A Church Plant Twenty Years in the Making

Goldfields Wesleyan Methodist Church in Heathcote began services in our home on the 19th of May 2016.

However in God’s scheme of things it began one Sunday evening in September 1998.  How, you may ask could a new church plant begin eighteen years before the first service. Let me explain.

Gayle and I had been worshipping at another denomination for a number of years where we were in charge of the Sunday school.  After a service one day, the senior pastor came to inform us that our services were no longer needed as it has been reported to him that our baptism was not in accordance with the theological principles of that denomination. “Unless you are willing to be rebaptised, we would have no place in the life of that church.”

We felt hurt and unwanted. Where were we to worship? What would we do? There was no other suitable church for us in the area. In desperation Gayle told me she had heard of a Wesleyan Methodist Church about half an hour from where we were living. She asked would I like to go there and see what it was all about.

“I will go next Sunday” I said and added, “that will be the last time I set foot in a church; I am tired of the in fights and squabbling. All they want is their own way and can’t see that other people may have slightly different ideas on what I consider to be noncore theological issues”. Begrudgingly I went.

“Wonderful” I thought as I entered the service, “about twelve people here, this is obviously not a successful church. I guess I can put up with it for a service then it will be all over”

How wrong I was! The people in front of us turned and spoke to us.  Not a casual hello, but a genuine interest in who were and where we came from. The pastor came and made herself known she took a great interest in us and invited us to the church tea after the service. We felt accepted, we felt loved, and we felt wanted for ourselves not for what we could do for the church. I was overwhelmed by what I found – a church that genuinely loved people and didn’t use them for its own ends or major on minor theological differences.

As time went by we were introduced to Kingsley College courses leading finally to ordination and a parish for us.

Move on to 2016. Again we were in a quandary. I had completed my time at the Uniting Church and we needed another place to worship. There was none. Two choices were available to us, move or travel a long distance. Neither was appealing.

A person approached me saying, ”Churches don’t need walls we could worship anywhere. Why not start a Wesleyan Methodist Church in Heathcote?” “Yes”, I thought, “a church planter I certainly am not.” Saying nothing to anyone I laid my plan before God.

“If three people come with a similar suggestion, I will arrange for a monthly fellowship type activity in my own home”. I left it there. Three people came, in fact seven people made similar suggestions.

We had no choice. God was really in this work. On May 19th we had a service in our home. Thirty seven people came. Many of those were friends from Bendigo who came to support us. It was a wonderful time of sharing followed by a barbecue lunch.

As one person was leaving I was asked when the next gathering would be. Out of my mouth fell the words, “Next week here same time, but no lunch” What have I said! Next week up early clean up the family area and set up a church meeting. This time seventeen people were present. After six weeks we have Thirty three people on our contact list – all who have been to a service at least once and four others who have indicated interest but are currently on extended vacation.

The suggestion was made we move to the Guide Hall. We did and since then we have had an average of twenty people attending, transfers from other local churches, but more marvellously some from the local area who have had no connection with a church of any type. Each Sunday we have had one new person attend.

God has been so wonderful. All our needs have been supplied, both material – we bought a Communion Set from a local Op Shop for five dollars – and human resources.

Among our highlights has been an infant dedication giving us the opportunity to preach the message of salvation to many who had no church connection at all.

We praise God for the marvellous things He is doing in our midst and know that we must keep faithful to Him and seek His plans, not ask for ours to be blessed.

How has all this been possible?

  • We acknowledge it is God’s work not ours.
  • Praying friends have supported the work.
  • Living in a small country town the people know the leaders personally.
  • Care has been taken to follow up each new person.

Please remember Goldfields Wesleyan Methodist Church began in the heart of God almost twenty years ago when He led two hurting Christians to a loving fellowship led by Rev Beryl Baker to be cared for and carefully nurtured.

As a church our challenge is to show love to each person that God brings into our congregation that perhaps sometime in the future someone else will be able to say “I have been able to do a work for God because I was nurtured in the loving Wesleyan Methodist congregation at Heathcote.

