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.
Churches of Christ ADF Chaplain, Rev. Luke Skipper has created a new resource that seeks to bring the Good News to current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and to the Ex Services Community. Originally the now titled ‘Army Christian Services’ were filmed with the intention to aid Soldiers and other Defence Force Members who whilst training found it increasingly difficult to get to Church.
Feedback was then received that this Christian resource would also be of great value to the Ex Services Community. The understanding being, that many in the Ex Service Community still have a strong affiliation/connection to the military and that this would be a great resource to help them engage with the Christian message.
The Services are short in duration (about 30 minutes) and feature topical messages that are easy for anyone to relate to. Messages are about topics like Worry, Time, Being Thankful, Friends, Enemies and other important topics relevant to all.
The Ex Service Community is extremely vast and we need help to get the word out. What we are seeking to do is to get this resource promoted widely. How can you help? Please share these Services on your social media accounts and to put up PDF Posters anywhere possible places like RSL’s, Ex Service Associations, Shopping Centres, Community Noticeboards, Places of Work, Study and Recreation. If you would like to be involved further we are also looking for passionate Christian people who want to outreach to this community to join the team who can meet with people from their geographic area and answer their questions or simply talk and share with them about Christianity.
Army Christian Services are now available on Facebook Page: Army Christian Services or go to the web lnk below.
If you would like to help or have any questions please feel free to email Australian Army Chaplain Luke Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Autumn edition of Participate includes:
A reflection for Lent
News from GMP, CareWorks, Blair Athol, Happy Valley, Elizabeth, Goolwa and Sherpa.
We are looking for someone with experience in administrating Child Safety within a Community organisation.
Churches of Christ in SA&NT Inc are looking for someone to work with volunteers from our 50 churches in South Australia to help ensure they are equipped to make their family and Children’s activities safe. You will be working with people who have a passion and energy for seeing children enjoying and loving being a part of their faith community. They will look to you to provide the administrative support to make those places safe ones.
The role is 3 days per week and with a flexible working environment, it will suit someone looking to work school hours. The initial contact is for 12 months. In addition to having experience in administrating Child Safety within a community organisation, administration experience with the PRODA National Redress Scheme portal is desirable.
To apply for this job please use the attached job description and person specification as a guide to write us a cover letter outlining why you believe you would be suitable for this role. In addition to the Cover Letter attach an up to date CV. Applications close March 6th.