Seniors & Retirees

Carols this Tuesday & Wednesday: There's Still Time to Invite a Friend

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It’s hard to believe, but our carols are this Tuesday and Wednesday night! These should really be a fantastic pair of nights. Would you please commit to praying with me over the coming days that many people would be pointed to Jesus through them? There are still plenty of flyers to take and share with neighbours, colleagues, friends, and family. Also, if you are bringing children and have costumes at home, could you please bring them dressed up? This will save some time for our volunteers and hopefully ensure sufficient costumes for visitors. After the carols, please take the time to say hello to someone you haven’t met before. For more information, visit our website.

You're Invited to Celebrate Christmas with Us!

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You’re invited to join us this Christmas as we celebrate the incredible news that Jesus Jesus is the HOPE of the world. We have a variety of service styles on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, all at St Bart's Anglican Church (103 Stenner Street, Rangeville).

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Christmas Eve

THURSDAY DECEMBER 24

6.00PM Family Carols. This will be a child-friendly service with carols, children's talk, and a brief Christmas message. Children are welcome to come along dressed up as we together celebrate the great news of Jesus' birth.

11.00PM Traditional Communion. This will be a traditional service filled with joy. We will sing carols and participate in Holy Communion, remembering and giving thanks for all that Jesus' has done for us.

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Christmas Day

FRIDAY DECEMBER 25

7.00AM Traditional Communion. This will be a traditional service filled with joy. We will sing carols and participate in Holy Communion, remembering and giving thanks for all that Jesus' has done for us.

9.00AM Family Carols. This will be a child-friendly service with carols, children's talk, and a brief Christmas message. We will share in Holy Communion and celebrate the great news of Jesus and God's love for us all.

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If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact the church office by phone (07) 4636 2922 or email (office@stbarts.com.au).

We are located at 103 Stenner Street, Rangeville (up towards Rowbotham Street).

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Carols by Glow Stick are Almost Here!

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There's only 1.5 weeks now until our two nights of carols fun on December 8 (Tuesday) and 9 (Wednesday). Remember, there's still time to promote these nights and invite along some friends, family, and work colleagues. Here are some really simple ways to invite people along:

  • Pick up some flyers from church. You might hand these to people when you invite them, or even drop them in letterboxes (so long as they’re no marked with ‘no junk mail’ of course) in your street with a little personal note attached. You might be very surprised by how receptive people are to your invitation. I remember when my mum took my grandfather to church in Longreach, he said that he really loved going. When my mum asked him why he hadn’t gone before, he simply said ‘I probably would have if someone had of asked me’. Invitations are powerful.
  • Share the Facebook event. If you’re on Facebook, make sure you visit our page (‘like’ it while you are there) and indicate that you’re going along to the carols. This helps promote the event online. You might also like to share it with your friends on Facebook – lots of people have and we are finding it a very effective promotion.

Please continuing to pray for our carols nights. Our aim is of course not to make it spectacular in size – but to use it as an incredible opportunity to point as many people as possible to Jesus.

How to Promote our Carols

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There’s a lot of excitement building around our carols coming up on December 8 (Tuesday) and 9 (Wednesday). It’s also great to see that people are being incredibly active in inviting along friends, family, and work colleagues. Here are some really simple ways to invite people along:

  • Pick up some flyers from church. You might hand these to people when you invite them, or even drop them in letterboxes (so long as they’re no marked with ‘no junk mail’ of course) in your street with a little personal note attached. You might be very surprised by how receptive people are to your invitation. I remember when my mum took my grandfather to church in Longreach, he said that he really loved going. When my mum asked him why he hadn’t gone before, he simply said ‘I probably would have if someone had of asked me’. Invitations are powerful.
  • Share the Facebook event. If you’re on Facebook, make sure you visit our page (‘like’ it while you are there) and indicate that you’re going along to the carols. This helps promote the event online. You might also like to share it with your friends on Facebook – lots of people have and we are finding it a very effective promotion.
  • Forward the Carols Email. In the coming days, everyone on our email list will be receiving a special carols invitation. You might like to forward this to friends and also invite them along.

