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.