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24 December, 2021

Front and Centre 


Well this brings us to the last newsletter for 2021. As I look back I want to thank you everyone for an amazing year. We have done well in challenging times and maintained a focus on growing disciples who exalt, explore, embody, and engage.  On being the church that we are called to be in this place. We have done this because of the amazing people and I want to acknowledge the amazing and talented people that are a part of this church family. In doing so I will apologize now because I will inevitably leave some people out. Not deliberately but because there are so many people who help make this church family what it is. First I would like to acknowledge the ministry team. You are so fortunate to have gifted and talented people like Jess and Dom who are passionate about their calling to serve God in this way. We must also acknowledge Helen’s work and service over the past 10 years and give thanks for the way she has served the church over that time. Thanks for the leadership that is offered by the Church Council Executive, by Nathan, Chris and Ross and the extra time and effort that they have put in is huge. We are so blessed to have them. The leadership offered by the rest of Church Council and the oversight, particularly Spiritual oversight they offer, thank you. Then we have the leaders and volunteers in the various ministries that we offer and come under the Emmanuel banner. They aer many and varied and come out of the passion and commitment of many of you. In no particular order we have those involved in Community Helping Hand, Boys and Girls Brigade, Play group, Sunday School, Youth discipleship, any of our schools ministry, teaching RI, Kids Hope, supporting chaplaincy, supporting our ministry in the Solomon Islands, those leading or supporting our worship each Sunday, our musicians, worship leaders, bible readers, prayers, Dennis our COVID expert, our cleaning volunteers, those in our explore Groups, those discipling others and providing pastoral care that encourages people to grow in their faith. Those helping with the ongoing maintenance of the property, volunteers offering support i the office, particularly since Helen finished. You see what a massive list this is, and I am sure there is more. The strength of this church is all of you, serving the church and seeking to be more like Jesus in our everyday lives. My hope and prayer is that we have helped and encouraged you on that journey. That we are helping people to be more like Jesus everyday. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to lead you and encourage you on that journey. As we look towards 2022 may we have more opportunities to develop as disciples who help others to become disciples as well. Thank you everyone and blessings over this Christmas and New Year period and into 2022.

Grace and peace

Brian

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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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12 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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