NightChurch News 5 May

THIS WEEK @ NIGHTCHURCH: Priscilla van Brummelen is leading the service as we welcome guest speaker Darren Cronshaw in the first of a three-week series on ‘Sentness’. Tom Tuena is organising the music team, Dan Follent will lead in prayer, The House is convening, Dave Hore-Lacy and James Hayes are on audio/data, and Luke Sexton and Ben Ramsay are providing supper. Thanks everyone.

LOVE ABBOTSFORD: On Saturday 4 May from about 11am-5pm, NightChurch will be hitting the housing flats of Abbotsford to spread love with the residents. We’ll be running a delicious free BBQ, providing some sweet live music and providing an entertaining basketball tournament. But to manage any of this, we’re going to need YOUR help! Whether you can come along for just an hour or two, or the whole day, here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Basketball referees
  • Basketball scorers
  • Basketball “crowd control”
  • BBQ manager (Pieter Keuneman will help to organise)
  • BBQ assistants
  • First Aid personnel
  • Musical coordinator (Pieter will assist with PA equipment etc)
  • Musicians
  • General friendly people to talk to residents!

We’d also love it if you have any other ideas you want to add to the Love Abbotsford Day atmosphere that you think would work well with the high school aged kids (mainly) and especially girls who may not really be into basketball and might want something to do. The sky’s the limit! Whether you can help out for part of the day or the whole thing, we’d love you to be involved! Contact Paul Pallot or Pieter Keuneman if you want to sign up! 

AUDIO/DATA TRAINING: Phil Prior is running a training session for the audio/data team on Sunday 5 May at 3pm. If you are currently on the audio/data roster, or interested in getting involved, please mark the date in your diary and plan to be there! Worship leaders are also invited to come along at 3.45pm to learn about setting up and packing up the audio equipment for the band. If you can’t make it on May 5, there will be a second session on May 12 – make sure you attend one of these dates!

FOOD DRIVE: This year we have a very exciting opportunity to partner with St. Hilary’s Anglican Church, Kew for their annual Anglicare food drive! All it takes is groups of 3-5 friends jumping in cars, dropping flyers in their assigned designated area and then going around the following weekend and picking up non-perishable food. The food will then be given to Anglicare who support people in Australia living on the poverty line. It will only take an hour or so and it will be a fun time for all involved! If you’re interested please contact Laura Baker. Let’s get as many teams as we can to support a great cause!

FOOTY AND NETBALL: Players needed for the church footy and netball teams, to play against the Res, Ex-Res, and Res Family teams on Sunday 19 May. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Jono Newmarch re footy or Mel Hill re netball.

POSSUMS FUNDRAISER: Keep an eye out for the Possums chocolate fundraiser over the coming weeks at church. Chocolates are $1 each and will be sold until mid-May. So make sure you bring your small change and help support our playgroup ministry!

MONTHLY BREW: It’s time again for the Monthly Brew at Moonee Ponds – Saturday 4 May from 6pm. This month will also feature The Scrimshaw Four performing live! Great opportunity to hang out and get to know people in the NightChurch community – everyone is welcome! Bring some drinks, some meat for the BBQ, and get ready for a good time!

MONGOLIA FUNDRAISER: Matt Hogan is heading to Mongolia in July with a group from his school. As part of the trip, they will be helping a school for children from nomadic families by buying beds and cupboards and installing them in the dormitories. To raise money for these materials, there is a fundraising event on Wednesday 1 May at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall at Caulfield Grammar, Wheelers Hill campus. Tim Cope will be speaking about his trekking experiences following the footsteps of Genghis Khan. Tickets are $20 and all money raised will go straight to this third-world school. More details:

MEN’S MUSTER: Camp for any males over 18 who want to enjoy some time encouraging, supporting and connecting with other men. A great opportunity to be inspired by speakers, fellowship over brilliant meals, enjoy the amazing countryside and pursue some outdoor adventure activities. Weekend of May 24-26, featuring speaker David Rock. Cost $100 for the weekend. More details:

THE CROSSING: Explore the call to mission at ‘The Crossing’ – a camp at Yarra Junction, June 28-30. 

HOCKEY: Caitlyn Woodall plays for a Christian hockey team called ECHO – they desperately need new players for this season, both men and women. No experience necessary! Training is on Wednesday nights at 8.15pm at Koonung Secondary College, and matches are on Saturdays. Contact Caitlyn if you are interested.

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