With an election looming, the Rev’d Dr John Dickson recently published an article on “Eternity News” with some helpful thoughts as we discern what it means to vote in line with the Gospel. Instead of recommending particular parties or policies, John offers some helpful guidelines.
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.
With great thanks to God, Zoë and David (along with Micah) welcomer Jude Andrew Browne into the world on Thursday. The family are doing really well and praising God for the great gift of Jude. Please be praying for them, and especially that Jude is already growing in his knowledge of God’s love, and his love for God.
It was great this week to read an article on the ABC about the Lean’s recent move to PNG. The article, “Doctor relocates young family from Toowoomba to work in PNG hospital as an expression of faith” is such an encouragement, particularly as we partner in mission with the family. You can read the article here.
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.
Happy Birthday to: Deirdree Henderson, Jacinta Smith, Elizabeth Shelton, Emily Bell, Kiara Fenn, Melissa Bucholz, Audrey Thomas, Sharon Fletcher, Alan Thomas, Given Warren
Happy Anniversary to: Janette & Roy Wyvill, Ame & Reuben Lawrence, Collen & Greg Priest, Karen & Jeff Schultheiss, Lana & Richard James, Catherine & Steven Humphery, Caroline & Jeremy Freyburg
First Samuel tells the dramatic story of Israel’s desire for an earthly king to rule over them. Despite God’s warning that such a king would fall short, God relents and King Saul rules with disastrous consequences. A faithful king is on the rise, however it’s only by coming to God in humility and obedience that their - and our - greatest hopes can be fulfilled. Series starts May 5, 2019.
As we looked at the amazing encounter between the Ethiopian and the eunuch in Acts 8 last week, we were challenged to be prepared to be able to give an answer for the hope that we have, in the great hope that we too will be asked questions about what we believe. Being ‘prepared’ can seem intimidating, but here are four simple ideas to get started.
Happy Birthday to: Sophie Luwong, Michael Dennison, Indie McDonald, George Lawrence, Sandra Morrish, Evelyn Arthy, Hannah Le Dilly, Braxton Fenn, Courtney Reich, Laura Healy, Judith Clark
Happy Anniversary to: Julie & Geoff Handley, Rachael & Scott Adamson, Joan Nimmo, Angela & Jeff Lemin, Sue-Ellen & Roger Jaensch, Jeska Likia, James Luwong
At St Bart’s, our mission is to be 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 in that relationship for their entire lives. With that in mind, we are inviting adults, who have never been baptised, to do so across our three services on April 28.
This morning we heard how Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith, and how Jesus fulfils all of the Old Testament promises. A great book to learn more about this is God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts. Listen below for what Michael had to say about it and you can borrow it now from the St Bart’s Library.
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.