- I’m New
- About us
Corner of Church St and Market St Wollongong 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 5pm & 7pm each Sunday
In July, Mission of the Month giving is divided between Scripture Union and Bible Society. The title of each organisation reminds us of the importance of taking in and passing on God’s truth in Scripture.
I have recently been reading The Bible In Australia: A Cultural History, a new book from historian Meredith Lake, which has been well reviewed in major Australian newspapers and literary journals. It’s a thick book, but fascinating to read of the breadth and depth of the Bible’s varied impact in Australia. Sadly too few young Australians are experiencing that, and Scripture Union and the Bible Society are trying to change that!
Scripture Union is an interdenominational movement, working with the churches to passionately, creatively, and prayerfully share the Good News of Jesus. Importantly to the Illawarra, their ministries include camps, student Christian groups (SUPA clubs in primary and ISCF groups in high schools), and their largest ministry, SUFM (Scripture Union Family Mission – also known as ‘Beach Mission’). For more see sunsw.org.au/.
I am thankful that students from St Michael’s can attend Christian lunchtime groups in their public schools because of the ‘covering’ of SU. Likewise I am thrilled that numbers of St Michael’s members volunteer serve each January on SU beach missions!
Bible Society Australia has pursued its goal for over 200 years: to translate, publish, distribute and engage people with the Bible. E.g., the Bible Society provides thousands of Bibles are each year to chaplains for distribution in hospitals, prisons, prisons and within the Australian Defence Force, and via overseas projects. They also partner with Australian indigenous communities to translate and distribute the Bible in indigenous languages.