On October 27 (11.30AM-12.30PM), St Bart’s Kids will be hosting their next Purposeful Parenting workshop. The topic this term will be, “Bible Reading Tips for Growing Kids”. The team will talk about some practical tips for how to put in place a regular rhythm of Bible reading that, God-willing, will last a lifetime. These workshops are relevant for those with children, grandchildren, or any role in discipling kids. Each workshop goes for one hour and includes quiet activities for children and a pizza lunch afterwards ($3/person, $10/family).
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.
It is a real privilege to be able to have God’s Word and to be able to go deeper into it. A great way to do this is through the Ridley Certificate. We are really excited to be able to offer the subject ‘Bible Overview’ for FREE! This will be a great taste of what the certificate is like. The other subject being run is ‘Ministry Skills’. For more information, please see Trish Rathie.
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.
One of our mission partners, Bishop Daniel (of Duk Diocese, South Sudan), was in contact this week to share of the devastating effects of flooding in Duk Counties. He shared: “As of today, at least more than 500 households in Duk Counties have been affected by creeping waters as a result of heavy torrential rains. Heavy rainfall continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of many as floodwaters are not expected to recede anytime soon until late November which may highly result to the outbreak…”
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.
On this coming Sunday (September 29), we’ll be starting a new nine-week series on the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a spectacular book of the New Testament that demonstrates the superiority of Jesus - that he is greater than angels, the Law, Moses, the Promised Land, and the covenant. Jesus fulfils every role in the Old Testament (Priest, Prophet, and King) as God’s Word, our eternal priest, and the perfect sacrifice.
Our rosters for October and November (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. So 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.
Registrations have closed! This will be a great week of looking at the great news of Jesus. We are also looking for people to come and connect with parents over coffee each day, for help with setup on Sunday September 29th at 11:30AM and backup on Friday 4th October at 4PM, donations of various items (see below)! Contact Bettrys if you can help.
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.
Give thanks for: summer holidays; encouraging mission conference; encouraging team building meetings, the first team service lead by Adam. Pray for: Japanese school children returning after the holidays; Helane's support of Japanese women in ministry; wisdom in approving a new team member; more Gospel opportunities.