Building Christ’s body with love

Paul told the Thessalonians that we should encourage one another and build each other up because Jesus died so that we might live together with him (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11). We are all here because we want to live with Jesus, and that means living with each other. It’s only when we come together that we…

Directions

The pastoral staff spent several days this week praying and reflecting on plans and directions for ministry in the coming year. We were greatly encouraged as we considered the many faithful people who are very involved in a range of ministries playing their crucial part in achieving our goal to Worship God, Grow in Christ…

Elvis

Today we welcome Elvis (aka Gavin Chatelier) to our 5:30pm service for an Elvis gospel event. We’re grateful for Gavin fitting us in during the Elvis festival and we especially welcome any visitors amongst us – we’re sure you are in for a special treat. Whatever you think of Elvis’ music, you cannot deny he…

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,…