At the cross, there was darkness. At the tomb on Sunday, the dawn of new light. This Easter, we will look at the story of the greatest weekend in history through the lens of Darkness and Light. It should be great. Start praying now for who you might invite!
In partnership with Christ Church Gladesville, St Anne’s will be hosting a two-part marriage course on Saturday 29th April and Saturday 20th May, from 8:45am – 1pm. Both enrichment days will be built around an excellent VIDEO-course written by Rev. Dr. Keith and Sarah Condie called “Building a Safe and Strong Marriage.” Their course is designed for couples of all ages and stages and it is arguably the best Christian marriage course currently available bringing together solid biblical teaching alongside the best and most current marriage research.
This is a course with a deliberate focus on couple time together. We hope it will be beneficial and helpful for any married couple in our church. You need to RSVP by 21st April.
Praise God for the work of Bush Church Aid in supporting ministers and ministries in rural areas! We are collecting money for BCA. You can pick up special BCA boxes at church. Please return the boxes to the ushers at church by the end of March.
Every Tuesday morning at 10am, some men gather over coffee to share life and encourage each other as Christians. If you are free at this time, head up to Pieface at Top Ryde Shopping Centre. All are welcome.
On Monday 27th February, St Anne’s held a Candidates Forum ahead of the NSW election to meet the candidates for the state seat of Ryde. Both Jordan Lane (Liberal) and Lyndal Howison (Labor) accepted our invitation to come. The evening included an opportunity to speak directly on their policies, as well as some set questions on issues of common interest to Christians, and questions from the floor.
The forum was live streamed on the night and can be watched here on YouTube.
- Give thanks for the joy of reading Matthew’s Gospel this term in church and bible study. May we delight in getting to know our Saviour more deeply!
- Give thanks for our new Wardens, Parish Council, Synod Reps and and Nominators Teams for 2023 – may God equip them with wisdom and courage for the work He has prepared for us in 2023!
- Give thanks for those who were recently baptised: Allen, Alice, Jeannie, Shirley, Carol, Evie, Justin, Meline, Loucine, Seta, Gabriella and Alexander. May the Lord grow and use them for His great purposes!
- Pray for Jess and Andrew, grieving the death of Jess’ Dad.
- Pray for those who are sick, going into hospital or recovering.
- A prayer for community volunteers and community service organisations: “God our Father, thank you for the thousands of people who so generously give their time, energy and resources to serve the people of this city. Thank you for the charities that contribute so much to vulnerable community members. Please help each volunteer to know the joy that comes from making a difference in the lives of others and demonstrating your reflections of your love in practical ways. Please continue to supply the resources needed so that our community service organisations can continue their work. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.“
SOAP Bible Readings
Read Scripture daily, write a few thoughts, an application and then pray.
This month’s diocesan magazine, Southern Cross, can be downloaded here
Anglican Aid Project in Papua New Guinea
St Anne’s has been long term partners with Anglican Aid. Anglican Aid is the overseas aid, development, and ministry support agency of Sydney Anglicans in partnership with the global church. It aims to to strengthen churches and help transform communities by sharing resources and building relationships between Australian Christians and overseas partners in need.
In 2023, our church will substantially support a specific project in the east coast province of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea. Anglican Aid works with an agency called PNG: Restore which unites Anglican, Uniting (Methodist) and Kwato (Congregational) churches to care for the spiritual, medical and educational needs of some of the poorest people in PNG. Our support will look to grow the theological education in the area through these churches by strengthening the local churches, which in turn builds their entire system of schools, medical clinics, and also some water projects with an Anglican hospital at Dogura.
It’s very exciting work. And a great example of how Anglican Aid is able to bring together the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus with social action and relief projects.
You can find out more about Restore: PNG and the work they are doing here.
A Great Resource
These daily devotions, written by Glen Scrivener take the reader through the Bible, pointing to Jesus, warming the heart and encouraging us keep going as a Christian. A big thumbs up from Andrew. You can order a copy from Koorong.