This Sunday, two new student ministers, Cameron and Carol Maxworthy, joined us. Welcome Cameron and Carol!
New Sermon Series
Last week, we commenced our preaching and bible study series looking at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). It promises to be a great series filled with challenges and encouragements that will help us know the Kingdom Life that Jesus wants us to live.
Last Sunday, our new student minister Fiona Thomson started at St Anne’s. Welcome, Fiona!
For the diaries, Sunday 5th March will be our third bi-annual Baptism Sunday. This should be such a great day! We will have a special combined morning service and a regular evening service to celebrate the New Life we have in Jesus. We already have five people who are keen. If you are a professing Christian, and have not yet been baptised we will be baptising adults and children. Please be in touch and be part of the day.
We are giving our website an update in term 1, and we will need to take new pictures of our church and fellowship. The #1 goal of our website is to focus on people who live in and around Ryde who might join us on a Sunday or through the weeks. More than 90% of people check the website before coming to church, and so our welcome and invitation starts there! This Sunday, we will have a photographer taking some pictures of our service and fellowship. If a photo that you are recognisable in turns out well, we will ask your permission to use it before it goes online. May a new website be a great tool for connections to Jesus in our community!
- 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!
- Pray for those who are putting their names forward for baptism – give thanks for the celebration of new life!
- Pray for the start of our Youth Group Reboot on Friday – may this year see our young people love Jesus even more.
- Give thanks for Cameron and Carole’s arrival with us this Sunday! May they feel loved and encouraged in their love for Jesus and journey into ministry!
- Pray for the Staff Retreat this week (6-8 February). May it be refreshing and helpful as the new team bonds and plans for the year.
- Give thanks for a return to teaching SRE at our local schools in a few weeks. Pray for the SRE teachers as they return after a long break, and that students would be receptive to the message of Jesus. Ask God to strengthen school staff, parents and students as they deal with a new year!
- Please pray for our English Conversation Classes which start this Wednesday – may there be many community connections and deep friendships formed in conversation as people learn English. May there be chats about Jesus along the way! Please pray for the teachers as they prepare.
- A prayer for our local, state and federal governments: “God our Father, all governments rule under your authority. May they work for the good of those they rule, seeking your justice and peace in every law and action. 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.