THIS SUNDAY: The Student Res officially opens for the year this Sunday, with a Welcome BBQ Lunch at 12pm followed by the Commencement Service at 1pm. This is an opportunity for the church to welcome the students and their families into the community, so it would be great to have a strong NightChurch contingent there to be a part of it! If you are coming for the lunch, please bring a salad. Also note that there is no 10am service on that day. The NightChurch service will be at 7pm as usual.
THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Callan Stephen is leading the service and Nicholas Tuohy and Sarah Trebilcock will be sharing about their recent mission trip to India. Katie Adams is organising the music team, Matt Hill will lead in prayer, The House is convening, Jacob Taylor and Phil Prior are on audio/data, and Ella Henry and Kate Steel are providing supper. Thanks everyone.
KEWMUNITY OF WOMEN: The girls’ gathering is on this Wednesday night, with an outing to the Queen Vic Night Markets and possibly the orchestra as well! Meeting at the markets at 7pm, see Facebook group for more details or contact Laura Baker. Come along and invite your friends!
CARRICAL BBQ: Once a month a team from KBC puts on a BBQ dinner at Carrical(rooming house in Hawthorn) – 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 February. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Grace Loh.
SERVOLUTION: On Sunday 3 March at NightChurch we are having a Servolution! This is a chance to learn more about service opportunities and how to get involved. It will essentially operate like a sign-up fair, with booths stationed around the church to demonstrate all the different ways people serve in our community (e.g. Boost Youth, worship team, Carrical, property maintenance, hospitality, Karana, audio/data, welcoming… the list goes on!) with the opportunity to ask questions about these different ministries, and – most importantly – to sign up for them!
LENT: In the weeks leading up to Easter, many individuals put intentional practices in place to focus on the nature and meaning of Christ’s sacrifice. If you are interested in using a daily devotional for the Lent season, there is a study booklet available for free from the church called ‘Walking With The Prophets Through Lent’ – a collection of daily personal readings for the duration of Lent. Alternatively, you may be interested in downloading YouVersion The Bible App on your smartphone, which has a number of Lent plans available:
- Lent for Everyone includes a daily reading from the book of Matthew and a devotional from noted Bible scholar N.T. Wright (53 days)
- Devotions for Lent offers daily devotionals and Scripture readings that focus on Christ (46 days)
- 40 Days of Lent takes you through all four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last week of earthly ministry (47 days)
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 1 March is the World Day of Prayer. There is a prayer event at St Paul’s East Kew (cnr Windella Ave, Hale St) starting at 10.30am. This is an important service when we can gather locally and ecumenically (with Kew’s 8 churches involved) and join with Christians around the world – many countries will be participating in it on the same day. All will use the same service and this year this has been prepared by women in France. Our local service this year will have a distinct flavour featuring French music, language, food (at the morning-tea after) and prayer/reflection. Everyone is very welcome.
GUILTY PLEASURE: Guilty Pleasure is a charity focused on educating people about the harmful effects of pornography and connecting those who are addicted to it with professional help.Twoevents are coming up on Saturday 16 March, featuring Dr William Struthers and Dr Allan Meyer:
- Men’s Breakfast @ NewHope Baptist Church, Blackburn North. 8-10am, $30 including breakfast, seats are limited. Register online: https://www.guiltypleasure.tv/event/dr-william-struthers/melbourne-mens-breakfast
- Evening Event @ 1330 Conference Centre, Scoresby. 7.30-9.30pm, free event, men and women welcome. Register online: https://www.guiltypleasure.tv/event/dr-william-struthers/1330-melbourne
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: This week I thought I’d feature a video called An Atheist Changes His Mind About God. You can watch the video at http://t.co/pqm0ERUz. Thanks to Nicholas Tuohy for mentioning this video on Twitter.
ITEMS FOR NIGHTCHURCH NEWS: Steve Pattison.