MAKE GIVING PERSONAL

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

When it comes to giving financially, relationships matter. The organisations and people we support as a family, I notice all have a personal connection. The missionaries are friends, the agencies or churches align with personal values, causes or significant times in our lives. We give first to those we have a relationship with. Generally, other causes get our spare change.  New causes or people become a priority in our giving when it is personal. Devastating disaster, a person’s tragedy, the observable impact … Read More

SUPPORTING COMPANY OF GRACE

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

This May Mission Month one of our support projects is Company of Grace. Please read this brief overview to be inspired by a ministry that was “started by a person with disability, run by local staff with disability, to help others with disability, have a brighter future” Peter Hoa Stone founded Company of Grace and had been himself abandoned as … Read More

THE INFLUENCE OF SINCERE FAITH

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

What image describes a core aspect of your Mum? My image is the Bible. I am not the only one who had such a mother. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:  2 Tim 1: 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.  There is no record of Timothy’s father apart from … Read More

A WONDER-PACKED VERSE TO LEARN

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

The Son is the radiance of Gods glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3 (NIV) This month’s passage for us to memorise is only one verse long but the mindboggling truths … Read More

THE GREAT LOVE OF JESUS

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Heroes and monuments say a lot about a nation. America has the massive marble statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln memorial. Scotland has William Wallace and his 5’6” sword. Britain is littered with monuments to conquerors such as Wellington, Nelson, Churchill.  In Australia – where are our monuments capturing our great moments?  Across our country crowds large and small gather around humble pillars or statues on … Read More

A WELCOMING COMMUNITY

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Have you noticed churches struggle to welcome? A friend of mine shared how he waited in the post-service fellowship area of a church. He counted twelve people who walked past him without eye contact or hello. I have found this experience too common. Regularly there is too little welcome from the entrance to exit. I do not mind as I am an extrovert. I … Read More

TO ALL WHO SERVE, THANK YOU

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

We are grateful for all who serve in our church. They do this not because they are compelled but because they want to. In Ephesians 6 Paul writes to slaves, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave … Read More

YOUR RESURRECTION LIFE

Alice YoungFrontPage, Pastor

What difference does the resurrection of Jesus make? In our sceptical world Christians can spend too much time defending instead of living in this reality. The Apostle Paul writes in two places:   “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead … Read More

Public schools and the Christian story

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

I am running this week an Easter Seminar in a local public primary school. We have also had in our local area a small team of people running Christian Seminars over many years. Sadly, this year there are no volunteers for this team. Over the 30 years I have been bringing Christian witness into public schools, I note three things are happening. Firstly, there is increasing resistance to run Christian seminars. There is provision in the Education Act for ‘a maximum of one-half day in … Read More

WE WANT TO SEE JESUS

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Reading: John 12:20-33 If someone wanted to know more about faith in Jesus, would they know to ask you? In the week prior to Jesus’ death, some Greeks wanted to see Jesus. It seems these Greeks respected they were outsiders from the people of Israel, and therefore did not have unfettered access to Jesus. John records they asked Philip, … Read More