Isn’t it time you came back to church?
At 5pm this Saturday 21st May we’re hosting a FREE chops, chips and chocolate night at the church. Join us for a free BBQ meal, with salads, hot chips, and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit, followed by free espresso coffee. It’s a great contemporary church service for people of all ages, and includes a special kids’ program.
If you’d prefer a more traditional service then come along at 8am on Sunday morning for a prayer book service with great hymns and time for reflection.
This weekend at both services we’re welcoming a group of young trainee ministers who will share with us the heart of the Christian faith.
This is the perfect weekend to come back to church. We’d love you to join us!
Join us this Saturday at our church for our annual Market Day!
It starts at 9am in the morning, and we’re planning to end at midday (unless there’s still strong interest after that time).
We’ve got lots in store, including plants, cakes, bric-a-brac, local produce, books. craft, coffee, tea & pikelets.
We’ll also be enjoying a good-old BBQ sausage sizzle with cans of drink for sale… everything you need to keep you going as you rummage through all sorts of treasure (and hopefully not too much trash!)
Plus, we’re having live music from an acoustic guitar group, to help with your bargain hunting!
We’d love donations of your once-loved goods and chattels, with proceeds going to support the work of your local church in the village and valley. Drop your stuff off to the Church hall on Friday 20th May if you’re able.
If you’d like to know more then contact 02 4236 0158 for further information or email email@example.com.
“Why don’t you come back to church this week?”
This is the question that we’re planning to ask hundreds of people this week as we connect with our village and valley in a big push to welcome people back into church.
Some people will respond by saying, “I’ve never been to church before… so why should I come this weekend?” This will create the perfect opportunity for us to share that people should come to church to come alive with Christ.
For others, they’ll say that they don’t feel the need to come to church. This should naturally lead to a great chat about how God created every person and longs for us all to know him and come alive with Christ.
Some might also respond to this challenge by saying that they don’t feel they’d fit in to church. This should lead us to talk about the many different kinds of people who are part of our church, from all ages and walks of life.
Finally, they might feel that it wouldn’t be right for them to come to church because of the bad things they’ve done. This will create a wonderful opportunity to talk about the rich message of grace that comes through the death of Jesus on their behalf.
It’s my prayer that over this week we’ll have lots of different opportunities to share the good news that ‘Jesus is Lord’ so that many people will hear his call to repent and believe, and then be saved.
That’s a great reason to come back to church! What about you?
This weekend, as part of our ‘Come Alive Week’, we’re hosting 24 Moore College students for eight days to help us connect with the village and valley of Jamberoo and to talk about the real hope in the real Jesus at our weekend services as well as many other events throughout the week.
This week, we’re up for a treat as Mitch Herps, a Moore College student, speaks on the topic “Meeting the man who calmed the storm” from Mark chapter 4 verses 35 to 41.
Our 8am Sunday service will be Morning Prayer, Sunday Service.
Every week is a great weekend to come along if you’re not yet a believer in Jesus, but the next two are especially good, because we’re going to be making it crystal clear about how to put your trust in Jesus and know the real hope only he can provide.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service at www.oakflats.tv.
For many years our church youth group has been known by the name ‘CHAOS’, which stands for ‘Christ Honoured and Others Served’.
As a tagline or mission statement, it’s a terrific summary of what we want to happen in our youth group.
The problem is that the idea of ‘chaos’ in the Bible is generally a bad thing.
After all, God’s work in the world generally brings order where there used to be chaos, especially in the lives of those who have been filled with the Holy Spirit.
Now it’s true that youth often find a grungy, anti-establishment kind of identity to be one that is strangely attractive as they navigate the challenging journey from childhood to adulthood.
But, the problem with the name ‘CHAOS’ is that it doesn’t really communicate that we long for our youth group to attract people by the delight that comes from knowing Jesus and being transformed by his Holy Spirit.
So that’s why we’ve switched our name to ‘Refuge’, which seeks to sum up the security that comes from knowing God, and the safety we can experience as we gather together for youth group in the name of Jesus.
For as we know from the Bible, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46 verse 1).
PS: Refuge is for high-school aged people and it meets at Oak Flats Anglican each Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm during school terms.