Brooklyn Park Church of Christ
As COVID restrictions kicked in, we sensed a rare opportunity dig deeply into this question and why God has us at Brooklyn Park.
It was encouraging to recognize that our purpose – a Jesus-centred spiritual family who are passionate about seeing lives change – was still the core of who God was calling us to be. Even if we couldn’t meet in the same space, there were so many ways in which we could still live those values out together.
However, our Board wrestled with what we would do if we were starting a church from scratch in August 2020. We imagined a scenario where we were given our fantastic facility and a diverse group of 80-90 people to kick off our new church. We settled on 2 key priorities. We would have a simple but intentional time of gathering together, where we took time to be reminded about who God is, what Jesus has done for us, share family stories, unpack and apply Scripture together and gather around the Communion table to reflect, remember and celebrate. We would also invest heavily in small groups – 3-10 people connecting regularly to share their joys and struggles, learn from each other, talk about their next steps in their walk with Jesus, how to serve and support our neighbours and pray together.
Earth-shattering? Not really! But we have been very challenged about how much of our focus, energy and resourcing goes towards both of those key areas and whether the other things we’re doing are helping or holding back those priorities for us.
We’re excited about the journey ahead and the continued refining that we believe God is doing in and through us at BPCC.
The first meeting at Point Sturt was in the tent home of William Crawford in 1855. A Church was then built, opening in 1861, free of debt. David Mann supervised the construction of the building and also built the cedar seats. The slate roof which still remains was the work of James Crabb Verco. An organ was purchased in 1925.
Baptisms were performed in the lake. In 1868 there were 53 scholars in the Sunday School.
In 1900 it was considered acceptable for a wage of 104 pounds per year for a married man and 80 pounds per year for a single man.
There will be a service at this well maintained building on August 22nd at 2.00pm. Grant Simpson will be the speaker and Daryll Telfer is leading the service. Although not in regular use for many years, we are still celebrating 160 years of the faithful witness of this Church.
Enquiries and registrations for attendance can be made to Carolyn Yelland 0412 499 302.
In this edition:
"Welcome to the Internet" - Peter Barney
Pt Sturt 160th Anniversary
A new initiative at Modbury
GMP responds to the Cudlee Creek bushfire
"Ask not what your church can do for you"
The Noarlunga Centre Church of Christ is seeking a full time minister. The proposed term of the contract is for 5 years based on the current Churches of Christ SA & NT salary package and conditions.
See details attached for further information and what is required for an application.
Applications close September 3rd, 2021.