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Weekly SNAC, 22 July 2018 - Kids Holiday Club 2018

The force was strong this week in Carlton as 160 kids and their leaders packed into our halls. Our young Padawan did craft, sang, danced, ate, played games, and laughed together. Our Parable Master, Tim, taught us the ways of God’s Kingdom using Jesus’ parables and some fun Star Wars challenges. We helped our friends Jed and Annie save the earth from the Evil Empire and destroy the Death Star before it destroyed us! Phew! A Fantastic Week!The force was strong this week in Carlton as 160 kids and their leaders packed into our halls. Our young Padawan did craft, sang, danced, ate, played games, and laughed together. Our Parable Master, Tim, taught us the ways of God’s Kingdom using Jesus’ parables and some fun Star Wars challenges. We helped our friends Jed and Annie save the earth from the Evil Empire and destroy the Death Star before it destroyed us! Phew! A Fantastic Week!

There were so many highlights at KHC this year! One of them was definitely hearing from God’s word about how God’s Kingdom Awakens. Here’s what we learnt each day.

On Day 1 we saw that God’s Kingdom is Promised. We looked at Revelation 21 and heard that God’s Kingdom is an amazing place that lasts forever. But there’s a problem. Because of our sin we can’t be part of God’s Kingdom.

On Day 2 we met a paralysed man. His friends lowered him through the roof to meet Jesus. Jesus healed the man! Amazing! But even more amazing was that Jesus forgave his sins! We saw that there is hope for us to be part of God’s Kingdom.On Day 2 we met a paralysed man. His friends lowered him through the roof to meet Jesus. Jesus healed the man! Amazing! But even more amazing was that Jesus forgave his sins! We saw that there is hope for us to be part of God’s Kingdom.

On Day 3 we saw Jesus on the cross through the eyes of the two criminals on crosses on either side of Jesus. One criminal thought Jesus was a failure. But the other criminal thought Jesus was King. We saw that Jesus is the King of God’s Kingdom. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection he forgives our sin and makes a way for us to be part of God’s Kingdom again if we turn back to God                    and believe the good news. Hooray!

On Day 4 we met 3 different people who met Jesus, the Philippian Jailer from the Bible, Fergus our KHC leader and Aracely a KHC kid. They told us all about how they met Jesus and put their trust in him. Now they’re part of God’s Kingdom.
A huge thanks goes out to all our volunteers who helped make this week a fantastic Kids Holiday Club! It’s a joy to partner in the gospel with our family here at SNAC.

The greatest highlight each year is having so many kids and families from our community hear the wonderful news of Jesus. Both kids and adults were given Bibles and many friendships were built and connections made! Please continue praying that God might use all that happened last week for his glory and to build his kingdom.

Mark 1:15 (our memory verse from this week)

Jesus said, ‘The time has come. God’s Kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!’      

 

Sarah Munns

Weekly SNAC, 15 July 2018 - What are you investing in?

Each year our 6:30 Church congregation heads down to the beautiful Youthworks Conference Centres at Port Hacking for our weekend away – Invest. It’s called Invest because each year when we go away our goal is to invest in God’s people, God’s word, and God’s kingdom.

It’s a weekend full of food, sleeplessness, plenty of coffee and board games! But more importantly, it’s a time when we get stuck into God’s word and getting to know each other more, in a way that we cannot always do in the week-to-week.

Invest is the time where we invest in God’s people and God’s word, and see the fruit of that over the next year. We see people grow in love for one another, and walk away with a deeper love for our Lord Jesus and a passion to live for him! And it’s my prayer that as we do this we are investing in and growing God’s kingdom. Praise God for this great gift!

This year’s Invest is coming up in a few weeks (Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August). This year Phil and I will be teaching on the first few chapters of Revelation.

So, if you are an adult of 6:30 Church, then sign up online at snac.org.au/invest

And whoever you are, please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend and when we are there:

• Thank God for the opportunity to spend time away enjoying his creation and with people around his word.

• Thank God for the provision of food and accommodation.

• Pray that lots of good memories will be made and laughs will be had. Pray that our relationships with each other will grow.

• Pray for Phil and me as we prepare to teach God’s word.

• Pray that all of us would invest in God’s word and find great treasures there!

Troy Munns

Weekly SNAC, 8 July 2018 - SNAC YOUTH Glorifying God

Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. 

It has been a great to joy to think about how we might glorify God in the context of SNAC YOUTH and in the wider SNAC family.

Here are some of the things we have done together:

  • A series of talks on Glorifying God, Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples that clearly captured what we are on about and what that  means for us at SNAC YOUTH.
  • Seminars that allowed us to explore in detail how we can put Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples into practice. It was particularly encouraging to see so much engagement and collaboration from our youth as they worked hard to grapple with these ideas.
  • A series of segments where we heard from 6:30 Church members on how they seek to glorify God in line with the SNAC Vision. These segments were super encouraging and provided a great opportunity for our youth to see real and tangible examples of Christian young adults living as servants of Jesus.

Please join me in praying that our youth would continue to glorify God will all of their lives, and continue to grapple with what that looks like for them as individuals and together as SNAC YOUTH.          

Brendan Moar

Weekly SNAC, 1 July 2018 - Praying for our church

One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. 

However, as this term comes to a close, it’s worth thinking about how you continue (or start!) some good habits in praying for your church. Here are a couple of suggestions you could try:

1. Download Prayermate on your smartphone – This is a free ‘app’ that will help you manage the different things that you would like to be praying for each day. If you use the prayermate app, you can subscribe to our SNAC prayer feed which will give you suggestions of what you could be praying for our church that day.

2. As an alternative to downloading prayermate, you can receive these prayer points in an email. You can choose to receive an email each day or once per week. If you’re interested, please email Kevin for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Set an alarm on your phone for Saturday night (or some other time) to pray for your congregational meeting the next day. Pray for the preaching of God’s word, the encouragement of each member and that God would bring newcomers.

4. Make a point of speaking to someone from your gospel team each Sunday and asking what you can pray for them. If you choose a different person each week, you’ll be able to ask your whole group. You can either pray on the spot or make a note to pray later. 

5. On Monday morning, spend some time giving thanks for the opportunity to meet with your congregation. Give thanks specifically for the people who you spoke to the previous day. 

6. Print out a copy of each of Paul’s prayers recorded in the New Testament and leave in your Bible. Each time you come to pray for your congregation, choose one of these prayers and use it to pray for those in your congregation. You may need to change some of the words for the prayer to make sense (e.g. change ‘you’ to ‘we’ or ‘us’)

7. Choose a particular ministry and commit to being a prayer supporter (e.g. Scripture, Kids Plus, Jitterbugz etc.) Ask the coordinator of that ministry for some specific prayer points then start praying!
       

Kevin Stepniewski