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Jul 11, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Hey Church 

The weather may be a crisp & cold but the atmosphere at our Youth Camp is HOT!!!! God has been moving among our young people and there are testimonies that are going to blow you away this Sunday night!!!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33

When I was a child I used to sing a song that repeated the line, “with Christ as my shepherd I can smile at the storm.”

In childhood those words had simple meaning. As an adult, however, the full magnitude of these words played out as I became more aware and experienced in the troubles of this world.

Stress, cancer, natural disaster, the violent persecution of Christians, infertility, loneliness, financial difficulty, depression, a bad diagnosis over your child, concerns for safety are all encapsulated in a simple statement Jesus makes…..”in this world you will have trouble.”

Jesus, however, doesn’t hit the panic button. Nor does he blithely pretend that life in Him life is breezy.

No.

He is the truth so he must speak about realities of life in this world in truthful terms. Here, he prepares His disciples for the horrific events about to unfold (his death, their abandonment etc.)… and the outworking of God’s purposes in the pain.

He gives us a powerful universal principle in the face of all the troubles this world holds…. “In me you may have peace.” That is, even IN the storm and IN the troubles, your true peace is found IN Him.

His words stand today in the daily troubles of life … “in Me you may have peace”

THIS SUNDAY 

KIDS!!! JZone, Cubby House & Noah’s Ark are back in full swing ready for Term 3! Come along and have a BLAST!!!

WINTER WARMERS! All our services are heated to a beautifully toasty temperature! Hot drinks and snacks are provided at all services and we have a beautiful café area so you can have a chat with your friends after the service.

COMING UP 

15th   July            Term 3 Life Group Leaders Launch
20th July              Jaye Liubinskas Worship experience in all Sutherland services
3rd August           Sean W. Smith Kids Worship Artist with our Kids in all Sutherland services
28th August         “Think Pink” Women’s Event
31st August         Reggie Dabbs in PM service 

Love,

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Jul 2, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Hi Church! 

This week our City Campus began Sunday services at Sydney University!

This is highly significant. Sydney was Australia’s first university, it is one of the world’s leading academic institutions AND there are many both on campus and in the precinct surrounding it that need to know Jesus!

Also, Youth Camp happens July 8th!

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” - Judges 6:14

Conversations between God and particular humans in the Bible intrigue me! They show something about God’s willingness to engage so personally with us, but also give me great insights into how God deals with our desires, insecurities and inadequacies.

Here is Gideon – called by God to deliver Israel from her oppressors. Only problem is, Gideon is a grasshopper in his own eyes, beaten down due to long term suffering and in a severe crisis of faith whereby he is doing the, “God, where are you in this tragedy” questioning that we have all gone through some time or another.

What is God’s response?

“Go in the strength that you have”.

That is, get going! Work with even the little you have! Start! And in the getting started, with what he did have (legs, arms, the ability to breath etc.) God was able to add the supernatural miracle power that delivered a nation. 

Maybe you are in a similar place. God’s word to you today is “GO IN THE STRENGTH THAT YOU HAVE!” 

That is….

  • You might not be able to save thousands of kids from poverty BUT you can sponsor one struggling kid to have their life changed at youth camp next week (call reception for details!)

 

  • You might not be able to pray for an hour …but you could start by praying for 5mins a day

 

  • Your marriage may be difficult but you could bless your spouse today with some encouragement

 

  • You might not be a missionary to China but you can share your faith in Jesus with one person at work

And in starting, in doing SOMETHING in faith, you, like Gideon, are making room for God to move supernaturally!

Earlier this year Vicki Simpson, a recognized prophet in our nation prophesied that this would be a year where COURAGE comes back into our church AND that it was a year of “startup”

Let me encourage you, don’t worry about what you don’t have! Start, take courage andGO IN THE STRENGTH THAT YOU HAVE…you will be surprised by how an act of faith ushers in the power of God.

WINTER WARMERS! All our services are heated to a beautifully toasty temperature! Hot drinks and snacks are provided at all services and we have a beautiful café area so you can have a chat with your friends after the service.

BIBLE READING PLAN: Grab the new July card this Sunday!