Please continuing to pray for our carols nights. Our aim is of course not to make it spectacular in size – but to use it as an incredible opportunity to point as many people as possible to Jesus.

Carols by Glow Stick

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Christmas is almost here and there’s no better way to get ready than some time of fun, laughing, carols, dressing up (children are welcome to dress up as angels/shepherds) waving glow sticks, and sharing in some delicious refreshments.

We’ll have a great time together as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. We’d love you to join us at this free event! This year, our carols will be on two consecutive nights:

  • Tuesday December 8 (7-8PM)
  • Wednesday December 9 (7-8PM)

For more information, phone our church office (07 4636 2922) or email office@stbarts.com.au

Getting Involved with Our Carols

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Last year we ran a mid-week carols early in December for the very first time. With much great thanks to God, the one-hour event was an incredible success with our building absolutely packed and overflowing! As a result, this year we have committed to running the carols on two consecutive nights (Tuesday December 8 and Wednesday December 9). The format of the evening is simple: one hour, lots of carols, a kids’ spot, and a short message. Afterwards, we invite people to stay for some fruit and fruit-cake. During the evening, we have the opportunity to point people to Jesus, form new relationships, and also promote our Christmas Services (along with other ministries). In short, this is an incredible opportunity to connect with people and help make Jesus the central focus of Christmas.

Here are some simple ways to be involved:

  1. Pray. Please pray that God will use these events to draw people to himself and help us to connect to people who might not normally be involved with church. Please also pray that having two nights will work well, and be (roughly) evenly distributed in attendance!
  2. Promote. Please take a bundle of flyers today and invite some friends to come along with you. It’s as simple as handing them a flyer and asking them if they would like to be your guest.
  3. Participate. We need lots of volunteers to help make these nights a great success. There are four teams: Music, Kids (helping provide costumes for the children) Welcoming (car park attendants, welcomers, and sidespeople), and Hospitality (to help share the refreshments). Would you please consider volunteering? If so, please use the clipboards in the foyer to sign up for one of the teams (on one of the nights).

Bob Scott Celebrates 100th Birthday!

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This morning at church we had the great privilege of honouring a great man, Bob Scott. Bob turned 100 this week and is incredibly spritely even after a weekend of celebrations! It was also wonderful to interview him, with his sagely advice after a century of experience - "take everything to the Lord in prayer". Please give thanks to God for Bob, and for an amazing 100 years so far and going strong! You might also like to read about him in a great article in The Chronicle.

Barefoot Bowls

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A field of around 30 (mostly quite amateur) bowlers got together last Tuesday evening as part of our annual men’s bowls night. Drayton Bowls Club was the venue for a night of fellowship. Congratulations must go to the people who provided a beautiful meal with a choice of sticky date pudding or apple pie. A few drinks were available to wash it all down. Then it was time for a game of bowls. There was enough in attendance to fill up the whole green. Though the previous night it had rained, a still easterly wind kept the threatening storms at bay, though also added to the difficulties in trying to place that biased bowl close to kitty. Just when it looked like you had allowed for the 40km per hour crosswind the wind would stop and the bowl would assume a different trajectory. That’s my story anyway.

Well there was the odd wayward bowl which found its way out of bounds, but the main thing was that no animals were hurt the whole time we were there. There was a bit of competition but in the end when stumps were called at about 8.45pm, we had all had a good time and enjoyed the company of some great blokes. Same time next year?

Reminder Regarding Speed Limit in Carpark

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In recent months we have installed some new signs in the car park to remind everyone that the speed limit at St Bart's is 10km/hr. This speed limit applies to the entire property at St Bart's (from entering the driveway onwards) and is particularly critical due to the number of children and people with less mobility accessing our church. We want to ensure that people are as safe as possible, so it would be greatly appreciated if everyone takes note and limits their speed. Thanks for helping make St Bart's a safe place for everyone of every age.

Materials From Camp

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If you came along to camp or would like to check out some of what we got up to, here's a range of resources available for download. This includes a summary of some 'Fruit of the Spirit' posters which have all of our collective ideas about what each fruit looks like in practice (these were made over the course of camp by everyone contributing their ideas).

