Blue Flower

How does my Church compare? Is it visitor friendly?
(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.   
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
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. 
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.   
How is your local leaders fellowship going? 
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