Townsville Bulletin Article

Church leaders join forces to pray for rain to end drought in Townsville and top up water supply
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VICTORIA NUGENT, Townsville Bulletin
February 7, 2017 12:00am
“SEND ‘er down Huey.”
That is the common cry of drought-stricken farmers and this week the city’s churches will come together to send their own message to the man upstairs.
Townsville’s churches have combined to hold a prayer event on Thursday morning at Ross River Dam to pray for rain.
Reverend Stuart Hall said the dam seemed a suitable location to pray, given that recent rainfall had largely missed the catchment area.
“It really stems from the sense that God is the one who will provide rain and sometimes God chooses to withhold it to get our attention,” he said. “I’m not saying that some places that get more (rain) deserve it more but there is a general sense that because it’s God who provides it, we need to talk to him.”
Reverend Hall said he had no doubt that many people would have already sent up individual prayers for rain.
“We wanted to do it in a public way because it’s about not hiding our faith,” he said. “We’ve all individually been praying for rain but this is something we’re coming together to do.”
Prayers will be held by the Combined Christian Churches of Townsville at 6.30am Thursday 9th February 2017 at Townsville’s Ross Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Leanne Osborn, Reverend Anne Harley, Reverend Stuart Hall and Reverend Bruce Cornish will be part of a group praying for rain at Ross River Dam. Picture: Evan Morgan

Posted in Nth Qld District

Kids Blessing Kids

The Sunday School children of the Townsville WMC goT busy around home doing chores to raise money to buy materials that would be helpful and fun for the Woorabinda One Mob Fellowship children, as part of their Mission Awareness Project.

Pastor Shea wrote:
Hey Pastor Stuart. Had a great service. 2 recommitted to Jesus. Praise The Lord.
Sunday school kids loved the present. We only had a small number of children tonight. Normally we have about 30.
Thank you very much for the Christmas present for our children.
Please pass on our gratitude to your church and in particular your Sunday school.
Pastor Shea

Posted in Nth Qld District

Congratulations David and Rebecca!

Each year more of our students celebrate a significant mile-stone in their study as they graduate with an award. Recently David and Rebecca Stockill celebrated together.
David completed his Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology and has commenced his Advanced Diploma. Rebecca graduated with a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology has begun her Diploma. Well done!
Please continue to pray for Kingsley students as they work hard to juggle work, ministry commitments, and study. Pray too that God will call many
more men and women into ministry and study with Kingsley Australia.
Posted in Southern District, WMCA

A Christmas Gift – a word from Rev Rex

Some of you may remember playing a game called, “pass the parcel”.  A large gift that was passed around the circle and when the music stoped the person who held it took off one of the layers of wrapping, they had to read the note that was revealed on the wrapping and do what it said, and in most cases, it was a little embarrassing, this proceeded until someone unwrapped the last part that revealed the prize.

Our Christmas celebrations can be a little like that. Many of us have dreams of what Christmas should be like however, is it just the wrappings that we are focusing on.  I wonder if anyone has wrapped a box in the finest wrapping but inside, the box was empty. That might be a joke we played on someone but maybe not a very nice joke if the person was expecting a real gift.  Nevertheless, what would be interesting is if a young man gave a very large gift to his girlfriend that had so much wrapping that when taken off revealed only a small box, and the small box enclosed an engagement ring. That I would like to see.

The beauty of Christmas as attractive as it is, is not in the wrapping. The glory of Christmas is not in the lights as illuminating as they maybe. The heart of Christmas is not in the feast as appealing as it is. Yes, we can enjoy these and many other aspects of Christmas but fail to experience the true depth of Christmas.  Even as Christians we can lose sight of the heart of Christmas because we are just playing around with the wrappings of Christmas.

Christmas is a beautiful gift, not the ones under the tree but the gift that was laid in the manger over two thousand years ago. It is the gift of life, the gift of hope, the gift of joy, the gift of Jesus coming into the world. It is life in its fullness, As Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV

As we consider Christmas this year, this gift of Emmanuel, God with us. It is the gift of life, eternal life, A life that is far beyond the idea of living for ever, for it is a quality of life that is, at its core about a relationship with the one who created us, who knows us better than we know ourselves, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent,”  * (John 17:3 NIV)

As I think about this, it is not a gift to be kept to ourselves, it is to be shared and lived out.  Jesus has profoundly touched our lives in so many ways, therefore how can we touch the lives of those around us this Christmas?  Maybe it can be in the giving of small gifts, or in spending time with somebody that would be blessed by our presence, or maybe it is the invite to our Christmas table, somebody who would be blessed by joining in with our celebrations. Is there someone who is alone and in need of company.

