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When I first started here at Oak Flats Anglican back in October last year, I was quick to try and find out if our church had its own mission statement.
A mission statement is simply a short and pithy sentence that describes just what it is that any particular organisation is on about.
In other words, it’s kind of like a mini ‘job description’ for the whole organisation, something that tells us what we should and shouldn’t be doing.
When I had a look around, I couldn’t find one. Read more
This Sunday at Oak Flats Anglican we’re continuing our six-week series on the topic, ‘I will build my church’, something Jesus said to his disciples, and something that he keeps doing to this day and beyond.
We’re going to look at the big question about what it is when we come together ‘to church’.
Is it worship? Is it edification? Is it evangelism? Is it for teaching? Is it for serving?
And what about things like baptism and the Lord’s supper?
Lots of things to think about, and lots of things to consider.
But, come along and hear what Jodie’s got to say about these things, because it’s likely you might be a little surprised by some of the things you hear.
We’re also having our Annual General Meeting at 11am, which is a time we vote in our office holders and we report on how things have gone over the past twelve months.
Hope to see you on Sunday!
When you think of it, there’s no greater organisation in the universe than God’s church.
It’s vastly more significant than Apple, The Olympics, Coca Cola, and even McDonald’s!
So, it would be logical to think that the way that the church would grow would be just like the way that those organisations grow.
In some ways this is true: God’s church grows through good-old-fashioned word-of-mouth and personal endorsement.
Yet, in other ways this is not true, given the essential difference in purpose and functionality between the heavenly church of God and the world’s great multinational corporations.
So, how does God build his church? How does he make it grow from strength to strength? What are his techniques and strategies?
Find out this and more on Sunday as we examine just how it is that God is building his church.
There are many good good reasons why God might choose to build his church.
On the one hand, his church as it gathers on earth is a really useful place to help encourage Christians to keep trusting in the promises of God, especially as we go through the normal challenges of life.
But on another hand, his church is a powerful testimony to everyone and everything in the universe of the truth and the power of the love of God, as he brings together the divided world under the one lordship of Christ.
It is this second reason that the letter to the Ephesians so powerfully expresses, and it is this central function of the building of the church that will form the heart of our talks this Sunday.
God is building a masterpiece as he builds his church, and it is the undeserved pleasure of the believers in Christ to be made a part of this awesome project.
Anna Watson, Member for Shellharbour, will on Sunday open a Disabled Access Facility at Oak Flats Anglican Church. The facility is an endeavour of the Church to better cater for disabled or elderly people who like to attend services, functions and community activities there. It will also meet the needs of parents with young children in prams or strollers.
Built by local builder Milliken Builders at a cost in excess of $98,000 the facility was partly funded by a grant of $25,000 from the New South Wales Government Dept. of Premier and Cabinet through a community building partnership in 2010. The church community raised the remainder of the funds through personal donations. This created a significant investment in the local area by a relatively small, but active community group.
The facility comprises a disabled toilet, a relocated men’s toilet and access paths for wheelchairs, walking frames or strollers. Designed by Wollongong architects Edminston Jones, in conjunction with Shellharbour City Council, the facility is the latest in disabled access design.
Senior Minister at Oak Flats, Rev Jodie McNeill said “Jesus had a heart for people with disabilities, and this is something we share at Oak Flats Anglican. This new access ramp and toilets for people with disabilities opens our church to many people who might have previously found it hard to enter. I am thankful to God and for the decision of the NSW Government and for the generosity of the many mums and dads in our church who gave sacrificially to see our doors open wider to those with disabilities or small children.”
The official opening will take place at 10:30am on this Sunday, 16th December at Oak Flats Anglican Church at 35 Fisher Street preceded by a regular church service at 9:00am and morning tea. A Celebration of Carols for the local community will celebrate the opening in the afternoon from 5:00pm. All are most welcome.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Paul Burgess of the Parish Council on 0416 273 586 or Rev Jodie McNeill on 0425 222 338.