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Mission Update – Anglican Youthworks

Ministries, Missions, Women's ministry

In November, our Mission of the Month giving is devoted to Anglican Youthworks. Youthworks exists to work with churches and schools in Word ministry to children, youth and families, to raise missional disciples for the glory of God.

Youthworks‘ amazing ministries include provision of Safe Ministry Training (for child protection), SRE (Scripture) curriculum publishing & teacher accreditation, book publishing, school & holiday camps, conference venues, outdoor education internship programs, quality youth (fervr.net) & family ministry (growingfaith.com.au) websites, & the Youthworks College to train children & youth ministers.

I have personally seen the growth of Christian kids (years 9-12) going on the LIT (Leaders in Training) conference, each January. Likewise, I commend their Year 13 Gap Year. And I delight in Josh Hayward’s development as a diploma of theology Youthworks student.

At the recent Synod, our Archbishop Glenn Davies commended the new, six-story building for Moore College on the corner of King Street and Carillon Avenue, Newtown…

It will provide the physical resources that we need for the next fifty years, with ample space to house our world class library, a larger gathering place for the students, as well as purpose-built areas for the staff and faculty.

He added some comments about the training of future youth and children’s ministers…

Within the campus of Moore College, Youthworks College will relocate as from January 2017. This too is an exciting development, as it will bring the training of youth and children’s minsters into closer proximity to the resources of Moore College, while still remaining a separate entity under the leadership of its Principal, the Reverend Dr Bill Salier. I should add that the need for youth and children’s ministers is still great in our Diocese, though the labourers are few. I would encourage all our parishes to identify those with gifts in this area to consider whether it is their vocation either as ordained or lay minsters to bring the gospel to the young hearts and minds of the next generation.

Parish Council Update from October’s meeting

  • As always, we opened with Bible reading and prayer, this time led by Rob Anderson
  • Stacey shared about her area of responsibility, namely Women’s Ministry Coordination, focusing on equipping women to minister to others. This proceeds not only through occasional breakfasts and dinners, but also through growth group leader training (e.g. at WOW), and encouraging mentoring and 1-1 ministries among women.
  • She especially asked prayer for the evangelistic event on November 16th, where Jeanette Chin, whom many heard earlier this year, will again be the speaker.
  • In term 4, the ministry focus is on ‘E for Equip’, and we plan a ‘ministry expo’ and ministry training fortnight in late November and early December.
  • We thanked God for the encouraging responses to the Annual Thanksgiving appeal and also via the ‘commitment raising’ pledges. Thank you too.
  • We worked on a new Wollongong Trust Ordinance, required by the Diocese to authorise leasing of Mangerton Rd, and to enact a ten-yearly review of the income distributed from the Marketview property leased to UOW. Details to be advised to parishioners as soon as the Ordinance is finalised.
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