These bits n pieces (up to two-years on file) give a public idea of what lies at the heart of our church life - i.e.. that we are built on a relational model of Christian community, rather than performance model. Theologically, this is about sonship preceding servant hood... We do get to the doing stuff, yes - but the essence of our worth to God and one another is in the fact we are born of one and the same Spirit, and are equally valued by our heavenly Father, BEFORE we are differentiated by our God-given grace giftings.
June 2019 Gladwyn and Helen Turner were our guest speakers as we held another annual camp over the June long weekend at Camp Kedron.
May 2019 Lots of toe-tapping fun was had at our bush-dance on Saturday 18th May.
April 2019 Congratulations to Tony and Janelle Moussa who were married on Sunday 14th April at Camden Anglican Church.
During the intense summer heat our youth and young adults
once again spent a week camping at the Bendeela Picnic grounds near Kangaroo
Valley. This year’s theme was “STAND FIRM”.
December 2018 Congratulations to Dion and Abigail who were married on Saturday 29th December. They have moved up to northern NSW where Abigail has found work as a newly registered nurse.
November 2018 Congratulations to Keziah and Jarred who were married on Saturday 3rd November. A week later the men and boys enjoyed a walk, swim and coffee at Lake Parramatta while the women heard an inspiring message from Ann Dennis at our Annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday 24th November.
October 2018 Over $1200 was raised for the breakfast club at Greystanes High School. Thank you to all those who volunteered at the Bunnings sausage sizzle.
September 2018 Another successful Women's Spring Weekend away took place Mulgoa as the ladies discussed the topic of friendship.
August & September 2018 Our church continued its commitment to training and equipping church leaders in Southern Africa. Brian spent two months travelling throughout Zimbabwe and Mozambique running Ministry Training Programs in partnership with Lifeline Southern Africa. Steve accompanied him for the first four weeks while Michelle flew over for two weeks in the middle and also taught on administration at the bi-annual Lifeline Indaba.
July 2018 Congratulations to Tony and Janelle who have announced their engagement. They plan to marry in April 2019.
June 2018 Marked our tenth continuous annual church camp held over the long weekend at Camp Kedron. This year Sam Abalo, from Living Word Church in Merrylands, was our guest speaker and he encouraged us all to know God, grow and go (which is a very similar to our church mission statement of LOVE, GROW, GO).
May 2018 Kayleen and Michelle helped us celebrate Mothers' Day by singing an adapted version of "Hallelujah" including the line "when bedtime comes I'll sing oh hallelujah"
April 2018 Congratulations to Jarred and Keziah who have announced their engagement. They plan to marry in November 2018.
Easter 2018 On Good Friday we gathered in the park beside Brian and Elizabeth's home for a special service to remember the death of Jesus Christ. At the conclusion of the service Jordan was baptised in water.
February 3rd, 2018 Our women enjoyed a buffet breakfast together at the Atura Hotel in Prospect. It was lovely to chat together and soak up the warm sunshine.
January 2018 Congratulations to Dion and Abigail who have announced their engagement and plan to marry in December 2018.
December 28th, 2017 Six brave souls biked from Merrylands to Vaucluse while the rest of drove in our cars to enjoy a lovely church picnic at Parsley Bay.
November 26th, 2017 We joined in with other local churches and gathered at Merrylands Presbyterian for a special Advent service - celebrating the arrival of Christ the King.
November 25th, 2017 Kathy hosted another wonderful annual Women's Christmas Dinner. Thank you to all the men who served and to Rebecca for the beautiful decorations.
September 15th to 17th, 2017 Another successful Women's retreat was held at Mulgoa with beautiful spring weather, delightful company and interesting group discussions. Thank you Kathy!
September 2nd, 2017 Dads and kids from our church gathered for a pancake breakfast in honour of Fathers' Day.,
July 29, 2017 - Holroyd Community Prayer Dinner 16 church members attended this year's Prayer Dinner at Merrylands RSL. This year is the 40th anniversary of the start of the Prayer Dinner. We heard reflections from founder and nine-times Holroyd Mayor, Allan Ezzy, and were inspired by speaker Richard Feeney, Director NSW & ACT Prison Fellowship.
July & August 2017 - Zimbabwean Missions team Brian, Peter, Maureen and David left Sydney bound for Harare via Perth and Johannesburg. Brian was there for five weeks and the rest of the team for three weeks. Brian continued to connect with and teach local church pastors & leaders. Peter and David spent two weeks at the hospital we recently sent equipment to (see below) to help with installation and maintenance. Open this PDF for a more expansive report.
July 2017 - Missions project arrives in Zimbabwe Over 18 months ago an idea was born to send a container of hospital beds and medical equipment to an Anglican hospital in rural Zimbabwe (33kms outside of Gweru). With God's provision, the container landed in Bulawayo and the contents cleared customs and were trucked to the hospital in early July. We praise God for the beds and equipment donated from Sydney hospitals; for the funding of the container shipment by an Anglican organisation in the UK; for the hundreds of man-hours volunteered by many people in Sydney to gather, move and pack all the beds & equipment; and for the diligence of staff from Lifeline Ministries in Harare to obtain all the customs paperwork.
June long weekend, 2017 - Annual Church Camp Our speaker at this year's annual camp was Ralph Sutherland from Life Church, Palmerston North New Zealand. Ralph shared with us about: saying goodbye to struggle street; hope reborn; matching ability with God's annointing; being a trail-blazer; forgiving the unforgivable; pillars of the church; blazing a trail for generations to come; and building for the future.
May 6th, 2017 - BBQ Fundraiser Thank you to all those who helped at Blacktown Bunnings as we raised funds to help with some more medical supplies to go the hospital in Zimbabwe. A small team from our church will be going over in July to help set-up the equipment and train others in how to maintain it all.
April 22nd, 2017 - Container of medical equipment for Zimbabwe After months of planning, gathering donated good and liaising with authorities, we finally packed a 40 foot container with 53 hospital beds, lots of medical equipment, second-hand Christian books and Days for Girls feminine hygiene packs. The container is due to reach Zimbabwe in mid-August and the beds and medical equipment will be used to help establish a hospital in a rural area outside of Gweru.
March 2017 - Men's Camp A dozen men from our church spent the weekend at Budgewoi on the Central Coast of NSW swimming, walking, eating and building one another up in the Lord.
February 26th, 2017 - SRE Commissioning Service It was wonderful to see people attending from more than ten different churches as we hosted the Annual SRE Commissioning Service. The paid volunteers, as well as the volunteer Scripture teacher were prayed for as we seek God's annointing and blessing for the year ahead.
January 2017 - Kangaroo Valley Camp We enjoyed some of the best weather yet for our annual camp at the Bendella Picnic Grounds in Kangaroo Valley. Our youth leaders shared "Stories that changed the World" as we explored the Parables of Jesus.>
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