Perhaps it is your challenge also.

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Posted in Southern District

When a Donation becomes an Investment

Recently someone donated $4000 towards fixing a four year old debt in the Solomon Islands Wesleyan Church at Noro that only recently came to light. This was  for the original clearing of the land at the Noro Training Centre (NTC).  However over the last year the NTC committee had made a commitment to pay this back over time and had brokered a deal with the holder of the debt.

I held onto the funds for a couple of months, uneasy about the implications of giving money from ‘outside’ to fix up a situation that was already being dealt with.

A short while later we became aware of a local metal worker who had a rolling machine that manufactured roofing iron, but had not been in production for two years because of the hefty cost of purchasing the required roll of galvanised steel.

Jeff Davies (our volunteer onsite) mentioned that it would be great if we could get a roll of steel to this guy and he could manufacture the roofing iron we needed for the NTC.

A light bulb went on.

Soon after I talked to the original donor and suggested the following, “What if we used your $4000 and we bought a roll of steel, sent it to Noro, get this guy to make corrugated iron, he can keep a portion for his labour and equipment, we can sell a portion and get the $4000 back (and pay the debt) and the last portion can be used to provide effectively free roofing iron for the whole NTC!” The donor said, “sounds fantastic!”

So we did!

We checked the cost of the steel, the smallest roll, weighing over four tonnes and 1500M long was $6000 including freight and other costs. Right about then another donation of $2000 for the project came through and we had a deal.roll of steel

The roll was purchased (did you know that 4.5tonnes of steel rolled up is only 1m high and 900mm wide?you wouldn’t want to stand in its way if was rolling down a hill!) and put it in the latest shipping container heading to Noro. At the time of writing it has just arrived and we await the end of the story.

This is a win win win. The local manufacturer gets his steel, that he can sell and put cash back into his business and into his workers pockets, the local community has access to roofing iron from a local source, the NTC gets to pay off their debt after they sell the required amount (and the income is derived from a local source, rather than an outside ‘we will fix this’ method) and even better NTC gets as much roofing iron as they need for no cost.

I love it when we can multiply God’s blessing in ways like this. This reminds me of the parable of the talents.

Let’s pray that the rest of the story pans out as we trust for the benefit of many.

859023_4969976559574_1885727182_oDallas Thomas
National Director
Wesleyan World Mission

Posted in Wesleyan Church SPC

Investment in Community

Yeppoon Wesleyan Methodist Church held their first Family Camp for many years over the Easter long weekend. We checked into the Cockscomb Veteran Retreat on Good Friday after our morning church service and began a fantastic time of relaxation! No phones, no technology, no worries! Such a wonderful time of focusing on God’s Creation and His teaching for us in a back-to-basics venue.

The feedback from the weekend reported that one of the best investments was time getting to know church family better. The children all played like one big happy family and even the adults had fun learning patience with each other around the table playing the board game Sequence. Many were blessed to get to know people they wouldn’t normally get to chat, laugh and share with. Myrtle even ate damper around the campfire for the first time.

We were also blessed with the investment Dr Don Hardgrave made into preparing messages packed full of church history, bible truths and as Mimi testified, “a burst of hope that God’s got a BRILLIANT plan and we are all in it!” These quality times strengthened us all with both knowledge and renewed faith in our awesome God of detail. On Saturday night we held an emotional “fire night” where we were asked to write on a piece of paper what we needed forgiveness from God for and who we needed to forgive. We presented these silently and prayerfully to God and then symbolically tossed them into the flames to be dealt with. Dr Don also allowed a time of Q & A on Sunday night for us all to ask for wisdom to help understand the created world and scripture better. Even a young teen in attendance asked some very thoughtful questions of Dr Don.

A testimony from the Knobel family gives insight into the investment into their family over the weekend: “For our family seeing how much our children got involved was a highlight (for us). Brock (12) was listening to the sessions and asking us questions afterwards. He loved learning about some of the proofs of creation and Alyssa understood the concept on the Saturday night when we wrote the lists and burnt them. She participated in this. So our kids growing in Christ was a wonderful investment from the weekend.”

