making disciples of Jesus
What a fantastic afternoon we had on Australia day. Sharing fun for all ages: face painting, games, gumboot tossing, billy karts and much more. Oh, and a traditional Aussie snag on the barbie. So great to be able to be a blessing to our community, and share together in the magnificent Summer weather. Thank you to all who came, who helped and who made the day happen. So many great conversations about life and hope and opportunities for the future.
Within our Diocesan Vision, Bishop Richard Condie spells out very clearly the expectation that our church will be a safe place for all people. Here in the Parish of Deloraine, we are absolutely committed to becoming a safe, welcoming and inclusive community. This begins with ensuring that all of our church workers, and especially those involved in ministry to children and vulnerable members of our society, are well trained, properly accredited and meet legislative requirements. You can find out more about how our diocese endorses and trains both clergy and voluntary church workers here.
We praise God for the dedication and commitment of our church community, which saw over 20 people undertake Childsafe training over the weekend! This provides us with an awesome opportunity to share the hope and love of God in Christ with children and young people in the Deloraine community.
If you would like to know more, please get in contact with our minister Joshua Skeat.
On Sunday the 7th of January we are celebrating together a baptism.
Baptism is a sign of God’s grace. It reminds us that God sent his one and only son Jesus to earth to live, die and rise again. In baptism, the water symbolises being buried with Jesus in his death and being cleansed from our sin and guilt before God, as well as the spiritual renewal and cleansing that happens in the life of a Christian when they believe that Jesus is Lord. Baptism is also a sign of membership of the church. What a fantastic way to begin the new year together as a church family!
In order to support the family coming for the baptism, our service time at St Mark's will be 10:30am instead of the regular 9am gathering.
It would be great to see you there!