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Renewal in the Illawarra
Music for the Aged and Ageing
(Blue highlights are links)


Hillsong: Did you feel the mountains tremble (follow link) 4 mins
Renewal in the Illawarra: What to expect
Revival breaks out in a community where the heavenly pressure of the answer to the prayer "Let it be done on earth as it is in heaven" busts it's banks. 
What happens first? It varies, but passionate prayer by a small but growing army seems to be a common denominator.  
1. God's Word will be exalted and authoritative. 

2. There will be an intense conviction of sin, leading to repentance. 

3. Humility and brokenness will be evident. 

4. There will be deliberate acts of reconciliation and restitution. 

5. There will be a growing interest in prayer. 

6. Joy will be pure and overflowing. 

7. Evangelism will flourish. 
(These points also summarise other sources and are taken from Life Actionwebsite.) 
Billy Graham: November 7, 1918 - February 21, 2018
A beautiful documentary on the life of Billy Graham put together by a couple of 5th graders (10 minutes). Follow Link
See link to the Billy Graham evangelistic Association for resources, movies etc
A frontier for ministry to the aged and ageing, using modern electronics.
The ABC reported that a group of very old people with dementia responded very positively to "disco music". It wasn't really disco music as such, but familiar music.   
Each person in a group was fitted with large bluetooth headphones.
The music played and the elderly, led by a young dancer, began to move and even dance. 
This is a great watch, follow link
If we have an ageing congregation or minister in nursing homes, here is a cutting edge idea to bring life and joy to older people. There are many rousing old hymns that would move the oldies to worship enthusiastically. Give them room to move!
Recently I have saw a young worship leader finish a church service of older people with a Beatles song, When I'm 64
It was a scream, and it actually finished off the excellent message very well. 
The Movie: Paul the Apostle of Christ
Meet the Man Whose Words Changed the World
From the studio that brought you War Room and Risen, Paul, Apostle of Christ is a movie that church leaders will not want to miss.
In Paul, Apostle of Christ, Luke (Jim Caviezel) risks his life to visit Paul (James Faulkner), who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero's rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
The team at Big Studio Movie Licence recently had the opportunity to see an early preview screening of this movie and we were deeply moved by the story and convinced of the importance for church leaders in Australia and New Zealand to engage with this film.
Follow link for trailer and details
God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity when we plan only the things we can do by ourselves. - Tozer

Groups are gathering all over Australia to pray for our nation. There is always room for more! 
Friday March 2
10:00 a.m. Stanwell Park Anglican Church, 54 Stanwell Avenue, Stanwell Park
10:30 a.m. All Saints Anglican Church, 49-51 Moore St, Austinmer
10:00 a.m. St Columbkilles Catholic Church, 99 Princes Hwy, Corrimal
10:00 a.m. Wollongong Baptist Church, 330-334 Keira St, Wollongong
10:00 a.m. St Theresa's Catholic Church, 1 Princes Hwy, West Wollongong
11:00 a.m. Port Kembla Baptist Church 81 Illawarra Rd, Port Kembla
Speakers: Gordon Barr and other local ministers.
Contact: Jill Sopher on 4296 2949, bring a plate of food to share after.
11:00 a.m. Dapto Uniting Church, 122 Princes Hwy, Dapto. Morning tea from 10:00 a.m. followed by the service.
11:00 a.m. St Paul's Catholic Church, 249-251 Tongarra Rd, Albion Park
9:30 a.m. Shellharbour City Baptist Church, 10A Commerce Dr, Warilla.
10:00 a.m. Kiama Baptist Church 1/3 Brown St, Kiama. Followed by morning tea.
10:00 a.m. St George's Anglican Church, 103 Fern St, Gerringong
Follow link for details

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
Wednesday Lunch Time Bible Talks with Bishop Reg Piper
Jesus: Good News approaching Jerusalem

After supernatural circumstances surrounding his birth and after extraordinary healings, casting out of demons and even raising people from death, Jesus set his face determinedly toward Jerusalem. Crowds accompanied him and his disciples

7 February to 28 March 2018
 "Ocean Room"- Wollongong Town Hall 
Corner Kembla & Crown
Times: 12.45pm to 1.15pm sharp
Doors open: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Further Info: 0408 029 379   
All free. All Welcome

No Place Left March 10th

Spend a day with a group of keen beans getting skilled to multiply disciples and train others to do the same. These skills are releasing many into effective ministry, resulting in increased prayer, gospel sharing and new followers of Jesus who are making new disciples!  Bring your team and consider how you can apply these skills and principles in your world. 

March 10th 9am-4pm
Living Water Lutheran Church
Cost: $15 for lunch

  • Sharing Your Story
  • Gospel sharing: Lordship Circles, 3 Circles Gospel Presentation
  • Bridging to Gospel conversations and practice
  • Praying for healing
  • Discovery Bible Study Process and Curriculum 
  • Reflection on Mark 4:1-25
  • Fathers Heart and Four Fields Disciple Multiplication Plan
Follow link to Register
For those who are interested there will be opportunity to create peer support teams to continue learning and praying together after the training
Any Inquiries  call Hazel 0414463976 or Dave 0402600044 
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.
This course was introduced into the Illawarra around 20 years ago by Rev John Thew and Rev David Bartlett and has spurred many people on in mission endeavours over that time. The course this year will be run from Woonona Presbyterian Church in Gray St Woonona, Wednesday evening 7-9pm, beginning  14th March through to 20th June(excluding two weeks school holidays). As always it will be run by trained facilitators.
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  
Wollongong CityServe begins March 17th.
"The first project will be on 17th of March 2018 from 8am-3pm. at Corrimal High School. 
People can volunteer their time, skills and services for 1, 2 hours or more.
We feel strongly that what we are going to achieve will bring great outcome for the community. 
I always believe in small beginnings as the word of God says "do not despise small beginnings"
So far, we have raised some funds (~ $5,000) - but we still need more. 
As you may be aware, we are currently not funded by Council. We are relying on donations from local churches, businesses and individuals to do good things together in our area."  Hengki Widjaja. Follow link for details
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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