Will we do it all again next year? A resounding yes was the answer given by all!

Kerryn McClintock 

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Posted in Nth Qld District

10 Reasons to grow with Wesleyan Investment Foundation (WIF)

1. We are your partners in ministry.

The primary purpose of WIF is to serve churches at all levels with funding and financing of ministry. To WIF, your loan means eternal life for those who are lost in sin, and your invested dollars mean we can help another church reach more people for Christ.

2. We want your church to grow, not our balance sheet.

We know that buildings are only a tool in reaching the lost for Christ, and we are not interested in the sale of your property. We want you to be successful in ministry. WIF can save you money by not requiring an appraisal in most cases.

3. We are committed to your church in good times and bad.

Has your church experienced a temporary dip in attendance? Are there other circumstances that your church has faced that led to temporary financial diffculty? We celebrate with you in good times and cooperate with the church and church leaders to get you through the bad times.

4. We use our heads and hearts in making loan decisions.

We understand the nature of faith and looking forward to the future with hope in Christ. We not only understand this, we live it out in the way we conduct the business of WIF. We have a 35+ year history of helping churches balance faith with reality in their building projects.

5. We answer to God, not shareholders.

We are not under the pressure of making profits for shareholders. We do have a stewardship responsibility to take care of the funds entrusted to us, but we answer to a much higher authority than shareholders. We take both our stewardship and Kingdom responsibilities very seriously.

6. We are family.

WIF was founded in 1979 by Wesleyans who saw a need to finance church building projects. WIF is a non-profit entity, chartered to make loans to churches and their affiliated entities. We are part of God’s family, unashamedly Christian, and proud to be part of the church.

7. We are committed to matching the bank.

Most church loans don’t qualify for those low personal residential rates that we see advertised. Do your research, then give WIF a call. In a fair comparison, we can save churches thousands of dollars over the life of a loan. Let us show you how.

8. We give you and your church a sound place to invest.

We will all give account one day for how we use the funds God has entrusted to us. WIF offers a sound place to invest personal savings and church funds, provides an excellent return on investments, and gives you the satisfaction of helping build God’s Kingdom through other churches at the same time.

9. WIF is able to sponsor programs and church development.

Interest on loans received by WIF is used mainly for three purposes: (1) paying interest to depositors; (2) funding office operations; (3) sponsorship of programs and church development. As WIF succeeds, we share the blessing with those who make us successful.

10. You need WIF and WIF needs you.

A positive, long-term relationship with a financial institution is valuable, but finding a bank that wants to work with you, truly understands your church and has the same mission (the lost won for Jesus Christ) is impossible – until you find Wesleyan Investment Foundation.

Download their brochure or a deposit form

Posted in WMCA

Investing in Church Plants Nth Qld

What does a farmer, a preacher and a caravan park owner have in common?
They were each used by God to bring about a new Tongan Church plant in Tully, North Queensland.

About twelve months ago, a couple owning a caravan park in Tully were led by God to trial bringing Tongans to work in the banana farms around the Tully district under a six month government visa. Ten Tongans arrived in this group and proved themselves to be very good workers, with a positive happy Christian ethos. Twenty more arrived subsequently and it became clear that there were also spiritual needs that were not being met either from within the group, under supervision of a Tongan work leader, and not by the local churches largely because of cultural hurdles.

A local pastor was approached to seek the possibility of bringing a Tongan Pastor, and through a series of conversations, the Australian Tongan Wesleyan community was made aware of the need at their Easter meetings.tongan church (13)

As Rev Rachael Tonga, approaching retirement, put it, “No one was putting up their hand, but God laid it upon my heart to say “yes!” The NQ District Wesleyan cogs got spinning and Rev Rachael, along with her granddaughter Ebony, and Tongan leader, Rev Dr Siosifa Lokotui, arrived in Tully to be introduced and to make a start.

Flexibility with God’s timing and co-ordination has been vital with this new beginnings.

