It’s great to share with you at church today. Please make yourself known to our staff & ushers if you are visiting so we can warmly welcome you.
Mission with Moore – only 13 weeks away!
Our church has been successful in applying for one of the 15 mission teams from Moore College in 2015. We will host around 20 students and 2 staff from Moore from 21st-29th March to support us in our pre-Easter outreach. It’s our mission – they come to help us. So I want to encourage all members, LIFE groups and ministry teams to begin praying and planning how we can take best advantage of this great opportunity. Some will remember the wonderful experience we had of this in 2012. Could you invite friends and neighbours to a Q & A arvo tea, supper or café experience? I’m delighted that Rev Archie Poulos will be the College Team leader and he will be our guest preacher in February. We will also continue our partnership with the smaller Padstow Parish by sharing some of this mission resource with them.
Our church awarded State Community Building Grant
Our church has been awarded a Community Building Grant of $2885 to improve our playground equipment. This is in recognition of the important contribution we make to enhancing the local community life. Special thanks to George Ward who applied on our behalf, with the advice of Bob Follent. Work will begin in January.
Great Holiday Speakers
Over the Christmas holiday period I like to vary our Sunday speakers and focus on a theme. This year our focus is “God’s Mission in a post mission world”. Must “mission” always both word and welfare? Does one validate the other? Many accuse the church of “cultural imperialism” through overseas mission and locally of unwanted proselytizing in our schools. So I’m keen to hear the insights our speakers will bring us:
- 28th December Tim Beilharz (Regional Advisor in Children’s Ministry & SRE Youthworks)
- 4th January Mark Hadfield (student minister & former Baptist Aid supervisor for Pacific Islands)
- 11th January Steve and Coralie Preston’s (our link missionaries with WEC)
- 18th January Craig Stalder on the “Future of God’s Mission”
- 25th January Dave Mansfield “Money & Mission” Director of Anglican Aid
Our giving in January & February this year was way behind budget and we have struggled to play “catchup” the rest of the year. Our Parish Council asks for the help of each member by considering if we can raise our personal giving by 5% now and continue this through into the new year. Regular giving to church can be done on line or by weekly envelopes. See page 7of this bulletin or our wardens for details.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew