12 June 2022

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11 June, 2022


Sunday 12 June 2022 

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am


Sunday School at 9:30am


Both services will be live-streamed on our website and on Youtube.

What's happening at Emmanuel

12 June SMC training

28 June - 1 July Day Camp

17 July The Story commences 

23 July Enoggera State School Trivia Night

28 July Intergenerate Conference 

30 July SMC training

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3 July Newsletter

This week I’ve been blessed to get to spend the week with 80 children and 20 or so adults at Samford Valley Community Church for our annual presbytery Day Camp. Across the week we’ve learned that: God made people with a purpose, Jesus invited people to follow him, you can trust Jesus with your life and, how to love others the way Jesus loves you. Through Games, Craft, Cooking, Music, Worship, Prayer and Fun we have engaged with scripture and others to challenge and encourage each other to Make Waves, and to join God in changing the world around us.

Day Camp is one of the Mountain top experiences (named for the transformation that usually happens there: think Moses & the commandments, and Jesus’ transfiguration), that we offer within our yearly program, and is an important part of our children’s, youth, and young adult ministry. Such mountaintop experiences push us deeper into relationship with each other and with God, and because of the extra time spent together, and intentionality of the activities, we see great transformation happen at these programs.

Some of the current leaders and directors are young adults, and recent Day Camp graduates themselves, and have experienced God’s transformation for themselves. At Day camp, they have built supportive relationships that have enhanced their own Christian formation and life, and through the intentional leadership development built into the program, have learned how to, and are now giving back, and discipling the next generation of young Christians, and leaders in our churches. I got chills (the good, Holy Spirit induced kind) this week as I listened to a room full of children and youth today singing at the top of their lungs about “Jesus their King”, and “what Great Big things” they can do, and almost couldn’t believe it when I heard the fusion team (grade 7 & 8) crying out “I am a child of God” from across the camp as their leaders modelled how you can praise and worship anywhere, anytime.

Many of the children (20-25%) who attend Day Camp, do not have regular contact with church in any other way, and so at the same time as providing peak experiences and depth for our church families, at the same time, we are reaching those outside our churches, and offering connection with a faith community. A fresh expression called “Park Church” actually emerged out of Day Camp last year and over the last 12 months has been providing a safe space for those who don’t feel comfortable in a more traditional church setting to belong and explore what it means to be part of a faith community and believe in Jesus and share his love for us with others. In addition to the activities on site during the day, Day Camp also encourages and equips families by giving information and questions to parents to help guide conversations and further faith development at home. This grounding and connection back to reality, the local community and everyday life is a vitally important part of the mountain top experience, and one that is often missed.

Day Camp is a highlight of my year, for me personally, and for my own children and their faith and leadership development. Through our involvement, I get to see them learn and grow and be challenged and get to watch them teach and challenge others as they stretch their own faith and discipleship muscles. Through it I am also challenged and with each new challenge am further equipped for the new and exciting and crazy things that God calls me to do, to make my own waves, in His name, through the world. Thanks for your ongoing support for Day Camp, and I encourage you to join in next year, to bring your kids, or to come yourself and be part of it.

God Bless,

Jess

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26 June Events

Sunday 26 June 2022 

Face to face Worship Services at 8:00am and 9:30am

Interactive prayer service


9.30 All age worship no Sunday School at today


Both services will be live-streamed on our website and on Youtube.

Worship resources for those at home is found at https://emmanueluca.org.au/sermons/26-june-2022

What's happening at Emmanuel

28 June - 1 July Day Camp

17 July The Story commences 

23 July Enoggera State School Trivia Night

28 July Intergenerate Conference 

28 July Amplify Conference

30 July SMC training

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1 May 2022 Ne2sletter

The next few months are very important for us as a church here at Emmanuel. We have both Church Council and Congregational meetings coming up where we will be discussing how we move forward as a church. We have responded well to COVID, we have kept things running but we need to move from surviving to thriving. Changes in staffing mean that we are in a position to invest into our future but we need to make sure that we look to the future. What sort of church do we want to be and how do we invest into that? We need to do some dreaming about the church we want to be. We can build upon our strengths, and we will, and bring on people to resource us for the Emmanuel of the future. We will be a church that seeks to minister to all people regardless of age, background or circumstance. We will continue to be a church that wants to grow disciples, encouraging people to come to faith and grow in their faith. We will grow disciples who will exalt God, explore what God is saying them as they engage with Scripture, who embody the Christian lifestyle in their workplace, school and neighbourhood, and continue to engage with friends and family to help people know Jesus and come into a living relationship with him. We will do this through living out our core values of transforming worship, Intentional Outreach , Fervent Prayer, Healthy Relationships , Christlike Growth. These basic commitments of our church do not need to change but the important question is how do we do this? How do we adapt to our changing society and culture so that you are empowered to be the best disciples you can be. What will help you grow to be disciples who grow disciples? As we look at our future as a church then real question is how we help you to be the best disciples you can be?

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