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Weekly SNAC, 2 September 2018 - 6:30 Church Invest 2018

A few weekends ago (10-12 August) 6:30 Church went away for the weekend to sunny Rathane at the Youthworks Conference Centres, Port Hacking, for “Invest” – a weekend of investing in God’s word, God’s people and God’s kingdom! It was a fantastic time away in a beautiful part of God’s creation with over 80 members of 6:30 Church.A few weekends ago (10-12 August) 6:30 Church went away for the weekend to sunny Rathane at the Youthworks Conference Centres, Port Hacking, for “Invest” – a weekend of investing in God’s word, God’s people and God’s kingdom! It was a fantastic time away in a beautiful part of God’s creation with over 80 members of 6:30 Church.

Over the course of the weekend Phil and I taught from God’s word in Revelation 1-3. There we saw John’s incredible vision of the risen Jesus – the one who is majestic in power and holiness, and who walks amongst his churches. We were reminded that as we see him and his grace to us clearly, then we are truly motivated to godliness and serving Jesus passionately.

We saw the strengths and weaknesses of the 7 churches in Asia Minor. As we saw Jesus’ “report card” on each of them, we were both encouraged and challenged. We were spurred on again to repent, to remember our first love, to not put up with ungodliness and false teaching, to hold on to the truth of God’s word even through suffering and persecution (and the list goes on…), ultimately to “listen to what the Spirit says to the churches” and be the victor who receives eternal life in God’s new creation.

We also heard the warning not to be Mr (or Mrs) Self-Righteous, who stands in judgement of their church, but instead we were encouraged to love our church and work for its growth when we see our church’s failings or weaknesses. Please pray for us in all this!

Some other highlights from the weekend included:

• Reading, praying, reflecting and discussing God’s word with our gospel teams each morning.

• “Games on the green” on Saturday afternoon – soccer, finska and refreshing drinks on the lawn overlooking the water.

• Dressing up and striving to restore colour to the world in our fairytale Saturday night activity.

• Hearing from 6:30 members during our sessions with our “meet-a-member” segment. It was a great joy to hear from 4 of our members in their various walks of life, and how they aim to glorify God in their lives.

God was good to us and gave us many good gifts – spectacular sunny weather (Saturday was sunny and 25 degrees!), an abundance of delicious food, and most importantly, deep fellowship with each other around his powerful word.    

A special thanks to all those who put the weekend together, those who donated so that those who could not afford it could come, and also to those who stepped up to teach kids church at our morning congregations so that our 6:30 members could be at Invest.

To Him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood, 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. Amen.  Revelation 1:5-6        

Troy Munns

Weekly SNAC, 26 August 2018 - Peter and Terry Blowes at SNAC

Peter and Terry Blowes are two of our much-loved CMS link missionaries and they are visiting us today and for the next two weeks to share with us what God has been doing in Argentina. Peter and Terry have spent over 30 years sharing their hope in Jesus in Latin America and particularly focussing on making and growing disciples of Jesus amongst students in Argentina. Along the way they also spent 10 years as members of our church (particularly the Bexley North and Church in the Bank congregations) whilst working for CMS Australia and before heading back to Argentina in February 2015.Peter and Terry Blowes are two of our much-loved CMS link missionaries and they are visiting us today and for the next two weeks to share with us what God has been doing in Argentina. Peter and Terry have spent over 30 years sharing their hope in Jesus in Latin America and particularly focussing on making and growing disciples of Jesus amongst students in Argentina. Along the way they also spent 10 years as members of our church (particularly the Bexley North and Church in the Bank congregations) whilst working for CMS Australia and before heading back to Argentina in February 2015.

Over the next two weeks Peter and Terry will be visiting the Sunday congregations they are linked with and they will be meeting with smaller groups at various other times during the week.  The church visits will give a brief overview of their ministry and the mid-week meetings will be a chance to hear much more about what they have been doing. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to be encouraged at the work God is doing through them and in partnership with us. Similarly, don’t miss the opportunity to encourage and pray for Peter and Terry as they plan to head back to Argentina for another term of service in October.

