- Who we are
- What we do
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)