COMING UP 

8th – 11th July      Youth Winter Camp (Rego at the Connect Desk!) ….consider sponsoring a child in need today

15th   July            Term 3 Life Group Leaders Launch

28th August         “Think Pink” Women’s Event

Love,

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Jun 26, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Hey Church!

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities. - Isaiah 54: 2-3

There is one key message in this passage that screams from the page:

“Make room for blessing! …BIG blessing!” 

The barren woman (a metaphor for Israel, who at the time of the prophesy are in exile feeling far away from the promises of God!) is told to make space! Stretch out! Get ready!

…BECAUSE….she’s about to see her kids – the generations – inherit the land!!

How weird is that! A woman who has for a long time been unable to conceive is told that she is going to need space in her tent for lots of kids!

Such is the goodness and blessing of God. But, He requires us to make space …sometimes (usually!) BEFORE we see the promise fulfilled! 

In my life I have seen God require me to “make space” in various ways BEFORE He blesses me in an area! For example, he has called me to:

  • sow into special offerings (like ‘Building the Generations’)

 

  • step out in an initial step of faith (I led a girl to the Lord on a sleeper train to Vienna because I obeyed a scary prompting to talk to her)

 

  • start with what I have …just recently we renovated our church offices on a tiny budget. God honored us when this was finished with the blessing of brand new office chairs donated to us that we could not yet afford!

Can I encourage you, like Isaiah did, to MAKE ROOM!!! Don’t hold back! Make room bysowing, stepping out and starting! You making room is actually FAITH IN ACTIONand it gets heaven’s attention!

COMING UP 

8th – 11th July              Youth Winter Camp (Rego at the Connect Desk!)

Love,

Ps. Kristy

Shirelive ENews

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Hey Church!

‘GOD IS DOING A NEW THING!’

What an incredible Sunday we just experienced!

Since the time the Gibson family drove from one end of the country to the other to arrive at Shirelive I don’t think I’ve come away from a weekend feeling so strongly that we as a church are moving forward into the plans that God has for us!

Seeing our Board and Staff from Sutherland plus our Key Leaders from City Campus leading the way with our ‘Building The Generations Offering’ in the AM services was a powerful demonstration and you could really feel a shift in the atmosphere and a great sense of breakthrough.

Then in the evening we had our ‘I Have Decided’ Water Baptism Night and what a phenomenal night it was!

Seeing lives transformed and celebrating the people who had made a decision to follow after God made for an incredibly pure and powerful service.

The worship went to new levels and the entire building was buzzing well into the night with family and friends sticking around to enjoy the ‘After Party’. These nights have only just begun but are already, quickly becoming the most anticipated services on our calendar, so make sure you don’t miss the next one later in the year!

We are taking new ground and we are entering into new territory!

Can you perceive it?

Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

There’s new life and health coming into the church!
Streams have been sent by God to bring refreshing and strength! We’re in Spring time and all over the church things are blooming and coming to life!

Can you perceive it?

It’s easy to look back and allow our expectations to be affected by our past experiences but God is saying, “ LIFT YOUR EYES! See, I am doing a new thing!”

Our ability to engage with what God is doing is directly related to our ability to perceive what He’s doing by faith.

When the 12 men were sent to spy out the promised land only two men, Joshua and Caleb, had the ability to perceive it through the eyes of faith. It is no surprise that they were the only men of their generation to enter into what God had desired for them.

Can you perceive it?

NOW IT SPRINGS UP’!

This is something that God is doing NOW! It’s His desire that we engage and enter in our time, in our generation. This vision and promise that God has given doesn’t need to be left to the next generation to be fulfilled. God has made a way for us and has sent streams of life and hope. He’s brought health and strength not just for our wholeness but that we would rise up and enter into all that God has for us.

This Sunday with our ‘Building The Generations’ offering it’s our opportunity to rise.
We are called to come with expectations not shaped by former things. We are called to lift our eyes and perceive by faith. We are being stirred to give not from a place of comfort but from an understanding that God is doing something NOW and that it’s our time to engage with His purpose for our lives and for His house.

I love that God has brought me and my family to Shirelive for such a time as this. We are so excited for the future and can’t wait to see the NEW THING God is doing take shape and see the people in our church go from strength to strength.

COMING UP 

Sunday 29th June       Building the Generations Finale …Ps. Jack Hanes

8th – 11th July              Youth Winter Camp (Rego at the Connect Desk!)

