Next weekend (Friday night and Saturday) we will have the great privilege of hosting Bishop Cam's Western Lay Conference. This will be a really amazing time with keynotes on Serving, Evangelism, and Prayer. There is also a range of electives on: introductory courses to Christianity, pastoral care, music ministry, reading the Bible in church, leading intercessions, running small groups, and so much more.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in our 'Every Ministry Matters Sunday'! It was a great opportunity to get a fuller picture of the diversity of opportunities in the life of St Bart's. If you're interested in serving, but weren't able to complete an 'expression of interest form', you can do so online. Simply visit our website and complete the form here.
As students return to school this week, there are many families in our community who do not have access to the resources required by schools to start their learning. We are asking for donations of stationery items that could be given to assist families in need. Items might include pencils, sharpeners, exercise books, colouring pencils, felt pens, pencil cases, etc. All donations should be brought to the Sunday School Room and will later be delivered to TRAMS to assist our Refugee and Migrant community.
I’m really excited that 2018 will be a year of ‘Next Steps’ for St Bart’s. With 2017 having been a really significant year (with the building being completed and so much more), we’re hoping and praying that we will all – as individuals and as a church – press further into our mission to make and mature disciples by seeking to take a next step in prayer, growth, evangelism, and serving
I'm very excited that on Saturday November 4, we are partnering with the Welcome Dinner Project to host a Welcome Dinner for members of the Syrian and Iraqi communities in Toowoomba. The dinner is designed to assist established Australians (people who were born or have lived in Australia more than 10 years) to meet and make friends with newly arrived Australians (people who have lived in Australia less than 10 years).
With the appointment of Suzie Ross as our part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator, this morning we interviewed her to hear more of her love for God. We also heard a little of what drew her to the role and the heart that God has given her.
With great thanks to God, I’m delighted to announce that Suzie Ross has been appointed as our part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator, who will be leading our amazing pastoral visiting team. Suzie has an amazing passion for the Lord, along with a background in Diversional Therapy and aged care. When Suzie became a Christian, the Lord gave her a great heart to care for older people. We are really delighted that she has taken up this role and will help us to develop St Bart’s Care.
For many years many people in our congregation and the wider community have been involved in supporting the Mission to Seafarers, by way of knitting beanies. The crews of the many ships that dock at the Port of Brisbane get to know that this is the place to come for a beanie for those cold nights on board ship in all kinds of weather at all latitudes.
It was wonderful to read of our own David Johnstone in the current edition of Focus. The article details one of the many compassionate examples of how the pastoral care team at the Base Hospital seek to so lovingly care for people. Pick up a copy of focus from church.
If you are involved in the ministry of visiting and/or home communions, please come along to this meeting on November 9 at 10.30AM at St Bart's.
As we continue to advertise for this role, would you please consider who might be appropriate to lead this vital area of our church? This person could be lay or ordained, but essentially will have a great heart for God, a desire to care for others, and of course, superb pastoral skills. This is a fantastic half-time role that builds on a strong pastoral ministry at St Bart’s. Loving and caring for people is a core part of who we are as a church, and so we long for our coordinator to be empowered and released to take part in this ministry and build others up to do the same. A position-description is available in the foyer and on our website. If you have any questions or you know someone who could be suitable for this role, please feel free to chat with me at any time.
Pastoral care is a valuable skills for all Christians. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn introductory-level pastoral care skills including supportive behaviour and communication techniques such as listening, dialogue, and being present. All participants will receive an "Introduction to Pastoral Care" training manual and certificate of participation. If you're involved in any pastoral or relational (e.g., welcoming) ministry, this would be an ideal course. This free course will run from 9AM-5PM at St Bart's on October 12. Morning tea is provided, BYO lunch.
To register, complete the online registration form here. (Please ensure that you select St Bart's from the list.)
St Bart’s is a vibrant and growing church, located in the beautiful city of Toowoomba (population 150,000) and 130km west of Brisbane. In order to resource and support our mission to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ, we are currently seeking to appoint a part-time pastoral care coordinator.
The overall purpose of this role is to oversee and grow the pastoral care ministry of St Bart’s, ensuring that everyone in our church is cared for. This includes coordinating a team of visitors (and ensuring that they are cared for); continuing to build significant community in the aged-care facilities in which we have a link; growing and developing the pastoral care team; and building upon existing ministries (e.g., emergency meals) and seek other opportunities to care for those in our community as an expression of the Gospel.
- Meet all requirements for safe ministry check and police check.
- Has completed training in pastoral care.
- Has experience in pastoral care and the leading of teams.
- Has a heart for people and can respond to human need.
- Is proactive and an excellent problem-solver.
- Has excellent listening and interpersonal communication skills.
- Mature Christian with a passion for Jesus.
