Weekly News 23 April 2021

Sunday 25 April: 10am SERVICE:  At the church, or Click https://zoom.us/j/5172232020

Preacher Jun Tan   Genesis 1:26-28, Matthew 28:18-20  “WHY ARE YOU SAVED?”

We are saved to make disciples who make disciples so that the Earth eventually will be filled with God’s image-bearing disciples – God’s original purpose for creation.

We will mark ANZAC day during the service as well.

THIS WEEK: Conversational English and Bible Studies have resumed for term 2.

May 2, 10am: Prayer Walk. Jun will lead the service with Communion, and people in the congregation will divide into groups (to walk to Balwyn Library/McDonalds area, Becket Park, Balwyn Community Centre, Chatham Primary School) and one group will stay in the church. They will pray for the community in that centre, and observe who is there etc. On return after 30 minutes, there will be a shared song, an offering and a report of what people have observed.

May 6-7, 9-4.30 pm: Kate Pocklington will be using our church for an event, “Peacemaking in Multi-cultural teams”. Pioneers has invited people in the Church to attend, at a cost of $40. Please let krpock@gmail.com know by 30 April if you can attend.

16 May, 10am: We will have another Youth Service (it was great to have the children and youth involved on 11 April!), and Community Lunch.

Care groups:   https://balwynbaptist.org.au/ministries/care-groups/

WHAT IS GOD’S NEXT PLAN FOR US AS A CHURCH?

WE BELIEVE GOD IS LEADING US TOWARD A NEW APPOINTMENT

When Pastor Jun first arrived, Julie and others in the diaconate emphasized the need for a focus on the children and youth in our church. Since then, this emphasis has continued. As we saw in the April Youth Service, we are blessed with a number of people who are under 25 years old.

At the Deacons’ meeting on Wednesday, we continued to pursue our discussion.

We believe that the time is now right to employ a person for 1.5 or 2 days a week whose focus would be to nurture children and youth in our congregation, to reach others in the community, and to give training to those already working with children in the church.

With this in mind, we have authorised Jun to have continued informal discussions with someone who has already expressed a desire to help in this regard.

Above all, we want what God wants for this church. And this is why we want everyone in the church to pray with us about this matter.

We believe the time is right for this move. It may be that we will be able to proceed with an appointment in our June Church Meeting.