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Weekly SNAC 23 September 2018: Happy 1st Birthday 4:30 Arvo Church!

In September 2017 SNAC’s newest church congregation opened the doors for the 4:30pm Arvo Church at Bexley North.  Last Sunday we celebrated our 1st Birthday and we wanted to invite everyone across SNAC to give thanks to God for the year we’ve had.In September 2017 SNAC’s newest church congregation opened the doors for the 4:30pm Arvo Church at Bexley North.  Last Sunday we celebrated our 1st Birthday and we wanted to invite everyone across SNAC to give thanks to God for the year we’ve had.

The 4:30 Church started small with a team of just under 20 people. Throughout Spring in 2017 and leading up to Christmas we advertised, door-knocked in the local area and made personal invites. As a result we have seen many visitors come through, we’ve had the joy of being involved in several people coming to know Jesus, we’ve connected some people to the Carlton ESL classes, we’ve helped encourage people who had stopped attending church to come back, we’ve found Christians in our local area looking for a local church and there has been much joy in serving and growing together in Christ. It has been a real joy to see close to 40 people join with us most weeks in the last month.

Our weekly meetings are not vastly different to any that you might attend at SNAC – we read the Bible, pray, sing and hear a sermon - but in the first 12 months we have tried a number of different ideas to create our own culture. We have been blessed with Barista quality coffee before our services each week. We have developed a culture of interacting during the service on a particular relevant topic each week. We’ve found ways to have excellent music and singing each week with a small but faithful group of musicians and we’ve seen lots of people join in and exercise their gifts for the sake of our small new church. We’ve also had the pleasure of enjoying meals together after church most weeks thanks to our excellent servant hearted cooks. We are very thankful to God for his work so far and we look forward to his continued work through us. At the moment we are running a Christianity Explained group for 4:30pm people and we are looking ahead to reaching out into our community this Spring and Summer.

Please join us in thanking God for his continued work. Pray for unity and endurance with joy for all of us. Pray that God would bring many more people to know Jesus and bless our efforts to reach the many new people in the Bexley North area for the Gospel.

Jason Veitch