Congratulations to The Rev’d Dr Daniel Rouhead who graduated last week with a Master of Ministry (with Distinction)! Congratulations also to Brooke, who supported Daniel all the way. Daniel serves as (honorary) Assistant Minister at St Bart's, along with being a GP, husband, and dad (amongst many other roles!). An absolute stellar achievement, with an especially interesting research project (be sure to ask him).
With only two sleeps until our first night of carols, time is running out to invite a friend. Christmas is all about Good News of Great JOY and it's fast approaching! There’s no better way to get ready than some time of fun, laughing, carols, dressing up (children are welcome to dress up as angels/shepherds) waving glow sticks, and sharing in some delicious refreshments. So please be praying, and come along on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (7-8PM).
It was such a joy to celebrate the ordination of Zoë as Priest yesterday at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane. It was also wonderful to congratulate Zoë today as she participated in leading our services for the first time as Priest! Please give great thanks to God and pray for her as she starts a new chapter of ministry (continuing at TACAPS as chaplain and at St Bart’s as Honorary Assistant Minister).
Give thanks for the warm embrace of Jason from the whole school community, and for the completion of three programs with the kids. Please pray for bulling to be minimised in and out of the classroom, that God would give Jason strength to grow in his capacity to serve Him through serving these students.
As a church we're passionate about making and maturing disciples of Jesus. As part of that, we love digging deeper into the Bible and applying it to our lives for God's glory. In 2019, we have some exciting preaching series planned that will cover parts of both the Old and New Testaments (see below). If you would like to get a look ahead for what’s in store, check out the summary below.
Recently, we received news from our mission partners from Lighting Ridge (with BCA), that they will be finishing at the end of the year. We will continue to support BCA in 2019 (link missionary is yet to be confirmed), but in the meantime, please see the correspondence from the Piper family. Please continue to pray for them as they begin a new chapter in ministry, whilst also praying for the community at Lightning Ridge.
Congratulations to those elected today to various roles within the life of our Parish Council (the governing body of St Bart’s). Please pray for John Strachan and Jeremy Freyburg elected to Churchwardens. Please also pray for those elected as nominators (i.e., Trish Rathie, Warren Dutton, and Dennis Gamble) and parish councillors (i.e., Wendy Brodribb, David Cowie, Warren Dutton, Sheila Forknall, Dennis Gamble, Geoff Handley, Hannah Mason, Amy Norman, Jesse Paroz, Trish Rathie, Graeme Thomas, Kate Venables, Rebecca Vonhoff).
Our rosters for December and January (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.
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 in that relationship for their entire 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 2, followed by an opportunity for Confirmation on December 16.
Congratulations to Fraser and Anne (formerly of 6PM before moving away) who were married on Saturday at St Andrew’s South Brisbane. Please give thanks to the Lord for their trust in the Lord, the gift of marriage, and their desire to glorify God in their life together.
Praise God for: a powerful City Free From Porn Rally that received a lot of favourable media; for another wonderful girls getaway camp last weekend with 44 girls; for the Zonta club that recently raised $15,000 for Bella Rae magazine. Please pray for: new Volunteers in 2019 as City Women can’t keep up with the demand from schools.
Massive congratulation to Toby and Steph who were married yesterday at St Bart’s (members of our 6PM congregation). Please be praying for Toby and Steph as they begin married life together, particularly that Jesus will at the heart of their relationship and that God will be greatly glorified through them. Please also pray that they will have a wonderful time away.