RE/QUIP is our annual young adults conference for people in their 20s and 30s. The keynotes, workshops, and Q&A sessions focus on proclaim, work, and serve. In 2019, our guest speakers were the Rev’d Dr Tim Foster (Vice Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne), Sharon Cheung (Women and Young Adults Coordinator for the City Bible Forum, Melbourne), Chrissy Ellis (Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland), and Rian Roux (of RZIM).
On Saturday, five of the St Bart's Cycling Group took part in the Ride for Refugees in Toowoomba. The ride (also held in Brisbane and Sydney) raises funds and awareness of projects to support refugees locally and overseas. If you would like to support the St Bart's team's efforts to raise funds, visit the team page.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 'Welcome to Toowoomba' meal possible on Saturday night. With over 100 people in attendance, it was a great joy to welcome 80+ people from the Syrian Christian Community in Toowoomba to share in a meal and build relationships together. The team did a fabulous job, and it really was a great privilege to hear some of people's stories. There were some great connections formed on the night - please continue to be praying as we seek to grow these relationships and see where the Lord will lead us for his Kingdom purposes.
I'm very excited that on Saturday November 4, we are partnering with the Welcome Dinner Project to host a Welcome Dinner for members of the Syrian and Iraqi communities in Toowoomba. The dinner is designed to assist established Australians (people who were born or have lived in Australia more than 10 years) to meet and make friends with newly arrived Australians (people who have lived in Australia less than 10 years).
Our next Friendship Morning Tea is coming up on Wednesday, September 13. This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome people from all over Toowoomba for a beautiful morning tea and to hear a guest speaker. We are currently looking for people to help with setup (the day before), making sandwiches, serving food, and cleaning up. If you are able to assist, please contact the church office on (07) 4636 2922 or email@example.com
With great thanks to God, we announced this morning that Bishop Daniel of Duk Diocese of South Sudan will be a new mission partner in 2017. Having recently heard from Bishop Daniel in an interview, it has been moving to hear of the ways that God has been at work through Daniel in South Sudan. It has also been inspiring to witness the way in which Daniel, Rachel, and the entire family so faithfully serve God. Whilst not a budgeted item, we have set aside $2000 from our storehouse fund to help support the work in the Diocese of Duk. We'd also love to invite anyone else who would like to contribute funds, to please do so by simply depositing in our accounts (please mark with "South Sudan") or returning to the church office labelled clearly. As Daniel heads back to South Sudan on Tuesday, please be continuing to be praying for him and his family. In the coming weeks we'll have some further updates to share. Practically, we're also setting up a website for the Diocese of Duk so that Bishop Daniel can use it for regular updates.
On Saturday 22, the Toowoomba Walk Together will start at Civic Square (151-155 Herries Street, behind the library). The walk celebrates the diversity of people that make up Australia and is a wonderful opportunity to help create a welcoming city. There will be a small group from St Bart's going to the walk and you would be very welcome to join them. They will meet at 10.30AM outside of the main entrance of the library. For more information, contact the church office.
The 'Just Faith' course began last Thursday, but it's not too late to join in. See the details below for more information. Just Faith has been designed by TEAR Australia for Christians who are interested in exploring the connections between their faith and the big issues of the world today. Participants are invited to open their Bibles, open their eyes, and open their hearts. Together over 6 weeks we will investigate the state of the world, ranging from wealth inequality to the environment, and from war and violence to local advocacy. We will explore what the Bible says about how we can look at, understand and live well in this place. For more information please speak to Kate Henning or Richard Hargreaves, or contact the church office (07 4636 2922 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Just Faith has been designed by TEAR Australia for Christians who are interested in exploring the connections between their faith and the big issues of the world today. Participants are invited to open their Bibles, open their eyes, and open their hearts. Together over 6 weeks we will investigate the state of the world, ranging from wealth inequality to the environment, and from war and violence to local advocacy. We will explore what the Bible says about how we can look at, understand and live well in this place. For more information please speak to Kate Henning or Richard Hargreaves, or contact the church office (07 4636 2922 email@example.com). To register, please complete the online booking form.
Joel McKerrow’s “Hope For Tomorrow”
It was fantastic this morning to pray for Trevor and Penny Fuelling as they embark upon a four-month trip Nungalinya Christian College in Darwin. Trevor and Penny will be travelling as 'BCA Nomads' and assisting at the college which focuses on empowering indigenous Christians. They will be away for four months with some other couples from St Bart's also joining them for some shorter periods of time. This is a great example of the value in our church of 'mobilising' for the Gospel! Please pray for them as they go - for safety, open hearts, and that God will use them powerfully for his kingdom and glory.
With Easterfest not happening in 2016, this year a new initiative of 'Streets and Lanes' is being launched. The idea is that over the Easter weekend there will be musicians and other entertainment being spread all throughout the city. As part of this, several Anglican churches are getting together from 12PM-5PM on the corner of Herries and Ruthven (on the ground of St Luke's) as an opportunity to engage with the community. St Bart's will be gathering around Wayne Logan's coffee van with some activities for kids and generally just an opportunity to chat with people (wearing their St Bart's shirts). If you would like to help out, please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 4636 2922). If you can't help out, be sure to pop in and say hi to all of the St Bart's crew.
Next Saturday (March 19) there will be an Op Shop Tour led by Kate Henning to explore the whole topic of what it means to be an ethical consumer. This will be a great day (arrive at 8.45AM and return to St Bart's at 12 noon) and effectively a 'Bible Study on wheels'! We will look into the Bible to answer questions such as: "as Christians, how should we spend our money?' and 'Should we think about how our clothes are made and who makes them?'. Information on ethical shopping will also be provided on if/how we can shop to help, and not to hurt, both people and the environment. The bus trip will include visits of three op shops in Toowoomba and a coffee break midway. If you are interested in coming along, please RSVP asap to the church office on 07 4636 2922 or email@example.com
Have you considered the stories that might exist behind the Easter eggs you are buying? Did you kow that much of the chocolate that finds its way into our shops and homes is made with cocoa from Cote d'loivre plantations that use trafficked children? They are kidnapped from their homes or their families are tricked, forced to work in the plantations from a young age, long hours with no opportunity for education. In Micah 6:8 it says the Lord requires us to act justly, do mercy and walk humbly with our God. In response to this, please be encouraged to consider which Easter eggs to purchase this Easter. To help you a 'Stop-The-Traffick Good Egg Guide' with a list of which Easter Egg brands are traffick free, can be found on the foyer walls leading up to Easter. You can also download a copy of the good egg guide here.
On February 20, a category 5 storm wreaked havoc on the small island of Fiji. In response to this, Anglican Aid has launched an appeal to support the most vulnerable people affected. If you would like to make a donation towards the appeal, please return it to the office (marked with 'Fiji') or make a deposit into our church account with the reference 'fiji appeal'. We will then make a batch payment as soon as possible to ensure funds can get to the most needy quickly. Please pray for all of those affected along with those who are assisting in the emergency response.
We currently have a need for more Religious Instruction (RI) teachers with one of the local schools with which we are involved. RI is a wonderful ministry that really enables us to share the love of God with the young people of our community. The commitment required is one hour per week during school term, with all materials provided. Training and support are also available (there are also specific training sessions at the upcoming IGNITE conference if you are interested). If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephen Urmston (firstname.lastname@example.org).