This Sunday (August 31st) we will be dedicating the boxes our church is contributing to ‘Operation Christmas Child’, a wonderful ministry to children around the world who might otherwise not enjoy the blessings of Christmas as our own children do. Please join us at both our 9am and 5.30pm services for this special event.
The NSW Police band are again coming to Gerringong to help raise funds for Christian education at Kiama High. This very talented band will play a one-off show at the Town Hall on Thursday 7th August at 10.30am.
The band has been performing music from past and present at local concerts and special events since 1895. Their first concert was held in Hyde Park, Sydney, before an estimated audience of 3,000. Because the concert began at 8pm, the band members had to supply their own candles!
The band has changed over the years as shown by the picture of the band taken when they played at Gerringong Town Hall in 2012. However their professionalism and artistic skill is as impressive as ever as they entertain crowds of all ages. Tickets are available at the door for $20 – be early to avoid disappointment.
This week sees our Wednesday night kids clubs for primary school boys and girls (BiG & GiG) kick for term 3. Both BiG (Boys in Gerringong) and GiG (Girls in Gerringong) have another exciting term lined up for the kids to enjoy. You can download the programs for both BiG and GiG below, or call Peter & Carlie chapman for more info.
Youth Alpha is a globally recognized interactive small-group program designed specifically for young people that freely explores what the Christian faith is all about. Alpha runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the world. You can check it out for yourself at alpha.org. Typically Alpha consists of seven to ten sessions, and includes food, a short talk, and discussion time where you can share your thoughts.
Throughout term 3 we will be running this exciting series and we would love to have you along for the ride. It will be open to all young people who want to explore the Christian faith and what it means for them. We will be meeting from 5pm to 6.45pm on a Friday night at church before DiG. Call Peter & Carlie Chapman on 4234 1044 if you would like to know more.
A grateful church will be celebrating the life of Ivor Gallan on Wednesday 21st May at 2pm. Ivor was a dearly loved member of our congregation and was very active in the community. Afternoon tea will follow the service of remembrance and thanksgiving held in our church.
Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter, Elizabeth Deveau will be leading us in worship at our 5.30pm Evening Service this Sunday night.
This will be a great opportunity to spend time with God alongside an internationally recognised worship leader. Elizabeth’s ministry is scripturally grounded, and her music speaks intimately into the hearts and souls of those who thirst. Elizabeth’s music is more than a mere collection of songs, rather they are vessels of hope and comfort.
As always, a kids club and creche is provided, and a yummy dinner follows the service.
Celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ with us this Easter at one or more of our creative worship services:
- Maundy Thursday – 7pm: A candlelit communion service remembering the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. The service concludes with a Tenebrae mediation – a series of seven bible readings during which the sanctuary grows darker reflecting the declining loyalty of the disciples during Jesus’ arrest, cricifixion and death
- Good Friday – 9am: A sombre yet creative worship experience remembering the death of Christ.
- Easter Sunday – 9am & 5.30pm: Both services will be joyous times of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.
Tonight (Wed 12th) we will be having another of our popular bike nights at BiG. Bring your bike or scooter and don’t forget your helmet as we negotiate a number of different challenges and courses. Call Peter Chapman on 4234 1044 for more info.
Although most of us no longer live off the land, we can still thank God for his bountiful provision to us via this wonderful long-standing tradition of celebrating the ‘Harvest’.
This year both Sunday services will come together for a combined service at 9am in the stone church (there will be no 5.30pm service that Sunday). Up the front we will create an instillation of canned and other non-perishable food items bought from home. As an act of thanksgiving these items will later be donated to Wollongong Mission’s meals program for the needy. Please come along armed with a contribution from your pantry ready to add to the stockpile.