The first service was held at 4pm on Sunday 10th April 2016 at the Tully Baptist Church, attended by 30+ Tongans and 30+ locals and officials including several other church pastors. District Superintendent Rev Stuart Hall installed Rev Rachael Tonga; Rev Dr Siosifa Lokotui brought a powerful message in mostly Tongan; Rev Rachael led the service with Ebony taking care of the projection of songs and readings.

TullyA Tongan gathering would not be complete without food and celebrations with acapella Tongan singing was enjoyed both on Friday night and Sunday after the service. Imagine what God could do with 30+ Tongans in 6 months discipling under Pastor Rachael with this group, as they return and revitalise their family and friends with Christ. Imagine the encouragement for local Tongans having a place to worship God in their mother tongue.

Pastor Rachael will continue to enjoy the unit at the caravan park, provided free by the owners and the use of a vehicle until she makes other arrangements down the track.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS

  • Praise God for calling Rev Rachael Tonga and her daughter Ebony Tolu for this new ministry.
  • Praise for Pastor Zane and the local caravan park owners, Peter and Angie, who have opened the doors to this ministry in Tully.
  • Pray for the 30+ Tongans, with large increases likely, to open their hearts and minds to God’s love and truth through Pastor Rachael.
  • Pray for Rev Rachael & Ebony who had to travel to Sydney for a funeral this week (13-16th April)
  • Pray for strength for Rev Rachael, near retirement age, for the various demands of this ministry.
  • Pray for accommodation, transport and financial arrangements to work smoothly.
  • Pray for local Tongans to connect and form a strong nucleus.
  • Pray for the ongoing good relations with the other churches in Tully
  • Pray for the District as it provides support for this new venture.

Pastor Stuart Hall
District Superintendent NQ District
Wesleyan Methodist Church

Friday 15th April 2016

Posted in Nth Qld District

Excelsia College Invests in Business Studies

Felix Square PhotoExcelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) is going from strength-to-strength. Within the last two months, Excelsia held the Grand Opening of its new campus in Sydney’s Macquarie Park and launched the Lumen Research Institute in association with Indiana Wesleyan University to facilitate global research. Excelsia also took its first steps to creating a Business School with the accreditation of its PhD in Organisational Leadership and the appointment of Professor Felix Tan to the key role of Head of the School of Business. Prof Tan and his wife, Hazel, have moved to Sydney from Auckland where they were members of East City Wesleyan Church and Felix held the position of Professor and ead of the Department of Business Information Systems at Auckland University of Technology.

Vice Chancellor for Asia-Pacific, Professor Bridget Aitchison, said, “We are very excited that Prof Tan has joined the faculty here at Excelsia College. Felix is an award-winning and internationally recognised scholar who will bring excellence in academic and strategic leadership of the School of Business, including curriculum innovation, and a commitment to student development and high quality research and scholarship. I am also pleased that Felix and Hazel are part of our Wesleyan family.”

Professor Tan has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. On graduation, he relocated to Auckland, where he held roles in consultancy with Arthur Young and IT management with Goodman Fielder Wattie. He then embarked on his academic career at the University of Auckland’s School of Business before joining Auckland University of Technology as Professor, where he held roles such as Head of Department/School, Associate Dean of Research, Director of Research Management and Head of the University Research Office.

With a Master of Philosophy (1st Class Honours), a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Auckland and 12 years’ experience at Auckland University of Technology, which includes experience in building a discipline from a “clean slate”, Professor Tan will be a great asset to Excelsia College and its students.

Professor Tan brings strength in his research, post-graduate student supervision and curriculum development mix. He is known internationally for his work in global IT, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Management from 1998 to 2012. He has many publications to his name, including top-tier journal articles, book chapters and edited books. He has 25 years of University experience in New Zealand, USA, Canada and Singapore.

For the School of Business, the PhD in Organisational Leadership is just the first of many planned courses. It is hoped that in the future the College will offer undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in various areas of specialisation as there is a need for business graduates with an ethical and values-based framework that comes from the integration of Christian faith.

