|October 5, 2017
||Peacewise training 4 and 18 November
||Saturdays 9am-4pm $85 per day, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea Register at https://peacewise.org.au/events Please consider taking up these opportunities in November. The seminars are designed to give you practical conflict resolution strategies based on the wisdom of the Bible. At Everyday Peacemaking you will: Learn a framework for understanding and dealing with conflict Explore Biblical foundations of peace and reconciliation Develop tools for building a culture of peace...
|March 6, 2017
||2017 Easter Hat & Mask Making Workshop
||If making a hat for your child’s school Easter hat parade fills you with dread, let your children come to our Easter Hat & Mask Making Workshop for a fun filled creative afternoon with their friends, and save yourself the trouble! And enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea in our Garden Cafe whilst your children are at it! This event is for children in yrs K-6. Pre-school children are welcome with...
|September 8, 2016
||Dead but not forgotten? Foreword to our Parish Registers (1903-1936)
||‘In loving memory of Jane Riley who died 18th May 1910 Dead but not forgotten’ Jane Riley died 63 years to the day before I was born. In 1910 she was dead but not forgotten, as shown by the erection of this tombstone close to St Stephen’s church. Almost all of the people recorded here in this volume are now dead. Some are still remembered by those still alive. But...
|September 5, 2016
||I am delighted to announce that James Brooks has accepted my invitation to join our church next year as our Assistant Minister. James is married to Sophie and together they have 4 children – Daniel (7), Janella (5), Kara (3) and Elijah (1). James worked as a Software Engineer before doing a ministry apprenticeship at the University of New South Wales and studying theology at Moore College. Since then he’s...
|January 12, 2016
||‘What can I learn from Jesus for dealing with temptation?’
||Why is it that in a gospel about Jesus we immediately jump to asking about ourselves? In Matthew 4 Jesus has just been declared to be the Son of God, and now is tested as the Son of God. Will Jesus be obedient where the Son of God (the people of Israel) were not? Will Jesus be the obedient Messiah and go to the cross rather than take the short...
|December 22, 2015
||Our website calendar has somehow become confused. Our Christmas services are: Christmas Eve: 6pm family service followed by a free dinner Christmas Day: 8am traditional service in old St Stephen’s 9:30am family service Sunday 27th: 9:30 family service 7pm evening service Look forward to seeing you there!...
|July 27, 2015
||Funeral for Colleen Keen
||A celebration service for Colleen Keen will be held tomorrow (Tuesday 28th July) in the church hall at 11:30am, followed by lunch afterwards. All welcome....
|January 2, 2015
||New Year Resolutions
||Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when we reflect on the previous year, and we look forward to what God has in store for us in 2015. Often it is a time for making resolutions to do things differently this year to the past. For some it will be weight loss; for others it will be cleaning and de-cluttering. But for most of us, it will only take...
|December 16, 2014
||Why Australians need Christmas more than ever before
||For the second time in 3 weeks, our nation is in shock. Firstly, it was because cricketer Phil Hughes died after being struck in the head while batting. Yesterday, a man laid siege to the Lindt Cafe in Sydney for 16 hours. We all watched on TV. At the end of it, he was killed, along with two innocent hostages. Whereas the first tragedy left us stunned because we’re...
|August 5, 2014
||‘Religion causes wars’
||‘Religion is the cause of more wars than anything else’ This is so confidently asserted so often that we just accept it. As we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, its worth asking what role religion played in causing that terrible war. Its nearly 25 years since I studied the causes, but I can’t seem to remember anything about religion being a factor. European nationalism,...