The Annual General Meeting was held today, receiving the reports from 2018 (with great thanks to God), and also approving of our 2019 budget. We have so much to give thanks for and if you missed the annual report, you can still download it and read with thanksgiving.
Our Annual Report is now available for download or you can pick up a printed copy from St Bart’s. Please note that our Annual Meeting will be on March 3 at 11.30AM. It is at this meeting that we will formally receive the reports and also vote to accept the 2019 budget. Please note that everyone is invited to attend, however to vote you must be a member of St Bart’s. To become a member, please complete the online form.
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).
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.
In 2018, our theme focused on everyone taking next steps to grow in maturity as disciples. In 2019, we’re shifting the focus to disciple making! To help us with that, we’ve created a discipleship pathway (Enquiring, Beginning, Growing) that has a step for anyone, be they a sceptic or a long-term follower of Jesus. Part of our hope and plans is to equip every person in our church in the activity of one-one-one discipleship. It’s all part of our mission to make and mature disciples of Jesus for God’s glory.
Well, 2018 is not quite over yet, but our calendar for 2019 is now available. Please do pick up a copy and display it somewhere at home that is handy or download it here. Our theme (which we will have more to say about in the coming weeks), will be a ‘Year of Disciplemakers’. We have some exciting things in store for 2019, here are a few to note (with more info soon):
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).
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.
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).
On Monday night we had a wonderful time (with every generation and congregation represented) sharing dinner and praying for our church, city, and world. We gave thanks for 2018, prayed for 2019, committed our Christmas preparations to the Lord, and said sorry. If you missed it, you can download a copy of the prayer booklet and also check out some of the prayer stations on Sunday.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).