Last summer members of our church were involved in helping to welcome refugees to Australia by doing what Gerringong residents do best – surf!
‘Surfers for refugees’ was birthed out of a desire to use this great Aussie pastime to show hospitality to newcomers to Australia, many of whom have experienced great trauma prior to reaching our shores. Now titled ‘Surf Together’, this exciting ministry will take place on two dates in early 2016: Saturday 30th January & Saturday 12th March. Both days will take place at Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, conditions allowing.
Those who joined us last summer loved the day in the water, but even more so loved being welcomed to our great country. A number of relationships were kicked off which have deepened throughout the year. Woo hoo! Always good to make new friends.
We look forward to Surf Together in January and March – all welcome. For more info please call Marty Richardson on 0402 374 175.
The churches of Gerringong have once again come together to coordinate the Gerringong Christmas food drive. Over 1300 items of food were donated and around $1250 in cash donations were also received. This year all proceeds will be going to Wollongong Mission’s meals program as they support struggling families this Christmas. Thanks to everyone who contributed and to our local IGA for their support.
We are thrilled to welcome the Swann family to Gerringong Uniting Church. Peter Swann (‘Swanny’ to his mates) has accepted the call to be our Next Gen Pastor to help us disciple our families and young people. Swanny is joined by his wife, Laura, and their children, Grace and Micah. We look forward to getting to know the Swanns and being in mission alongside them in the years to come.
Join us at both our morning (9am) and evening (5.30pm) services over the next few weeks as we examine what it means to be faithful with what God has given us. Far from being just about ‘our’ money, we will be asking what it means to give our very best back to God for his work and his glory.
This Sunday evening (Sept 20th) the Uniting Churches of Albion Park, Dapto, Gerringong, Kiama and Shellharbour will gather for an evening of worship and fellowship.
We will meet at Albion Park Uniting Church (cnr Russell & Terry Sts) at 5.30pm for dinner, then move into worship from 6pm. Gerringong folk will gather at church at 5pm in order to make the 5.30pm dinner at Albion Park. We look forward to seeing you there.
Join us this Saturday night at Shellharbour flicks as we catch the 6pm session of new Christian movie, ‘War Room.’ This spiritual-warfare-themed film comes highly recommended by those who have seen it. It is rated PG, so older kids should be OK to come along.
We will leave church at 5.30pm and head up together if anyone wishes to car-pool. Please feel free to invite your friends.
Throughout August our 5.30pm Sunday Evening service will be studying Galatians – Paul’s ‘tour de force’ in defence of the gospel. As always, dinner follows the service, and kids club & creche is provided. All welcome.
Our church, our town, and our world has lost a dearly loved saint. Gwenyth Hindmarsh went home into the loving embrace of her Lord in the early hours of Thursday 18th June. A service of remembrance and thanksgiving will be held at our church at 10.30am on Wednesday 24th. Refreshments will follow the service.
We warmly welcome Jeanette Kallimer back to Gerringong. We all enjoyed Jeanette sharing with us last time she was with us and look forward to hearing her again. As always, a yummy afternoon tea follows our time of worship and teaching. All ladies welcome – please bring a friend!