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An Easy English Congregation

Ministers' letters, Ministries, People

  Friends, Last Sunday was Vision Sunday at St Michael’s. We heard our vision and some of the exciting plans for 2017. This includes an Easy English Congregation, onsite, on late Sunday mornings. An Easy English Congregation is an exciting and significant next step for the ministry of the word and prayer at St Michael’s, continuing…

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Minister’s Letter – Rise of the Local

Announcements, Community, Ministers' letters

Leading Australia social researcher, Mark McCrindle* has identified his top 5 trends for 2017. No. 1 was the rise of the local, as our cities grow. For example, he says that increasingly, “residents live, work and interact in a part of their city rather than the traditional commuter approach […] The year ahead will see…

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The Priority of Relationships

Community, Ministers' letters, Prayer

Friends, as part of his MTS ministry traineeship, Steve and I have been discussing Broughton Knox’s The Everlasting God. I was the very first generation of students to begin at Moore College who did not receive a single lecture from Dr Knox, its Principal prior to Peter Jensen. Dr Knox’s theology has been pivotal in…

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New Year, new you?

Ministers' letters

How do you feel about the start of a new year? Does it fill you with excitement, or fill you with anxiety? Are you looking forward to a happy event and all that the future might hold, or dreading that milestone birthday or saddened by failing health and the relentless marching of time? Do you…

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Minister’s Letter – Ready for Christmas?

5pm, Announcements, Community, Events, Ministers' letters

Friends, are you ready for Christmas? That’s the theme of our Christmas postcard and advertising video this year… Which thanks to our Communications Minister, Lauren Russell, was all ready to be used even before December arrived! Keep your eyes and ears out, and be ready to share on Facebook, or via email, or better still…

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Minister’s Letter: Post-Election Prayer

Ministers' letters, News & Prayer, Social comment

Friends, I have adapted this Scripture and prayer from Scotty Smith’s daily prayer blog, in particular, “A Prayer for a Day Before an Election”. Wollongong also had its own by-election for the state parliament yesterday too. And regardless of your politics, there are good reminders about out ultimate centre and security here… Do not be…

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Minister’s Letter – Good Question

10am, Ministers' letters, Ministries, Prayer

Friends, how would you answer these questions? What does it mean to live as a Christian? What did we do to deserve Christ dying for us? Does God love us more when we become Christian? When people say “Jesus Christ!”, is it not always good? These are all questions I have heard recently. All of…

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Minister’s Letter – Apartment Engage

Community, Ministers' letters, Missions, Prayer

Friends, recently an 8am congregation member asked: What are we doing for the new apartment residents in the Gong? You can’t help but notice cranes on the horizon and hundreds of new apartments going up, where eventually a few thousand extra residents will move in around the Wollongong CBD – our parish! People who are moving…

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Minister’s Letter – Synod Update

Announcements, Ministers' letters, Social comment

Friends, I and your other Synod reps are over half way through serving the cause of Christ through decision-making at Synod (our Anglican ‘parliament’) for the local Anglican churches in and around Sydney and Wollongong. Our other reps are Greg Engel and Ian McKensey. Sue Radkovic, with her regional Anglicare ESL perspective, is representing Port…

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Minister’s Letter – How to maintain your zeal for Jesus

Ministers' letters

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11 NIV11) As Sandy mentioned in a previous minister’s letter at St Michael’s we are aiming to be more intentional with how we disciple by breaking up the year into four E’s. Engaging and Evangelising unbelievers, then Establishing believers and Equipping…

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