What does it mean to be the church?

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13 August, 2020

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.

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Grocer with a heart - local hero

Caring. Selfless. Inclusive.

These are the words being used to describe Westfield local hero finalist, Grocer with a heart at the Brighton Church of Christ.

Two years ago we shared a story about this emerging community ministry which is now having a huge inpact in the community where the Brighton church is located.

Cheryle Pinkess is a member of the Brighton Church of Christ and Grocer with a heart visionary and creator. She contacted us this week to let us know that she has been recognised as a local hero finalists. Cheryle says: "To say I am over the moon after just 2 years of creating “Grocer with a Heart” to get to the Semi Finals is just amazing along with some very generous, caring people doing amazing work within the community."

Here's what Westfield Marion are saying about Grocer with a heart:

"Caring Cheryle Pinkess is the driving force behind Grocer with a heart, a local shop where people can get healthy food at little or no cost. Cheryle has connections with local supermarkets, farmers and bakeries. Along with her team, collects most of the food ensuring the store is well stocked, so people don’t go hungry.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Cheryle is successful, Grocer with a Heart will use its funds to buy a snap freezer and oven combination to preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables and further stretch food donations."

Let's get around Cheryle and the Brighton Church of Christ and give them our vote and support. Cheer them on and click the link below to vote for Cheryle. It will take you less than 60 seconds. Voting closes on August 22nd.

If you want to drop in a visit Grocer with a heart their new openening times are:

Mondays 10am - 1pm

Tuesdays 10am - 3:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm)

Wednesdays 10am - 3:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm)

Thursdays 10am - 3:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm)

Fridays 10am - 3:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm)

Saturday 10am to 1pm

The Westfield Local Hero finalist with the highest number of community votes for each Westfield centre will be awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation.

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Berri Church of Christ full time ministry position available

Minister Profile Role Specification

Berri Church of Christ

The Berri Church of Christ Leadership Team are seeking to appoint a fulltime Minister commencing after February 17th 2023, with an initial term of 5 years.

We are seeking someone who will provide biblically based teaching (God’s word being inherent) and who will work together with the Holy Spirit as teacher and guide to equip God’s church, to build intimacy with Christ and grow together in God. To encourage and support members to understand God’s truths and application to their lives and how to share the gospel with others.

We believe that God is calling us into a vibrant ministry that supports and reflects Christ love for one another and our wider community. This will include encouraging those who come into fellowship to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, to be baptised by full immersion and to receive and use the gifts of the Holy spirit in worship, fellowship and as individuals.

Essential:

· Mature in Christ and committed to a personal relationship with Christ, being directed and led by the Holy Spirit

· Committed to work with Leadership as a team and provide oversight of the church members, supporting their vision and mission

· To be highly proficient in the teaching of God’s word and pastoral care

· Inclusive and welcoming of others within the guidelines

· of God’s word, supporting them to become ‘Christ like’ and live according to God’s word

· To participate in Church fellowship, study groups, outreach and the mission of the church

· To be an effective communicator with the young and elderly and supporting their growth in Christ and roles in the church

· Eligible for accreditation as a minister with Churches of Christ SA & NT

Desirable

· Prepared to consider long term ministry with Berri Church of Christ

· Willing to work with other regional churches to support the work of God’s Kingdom

· Willing to participate in Churches of Christ SA State Office activities and planning

· Proficient IT skills

Expressions of Interest for this position, including C.V., will be received up to May 30th 2022 and should include a covering letter addressing the above essential and desirable requirements.

Expressions of interest can be initially directed to Garry Pinnington: garry@prpgroup.com.au

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