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.
Where does my money go when I give to Gymea Church?
Through the generosity of our members we raise around $400,000 per year for our General Budget. The Synod has agreed to levy all churches 2.1 %. This levy is used to raise $2 million per year for buying land and starting churches in the Greenfields areas of Sydney.
Oran Park for example will have $250,000 people over the next 30 years and Leppington $300,000. Both will be larger than the entire Shire. Anglican churches & schools have been some of the first buildings established in these communities. Gymea will contribute $8,400 in 2015 to these projects. We will also spend over $20,000 on SRE teaching in our 3 local Primary Schools and 2 High Schools.
The largest proportion of our giving goes towards staffing—our 4 paid pastoral staff and Office Manager Kim Cooper. In 2015, Parish Council has agreed that we must run a balanced budget, with no drawing upon our savings. This has cut $16,000 from our budget. As a result, Craig Thacker’s replacement in Children’s ministry will be employed 3 days per week, not 4 in 2015, and will commence work on 1st February. Olivia Robson will recommence on 19th November following her maternity leave with gorgeous baby Harrison. Bec Wallace has been “filling in” wonderfully well and we’re grateful for her skill and dedication.
Special SRE Service & Lunch
This year we are restoring the practice of holding an annual SRE Thanksgiving service led by Tim Beilharz and lunch to honour our teams of SRE teachers. It will be held at church at 12noon on Thursday 20th November. Members are invited to join with our teachers in this time of celebration and are asked to bring a plate for “pot luck” lunch at 12.40pm .
On Sunday 26th October we will be holding for the first time a church stall at the Festival. The aim will be to let our community see the ministries of our church and learn a little more of the Lord Jesus. We will be hosting a book stall, face painting and free church “sample bags”. Volunteers are needed on an hourly basis from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Arvo Church outreach in November
Arvo Church will be hosting 4 Sundays of the LIFE of JESUS course commencing Sunday 26th October from 4pm to 5pm. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to investigate Jesus and faith. Child care is provided, so this suits families and all ages.
Barbara Archer, Alan Watson and myself will continue to represent the Parish at the annual Synod next week, 20th-21st October. We would appreciate your continued prayers, and we also welcome your enquiries and suggestions.
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew