FIVE Community News – 21st April 2016


Right on the Money



What did Jesus Christ have to say about money? Try listing all the passages in the Gospels that refer to Jesus’ comments about money: God’s blessing on the poor widow who gives out of her poverty verses boasts of the Pharisees, Parable of the Rich Man, the danger of trying to serve both God and money, moths and rust consuming the things of this world, the parable of the dishonest manager, and so much more.

This week we are considering Jesus’ teaching about our finances and possessions, particularly what he teaches us from the Sermon on the Mount. Please read Matthew 5-6 in preparation.

NAC Open Week 2016 (Moore College Mission)

mooreFrom Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd May, a team of Moore Theological College students will be joining us for the week to assist us in proclaiming Jesus throughout our community. The theme for the week is Open Week. Just as museums, universities, schools and other organisations open their doors to show you what they’re doing, we are opening our doors to invite people to see what we are doing, and more importantly, hear what we have to say about Jesus.

Opportunities to invite your friends

On both Sundays we will have Moore College students opening God’s Word with us, showing us that Jesus Christ is the Lord of this creation. Our FIVE gathering is an ideal opportunity for people to see what we do and hear what we believe.

Throughout the week there will be four key relational events for us to invite our friends and neighbours: a women’s craft night, a men’s BBQ night, a gamers night, and a Street Food night. Each of these events will have a gospel presentation, as well as provide a safe and welcoming environment for people to meet us.

Please consider who you might bring and start enquiring if they are available.

Opportunities to serve

Throughout the week there are opportunities for you to speak with people about Jesus and serve to help in this venture. The Moore students will be regularly knocking on doors in our community to invite people to our events and talk about Jesus. We will have a coffee cart outside the schools and be handing out flyers to everyone hopping on the M2 buses. You can download the Moore Mission timetable here and see all the events throughout the week.

The areas that we currently require people to help with include:

  • Volunteering as a Gospel Team to setup, pack up or work behind the scenes at one of our 4 main events
  • Billeting a Moore student
  • Providing morning tea, lunch, or afternoon tea for the Moore College team
  • Cooking or assisting on a Street Food stall

Actually, this list is endless. Please contact JJ or Mark G if you are able to serve.

Frasier Bailey’s Fiji Fundraising Night

Frasier BaileyThis year Fraiser Bailey (youngest son of Harry & Ros) has been involved in the Youthworks Year 13 program. This means he studies at Youthworks a few days a week, and helps at WHAC on Sunday mornings (alongside Rusdyan Cocks) and attends 645 at night. As part of the program he will be going on a mission trip to Fiji. Frasier would like to invite you to his fundraising gathering, held at NAC on 7th May at 7pm. All welcome.

Christianity Explored


We are aiming to start 2 courses shortly after the Moore Mission in May. So please consider inviting your friends and contacts to one of these courses.

For more information about the contents of the course, please look at the Christianity Explored website.

<Insert Name Here> – Anzac Day Picnic

As Robyn Dunlop shared on Sunday night, there is a new nameless venture starting this month for outreach and fellowship amongst those who are in the “Third Stage” of life. What do we mean when we speak of the “Third Stage of Life”? It is that life stage, running roughly from ages 50 to 75, made possible by our longer life expectancy. Broadly speaking, this stage of life can be characterised by: stability in work roles and financial commitments (e.g. mortgage close to being paid); greater independence since children have grown up; retirement; shifting friendship and community networks; more freedom with time and a high level of physical health; etc.

As we have been challenged by Scriptures’ teaching over the past few weeks, the quest is how can we use this stage of life to work hard for the gospel of Jesus Christ? This new venture seeks to be an opportunity to gather together for friendship as well as reach out with the gospel to others in this stage of life.

So please join Steve and Robyn Dunlop on Monday 25th April at 10am (at NAC) or 12pm (at Rouse Hill Regional Park) for a picnic. RSVP Steve & Robyn.

Help required


Are you free on a Tuesday mornings to serve the parents and grandparents at our Playgroup? The Tuesday morning Playgroup is particularly looking for helpers to setup, pack up and serve in the kitchen (all of these are light duties). If you are able to help in this key evangelistic ministry, please contact Leah McKenna.

KidsQuest 2016

Our holiday children’s program KidsQuest is on again this year from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th July. Leah McKenna is still looking for some discussion group leaders, who sit with the children to discuss what they heard from the story each day, as well as assisting the children with craft and other activities. If you are able to serve in this area or assist another leader (i.e. crowd control), please speak with Leah McKenna.

More information regarding KidsQuest 2016 will be coming soon. Set aside the dates today so you may be able to serve.

Mark Groombridge’s Ordination

The date for Mark’s deaconing service has been set by Ivan Lee as Thursday 5th May at 7:30pm in St Johns Parramatta. All welcome. It has been requested that people refrain from taking photos on the night in consideration of compromising the Groombridge’s gospel ministry in Slovenia. Your understanding is appreciated.

Dates for Your Diary

April 2016

  • Monday 25th – Anzac Day Picnic

May 2016

  • Sunday 1st May – Gospel Team Leaders Teams
  • Thursday 5th May – Ordination Service (St Johns Parramatta, 7:30pm)
  • Saturday 7th May – Frasier Bailey’s Fundraising Night
  • 15th-22nd May – Moore College Mission
  • Tuesday 24th/Wednesday 25th – Christianity Explored course starts

FIVE Prayer Points

  1. Pray for those with ongoing issues with sickness, and for those who are mourning and grieving.
  2. Pray for the Moore College Mission, particularly for our preparation and the preparation of the hearts of those who we know and can invite to the church events. Pray that everyone will be willing to serve so that our events are relaxing and great opportunities to hear about Jesus.
  3. Pray for Frasier Bailey as he studies God’s Word and serves in various ways this year, that he may grow as a godly man of Christ.
  4. Pray for those who are preparing for holidays during May that they may remain faithful to Jesus, read their Bibles regularly and pray continuously as they enjoy God’s creation.
  5. Pray for the saints in Woodbury Village, that they may grow together and in godliness day by day.

FIVE Reading List

Many of you receive the weekly emails and for good reason – they always seem to contain good Christian articles about issues relevant to us. Two articles appeared in it this week which are worthwhile reading. Firstly, some good advice for Service Leaders which I thought was really helpful to consider for our gatherings. Secondly, the article on the Weekend Away might be helpful for you to consider how we did only a few weeks ago. If you find either one of this articles interesting, why not print them off and take them to your Gospel Team for discussion?