THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Steph Pittard is leading the service as we welcome guest speaker Brendan Short from Serving In Mission (SIM). Jono Newmarch and Kate Steel are organising the music team, Mel Hill will lead in prayer, Laura Baker is convening, Luke Boswell and Tim Mitchell are on audio/data, and Hannah O’Brien and Ash Moore are providing supper. Thanks everyone.
MENTORING: Over the last few weeks at NightChurch we’ve had several people share about their experiences with mentoring, with a vision to see a culture of mentoring develop within our NightChurch community. This week, we invite you to prayerfully consider being involved in mentoring – whether you are interested in being a mentor or being mentored – and this Sunday night there will be an opportunity to sign up. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Paul Pallot or Laura Baker.
FOOD DRIVE: When you’re at the supermarket this week, remember to pick up some extra items and bring them along on Sunday night for the Anglicare food drive! Ideas include: canned goods, cereal, pasta, soup sachets, cake mixes – basically anything non-perishable. Pro Tip from Kez: “If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t buy it. And if you can afford to get some nice stuff, that’s very appreciated. When we give away food hampers, it’s really nice to be able to put a packet or two of TimTams or some chocolates in there, or just something that is more like a treat – so ponder that too when you are shopping.”
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!
MAY MISSION PROJECT: During the month of May, we as a church are raising funds to support the ministry of our cross-cultural workers 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!
- Kewmunity of Women – Bollywood Dance Night: Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm in the church hall. All girls welcome, no experience necessary – come along for a good time!
- Church Working Bee: Saturday 25 May, starting from 9am. Come and lend a hand to help finish off the hall works. Jobs include: painting, building shelves, laying carpet, running cables, moving stuff, cleaning up. Contact Phil Prior for more info.
- Carrical BBQ: Saturday 25 May at Carrical Rooming House in Hawthorn (18 Mason St). If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Grace Loh.
NIGHTCHURCH ANNIVERSARY: On Sunday 21 July we will be celebrating 10 years of NightChurch! Whether you attended NightChurch 10 years ago, or just rocked up for the first time last week, we’d love to see you at this service. Please help us get the message out to people who’ve attended NightChurch over the years by letting them know it’s on. There will be more details as we get closer but if you’d like to be involved in the service, please let us know. Plan to come around 5/5.30 for dinner in the hall – a great chance to catch up with everyone!
AUBURNHUB: The AuburnHub is a new initiative of AuburnLife Baptist Church, at 597 Burwood Rd Hawthorn, offering coffee, WiFi, free lunch to students and English conversational practice to international students. It is starting well with a dozen or so each week enjoying the team’s cooking and conversations, and growing. Come and join us any Tuesdays in semester time, especially around lunchtime whenever you like, and ‘Like’ AuburnHub on Facebook. Auburn would love to invite friends from Kew to come and visit the Hub at least one Tuesday in April or May and see (and TASTE) for yourself what it is really like.
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: This week I thought I’d feature a product I’ve started using recently called Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus available from www.webroot.com. It has very fast scan times and the installation file is under 1MB in size. There are several editions of the product and it is shareware and very easy to update. You can read a review at http://is.gd/ZJdnUF.
ITEMS FOR NIGHTCHURCH NEWS: Steve Pattison.