Maybe we need to take our eyes off the wrappings of Christmas and look around. It is often in the sharing that we gain insights beyond the wrappings of Christmas, to the heart of Christmas.

May this season of celebration be a special time for you as you share Jesus in more than words but in actions of simple acts of love.

Together may we be a blessing this Christmas.

Rev. Rex E Rigby
National Superintendent

Posted in A Word from Rev Rex

Townsville Wesleyan Beach Church

In September our church enjoyed a picnic at Pallarenda Beach with some games, food and fellowship. Two guys, Dez and Daniel were discussing, “Why don’t we have church down here at the beach some Sunday nights? This was the seed thought prompted two events (Oct and Nov) since then we have called it “Beach Church.”

The goal of Beach Church has been to reach people who are not comfortable with traditional church. These two events have been an opportunity for the local church to get a feel of what it is like and have confidence to invite their unchurched friends.

It has been an opportunity for people to have informal time in a more relaxed environment. We have included activities for the whole family, a BBQ together, a couple of songs and a short drama – everyone loves – which is linked to a brief talk outlining some aspect of introducing people to God.

Still some tweaking. Looking forward to strengthening this “bridge” and using it for taking the gospel in the coming year!

Pastor Stuart Hall
Townsville Wesleyan Methodist Church

Posted in Nth Qld District

A Season of Tongan Work in Tully, Nth Qld

A seven-month season of ministry has come to its close for now. The fruit has been encouraging. Over a hundred seasonal workers have returned to their Island home of Tonga, encouraged and having received pastoral ministry from Rev Rachael Tonga. She answered the call to move from dry Canberra to balmy Tully in North Queensland. Little did she know what was ahead. There were challenges of accommodation, transport and the wide range of needs of the Tongans living in a culture not their own. In addition, three funerals and two weddings of family members back home stretched Rachael’s resources in every sense.

Pastor Rachael has blessed our NQ District in giving us her final months of ministry and has now stepped into retirement as a full-time grandmother who is about to celebrate her 70th Birthday.

What of the future for these Tully Tongan workers? Perhaps God is speaking to one of you who are reading this. There is great opportunity to pastor and train up these seasonal workers to return as effective witnesses to reach their fellow Tongans for Christ. Is God calling you?

Rev Stuart Hall
District Superintendent NQ

Posted in Nth Qld District

Principles of Prayer

Recently, we viewed the War Room movie at our evening service at Banyule Wesleyan Methodist church. Miss Clara has a special little closet, which she dedicates to praying, and she calls it War Room. While watching, my mind wondered back to my house in search of a closet possibly to be cleared out for dedication as a spiritual prayer room! That was how captivated I was! The word of Jesus came to me: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Mather 6:6) However, the main theme of War Room is not so much about praying secretly in an enclosed area. Miss Clara had firmly encouraged a young wife and mother, Elizabeth, is to pray, pray, and then pray some more, preferably in seclusion for complete undistracted focus, in a battle against Satan, not against her husband. The film director of this American Christian drama, Alex Kendrick, says “we called it War Room because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat. By combat, I mean daily issues we face in our culture.” The film initially received negative reviews but then it became a box office success and a sleeper hit, with CNN’s report: “some might call it a faith-based David versus the secular Goliaths in the entertainment industry.”

I was moved by the faith-based drama because of my own personal experience in my very first prayer. I had talked desperately to a God whom I did not know then. That prayer led me to my conversion. From then on, needless to say, prayer ranks the top in my list of spiritual disciplines. I thought I knew a fair bit about prayer and know the true meaning of this spiritual discipline … until I spent two months researching and reading more for the development of the new Kingsley Community subject, “Principles of Prayer.” This journey has enriched me to value my prayer life differently. There are so much more to learn from those people whose prayers have changed history and the world; from those committed people of God whose lives greatly honour His holiness; and to learn on the meaning of the effectiveness of biblical principles of prayer.

Kevin Brown and I have spent two months in May and June on the development of this subject. Our desire is that Kingsley Community students, as well as other pastors and leaders, will be encouraged to develop further as people of prayer. Still further, we pray that this subject will inspire a revival for His church.