God Bless & Much Love

Ps Jarrad Gibson

Shirelive ENews

Jun 11, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Hey Church! 

All week I have been reflecting on the great promises of God over our church.

My fiancé Andrew and I grew up in our church and as we were in the incredible AM Sutherland service last week, we were in awe of just how God has outworked His purposes through the generations ….and how He is now taking us into something brand new…..

TWO THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK!

1. “I HAVE DECIDED!” …..Baptism is a decision that will change your life.

Throughout the New Testament people are called by God to repent and be baptised! That is, they are called into a new life of being “born again” in Jesus Christ AND, demonstrating that resurrection into a new life the waters of baptism!

You may have been a believer for MANY years (like I was) and not baptised! OR you might be a brand new Christian. THIS SUNDAY NIGHT is your opportunity to follow Jesus into the waters of baptism!

Call reception on 9521 2933 to sign up! The 4pm Sunday class has a spot just for you! Bring your towel and a change of clothes….It’s going to be an AMAZING night!

2. “BUILDING THE GENERATIONS”….God has called His church to be an expansive, influential and world-changing force on the earth!

There is no lack of supply for those that step into God’s supernatural provision via FAITH GIVING!

On 22nd June every one of us is being invited to “BUILD THE GENERATIONS” by giving a one-off offering and making a faith promise to contribute financially to the building of Shirelive over the next 12 months.
Now is the time for you (and your family) to pray, prepare and powerfully participate!
We are so excited about what God is about to do!

THIS SUNDAY 

SUNDAY AM (Sutherland Campus) 9.30am: Ps. Brad Bonhomme 
Our Senior Pastor has a word burning on his heart about the nature of the “new thing” God is calling us into as HIS church.
Part 3 of our “Building the Generations” series is going to awake your heart to the purposes of God over your life and the life of our church.

SUNDAY AM (City Campus) 10.30am: Ps. Kristy Rigg 
City Campus is central in the purposes of God for Shirelive. Come and hear about nature of the “new thing” God is calling us into as HIS church.

SUNDAY PM (Sutherland Campus) 6.00pm: “I HAVE DECIDED” 
Baptism is a life-changing step for every believer!
This is Baptism – but not like you have ever experienced it before!
Multimedia, powerful worship, the gospel will be preached and we are going to champion a bunch of Shirelive legends as they go through the waters of baptism.

PS. KIDS!!!! Don’t miss our second “Magnificent Creations” night! You are going to whip up a creative storm!

  • 15th June – “I Have Decided” Baptism night
  • 22nd June – Building the Generations Offering (Ps. Alun Davies speaking)
  • 26th June – “Take the City” (Young Adults)
  • 29th June – Building the Generations Offering Pt. 2 (Ps. Jack Hanes speaking)
  • 8th – 11th July – Youth Winter Camp

With love,

Pastor Kristy

Shirelive ENews

May 29, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

What an incredible, faith filled Sunday we had last weekend with Ps Brad finishing our “Faith Under Fire.’ series.  It has imparted fresh faith in me and I know that it has for you too!!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” - Psalm 92:12-15

This is one of my favourite scriptures for so many reasons, but the main reason is because the promises don’t just apply to me, but they apply to my children and the legacy that I can leave for my family!
I am committed to having my children in the house of God every week.

Why?

God promises me that by being planted my children will

FLOURISH, they will GROWBEAR FRUITSTAY FRESH, and finally that in their OLD AGE they will be PROCLAIMING THE UPRIGHTNESS OF THE LORD.

The word says to “train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it”
This is my promise and it’s your promise too!

By training my children to love the House of God and to stay planted there, I KNOW that they will stay fresh, be HEALTHY and as they grow, they will live their lives for the glory of God.

I’m committed to my children inheriting Gods promises and seeing the future generation rise up and proclaim the goodness of our God!!

As a church we have an AMAZING MONTH ahead of us as we launch Building the Generations!!
The Holy Spirit has breathed upon this and there is already such anticipation amongst the leadership about the journey ahead of us and I’d love to encourage you to come on the journey with us!

Every week in June we will be unpacking what it means to Build the Generations and then on the 22nd June we will receive our Building the Generations Offering!

