Kids and Families
Supporting Missions & Ministry
Worship ServicesEach Sunday morning we gather together as a community for a vibrant, family orientated worship service. The church is blessed to have a strong worship ministry with many young people being given the opportunity to develop their gifts by being involved in worship; from singing, playing instruments to operating audio-visual equipment.
During the year we will hold a number of special services that are particularly focused around a theme. These services bring a flavour that particularly resonates with different group within our congregation;
- Youth Services (1 per term)
- Seniors' Service (1 per term)
- Mother's Day & Father's Day
Four times a year the youth bring their flavour to Sunday morning worship. Upbeat and with creative arts input, the church enjoy a youthful expression of worship and teaching.
Generally every 2nd Friday night (usually from 7.30 pm to around 10.00 pm) during the school terms we run a wide range of youth activities for Years 7 to 12+. The nights vary between special outings, mad-cap theme nights, games and other structured activities. An annual get-away camp during school holidays or a long weekend provide our youth with fun, friendship and further opportunity to grow in faith.
J.I.M. Nights run on the alternate Friday nights to Merge Youth. These nights are deliberately focused on young people developing a Christian faith and includes time for worship, games and topical discussions.
Work In Progress is our Sunday morning discussion group where we tackle all the hard issues that youth and young adults face in a positive and principled way. Lively discussions within a safe environment help these young people develop their faith and find a strong, resilient basis for their spirituality.
State Youth Games
We field a team each year and go head to head in competition with other teams from all over the state over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
We are committed to being a safe place for children and have policies and procedures in place to ensure this.
Seniors have a wealth of faith and life experiences and are an important part of our church family. Friendships are made, developed and enriched alongside Sunday worship. While our services are basically contemporary, hymns are regularly included in our worship times.
Mid–week monthly relaxed, informal morning teas provide an opportunity for a catch up over a cuppa. Once a term Sunday lunches are enjoyed together at a suitable venue.
BLOKES IN SHEDS
Blokes in sheds continues after many years as a staple ministry among the men in the life of our church. Meeting for a breakfast BBQ at the sheds of various men in, and outside of, the life of the church, it has proved to be a successful forum for men to get together, encourage one another, share a shed, and hear a devotional message.
CHICKS IN CAFES
Once a term women and girls are invited to share together in a breakfast where they can enjoy good food, great friendship, and a growing faith. It will be a forum where women and girls can invite friends and, in a relaxed atmosphere, share together life and family.
On a regular basis a group of ladies meet to enjoy a cuppa, good conversation and even find some time to work on some patchwork projects.
Several times a year, special lunches are held for newcomers, providing an opportunity to connect with the pastors and other church members.
Small GroupsSmall groups are an integral part of the Church, allowing people to build strong, supportive relationships and a sense of connection with the Church. Through small groups, people can experience spiritual and emotional growth, pastoral care as well as being able to give and receive care, support and genuine friendship.
Our aim is to weave small groups into the fabric of how we ‘do’ church. We encourage everyone to be involved in small groups so that your individual faith journey will be enriched and allowed to blossom. Age is no barrier.
The format of small group meetings varies depending on the composition and interest of the group – bible studies, topic discussions, sharing testimonies and praying for each other.
It makes no difference whether you are searching, beginning in faith or have been travelling with God for a long time, small groups are important for growth.
There are a range of small groups that operate throughout the week and cater for a variety of people. There is sure to be a group that’s right for you.
Counselling CentreProfessional Counselling Services are available in these areas;
● Spiritual issues
● Self development, self esteem
● Grief and loss, trauma
● Emotional stress
● Marriage and relationship difficulties
● Separation and divorce
● Suicide, depression recovery
● Family Violence
● Sexual Abuse
● Anger management
● Communication skills
● Parenting skills
Martin Gillespie is one of our pastoral team as well as the manager and counsellor of the Chrysalis Counselling Centre in Warragul. Martin has had over 25 years experience in counselling, pastoral care ministry and chaplaincy.
Prior to starting up Chrysalis Counselling Centre, Martin was the manager and counsellor at the Living Springs Counselling Centre, Berwick for a period of 7 years.
You can contact Martin by phoning 1300 47 31 47 or visit the Chrysalis Counselling website - click on View more button below.
Supporting Missions & MinistryA committed group of members make up the Mission Support Group and meet on a bi-monthly basis. The group develops and promotes programs for the support of missions, particularly the work sponsored by Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners.