- Who we are
- What we do
It’s now a full school term since we started the Oak Flats High School ‘JOLT’ lunchtime group, and we’re delighted to report that it’s off to a terrific start.
Each Friday lunch we have around a dozen or so students from (mainly) Year Seven, who gather around a large pile of hot chips, lovingly supplied by Mandy.
We spend lots of time eating and talking, but we also share prayer points and even take turns praying for each other and for the school.
It’s a great way to complement the hour-long Scripture lessons I teach each fortnight to the students of Year Seven, especially as we strengthen relationships.
Please pray that the students who don’t yet know Jesus will come to follow him, and pray that the students who already follow Jesus will serve him with boldness and perseverance.
A few weeks ago I read a ‘tweet’ from a ministry friend in which he described his church weekendaway as their ‘annual holiday.’
It’s funny, but even after a lifetime of going on camps, houseparties and church retreats, I can’t ever remember hearing this title used for these residential events.
But I love the name, because it brings all of the warmth and positive feelings of a holiday to the experience of spending a weekend away together with our brothers and sisters from church.
Our weekendaway is a time when we pray that God will grow us in our love for each other and for him as we gather around Christ, present among us by his Spirit as he is clothed in the promises of his Word.
Whatever you do, don’t miss our annual church holiday… and remember, if money is a problem, we’ll have you covered!
In the world of ‘Christian camping’ there’s an expression that keeps on popping up: ‘temporary community.’
It’s a great way to describe what happens when a group goes away to effectively ‘live’ together at the one place at the one time.
Our theology drives us to see our gatherings around the word of God by the Spirit of God as a genuine ‘slice of heaven’, and when we join together for these occasions, we so often see great fruit from the time away.
My prayer is that we will be able to get nearly all of our church people away to our Weekendaway on 21-23 March next year at Nowra, and that as we do it, we will enjoy the great experience of loving and being loved by others.
Please put the dates away in your diary, and be assured that if you think that money will be a reason you potentially can’t make it, that we will make sure you’re able to come.
Guess what? Our whole church is going away on holidays together!
On the weekend of 21st to 23rd March next year we’re heading away together to the beautiful ‘Waterslea’ site in Nowra for a great Bible teaching, prayer, and lots of opportunities to informally spend time together across the ages of our church.
Our guest speaker is none other than Mark Thompson, the Principal of Moore Theological College, who will be helping us understand more about what Jesus is really like… his human and divine natures.
More details will be provided soon, but for now please put the date in your diary NOW so that you don’t miss out on this important weekend in the life of our church.
Please also pray that God will do great things by his Holy Spirit as his word richly dwells among us as we spend time together that weekend.
Mark 13 is talking about the most earth-shattering event in history… the brutal execution of Israel’s own Messiah, at the hands of the very people he loved.
And as we carefully consider this dramatic chapter, we will see afresh how the cross of Christ is at the heart of human history… and that everything in life stands or falls because of that day.