For some, the end of the year brings an ending to many other things; jobs, school year, sporting groups. For our year 12’s, the end of school is fast approaching and who knows what the future holds. Some will go off to do further study and Uni or Tafe, some may enter a trade, and some may enter straight into the workforce or take a gap year. But what now? What happens to these young people? Unfortunately most people at that stage in life leave the church. What are we doing/ what can we do better to keep these young people engaged and feel like they are a part of the church family? Say hi and have a quick chat after church. Ask them questions and get to know them. Find something that interests you both. Run an activity. Invest in them. Be a mentor. I am so thankful for those who are older in the church that have mentored me, whether in an official capacity or just checking in on me every couple of months. Who will you invest in?
Sometimes Jesus’s call upon us to be disciple makers just seems too big and daunting so we give up. Perhaps you’ve talked to people about Jesus but been knocked back. Perhaps you’re not sure how to talk to people. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself the right personality for it. What if we’ve just made it much harder for ourselves than we’ve needed? Luke 9 and 10 captivate me for a whole lot of reasons, one being Jesus gives us profound insight into how to go about disciple making. One insight is this: look for people of peace to share the gospel / your faith with (10:5-6). There are many people out there who we can share our testimony with. Some will listen, some won’t. While we are called to love everyone, look for the people of peace in your life who are ready to hear about Jesus. How do we identify them? They are people who: like you, listen to you and serve you (by serve I mean offer to help out or serve you in some way). I suspect you have someone in your sphere of influence who might be ready to hear how Jesus has impacted you
Nite Shift is a program for students in year 11&12. It currently sees 4-6 regular students come along and have their own space. We have been to Bounce, iPlay and to see a movie, as well as a games and pizza night and hangouts at the park. We even have a mascot. What I have found great in this group is the relaxed welcoming atmosphere, where the pressures of school, life and the world can be left behind, even if only for a couple of hours. They can let go of “society norms” and just be. The goal of Nite Shift is to do what they want to do. If they want to study, we’ll study, if they want to go on an adventure, we’ll do that. Although it isn’t all just about hanging out. I know that the students attending not only chat when we meet, but they will check in with each other and see how they are going. They are finding who they are in this space, and then going out into the world. Please be praying for the Nite Shifters as some will be taking their final exams and graduating, and as we welcome year 10 students to come and join in. For information on Nite Shift contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
COMING UPCar Wash postponed until further notice… Taster TermTerm 4 sees our Taster Term for both Youth and Nite Shift returning. If you know someone in grade 6, they can come along to our Youth events, and those in grade 10 welcomed to join in Nite Shift. For Information on Nite Shift – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com N.B. As processes and circumstances change and develop, so will our programs.
Ping Pong-A-Thon. Let’s end the exploitation, trafficking and slavery of young people in our world.People from CrossLife Youth and other other ministries will be playing Ping Pong over the course of 24hrs at different locations, to raise money and awareness to stop slavery and human trafficking. Please check out THIS EVENT for more info. As spacing in venues will be limited, tickets will be needed. Please start to sign up from Saturday 12th September.
I’m grateful that we are currently doing a series on thankfulness (yes, pun intended)! There are many ways to encourage and cultivate thankfulness within our lives. One such way is simply to reflect on the day that was. On the first Sunday in this series, I shared the ‘Prayer of Examen’ (or a slightly modified version of the original by Ignatius of Loyola) – a prayer, or perhaps series of questions or thoughts that can shape our reflecting and praying. I encourage you once (or more) this week to use it to reflect on what we have been grateful to God for. Be grateful for God’s blessings (ask God to reveal). (Eph 5:20, Col 3:17) Review the day with openness and gratitude, looking for times when God has been at work and times you may have ignored him. Pay attention to your emotions in order to listen to God. (Why do I feel that way? – Ps 139:23) Express sorrow for sin and ask for God’s forgiving love. (1 Jn 1:9-10) Pray for the grace to be more available to God who loves you. (Rom 12:1)As Christ followers we are a grateful people. Jesus has given us plenty to be grateful. I pray over you favour where you go with gratitude over grumbling. Stef Maslen, Upper Coomera campus Pastor.
Despite the obvious negatives and devastation that have come from this COVID season, I am grateful for a few things that may not have been possible if not for it. Quality family time. Life can get pretty crazy as we know, but COVID for a lot of people has meant they can slow down and spend time together as a family. I have heard wonderful stories of the cool things that families have been able to do together (e.g. bake, have movies nights, go for family walks etc etc.) which were much harder to squeeze into busy schedules beforehand. Personally, I have found more time at home very beneficial for my still-very-new-marriage! Church in a different way. I have really enjoyed the online broadcasts and the interaction online! And though I have not personally been to a physical service yet, I have loved hearing stories of how different yet refreshing our ‘new normal’ church service is. I love how the creative listening space includes and involves people of all ages, but especially our kids! I really believe this will help us feel like a family all the more! Youth Life Groups. COVID actually sped up the process of a few youth life groups forming in the last couple months. As a result of isolation, services stopping and youth going online, there was an increased need among our youth for connection with each other and with Jesus, and we felt an urgency to speed up the process of implementing these life groups. Currently we have 3x small groups running, 2x girls youth years 8-10 and 1x online boys discord group. I have been SO encouraged leading one of the girls youth life groups. I have loved seeing them grow in their desire for God and to learn more about Him through…
Along with their families, the youth will be partaking in a Car Rally. Hopping on zoom and completing tasks given to them, while driving to different locations. Follow THIS LINK to register. Tickets will go up from 12pm Thursday 10th. Check out the event for more details.
Some people have asked questions about the details of how we are running our Sunday meetings now. Please read our ‘FAQ’ (‘Frequently Asked Questions’) Registrations Who do I need to register for? Just myself or my whole family? When registering please register for yourself and all your household members that are attending with you. When do I need to register by? It would help the admin teams if everyone has registered by lunchtime on Friday but if this is not possible, registrations will be open until Sunday morning. What if I forget to register? We are encouraging pre-registration to ensure Sunday mornings flow easier and quicker getting into the service and to ensure we do not go over our numbers. However, if it is your allocated week you may still attend but you will have to fill in your details when you arrive at the service. Please be aware however that if you arrive and we have already reached our limit of attendees then we will be unable to accommodate you. We have allocated an additional 10 spaces each week to accommodate newcomers. 97 +10 = Upper Coomera 80 + 10 = Helensvale 80 + 10 = Southport Do I have to register if I am on the roster? Yes – Those that are on the roster each week MUST still register your attendance so we can keep a live track/tally of number on the day so we do not go over our venue limit. I am wanting to bring along friends and or extra family members, will there be enough room for them? Friends, family and newcomers are always more than welcome and we ask that you register them as you would yourself so we can keep a track/tally of all registrations. Volunteers What if I am sick or…
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to get to one of our campuses for a service the first time since we closed back in March. It was great to see a lot of people again that I hadn’t seen for nearly 6 months. It was weird to not greet each other with a hand shake and to not have a chat after the service with morning tea. To me, it didn’t feel like church, at least how I wanted church. But God had something else to say to me about that. He said it isn’t about what I want and what I can’t do now. Going to church isn’t about me and what I want, it is about Him. Don’t get me wrong, meeting with each other and fellowship is a great thing, but that should not be our number one thought and desire. God should be. If God isn’t the centre of our focus, then what is the point? What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.