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The Road to Living Church

As you would be aware, our board approved us to take forward the rebrand of our church to Living Church.

Over the next few months, the team will be working to rebrand the church, with the aim to publicly launch our new name on Sunday 3rd February 2019.

Over the next few months, you will notice a number of changes as we prepare for this exciting event in our church’s life.

New signage

We will be repainting, and rebranding the Creek Road facing wall of the Carina Ministry Centre to reflect our new colours and logo. We’re still working on a timeframe for this.

 

 

You will also notice new connect banners, kids banners, and connect shirts around the place mid-late January

We are in the process of designing and ordering new banners and signs for the campuses. You will start to see these roll out late January.

New Website

We are aiming to launch a fresh new website experience to reflect the new brand mid January.

New Staff Emails

Our new staff emails will be [FirstnameLastname]@livingchurch.org.au

We are hoping to have these in place mid January. The current email addresses (@creekroad.org.au) will be redirected until mid year

This is Living – January Series

We would like to invite you to join us over January as we look at four aspects of what it means to be a living church – Living Spirit, Living Lord, Living Sacrifices, Living Church. This will be an important series as we look forward to being a living community, holding out the living word.

Public Launch – 3 February

We would love if you could plan to be at church on this weekend, to celebrate together, everything that has been Creek Road, and look forward to being Living Church.

If you have any questions about the rebrand, please contact the office on 3398 4333

Grow Team Thanks - 2018

What a year! 2018 has been a big year for the Grow Team across Creek Road.  

A year of firsts, including:-

  • Growth Group Leader Training starting, attended by on average 70% of Growth Group Leaders
  • The first ever Growth Group Coaches Weekend Away - planning, praying and learning together
  • Pastoral Care support developed further - with experience growing in the Christian Wholeness Framework and growing relationships with other carers

A year of great ongoing ministry.  Most people, across our church, are meeting regularly in Growth Groups, seeking to grow in their relationship with Jesus.  This is huge.  Everytime we meet, everytime we open the Bible together, everytime we pray for each other we are showing each other what it means to follow Jesus.  We show each other his love and care.  Thank you.

Special thanks must go to some Growth Group Leaders who are finishing up in this role.  They have served tirelessly, with great heart and while it is always a little sad when something comes to an end - it is very good to spend time thanking our brothers and sisters for their ministry.   Changes in Growth Group Leadership happens fairly regularly and is part of life at any church, including our church.  

Let me introduce this wonderful group of people.

 

Rob and Ruth Storrs have led Growth Groups at our Carina Campus for many years.  As their kids have moved into Youth Growth Groups – they felt it might be time to attend a Growth Group that meets at the same time.   

Rob has led a Mens Growth Group and Ruth a Womens Growth Group.  Their effort and dedication has been long standing and has involved deep pastoral care.  It has been a privilege to have them as Growth Group Leaders.  Both Ruth and Rob are looking forward to being in a group together and having two additional nights at home during the week.

Mick and Kamina Wust are moving to Sydney in 2019 and so, will be taking a break from Growth Group leading.  This will be a different year for the Wusts with Kamina commencing a PhD at Moore Theological College and Mick taking the opportunity to explore some of his favourite pursuits – coffee has been mentioned.

Their City South Growth Group has been a place of learning and nurture and all the members are sad to have share Kamina & Mick with Sydney next year.

Wade Iedema loves Jesus. He has been a Growth Group Leader at our Carina Campus for at least five years – maybe more.

His Growth Group has benefited from his knowledge and experience in telling people about Jesus.  They have also enjoyed his sense of humour.  Wade is looking forward to joining the Mens Growth Group – bringing his unique perspective to that group.

Paul and Hana Berkman lead a Growth Group at our City South Campus.  A group of families with kids doing life together, building their understanding through being in the Bible and caring for each other has been wonderful and they will continue in the new group being led by Nathan and Robyn Campbell.

Paul and Hana will spend this year serving in Music and are thinking about joining a Cross Culture Connect Trip towards the middle of 2019.

Please join me in thanking these people when you see them.  And thanking God for brothers and sisters who serve in this unique ministry.

A Post for Parents - Three Reasons You shouldn’t Call Your Teenager a Tech Addict

Do you feel your teenager is a tech addict? Here are some things to think and talk through with them.

https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/blog/three-reasons-you-shouldnt-call-your-teenager-a-tech-addict

Something to chat about over down time at Christmas.

Catch you all next year for some more posts for parents.

Prayer Points - 11/12/2018

  • Praise God for the Got Questions series, while it was challenging and made us vulnerable, we also learnt and were empowered to be able to respond to difficult questions that we have with the people we meet in a loving and wise way and always bringing in the gospel.
  • Praise God for all the new people that came to all the campuses. We saw more newcomers come this term than in the other three terms in this year put together. 
  • Pray that the new people we saw walking in to our campuses this term would return for Christmas and join our church family. 
  • Pray for the Preaching Team as they sit down in January to look at the next several years in what topics to use for each term that God would inspire their thoughts and give them ongoing wisdom in that area to choose topics that build, challenge and encourage our church family and attract new people to hear about the good news. 
  • Pray for God to bless Carols and Christmas services that everything will flow smoothly production wise and that we get a lot of new people hearing the gospel. 
  • Pray for next year as the ministries (kids, youth, music, growth groups) go through the "Jenga" shuffle, that there will be enough 'workers for the field' because the harvest is plentiful. 

