This week I received the sad news that Sarah Cooper, our wonderful and amazing Executive Assistant in the church office is going to move into full-time study next year, and so will be resigning from her role.

We have been blessed to have her in our midst serving Christ and His church for the past few years, and we pray God’s blessing on her future moving forward.

But it does mean that we are now seeking someone to serve our church and wider community through as our Executive Ministry Assistant in the near future (see information and advertisement below).  

And the reason for this change is because the role is more than just providing administrative support, it is a role that provides ministry support to the pastors and the church, and so we are seeking to reflect this in the title, as the Executive Ministry Assistant looks to works with the pastors and the whole church community (including you), seeking to help engage and empower us (the church – the people) to go out into the world with the gospel message of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  

And so we are seeking to reflect that, and encourage you to pass information on this role on to whoever you might think would be a suitable candidate, but also I ask you to pray for the process. 

Pray that God will lead the right person to apply and accept the call to the role, and pray also that God can use that person to (among many other things) assist you (the person praying) as you seek to know Christ, but also go out to make Christ known.  

This last week I was also able to sit down and have a chat with Perry Jones, the Ipswich co-ordinator of Angel Tree Ministry, and it shows us another way that we can, as individuals as a part of the church, and as a wider church community can seek to reach out to the people around us with the good news of Jesus in a practical, hands-on way. 

If you don’t know what Angel Tree Ministry is – it is a ministry working with Prison Fellowship Australia providing children of prisoners Christmas gifts on behalf of their incarcerated mothers and fathers, as well as a simple message about God’s love and forgiveness. 

It provides a crucial link between children and their imprisoned parents, and through Angel Tree, families have been restored, kids have been encouraged, and the Gospel has been proclaimed. 

How can you be involved? (I know you’re asking) – two ways. 
 Give towards the PIGS (Special Offering) for this month, which is being collected to provide gifts to the children of these families. Be a volunteer who contacts, ministers to and distributes the gifts on behalf of this ministry.  

If you are interested in the second one, and using this unique opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners, then please speak to the church office – training and mentoring is provided, and it is a great way to give an eternal gift this Christmas. 

As we take part in Angel Tree as a church, I also encourage you to think about other ways that we can minister to our community. 

We have an amazing message, one that in these hard times can provide hope everlasting – how can we share it with others?

In His Mission,
Pastor Ben

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