Vision 2020

Next Steps this Week

Next Steps this Week

With the beginning of our new 1 Thessalonians series, we’re launching “Next Steps this Week” as one place to find all of our weekly resources connected with the sermon. This includes the sermon (audio and transcript), small group questions, the Bible reading, a prayer, other resources, and a family-focused activity. Simply visit nextsteps.stbarts.com.au on your phone, tablet, or computer to access a range of resources. We will of course continue to make printed resources available every week at church, but if you’re online, bookmark the next steps address so that you can readily dip in and out of all of the resources throughout your week.

Opportunity to Serve: Library and Bookstall

Opportunity to Serve: Library and Bookstall

Our library has been an expanding resource as we seek to make and mature disciples of Jesus. Over the coming months, we’re looking to grow the team so that people can access books to borrow and purchase every Sunday. John and Elizabeth have been doing a great job and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more to help in this way. If you’re interesting in being part of this team, please let Adam know (adam@stbarts.com.au).

Prayer Night Thanks & Booklet

Prayer Night Thanks & Booklet

Thank you to everyone who was part of our prayer night on Monday. It was such a great joy to join together for a meal, pray, and worship together. If you weren't able to make it along, you can download a copy of the prayer booklet in PDF. The booklet contains a range of ideas of how to pray for the life of our church, city, nation, and world. You can also pick up printed copies at church and check out some of the prayer ideas (on cards) near the next steps wall. What a privilege and a joy it is to come before our God who can do immeasurably more than we dare dreamed or imagined for his glory and kingdom!

Thank You + Story Videos from our John Dickson Events

Thank You + Story Videos from our John Dickson Events

Thank you to everyone who was involved with our duo of John Dickson events Friday night and Saturday. It was fantastic to welcome around 500 people to St Bart's Friday for our public lecture on 'For the Love of God: How the Church is both Better and Worse than you Ever Imagined'. It was a fantastic talk with a lively Q&A time. It was also so encouraging to see so many people stay afterwards for hot drinks and a chat. Saturday was also a fantastic day with around 250 guests for three talks on 'A Doubter's Guide to Jesus'.

1000 Acts of Kindness Project

1000 Acts of Kindness Project

Today we begin our new series on ‘Winter Warmers’ exploring four very rare fruit: kindness, peace, patience, and self-control. 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! Therefore, throughout the series, we're aiming to collectively demonstrate at least 1000 acts of kindness in our city.

1000 Acts of Kindness Project

1000 Acts of Kindness Project

Today we begin our new series on ‘Winter Warmers’ exploring four very rare fruit: kindness, peace, patience, and self-control. 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! Therefore, throughout the series, we're aiming to collectively demonstrate at least 1000 acts of kindness in our city.

Upcoming: Two Amazing Events with John Dickson

Upcoming: Two Amazing Events with John Dickson

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.

Winter Warmer Series: Rare Fruit (Starts June 24)

Winter Warmer Series: Rare Fruit (Starts June 24)

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.

Acts of Kindness Packs for Families

Acts of Kindness Packs for Families

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!

Opportunities for Serving (Next Steps)

Opportunities for Serving (Next Steps)

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).

Wrap-Up of BST Mission Week @ St Bart's

Wrap-Up of BST Mission Week @ St Bart's

It really has been a profound joy to welcome eleven students and a faculty member from the Brisbane School of Theology to St Bart's for their mission week over the last 8 days. Over the course of the week, they have been of great encouragement to so many, sacrificially generous in their service, and faithful witnesses of the Gospel. This morning when thanking them, I summed up some of what they have been doing like this:

Men's Breakfast

Men's Breakfast

On Saturday, it was really terrific as the men got together for a great breakie and some encouraging stories of where to put our trust. Thanks to everyone who came along and for the wonderful effort from the BST Team! Andrew Prince (faculty member of BST) along with Peter shared some of their stories.

A Wonderful Night of Prayer

A Wonderful Night of Prayer

Thanks to everyone who came along and made our dinner and prayer night such a wonderful time as we shared a meal and prayed for our church, city, and world. Thank you also to the BST team who made the night possible If you weren't there, check out the prayer chain at church and download the prayer notes.

Wonderful Baptism Sunday

Wonderful Baptism Sunday

It was with great thanks to God that Jesse Paroz and Emily Argent were baptised at our 9.30AM and 6PM services (respectively). Both Jesse and Emily took the amazing step to publicly declare their trust in Jesus as their Saviour and commit to living lives for God. Both of their interviews are available on our website. It was also wonderful at 11AM to join together for a great time of fun, food, and live music (thank you to everyone who was involved in making it happen!). Please continue to be praying for Jesse and Emily as they keep on following Jesus. 

Baptism Sunday

Baptism Sunday

On Sunday April 15, we will be celebrating 80 years since the very first commissioning of the original St Bart’s, Toowoomba. Whilst the building looked very different back then, seating less than 20 people, our passion for Jesus and growing in relationship with God (known as a ‘house of prayer’) has not changed. Many faithful disciples have gone before us, and now we continue to seek to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for God’s Glory. To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be doing three things: We'll be: 1) Having a celebration time after our morning services. 2) Thinking about what it means to be the ‘True Church’ as we finish our John series. 3) Marking the occasion as a ‘baptism Sunday’. We thought there would be no better way to mark 80 years, then to invite adults in our congregation - who have never been baptised - to do so on Sunday April 15 across our three Sunday services. If you're interested in learning more about baptism, please complete the form below.

Family Lenten Kits

We are delighted that 30 Lenten Family Kits went out last week, equipping families with resources to support them as they sit down together to read, discuss, and pray about God’s Word. This week families will be focusing on Jesus’ words in John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” If you haven’t yet booked in a time with your family to go through the study and complete the activity, please do so! We’d love to see your family in action – please post your photo and tag it with #stbarts 

AGM Report

AGM Report

On Sunday February 25 at 11.30AM, we will hold our AGM at which our 2017 reports will be tabled and approval sought for our 2018 budget. You can pick up a printed copy of the report from church, or download a copy in PDF. Please read the report (a great opportunity to give thanks to God and encourage our leaders) and come along to the meeting. If you are not yet a member of St Bart's (phone 4636 2922 or email office@stbarts.com.au if you're not sure), please complete a member form online so that you can be eligible to vote.

Commissioning of Children, Youth, and Families Teams

Commissioning of Children, Youth, and Families Teams

With great thanks to God it was wonderful to commission the children, youth, and families teams. This team includes a total of 100 people serving across St Bart’s Kids on a Sunday morning (Parent’s Room, Crèche, Kids’ Talk, and Sunday School), the CHARGE High School Discussion Group on Sundays, mainly music, Kids Club, the CHARGE Bible Study (on Tuesdays), and the CHARGE Youth Group (Fridays)! It also includes the baptism, RI, and the ‘expecting families’ ministries. This is a phenomenal team who serve God so generously in order to help young people come to know and grow in their knowledge of Jesus. Please continue to uphold them in prayer and encourage them as they seek to serve.