This offering is a prophetic statement over Shirelive that declares HEALTH, A STRONG FUTURE, COMMUNITY IMPACT and WORLD CHANGING INFLUENCE and will financially release her to be all she was called to be!!

You can contribute by filling out a “BUILDING THE GENERATONS”  Faith Promise Card.
There are numerous ways in which you can sow into our Building the Generations offering;

  • You may wish to make a Faith Promise Building Fund Contribution by giving 12 monthly donations OR a one off contribution.

If you call Shirelive your home can I encourage you to “plant” yourself AND your family in church every week as you do not want to miss what God is doing.

COMING UP
Saturday 31st May      Groundswell …a powerful night for the youth ministries of
our region hosted by our amazing Shirelive Youth

Sunday 1St June – Building the Generations – OUR VISION with Ps Brad Bonhomme

Sunday 8th June – Building the Generations – OUR HISTORY with Ps Brad Bonhomme. A special service where we get to see where our church was established and all that God has done!

Sunday 15th June AM– Building the Generations – OUR FUTURE with Ps Brad Bonhomme.
PM  “I Have Decided” …Water Baptism nights at Shirelive are about to get huge! Bring a friend – the Gospel will be preached & lives will be touched

Sunday  22nd June      Building the Generations Offering …Ps. Alun Davies for both our AM and PM services!

Sunday 29th June       Building the Generations Finale …Ps. Jack Hanes

8th – 11th July              Youth Winter Camp (Rego at the Connect Desk!)

Love,
Pastor Sarah.

Shirelive ENews

May 22, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Last weekend was a Sunday of powerful ministry – it seems our “Faith Under Fire”series is hitting the spot!

God loves His church and longs to minister life and health into His people!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. - Revelation 22:17

Have you ever been in a café at closing time…you’ve ordered just as they were poised to clean the machine, the music is abruptly turned off and some of the doors are being shut.  The chairs are being hoisted onto the tables around you and the vacuum is brought out, ready to be fired up when you FINALLY leave!

It’s not a nice feeling! You are, at that moment, in that café…unwelcome!

It happened to me recently in an (unnamed!) café in Balmain!  I had visions of hours of leisurely reading and journaling on a Monday afternoon, being carried into another world …only to realise AFTER I ordered a flat white that they were due to close for a break before dinner.

I felt uncomfortable …my plans to relax and rejuvenate were thwarted.

Maybe you feel that way with God sometimes. Unwelcome. Uncomfortable. Aware of your failing, aware that it’s been awhile since you were at the throne of grace, full of a feeling that He doesn’t want you there.

This could not be further from the truth! Here, in Revelation 22:17, the word “COME!” is used three times! It is an enthusiastic and compelling invitation! COME into His presence, COME and drink of Living Water, COME and experience the life that Jesus offers …every day, 24 / 7, no uncomfortable closing time.

What is more, this Scripture says that the bride (His church) also says “COME!” You BELONG in church! You BELONG in His House – God’s Church says “COME!” not just when you are going good – but when you are struggling, when you have had a bad diagnosis, when you have been through a breakup and when you are puffy eyed from a sleepless baby or a night of weeping.

You have a God that is calling you to COME to Him! You are welcome and more than that – you are enthusiastically and daily invited to COME into His presence…and find all that you need. 

Come for a night of powerful ministry!

ALSO Kelly Lauricella is a woman on fire for the purposes of God – come and hear a little of the power of God working in her life in South Africa!

PS. KIDS!!!! Ever wanted to slime out the Kids Pastor…or a Cronulla Sharks player??? Tonight’s your night! It’s going to be the slimiest, funnest time you’ve ever had on a Sunday! Wear OLD clothes and bring a towel!

COMING UP
Tuesday 27th May      “Building Blocks” – a Seminar to help key givers make the most of their giving (Free Event – Rego at Connect Desk)

Saturday 31st May      Groundswell …a powerful night for the youth ministries of
our region hosted by our amazing Shirelive Youth

Sunday 15th June       “I Have Decided” …Water Baptism nights at Shirelive are about to get huge! Bring a friend – the Gospel will be preached & lives will be touched

Sunday  22nd June      Building the Generations Offering …Ps. Alun Davies

Sunday 29th June       Building the Generations Finale …Ps. Jack Hanes

8th – 11th July              Youth Winter Camp (Rego at the Connect Desk!)

