On October 27 (11.30AM-12.30PM), St Bart’s Kids will be hosting their next Purposeful Parenting workshop. The topic this term will be, “Bible Reading Tips for Growing Kids”. The team will talk about some practical tips for how to put in place a regular rhythm of Bible reading that, God-willing, will last a lifetime. These workshops are relevant for those with children, grandchildren, or any role in discipling kids. Each workshop goes for one hour and includes quiet activities for children and a pizza lunch afterwards ($3/person, $10/family).
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin'.” (Hebrews 4:14-15)
From October 25-27, 47 campers will be going away for the annual CHARGE Youth camp at Tamborine Mountain. It promises to be an amazing weekend for the youth as they learn how to trust God in hard times by looking at the book of Job. There is plenty of amazing activities planned, with Australia’s largest treetop adventure course, swimming at Cedar Creek Falls, mini golf, campfire, board games and so much more. Please pray that the youth will grow in their relationship with God and for the CHARGE team as they lead them on the weekend.
It was with great joy this morning that I shared that not only will Michael, God-willing, be ordained as Deacon on December 7, but that that Archbishop has placed him at St Bart’s as Assistant Curate. This means that Michael will be continuing to train at St Bart’s over the next two years, but now in an ordained role. Please join with me in giving great thanks to God for this news, and please be praying for Michael as he prepares for ordination. We’ll have further details of the ordination (that will take place on Saturday, December 7 at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane) available soon.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” (Hebrews 3:1)
Last Friday night, CHARGE youth took great delight in packing 32 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The youth brought along many gifts, so that children around the world can receive the blessing of a Christmas gift. The youth also wrote some amazing messages of love and encouragement to those who receive the shoeboxes this year.
It is a real privilege to be able to have God’s Word and to be able to go deeper into it. A great way to do this is through the Ridley Certificate. We are really excited to be able to offer the subject ‘Bible Overview’ for FREE! This will be a great taste of what the certificate is like. The other subject being run is ‘Ministry Skills’. For more information, please see Trish Rathie.
At St Bart’s, we’re focused together in the making and maturing of disciples of Jesus for God’s glory. That means that we love to see people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, along with continuing to mature inthatrelationshipfortheirentire lives. Baptism and Confirmation are important public expressions of our trust in Jesus. Whilst we can of course baptise at any time, we will be celebrating with special services on December 1, followed by an opportunity for Confirmation on December 15.
One of our mission partners, Bishop Daniel (of Duk Diocese, South Sudan), was in contact this week to share of the devastating effects of flooding in Duk Counties. He shared: “As of today, at least more than 500 households in Duk Counties have been affected by creeping waters as a result of heavy torrential rains. Heavy rainfall continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of many as floodwaters are not expected to recede anytime soon until late November which may highly result to the outbreak…”
Thank you to all who were involved throughout the week in so many ways including prayer, team, catering, donations, sponsorships, cafè and conversations, set-up, and more! Please be praying that Gospel seeds planted may grow and bear fruit in the lives of the kids and their families. See below for a video of what we got up to throughout the week!
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters..” (Hebrews 2:10-11)
Is God calling you to serve others through listening, care and support? Are you a good listener? Do you have a desire to care for and serve others? If so, an opportunity to exercise this vocation is available in a new position at Anglicare Symes Thorpe Residential Aged Care Home in providing care and support to a residents, families and staff as a Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator. The ministry position of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator is for 16 hours per fortnight.
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
On this coming Sunday (September 29), we’ll be starting a new nine-week series on the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a spectacular book of the New Testament that demonstrates the superiority of Jesus - that he is greater than angels, the Law, Moses, the Promised Land, and the covenant. Jesus fulfils every role in the Old Testament (Priest, Prophet, and King) as God’s Word, our eternal priest, and the perfect sacrifice.
Our rosters for October and November (for 7.30AM, 9.30AM, and 6PM) are now available. You can download them from our website (also below) located under 'services', or if you would prefer, pick up a printed copy from Church. So thankful to God for the phenomenal servant hearts of so many people and their desire to serve God in the making and maturing of disciples.