These bits n pieces (from the last two years) 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.
Our church hosted the Combined Churches Pentecost Service on Sunday 5th June. It was great to come together to worship God and to hear from our guest speaker, Gladwyn Turner. Lots of people (and the musicians) enjoyed being a part of a large combined churches music team!
On the June long weekend we again had our Annual Church Camp at Camp Kedron. This year we were blessed by guest speaker Sam Abalo who shared about love, rest, encouragement and healthy churches.
The men met up for dinner together at the Coolibah Hotel on Monday 9th May. Thank you to Craig for organising this great night out. Jarred enjoyed the meat platter!
On Mothers’ Day the kids from our Junior Church did a hilarious skit about all the useful stuff and treasures that mums have in their handbags!
Philip and Joy graciously opened their home and backyard for our Good Friday service. We sought shade under the trees and listened to the local birdlife as Joy displayed props to help us more fully understand the events of the Jesus’ crucifixion, Philip led us in Holy Communion and Ben spoke on the significance of Christ’s death.
Thank you to Tony and Janelle who hosted a Church BBQ at their home on Saturday 30th April.
It was a special day on Sunday 20th February as lots of friends and family from the Van Aardt and Doughty families joined us as Jarred and Keziah dedicated their daughter Phoebe.
Our church also had the pleasure of hosting the annual Combined Churches SRE service on Sunday 27th February.
Carol Hudson shared about the meaning of Christmas at our tropical themed annual Women’s Christmas Dinner. A big thank you to Janelle and Kayleen who organised the event, along with Craig who oversaw the catering.
On Wednesday 29th December we enjoyed swimming and food at our Church picnic at Parsley Bay.
Congratulations to Jarred and Keziah on the birth of their firstborn daughter.
2021 COVID lockdown
This year Sydney was locked down from the end of June til the middle of October which meant our services had to go online for 17 weeks. During this time we met over ZOOM and still managed to hear from guest speakers, update our Safe Church Training for all our leaders and volunteers, host several virtual games nights and celebrate Fathers’ Day.
At the eleventh hour the NSW/VIC border opened up and our guest speakers, Jeremy & Linda Rensford, along with two of their sons were able to join us for our annual Church camp at Camp Kedron on the northern beaches of Sydney. It was terrific to be back with our extended-church-family with the staff at Camp Kedron after missing out being with them in 2020.
Kayleen, Michelle and Rachael, with the help of their kids, entertained us with a brilliant performance of “The kids are calling out for me” to the tune of “Say a little prayer for me” to celebrate Mothers’ Day.
Our church hosted the annual Combined Churches Pentecost service on Sunday 23rd May with guest speaker Maria Matherson (nee Vidal and formerly from Merrylands Baptist Church).
It was a pleasure to see Mitchell and Pablo baptised in water at our Good Friday service in the park.
Tony and Janelle welcomed a daughter into their family, while we fare-welled Dion and Abigail who have moved out to Windsor and relocated to a new church home.
As COVID protocols started to ease up nearly 20 men enjoyed catching up over dinner at the Coolibah Hotel in Merrylands.
A small group of youth and young adults spent four days enjoying camping at Kangaroo Valley.
Much planning went on to ensure that our annual Women’s Christmas Dinner could still be held this year in a COVID-safe way. We ended up with more registrations than ever before, and at the maximum capacity allowed. Thank you to Kathy, Craig, Janelle, Kayleen and all those who made the dinner so successful!
A group of men enjoyed the opportunity to walk around Parramatta Lake and have coffee together.
We hosted a second successful online trivia night on 17th October. Lots of fun was had as teams answered questions and completed challenges from home locations. Ultimately team SHEP won!
20 dads and kids gathered at the Watts home for a Fathers’ Day breakfast where Aaron shared about fatherhood.
On the last weekend of August the women enjoyed a quiet weekend away together at the Mt Schoenstatt retreat in Mulgoa – reflecting on the theme ‘It is well with my soul’.
Praise God that we have been able to resume our Sunday services at the Greystanes Community Centre after 14 weeks of online services. See our home page for information about the additional precautions that have been put in place so we can care for each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday 28th June we spent some time during our online service honouring Brian and Elizabeth as Brian officially relinquished his role as Senior Minister. Brian has been the Senior Minister of our church for more than 40 years and will continue to serve as an Elder. Once the restrictions around social gatherings in relation to COVID-19 have been lifted, we hope to have a more substantial time of celebration.
On Saturday 6th June eight teams participated in our Virtual Trivia night! Lots of fun and laughter was had with team ‘Chippies’ winning the contest.>