Sep 292019

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints
(Colossians 1:3-4).

Today I want to give you a few reasons to give thanks to God.

Youth Group

When I first arrived at St Philips, our average youth group attendance was 5, but now, only 18 months on, it is closer to 15! Our record attendance, a few weeks ago, was 20. Many of these young people come from non-Christian families and are getting a rare opportunity to hear the good news. Please pray that we make the most of the opportunity!

Spring Leadership Camp (Oct 7th-11th)

This is a camp aimed at training young people to share Jesus at school. It is running for the third time and I will be running the Bible overview course for the second time. This camp is also enjoying record numbers, with over 50 teenagers enrolled and about 30 of those attending my Bible strand. I will also be running two biblical storytelling workshops and playing in the band.

St Hilda’s Anglican School

We give thanks for a growing partnership with the chaplain at St Hilda’s, Jon Cornish. Barb and I met with him last week to discuss how we could support each other in ministry. Please pray for him in the enormous task of pastoring an entire school. Also pray for us as we discuss ways in which we can partner together in the future.

Focus Groups

Our Growing Young Focus Groups have been well attended. Thank you to everyone who was able to be there! We give thanks for everyone’s interest in the challenging and long-term task of growing a vibrant body of believers in the 15 to 35 year old age bracket. Please keep the team in your prayers as we (a) run one more focus group (with young adults) and (b) discern the way forward.


Our two student leaders have been giving themselves to memorising Romans 8, serving the kids on a Sunday morning, and learning about the gospel-centred life. We meet fortnightly to learn what it means to be a disciple who makes disciples. We give thanks for the experience they are getting and the commitment they are making.

The fact is that far too many churches are getting old, which is why we are working so hard at growing young. It is a privilege to be able to support and equip you in this work.


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