Church Camp Wrap Up

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At our staff meeting on Wednesday, Adam asked me what I thought about the camp last weekend. I said I would give it a “B”. He looked a little perplexed; until I told him B stands for BRILLIANT! We had about 65 staying the whole weekend which included small children and some bigger ones – about 30 in all, the rest being adults, and a number of people joined us during Saturday for the talks and lunch at Crows Nest Falls.

It is quite an exercise for some, especially those with young families, dragging everything but the kitchen sink along, but I have yet to hear a complaint about anything. The theme was “Fruit of the Spirit” and we all witnessed plenty of it over the weekend….love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Actually all of those fruit were in abundance.

A parent of a child, who comes to Kids Club, and not a regular worshipper at St Bart’s, was amazed that there were no cliques and that everyone got on so well. Sometimes one just has to smile and give God the Glory.

For those who want to know what we did, it started with some games that were great fun followed by a little wine and cheese and nibbles or Friday evening. Saturday morning was the study in two sessions, where we broke up into small groups to discuss questions that Adam posed. Mass exodus then to Crows Nest falls for a barbecue and walk to the pools, when some enjoyed the cold water in the creek better than others. Then it was back to the Recreation Centre where people relaxed and enjoyed the facilities. The kids were having a ball. Dinner was followed by a multitude of board games where nearly all participated, and then more fun into the evening. On Sunday we had the third of the lessons and small group study, followed by Holy Communion and pack up.

At about 9.00pm on Saturday night, I asked a couple of people whether they had seen anyone playing video games. We all had to think hard. I guess there wasn’t time and from the youngest to the oldest everyone was either involved in physical activity or strengthening relationships with each other. That’s why the camp is so special in the life of St Bart’s.

There are so many who contributed to the success of the camp and we thank all of those people, but in the end there was so much prayer cover that we can only reflect and praise God from whom all blessings flow.

All Church Camp

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Last year we had the All Church Camp at Lake Perseverance in 40+ degree temperatures in November. This year it will be at the same place but on the weekend of September 11-13 with wonderful temperatures! We already have about 50 people registered, but we need to know numbers by Tuesday September 1 at the latest. This is for catering purposes as the weekend is fully catered. As in previous years, please organise your own dinner on Friday evening but it would be great if you could all be at the Recreation Centre by about 6.30pm to get settled in. Please register as you arrive and you will be directed to your room. The rooms have 3 double bunk beds in them – that’s six people and each has an ensuite. There are mattresses, but you will need to bring bedding, towels and everything else you would expect to need for a weekend away. Meals will be provided on Saturday for breakfast at the Centre, lunch at a secret location (just haven’t finalised where that will be yet), and dinner again at the site. On Sunday morning, breakfast is provided and we expect to leave about 11am or so.

The theme is “Fruit of the Spirit” and activities are planned for most of the time you are there including canoeing on Saturday afternoon. Last time there were a few "accidents" as canoes rolled over in the stifling conditions but maybe participants may like to be a little more careful in the not-so-hot weather.

Also bring your tennis rackets and joggers, though most of the sporting equipment will be provided at the excellent facilities.

No “Kids Club” or “Charge” on Friday the 11th as most people are going to the weekend away.

Please make sure you sign the indemnity form (you can download a copy here) for the children attending and again, please have your forms at the office by Tuesday September 1. Cost is $70 per adult or $140 for a family and can be paid by cash, cheque or direct credit to St Bart’s bank account (see the newsletter for details).

Looking forward to seeing you there.

War Room Movie

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“You got to get out of the way and let Him do it”. That’s one of the lines in the movie “War Room” now screening at The Strand theatre in Toowoomba. As the line suggests, it about handing things over to go God through prayer and really letting Him do the heavy lifting when times are tough. This is a Christian movie from the same producers as “Courageous”and “Fireproof”; Kendrick Brothers have again tackled the everyday conflicts in families. On Wednesday evening at small group, the men’s group decided to attend the movie as a group. There’s a screening at 7.00pm next Wednesday September 2 which we will be attending and if others want to join us feel free… it’s not just a men’s thing.

