Lady Carrington Drive
Royal National Park, whole community activity
When: Sunday afternoon, April 26, 2015.
What: Bike or walk the beautiful Lady Carrington Drive
Cost: Free. (though Park entry is charged)
Meet: 12.00 midday at Gymea Anglican carpark (or Fig Tree Flat at start of Lady Carrington Drive 12.45pm.)
Lunch: Eat before you go or take a sandwich to eat before the ride.
Raining: We postpone for a week until Sunday, May 3.
See: Water & forest birds, even a lyrebird (if you are sharp-eyed.)
The Royal National Park is a wonderful God-given recreation resource at our doorstep. Lady Carrington Drive follows the beautiful Hacking River for 10 kms with no cars allowed.
Everyone can join the fun: we will have four groups:
- Competent riders – go the whole way,
- Younger riders – go half way,
- Beginner or scooter riders – go a shorter distance
- Walkers – as you will.
An adult will supervise each group.
All return by 3.00pm for billy tea, Ice cream for children – at tent set up near start.
Enquiries: Alan Watson 9524 0268, Allan Robinson 0409 041 439, Craig Stalder, 0401 299 360, Olivia Robson 0434 897 768, or Aaron Smith 0478 952 505
Our Big Weekendaway 3rd- 6th July
This is an annual event for any church members and their families who would like to come. This year it will be held at Youthworks Port Hacking. Details and booking forms will be available soon. Please see Craig Stalder, Sam Riley, Justin Vincent or Sam Eades from the organising team for details.
Support our Men’s team and enjoy the best breakfast in the Shire— with an interview panel from Moore College to face up to any questions about the faith that our men would like to throw at them!
This is a great opportunity for anyone explore faith issues
It’s great to share with you in at church today. Please make yourself known to our staff & ushers if you are visiting so we can warmly welcome you.
Workshop on the book of Romans
On Saturday 21st June Dr Peter Orr from Moore College will lead us through an overview of the book of Romans. Peter will share with us his insights into Romans which will be our LIFE group study and sermon focus for Term 3. We’re meeting at the Crews at 8.30am to 10.30am – you can just turn up on the day but we’d appreciate you letting us know for catering. This is for all LIFE group leaders, ministry leaders and interested members. 8.30am for LIFE group leaders, 9am for all others. Free Bible study notes are available from GoThereFor.com website.
You can play a part in finishing the task!
Over the past 5 1/2 years our members have halved our mortgage of $800,000. We are seeking to reduce it this year by another $70,000. To do this our “Annual June Appeal” target is $20,000. All donations large and small are appreciated.
Men’s Breakfasts – a great chance for men to support men in our love for Jesus
George Milton leads a team of dedicated men who provide our breakfast on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays every month in school term. They welcome all our men to join them for fellowship, food, bible teaching and mutual encouragement.
Daily Bible Reading Help
Do you have a method of reading the Bible daily? Would you like some help and support? Various methods are available and used by our members. The GoThereFor.com website has personal bible reading notes to download free— our church has purchased this for all our members this year. See staff for your login code. Robert McCheyne’s yearly bible reading card is free on our foyer stand. Don Carson’s yearly guide “For the Love of God” has been used by many of our members.
These are core to our life and growth as a church. They are the key to our pastoral care and Christian Education. I want to encourage all our members to be part of one. New groups are starting all the time and existing groups are keen for new members.
Hope Beyond Cure for cancer sufferers
Dave McDonald had led the growing and important Crossways church in Canberra for two decades when was diagnosed with inoperable and incurable lung cancer. “Hope Beyond Cure” is his very honest story of his journey. 2 years later he is still with us … just. I found it a moving, uplifting, challenging book. This is a book I can pass on to those with cancer or those caring for sufferers. But it’s not for everyone. Read it prayerfully first and see if it’s one that will help you in caring for those you love.
Your brother and pastor, Graham Crew
Well, as you all know, it’s Hanukkah time again. Yuletide. Winter solstice. All sorts of festivals and sacred dates bases around this time of year So that means it’s time to celebrate the most important of them all, the Birth of Jesus! Our very own celebration is happening on the dates shown in the picture- I recommend the kids service, it’s energetic and I hear those involved are practising long and hard to make this a year to remember!
Synod Report October 2013
Two weeks ago the Annual Meetings of Synod for 2013 were held to discuss the changes to legislation of the Anglican church of Sydney Diocese. Who attends Synod? The senior minister and two elected Synod Representatives from each parish. Other Ministers, such as assistant Minsters, and parishioners are welcome to attend the public gallery, but are not allowed to vote or take part in the discussion. Representing Gymea parish were Rev Graham Crew, Alan Watson and Barbara Archer.
Due to the election of the Archbishop by the Synod in August, this year’s annual meeting was compressed into three longer days from 2pm-10pm, but next year will revert back to the normal method of five shorter days over two weeks. The following subjects were discussed at this year’s annual meeting:
* A decision was made for Synod to go paperless by 2017. This will reduce running costs of printed materials and postage, but will mean that the Synod members will need to use a ‘tablet’ or download their own documents, some of which can be 150 pages.
* Bishops Court is currently on the market, and once sold money will be available to employ more bishops. Some are currently working in a voluntary capacity.
* The decision was made that board members of Anglican schools and committees will only be able to serve for fourteen continuous years. This will be an unpaid position. All board members are to sign a statement of personal faith in the Lord Jesus and God’s Word the Bible.
* Two more parishes have been reclassified as full parishes, Clovelly and Robertson.
* One of the indigenous congregations, which meets at Campbelltown Anglican Church “urges parishes to consider prayer, financial and other forms of partnership with our indigenous churches”.
* Synod requested Moore College and Ministry Training and Development in consultation with Safe Ministry Board educate clergy in regard to domestic violence and how to respond to it.
The Church Land Acquisition Levee (2.16% of Parishes General Giving)
Gymea Anglican Church bush Fire Appeal has now finished. We would like to thank those who have given and prayed. The Springwood church and community has expressed their deep thanks for remembering them in their time of need. However, aid is still needed, which you can give through Springwoods’ own appeal (click here to go to the page) and also to the wider appeal through Anglican Aid.
Thank you again to those who have given, who are praying or who have driven up with our contributions. It has been much appreciated. We are now also receiving gifts of non-perishable food items to replenish our food bank stock so we can continue to care for the needy of the Shire.