As well as Prof Tan, other high quality academic staff are being drawn by God to be part of this ministry. Dr Lotte Latukefu recently joined Excelsia as the Head of the Music Program and Paul Krust joined the College as Director of Quality.

The partnership between Excelsia College and Indiana Wesleyan University is the beginning of the formation of a global Christian learning community. Excelsia has plans to create new degree programs across its fields of study encompassing Education, Counselling, Drama, Music and Business as part of its trajectory to achieve University College, then University, status. Excelsia College hopes to invest in the lives of young people by sharing the light of knowledge and the light of Christ.

Posted in WMCA

Connecting in Community

Have you ever considered some of the statements that people have made about the future? In 1899 Charles H. Duell the U.S. Commissioner of Patents was quoted as saying, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” What about Thomas Watson the president of IBM’s memorable citation that, “There is a world market for maybe five computers?”Or Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates thinking that, “640k ought to be enough [computer memory] for anybody.”

In hindsight we may think that they made ridiculous statements and had no vision for the future and that they were completely unaware of the potential that God had placed in their hands.

Today we can so easily fall victim of looking through glasses tainted with mediocrity and lack and like Mr Duell have the view that “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” In ministry we are surrounded by needs, agendas and so much ‘busyness’ that can at the best of time suck out all our energy and leave us feeling that we are unable to do anything more for God. “This is it!” We say to ourselves, “there is nothing more to be done.”

In one of his books John Maxwell tells a story about two boys on their way to school that were talking and about their families. The one boy said, “I’ve figured out a system for getting along with my mum and it’s very simple. She tells me what to do….AND I DO IT!!!”

Which brings me to the question; do I have a steadfast unshakeable hope in God? Do I believe that I have invested everything possible to see His kingdom grow? Have I exhausted all my resources and time into the plans and purposes He has set aside for me? Has, “everything that can be invented, been invented?”

The interesting thing about hope is that it motivates us to keep going and not give up. Without hope we don’t want to do anything, but let’s be clear that when you and I embrace our Hope in God it has the potential to open doors in places where we never even realised that there was a door. And as we approach the “new invention,” hope also moves us through this new door of opportunity.

In the book of Isaiah we see the prophet have such an encounter. We pick up the story in chapter 6; It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.  He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:1-8 (NLT)

One experience in the presence God and Isaiah is ready to invest his life. Ready to do something new! Gone are the thoughts that, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” God I want to be part of this “new thing” you’re about to do. Teach this “old dog” some “new tricks”, Lord”. “Here I am. Send me.”

In November 2014 while I was mowing the lawn (This seems to be my “Lawn Moments” with God ) a song that I grew up with seemed to pop into my mind and before I knew it I was singing Boney M’s hit, “By the rivers of Babylon.”

If you know the song you know how difficult it is to get it out of you mind. Seriously don’t YouTube it kids! But as I sang it maybe for the tenth time, the words got me thinking and so I got off the mower to get a drink and used my Bible app to read what the context of the song was.

Psalm 137 (NIV) 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps, 3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill? 6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy?

This Psalm gives us a glimpse of the conditions that the Jews experience as slaves in a foreign country. Their despondency is evident as we see this “singing nation” hang up their instruments of music despite their captors asking them to sing. Verse four gives us the answer for their reluctance, “How can we sing the songs of the Lord in foreign land?”

As I pondered the verses I felt the Holy Spirit remind me of my first few weeks in Australia. The verse seemed to flood into my emotions and soon I became rather teary. I was not prepared for the next words that seemed to come up out of my Spirit. “Well, Jake you know how you felt…and there are scores of Afrikaners in Brisbane that feel the same way.”

I immediately knew what was about to happen, as I thought to myself, “So Lord how do You want me to help out my fellow South Africans?” What is this “new thing” You want me to embark on? The idea of getting a new culture group together started to play around in my head and I knew that a Lifegroup would be the simplest to manage.

