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How does my Church compare? Is it visitor friendly?
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
A classic: Handel's 'Glory to God' Follow link (2 minutes) 
 
 
 
Comparing and Learning from Other Churches.
 
After visiting approximately 30 churches recording testimonies for 'Everyday Miracles' on Pulse 94.1, I felt like the ''secret shopper"! It's been a wonderful and ongoing experience of the diversity and treasures within the local Body of Christ. 
 
Often I found myself reflecting "Would this be a church I'd bring my friends to?"
 
I had a 'feeling' but it was hard to understand exactly why I felt that way 
 
One local pastor was nonthreatened enough to ask questions about what I'd learnt in my travels, including what makes 'a visitor friendly church'.
 
Here's my brief (very subjective) summary of being a visitor friendly church:
 
People are smiling, full of joy, chatty, and 'normal'.
Everyone wants to be your friend. 
There is no hint of a doctrinal grid to pass through before being accepted.
Church is not all about programmes, it's personal and easy to relate to.
The time frames meet the felt needs of the people, ie for age, children, families etc.
Sermons are clear, short and not modelled on Bible College lectures.
All language and routine used is contemporary. The Bible used is plain English.
Absolutely everything that happens is intentionally visitor friendly.
A visitor is not a 'notch on someone's belt'.
And most importantly, there is something wonderful and 'other worldly' happening
 
 
Why not visit some other churches and pick up some good ideas?
We are all doing something well
 
 
 
 
 
                     
 
 
 
 
 

"We fear men so much, because we fear God so little."  - 

D.L. Moody
 
 
      
 
 
As seen through the Eyes of Jesus
Ephesians, especially 1:18-23
 
 
 
 
 
Illawarra For Jesus
The Facebook Page "Illawarra Combined Churches Events & Corporate Prayer"
has had a name change to Illawarra for Jesus  (Between the Mountains and the Sea). 
The page serves the same purpose and is a great way of telling others about news, events and prayer items that relate to our region.
Thanks to Pat Steele from Shellharbour Community Church.   
 
 
 
EVENTS:   
 
 
City Serve is coming to Wollongong. 
City Serve Wollongong March 2018 invites Expression of Interest.
"We are seeking individuals, churches and businesses that are interested to participate in our INAUGURAL City Serve Wollongong project on March 2018. We will be working together to beautify and uplift an outdoor area of a high school in the Northern suburbs of The Illawarra". Follow link for details
 
 
 
 
 
Prayer Events:
 
 
Concerning the following 4 prayer events below, they are driven by a Spirit led hunger to see Heaven invade Earth   
 
"It is God's will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ's kingdom in the world. When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people; as is manifest by Ezekiel 36:37. and it is revealed that, when God is about to accomplish great things for His church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication (see Zechariah 12:10)."
~ Jonathan Edwards
 
 
 
1. Free breakfast launch for the Day of prayer and the 40 days Prayer Relay
Lloyd Ollerenshaw has kindly opened his church (What a great new facility at 10A Commerce Drive Lake Illawarra) for a FREE breakfast meeting/launch for the National Day of Prayer & Fasting and 40 Days of Prayer and Evangelism. This will take place at 7AM Wednesday 7 February 2018 at Shellharbour Baptist Church. The keynote speaker is Ps Steve Ahern whose C3 Jervis Bay Church has an incredible commitment to prayer and is seeing God do super amazing miracles in growth, salvations and general church health. 
RSVP: 6PM Tuesday 6 February 2018
Bookings Eventbrite: Follow link  
 
 
 
 
 
3. Revere Jesus. 40 Day Prayer Relay Feb 14 to March 25
        
 
 
 
 
4. Free 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast Launch. Friday Feb 23rd
"God has continually showering Illawarra with His goodness.  In 2017 we announced that the prayer breakfast will be called Illawarra Prayer Breakfast, starting in 2018. We feel that it is the right time to humble ourselves and pray together as one with our brothers & sisters throughout Illawarra.

