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 [continue reading…]

Sep 222019

It’s a big weekend at St Philips! This afternoon at 3pm, Dr Simon Towler will be joining us to explain the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation currently under discussion in the Western Australian Upper House of Parliament.  This is a very emotive issue.  I have been reading and studying it at some length this week and I am feeling emotional about it. The purpose of this time is to glean information and facts.  It is not to champion a position, [continue reading…]

Sep 152019

It was a remarkable bible study last week with Kieran.  We have been working our way through Roman chapter 8 and Kieran recited the whole chapter to a captive audience.  Wow!  The Word of God was so alive and meaningful. This also made me think of how passionate our leadership team feels about our youth group and bringing young people at many local schools into a relationship with Jesus. When I was at school (more than 50 years ago), we [continue reading…]

Sep 082019

As I write this, we are in the midst of a week of Growing Young focus groups. One of the things that struck me in the first focus group was their impact of mentors on the lives of some of our current parents when they were teenagers. Many of these were informal relationships, not necessarily even things that the teenagers at the time would have been able to identify as particularly significant.  However, looking back, they recognized that  these people [continue reading…]

Sep 012019

(This musing was written by Sally about two months ago.  Mal thought it was fitting to share as a word in season today) What do you love about the Holy Spirit? Our kids were asked this one Sunday in Kids Church – to either think specifically about the Holy Spirit or about God in general. Most of them answered referring to the Holy Spirit: He’s always willing to help; He sticks with you; He somehow manages to fit three beings [continue reading…]

Aug 252019

Last weekend 30 women from St Philips had a great time away together. So many precious things, so many precious moments. As is so often the case, it was a weekend of encounter with each other and with God . . . a weekend where relationships were further developed and where the Holy Spirit worked in our lives; . . . a weekend where God met us deeply as we made the effort to be present; . . . a [continue reading…]

Aug 182019

“Cancel everything but prayer.” One of the most uplifting experiences I’ve had at St Philips was the last 5pm prayer meeting (held every 4th Sunday).  It was so good to be in the Lord’s presence together. The following article from Eternity magazine highlights the importance of prayer. “Recently retired church planting veteran David Jones has a drop-everything-and-pray approach to congregational prayer. When the Welsh-born Presbyterian minister is asked about the role of prayer in his 40 years of church ministry, [continue reading…]

Aug 112019

Moving house! That’s what my week has been. By the time most of you are reading this, most of my things will have been moved to my new place in Cottesloe. I’ve been pondering and praying about the move for some time and a couple of months ago felt it was time to act. I had invited some close people into the discernment journey and felt that it was quite important to actually be very local to the church in [continue reading…]

Aug 042019

By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7:16 NIV) Words are powerful (I remember so vividly a scornful comment from my Year 7 class teacher delivered 40 years ago.)  Daily we communicate words of life (blessings) or words that kill (curses) to others and ourselves. AND, words are cheap. They can’t stand alone – they scream hypocrisy when inconsistent with our actions. When they match, we see integrity.  At [continue reading…]

Jul 282019

Last night I had the privilege of meeting with our Growing Young team. We were discussing conversations that we have each had with some of our St Philips young people over the last month. There were numerous reasons I felt privileged. Here are some of them: Firstly, I was sitting with a group of people who are invested in seeing our church Grow Young and in seeing many young people come to know Jesus and continue on in their relationship [continue reading…]