Reaching our Community – reprise

Some weeks ago I published a paper called ‘Reaching our Community’ to encourage us all to think about what kind of a church we should be and how can we be faithful in fulfilling our calling to share the love of Jesus with as many in our community as possible. I’ve been very glad to…

Why education?

Today, as Education Week commences, we welcome students and parents from our local schools to our 10:30am service to celebrate the great gift of education we have in this country. It’s easy to take things for granted, so we want to stop and thank God for the riches education brings to our society and showcase…

Food Drive

The recent food drive produced a lot of food donated by Katoomba residents for St Hilda’s and Anglicare to distribute to those in need. It is easy for us to see how giving food to those in need shares Jesus’ love with them, but there is a louder message to many others. The junior high…

Happy 21st Birthday KidzArtz!

I have had the great privilege of watching 14 of the last 21 years of KidzArtz – some of you have seen them all. This year we celebrate the ‘coming of age’ of this brilliant school holiday program for the children of our community. It’s been a joy to see the development of this ministry…

St Hilda’s and Anglicare – partners in care

Today we welcome Roger Green from Anglicare to all our services as we celebrate our partnership together and reflect on the needs of those struggling to make ends meet during wintertime. Earlier this week much of south Katoomba was leafletted with the help of our keen volunteers from camp MMM. We’re asking people to put…

Stupid Religion?

So, how do you respond to this news clip I received this week? Ms Ricchi raised her three children with pagan values, but now as young adults aged 17, 18 and 20 they were free to choose their own beliefs. One has chosen the Greek pantheon, another the Nordic gods and the other has embraced…

The water we swim in

There’s a story of two fish in a bowl and one says to the other, ‘How are you finding the water?’ and the other answers, ‘What is water?’ We can be so immersed in our society, our culture, that we don’t see it. We are blind to the effects of it, its influence on us,…

The most important part…

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it, but there is an astonishing account in Matthew 11 of the results of Jesus’ teaching. We’re so used to stories of crowds following him and the miracles he did, but this particular passage comes as a great surprise. Matthew 11 recounts how the towns north of the…

Playing a part

Our Bible passage today recounts how the apostle Paul is keen to race in and address a large crowd of angry people in Ephesus. I take it because he saw it as a gospel opportunity to explain to many people just exactly who Jesus is. The text, Acts 19:30-31, implies the desperate nature of the…

Pentecost

We had what appeared to be a troll visit our Facebook page this week. Love hopes all things, but when people make derogatory comments, you have to wonder why they take the trouble to grind the axes they do. It reminded me again as to how the story of Jesus can’t help but polarise people.…