We are excited to announce that on Friday 23rd Feb we will host a FREE breakfast for pastors & leaders throughout Illawarra to launch 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast. This FREE Breakfast serves as a prelude of the annual Illawarra Prayer Breakfast . 
The event will be attended by Christian leaders and pastors who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the region and bringing God's blessings and His Kingdom to the region. Seats are limited to 50 people".
See Website for details. Email your reservation enquiries and details to this address
 
 
 
March: Greater Wollongong Region Anglican Outreach
   
Jesus Is____. Mission in Anglican Churches
During March,  Anglican churches and schools throughout Sutherland, Macarthur, Southern Highlands, Illawarra and the Shoalhaven regions are taking part in a mission using the concept Jesus Is___. The purpose of the mission is to provide opportunities for people to hear about Jesus and respond to the Good News of the Gospel. Of equal importance, is the training, equipping and encouraging of followers of Jesus in having conversations with people about Jesus. Or to put this another way - growing in confidence and skills in chatting with people about Jesus and how following Jesus shapes how we live.
To this end the Jesus Is___.  concept (with associated website & social media possibilities) was chosen as a framework for the mission. The mission will include a partnership with Moore Theological College as teams of students and faculty will be based in churches for the week 18-25th March.
A major regional for high school students called  'Free to Be', will be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Friday 23 MarchFollow link for details.
To find out more about Jesus Is___. follow link or contact your local Anglican church.
 
 
The Worldwide Persecuted Church.
Special information Session Friday March 2nd 2018, an invitation from Pastor Shane Cook, Shellharbour Community Church 
"In raising awareness of the persecuted church, we are going to have a prayer and information session for all churches in the Illawarra area. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation on part of the persecuted church. We will have a guest speaker from Open Doors which is a ministry that supports the persecuted church worldwide. We will provide prayer points and have a brief prayer time for the persecuted church. There will also be a collection to provide support to Open Doors. This meeting will be held at Shellharbour Community Church on Friday March the 2nd 2018. We would love to see your church there at the meeting". Follow link for full details and invitation
 
 
Copyright Seminar  Dapto Uniting Church on Saturday 10th March 2018
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Etc
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details     
02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019) or link to email  
 
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
 
 
Humour: 
 
 
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   
  
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Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website  
  
Blessings, Darryl  
 Worship
 
Simple phrases for 2018
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
Hillsong. What a Beautiful Name (follow link) 100 million opens!
 
 
 
Some thoughts for 2018:
God is here
Love is attractive
Joy is contagous
Leaders release leaders
Healthy things grow
Church is great
 
 
 
 
 
When visitors feel at home in a church, mostly they don't know exactly why
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A man with an argument has no power over a man with an experience
- Kris Vallatoon 
 
 
 

Lynette Drake Memorial Service 6pm Fri Jan 19 Shellharbour Baptist Church 
One relevant gem from Lynne's 'Just a Thought' series:
"Recently I officiated at my mother's funeral. As I pondered what to say, I was struck by the rapidity of passing time, the stupidity of holding a grudge, and how deeply the heart can be scarred. When the day comes for a summation of our own life, I wonder what kind of material we will have left behind with which to write the script?" 
(Follow link for more thoughts)
 
 
 
 
If we visit the past without the blood of Jesus, we are living a lie
Bill Johnson
 
 
 
 
 
EVENTS:   
 
 
City Serve is coming to Wollongong. 
City Serve Wollongong March 2018 invites Expression of Interest.
"We are seeking individuals, churches and businesses that are interested to participate in our INAUGURAL City Serve Wollongong project on March 2018. We will be working together to beautify and uplift an outdoor area of a high school in the Northern suburbs of The Illawarra". Follow link for details
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast. Friday Feb 23rd
"God has continually showering Illawarra with His goodness.  Earlier this year, we announced that the prayer breakfast will be called Illawarra Prayer Breakfast starting in 2018. We feel that it is the right time to humble ourselves and pray together as one with our brothers & sisters throughout Illawarra.
We are excited to announce that we will host a FREE breakfast for pastors & leaders throughout Illawarra to launch 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 23rd February 2018. This FREE Breakfast serves as a prelude of the annual Illawarra Prayer Breakfast .
The event will be attended by Christian leaders and pastors who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the region and bringing God's blessings and His Kingdom to the region. Seats are limited to 50 people".
See Website for details. Email your reservation enquiries and details to this address
 
 
 
March: Greater Wollongong Region Anglican Outreach  
During the month of March, the Regional Anglican's 64 churches, schools and Moore College will be doing a major outreach into our community. 
There are various items based around the theme "Jesus Is..." including:
A youth event at WIN stadium.
Visitation.
Special church programmes (including a drama based on the book of Mark).
So if you are approached or visited by someone wearing a "Jesus Is" T-shirt, don't be alarmed, it's one of our friendly local Anglicans! 
 
