church needs to be an advocate for indigenous Australians (you can read some of his articles here). Another thing that sparked this

409, 2020

A Poem for Father’s Day

By |September 4th, 2020|

A Poem for Father’s Day This weekend is Father’s Day. It is a day where many young children proudly make cards and hand-pick random gifts for their Dads. Older children purchase the never-fail Bunnings voucher, and weekends are filled with family catch-ups and meals. However, while many celebrate on this day, others find it a day filled with sadness, regret, pain, and other complex emotions. While we acknowledge that Father’s Day is a secular tradition, the Bible is clear that we are to honour and love our Fathers (Eph. 6:2). We will celebrate Dads in the service on Sunday by acknowledging some of the wonderful things our Dads have taught us. But we know that even the best earthly Fathers are only a shadow of our perfect Heavenly Father.

2708, 2020

Come to ‘BECOME Youth Camp 2020’

By |August 27th, 2020|

Come to ‘BECOME Youth Camp 2020’ BECOME Youth Camp is less than a month away! Youth Camp is always a highlight of the year. We are excited that camp can go ahead this year, and we are looking forward to a weekend away at the Sunshine Coast with all our youth. BECOME is on the first weekend of school holidays, the 18-20th September. We are heading up to the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre, a spot we have been to before and which has clean and comfy cabins, great food, and plenty of space. It is also located right next to the beach at Currimindi. Over the weekend there will be a series of ‘Tribe War’ challenges, games, chill time, and a series of sessions where we will worship God

2108, 2020

Learning the Language of Lament

By |August 21st, 2020|

Learning the Language of Lament When life stings, what do you do? Where do you turn? Do you turn away from God in despair, spurned by the hurts of unmet expectations or unanswered questions? Do you turn to God, but hide your real feelings beneath a veneer of false positivity or denial that everything is OK? What if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way, and that God doesn’t want it to be this way. This year has stung many of us. Globally, we’ve endured the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its fallout. Personally, I’ve endured the unexpected loss of a dear uncle, and I know many of you have walked through your own hurts and sorrows. Even within our wider community, the recent death of

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