The challenge of 2016

Challenge 2016

You will probably know the story of the boy throwing starfish into the sea after thousands had washed onto the beach overnight. A man asks him why is he bothering, since there were so many starfish he couldn’t save them all. The man says; ‘All your efforts are not going to make much difference to…

Leadership

Leadership

Next week at our annual meeting we will appoint leaders to take us into 2017.  Please pray that God may raise up the right people for the roles needed. We have been very blessed with the leadership that has brought us to this point in our church life and God willing, many of our leaders will be able to continue…

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

I was very grateful to receive a large amount of feedback about my suggestion to put a sign outside our church suggesting sanctuary could be found at St Hilda’s. Considering and discussing the matter has been a valuable exercise and I have been convicted that it’s worth doing. The majority of people who spoke to me were very positive about the…

Community Chaplain

Community Chaplain at St Hilda's

When Rev Simon Manchester was introduced as the first ever chaplain of North Sydney Rugby League club, he sat in the locker room of the Bears, and surrounded by the players. One of them asked him ‘So what use are you to us?’ Simon replied; ‘Well, I do a good funeral’. It broke the ice…

Shaping Young Lives

child's hands covered in paint

Today we commission our youth ministry workers for all the various youth ministries that will be commencing in the next week or two. God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Training a child is more…

The Great Certainty

Certainty

I noticed the Guardian cartoon; ‘First dog on the moon’ described last year as ‘a lower intestine of a year’ whatever that means. I’m not sure how you perceive the last year you’ve lived, certainly on the international front many have struggled.  A million refugees out of Syria is just one small part of the…

Celebrating for a Reason

celebrating for a reason

As we celebrate Christmas it may come as a shock to many, why people originally celebrated. Society over the years has reinvented Jesus in their own image and we’ve seen everything from the long haired hippy, to a jewish Ghandhi. Movies depict him in soft focus, all the characters around him are paper thin, and…

Moore College

Moore College

Before I went into theological college I spent a year visiting Christian communities across the world to try and get some grasp on the breadth of Christendom. It was a fascinating experience to say the least. God has his people in every corner of the globe and each of them have their own particular strengths…

Community Chaplain: Kathy Powell

Kathy Powell

I am very pleased to announce that next year we will have Kathy Powell on staff two days a week, working as a Community Chaplain to reach out to the needy and the fringe people in our community. Anglican Deaconess Ministries have been offering scholarships for training, both theory and practical, in Community Chaplaincy. Kathy…

What Offends You?

What Offends You?

We’ve reached an important crossroads in the way our society operates and the jury’s out as to whether we and our leaders are going to have the courage to choose a better society, or be buried under the dung heap of false indignation that current political correctness thrives on. It seems all of a sudden…