 
 
The Worldwide Persecuted Church.
Special information Session Friday March 2nd 2018, an invitation from Pastor Shane Cook, Shellharbour Community Church 
"In raising awareness of the persecuted church, we are going to have a prayer and information session for all churches in the Illawarra area. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation on part of the persecuted church. We will have a guest speaker from Open Doors which is a ministry that supports the persecuted church worldwide. We will provide prayer points and have a brief prayer time for the persecuted church. There will also be a collection to provide support to Open Doors. This meeting will be held at Shellharbour Community Church on Friday March the 2nd 2018. We would love to see your church there at the meeting". Follow link for full details and invitation
 
 
 
Copyright Seminar  Dapto Uniting Church on Saturday 10th March 2018
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Etc
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details     
02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019) or link to email  
 
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
 
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
 
Humour: 
  
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   
  
Anti Spam Policy 
Note, our network eLink service provider has written an Anti-Spam Policy
KCI will voluntarily comply with best practice 'Permission Based Email Marketing'. We will periodically connect with our contacts who regularly show on our 'did not open' report in order to affirm a willingness to remain on our mailing list.   
You are receiving this eLink because to are a Christian leader in the Illawarra. Both the Privacy Policy and the
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There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.  
  
  
Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website    
  
Blessings, Darryl  
Worship
 
Becoming a Christmas-loving leader 
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
 
 
 
Three ways to become a Chistmas-loving leader.  
 
Christmas can be a long haul for pastors and leaders, there are added special programmes, pastoral needs can be more acute, regulars and key people will be away, there are visitors who'd like to meet the pastor, the pastor's family gets sidelined, and ministry preparation time is rationed. Some quick hints:
 
1. Keep Christ in Christmas. Don't let Santa and the world steal your Christmas. Plan a personal and family devotional routine, even dig out the old favourite Christmas hymns and songs to listen to with family or friends. 
 
2. Let Christmas reshape your routine. Be ruthless, say no, delegate and postpone where possible. You are not indispensable. Plan to focus on the Christmas event, let God speak to you about the wonder of who Jesus is and how it all started. Be inspired and share it around
 
3. Be a Christmas herald. Don't be afraid to tell the world why you love Christmas, even over the sounds of Jingle Bells. 
 
   
 
Pastors are Fair Game at Christmas, Keep Smiling!               
     
 
 
 
EVENTS:   
 
City Serve is coming to Wollongong. 
City Serve Wollongong March 2018 invites Expression of Interest.
"We are seeking individuals, churches and businesses that are interested to participate in our INAUGURAL City Serve Wollongong project on March 2018. We will be working together to beautify and uplift an outdoor area of a high school in the Northern suburbs of The Illawarra". Follow link for details
 
 
 
 
A Chris Vallotton classic:
That day I decided that I am never going to let the world tell me how to treat people when my heart is pure. I will be militant in my commitment to tell people they're beautiful. (from a message: "We need to bring affection back in the church"). Follow link for an inspiring 7 minute video
 
 
Christmas Items:
 
Northern churches Christmas outreach programme 
The home visitation programme is still powering on through November and December.  Hazel Nisbet, Woonona Presbyterian Church.
 
