NightChurch News 18 August

THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: We continue our Revelation series with Nicholas Tuohy preaching on the letter to Thyatira. We will also share in communion together. Mary-Anne Philip is leading the service, Dave Powys is organising the music team, Katie Cantwell is convening, Zach Moore and Timothy Mitchell are on audio/data, and Marny Croot’s house is providing supper. Thanks everyone.

NIGHTCHURCH CAMP IS COMING UP! The weekend will be from Friday 18 October to Sunday 20 October. We are currently searching for a place to stay. If anyone has a beach house or knows of a good camping ground please let either Paul or Laura know so we can secure a place soon. Put the date in your diary as we want to get as many people as we can to enjoy a weekend away together!

ANNUAL CHURCH GATHERING: Sunday 25 August, straight after the morning service. Why do we have these meetings? It’s an opportunity for us to gather as a church community for prayer, fellowship, to hear from our leaders and listen and discern together what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. This year we are honoured to have our Vietnamese congregation preparing lunch for us. Donations are welcome as they seek to raise funds for mission work in Vietnam. Please plan to be there!

POLITICAL FORUM: Now that the federal election has been announced, it’s time to start thinking about who we would like to vote for and who we want to see running the country for the next three years. However, often all we hear in the media is a combination of posturing from political parties and tabloid journalism on a number of specific issues. To cut through the haze and help you get some real answers, Kew Baptist Church will be hosting a Political Forum on Thursday 29 August from 7.30-9pm at the church hall. The purpose of this event is to inform you about party policies, and provide a chance to weigh up the various options and issues from a Christian perspective. Representatives from the major parties will be on hand to present their case for your vote and there will be an opportunity to ask questions directly. We will also consider what it means to vote as a Christian in this election. Put the date in your diary now! If you have any questions, please speak to Nick Tuohy or Paul Pallot.

NOW SHOWING: ‘Now Showing’ is a 6 part series looking at the key topics of Christianity. There will be short films made by members of the congregation as well as discussion led by Laura and Mat. The evenings will run fortnightly from Monday 19 August at 7.30pm, held in the church hall. For more details please call Laura or Mat .

SHERWIN MARIANO: Catalyst @ KBC is hosting Sherwin Mariano from Vineyard of His Grace Ministry in the Philippines. Sherwin is coming to Kew Baptist Church to tell us about his work in the Philippines as well as his personal testimony. It will be a fantastic night to learn more about God’s work in the Philippines as well as what we can do to help. The night will be on Friday 23 August at 7.30pm at the church hall. Please put it in your diaries and feel free to contact Laura Baker for more information.

LOVE ABBOTSFORD II: Love Abbotsford is back again! Please join us on Saturday 31 August as we spread the love to the housing estates on Hoddle Street. As a church, we want to show practical love to those living on the housing estates by providing the kids there with some fun and entertainment on Saturday. We’ll run a BBQ, play basketball and soccer, have live music, and some fun stuff (balloon animals? facepainting?) to entertain the younger children. If you can help for all or part of the day, that would be great! And if you have any other fun ideas of things we could do, please let us know! Contact Paul Pallot for more information.

HOSPITALITY LUNCHES: Sunday 15 September. Once or twice a year we try to give everyone an invitation to lunch in people’s homes following the morning service. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know each other better across both morning and evening congregations. Make sure you sign up to be involved! Could you offer your home and host a group? If so, please indicate how many guests you could manage. PLEASE keep the date free and plan to take part. Want to know more? Contact Deirdre Willis.

‘HALF OF THE SKY’ – MOVIE NIGHT: A movie night is being held in the Ian Woolf Auditorium at Carey Baptist Grammar on Thursday 15 August to help raise money for the CARASA Foundation. CARASA stands for Care for All, Reach All, Serve All. The movie, Half The Sky, introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable – and fighting bravely to change them. It features Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and America Ferrera. In addition to the screening of the film, supper will be provided and there will be a market place of Fairtrade stalls and information from organisations who are particularly working with women and children such as Baptist World Aid, World Vision and JustSalvos. Tickets $10, all proceeds to the CARASA foundation.

YOUTH DIMENSION OPEN NIGHT: What are you doing next year? If you’re thinking about or interested in sinking your teeth into the Bible and experiencing God in action and hands-on ministry – come along to this open night and find out more about the Youth Dimension ‘Immerse’ training course. Wednesday 21 August, 7.30pm at 58-64 Hall Rd, Warrandyte South. Visit www.youthdimension.org.au for more info.

SHUT UP & LISTEN: How can we maintain a relationship with God in an age of noise? Shut Up & Listen is a series running on Thursday nights in August, providing a space for young adults to come together and discover how Christian Spirituality can deepen their relationship with God. The sessions run from 7-9pm at Ashburton Baptist Church, the cost is $10 per night.

  • August 15: Head/Heart (Mark Payne)
  • August 22: Noise/Quiet (Peter Bentley)
  • August 29: Consume/Create (Ann Lock & Narelle Stephens)

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: TED (Technology Entertainment Design) at www.ted.com has thousands of videos you can watch online covering a wide range of topics. I’ve found the easiest way to find videos you’re looking for is to search for them based on keywords relating to the topic you’re interested in.

That’s all for this edition of NightChurch News – Steve Pattison.