Love,
Pastor Kristy

Shirelive ENews

May 16, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

Hi Amazing Church Family!

Did you have a chance to hear Pastor Heather Baker on Sunday?  Heather so sensitively and powerfully shared her journey over the last five years and how God has continued to demonstrate his faithfulness in her family’s life (Check out the podcast at www.shirelive.com if you missed it). It truly felt like we got to sit in God’s presence, while He was at work healing, strengthening and re-orienting our lives.  Positioning ourselves to hear God’s voice is at the heart of one of the passages from this week’s Bible Reading Plan.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
In Luke 9-10, I read the story of Mary and Martha.  Martha is busy, getting  stuff done.  In her busy-ness she becomes frustrated that her sister has positioned herself at the feet of Jesus and is not helping her do the ‘work’.

Now to be honest, I identify with Martha, because I like to get stuff done!  But sometimes in all my rushing around I can rush right past a ‘God moment’ that could change my life.  Our world is full of distractions that will, if we allow them, dominate our time and energy.   Life today has the potential  to be extremely busy:  work, kids, gym, emails, grocery shopping, sorting the garden, visiting the relatives…  there just never seems to be quite enough time in the day for all that we want to do.

Sometimes just like Martha we need to be reminded that while these things can be important, it is easy to miss the opportunity to position ourselves for what is mostimportant.   It’s at the feet of Jesus we hear His voice, draw on His wisdom,  are inspired by His teaching and are refreshed by the Holy Spirit.  Remember this passage ..“Be still and know that I am God  Ps 46:10.

Where are you taking the time to position yourself to hear the voice of Jesus?

While it takes a little more effort to get up early on a frosty Autumn morning  to open your Bible OR to organize the family to make it to church on Sunday, you are strategically positioning yourself to be refreshed and equipped for what lies ahead.

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Like Mary,  recognize the privileged opportunity before you and do what it takes to step out of the busyness and into a deeper friendship with Jesus.

City Campus Update
Did you hear our amazing City Campus News?  We have been given  access to a fantastic venue right at Sydney University, with free parking, easy access to public transport and close to the student accommodation.   This venue will allow the City Campus to expand and extend its influence further into the city precinct.  Way to go City Team!

Blessings and see you Sunday!

Pastor Deb

Shirelive ENews

May 9, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

What an amazing weekend we had last week at church!
I am constantly astounded at how the Holy Spirit moves and refreshes us when we come together to worship and to glean from the word that is being preached!

I love our church and I love that God has placed me here!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“we are a church with spiritual mums & dads” – Ps. Brad Bonhomme (Sunday PM Service last week)

We have an exciting weekend coming up as we celebrate our mums on Mothers Day.  (Husbands, this was your gentle reminder to get something organised for your wife and mother of your children, it’s not too late!!) ;)

But as lovely as this holiday is for so many mothers out there, I’m also aware that there will be people within our congregation that this Mothers Day will hit a sore point for numerous reasons.

  • maybe you’re struggling to fall pregnant and being around the “celebration of motherhood’ is too much for you to bear

 

  • perhaps you have an estranged relationship with your mum/daughter and it only reminds you of the relationship you don’t have when you come to church on a Mothers Day

There could be any number of reasons that make staying home the safer option, but can I encourage you to be brave and to show up to church anyway?

The reason I ask is because being a mum is so much more than giving birth to your own children or having the perfect parent-child relationship.

Being a mum means there are people you speak life into, people that need your wisdom and support, people that need your guidance and to be nurtured by you to reach their full potential.

As Ps Brad spoke last Sunday night, we are a church with spiritual mums & dads and there are “spiritual children” who need your mothering.

As a woman who has suffered the loss of 4 babies, I know the feeling of standing in church, watching the mums receive honour and feeling the pain of ‘missing out’ because of my infertility… But it was also in those moments of worship in church that I experienced restoration and healing from my God and I will never forget the work He did in my heart.

THIS WEEK

SUNDAY AM (Sutherland Campus) 9.30am: Ps. Heather Baker

What happens when your world caves in? Heather walked a tragic, comical and faith-building journey when her prominent husband was struck down with a brain tumour. Don’t miss this memorable Mother’s Day morning!

