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.
Vacancy for a Minister
Strathalbyn Church of Christ
We are seeking a Minister with appropriate theological qualifications and past ministerial experience to serve with the leadership team in the rural town of Strathalbyn. Applicants should have a deep commitment to prayer, have an enduring love for pastoral care of the congregation and the community, and desire to actively reach out to our community and to evangelical missions with the love of our saviour, Jesus our Lord.
We believe in the sovereignty of God, the centrality of the cross of Christ and His sacrificial love for us, and the authority of scripture.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Music Team at Marion Church of Christ has stepped into the world of Virtual Choirs
Singing a beautiful rendition of "The Blessing" by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, we joined together via our phones and studio through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated and the behind the scenes team.
Please share with your friends and family - connect with one another and surround yourself with these beautiful words:
The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace
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.
Included in this edition:
Articles by Peter Barney
News from GMP and CareWorks
A resource for families
Please be advised that the physical office for state operations is closed until further notice. However, the state team is still working and resourcing our churches. Our listed phone number will redirect you to our mobile reception and our staff are still answering emails.
Our church buildings are currently closed but our church communities are connecting with each other in creative ways during this time of physical distancing from one another. Please refer to our list of churches and connect with them through the listed contact information if you would like to find out more about online worship services or pastoral support they are offering during this difficult time.
We aim keep you updated on relevant information through our latest news from time to time.
In the Need 2 Know this month:
- Mark Riessen reflects on leadership transitions introducing incoming State Minister Peter Barney
- Read about how Churches of Christ congregations, Careworks and GMP are working together towards bushfire recovery in the Adelaide hills and how you can help.
- Dates for your diary and more