The fire of God’s presence

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and … Read More

Prayer for Changing a Nappy…

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

I came across this prayer last week in the course of preparing for Mother’s Day and wanted to share it with you. While the vivid example here is nappy changing, I think we could swap in any repetitive everyday action done for the love of others… (I’ve changed ‘diaper’ to ‘nappy’ to Aussify the prayer) Heavenly Father, in such menial … Read More

How is our thanksgiving going?

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Each year we receive a Thanksgiving Offering for the ministry of the Church. A Thanksgiving Offering is a pledge or gift over and above our current regular offering. These finances help our church fund strategic outcomes in mission and developing people. Last year we set a target of $45,000. To date we have received $32,000.  Last year we improved our … Read More

Why we partner with others

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

We love working with others to help people. Our belief is God’s work is so important, and the opportunities are so great, our church must connect with others. Last year we actively partnered with 23 organisations to achieve more than we could by ourselves. We partner locally with other churches and organisations. Through our connections local schools, the community, other … Read More

Renewing our minds…

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.                                                                                                           Romans 12:2a (NIV) This is one of the verses from Romans 12 which we explored last Sunday, as we discovered how to offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. I wonder how you’ve been going this week with renewing … Read More

HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH IN JESUS 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Do you want to learn how to share your faith in Jesus with others? Recently after church, someone asked me about this. The conversation must have been positive as the suggestion was, I write a book or run a workshop to help more people.  A book or resource may come, but I think the workshop is achievable, sooner. Sharing the … Read More

ARE YOU STILL GROWING? 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

In John 15 Jesus asks us if we bear the fruit of God’s life? In the chapter Jesus indicates the fruit God is looking for is our obedience (v14), loving others like Jesus loves (v12), and contributing to God’s work in rescuing the world (v15). Do we bear this fruit? If not, the implications are:  “He [God] cuts off every … Read More

INVITE SOMEONE INTO THE HEART OF OUR STORY 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

What Church service in a year will tell the core message of the Christian faith? Easter! The Easter story is the heart of our faith. Our sin, our saviour, the cross, the resurrection, forgiveness, rescue, love, hope. It is all there. In our church we try to tell the story twice over the Easter weekend. Once from the perspective of … Read More

WHEN THINGS DON’T MAKE SENSE 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Reading: John 12:12-16  How many times in life have you wondered what God is doing? When have you not understood where God is, how the challenge you are in could be good? When have you asked God, why this is happening? Humans are wired for patterns and to form meaning. We can look at clouds and our minds turn … Read More

Washed Clean

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Years ago, when Owen wore white business shirts to work, a blue pen was inadvertently left in the pocket and made its way through the laundry with all the whites. I remember the efforts I went to, to clean the blue stains out of the clothes that were contaminated by the blue ink. It took heavy duty stain remover and … Read More