Geoff and Jackie Bishop and Trevor and Penny Fuelling have just spent 2 weeks with Steffan and Elianne at Cunnamulla, one of the centres of their far-flung ministry.
As winter sets in, we'll be starting a new series on Sunday June 24 exploring four very rare fruit: kindness, peace, patience, and self-control. Over four weeks (with hot food each Sunday), we'll be opening up the Bible to explore what it looks like to be fruitful in godly ways as we seek follow Jesus. But we don't just want to explore - we want to put these fruit into practice! In fact, throughout the series, we're aiming to collectively demonstrate at least 1000 acts of kindness in our city.
In two weeks (on Sunday, June 24), we will starting a new 'Winter Warmers' series exploring four of the fruit of the Spirit (kindness, peace, patience, self-control). As we explore these fruit, we're hoping that we can also practice demonstrating them in our city. In fact, in July, we're hoping that together as a church, that we'll be able to show 1000 acts of kindness!
I’m very excited that we will be hosting two fantastic events in August with the Rev’d Dr John Dickson. John (PhD, Ancient History) is the author of more than a dozen books, Rector of St Andrew’s Roseville (Sydney), and a busy public speaker. He has hosted TV documentaries and is a regular media communicator. In 2007, he founded the Centre for Public Christianity. He has had lecturing and research positions at both Macquarie University (Sydney) and the University of Sydney, where he teaches a course on the historical Jesus.
As we seek to live out our mission to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for God’s glory, 2018 is a year of ‘next steps’ as a church. We’re seeking – as individuals and as a church – to take a next step in prayer, evangelism, growth, and serving. To help us think about these topics more, we launched the year with a teaching series and a devotional (for the month of January) (the sermons and devotional are available on our website).
If you are involved in St Bart's Kids, please note that there will be a Sunday School Small Group Leader Training session being run on Sunday June 10th at 11:30AM in the auditorium. Also, there will be Child Safety Training on June 17th at 8AM in the hall. Please contact Bettrys or Amy for more information!
Next Sunday (June 3) we will be starting a new three-week series on the book of Ruth. Set at the time of the Judges, Ruth shows us the faithfulness of a non-Israelite woman in the context of tragic loss. Ruth is an amazing story of God's providence at work. To help get the most out of the series, here are four simple ways to prepare:
Give thanks for the recent Easter Camp and prayer for discipleship of those who attended. Rejoice for the faith that T’s friend Ali has recently found, through reading of God’s word and prayer for ongoing protection. Pray for the outreach of FOCUS on Friday night and wider reach of the gospel. Pray that T & J will be able to submit their lives to the work of God each day and in that T & J will find great rest and peace.
There are still some great opportunities for people to take that ‘Next Step’ in serving. It would be great to have more people involved in St Bart’s Kids and there is a high need for people to serve the tech team at the 9.30AM service. All training will be provided. Please see Bettrys or Michael for more information.
Our rosters for June and July (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.