- Strong leader and team player, able to inspire and work with others, organised and driven.
- On board with vision of St Bart’s (especially that described in VISION 2020).
Part-time role (50%), reporting to Priest-in-Charge, Adam Lowe. Holidays: Four weeks (pro rata) per year. Remuneration as determined and negotiated according to Diocesan scales (which is dependent upon qualifications and experience). Travel allowance (according to mileage) will also be provided.
Applicants should provide a CV, a cover letter, and two references. Applications should be emailed by Monday November 7 5PM to Adam Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org (for more information call Adam on 0410 512 782).
Jenny Noble chaplain from Blue Care South West Cluster will be joining us here at St Bart’s on July 9 to explore pastoral Care within a Multi Cultural Society. Jenny has a strong interest in Palliative Pastoral Care, and has recently attended Symposiums on these subjects. How does our own cultural upbringing and thinking influence our interaction with people from another faith/cultural background? Are we really offering pastoral care that is non judgemental? Come along for a challenging morning of both information sharing, and looking at ourselves in the light of that information! Saturday July 9 from 9am till 1pm with a morning tea at St Bart's, this is a morning not to be missed as our community changes so do we in the way we do Pastoral Care. Any questions call Ron on 0412 002 116. Register using the form, or by calling the office, or signing up using the clipboard at church.
Are you interested in being involved in pastoral care ministry? If so, come and join David Johnstone and Ron Spindler at St Bart's on the February 20 at 9am till 1pm. We are offering a shortened form of the Introduction to Pastoral Care Course. This is bite size course with plenty of interaction, so please pray about this and put it before God. There are so many areas within pastoral care where there is a need. As David said at our meeting on Monday, "we need Love with Skin On". Place your name on the clip board in the foyer or register online. Gold coin bonation for morning Tea.
In this brief interview, Dennis Gamble shares of a challenging time in his life, how he coped, and what he would say to anyone who is also experiencing a time of great difficulty.
In recent months we have installed some new signs in the car park to remind everyone that the speed limit at St Bart's is 10km/hr. This speed limit applies to the entire property at St Bart's (from entering the driveway onwards) and is particularly critical due to the number of children and people with less mobility accessing our church. We want to ensure that people are as safe as possible, so it would be greatly appreciated if everyone takes note and limits their speed. Thanks for helping make St Bart's a safe place for everyone of every age.
“Growing Old Together” was the title of a Pastoral Care Workshop conducted on Saturday 15th August at St Barts. Dr Trish Rathie who many of you will know as a member of the St Bart’s congregation was the facilitator. As well as a GP, Trish is heavily involved as a mentor and facilitator in her professional capacity, so the presentation was of a very high standard and well received by the participants. The structure of the presentation included the topic of who is old, projected statistics on the impact of the growth of the number and percentage of aged in our community from now into the future, dementia and other medical aspects of aging, what does the Bible say and included a journey with a family growing old.
The statistics are pretty incredible themselves with advances in care meaning the increase in life expectancy will have a huge impact on the number of elderly people in our community which require a huge resource base.
This is where we as Christians in the community need to adjust our thinking to apply the principals taught in Scripture. To help us apply those principles, Trish introduced a fictional family which included an aging husband and wife, their children and grandchildren. The participants explored a range of questions involving their thoughts and feeling as they battled ill health, dementia and family breakdown framed in all too familiar circumstances. This is not just a government problem, but one which we as Christian share as a responsibility within our community.
The workshop was very thought provoking and realistic and it was great that Trish was able to share her talents as a Christian professional in this manner.
Thank you everyone for your wonderful support and prayers for Lisa, Hannah, and family. Here's an update from Lisa about Baby Hannah:
To my St Bart’s Family, thank you for your prayers, love and support. Look at me, I’m definitely soaring on Eagles wings! Mum and I have moved out of hospital to the apartment we rented in South Bank under a ‘Home Monitoring Program’. Mum has been trained to manage my care and medications and I can stay within a small radius of the hospital and return for weekly appointments. All being well, we can live as a family till my next operation. I’m sleeping in a snuggle bed, in a real cot, on top of the beautiful quilt you made for me. I am truly blessed and defying the odds- my feeding tube has been removed and I am fully breast fed! Please continue to uphold me and my family in your prayers! Love Hannah Grace
On Saturday August 15 (9AM-12PM), our very own Dr Trish Rathie will be delivering a three hour session on the topic of 'Growing Old Together'. As we all grow older and care for those growing older (at church, in our families, and friends) this is critical topic for everyone in the life of our church. The three hour session will be in 'workshop' format, with opportunity to explore three groups associated with growing older. These are:
- Elderly but living independently;
- Elderly but living in a Residential Aged Care Facility; and
- Loved ones of the elderly.