Feedback from 'Growing Old Together' Workshop

“Growing Old Together” was the title of a Pastoral Care Workshop conducted on Saturday 15th August at St Barts. Dr Trish Rathie who many of you will know as a member of the St Bart’s congregation was the facilitator. As well as a GP, Trish is heavily involved as a mentor and facilitator in her professional capacity, so the presentation was of a very high standard and well received by the participants. The structure of the presentation included the topic of who is old, projected statistics on the impact of the growth of the number and percentage of aged in our community from now into the future, dementia and other medical aspects of aging, what does the Bible say and included a journey with a family growing old.

The statistics are pretty incredible themselves with advances in care meaning the increase in life expectancy will have a huge impact on the number of elderly people in our community which require a huge resource base.

This is where we as Christians in the community need to adjust our thinking to apply the principals taught in Scripture. To help us apply those principles, Trish introduced a fictional family which included an aging husband and wife, their children and grandchildren. The participants explored a range of questions involving their thoughts and feeling as they battled ill health, dementia and family breakdown framed in all too familiar circumstances. This is not just a government problem, but one which we as Christian share as a responsibility within our community.

The workshop was very thought provoking and realistic and it was great that Trish was able to share her talents as a Christian professional in this manner.

All Church Camp: September 11-13

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Make sure you have September 11-13 in your diaries for our 'All Church Camp' at Lake Perseverance. The camp is for all ages and will be lots of fun! Cost is $70/adults or $140/family. To register, download the forms and please return them to the office.

Pastoral Care Training: Growing Old Together

On Saturday August 15 (9AM-12PM), our very own Dr Trish Rathie will be delivering a three hour session on the topic of 'Growing Old Together'. As we all grow older and care for those growing older (at church, in our families, and friends) this is critical topic for everyone in the life of our church. The three hour session will be in 'workshop' format, with opportunity to explore three groups associated with growing older. These are:

  1. Elderly but living independently;
  2. Elderly but living in a Residential Aged Care Facility; and
  3. Loved ones of the elderly.

For more information, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator, Ron Spindler (ron@stbarts.com.au). Register by calling the church office (07 4636 2922) or by completing the online booking form.

Pastoral Care Training: Aged Care

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On Saturday August 15 (9AM-12PM), our very own Dr Trish Rathie will be delivering a three hour session on the topic of Aged Care. Trish would like to explore three groups associated with aging as she see it:

  1. Elderly but living independently;
  2. Elderly but living in a Residential Aged Care Facility; and
  3. Loved ones of the elderly.

This is something we all have to deal with in life either with our parents or ourselves as we reach those golden years. This promises to be a great morning of teaching and sharing and is for everyone, dare I say it we are all getting _____. Register by calling the church office (07 4636 2922).

Friendship Morning Tea

The Friendship Morning Tea on Wednesday had approx 120 guest there and what a morning it was. Sonia Grevell singing with Margaret Cope on Piano rolled out some golden oldies which everyone enjoyed. Then we let loose Kate Venerables who shared her life and family and the meaning of her tattoos. Kate kept there attention and on all account was totally enjoyed. Then our lady with the yarns Helen Gordon spun a couple of stories and had them all giggling. A great morning had by all. A great be thankyou to all who contributed and supported to make it well received.

Wheelchair Training - Volunteers Needed

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Every Sunday it is fantastic that many people join us for worship from Symes Thorpe (located next door to us). To help ensure that some of these members who have wheelchairs can get to and from church, we need volunteers who are willing to assist each week. In order to do this, some brief training is required (only takes around 15 minutes). If you are able to help out in this way, please contact Dennis Gamble (0427 048 576) or email (bdgamble@tpg.com.au).

A Fantastic Celebration Afternoon

We had a wonderful Celebration Afternoon today with perfect weather (thanks be to God!). It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends, make new friends, and also see the children have a fantastic time. Many thanks to John Obst for organising the afternoon as well as the huge team that brought it all together. Thank you! Praise God for such a great church and the immense blessing of sharing life together.