Hurry up and wait!

An AS350BA Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron (CREDIT: Royal Australian Navy)

An AS350BA Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron (CREDIT: Royal Australian Navy)

When I was in the Navy I learnt an important lesson: the ‘hurry up and wait’.

It usually occurred when we’d be told without much notice to be in the next place, that’s usually not very close to where you are, in less time then it really takes you to get there. This is called the hurry up.

Typically what would happen once we had arrived is that the hierarchy would then take another 30 minutes to figure out exactly what it was that they wanted us to do. We did plenty of waiting like this.

As Christians, we’re actually in the ‘hurry up and wait’ business, too. 

In the Bible, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), but the Bible also tells us that the ‘time is near’ for Jesus’ return. (Revelation 1:3).

This time could even be today or tomorrow.

I want to challenge you to hurry up. Share your faith in Jesus with friends and family, the ones you’ve wanted to share the good news of Jesus with but haven’t quite gotten around to it.

I want to challenge you because, as the Bible tells us, the time is indeed near.

If you don’t trust Jesus, hurry up and investigate Jesus because without trusting in him there is no hope of the ‘wait’.

This is because Christians wait in hope of Jesus’ glorious return.

Whether he returns today, tomorrow or not until more generations have come and gone, Christians await his glorious return knowing we will finally be at home with Jesus when he comes.

So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up!

Mitch Herps (Moore Theological College student)

Coming up this weekend 21st – 22nd May 2016

This weekend is the perfect time to be back to church. We’d love you to join us!

At our 5pm Saturday service we have Matt Straw speaking on the topic “Real Hope, Real Jesus” from Luke chapter 24 verses 36 to 48. After the service we’re hosting a FREE chops, chips and chocolate night. 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. We have John Hanlen speaking on the topic ” The Real Problem” from Mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 10. This is a prayer book service with great hymns and time for reflection.

So, come along at 5pm on Saturday or 8am on Sunday and hang out with us at 45 Churchill Street.

Church news for the week beginning 14-15th May 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we welcome Mitch Herps, a Moore College student, who is speaking on the topic “Meeting the man who calmed the storm” from Mark chapter 4 verses 35 to 41.

Mission of the month: Moore College

Moore College is our mission of the month. Support this ministry by purchasing gifts from the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

New Website is live!

Visit www.jamberooanglican.com to see our new website. Check out the photos… you might see yourself in there somewhere!

‘Come Alive Week’ has begun

This weekend we welcome a team of 24 theological students from Moore College to join with us for a week of mission to the communities of Oak Flats and Jamberoo from the 14th to the 22nd May. Please be praying!

Financial support of Come Alive Week

Are you able to help pay for a some or all of any of the expenses of Come Alive Week? General costs including dinner on the 14th & 21st May, and other food, transport, coffee and other expenses. Please place your marked gifts in the collection bags. Thanks to God for your generosity!

MixER Young Adults Night

Event for younger adults up at Oak Flats Anglican church. Special guest speaker and musician from the Moore College team. 7.30pm on Monday 16th May.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and beyond this Tuesday 17th May to hear Kate Henderson, a Moore College student. Kate will be speaking on the topic of “How do we know that God will keep His promises?”, from Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3. Dinner is $7 payable at the door, and there is no need to RSVP.

Men’s Top Gear Night

Food, fast cars and free grace! 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 17th May at 17 Gow Avenue, Albion Park Rail. All you can eat (well almost) pizza.

Men’s BBQ Breakfast

The men are meeting at 8am on Saturday 21st May for a BBQ breakfast at Oak Flats Anglican with special guest speaker. Perfect for your mates to come and hear about Jesus!

