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BAPTISM

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This week in Chatswood we had the privilege of baptising 5 people, what a great moment!

The whole occasion was a little 'out of the box’. We held the baptisms in Carey and Helen’s heated spa which was great considering just how cold it was. Although it was an initial challenge to get people under the water in the shallow spa, we made it in the end. We topped the celebration off with a great lunch together. 

Around 80ppl attended the event and most were visitors, some believers, but not all which was very encouraging. The five people were completely different. Some have been waiting quite some time to get baptised and finally took the plunge (pardon the pun). One was a new convert who wanted to take the next step of faith. The other had converted from their Muslim faith and been connected with us via ESL. They were very keen to get baptised but since leaving a Muslim country not long ago has not been connected with a church until now. 

So it’s great news, and we are praying for lots more of the same in the future.

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WOMENS BRUNCH

GOD IS GOOD all the time
ALL THE TIME God is good 



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Last Saturday, all of us who came to the Women's Brunch, had the opportunity to hear stories of God's goodness and faithfulness in the lives of five amazing women. 

They were real, well spoken and very open. Even though their experiences and circumstances differed between then, we could clearly see the same thread in their lives. And the thread is: God is good, God is faithful and He'll always care us through. 

We also had an amazing brunch with more than plenty of food and a coffee cart preparing us delicious hot drinks. What an abundant morning we had!

Thanks for all the women who came and special thanks to Kate Kotze, Minji, Ann-Marie, Vivian and Naomi for sharing your lives with us. 

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Soulsurvivor

SOUL SURVIVOR 2018

In April this year, 18 teenagers from GCC paid their way to jump on a coach, head to set up camp in Coffs Harbour and serve communities such as Yamba, Maclean, Iluka, Woolgoolga, Sherwood cliffs and the local Coffs area. They served, worshipped Jesus morning and night, had a fantastic time of fun and most importantly, grew on their journey with Jesus. Here is a testimony from Eloise Pugh with a beautiful poem that she wrote about this adventure:

"Soul Survivor was a time for bonding with friends. We listened to teaching about being courageous, and we went out into the community to serve. We went to Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens and Sherwood Cliffs (a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre) to do some gardening. Sherwood was great, we got to listen to some peoples’ stories, and they cooked us an amazing lunch. In Yamba we were split up into groups, some people went to a school and did a working bee, others went to the beach for dune restoration and others went to an op shop to do some painting. We had morning devotions with our youth group. We read our bibles and strengthened our relationship with Jesus. Overall it was a great time, we had a lot of fun and made new friends.


Soul Survivor 2018,
I was so keen.
We all got on the bus,
Without a lot of fuss.
At Coffs Harbour, Yamba and Sherwood,
We served the community as best we could.
Shovelling, raking and painting.
But my overall favourite socialising.
We made new friends,
As we drove round the bends.
We worshipped and prayed,
Uno we played.
Main meetings were filled with laughter
but we had just as much fun after.
Tropical night,
Like a flash of light,
A burst of grass skirts and flowers.
Nothing compared to the Lord’s powers.
The holy spirit surrounded us.
Even if we had lack of sleep,
All these memories I will keep."


Eloise Pugh 


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