Sep 022018
 

We’ve got many exciting opportunities coming up for our children and young people and a number of our congregation are involved in contexts where they’ll be ministering to children, young people and families beyond our church. Would you join with us in prayer for these things?

This Sunday at the 9.30 service we have Naomi Fulton, the Chaplain at North Cottesloe Primary School, with us. She’ll tell us a bit about her work at North Cottesloe and we will have a chance to pray for her. One of the highlights of her time there so far is the partnership with our church community and the ten volunteers that are present in the school in various capacities. Please do be praying for Naomi and the ten people from our church who are involved in volunteering at North Cottesloe Primary School.

Next weekend we have our Youth Alpha Weekend Away down in Busselton. We are really aware of how significant these times can be and also of how dependent we are on God for this. The “Here to Stay” research about factors that influence young people continuing on in their faith has “peak experiences” like camps as a key ingredient. Other research  indicates that almost 50% of all faith decisions have been made on a camp. We’d love your prayer for safety and deepening of connections and belonging, as well as for God’s Spirit to be at work in our young people (and their friends), drawing them closer to Himself.

In the Spring school holidays, we are significantly involved with two holiday camps. Kieran is leading on the CRUWest Spring Leadership Camp for those in Years 9-11 and we’ve got several of our youth going as participants. Kieran’s leading a session each day on biblical theology, helping the young people have a big-picture understanding of the Bible. In the same week, Sally Howe is team-leading an SU primary-aged camp, Kids in the Kitchen. Eliza Kan and Lynn and Rosalie Wadley are also leading on this camp. Please be praying for these people as they lead on these camps and pray that God’s Spirit will be at work in each of the young people attending. (You can also pick up some specific prayer points for Kids in the Kitchen at the back of the church or from Sally.)

For a number of years a few of our congregation have been involved as part of the Augusta (Flinders Bay) Family Festival (Beach Mission) team. I joined them last year as the team leader of this mission team. We have just started planning our time there for this coming January. We form a missional community, camping alongside holiday-makers and aiming to share the good news of Jesus and God’s Kingdom in word and action. I’d love to speak with anyone who might like to join us. We’d value your prayer for our preparation, team-building and time in Augusta.

Finally, lots of us are involved in the lives of children and young people through our roles as parents, grandparents, teachers and friends. It would be great to be praying for each other as we share life and faith with young people in these everyday contexts, that our lives and words would proclaim Christ and shape our young people as followers of Jesus.

 

Blessings,

Barb

 

Aug 122018
 

This week I’ve enjoyed reading a book called Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown. It’s about four women at very different points in life, who all join a spiritual formation group at a retreat centre. The book describes their engagement with some spiritual practices and each other over the months that follow, and the way each grows in her relationship with God. As I’ve been reading Sensible Shoes (and have now moved onto the [continue reading…]

Aug 052018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180805-Barb-Totterdell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:04 — 5.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         Luke 1:26-38  Reading 2         Matthew 1:18-25  

Jul 292018
 

Almost 30 years ago, as a 13-year-old Year 9 boarding school student, I turned up at a suburban Presbyterian church in Sydney with a couple of Year 12 students. That Sunday we were invited back to lunch at a retired single woman’s house just down the road. The next Sunday we were invited to lunch at the house of a family with young children . . . And so it went on. I later learned that there were a range [continue reading…]

Jul 082018
 

A few weeks ago in the 9.30 service each of the testimonies had the theme of passing the baton. If I remember correctly, the people who prayed together before the service also had a similar word for us. As well, Kieran and I have been thinking about this concept strongly as we’ve planned and prayed about introducing the New City Catechism. It’s at the heart of why we are doing it. It’s so important for us to pass on the [continue reading…]

Jul 012018
 

This week we are starting a series on the Creed. We also start learning The City Catechism together. See the insert in this pewsheet for more information about this and the encouragement to engage with it yourself and with your family. It’s so vital that we are growing in our understanding of what we believe and that our lives are undergirded by a Christian worldview. There are so many worldviews trying to shape us often without us even realizing it. [continue reading…]

Jun 242018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180624-Barb-Totterdell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:13 — 6.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Psalm 23  John 15:1-11   

Jun 102018
 

As I write this, I’ve just got home from seeing a film put together by the Centre for Public Christianity, For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Imagined. It is a great historical account of some of the ways in which Christians have been a huge blessing in society, as well as some of the atrocities that Christians have been involved in through the ages. The hope of the people involved in putting [continue reading…]

May 272018
 

Throughout the past year, the St Philips community has been journeying alongside James Duff (and his family) as he has stepped more fully into The Common, a church plant in Palmyra. We’ve prayed and heard stories along the way and kept track of the development of The Common community. It’s exciting that James is now able to concentrate his time in the leadership of that community. As a church, we are supporting them financially, in prayer and in other ways. [continue reading…]