After some soul searching and prayer I approached the local South African shop manager in North Lakes and asked if they would let me place some flyers and an advertisement in their window to which they responded positively. I was also able to get an appointment with one of the directors of the company and he graciously made their coffee shop available for free on Sunday evenings.

On Christmas Eve 2014 we had our first Carols service and to my amazement close to 35 people arrived on the evening. We sang “Songs to our God”, in our mother tongue and not having done it for close to 6 years it was one of the most refreshing experiences I have experienced in Australia. After the event, while there was a lot of wishing each other a “Blessed Christmas”, I told those present that if they would be interested in have a weekly get together they could write their names down on the name list on the back table.

After we had packed up I noticed that a few families had put down their names.

In February 2015 I set up a Facebook page for the group and emailed them to say that we were going to meet Sunday evenings in the Springbok Coffee Shop. The first evening looked promising and new faces started to come and later we had a few regulars. We moved from the coffee shop and one of the attendees made the Stocklands sales offices available to us.

This group was starting to gain momentum and it was around August last year that we were no longer just a life group but we saw the possibility of the group becoming a new Church plant.

I called for a meeting at my home and during much eating and fellowship an action group was formed and asked to look at some options that the group could consider in the future. On that evening we discovered that the majority of the group came from the Reformed stream and so the question of, with whom they would affiliate and how this would happen became the action group’s main focus.

During the next few weeks I assisted the group to investigate the Christian Reformed Church of Australia (CRCA) as well as the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia (WMCA). We attended two meetings with the CRCA and after much discussion we put out a document for the group, outlining the views of the two denominations.

On the 25th of October 2015 we held our first Special Meeting at which the group, after much discussion unanimously voted to become part of the WMCA.

The action group was then actioned to determine how the group would become part of the WMCA that is, 1. Do they become members of Lifebuilders Wesleyan Church with a ministry that is focussed on the Afrikaans speaking South Africans in the North of Brisbane? 2. Do they become a Pioneering Church under the leadership of the District Superintendent and a Pastor? 3. Do they become an Established Church with their own Pastor?

On the 24th January 2016 Lifebuilders Wesleyan Church voted unanimously to that the Afrikaans group become members. We had our first combined bilingual service on Good Friday. What a day, two cultures singing the same song in their own language at the same time.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented?” Today I am not so sure about this statement. God’s word so clearly says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. Lamentations 3 22-23(ESV)

May our “lawn moments” encourage us to be open to that which God wants to do in our communities and together with Him may we “invent” some new ways to connect people to Jesus.

Living life together for the GLORY OF GOD!

Jake Gerber

Lifebuilders Wesleyan Church

Posted in Sth Qld District

Invest in Kingsely Australia

This month’s theme of “Invest” resonates well with the ministry of Kingsley Australia.

Invest in lives- training for ministry:
Our goal as a college is to invest ourselves into the lives of others. Kingsley trainers in training centres around the country give of their time, expertise and experience to equip men and women for ministry. The example of investing into others in class and conversation sets a great example for Kingsley students to then invest their lives into others.

In the last few weeks more Kingsley students graduated with a national recognised award. But it is the knowledge, skills and confidence gained that will enable people like John and Eric to invest their lives into others.

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John Mohammad & Eric Hough receive their certificates from Kingsley Australia Principal Rev Kevin Brown

Investing in ministry candidates- scholarship fund:
One way that you can invest directly into the training of men and women for Christian ministry is through the Kingsley College Scholarship Fund. This is a tax deductible fund, but more important than that- your investment of funds go directly to ministry candidates who will in turn invest into others in their community and church.

Invest in the College- financially:
Kingsley College is the training centre for the Wesleyan Methodist church. One way that you can invest into your college is through financial donations to the operation of the college. We rely on the financial support of churches and individuals. Through this financial investment you are allowing the work of the college to continue and thrive. (Kingsley College (Westpac) BSB 033183 A/C 345335)

Invest time in prayer- for God’s work and call:
One of the greatest ways that you can make an investment into the lives of Kingsley students, Kingsley trainers, and the work of the college is through prayer. Please make time right now to pray and invest a few moments of your time. Pray that God would call many more men and women into ministry and then investment of their lives into our world.

