making disciples of Jesus
There are all sorts of reasons why people stop coming to church over the years:
Maybe you grew up in the church but just don't come anymore.
Maybe life got busy or it got too hard.
Maybe you've been hurt in the past, or thought the church had become irrelevant.
Or maybe like an increasing number, you've simply never been to church at all!
If any of these sound like you, we want to invite you to join us over the next 2 months, as we focus on the single most important issue that we believe all people need to come to grips with throughout their life - the question of who is Jesus?
We will be focusing on understanding who Jesus is, why he is the most significant person in human history, and how knowing Jesus changes lives.
Each week there will be a Kids Talk and Childrens learning time with age appropriate activities, run by ChildSafe accredited volunteers - we welcome all families!
Whatever your background, whatever your history, whatever you believe right now, you are welcome here! Come and (re)discover Jesus.
Every week across Australia, approximately forty-five men take their own life* – of those forty-five, twenty-six will be from rural and regional areas. Sometimes this may be because of a lack of support services available outside of major population centres, but more often it is because men are three times less likely than women to reach out for help even when it is available. Simply put, men tend to suffer in silence.
We want to work to change that culture in our community here in Deloraine and the surrounding region – and so we are launching a new initiative to provide a space for men to connect with other men, to share stories and build friendships and support networks.
On the 4th Friday of each month, starting August 23rd, Deloraine Anglican invites you to come and join us for Blokes Beer and Bbq at St Mark’s. Each month we will share some food, a beer or two and have the chance to talk as men. And don’t worry if beer isn’t your thing, we’ll have other drink options available. This is an open invitation to all men in our community – regardless of age, occupation, life experience and faith background. In order to cover costs, we welcome a donation as you are able.
As we launch this new initiative we will be joined by the Bishop of Tasmania, Richard Condie, who will talk to us about Jesus the Bloke.
*statistics sourced from https://bit.ly/2K8o8NS
Christian history is full of violence, corruption, and oppresion. So would we be better off without Christianity? Does religion poison everything?
For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined, a documentary by the Centre for Public Christianity, confronts the worst of what Christians have done - and also traces the origins of Western values like human rights, charity, humility, and non-violence.
We are excited to be hosting a free public screening of this movie, which will be followed by an opportunity for Q and A with Bishop Richard Condie and our minister Josh.
You can book tickets (free) to the film here (www.trybooking.com/BDPHP) and preview the film below
We have recently started a new initiative called 'Coffee, Cake, Connect'. This is a time specifically aimed towards providing a place for mums in our community to form deeper relationships as they share conversations around a great cup of coffee (tea, chai, or hot chocolate if you prefer) and some delicious home made cakes.
Coffee, Cake, Connect runs at 9:30am on the first Monday of each month in our Oikos Centre.
Please get in touch with Naomi on 0417681022 if you want to know more.
Our after school LEGO Club is back for term 2! Running from 3:30-4:45pm on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon in our Oikos Centre, this is an awesome opportunity for kids to learn and play and engage with one another, while parents enjoy an opportunity for a good coffee (or tea or hot chocolate if that is your preference). There is no cost, but donations are welcome.
This month we are being inspired by the new TV program LEGO Masters, to explore and create with no restrictions beyond our imagination.
On Friday we celebrated the opening of the οἶκος Centre – our new name for the old Sunday School room. It may seem like a strange name at first, but Oikos is an important concept in the New Testament, and some argue it is the primary vehicle through which the Gospel spread across the Roman Empire.
‘Oikos’ is a Greek word that most simply means ‘house’ or ‘household’ and is often translated that way. Far from the ‘Quarter Acre block with mum, dad and 2.4 kids’ image that such a word might bring to our minds, in the Greco-Roman world of the early first century, it spoke of a much bigger idea – extending to the family, the family’s property, the extended family of the household, the slaves and servants (if they had any) – and some scholars argue it even extended to close friends. The concept of ‘oikos’ pushes into those relationships that form with others where, though there is no blood-relation, still they are ‘like family’ to us.
Here are some examples of ‘oikos’ in scripture:
Acts 5:42 - ‘Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house (oikos to oikos), they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.’
Acts 10 and 11 - As Peter is sent to the ‘oikos’ of Cornelius, where Cornelius and all his ‘oikos’ are saved as a result of the gospel (and clearly this is not just Cornelius and his wife and children!)
Acts 18 - Crispus, the leader of the synagogue at Corinth, along with all ‘oikos’ believe in the Lord
1 Corinthians 1 - Paul refers to the baptism of the ‘oikos’ of Stephanus
Names are important, because they immediately draw ideas and concepts to our mind. This will take some initial retraining on our behalf, but by calling it the οἶκος Centre, we are saying ‘this is a place for ministry, a place where we want to grow together in community with one another, where we want to share the gospel with one another, and live out what it means to be the family of God in our shared lives and activities together’.
Let us pray that as we serve the wider community and each other in this space, God truly continues to grow us together as his οἶκος!
Over the past few months we have been renovating the inside of the old 'Sunday School Hall' at St Mark's in Deloraine to make it a warm, inviting and comfortable place where we can hold events, and especially begin our new initiative - the LEGO club!
Running on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from the 3rd of April, children are invited to participate in a variety of LEGO building activities, including:
In our renovated space we have a lounge area and some toys for younger children to play with, as well as a coffee machine and tea making facilities, so we hope that parents will stay and relax while their children create. If you're not able to stay, that's ok too, we will just need you (or a designated adult) to sign your children in and out each week. If this is a problem because of work or other commitments, please give Josh a call on 0438681404 so that we can discuss options - we are seeking to create a supportive environment and will do everything we can to ensure your children are able to participate.
We are committed to the safety and well-being of all people, and most especially children - so all of our programs are staffed by volunteers who hold a current Working with Vulnerable People's Card and have undertaken Child Safe Training.
Please feel free to download and share the flyer with friends - we'd love to see you there!
Family Together returns for 2019, 3:30pm on the 17th of February and continuing on the third Sunday of each month.
Join with us as we continue to explore God's story, and understand what it means to follow Jesus in a fun, active and family focused setting. Each month we spend some time singing and dancing, as well as crafting and playing together, each based on a chapter from the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Whether you joined us last year or not, we'd love to welcome you as part of our Family Together family! Please feel free to print and share the attached flyer - there are details for how to get in touch on there if you have any questions!