 
 
Figtree Anglican Community Carols at Figtree High School Sat Dec 9th 
 
 
 
Handel's Messiah 2pm Sat Dec 9th at Wollongong Town Hall
                             
Handel's Messiah is one of the best known and loved choral works. Going to a performance of it is an important and uplifting part of many people's Christmas season. The Illawarra Choral Society performs it every second year in the Wollongong Town Hall with its magnificent organ. The choir will continue the tradition on Saturday December 9 at 2pm. The Messiah will be performed by the choir and guest soloists, organ and orchestra, directed by Meryl Jackson-Kew.  Follow link for details
 
 
 
Combined Churches Community Carols at Albion Park Tuessay Dec 12th
        
 
 
Combined Churches Community Carols Shellharbour Sat. December 16th
 
 
 
Northern Churches Combined Churches Christmas Services  
           
 
 
 
Carols on Crown.  
From the Wollongong City Council website:
"Sing along with Santa and his helpers to all your favourite Christmas tunes.
Don't miss this event on Wednesday 20 December from 6 to 9pm, featuring the Gateway City Church Choir and Wesley Church singers, plus your hosts from i98fm.
Bring a cushion or blanket and some Christmas cheer to join the fun! City Centre stores and eateries will be open until 9pm".  Follow link for details
 
 
 
Yes Minister:
Christmas at the Ministry (BBC Comedy Sketch) 19822 minutes (follow link)
                      
 
 
 
Copyright Seminar  Dapto Uniting Church on Saturday 10th March 2018
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material

Contact Bruce Fairhall for details     
02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019) or link to email  
 
 
 
 
Prayer Events:
 
Sunrise Prayer Relay January 1, 2018
New Year's Day Sunrise Prayer Relay 2018
"We invite our brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer groups, and churches to join us all over the world to pray at Sunrise on New Year's Day 2018 at a public location like a hill, lookout or landmark in your city or town. Your location might like to include praise and worship in your prayers. You could even take communion, have a time of fellowship or evangelism". Use the prayer resources on the website and register your location at   www.sunriseprayerrelay.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast. Friday Feb 23rd   
"God has continually showering Illawarra with His goodness.  Earlier this year, we announced that the prayer breakfast will be called Illawarra Prayer Breakfast starting in 2018. We feel that it is the right time to humble ourselves and pray together as one with our brothers & sisters throughout Illawarra.
We are excited to announce that we will host a FREE breakfast for pastors & leaders throughout Illawarra to launch 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 23rd February 2018. This FREE Breakfast serves as a prelude of the annual Illawarra Prayer Breakfast . 
The event will be attended by Christian leaders and pastors who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the region and bringing God's blessings and His Kingdom to the region. Seats are limited to 50 people". See Website for details. Email your reservation enquiries and details to this address
 
 
 
The Worldwide Persecuted Church.
Special information Session Friday March 2nd 2018, an invitation from Pastor Shane Cook, Shellharbour Community Church 
"In raising awareness of the persecuted church, we are going to have a prayer and information session for all churches in the Illawarra area. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation on part of the persecuted church. We will have a guest speaker from Open Doors which is a ministry that supports the persecuted church worldwide. We will provide prayer points and have a brief prayer time for the persecuted church. There will also be a collection to provide support to Open Doors. This meeting will be held at Shellharbour Community Church on Friday March the 2nd 2018. We would love to see your church there at the meeting". Follow link for full details and invitation
 
 
 
"Perhaps you face something that is tempting you to take a more leisurely path through life, when an invitation to get up and climb is staring you in the face. The battle will be in the mind, even though it will likely manifest in the flesh. Your temptation to resign is, in fact, your invitation to write history." 
Paul ManwaringKisses from a Good God: A Journey Through Cancer
 
 
 
Copyright Seminar Dapto Uniting Church Saturday 10th March 2018
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details  02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019)
 
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
Humour: 
         
                    
 
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   
  
Anti Spam Policy 
Note, our network eLink service provider has written an Anti-Spam Policy
KCI will voluntarily comply with best practice 'Permission Based Email Marketing'. We will periodically connect with our contacts who regularly show on our 'did not open' report in order to affirm a willingness to remain on our mailing list.   
You are receiving this eLink because to are a Christian leader in the Illawarra. Both the Privacy Policy and the
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There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.  
  
  
Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website  
  
Blessings, Darryl  
 Worship
 
A New Year with Jesus: Where to focus 
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
Especially aimed at those among us with any British heritage
(Grab a tissue, push the chair back, stand, and click on the blue link!)
 