The preparation for the subject has changed my prayer life. Please be praying with me that God would use this subject, now and in the future, to equip our leaders as men and women of powerful prayer.

Rev Susan Lee

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If you would like to join any of the class dates as Profession Development- over web conference- please see the schedule below and call the College office on 03 9357 3699.

 

 

 

Mondays – 10 am to 4 pm: (In the Broadmeadows Training Centre or via web conference)

01 Aug   Seminar 1             An Introduction/Can prayer be taught and learnt? / Exploring with Tozer

29 Aug   Seminar 2             Prayer that changes History and the World / Exploring with Tozer

3 Oct      Seminar 3             The Effectiveness of Prayer / Exploring with Tozer

24 Oct   Seminar 4             The Biblical Principles of Prayer / Exploring with Tozer

21 Nov  Seminar 5             Spiritual Formation: Going deeper into prayer / Exploring with Tozer

Posted in WMCA

Celebrating a Milestone

Maise and Bill Greenlee celebrated Maise’s 90th birthday with their church family at Box Forest Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Bill and Maise have been long standing members of the church and have blessed that local fellowship with their Irish humour and godly walk. Over the years many Kingsley College students who attended Box Forest church were treated to Sunday lunch at Bill and Maise’s. Maise and Bill continue to be a great encouragement to all of their friends at the retirement home and their local church. They are also a role model for many of the teens at the church. In short, they set a great example of a godly marriage and faithful walk with Christ.
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Posted in Southern District

Celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary

Dennis and Keren Carnell were founding members of Box Forest (originally College Church) Wesleyan Methodist Church, were married in that church building and have now celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with their church family.

Dennis and Keren have been a great blessing to their local church and to the wider Wesleyan Methodist church over many years. Keren and Dennis celebrated this milestone with friends and family on the Saturday and then their church on the Sunday. They have set a great example to their friends, workmates, neighbours and church of a good marriage and faithful serve to Jesus as their Savior. No doubt God will continue to make them a blessing to others in the years to come. dennis-and-keren-50th-wed-ann

Posted in Southern District

Southern District Conference Report 2016

This was my first time attending one of these conferences and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be boring? Would I know anyone? Will I enjoy it? How does it work?

My initial fears were allayed as I was welcomed with love and enthusiasm by smiling faces on Friday morning.

Through the banterous leadership of our National and District Superintendents we navigated the administration of running a Church/District. There was a healthy balance of unanimity and lively debate as delegates had a say and motions were passed.

On Friday night we had praise and a sermon and we were introduced, with spectacular singing and dancing, to the newly formed Wyndham Samoan Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Saturday morning brought the remainder of our business agenda, with voting on various positions interspersed with reports from some of our Pastors. The Pastors’ reports were a great insight into some of the work being done in the Churches across our District.

Saturday afternoon was a chance to break into smaller groups and learn a bit more about different issues and events relevant to the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Rev David Collins gave a missions update from the Solomon Islands whilst elsewhere Mr Rob Ward and Rev Lindsay Cameron led a discussion about the interface between church and politics. Rev Beryl Baker and Mr Fred Watts talked about ministry to the disadvantaged while Rev Kevin Brown ran a session on interpreting the Bible.

During this time, and despite being delayed by a humorous entrapment in the wheelchair lift, the younger kids went for a trip to the aquarium. Quite a few of the older ‘kids’ tagged along too!

Saturday night was an opportunity for various auxiliaries to gather and hold their own conventions, with one for youth, women, and men. The women worshiped together and heard testimonies from Amy and Taina. I was not privy to the men’s or youths gatherings but others tell me that Rev Lindsay Cameron shared something of the history of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Australia and the Pacific region.

On Sunday morning the Doveton congregation led us in a polyglot praise session and the Upper Room worship team led the worship during which we got to hear and sing some original songs!

The big event of Sunday was the Ordination of Rev Taina Vea and the official receiving into the denomination of Rev Len Calhoun. This was followed by communion.

After the service ended, the youth started jamming and conference drew to a close over the sound of praise and hearty lunchtime conversation.

It was my first conference, but after a weekend of fellowship and praise, conviction and learning, I know that it will certainly not be my last.

Cecelia Tyler

Posted in Southern District

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