How did Arvo Church trials go and what’s next?

That’s what people have been asking me so, let me summarise:

* We filled the old St Barnabas building which allowed us to have a crying room and a separate children’s church hall.

* On 6th May, Gymea Bay School allowed us use of the hall, classroom, toilets etc.  This venue has the benefit of helping to connect with the school community, but it’s a big open space and a long way from the street and parking.

* Having the Moore students with us was a great help with all the extra jobs.

* About thirty Gymea church members attended each with a couple of visitors at each.

* The core team are meeting this Sunday to decide on details and then will meet each Sunday arvo till launch date, to build team unity & love, pray and plan. New members are still welcome.   See Graham or Tim for details.

Update from Parish Council

1. The Parish Prayer Night was so appreciated by our members that in response to a motion at the APM, Council has decided to hold them quarterly. The next one is at 7.30pm on Monday, 25th June. Future nights are planned for 12th September and 12th November.

2. We are deeply concerned about the care of our members during the current upset and will be meeting specifically to address this and see if outside assistance is possible.

3. Council noted that 80 members have left us this year and giving has dropped by 20% on last year. If this decline continues and our general gifting deficit increases, it will put pressure on our ability to retain our current ministry and staffing.

4. Wireless internet access in the halls and major electrical work at Soulies are now complete.

5. A new Trust Fund has been established to allow tax deductible support for our Parish’s work, teaching scripture in government schools—many thanks to Hayden Fox.

6. Our Building Fund to repay the mortgage needs funding urgently to keep on budget.

7. Our Mission with Moore was a wonderful united effort by the Parish -  our hope and plan is to do it again in 2014, God willing, and for an AFES mission in December 2012.

Night Church Suppers return

After an absence, 7pm church supper are back with a bang!  Instead of every fortnight as they used to be, they’ll be every week. Thanks to Paul Brigden and those on the supper team. To help with this and to provide more space at 9.30am church for prams, we’ve removed a row of chairs at the back of church.

See you all at the Celebrations next Sunday at 2.30pm!!

I’m looking forward to celebrating God’s goodness to us and  the faithfulness of so many members!!  Whilst St Tim’s building is gone (as a church) the people who were that church are continuing on with Christ and that’s worth celebrating!  Come and give thanks and remember many great years of ministry. Maybe invite someone who used to be involved?

Is there no end of conferences??

There are so many conferences  these days and they’re mostly all good.  I say “no” to dozens each year, but two I am saying “yes” to, are on in May.  On 21-22nd May, Paul will be attending the Regional Conference run by Bishop Hayward at Shoalhaven. The following week, I’ll be at a rectors annual retreat 28-30th May.  We’d treasure your prayers for both these events.


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