Mini Market

Join us at the church on Saturday 21st May, 9am to 12pm. Plants, cakes, bric-a-brac, local produce, books. craft, coffee, tea & pike-lets all on offer.  A great day for our community! Contact 4236 0158 for further information. Donations would be greatly appreciated, please drop them off to the Church hall on Friday 20th May

Back to Church Saturday – Chops, Chips & Chocolate

As part of our ‘Back to Church’ Saturday, we will be joining together for a meal of chops, chips and chocolate on the 21st May after our 5pm service. Free chops, chips, and a chocolate fountain… plus some salads (for the health conscious!

 

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $4432.00, leaving a gap of $368.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $145,600. Compared to that total we received $129,960, leaving a gap of $15,640.

Olimometer 2.52

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 .

Isn’t it time to come back to church?

Back to ChurchIsn’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!

Market Day

Market DayJoin 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 robert.curll@jamberooanglican.com.

 

Back to church week

Back to Church“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?

Coming up this weekend 14th – 15th May 2016

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.

From CHAOS to Refuge

Refuge LogoFor 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).

Jodie.

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.

Church news for the week beginning 7th May 2016

This weekend’s Bible Talk

This weekend we finish a two-week mini series with Jodie speaking on the topic “Tell the gospel”, from Romans chapter 10 verses 1 to 15

From CHAOS to Refuge

Our church youth ministry has changed its name to be ‘Refuge’. Pray that this ministry continues to have a great impact on the teenagers of our region, for the glory of God.

Mission of the month: KBECET

KBECET (Kiama Board for Employing Christian Education Teachers) is our mission of the month. This weekend is the last opportunity to support this ministry by purchasing gifts from the ‘Mission Table’ in the Hall.

Ladies Dinner

You’re invited to join the ladies of Oak Flats and beyond on Tuesday 17th May to hear Kate Henderson, a Moore College student. Kate will be speaking on the topic of “How do we know that God will keep His promises?”, from Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3. Dinner is $7 payable at the door, and there is no need to RSVP.

Countdown to ‘Come Alive Week’

It’s only one week until we welcome a team of 24 theological students from Moore College to join with us for a week of mission to the communities of Oak Flats and Jamberoo from the 14th to the 22nd May. Please be praying! We will be providing meals along with morning and afternoon tea for the team while they are here. Can you help out by providing a plate for morning or afternoon tea, or by coordinating a meal? Please advise on comment cards or email office@jamberooanglican.com if you can.

Mini Market

Join us at the church on Saturday 21st May, 9am to 12pm. Plants, cakes, bric-a-brac, local produce, books. craft, coffee, tea & pike-lets all on offer.  A great day for our community! Contact 4236 0158 for further information. Donations would be greatly appreciated, please drop them off to the Church hall on Friday 20th May

MixER Young Adults Night

Event for younger adults up at Oak Flats Anglican church. Special guest speaker and musician from the Moore College team. 7.30pm on Monday 16th May.

Men’s Top Gun Night

Event for the men while the ladies are at Ladies Dinner. Special guest speaker from the Moore College team. 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 17th May at 17 Gow Avenue, Albion Park Rail.

Men’s BBQ Breakfast

The men are meeting at 8am on Saturday 21st May for a BBQ breakfast at Oak Flats Anglican with special guest speaker. Perfect for your mates to come and hear about Jesus!

Giving update

Each week we need to receive $4800.00 in order to meet our commitments. In the last calendar month, our average weekly giving was $4432.00, leaving a gap of $368.00.

Olimometer 2.52

Up to the end of the last calendar month we needed to have received $145,600. Compared to that total we received $129,960, leaving a gap of $15,640.

Olimometer 2.52

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 .

Coming up this weekend 7th – 8th May 2016

This weekend we finish a two week mini-series called ‘Know and Tell the Gospel’. In the second talk, Jodie will be speaking on the topic “Tell the gospel”, from Romans chapter 10 verses 1 to 15.

At our 5pm Saturday service we’re going to find out from Liana McNeill about her upcoming Mission trip to Fiji with Year 13, and how we can be involved.

It’s also a time to meet together to pray for our mums, as we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend.

Our 8am Sunday service will be First Order Holy Communion from AAPB.

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 (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.