Posted in WMCA

Open our eyes Lord afresh this Easter

We come to the pinnacle of our Christian calendar, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Tomorrow we will be reminded that sin has a price and that it has been paid for in full by Jesus’ death on the cross. When I think of the idea of it being paid for in full I consider the many that are still allowing guilt to hold them back. Even though they have asked for forgiveness with a true heart of repentance, they still feel guilty for their past actions. We can recall verses like “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” * (Romans 8:1 NIV)

And still many allow guilt to hold them back, but tomorrow let us look again to the reality of who Jesus is, God the Son. There was no greater sacrifice than the death of Jesus Christ, therefore the verses of Col 1:21-22 should ring clearly in our ears, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” * (NIV)

These are powerful and freeing words, “without blemish and free from accusation.”

I think of the words to the woman caught in adultery after the people had left, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” * (John 8:10-11 NIV)

No condemnation, yes freeing words and this is the heart of the message of Easter Friday. And as we move from there to the words “leave your life of sin” or as some version state “go and sin no more” we need to come to the message of Easter Sunday, for it is in the works of the cross we can find forgiveness and in the resurrection that we can find the power of a risen Christ at work in us to overcome sin. Too often we say we can’t do it, and that is true we can’t, but the rest of the story is that God can, with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. As Eph 1:18-20 states, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” * (NIV)

In and through the Lord Jesus Christ we have all we need to live the victorious life he has called us to live. May we together this Easter, find in the remembrance of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, a fresh and transforming glimpse of who Jesus is and who we are in Him.

Blessings

Rev. Rex E Rigby

Rex

 

Posted in A Word from Rev Rex

Our Plans verses God Plans – A year of God’s Definite Provision

9. group Shot First Day back

2015 started as every other year, busyness in the beginning as ministries started up for the year and plans, our plans for what we thought God was wanting us to do. But on Friday 20th February the plans for our year changed. Along with many others in the Capricorn Region the Rocky Wesleyan Church was significantly impacted. After Tropical Cyclone Marcia went through the region our church building was left leaning from the strong winds. The foundation of the church was uncertain as was the future of the building. A number of our planned events and focal points for the year had to be put hold. So we were left waiting without any clarity on the outcome. We didn’t know where we were going to meet, how we were going minister to our community or even how long before we would re-enter the building.

God’s provision came through a conversation with the local School Principal. A place to meet was offered without it being asked for. The room given to us had a place to store our gear, air con, toilets and a kitchen. This room become our church home for the next 9 months. God’s provision came from the Wesleyan Churches donating funds which was able to meet the excess of $5000 for insurance and God’s provision came even in the delays of the insurance process.

After a number of months of waiting, a plan was laid out to see the church repaired. Even though the waiting was frustrating at times, unknown to us but known to God there was a great reason for the delays. Due to delays we were able to source our own builder, which was a God made connection, as we choose to go with Dux Builders who are part of the professional arm of Mobile Mission Maintenance.

Work began in earnest in late July with Dux Builders going above and beyond throughout the process. The Church ended up with brand new steel stumps, brand new fortified eastern wall, and a brilliant new paint job and in the end the builders donated new carpet.

At the start of November Dux Builders finished their work and the clean-up and the move back into the church began. A number of working bees later, setting up of chairs and sound gear, a new kitchen installed the building was finally again ready for use.

On the 29th November we gathered together  for worship again in the building which God has provided for us. It felt like a new building. Our plans to see renovation work completed over 5 -10 years was completed within a year because God’s plans are always better than our plans.

With the opening of the building we see a new sense of excitement as well as a new sense of renewal. We have had a number individuals who have used this time to renew their commitment to God and the church and returned to regular attendance. This year God used a storm to bring us so many blessings and we look forward to seeing His plans work out in our church and in our lives for 2016.

With great thanksgiving

Keith Rose

Pastor Rocky Wesleyan10. Lakes Creek School Principal

Posted in Nth Qld District

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