- Who we are
- What we do
Our world-wide Anglican fellowship is a pretty ‘broad’ church in many ways.
There are people from all continents, who gather together in lots of different ways, speaking different languages and bringing God’s word to many different tribes and nations in a way that is meaningful to the individual contexts.
Unfortunately, there are some ways in which our church is more broad than it should be… and that’s in the important area of what we believe about the death of Jesus.
Strictly speaking, all Anglican ministers believe that Jesus died ‘for us’, but sadly, not all believe that this means that he was a substitute for God’s just punishment towards everyone who has rejected God’s rule in their lives.
Yet, the message of the Bible clearly shows us that Jesus’ death was more than an example; he died as a genuine substitute for us: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Let us never forget the true power of the cross!
Christmas is full of dreams… but so often those dreams are not realised.
We dream for real presents, but we end up with undies and socks; we dream about rich relationships, but we end up with conflict and awkward moments; we dream about fulfilment, but we end up empty.
Our world is dreaming of a real Christmas, and we know that it’s only in knowing Jesus that a person can have a Christmas full of real hope in the real Jesus.
Our Christmas campaign this year is all about handing out 4,000 Christmas cards with a cute baby in a santa outfit and a caption that says “I’m dreaming of a real Christmas!”
Inside, we have details of our Community Carols Celebration and our Christmas Day Service, and an opportunity for a personalised message.
We’ve also printed colour posters that we pray will be displayed in shops, schools and community centres around our area.
Please join with me in praying that the cards get into the hands of lots of people who this year might consider finding the Christmas of their dreams in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was Winston Churchill who famously said that “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
That is why it’s healthy for us to reflect upon our history here at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Oak Flats.
Back in 1947, a church service was hosted in an Oak Flats home, and four years later on the 3rd December 1951, our church building was officially opened as a branch church of Dapto Anglican.
Twenty-four years later, our little church became a full-blown parish, and since then we’ve benefited from a major redevelopment in 1989, and subsequent improvements along the way.
God has done great things through the lives of the people in this church, and we should keep praying that his kingdom will grow through the word ministry that happens now and into the future.
We long to see more and more people come to know real hope in the real Jesus, and it’s our prayer that our humble ministry at Oak Flats Anglican will bring great glory to God.
This week a local ‘artist’ wrote the following on a brick wall in Oak Flats: “Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.”
The idea of ‘judging’ seems to fly in the face of our contemporary world which embraces the individual’s right to make choices about everything from hairstyle to sexual behaviour.
Yet even though our society races headlong towards amorality, most people still would display the fact that they have an innate sense of right and wrong.
So, most people would judge that a parent who murders his or her baby has acted wrongly, or that someone who peddles in child pornography is immoral.
Thus, our local graffiti writer is correct in saying that judging defines who we are, for when we are prepared to judge something as moral or immoral it shows we believe in an underlying ethical framework, in an absolute right and wrong; and it is only in the Bible that anyone can truly know God’s mind on the morality of the world he created and governs.
As Paul wrote to the church at Rome, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” (Romans 1:18-19)
This Sunday is Defence Sunday, a day which is important for us as we pray for the members of our defence force and for their chaplains.
The group, ‘Defence Anglicans’ remind us of the importance of Defence Sunday:
Whilst Remembrance Day recalls the tragedy of World War 1 and the hope for peace which came with the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the experiences of the 20ths and now the 21st Century reveal that this hope remains unfulfilled.
Tragically, Australian service personnel continue to die in combat in the Middle East and the numbers of physical, psychological and spiritual causalities continue to increase.
Our church has a responsibility to provide ongoing pastoral and spiritual care to serving military personnel.
The greatest support that the church can provide to its chaplains engaged in this mission is prayer and understanding.
Please remember to pray for the safety of those who serve in the defence force and for their chaplains.