From October 25-27, 47 campers will be going away for the annual CHARGE Youth camp at Tamborine Mountain. It promises to be an amazing weekend for the youth as they learn how to trust God in hard times by looking at the book of Job. There is plenty of amazing activities planned, with Australia’s largest treetop adventure course, swimming at Cedar Creek Falls, mini golf, campfire, board games and so much more. Please pray that the youth will grow in their relationship with God and for the CHARGE team as they lead them on the weekend.
It was with great joy this morning that I shared that not only will Michael, God-willing, be ordained as Deacon on December 7, but that that Archbishop has placed him at St Bart’s as Assistant Curate. This means that Michael will be continuing to train at St Bart’s over the next two years, but now in an ordained role. Please join with me in giving great thanks to God for this news, and please be praying for Michael as he prepares for ordination. We’ll have further details of the ordination (that will take place on Saturday, December 7 at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane) available soon.
Last Friday night, CHARGE youth took great delight in packing 32 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The youth brought along many gifts, so that children around the world can receive the blessing of a Christmas gift. The youth also wrote some amazing messages of love and encouragement to those who receive the shoeboxes this year.
At St Bart’s, we’re focused together in the making and maturing of disciples of Jesus for God’s glory. That means that we love to see people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, along with continuing to mature inthatrelationshipfortheirentire lives. Baptism and Confirmation are important public expressions of our trust in Jesus. Whilst we can of course baptise at any time, we will be celebrating with special services on December 1, followed by an opportunity for Confirmation on December 15.
Thank you to all who were involved throughout the week in so many ways including prayer, team, catering, donations, sponsorships, cafè and conversations, set-up, and more! Please be praying that Gospel seeds planted may grow and bear fruit in the lives of the kids and their families. See below for a video of what we got up to throughout the week!
Is God calling you to serve others through listening, care and support? Are you a good listener? Do you have a desire to care for and serve others? If so, an opportunity to exercise this vocation is available in a new position at Anglicare Symes Thorpe Residential Aged Care Home in providing care and support to a residents, families and staff as a Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator. The ministry position of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator is for 16 hours per fortnight.
Last Thursday evening, we were able to welcome over 400 people through the doors of St Bart’s for the Watoto Children’s Choir concert. It was truly an amazing evening. It was great to hear stories from the children and other choir members of how Jesus was at work in their life through the work of Watoto.
Today we had a regional day of prayer for the drought. Please be continuing to pray for rain, for comfort for the famers and communities, and for churches to show Christ’s love in words and practically. Watch the message below.
We are excited to welcome Watoto Children’s Choir to St Bart’s for a special performance on Thursday September 19 at 6PM. Join us for an exciting evening of joy celebration as we hear the heartfelt stories and joyous celebration from the children in Watoto. This is a great event to invite friends along to, so pick up some flyers and share the event via Facebook. We also need some assistance in billeting and serving. If you’re able to assist, please email Michael Calder
With great thanks to God, India and Jesse were married yesterday at Highfields. Please join with me in giving great thanks to God for India and Jesse’s great trust in the Lord, for the Lord bringing them together in marriage, and for their desire to have the Lord at the centre of their marriage.
We are excited to welcome Watoto Children’s Choir to St Bart’s for a special performance on Thursday September 19 at 6PM. Join us for an exciting evening of joy celebration as we hear the heartfelt stories and joyous celebration from the children in Watoto. This is a great event to invite friends along to, so pick up some flyers and share the event via Facebook.
I am delighted that we will be welcoming the Rev’d Dr Rory Shiner for our public lecture and teaching day at St Bart’s. Last year, we welcomed around 500 people to our public lecture (with around 50% from outside of our church). Please be praying that this year’s public lecture will also be a great opportunity to engage people to explore Christianity. It’s never too early to invite some friends along. Registrations are now open.
This morning Bettrys and Amy facilitated the next instalment in our ‘Purposeful Parenting’ workshops on “Actively Discipling our Kids“. The session focused on how to develop daily habits that match the rhythms of busy family life; the importance of regular discipleship within a community; and the role a parent/guardian plays in modelling strong discipleship practices in their own life.
Parenting is often described as one of the hardest jobs one might ever undertake. Not long after having a newborn, many parents discover that the ‘textbooks’ often fail in preparing you adequately for this role. On top of wanting to provide the best physical, emotional, and psychological home for our children, we must not overlook the importance of nurturing the spiritual life of our children.
At home, work, study, over a meal with friends or at the playground, is there someone you would love to introduce to Jesus? It can seem super daunting to bring up faith and coming along to church can seem like a massive leap. The upcoming Public Lecture on Friday 2 August at 7PM is a simple, accessible and deeply engaging event to invite anyone along to. There is a Q&A time, where you can anonymously text in questions, and hot chocolate afterwards.
Open Doors Australia is an organisation that supports the worldwide persecuted church. On August 29 they are holding an event at the Rangeville Community Church where we will have the opportunity from Christians all around the world. Their frontlines are radically different to ours. Come and hear stories of radical obedience from believers in places where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus.