Small groups are one great way to connect

Small groups are one great way to connect

Hi Church Family

In last Sunday’s sermon we were reminded again of the importance of not becoming isolated and connecting into community. It is one of the many wonderful characteristics of the church, a family of believers.

The Apostle Paul instructs the church in the book of Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” As we gather together we are able to share the journey of life with our brothers and sisters in Christ, delighting in the good times, and comforting in the harder times, by supporting and encouraging one another. Small groups are one great way to connect in, meeting together, spending time in God’s Word, in prayer and in fellowship. A new FABS (Female Adult Bible Study Group) will be starting up in the coming weeks. We also have Kids Church, Youth and Young Adults all starting up again next week as the new school term begins, all such powerful tools to find a place for our young people to connect in and build strong, healthy friendships.

This Sunday we are looking forward to hosting a guest preacher, Dr. Garth Eichorn who has dedicated many years of his life to the important work of Street Chaplaincy. Lastly, we are in need of a new place to store our church trailer, we are very grateful to Manya Wilms who has let us store the trailer in her garage for the last couple of years. If you have a spare car space in your garage and would be willing to help out in this way please could you contact Reinhard Prins reinhard.prins@gmail.com

See you on Sunday!

Alex

Encourage one another

Encourage one another

Hi Church Family

I always find it fascinating to see how God is at work all over the globe through his people. Even a small snapshot of those who are part of our church is a testament to that. This week we welcome Pastor Jaco Classen to the pulpit. Jaco will be wrapping up his time at our Kalgoorlie church plant at the end of October to accept a call to Tasmania. We are grateful for his years of faithful service and work in Kalgoorlie, and look forward having him share at Grace.

Pastor Joe and Cecile are currently away in Brisbane to present the Genesis Music Project at the Creation Ministries Conference, and at two of our sister churches in Queensland, please keep them in your prayers as they minister on the east coast. We also received an update from Tarbie van Tonder as she embarks on her mission work in Malaysia, they have a week of intensive leadership training next week. We join her in praying that God would be at work in the hearts of the participants.

We are also thankful for the work that takes place in our daily lives and communities. The faithful meeting of the family in small groups or in fellowship for a meal or a coffee, praying for one another, helping out a friend in need. It is a wonderful blessing to be a part of the church family.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Praying for you all.

Alex

Manoah House

Manoah House

Hi church family.

We are living in exciting times. God is stirring the hearts of so many people in our church to live lives for his glory. One example of this was seen last week when we had a visit from Gerard Goiran, Director of Manoah House (our W.A. Reformed Churches Old Age Home based in Gosnells.) Gerard shared in our Sunday service how they are desperate for new board members to continue the work of Manoah House. I met him after church and he excitedly shared with me that 3 capable men put up their hands to get involved as board members. He said “we went from a desperate situation of lack into one of abundance – all in the space of one church service.”

On a different note – I need to update you about our Kalgoorlie Church Plant. After 14 years we will be closing this church plant when Pastor Jaco Classen leaves end of October. Over the years the work has proven to be meaningful as Sunday services, pastoral care and practical help was afforded to folks there, most of them new migrants from South Africa. Pastor Jaco was also able to make a big difference as an area chaplain for the district. However, since the migrant influx wained, and many of the core people moved out of Kalgoorlie, the church has lost a lot of its momentum and has shrunk significantly in numbers – to the point where it is now unsustainable. This was compounded by the fact that Pastor Jaco Classen accepted a call to a Reformed Church in Tasmania. Since making public his acceptance of the call, most of the folks remaining in the church plant indicated that they would be moving to other established congregations in Kalgoorlie. While over the past few years the church plant was able to cover all their ministry costs, of late the burden has fallen on Grace Church to pick up the shortfall of the declining giving. After much prayer and deliberation between our Church Council and the Leadership in Kalgoorlie, it was decided to wrap up the work as it became clear that it’s no longer sustainable. This would also allow Grace Church to look at an alternative church plant initiatives in future – perhaps somewhere in the Northern Suburbs of Perth (where we only have one Reformed Church vs 7 in the Southern suburbs.) *Next Sunday Pastor Jaco Classen will visiting Grace Church as we say goodbye to him prior to him taking up the work in Tasmania. We’ll also commit him and his family in prayer.

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens.” Rev’ 3:7-8

God bless you all

Pastor Joe

Celebrate Lord’s Supper

Celebrate Lord’s Supper

Hi church family

Planet earth. It’s a tough place to live in sometimes. Sin stained and filled with brokenness. Even God’s people – those who are saved and made new – feel the strain of this world. It makes us realise we aren’t home yet. We are simply pilgrims passing through on the way to our heavenly dwelling.

Yet every time we notice beauty in this world, perhaps the wild flowers, or our children smiling, or listening to a stirring song – it’s like we are given glimpses of heaven. A small deposit of something greater and more majestic to come. If like me, you’re having a challenging week, look up, notice the flowers as your drive home and be reminded that there is still much to be thankful for in world. Let’s celebrate the small mercies of the Lord while we wait for the big breakthroughs to come. Life can be tough, but we are a tough people. In Christ we are over comers.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the church wide training day held last Sunday. It was such a blessing to see so many ministry groups meet all around the place. Training was held in some groups while others held team meetings to review and plan ahead. We’ve also had a few more volunteers sign up to join a ministry team. It was a big step in the right direction to better equip and strengthen our church. May the Spirit of God stir us to continue building stronger and more effective ministry teams so that God can use us in greater ways to build and advance His kingdom.

Last Sunday I kicked off a 3 part series on Freedom. We looked at Freedom in the heart – how Christ sets us free to be freedom agents in this world. This Sunday we will look at Freedom in the church.

Church is all about Koinonia – the gathering of the saints. As a church we are also called to gather in the lost and broken. May God help us to see that we are to live in such a way that we will impact the people around us. Jesus is our best example how to accomplish it. He shows us what it means to be a church that is free to ‘win, build and send.’

This Sunday we will celebrate Lord’s Supper together. It’s a special time where we can reflect on the Grace of God, be reminded of our duty to be gracious to others and find renewed strength in the Lord.

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – Acts 2:42

God bless you all
Pastor Joe

Church wide training

Church wide training

Hi church family.

This Sunday we will be celebrating Father’s Day with a special ‘Donuts with Dads’ treat available to enjoy over a cup of coffee after the service. Sunday will also be the 2nd day of Spring which means we’ll be seeing more wild flowers and blossoms on display in nature. May this Sunday be a day where our hearts are filled with inspiration and thankfulness for our fathers and the beauty of creation around us.

Please remember our ‘church wide training day’ scheduled for Sunday 9th September. It’ll be at most an hour after the morning service – from 11.30am to 12.30pm. As mentioned before, it’s an opportunity for our different ministry groups to get together as teams, to give input how we can improve what we do, as well as the opportunity to provide some training related to our different areas.

This week we will host a prominent speaker – Martyn Iles – at our Sunday service. Martyn is a young, gifted speaker from a conservative Christian background. He is also a preacher who speaks with passion from God’s Word and how it relates to a world that is becoming more and more hostile towards Christianity. Myles started the ‘Human Rights Law Alliance’ (defending Christians who are prosecuted in AUSTRALIA for living out their Christian convictions.) He is also the managing director of the ACL (Australian Christian Lobby.)

The following Sunday I will start a series in the lead up to September 23rd where we will join other churches across Australia to host a Freedom Sunday service. More details to follow in the weeks ahead.

In closing I want to speak a word of thankfulness to our church for helping with the funeral arrangements of Jan (jnr) v d Laan. As many of you know Jan & Joy v d Laan (previous members of our church) received the sad news last week that their son ‘Jan Jnr’ had passed away. They hastily flew back to Perth to make funeral arrangements. In a few short days so many logistics had to be sorted out, but thanks to the support of family and friends – and our Grace Church community – we were able to assist the family in this time of need. Yesterday we had the memorial services for Jan. Though it was a sad occasion, much comfort was given and received as many people gathered to remember his life and to say their good bye’s. May we all continue to prayerfully uplift Jan and Joy in their time of grief.

God bless you all

Pastor Joe