3 August, 2020

Participate

I hope you enjoy reading some of the wonderful stories from our churches that will begin to drop over the coming days and weeks. We are using a new format to communicate how we are participating in God's mission. I am looking forward to receiving more stories from our churches to share across our movement, along with stories from our ministry partners Life Care, GMP and CareWorks.

In addition to sharing some good news from our churches we were keen to tie the look of the Newsletter in with the theme of this year’s convention; Participate: in life: in Christ”.

Participating in the life of Christ through union with Christ (Christ in me, I in Christ) is a New Testament theme that emerges throughout the apostle Paul’s writings, John’s writings and the New Testament more broadly. (Col. 1:27) We are invited in these New Testament writings to align ourselves with Jesus. We are to follow the lead of Jesus as we live out our lives and to seek to be in relationship with Jesus as our primary response to the call of the Gospel.

Our lives are full of participation; in our families, our workplaces, friendship groups and in society as a whole. We are also called to participate in the movement of the Churches of Christ and for these many reasons we see this theme as relevant for us at this time. Our hope is that our reflections at Convention will help us to think about how we participate in the Churches of Christ movement. We also hope it will help us to participate in life as a response to our participation in Christ.

Peter Barney

State Minister

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16 April, 2020

Family, fitness, faith & fun

There are lots of extra challenges on families at the moment, as many of us are finding our homes being our places of work as well as classrooms if we have school-age children.

With most of our face-to-face church programs having stopped, there is a great opportunity for us to support and equip families in doing faith-formation at home.

We know there are lots of resources bouncing around the internet currently, and we’d love to hear what you’re using, and how its working. We also want to share resources with you regularly that we believe can support families.

One such resource is called [Family.fit.](https://family.fit/) It's been developed by a collaboration of global movements with a desire to see families around the world flourish. Each session can be done in 40 minutes, either inside, at a park, or in a backyard, and has a specific theme. It involves 7 elements, including simple physical challenges and exercises, a short talk and discussion, digging into a bible passage and reflecting on it, and praying together. It's designed for people of all ages.

New content is being written and uploaded weekly, and its all free. You can access the site with the link provided and download & print the PDF files as well. You can also view all videos from the site itself, or Youtube.

We’d love to hear any feedback you receive about it, as well as any other online resources you're finding valuable with at-home discipleship.

Adrian Blenkinsop

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