THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Mel Hill is leading the service as Paul Pallot kicks off our new series ‘Life With Jesus’, speaking on Relationships and Friendships. Katie Adams is organising the music team, Matt Hill will lead in prayer, Paul Pallot is convening, Dave Hore-Lacy and Garrett Kaess are on audio/data, and Marny Croot and housemates are providing supper. Thanks everyone.
NEW SERIES: As May mission month draws to a close, we consider how we have been challenged by God through Darren Cronshaw and the mission spots to consider how we are sent – both where we are, and further afield. From 2 June, however, our focus shifts to our next series; Life With Jesus.
At the heart of our faith is the good news of Jesus – that we have been saved by God’s grace in sending His Son to die in our place for us. Rather than having to earn our salvation or be good enough for God to accept us, the Bible affirms that “While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.” (Romans 5:8). The message of the world is often either that we are perfect and in no need of anyone in our life, or that we are hopeless and pathetic. But the message of grace is that despite our weaknesses, despite our mistakes, God loves us and sent Jesus to die for us.
So we enter a period of thinking about Life With Jesus at NightChurch; not as a pattern of life that will earn God’s favour or to win our salvation. Instead, Life With Jesus is all about how we respond to God’s act of free, generous grace in our lives, and how we live as his redeemed, beloved children. Over these weeks, we will consider how Life With Jesus affects our friendships and relationships, our worship and faith, our spiritual gifts and calling, our views on money and employment, evangelism, secularism and pluralism, ministry to each other and prayer. Please pray for NightChurch as we explore these important topics, and thank God that He sent Jesus to die for us so that we don’t have to earn our way to God!
MENTORING: Last Sunday there was an opportunity for people to express their interest in mentoring. If you didn’t get a chance to put your name down, please feel free to message Laura (for girls) or Paul (for guys) if you are interested in being involved or just finding out more.
MAY MISSION PROJECT: This is the LAST WEEK to contribute towards the Kew Baptist May Mission Month project supporting Global Interaction’s Education Foundation in SE Asia. You can give via direct transfer into the church bank account, making sure you put ‘May Mission’ in the transaction description. Please give generously!
CHURCH OFFICE: A reminder that the church offices are now located at the front of the hall (16 Highbury Grove) – a big thank you to Phil Prior and all those who helped out with the office relocation last weekend! Please also note that Lauren Morgan, our church office administrator, will be on leave from May 31-June 16. During this time, the rest of the ministry team (i.e. Nick, Wendy, Pieter, Paul and Laura) will be periodically checking the church email and phone messages. If you need to drop in at the office, please call ahead to ensure that someone will be there.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: 7pm Thursdays, The Ponds Brewery
- Jun 6 Jono Newmarch: The Christian Worldview
Abrahm Gunn: How Do We Know What We Know?
- Jun 13 Taryn Atkinson: Healing
Nicholas Tuohy: Hospitality and Jesus
- Jun 20 Julia Tulloh: Gender Equality
Chris Mulherin: Science and Religion: Friend or Foe?
- Jun 27 Renee Bazley: Psychology and Spirituality
Jono Newmarch: The Human Predicament
- Jul 4 Film Discussion: The Dark Knight
CHURCH GATHERING: Our next Church Gathering is coming up on Sunday 16 June, 4.30pm in the hall. We will share dinner together after the meeting. Please plan to be there!
REVERENCE & REVERIE: The Concordis Chamber Choir (of which Lauren Morgan is a member) presents their winter concert ‘Reverence & Reverie’ on Sunday 23 June, 2pm at Ian Roach Hall (Scotch College, Hawthorn). Tickets and further details available at: www.trybooking.com/50927.
THE CROSSING: June 28-30, Yarra Junction. Explore the call to mission at ‘The Crossing’ –through main sessions, workshops, discussion groups, personal reflection and discernment times, together young people can be informed and inspired by God’s engagement in the world, and how he invites each of us to join with Him in seeking to fulfil His mission. Further details at: www.unoh.org/thecrossing.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Branch FM at www.branchfm.co.uk is a Christian radio station based in the UK that you can listen to online. They have a wide selection of programs.
ITEMS FOR NIGHTCHURCH NEWS: Steve Pattison.