The Best of Grow Dailys for the Holidays

Hello Church Family,

Over the Holidays we have moved to using Grow Dailys from previous series to allow our writers to have a bit of a break. This will happen again over the Summer Holidays so from Friday the 14th of December through to Thursday the 31st of January we will be posting the best of Grow Dailys. Some of these will include Christmas Grow Dailys, in the week leading up to Christmas, as well as some Grow Dailys from the series we did in the gospel of John called The Spirit of Jesus. We hope and pray that Grow Daily will continue to be helpful to you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team of writers who have worked hard this year to produce some wonderful Grow Dailys. Thank you team for helping us all to connect with the passages and series each week, we really appreciate all the time and effort you put into each Grow Daily.

If you have any questions about Grow Daily please feel free to contact us on gd@creekroad.org.au.

Thanks,

Emily Andrews

Library Ministry Review Reminder

Library Ministry Review
 
We've already had a number of responses - so don't forget to give us your thoughts on future directions for the Library Ministry.
 
Follow this link https://bit.ly/2DZGikz for the form.
 
The review will conclude 17/12/18.

A Post For Parents - How Do I Help My Kids Start Social Media?

Starting well is always the best strategy. So when our kids inevitably want to start connecting with their peers on social media, how do we start well without losing our mind?

https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/blog/how-do-i-help-my-kids-start-social-media

Why not keep the conversation going with other parents around you.

Vela Carols - Less than a week to go

Met with people from Vela today & they are so excited to welcome us next week.

 

The details are:

 

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Starting at 6.30pm 

Finished at 7.30pm

 

A couple of things to know if you are planning to come along:-

  • We will need to sign in at the Front Desk. They need a record of everyone who is on the premises - so one person from a family can sign everyone in, or we can sign in individually - there will be someone from Creek Road at the front desk to help.
  • Come along wearing your festive Christmas best. The Vela Crew are decorating the space, so we can add to the fun.
  • There are a number of people coming - so if you can throw a couple of camping chairs in the boot - we may need them. Everyone from Creek Road is welcome.
  • Please pray for the Music Team as we get together tonight to practice, for Phil as he prepares the message & for everyone else who is playing a part. Please pray too for fine weather - we're planning to be under the stars.

Creek Road Prayer Term 4 Week 9

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28)

  • Give thanks to God for a clear path forward for the Creek Road name change to Living Church with approval by our Board last week and by the Presbytery this week. Pray that our new name will be helpful in connecting us with our community.
  • Praise God for all of our kids, youth and young adults activities this year. We are especially thankful for the graduation of Grade 6 kids and Grade 12 youth at this time of the year and for the many wonderful leaders who have contributed to these programs.
  • Give thanks to God for the fresh paint and new carpet at the Carina Ministry Centre.
  • Praise God for the new staff that have commenced this week. Petrina Rangiawha has begun as the Series Planning Manager and Celina Facey is starting her MTN early to assist Vicki Meehan with the rebranding work.
  • Praise God for the conferment of Phil Strong’s Doctorate this week.
  • Continue to pray for the people who have made contact with our church during the Got Questions Series. May God provide answers to their questions. Pray particularly for the last Sunday in our series when we address the big question of Christian hypocrisy.
  • Pray for the Carols events at all campuses on Sunday 16 December. Pray that our message of God’s great rescue plan through Jesus, will be clear in word and action.  

Living Church

As you would be aware, while we had an exciting ‘launch’ of our new name for our church at our October Ministry Dinner, there remained some uncertainty, with some legal hurdles emerging in the prior couple of weeks.
 
We’re thankful to God to be able to now let you know that last Tuesday night, the Board of our church, after extensive investigation and seeking further advice, determined that there was negligible risk with the proposed name, approving the way forward for us to rename to Living Church.
 
Now begins the process of rebranding. Over the next few months, the staff team will be working to change all of our external facing branding. This includes website, social media, signage, t-shirts, and printed materials just to name a few. As you can appreciate this is a big job for our team, and your patience is appreciated.
 
Our January preaching series will explore the biblical underpinnings of our new name through a series themed ‘This is Living.’ We will then publicly launch our new brand on Sunday 3 February – and will keep you informed about that as the date draws closer.
 
The team will then work to switch over any internal branding as quickly as possible.
 
While our new brand will see some big changes around the place, the main things stay the same. We are still focussed on preaching the gospel each week, seeking to connect people to Jesus, and growing servant hearts.
 
We look forward to this new phase of our vision to reach the city and reach the world with the gospel through our one church in three locations: Living Church Creek Road, Living Church City South and Living Church Springfield.
 
In the meantime, we hope you will join us for our 3 Christmas services and pray with us that our great God might work through us to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine – in 2019 and beyond.
 
Steve Cree
Senior Pastor