Following our candlelit communion service tonight (7pm start) we will have a screening of ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ All brave souls welcome (note the MA15+ rating).
Celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ with us this Easter at one or more of our creative worship services:
- Maundy Thursday (March 24th) – 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, crucifixion and death
- Good Friday (March 25th) – 9am: A sombre yet creative worship experience remembering the death of Christ.
- Easter Sunday (March 27th) – 9am & 5.30pm: Bring a flower to either of our Easter Day services to help celebrate the new life we can have ‘because he lives’.
Christianity Explored is a world-renowned short course specially designed for people who are wanting to know more about the Christian faith. Following Mark’s gospel, this 7-week short course uses thought-provoking video clips as well as group discussion to unearth the life and teachings of Jesus. You can find out more about Christianity Explored at the official website.
We will be running Christianity Explored at Werri Beach Progress Hall on a Monday night from 7.30pm to around 9pm, starting February 8th for 7 weeks. Regardless of what you think or believe, you are welcome to join us over these 7 nights if you are keen to know more about Christianity.
Please let Pete Chapman know if you want to know more or hope to attend by calling 4234 1044, or emailing him at email@example.com.
Each Sunday throughout January our 5.30pm Evening Service is held at Emery Park, in Park Road, Gerroa. This is a great chance to relax amongst a caring and fun community of faith. We enjoy a BYO picnic dinner (free BBQs available) and share in a brief time of informal worship and teaching. A game of cricket usually follows, as does a swim at the beach for the really keen!
So if you’re not into all the trappings of ‘church’ but are interested in exploring how Jesus is still relevant in 2016, this is the least ‘churchy’ option around – basically a BBQ dinner with friends, some fun acoustic music for the kids, and a short creative message. All welcome.
Join us this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus together:
Monday 21st 7.30pm: Turning on our Christmas lights with live music & refreshments.
Christmas Eve 11.15pm: Reflective candlelit service – ‘Lessons and carols’ incorporating a harp item and prayer.
Christmas Day: Celebratory family services – 8am & 9.30am
Each Christmas the churches of Gerringong (Anglican, Catholic & Uniting) combine to produce a local Carols service in the Gerringong Town Hall on the Sunday night before Christmas. Local talent is the focus of the evening and the night is always a very enjoyable time with a wonderful community atmosphere.
‘Carols 2015’ will be held from 7.30pm in the Town Hall on Sunday 20th December. The evening concludes around 9pm to allow kids (and Mum & Dad) to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Last Christmas we got such positive feedback regarding the lighting we installed to showcase our white stone church building (see above) that we have decided to do it again this year.
The grand old girl will change colour every few seconds at night as it is lit up by a series of professional lighting rigs both inside and out.
The lights will be on from dark until around 10pm for a week beginning Monday 21st December in recognition that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’.
The display will be launched with a ‘turning on the lights’ ceremony on Monday 21st at 7.30pm. Shortbread and a cuppa will be served, and some live acoustic music will be on display.
Visitors are welcome to stop off for a sticky-beak and a chat any night throughout the week, or simply spend a moment in quiet prayer and thankfulness.
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.