Last Saturday almost 100 women from the 5 SNAC congregations gathered together at Mortdale Anglican church for our annual women’s day conference, Girl Talk. It was such an encouraging day to see women of all ages coming together to learn from God’s word and fellowship with each other.
The topic for the day was “Joy” from the book of Philippians and we were challenged to think about what brings us joy. Do we seek it like the world in Cadbury chocolate and red leather chairs or do we find it in Christ? Our guest speaker was Dani Treweek, the women’s worker at St Matthias Anglican Church. Dani asked us questions such as:
• Were we finding joy in others? • Were we enjoying loving others like Christ loved us? • Were we all rejoicing in the Lord?
I especially found helpful her definition of true joy as “an abiding confidence that no matter what the circumstances, all is well, because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ and being found in Him.” Her fresh perspectives and deep insights challenged, informed and encouraged us to look to Christ for our joy and see how he is at work in those around us. We were urged to seek God’s help to keep rejoicing in the Lord in all circumstances.
We were also encouraged to put this into practice as we heard how we could be supporting Peter and Terry Blowes as they go to Argentina with CMS in 2015. We also had an update from Julia Bollen in Townsville and were encouraged to be praying for the student ministry that she’s involved in there with AFES. Our discussion groups also helped us to think and talk further about the differences in the way the world thinks of joy, generally equating it with happiness whereas God’s joy is eternal.
We were treated to delicious morning tea and a scrumptious lunch that we enjoyed outside when the sun eventually broke through the clouds. We were kindly served by many year 9 and year 10 girls from Fuel and it was wonderful to see them putting into practice joyful service.
The afternoon was time for workshops on finding joy in either; serving, parenting, suffering or singleness. This was followed by some book reviews and afternoon tea with a final opportunity to browse the bookstall before heading home.
I was personally encouraged to see many women there for the first time and to hear how God was working in their lives as they heard God’s word taught. Here’s what a few people had to say about the day:
“I sometimes find it hard to rejoice and was truly encouraged to refocus and know that it isn’t about me and about my interests. It is truly about Christ and what he has done for me – so thanks.”
“I am so encouraged to rejoice ALWAYS in life regardless of what circumstances come up.”
If you weren’t able to attend the day we’re hoping to have the talks on our website soon so keep an eye out for them. Otherwise make sure you put the date in your diary for Girl Talk 2015 when we advertise it next year.