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.
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.