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July Mission and Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Missions

July – Mission of the Month

In August, Mission of the Month giving is directed towards WCCEB – the Wollongong Combined Churches Education Board.

This interdenominational Board, with representatives from many local churches, has been operating for many years supporting the employment and placement of paid SRE (Special Religious Education, a.k.a. ‘Scripture’) teachers in local high schools. It is funded entirely by donations from local churches, businesses and individuals.

At the end of 2017, Ed Sowden and Deb Groth finished up as teachers with WCCEB, and we thank God for their service. In 2018, God has provided two wonderful new teachers in Jonny Hann and Georgia Clements. Over all, WCCEB provides ministry in 4 schools:

  • Samar Mikhael at Smiths Hill High School.
  • Heather Grant at Illawarra Sports High School, Berkeley.
  • Georgia Clements at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts.
  • Jonny Hann at Keira Technology High School.

As well as teaching SRE classes to nearly 1500 students, they also help run Christian lunch-time groups – sometimes featuring “toasties and chats”.

Please pray that teachers will build good relationships with students and other school staff and that they will be bold when teaching the gospel of Jesus. Give thanks to God for Christian staff in these schools and pray for their wisdom in Christian witness. Also pray that enemies of appropriate Christian ministry in schools will not have their way, and that God would keep doors of opportunity open for Christian ministry in public schools as part of appropriate expression of freedom of religion in our multi-cultural society.

July Parish Council Update
  • Parish Council was pleased to have Stacey Chapman attend. Stacey presented a report on her Women’s Ministry and other pastoral work.
  • Various design drafts for a new parish logo were reviewed, with some being selected for further development.
  • Financial reports were presented and accepted. It was noted that parish giving was continuing to trend downward.
  • Skye Walker’s resignation from MTS traineeship was received, with thankfulness for her work and prayer for her and Mitch’s future in Tanzania.
  • Discussion on potential staffing for 2019 was continued.
  • Annual Thanksgiving Day Projects were discussed and it was resolved to support:
    • Expenses gift to 6 theological students associated with St Michael’s – $5,400
      • Namely: Brian Barker, Cameron Mason, James Chen, Varun Varghese (all at Moore), Emily Wynne (SMBC), Matt Shannon (Youthworks)
    • Thank you and relocation gift to Skye Walker – $1,000
    • New Churches in New Communities – $2,000
    • Diamond Pregnancy Agency – $2,000
    • Drought Relief via Anglican Parish of Narromine with Trangie – $2,000
    • Open Doors (Appeal for Syrian Refugees) – $2,000
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