A Snapshot of a Week at KBC

So much goes on in a week within and beyond our church community. So many people are serving, giving, praying as part of our church community; here’s last week:

  • The Ministry Team of Paul, Lauren, Stephen and myself meet Mondays from 11-12:30 to pray, review the previous week and look ahead. The Leadership Team met Monday night to pray, plan and manage the affairs of the church community.
  • Mari & David host a weekly small group at their home of over a dozen young adults for dinner and for prayer and bible study. Small groups are also hosted by Peter & Marion , Paul & Anita, Rory & Harriet, and Ken & Margaret. The Hunters and Ben also host groups. Then there are 3 groups being run at the Res by Benji, Joe, Meg, Emma, Stefan and Sam . And finally, Rory is leading a group of 8 men in a discipleship series called Conquer on Thursday nights.
  • Prison Network Ministry run a bible study and small group on Wednesdays for women coming out of prison.
  • Hannah hosts Tea & Tots fortnightly on Fridays in the Crèche Room, which had a turn-out last week of 13 children, 8 mothers and 1 grandmother.
  • Phil has been working on an exciting opportunity regarding new playground equipment and also building a team to install it in October.
  • In the midst of the week Paul and I meet up with a number of people to see how they are and encourage them in their walk with Jesus.
  • Planning for Sunday services takes place with dozens of people involved each week in serving across our 3 worship services.
  • Brittani led a workshop on sharing your faith.
  • Marny , Alice, Rory and myself have been working on the Highbury Common project which will start to take shape over October.
  • The Res Committee of the Chateliers, Sheila, Ryan, Amy, James, Peter and myself met to oversee the Res ministry.
  • Sam, Rachel, Tim, Bree and Marny in the House provide a hospitality ministry to young adults at KBC and the Res and did a great dinner for NightChurch last week. And Janine and Stefan serve the Res students and NightChurch in many ways.
  • A few very in need people have come to the church office and received a listening ear, as well as some help with food and prayer.
  • Sarah is planning the next Love Abbotsford venture on 8 Oct.

I could write so much more! And why all this activity and energy? Because of Jesus, that’s why. He came, he showed us the Father, he died for our sins, he rose from the dead and will come again to set everything right. KBC exists for you, Jesus.

Nicholas Tuohy

New Mission Opportunities: The Highbury Common

“Congratulations on the approval of grant funding of $5,000  for the Community Garden and Playground Upgrade project, under the Stronger Communities Programme.”

That’s a great email to find in your inbox! Back in May, Marny and Rory reported at our Church Gathering about the momentum that was building to refurbish the hall playground area and try and open it up for wider community engagement. But the grant is matching; we need to find $5,000 to give us a total of $10,000.

The money is allocated as follows: $5,000 for new playground equipment, $3,000 for new BBQs, and $2,000 for 3 new raised vegetable beds and tools. Here’s part of the original vision from Alice and Marny who came to see me with it back in February:

This garden/space would allow us to see what people are seeking in our community by allowing them to enter this space and for conversations to happen. From this we can see what people need and then grow from that, introducing new programs and things like that. We believe this is low-risk, in terms of cost, but benefits would be massive, especially in our discernment as a church and for us as a Kew church to engage with our local community!!! (a coffee cart could be added later)

It brings our community focus back to Kew, where our church and Res is. It allows us to have a common space for everyone to feel comfortable in, and focus on Kew as a suburb and the people directly around us. We believe that this would help bring in young families which is currently a goal for the church. We are a young church with so many creative ideas, we believe we are able to do something creative as a team and as this is something that would involve a lot of people from our community it would be sustained. It would be a good way to cross Res and church, and relationships would be deeper as we would be working together.

So what we need to do now is raise the money, and start the project. Our funding deed stipulates that we must complete the project by 31 October. We also need people – yes you – to come to the working bees and help. Even if you can just come for an hour, every pair of hands helps.

Saturday 8 October, 8am-12pm: The Highbury Common Working Bee

Saturday 22 October, 8am-12pm: Church Working Bee

And regardless of what we decide about property later in the year, we don’t need to wait around to start finding new ways of engaging with our local community. This is a great opportunity, church. Please pray, please work, and let’s trust God to make it into something wonderful.

Nicholas, on behalf of the Highbury Common Team (Alice, Rory & Marny)