 
 
 
So what to do in 2018:
We have a brand new diary and lots of options for our ministries as we seek to function in a sea of needs and growing irrelevance. 
 
New Year Thoughts
Do get excited about who is with us. Jesus!
Do more than be another community group, we are called to higher things.
Do more than be a loving group of Christians, The world needs us. 
Do focus on prayer, evangelism, the word, and "signs that make you wonder".
Do actively work with other churches. We might struggle but God loves it. 
Do be brazenly supernatural, graciously Godly and tenaciously persistent as we 'swim upstream' in our crazy world. 
 
A bold post from a Facebook friend:
"May this be the year mediocrity dies, our passion for Jesus deepens, we shake off the narrow shackles of the world and dare to act on impossible dreams. May this be the year our default as a Church comes to pray rather than to whinge, to unite in truth rather than to divide in judgement, to rise in faith rather than to panic in fear, to love at every opportunity.
Here's to the Church that Jesus died for"
 
 
 
 
 
Salvation is to:
Restore Oneness with God
Bring Heaven to Earth
Secure our place in Heaven
-Peter McHugh, Stairway Church
 
 
 
 
 

Lynette Drake died December 23rd after a prolonged illness.
           
One relevant gem from Lynne's 'Just a Thought' series:
"Recently I officiated at my mother's funeral. As I pondered what to say, I was struck by the rapidity of passing time, the stupidity of holding a grudge, and how deeply the heart can be scarred. When the day comes for a summation of our own life, I wonder what kind of material we will have left behind with which to write the script?" (Follow link for more thoughts)
 
 
Don't pick on the sheep when they wander, they only leave the shepherd when driven by felt needs. There's nothing much that food and water, a reasonable place to stay and a cuddle can't fix.
 
 
 
EVENTS:   
 
 
City Serve is coming to Wollongong. 
City Serve Wollongong March 2018 invites Expression of Interest.
"We are seeking individuals, churches and businesses that are interested to participate in our INAUGURAL City Serve Wollongong project on March 2018. We will be working together to beautify and uplift an outdoor area of a high school in the Northern suburbs of The Illawarra". Follow link for details
 
 
 
 
 
Seven Things Christians Should Give Up To Reach Unchurched People (Follow Link)
 
 
Eight Assumptions Pastors Can't Make In A Post-Christian Culture (Follow Link)
 
 
 
 
 
Sunrise Prayer Relay January 1, 2018
New Year's Day Sunrise Prayer Relay 2018
"We invite our brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer groups, and churches to join us all over the world to pray at Sunrise on New Year's Day 2018 at a public location like a hill, lookout or landmark in your city or town. Your location might like to include praise and worship in your prayers. You could even take communion, have a time of fellowship or evangelism". Use the prayer resources on the website and register your location at   www.sunriseprayerrelay.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast. Friday Feb 23rd   
"God has continually showering Illawarra with His goodness.  Earlier this year, we announced that the prayer breakfast will be called Illawarra Prayer Breakfast starting in 2018. We feel that it is the right time to humble ourselves and pray together as one with our brothers & sisters throughout Illawarra.
We are excited to announce that we will host a FREE breakfast for pastors & leaders throughout Illawarra to launch 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 23rd February 2018
This FREE Breakfast serves as a prelude of the annual Illawarra Prayer Breakfast . 
The event will be attended by Christian leaders and pastors who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the region and bringing God's blessings and His Kingdom to the region. Seats are limited to 50 people".
See Website for details. Email your reservation enquiries and details to this address
 
 
 
 
 
March: Illawarra Anglican Churches Outreach  
During the month of March, the Illawarra Anglican churches in partnership with Moore College will be doing a major outreach into our community. 
There are various items based around the theme "Jesus Is..." including:
A youth event at WIN stadium.
Visitation.
Special church programmes (including a drama based on the book of Mark).
So if you are approached or visited by someone wearing a "Jesus Is" T-shirt, don't be alarmed, it's one of our friendly local Anglicans! 
 
