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.
The Marriage Course is a fantastic seven week course for married couples who want to be growing in their marriage. Each night consists of a two-course meal, a practical video, and (private) time for discussion as a couple (there’s no group work!). Topics are practical and the course comes from Holy Trinity Brompton (in London) - the same church as Alpha.
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!
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.
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.
CHARGE on Friday night is finished for another term at St Bart’s! It has been a joy to welcome some new youth this year and see familiar faces back. From how did we get here?, to what has Jesus got to do with me? We have explored the big questions of life through the NUA Film Series. We also had our annual Messy Games night, Q & A night and movie night, which are always a hit. Thank you to the people of St Bart’s for your continual support of this vital ministry.
If you’re interested in coming along to the FOCUS weekend, I’d really encourage you to get your registration in early. With over 60 people already registered, we’ll soon need to decide if we book more of the accommodation facilities available at Luther Heights. You can register there or on our website today.
From Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2, we’ll be heading to Coolum Beach for our FOCUS Weekend Away. We have some amazing plans for the weekend and I’m really excited to share that the Rev’d Dr Graham Stanton (Lecturer in Practical Theology and Dean of the Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry at Ridley College, Melbourne) will be joining us as our guest speaker for our two Saturday morning sessions (there will also be a concurrent children’s program Saturday morning):
From Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2, we’ll be heading to Coolum Beach for our first ever FOCUS Weekend Away. Join us for what will be an amazing weekend away to focus on God, grow as disciple makers (of all ages), and have fun at the beach. We’ve got lots of great things planned including worship, helpful talks, lots of free time, and special meals. Some of the optional activities also include an incredible flying fox, a water park, cycling, walking, and plenty of other quieter things too.
Congratulations to Cam and Belinda as they welcomed their second child - Thomas - into the world this week. Please join with us in giving great thanks to God for Thomas, praying that he might be growing every day in the knowledge of God’s love for him, and his love for God.