March Mission & Parish Council Update
Mission Update – Uni Bible Group @ UOW
In April, Mission of the Month giving is directed to Uni Bible Group (UBG). It’s the Christian group at the University of Wollongong. It is part of AFES, the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, which supports ministries on universities across Australia. The branch of AFES that reaches international students is called FOCUS (the Fellowship of Overseas Christian University Students), also operates here at UOW.
AFES campus ministries are big gospel opportunities because:
- University is often a time of increased openness to exploring new ideas;
- International students are often curious about Christianity;
- Christian students from a variety of backgrounds are exposed to solid Bible teaching;
- Future leaders of our nation and churches often come from the ranks of uni grads.
From St Michael’s, Richard Chin is National Director of AFES. Rob Copland is Uni Bible Group’s Campus Director. Jeanette Chin is the senior female pastoral worker. James Kerr oversees ministry training. Jon Baird leads the local FOCUS work with overseas students.
All these people must raise their own support. Apart from giving to ‘mission of the month’ at church in April, you could contact any of them if you wished to sponsor one of them individually. More information at support.afes.org.au by searching for ‘Wollongong’.
Please pray for diligence, gospel-minded and welcoming conversations as UBG/Focus follows up hundreds of contacts from Orientation Week, and as new students establish connections with the groups; for bold proclamation of Christ; for raising up future gospel ministers; and for AFES Wollongong staff who are currently seeking partners in the gospel to support them financially and in prayer.
Parish Council Update: March
- As always we began with Bible reading (Matthew 6:9-13) and prayer.
- We received a ministry report from Joe Radkovic focusing on our 11am ‘easy English’ congregation, which is coming up for it’s second birthday and has 60-70 members.
- We clarified our policy about memorials in light of diocesan regulations, and also approved a request to move the Osborne memorial to assist the AV upgrade.
- We received an updated list of our current property and equipment projects.
- We finalised the financial statement for 2018 and budget for 2019 for the AGM.
- We received from Hector Abrahams Architects the update for the Cathedral Conservation Management Plan, its extension to hall and offices, a BCA report on the hall, and a concept plan for modification of the offices to add a mezzanine.
- We accepted Sandy’s proposal for a 6 month trial of a roster of car-parking attendants for mornings Mon-Fri, and seek suitable volunteers on a fortnightly basis.
- With a donation encouraging such consideration, we approved expenditure on a new drum kit, which will be part of assisting better sound control. (When installed, this should not be moved and children are obviously not permitted to play it.) New stands for microphones and music have been purchased, and upgraded the data projector, screen and monitors is a high priority for the AV project.