1010, 2019

Looking to the Future

By |October 10th, 2019|

Looking to the Future It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into the final stretch of 2019, and that at the end of this term, I will be celebrating 3 years spent leading our Youth ministry. Over this time, I have learnt much and grown in many ways, and the same is true for our youth ministry and leadership team. It is a great privilege to be working with the teenagers in our community—we have a great church family, which is supportive, Christ-centered, and thriving. And we are blessed with teenagers who are genuinely seeking to grow closer to Jesus, who want their lives and choices to be shaped by him, and who are visibly putting his words into practice. Many of the young people who were leaving middle

410, 2019

Story Behind the Songwriter: Fanny Crosby

By |October 4th, 2019|

Story Behind the Songwriter: Fanny Crosby Fanny Crosby is a well-known hymn writer from the seventeenth century. A few of her popular hymns include ‘Blessed Assurance’ and ‘To God be the Glory’. Over the years I have come across many others she has written. In fact, it is estimated she wrote over 8,000 hymns! Only recently I discovered that Ms Crosby was blind nearly her whole life. Whether it was a dangerous poultice applied to her eyes as a six-week-old or a genetic issue, Ms Crosby was deemed blind as a young baby. Yet blindness didn’t stop this remarkable lady from sharing God’s goodness through the many, many hymn lyrics and poems she wrote. Even as a child, her writings tell us that she considered herself blessed despite her

2709, 2019

Thank You, We Heard You

By |September 27th, 2019|

Thank You, We Heard You We recently conducted a churchwide survey, asking for your feedback and suggestions as we consider where God is leading us into the future as a church. The goal of the survey was to provide an opportunity for you to have your say, to provide insight into where things were going well, and to identify opportunities where we could improve and grow. I’m thankful to report that we had 147 people complete the survey, across all age groups and across all levels of experience; from those who have been part of our church family for 20+ years to those who have only just recently started attending. The results of the survey were overwhelmingly positive with an obvious love for Jesus and for his church flowing

2709, 2019

What Happened to Peter?

By |September 27th, 2019|

What Happened to Peter? Last Sunday we finished our sermon series through the letter of 1st Peter titled ‘Against the Tide’. Personally, it was a deeply challenging and richly rewarding journey. I was reminded repeatedly about the reality of suffering, the goodness of God, and the necessity of standing firm. But as I read and studied I was also struck by the fact that Peter, the author of this letter and one of Jesus twelve disciples, seemed so different to the man that is described earlier in his life in the Gospels. As one of Jesus’ twelve disciples and closest friends, we are given a fairly detailed portrait of Peter’s character in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and it’s not always a flattering picture. Peter is

2009, 2019

God is good, even when life is hard

By |September 20th, 2019|

God is good, even when life is hard As I considered what to share in the blog this week, the song ‘God You’re So Good’ was playing in the background. The lyrics of the chorus are: “God, you’re so good. You’re so good to me.” God is good, but sometimes life isn’t. From tragic health diagnoses to losing your keys, life certainly isn’t always ‘good’. On Tuesday a dear friend of mine came to the end of her earthly life. This friend was a part of our church family and has, in the last twelve months, experienced more tragic health news than one person should experience in their lifetime. Only a year ago she led a full and busy life. She volunteered at church, she had recently retired to

1209, 2019

Reflections from My Childhood

By |September 12th, 2019|

Reflections from My Childhood I mentioned on Sunday that I feel blessed to have grown up in a Christian family, surrounded by rich, Jesus-focused influence. In light of this, I thought I would share some of the things my parents did which stand out for me—not as a guide to Christian parenting but just as some reflections from my own experience. Well-grounded family time: Some of my most treasured memories involve sitting in the loungeroom listening to Dad or Mum read a story—and the content of those stories has stuck. Some were specifically Christian (‘The Pilgrims Progress’), some broadly Christian (‘Tales of the Beggar King’, or ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’). Some had only loosely Christian themes, (‘The Hobbit’). But all of these stories and their themes are imprinted in

609, 2019

We Want to Hear from You

By |September 6th, 2019|

We Want to Hear from You If you were around at the time, you might remember back in 2016 we conducted a churchwide survey. The goal of the survey was to provide an avenue for feedback, to gauge effectiveness, and to identify areas of opportunity. It was an extremely worthwhile and helpful exercise, giving insight into what we were doing well and where we could improve. It also led to the implementation of certain practices that have been lifegiving for our church in the last few years, including the launch of Connect Sunday’s, the reinvigoration of men’s and women’s ministries, and a deepening commitment to Christ and to his mission. The time has come to do it again. This is an important time in the life of our church,

3008, 2019

Build Them Up: Father’s Day 2019

By |August 30th, 2019|

Build Them Up: Father’s Day 2019 Father’s Day always provokes plenty of discussion about Dads and the role they play in the family and in society. There’s also plenty of ‘inspirational quotes’, ‘words of wisdom’, and ‘ancient proverbs’. The quotes tend to be a mixture of the astute, the nostalgic, and the just-plain-funny. Here’s a few I couldn’t go past: “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Steve Martin “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” – Unknown “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.”