They will be visiting a number of our Gospel Teams in homes during the fortnight but if they are not coming to your group you can still hear from them at one of their other public gatherings. If none of the public meeting times (below) work for you then contact your congregational pastor to find out which Gospel Team meeting you could attend.

Tuesday 28th August: 10am @ Bexley North Anglican Church (with the T10 women’s group)

Thursday 30th August: 10am @ St James Carlton (with the Carlton women’s group)

Wednesday 5th September: 10:30am @ Christ Church Bexley (in the hall with the Bexley Bible Study)

Wednesday 5th September: 7:45pm @ St James Carlton (with the 6:30pm Gospel Teams)

Sunday 2nd September (Church Visits):     Carlton 10:30am   and   Carlton 6:30pm

 

Weekly SNAC, 19 August 2018 - International Dinner

In June, we hosted our first international dinner at St James Carlton. The idea was to invite people from our local community to share a meal, hear a short talk from the Bible and meet Christians from our church. It was really encouraging to have a good number of guests who were welcomed well by the members of our church. It was also a great opportunity to connect with students from English for Life (our SNAC English classes that run on Friday mornings at St James).In June, we hosted our first international dinner at St James Carlton. The idea was to invite people from our local community to share a meal, hear a short talk from the Bible and meet Christians from our church. It was really encouraging to have a good number of guests who were welcomed well by the members of our church. It was also a great opportunity to connect with students from English for Life (our SNAC English classes that run on Friday mornings at St James).

Dinner was pot-luck style, so everyone brought a plate of food to share. During the meal, Mateusz shared his testimony and how his experience of church at SNAC compared to church in Poland. After this, Kevin told the story of the lost son from Luke 15 and Netane provided illustrations on the whiteboard. During the second telling of the story, the audience were encouraged to participate by providing details from the story - it was encouraging to see how much both adults and kids remembered! Everyone was then encouraged to discuss this Bible story as they continued to eat their meal. It was great to hear of lots of good gospel conversations that happened throughout the evening. Very encouragingly, one of the guests from the dinner started coming on Thursday mornings for an easy English Bible study.

Given the success of the first dinner, we are planning a second dinner on Saturday 8th September at St James. Please be praying that many people from our local community would come along and be interested in finding out more about Jesus. If you are interested in bringing a guest to the next dinner, please contact Kevin for more information. We may need to limit the number of people coming from SNAC given the limited space available at St James. 

We are also looking for volunteers to help serve in the kitchen for our next dinner. If you are interested in serving in this way, please contact Kevin – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0421 286 835.

Weekly SNAC, 12 August 2018 - SNAC Confirmation Service - 9th December 2018

If you are in Year 10 and up (adults included!), you should consider whether you should be confirmed. Confirmation is an opportunity for those who have already been baptised (usually as infants), to reaffirm the promises that were made at their baptism, and to publically declare faith in Christ. If you are in Year 10 and up (adults included!), you should consider whether you should be confirmed. Confirmation is an opportunity for those who have already been baptised (usually as infants), to reaffirm the promises that were made at their baptism, and to publically declare faith in Christ. 

Key to that declaration of faith are the following points:

1) turning to Christ, 

2) repentance of sin, 

3) rejection of sin and its desires and, 

4) rejection of the devil and all evil.

One other encouraging aspect of the confirmation service is that we (as their church family) have the chance to publically pledge ourselves in support of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and ‘support them in this high calling’ of following our Lord. Even if you are not able to be at the Confirmation service in person, pledge your support through praying for them; giving thanks to God for his work in our Confirmees and asking that he will continue to renew them in the image of his Son, Jesus, our Lord.

If you are interested in being confirmed or would like to know more please contact: Brendan Moar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Preparation course for high-school confirmees will run in Term 4, details to be confirmed.