 
 
 
 
The Worldwide Persecuted Church.
Special information Session Friday March 2nd 2018, an invitation from Pastor Shane Cook, Shellharbour Community Church 
"In raising awareness of the persecuted church, we are going to have a prayer and information session for all churches in the Illawarra area. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation on part of the persecuted church. We will have a guest speaker from Open Doors which is a ministry that supports the persecuted church worldwide. We will provide prayer points and have a brief prayer time for the persecuted church. There will also be a collection to provide support to Open Doors. This meeting will be held at Shellharbour Community Church on Friday March the 2nd 2018. We would love to see your church there at the meeting". Follow link for full details and invitation
 
 
 
Copyright Seminar  Dapto Uniting Church on Saturday 10th March 2018
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Etc
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details     
02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019) or link to email  
 
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
 
The Voice of the Lord sometimes sounds like the voice of your wife - Bill Johnson
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
Humour: 
 
          
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
   
  
Anti Spam Policy 
Note, our network eLink service provider has written an Anti-Spam Policy
KCI will voluntarily comply with best practice 'Permission Based Email Marketing'. We will periodically connect with our contacts who regularly show on our 'did not open' report in order to affirm a willingness to remain on our mailing list.   
You are receiving this eLink because to are a Christian leader in the Illawarra. Both the Privacy Policy and the
Safe Unsubscribe links are below.   
There are currently 6 people from different churches (with Darryl Stewart as Coordinator) on the board who take responsibility for the network.  
  
  
Please note and forward any event items which you would like included in the website   
  
Blessings, Darryl  
 Worship
 
Overcoming the World 
 
Events
 
Humour
 
 
(Blue highlights are links)
 
 
 Worship: Gospel Choir on Britain's Got Talent. (warning: it's wild!)
 
 
 
 
               
 
            
   
OUR WORLD IS FALLING APART
 
 
 
            
 
I AM TAKING IT ALL ON ME
 
 
 
                       
 
I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD 
 
NOW, OFF YOU GO, I'VE SHOWN YOU WHAT TO DO
 
 
 
 
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? Deut 4:17 NIV
 
 
EVENTS:   
 
City Serve is coming to Wollongong. 
City Serve Wollongong March 2018 invites Expression of Interest
"We are seeking individuals, churches and businesses that are interested to participate in our INAUGURAL City Serve Wollongong project on March 2018. We will be working together to beautify and uplift an outdoor area of a high school in the Northern suburbs of The Illawarra". Follow link for details
 
 
A brief article from Christianity Today on how a church can help simplify Christmas
Four clever, but disarmingly simple ideas: Follow link for details
'Parents Night Off'
A simple children's giving experience
'Pass It On' (maybe not quite so relevant here)
Church: short and sweet
 
 
Another idea for a Christmas/New Year service is to show a movie 
See a range of Church friendly movies now available through the Big Studio.
 
 
Copyright Seminar. Expressions of interest sought ASAP
Expressions of Interest are invited to attend a Copyright Seminar in 2018.
The seminar will be run at the Dapto Uniting Church in conjunction with the Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. 
50 attendees are required to make it happen.
It is designed for:
Church leaders
Worship leaders and muscians
Office workers
Those who produce printed material
Contact Bruce Fairhall for details  email   
02 4261 2424 (M: 0427 211 019)
 
 
Ministry Shortcut: Spend time in His presence and glow.
 
 
 
Combined churches prayer for revival in the Northern Suburbs Thurs Nov 23
Revival Prayer for the Northern Suburbs meets at 7pm on Thursday 23 Nov. at Sandon Point (near the trig station on the point where we meet for our Sunrise Easter Service). If wet or wild we will gather at Woonona Presbyterian Hall.
The home visitation programme is still powering on through November and December.
 
