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Greetings from afar! It’s now been 6 months (crazy!) since I’ve left St Michael’s to go work as the Youth and Families Minister at Christ Church St Ives in Northern Sydney. I’m missing all the people at St Mick’s a lot, but it was great to visit last week while I had a week off!…

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What do you collect?

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I am a serial camp collector. I have my name tags from all the MMM camps I went on, I have my name tags from all the LiT camps I went on, I even have every single wristband from all 5 of the KYCK camps that I attended during my time at St Michael’s youth….

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Communicating Jesus

Ministers' letters, View from the pew

Do you prefer phone calls or texts? TV or radio? Email or social media? Snail mail or Facebook Messenger? Whether you’re a millennial or baby-boomer, we like to hear information delivered differently because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as one body with many parts, each with…

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Science and Christianity

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How can you as a scientist believe that crazy Christianity stuff? I was asked this question twice last year; once by a visiting mathematics professor attending our EFL classes and the other by a former high school classmate at our 50th year reunion. My answer was the same one I have given on previous occasions…

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Generosity

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Every week, in the church where I grew up, we used to pass around a big, red velvet bag during the ‘offertory’. It was a dedicated time in the service, when the organ played until the bag had been passed around to everyone. We then prayed a thanksgiving prayer, and presented our gifts and offerings…

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We can clap, We can stamp, We can share salvation!

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Mini Mikes Playtime is a ministry to families with children 0-5 years of age. We meet 9:30-11, Thursday mornings during school term, with the aim of showing Christ-like love to the families, in hope that we have opportunities to share the gospel with them. We have a core group of Christian mums, led by Liz…

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Jesus is … The reason I teach SRE!

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For many children in our local primary schools, Scripture or SRE ( = Special Religious Education) is the only time that they hear about Jesus. It is the only time that they get to read a Bible and learn how amazing Jesus is. These children need to know how much Jesus loves them; that he…

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The Whole World is our Parish

Missions, View from the pew

    Last week, the Church Missionary Society (CMS) – January’s Mission of the Month – launched a new logo and website at their annual conference or ‘Summer School’. Over 3,000 Christian, including members of St Michael’s, were at Katoomba to meet, sing together and hear some brilliant teaching from Richard Chin on Colossians. It…

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Confirmation: Reflections by the Confirmees

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Last Sunday, in front of their family, friends and the 7pm congregation, ten young members of St Michael’s made a public declaration of their faith in an uplifting Confirmation Service conducted by Bishop Reg Piper. They boldly vowed; to turn to Christ, repent of their sins, reject selfish living and all that is false and…

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Quiet Time Hymns

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  Recently Sandy mentioned the value that hymns have in our worship services and a friend reminded me of Paul’s instructions in Ephesians to include them in our worship times. Have you ever thought of using them in your daily Quiet Times? Our Quiet Times really are, or should include worship times. For some time now…

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