“Shrove Tuesday” has traditionally been the day on which all of the ‘goodies’ were used up in a household in preparation for Lent beginning the next day (i.e., Ash Wednesday). With that in mind, we’re inviting everyone along to a pancake party on Tuesday March 5 from 7-8PM. This is just a great opportunity for fun and to grow closer as community. Come along and bring along your favourite pancake toppings to share with everyone.
It is with sadness and excitement that we shared this morning that David and Zoë will be finishing at St Bart’s in June as David takes up the Archbishop's offer to be priest-in-charge at Dalby Anglican. As David and Zoë (along with nominators from Dalby) have prayerfully discerned this move, there has been a strong sense of the Lord’s leading them to this new chapter of ministry. As many will know, David has served at St Bart’s for just over two years at St Bart’s, as part of his curacy (the initial placement and period of training after ordination as Deacon in anticipation of leading a parish in due time).
Pray for those who live in isolated and remote parts; for those whose ministries are supported by BCA, for others to stand with those ministries in the task of making Christ known; for the ministry of the Word and Sacraments; that through care and by support, God’s love may be proclaimed and accepted in that place.
Congratulations to Cam and Belinda as they welcomed their second child - Thomas - into the world this week. Please join with us in giving great thanks to God for Thomas, praying that he might be growing every day in the knowledge of God’s love for him, and his love for God.
Thank you to everyone who was able to be part of our prayer night. It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a meal together and pray for our city, world, and church. If you weren't able to make it, you can download the prayer booklet.
Congratulations to Rich and Maretta as they welcomed their fourth child - Erika (“Eri”) Isobel - into the world on Friday. Please join with us in giving great thanks to God for Erika, praying that she might be growing every day in the knowledge of God’s love for her, and her love for God.
This morning it was a great joy to commission our St Bart's KIDS and CHARGE Teams (which includes St Bart's Kids Sundays, CHARGE Youth, Kids Club, mainly music, expecting families, RI, and baptisms)! We also heard from some of our kids, youth, and team about what they love and why they're involved (see video below). Thank you to everyone who serves in this way, seeking to make and mature the younger disciples in our church. Please pray for the teams, along with our staff responsible for these departments (Bettrys Lowe & Amy Norman: Children & Families; Peter Dutton: Youth and Young Adults).
In what is great timing for us, the Bible Project have just completed an superb miniseries on Luke-Acts. This series of nine videos provide an excellent overview of these two volumes, along with some terrific insights that are helpful as we take a closer look at Luke 1-8. Visit the dedicated Bible Project page for more information.
Please Pray for: Mark Fairhurst the Queensland General Secretary and his team as they consider a replacement missionary family for us; Tim and Jeanie and family who have moved on from CMS to work amongst overseas students in Brisbane; The St Andrew's Hall development, that appropriate funds may come and that all who train there may be well equipped for their mission; Pray to the Lord of the Harvest that workers will be raised up. Many more are needed.
At St Bart’s, we’re incredibly privileged to work together in the Gospel with various mission partners locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year, we prayerfully select mission partners to support and be linked with. In 2019, we will be supporting five mission partners (along with a special mission grant to Hearts for Africa). Our support for each partner consists of a combination of financial resources, practical help, and regular prayer.
Our rosters for February and March (for 7.30AM and 9.30AM) 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 this Sunday. 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.
If you're new to St Bart's, we'd love to invite you to our next welcome lunch on Sunday January 27 (11.30AM-1.00PM). We'll share a delicious meal together and also have a brief opportunity about the life of St Bart's. RSVP's are essential. Please phone the office (07 4636 2922) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2019, we will be looking at Acts 1-9 to help us prepare to celebrate Easter. Acts records the incredible way in which the first followers of Jesus were so compelled by Jesus’ death and resurrection, that they were convicted to take the Gospel to the World. Through the lens of Acts, we’ll be prepared to celebrate the same Good News and how it compels us to follow Jesus as well. To help us with that, we’re preparing a 13-Week Study Guide that begins on January 14, 2019. Each Day (Monday-Saturday) includes a Bible reading from Acts, a short reflection, some questions, and a prayer. Each week also includes instructions for a family activity.