Life changing. Boldness. Deep joy.
These are some of the concluding words that come into mind about my journey with Year 13.
This year has been the best year of my life. Who would have thought that in only nine months, I would have grown so much.
I am so thankful to God for his growth in me through Year 13: theological growth, relational growth of life-long friendships and personal growth of my own faith. He is so good.
It has been a real joy to serve in our Oak Flats and Jamberoo church family.
Watching my high school Scripture kids explore Christianity, asking deep questions and regularly attending youth group has been a real encouragement.
I have also loved mentoring my youth girls and delving into controversial topics such as same-sex attraction, dating and abortion.
Thank you for the ongoing support you have shown financially and in prayer, and your partnership in our weekly ministries.
Our mission to Fiji brought deep growth. Witnessing the local people’s contentment and unwavering trust in Jesus exposed my own selfishness and need to live for him at the cost of popularity, money and comfort.
However, my greatest highlight has been my growth in boldness and theological knowledge.
Being equipped to defend the gospel through our apologetics studies, it has given me more confidence to answer my workmates’ questions about the Bible.
As I graduated three weeks ago, I felt both joy and grief, yet I am excited for God’s plans in the future.
Please pray that I will speak boldly about Jesus at university next year, seeking to evangelise at every opportunity.
Also, that for all graduates, that God would remain at the centre of our lives.
Ultimately, may all glory be to Christ!
This weekend Jodie will conclude our series on the Old Testament book of Job, with the final talk titled, ‘Mythbusting Life’ from chapter 42 verse 7 to verse 17
At our 5pm Saturday service we will have an opportunity to meet one of our church members, which is always a great encouragement to us all.
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Holy Communion First Order AAPB service.
During our services, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and our Senior Minister Jodie will be answering these questions:
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 Prayer Book service.
This weekend Jodie continues our series on the Old Testament book of Job, with the title, ‘Mythbusting Evil’ from chapter 40 verse 6 to chapter 42 verse 6.
CMS is our mission of the month. Support this ministry through the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.
You’re invited to join the men of Oak Flats and beyond for the final 2016 Men’s Dinner on Tuesday night 6th December. Our speaker is Graham Thomas, from Robertson Anglican. 6.30pm at the Central Hotel Function Room. Bookings essential. Phone 0439 561 373 or email email@example.com
Enjoy Carols in the park under the stars at Jamberoo on Tuesday 13th December, starting at 6.45pm, located at Reid Park. Bring all the family along to enjoy and evening of Inter-church Carols. Bring a blanket or a chair and settle in for a lovely evening of Carols supported by the Salvation Army Band. Wet weather alternative venue is Jamberoo Public School, Churchill Street, Jamberoo
On Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, we’re opening our doors at 5pm for a night of Christmas Carols, with a free sausage sizzle. Invite your friends for this great night of singing and sharing about the saviour of the world!
You are all invited to dinner after the Christmas family carols service on Christmas Eve at Jamberoo. We will provide BBQ chicken and ask folk to bring either a salad or a dessert to share. Please let either Mandy McNeill, Annette Gibson or Lesley Errington ( firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are coming , how many people are coming with you and what you would like to contribute to our feast. RSVP by Sunday 18th December if possible.
Join us at the special time of 9.30am on Christmas Day for an all-age, community celebration of the birth of Jesus!
We’ve now locked in the date of our 150th Anniversary celebrations next year. We’re going to celebrate on the afternoon/evening of Saturday 18th and the morning of Sunday 19th February 2017. Keep the date free, and start inviting friends. Our speaker will be Bishop Peter Hayward.
Each week we need to receive $1200.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $1608.00, leaving a gap of $-408.00.
Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $62,400. Compared to that total we received $68,778, leaving a gap of $-6,378.
Electronic giving is a great way to give! It helps us prayerfully plan our giving, and then the bank will help us keep that commitment, even when we may be unable to attend. To give by direct transfer then these are the details. Account name: Church of England Jamberoo. Account number: 10081274. BSB: 062562 .
Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus at Jamberoo Anglican. We hope to see you there!
This year our church will begin the tradition of meeting for Community Christmas Carols to be held the Saturday night before Christmas, on the 24th December at 5pm.
It’s a great night for both members and guests to join together to sing some modern and traditional carols, to hear the kids perform some songs, and to enjoy a meal afterwards.
Join us on Christmas Day at 9.30am for a family friendly service with a message that points us to Jesus as the reason for the season.
It is quite unnerving to see a grown-man sobbing uncontrollably.
This is what I saw as I went to visit a gentleman in hospital who had been told that he had only days to live. He was in constant tears because he was scared about what would happen to him when he died.
Facing death without any assurance in salvation is dangerous and terrifying.
And yet so many people are in this very situation, numb to the reality of their coming judgement by Jesus as they will meet him at their death.
When I met with this man in hospital, I asked him if he believed that Jesus was the Lord of the universe, and if he had asked Jesus to forgive him. The man nodded his head and said, “yes.”
But he was crying because he didn’t think that believing this was enough to gain salvation from Jesus.
I then turned to one of my favourite parts of the Bible, where the two criminals being crucified with Jesus were in conversation with him, in Luke 23.
One of the criminals rejected Jesus, but the other simply asked Jesus to “remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus’ response was “truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
There was nothing that the criminal who followed Jesus could do except tell Jesus that he trusted in him as his Lord, and to simply surrender himself to Jesus’ rule.
And it brought an immediate and significant result: forgiveness, forever.
And with this, I told my friend on his deathbed that if he also had said these things to Jesus, then the assurance Jesus gave to that criminal was already his to enjoy.
And then the man stopped crying, and he never sobbed again. He enjoyed certainty for eternity.
What about you? Are you scared of dying? Why don’t you come to Jesus right now and enjoy true peace and comfort?