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Brought to you by the letter C

by on March 26, 2010

In this case, C stands for Congregation, Community and Catering!

Congregation
We have been so well looked after at St Paul’s South Coogee. Steve and Kate have been very generous with their time and home, allowing us to use their space, tap into their internet and feeding us bountifully every day! The billets from within the congregation have also been really welcoming and generous. It is wonderful to be able to work in partnership with people from St Paul’s (Fletcher, Jenny, Ray and Amy in particular), and to see so many people from the congregation getting involved, coming along to events and inviting their friends. They aren’t sitting back and letting the mission team do all the hard work, but are right alongside us.

Serving at the Seniors Morning Tea

Serving at the Seniors Morning Tea

Community
We’ve been helping St Paul’s make inroads into key areas of the local community, especially the Department of Housing residents and the retirement village residents. This morning we helped run a seniors’ morning tea, and it was great to see some people who had come as a result of doorknocking invitations, as well as a few tables of ladies from the retirement village. Nick gave a great talk and Marion gave her testimony again; I think it was valuable having someone speak to the seniors from their own peer group! One of the carers from the retirement village got up to thank us with tears in her eyes, and said she felt God had led her to be there today.

Nick giving his talk

Nick giving his talk

Marion giving her testimony

Marion giving her testimony

Catering
And a word has to be said about how well we’ve been fed this week! As well as delicious lunches in the rectory and dinners with billets, we’ve been able to sample many of the gourmet delights provided by parishioners for our events. We’ve had plenty of (delicious) fuel for the week’s work!

Women's dessert night

Women's dessert night

The women’s dessert night last night was especially impressive. It was so hard to decide which desserts to try, but there was more than enough to go around. The women were served by the hardworking guys on our team, who poured endless cups of tea and coffee and did all the washing up (which was what impressed most of the women!). Kate shared her moving testimony and Julie gave a fantastic talk about ‘taking the time’, asking the women whether they had taken the time to listen to Jesus.

John and Myles in the kitchen

John and Myles in the kitchen

As a small church, the ministry at St Paul’s is very much affected by the communities around it and the willingness of the congregation to see God’s word go out. We pray that the people at St Paul’s will continue to build on these community relationships and that over the years they will see many people in the parish commit their lives to Christ.

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One Comment
  1. I remember some missions where it was mostly the team doing the work… how encouraging that the church is right there beside you guys!

    Prayed just then for those who heard the message at the retirement centre.

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