NightChurch News 24 March

THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Alice Foote is leading the service and Amanda Tuohy will continue our series on prayer, with Learning to Pray: Mary (Lk 1:46-55; Acts 1:12-14). Jono Newmarch is organising the music team, Mel Hill will lead in prayer, Paul Pallot is convening, Jacob Taylor and Phil Prior are on audio/data, and Jennie Taylor and Beth Strange are providing supper. Thanks everyone.

CHURCH DIRECTORY: We are finalising details for the 2013 church directory this week. If you want to be included in the directory and have not filled out a purple card at church, please email the church office info@kewbaptist.net.au to confirm your details.

EASTER @ KBC: Easter is fast approaching and there are heaps of events to get involved with at KBC during Easter week. One of these is the Passover Dinner on Tuesday 26 March, 7-9pm in the hall. This is a re-enactment of the Jewish Passover meal, in relation to how it foreshadows the coming of Christ. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person (or student concession $15) and you can sign up this Sunday night or book through the church office: info@kewbaptist.net.au.

Here’s a quick overview of Easter Week at KBC:

  • Sun 24: Palm Sunday Family Service, 10am (NightChurch as usual at 7pm)
  • Mon-Fri: Readings, worship and prayer in the church building, 7-7.30am
  • Tue 26: Passover Dinner, 7-9pm ($20/15pp)
  • Wed 27: Melbourne Singers Recital with Ian Lowe, 7.30pm
  • Thur 28: Maundy Thursday Candlelight Service, 7.30pm

[there will also be a screening of The Passion of the Christ at Matt Hill’s house afterwards]

  • Fri 29: Good Friday service, 9.30am
  • Sun 31: Easter Sunday services, 10am & 7pm

UPPER ROOM: What if we just obeyed Jesus when he said “Pray”? No analysis, rationalising, obfuscating, avoiding or denying. Just pray. But how do we pray? Practice. You learn by doing. Our first prayer: “Lord, teach us to pray”. End of lesson, beginning of the journey in prayer. So what if I come and nothing happens? What if we sit there in awkward self-conscious silence? What if things get weird? Just pray. Intentionally decide and choose to seek God. No agenda but God. This is the vision of Upper Room. Thursday 21 March, 8pm, Velvet Lounge (upstairs in the hall). And God-willing, monthly or more after that. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD…” (Jer 29:12–14).

BASKETBALL: If you’re free on Friday afternoon and feel like some casual hoops, head up to the basketball court above the church hall for a shoot around. Bring your gameface. All welcome! Friday 22 March, 2-4pm.

POSSUMS WORKING BEE: Saturday 23 March, 8am-12pm. Come along and lend a hand!

CARRICAL BBQ: Once a month a team from KBC puts on a BBQ dinner at Carrical Rooming House in Hawthorn (18 Mason St) – they bring along some food and spend time with the guys there, getting to know them and forming relationships with people in our local community. The next BBQ is happening on Saturday 23 March. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Grace Loh.

RELAY FOR LIFE: Relay for Life is happening this weekend (March 23-24) – online registration is now closed, but if you’d like to be a part of the KBC team, you still can! For more details, contact Graeme Younger.

HEART OF WORSHIP: Kew Baptist Church Impact Worship Seminar, Thursday 4 April, 7-9pm. Everyone welcome! Seminar topics:

  • Saved to Worship (Nicholas Tuohy)
  • The Medium of Music (Pieter Keuneman)
  • Plurality or Singularity in Worship (Paul Pallot)
  • Understanding Your Voice (Amanda Tuohy)

FUNDRAISER: There are still some beautiful candles for sale at the church ($4 each) to raise money for the work of Leena Lavanya with ServeTrust. Available from the church office or after the service on Sunday night.

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ITEMS FOR NIGHTCHURCH NEWS: Steve Pattison.