Ps. A special little treat on the door for all Shirelive Women and their female friends & family visiting!

SUNDAY AM (City Campus) 10.30am: Ps. Tim Biasetto & Ps. Shane Martin

Special Mother’s Day celebration and Ps. Shane has some very significant news to share about the next exciting chapter of City Campus. Also, Pastor Tim always brings a word in season and this Sunday will be no exception! Come prepared to hear God speak into your life!

Ps. A special little treat on the door for all Shirelive Women and their female friends & family visiting!

SUNDAY PM (Sutherland Campus) 6.00pm: Heather Baker

Heather Baker has been through the fire and knows how to minister the power and grace of God to people! Bring a bunch of friends – their lives will be changed!

COMING UP

  • Don’t miss our AMAZING Shirelive Women’s event next Thursday 15th May!
  • Gifts, giveaways, an INCREDIBLE live cooking experience and a night of laughs and fun with the girls!
  • This is the PERFECT event to bring a friend to!!

Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday for a GREAT day with our church family.

Love from Pastor Sarah Gibson

Shirelive ENews

May 1, 2014   //   by Shirelive   //   News  //  No Comments

This morning I was reading Galatians chapter 3 from our Shirelive Bible Reading Plan, and was so challenged…

Galatians 3:11 in the Message version says: “…The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for himDoing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Habakkuk had it right: “The person who believes God, is set right by God—and that’s the real life.” 

I don’t know about you, but I quite often find myself striving to do impressive thingsto fulfill responsibility and to please God.

Maybe I feel as though I need to prove that I can do everything myself before He’ll take me seriously. Maybe I think that I need to impress God or earn His favour before He’ll reward me with His love and forgiveness, or before He’ll answer my desperate prayers. Yet this is NOT how God designed our relationship with Him…

I think about a young kid who so desires to bless his Mum (maybe it’s Mothers Day)…He wants to bake her a cake because he’s convinced she’ll just LOVE IT! In order to impress her, he tries to do it on his own, but he uses all the wrong ingredients in the mixture, and he also burns himself as he gets the cake out of the oven. He’s in pain…And the cake is a flop!! The boy is devastated. He failed. He let down his Mum. And so he hides from her, ashamed. But, has he really disappointed her? She’s probably more concerned that he didn’t ask for her help. She would have so enjoyed doing it with him! The problem is not that he can’t make a good cake, the problem is that he attempted to do something he was never going to be able to do on his own.

Trying to work hard at life on our own will only exhaust us and harm us. Because, FACT:WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT GOD. When we try, we’ll fail, we’ll be disappointed, embarrassed, exhausted and hopeless, and the shame may cause us to hide from God. God NEEDS to help! He NEEDS to be the one who makes us right, fills us with His Spirit, sets us up in the right direction and walks with us every step of the way. So we must BELIEVE that God WANTS to and needs to help, and that HE WILL grace us to live, work and do all He’s called us to do.

Shirelive Kids Update:

We’ve just had an amazing start to the year in Shirelive Kids. It was the most fun Term we’ve ever had! Sunday nights have tripled in size with events like Pancake Sunday, JZone Olympics, Marvelous Creations, Turbo Movie Night and Junior Masterchef. All the kids also went home with literally bucket loads of Easter eggs after our huge Easter egg hunt a few weeks ago.

It’s also been AMAZING to see how kids of all ages are just absorbing the Word of God. I’ve had parents telling me that their 3-5 year olds won’t stop singing “One Way Jesus”…at home, in the car, all day, everyday… It’s exciting to know that these little ones have Jesus’ name constantly on their lips.

I’ve also heard stories about primary aged kids practising their memory verses at home in their lounge rooms… To them this may just be a memory game with some fun hand actions, but as they quote scripture over and over, they’re also getting it into their spirit. Exciting times!!

COMING UP

  • Wednesday 7th May – Kingdom Builders Dinner (by invitation)
  • Sunday 11th May – Mothers Day Night with Heather Baker (what happens when your world caves in? Heather walked a tragic, comical and faith building journey when her prominent husband was struck down with a brain tumour.)
  • Thurs 15th May – Shirelive Women with Jane Grover

Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday for a GREAT day with our church family.

Love from Pastor Hannah Shand

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