 
 
Sons of Korah: November 23rd Dapto Anglican Church. Bookings essential 
Sons of Korah is an Australian based band devoted to giving a fresh voice to the biblical psalms. The Psalms have been the primary source for the worship traditions of both Judaism and Christianity going right back to ancient times. With their unique acoustic, multi-ethnic sound Sons of Korah have given this biblical songbook a dynamic and emotive new musical expression.... (more)
For booking details: see link
 
 
 
 
 
Shellharbour City Baptist Church will celebrate the opening of its new building in Warilla on Saturday 25th November
Shellharbour Baptist
 
 
 
Dapto Anglican Church Christmas Festival Sat Dec 2nd, 5pm - 8.30pm 
 
 
 
Figtree Anglican Community Carols at Figtree High School Sat Dec 9th 
 
 
 
Handel's Messiah 2pm Sat Dec 9th at Wollongong Town Hall
                             
Handel's Messiah is one of the best known and loved choral works. Going to a performance of it is an important and uplifting part of many people's Christmas season. The Illawarra Choral Society performs it every second year in the Wollongong Town Hall with its magnificent organ. The choir will continue the tradition on Saturday December 9 at 2pm. The Messiah will be performed by the choir and guest soloists, organ and orchestra, directed by Meryl Jackson-Kew. Follow link for details
 
 
 
Combined Churches Community Carols at Albion Park Tuessay Dec 12th
        
 
Combined Churches Community Carols Shellharbour Sat. December 16th
 
 
Prayer Events:
Regional Prayer Movements: A seismic shift in strategy is the only hope for our churches, regions and nation.
 
 
Sunrise Prayer Relay January 1, 2018
New Year's Day Sunrise Prayer Relay 2018
"We invite our brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer groups, and churches to join us all over the world to pray at Sunrise on New Year's Day 2018 at a public location like a hill, lookout or landmark in your city or town. Your location might like to include praise and worship in your prayers. You could even take communion, have a time of fellowship or evangelism". Use the prayer resources on the website and register your location at   www.sunriseprayerrelay.org
 
 
 
 
2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast. Friday Feb 23rd
"God has continually showering Illawarra with His goodness.  Earlier this year, we announced that the prayer breakfast will be called Illawarra Prayer Breakfast starting in 2018. We feel that it is the right time to humble ourselves and pray together as one with our brothers & sisters throughout Illawarra.
We are excited to announce that we will host a FREE breakfast for pastors & leaders throughout Illawarra to launch 2018 Illawarra Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 23rd February 2018.This FREE Breakfast serves as a prelude of the annual Illawarra Prayer Breakfast . 
The event will be attended by Christian leaders and pastors who have common interests in praying for each other, for unity and the region and bringing God's blessings and His Kingdom to the region. Seats are limited to 50 people".
See Website for details. Email your reservation enquiries and details to this address
 
 
The Worldwide Persecuted Church.
Special information Session Friday March 2nd 2018, an invitation from Pastor Shane Cook, Shellharbour Community Church 
"In raising awareness of the persecuted church, we are going to have a prayer and information session for all churches in the Illawarra area. At this meeting, we will provide a presentation on part of the persecuted church. We will have a guest speaker from Open Doors which is a ministry that supports the persecuted church worldwide. We will provide prayer points and have a brief prayer time for the persecuted church. There will also be a collection to provide support to Open Doors. This meeting will be held at Shellharbour Community Church on Friday March the 2nd 2018. We would love to see your church there at the meeting". Follow link for full details and invitation
Then those whose lives honoured God got together and talked it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God's presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honoured God's name.  
Malachi 3:16 The Message Version
 
 
All Generations Discipleship Training School at YWAM. Beginning April 2018. 
Singles, couples and families are all welcome to come and join in this special All Generations DTS being run by YWAM Wollongong, located at Port Kembla.
This course is based on the principle that we are a community of believers and no matter what our stage of life, we can all play a part in the great commission. 
Facilitators are Al and Cheryl Cartwright. Follow link for details and a short video.
 
 
Every Friday Morning Prayer Breakfasts 7.00 am. It's a great time of prayer, fellowship and Godly start to the day. Meets at the offices of Warwick Marsh, Dads4Kids, behind Central Rd shops, through KFC car park Unanderra. 
 
 
 
Humour: 
 
Actual quote from an 80+ year old in a local evangelical church: "I come from a Pentecostal background. Todays songs are all slow like a funeral, we need music with a bit of life, like the hymns in the old days"          
         
 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
  
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
  
  
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