Pray for: precious time with family; for connections and support network to grow; for peace in South Sudan; for blessing on ministry projects; that the stolen documents be replaced. Give thanks for Bishop Daniel and Rachel's proclamation of the Gospel; Daniel’s safe return to Australia.
We have an incredible ministry and admin team at St Bart’s, and we’re currently inviting applicants for two roles to join the team. The first role, Assistant Minister, will be to replace David Browne as he leaves to take up leadership of Dalby Anglican in late June. The second role, Music and Communications Intern/Minister, will be to replace Michael’s role as (God willing) he will be ordained in early December and take up a position as Assistant Curate at a place determined by the Archbishop.
Our rosters for June and July (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 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.
On June 13, we’ll be hosting the first of a series of frontline breakfasts to help encourage people as they seek to serve Jesus through their work. With that in mind, on June 13 (6-7.30AM) we’re inviting medical and allied health professionals to join us for our first frontline breakfast with keynote by George Savvides (former CEO of Medibank).
This Monday night, we will gather together as a church to express our dependence on God in prayer. Prayer is absolutely fundamental to who we are and what we do as a church; without prayer, we’re simply seeking to go ahead - or stray beyond - God’s own will and ways (we’ve been reminded already in our 1 Samuel series how perilous that is!). So Monday night, we will gather from 5.30-7.30PM (first to share in a meal from 5.30PM, and then to pray from 6.30PM) at St Bart’s. If you haven’t yet registered, please do so that we can ensure sufficient catering. If you are unavailable, you can download the pray booklet that will help give focus to our prayer on the night and this term.
We of course pray in many ways, but one of the special ways that we do so is together each term at our prayer nights. This year, we’ve been running these prayer nights a little differently, starting with a meal. After the meal, we have a focused one hour of worship and prayer, with interactive stations with various focus areas. These nights have been designed to be intergenerational and flexible. You can pray by yourself, in a small group, with no pressure at all to pray out loud. The evening meal will be at 5:30PM at a small cost of $5, with prayer starting at 6.30PM and finishing by 7.30PM sharp. We would love to see you there!
Give thanks for the BCA organisation which has a vision to take the gospel into areas that for one reason or another have no ministers. Most often isolated towns with dwindling populations. Give thanks for the people who go into those isolated townships to serve with BCA. Living in the towns while preaching the gospel and sharing the love of God. Bless the finances of BCA that will enable them to keep teams in the field. Bless the leadership of BCA with wisdom as the recruit people to serve with BCA and bless them with the wisdom to be good stewards as they administer the finances and direction of the ministry.
I’m very excited to announce today that we (pending a licence from the Archbishop) have appointed Holly Adamson as an additional intern to minister specifically within the Children, Youth, and Families department, focusing on Friday Kids Club. Holly serves in a variety of ways at church and has a background in early childhood, more recently working as a nanny. This was a role that we had budgeted for 2019 to help support growth, so the timing is opportune in order to provide further support. Please be praying for Holly as she begins this one day/week role. You can also listen the interview on our website.
Sincere thank you to everyone involved in our Easter services who prayed, served, and joined us across the weekend. Over the course of a few days, we welcomed over 1200 people to St Bart’s and Picnic Point. There was such joy in journeyed through Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Day, as we were reminded of God’s great love fo rate world poured out through his son on the cross. We also rejoiced that just as Jesus has risen, all to who trust in him will be raised forever! There also have been some fantastic contacts made and some fantastic conversations about Jesus. Please be praying that the Gospel seeds planted may take root in people’s lives.
With great thanks to God, Zoë and David (along with Micah) welcomer Jude Andrew Browne into the world on Thursday. The family are doing really well and praising God for the great gift of Jude. Please be praying for them, and especially that Jude is already growing in his knowledge of God’s love, and his love for God.
It was great this week to read an article on the ABC about the Lean’s recent move to PNG. The article, “Doctor relocates young family from Toowoomba to work in PNG hospital as an expression of faith” is such an encouragement, particularly as we partner in mission with the family. You can read the article here.
Introducing Jesus is a short, four-week course (1hr sessions) that can be completed in a small group or one-on-one. Looking at one of the Gospels (i.e., the early accounts of Jesus) we examine Jesus’ life, death, message, and invitation. There’s no pressure and you’re welcome to ask whatever questions that you would like to! If you’re not sure what you think of Jesus, then this could be a great option to explore. To register your interest, simply complete the form.
First Samuel tells the dramatic story of Israel’s desire for an earthly king to rule over them. Despite God’s warning that such a king would fall short, God relents and King Saul rules with disastrous consequences. A faithful king is on the rise, however it’s only by coming to God in humility and obedience that their - and our - greatest hopes can be fulfilled. Series starts May 5, 2019.
As we looked at the amazing encounter between the Ethiopian and the eunuch in Acts 8 last week, we were challenged to be prepared to be able to give an answer for the hope that we have, in the great hope that we too will be asked questions about what we believe. Being ‘prepared’ can seem intimidating, but here are four simple ideas to get started.