Dapto Anglican Church

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Christmas 2014

HOPE

HOPE

Sitting in the theatre when the first Lord of the Rings movie ended was a real eye opener. As the credits rolled, a bunch of people exclaimed, “No way”, “Ripped off”, “That can’t be the end!” I had read the books and therefore knew the happy ending didn’t come till the end. As I watched…

OUR SENIORS TRAVEL NORTH

OUR SENIORS TRAVEL NORTH

Once again, our Seniors group (The Best is Yet to Come) had an enjoyable three days away, 25-27 November. They headed north to see the Christmas lights at the Hunter Valley Gardens. With 58 seniors from our church, and their friends, this was the largest group, so far, to take advantage of a great time…

20 TRAINEES IN 5 YEARS

Part of our 20/20 vision for Young Adults is that we provide pathways for 20 young people to experience full time ministry in the form of traineeships. To help us all have realistic expectations the Trainee Program is structured as follows:- Trainee Program: First 6 months     Study, Service and Support.  Where Trainee studies at Youthworks…

THY (not MY) WILL BE DONE

THY (not MY) WILL BE DONE

This week the cricket accident that caused the hospitalisation and death of Australian Cricketer, Phil Hughes, has seen a great outpouring of firstly good wishes and then sorrow and prayer for the Hughes family and the cricket fraternity. Many comments stated ‘our prayers are with you’. It was extraordinary to see some of the people…

INVEST, INVOLVE, INFLUENCE

INVEST, INVOLVE, INFLUENCE

Daniel’s world is changing. In Chapter 7 of Daniel, he is now fearful of the future. He sees the ultimate victory of his God. But he also sees the present threats. Our world seems to have got a little more scary. Militant extremist groups now seem to be more random in their violence. Christian opinions…

BELONGING LEADS TO BELIEVING

BELONGING LEADS TO BELIEVING

We have spent the last 10 years building. We have built places to belong, built up people who belong and established pathways for our district’s people to come and belong. Our goal is that more and more men and women, boys and girls, will find their place to belong in Dapto Anglican Church. As they…

A PLACE FOR YOU TO BELONG

A PLACE FOR YOU TO BELONG

Today we celebrate the public commitment of seven of our members.  Firstly, Lyndel Boardman and Sara Walton are being baptized this afternoon and then tonight Ben Fraser, Sara Walton, Rebekah Swanepoel, Kenneth Symons, Bethany Jansen & Jayden Martin are publically confirming their faith in Jesus. It is an opportunity for each one of us to…

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Browsing through the following list provides us with great encouragement. We can see how God has worked in Dapto Anglican, raising up our young people for His service. Some of our past Trainees: Paul McPhail and Ben Boardman, now ordained and working in the Sydney Diocese. Naomi Ireland, Kaitlyn Dixon, Amy Brown all working as…

HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT JESUS BUT DISTANCED FROM THE CHURCH

HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT JESUS BUT DISTANCED FROM THE CHURCH

Our latest newsletter from Michael & Jo Charles serving with Church Missionary Society in Santiago Chile has arrived. Michael & Jo write about a recent annual mission where they went door knocking, meeting people and inviting them to know Jesus.  Most said they already knew Jesus or were happy to hear more but were estranged…

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT – Loving Your Neighbour

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT – Loving Your Neighbour

The author James Lynch has written, “The mandate to love your neighbour as you love yourself is not just a moral mandate, it is a psychological one.” Researchers have found that socially isolated people are more susceptible to illness and have death rates 2 to 3 times higher than people whose social lives are richer.…

REBUILDING HOMES AND LIVES

REBUILDING HOMES AND LIVES

Our link Mission family, Michael & Jo Charles with their 4 children are living in Santiago, Chile and serving with CMS.  They have shared their October newsletter with prayer points.  Why not download a copy and cover them in prayer. You will read all about Michael leading a team from their church heading to Valparaiso…

GOD’S WAY IS THE BEST WAY

GOD’S WAY IS THE BEST WAY

As our society more and more transcends paper, we enter a world of instant, electronic information and communication. As a result we risk living in a past-less present. We move on so fast to the next breaking news story that there is little time to reflect and learn from the past. There is little opportunity…