Our annual church conference is less than one month away!

This year we’re hosting a one-day conference at The Illawarra Grammar School on Sunday 15 October (8:30am – 4pm), with Bible talks from Simon Flinders on ‘The Fear of the Lord’. It’s important to note that there will be no other services at St Michael’s (Wollongong or Corrimal) that day, so we can free up everyone to attend! You’ll need to register or book in advance, ideally by Sunday 8 October to help us with catering.

By God’s grace, we hope and pray it will be one of our best family gatherings to date.

At church last Sunday we interviewed a few members to find out what they have loved about previous church camps, and why they think you should come this year too! Here are some highlights…

What have you loved about past conferences/camps?

“The opportunity to spend big chunks of time with my church family. There’s no rushing around or needing to get somewhere else. If a conversation gets distracted by kids or whatever you can pick it up again. You don’t even have to bring snacks or plan what to eat, we just get to turn up and all be there together with the luxury of time to enjoy and encourage each other.”

Nicole (5pm)

“I loved that the St Michael’s church family really came together as part of God’s big family and we got to know each other, spending time learning God’s word together.”

Junjia (11:30am)

What are you looking forward to about the upcoming church conference?

“Spending more time with our church family. I can remember the buzz from the Unity Service at the start of the year. It was fabulous and I’m keen for more of that. I’ve also heard from some people here that Simon Flinders is a great Bible teacher and speaker, so I’m looking forward to learning from him.”

Sharyn (10am)

“I am looking forward to meeting new faces at church conference this time and be encouraged by just being there and having this fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Also I am keen to hear more about what the Bible says on the topic of fearing God. Like the right attitude we all shall know about and have when we face Him in our life on a daily basis?”

Junjia (11:30am)

Why should you come along?

“Because we’re one big church family, and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn together and grow together as one. You should come because you will be encouraged, and you will be an encouragement to others!”

Sharyn (10am)

“Because church is more than just Sunday services. When Paul says ‘do not give up meeting together, but encourage one another all the more as you see the Day approaching’(Hebrews 10) he doesn’t just mean Sundays, he means taking every opportunity to connect and be part of our church community … Even if you’re feeling a bit meh about church conference, you encourage your brothers and sisters simply by being there. We love you and we want to see your face and listen to God’s word and sing and eat cake with you.”

Nicole (5pm)

“You should come because you will be encouraged and spurred on in your faith. You’ll be encouraged by fellowship with people of all different ages and deepening relationships, encouraged by singing praises to our great God, and of course by spending time in the Bible. Colossians 3:16 says, ‘Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts’, and our church services and conferences do just that.”

Eugénie (7pm)
Learn more about our guest preacher, Simon Flinders!