What’s God Saying? First we have to listen! This year at Youth we are looking at the theme of: What’s God saying? And what am I going to do about it? But when thinking about this question for our kids and teens, I think its important to remember that we need to learn how to listen to God before we can hear what He is saying and then go and do something about it. Because God does and will speak to us, we just have to listen. I once asked a trusted family member in my life “How do I know when/if God is talking to me?” He answered, “If you’re in tune with the Holy Spirit, you can know.” Which I totally agree with! But, my confused teenage-self back then, just felt even more guilty! If I’m not hearing God then I mustn’t be in tune with the Holy Spirit! Maybe I had to tune in more? I felt so guilty that I didn’t know how to listen, nor did I really know how to tune in. Though I love that family member dearly, what I think would have been more helpful in that scenario, is if they instead told me about all the different ways God can speak to people, and the ways I could prepare myself to listen better. Maybe this would be helpful for your kids and teens too? Let’s teach them that God speaks to everyone differently! He speaks to us through: His Word the Bible, Other people Creation, and the world around us Through our circumstances Dreams/visions Many many more avenues I’m sure! Let’s teach them the many ways to LISTEN for God’s voice and what He is saying to us. Let’s encourage our kids and teens to PRAY that God would reveal His…
CrossLife Youth: How 2020 has changed the way we do ministry
What a year! 2020 certainly has been a year that we won’t forget. In 2020 we saw a move to online platforms. Whether we watched Sunday service on YouTube, or were in countless Zoom meetings, nearly all face-to-face interaction was through a digital platform. As most other programs stopped at the end of March, Youth went online. This allowed us to not only stay in contact weekly, but also with some of our friends who couldn’t join us in person normally too. What the FQ team was discovering was that people enjoyed getting “together” in a large group, but others were enjoying the freedom and openness of small groups. We have been working hard to find a great balance in this. Friday night Youth returned in term 3, meeting both in person and online, as well as 3 Youth Life Groups emerging from the break. In term 4 we ran Friday night Youth at 4 locations, one at each campus and the Nite Shift crew at different locations. An encouragement is watching the Church become more cross-generational. We finished off the school year with the Christmas Car Rally last Friday night, and saw groups from all campuses and age groups join in the fun. On Sunday mornings we have seen the Creative Listening Spaces being utilised and I have loved seeing the different creations from those who have engaged with them.
What does ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you? My whole life I have never really asked this question, so I find it an interesting thing to ponder. For some, maybe Christmas Spirit is about giving gifts, or decorating everything in red and green, or eating prawns for lunch on Christmas day. Maybe it’s about spending time with family. For me, I tend to do all these things on or around Christmas time but, that’s not what it is ALL about. I want to take this opportunity to remind you all of what Christmas is truly about – the Lord Jesus! We have the great joy of celebrating year after year His miraculous birth and the hope that He brings to all of us. It is a time we remember that Jesus was born to save us. To remember that He would eventually take the penalty for our sin against God, die in all of our places, and be raised to life defeating ALL sin in the process, so that we might be reconciled to God and have a relationship with Him. HOW GOOD IS THAT?! This is the time of year we are reminded (as well as Easter of course) how great God’s love is for us, that He would send His only son to be born a humble baby and grow up to die for us. If I am honest with you family, I don’t know what the point of celebrating Christmas is without this good news. And ‘Christmas Spirit’ without Jesus just seems rather empty. So I hope this year you dwell on the true meaning of Christmas, and I hope you share it with your families, neighbours, friends – everyone! It is too good not to! On behalf of the First Quarter Staff team (Dean, Ash and Hannah)…
Our circumstances are always changing. Our lives change for the better and worse all the time (hopefully for the better more than worse). We may be able to come to Church/Youth/Work one week and not come the next week for many reasons. We may get sick and not be able to come, and that’s not so good, but we may go on a holiday and that is good. For me, my work circumstance has recently changed. Partly good; and partly not so good. I had to make a decision as to whether to stay at one workplace or whether my time there has ended. It was a tough decision. So what did I do to help me decide? I spoke to some people who are much wiser than I, I spoke to my boss, and I spoke to God too. A few weeks ago while having a chat with God I looked up bible verses about change. It was interesting to see what God was saying to me. Here are a few. Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not…
When: Tuesday, 8 December at 7:30 PM → 8:30 PM Where: Crosslife Helensvale, 23 Discovery Drive, Helensvale — View map There will be one motion put to the meeting to be voted on as well as items of information being shared: That the church appoint a YD Chaplain Investigation Team to investigate and recommend appointments of Chaplains at YDHV, YD OSCH@TW and YDHR. That team to include the following, Stefan Maslen (Chair), Stephen Knott, Ian Lumb, Tim Phillips, Angela Hall, Jason Knight and Verna Goldthorpe. Lisa Selvey or her appointee should be invited to be a YD participant/observer to the team. To comply with current Government COVID-19 guidelines, registrations are essential. If you are coming to this meeting please register yourself and/or your family members. As with all COVID-19 requirements, the following also applies: Please stay home if you are unwell. You must check-in via UCare when you arrive at the event. Social distancing must be maintained. Refreshments will not be served, but you are welcome to bring food and drink for yourself. If you become ill shortly following the gathering, please notify us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 07 5573 3644. Register Here
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.