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.
It is with real sadness that I announce to you that Craig Thacker will be finishing his employment with us on 30th November. Please lift him, his family, the Parish and our staff in prayer. I feel very deeply for the Thackers. Craig has my deepest respect and admiration and support. I know that you will all wish to support Craig and his family both during and after his ministry here.
Associate Pastor 2015
I am very pleased to announce that Craig Stalder has accepted my offer to join us for the next 3 years as Associate Pastor responsible for night church, youth & young adult ministries. Many of you know Craig & Kristy well. They are much loved here by those who know them. He and Kristy have grown up here and Craig is of course the son on Marion and Warren who are currently on mission in Katoke. Craig attended Kirrawee High, and served for many years in our church youth ministry. Craig has ministered at Cronulla Presbyterian for the past 4 years, as student minister while training at the Presbyterian College & S.M.B.C where he achieved his Bachelor of Theology. Kristy is currently working at Dulux and studying at SMBC. At Cronulla, Craig led the youth ministry and was engaged in a large variety of ministries. They will join our staff in January 2015. Please pray for them in their transition and for the teams that they have been leading and will lead here next year.
Thank you for being the people God has made you!
Over these past weeks, our church community has suffered repeated loss, and has grieved perhaps like no time before. I am so grateful to God that He has allowed me to be your pastor and to see how Gymea Anglican members really care for each other. I’m struck repeatedly by three things – how awful death is; how wonderful our Saviour Jesus is; and how different grief is when we’re supported by the family of the Risen Jesus. Our care will never be perfect. Nor are we. We are all still sinners who will fail each other from time to time. But we are forgiven and being transformed little by little to be more like Jesus (Romans 8:28-29). But I thank God for His love radiating out from our church family. Our members have again shown the love of Jesus for which you are well known and which is the mark of those who follow Jesus.
Your brother in Christ , Graham Crew