The church of the future

The church of the future

The young people that God has blessed us with are the ones we will look to one day to carry the torch of the gospel that we were once given. They may not do things they way we would, they may not have the experience or wisdom that God has moulded in us over the…

Greg Lake – about Asylum Seekers

The Island of Nauru

Greg Lake 7.30 this Wednesday, Holy Trinity, Wentworth Falls Greg Lake is familiar to a number of people at St Hilda’s as he visited some months ago to talk about the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, or rather, those who have not yet made it to our shores. Greg is well qualified…

Can you spare some time for a key gospel ministry?

SRE - a key gospel ministry

SRE is a crucial ministry: Special Religious Education or ‘Scripture’ in our Schools is a privilege God has given us to proclaim the good news of Christ’s love to the next generation. This opportunity may not always be there and so it is one we must not neglect while we have it. Especially since so…

Preaching Jesus

Preaching Jesus

One of the visiting parents who came to Education Sunday last week came up and thanked me for all we do at St Hilda’s for the community. She said ‘You preach Jesus’ and I interrupted her; ‘Unashamedly!’ she smiled and then said; ‘But you also help in many ways to build our community’ and she…

Local Heroes

Recognising the Local Heroes who teach our children and prepare them for life

Education Week Today we welcome parents and students from Katoomba Public School to our 10.30am service to celebrate Education Week. This year we’ll not only be showcasing some of the students great talents but also recognising the Local Heroes who teach our children and prepare them for life. Local Hero’s tend not to get much…

The Greater Cause

Macquarie School of Ancient Languages

Last week I visited the School of Ancient languages at Macquarie Uni, it was a heady time and I met some fascinating people. One guy mentioned how, for the fun of it, he’d spent a summer holiday studying Arcadian (an ancient language). Another guy who was a specialist in mediaeval latin, got very excited about…

Comfort Zone

Biblical Greek

I’ve just spent a week doing an intensive greek language refresher course. The New Testament is a treasure chest of teaching on the wonders of our Lord and to be able to read it in the original language brings a colour to its narrative that is an enormous help in teaching and preaching. After thirty…

Change of Service Times Trial

Service times change

This week the PPP team met with me to discuss the feedback received regarding the proposed trial of changing service times and developing the early service to enable it to be more accessible to people. In the light of all the responses we considered a wide range of options, including the status quo, and I’m…

KidzArtz 2015 -Day one

Pirates are being captured on film, having a turn as the ship's Helmsman.

KidzArtz got off to a great start this morning, with 40 underage pirates having aboard ship for a great, accompanied by about 30 helpers. The church has been converted into an amazing pirate ship for the week. The captain and his able seamen are off on an adventure. There is plenty of treasure on this…

Compassion

Compassion Australia Logo

Today, we’re glad to hear from David Harrison and the work of Compassion Australia across the world. This afternoon St Hilda’s is hosting a fund raising concert you are very welcome to attend. It’s very easy for us in comfortable Australia to live a life focussed on our ‘first world’ problems and it’s a healthy corrective…