If you could say one thing – meet Ben

What would you say if you had the chance to communicate one important thing? Grace City brings you a new mini-series from members of the launch team, who share a message they think you need to hear. Today, Ben Malone encourages us with one idea worth sharing.

If you could say one thing, what would it be?

‘Community is an integral part of Christian life’

We’re currently in a series of sermons focussing on the start of the book of Acts at Grace City, following the story of the very early church. Acts 2:42-47 paints an amazing picture of the community that the early church developed.

 

What excites you about joining Grace City?

Seeing the gospel preached to those who haven’t yet heard its message! Being a rapidly expanding area, Green Square will have thousands of people relocating to it over the next few years. My wife, Caity and I are excited to see the way Grace City will reach the lost, and show them Jesus.

The way of doing community at Grace City is also radically different to what I’ve seen before, and I’ve been encouraged to see how this has played out in the pre-launch stage. In particular, I’ve seen this through having lunch together every week after church, and also our Community Groups. I’m praying that God will continue to foster this as the church grows.

 

What’s something you’d love to get involved in within Green Square?

Not living in or frequenting the area (except on Sundays) means that it’s hard to be involved in something regular, such as a sports team. However, Caity and I are keen to get involved in the lives of the people of Green Square as we publicly launch and they (God-willing) come to check us out!

What’s one reason the Gospel means so much to you?

Romans 1:16 says that the Gospel is “…the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”. Every time we read the Bible we hold the saving power of God in our hands. I definitely don’t give it enough credit for the power that it has to change people’s lives! However, it is great to hear different stories of how people came to Christ during interviews at Church, reminding me that God is constantly performing his saving work!

 

What’s something you’d love prayer for?

I’m changing roles at work soon. That involves some training and assessment for me between the end of May and mid-July. Please pray that I’d be able to prioritise my relationship with God and our church community throughout that time!

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Andrew is a member of the Grace City team. If you are interested in joining us, click here for more information.

Join us for our new building Grand Opening

On the 28th of February 2016, we’re really excited to celebrate the grand opening of our new building. After months of work, Grace City Church will have a new home on Bourke St in Waterloo, part of the Green Square precinct.

We’d love to have you join us to celebrate the Grand Opening. We’ll be having a after party too, so stick around!

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It’d be great if you could join us to celebrate the opening. If you cant make it on the 28th, our doors will be open and you’re welcome to join us any Sunday of the year.

Hope to see you on the 28th of February!

 

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The Grace City Staff Team is Growing

On Sunday I announced to church that next year we would be appointing two new staff members to the leadership team at Grace City. Let me share three commitments that shaped our decision to do so.

1. A commitment to growth

Grace City is a small church with a big vision. It’s a vision to see thousands of people throughout Sydney and beyond who are radically committed to the cause of Christ. We are not interested in gathering a crowd, but growing a church. We pray for a church of people who worship God passionately, love their church deeply and serve their city boldly. That will take a lot of time, sacrifice and hard work. But under God we believe it will be well worth it.

2. A commitment to team ministry

Whilst I am good at one or two things, there are a lot of things I’m not good at. Unless you don’t know me, this won’t surprise you at all. Aware that no one leader is good at everything. Therefore we believe that a growing church needs a diversity of gifts and a diversity of leaders. Even in the way that we have structured the different ministries at church this year, we have sought to free people up to do the things that they are good at, rather than expecting one person to be good at everything. Healthy teams lead healthy churches.

3. A commitment to financial generosity

We believe that God is the giver of all good things, one of which is our money. We also believe that the way that we use our money is an act of worship. In light of this, we encourage members to give some of their money (the amount is entirely up to them) to resource gospel ministry, both at church and abroad. In God’s kindness, the people of Grace City have done that this year. They have shown themselves to be incredibly generous and kingdom hearted.

These three commitments have shaped the way that the finance committee of Grace City has taken to the issue of staffing for next year. Seeing the generosity of our members, the need for team ministry, and the exciting opportunities for growth, they have agreed to release enough funds to employ two new staff members next year at 3 days a week each. This will require ongoing sacrifice, but we are trusting God to provide all that we need through the generosity of his people.

Therefore, let me introduce you to the newest members of the Grace City staff team:

Jackson Stace

Jackson has volunteered 1.5 days a week at church this year. He has led a purpose area of church we call ‘membership’. This means that he leads a team of people who help us as a church to express the fact that since we are members of Christ through faith, we are also members of one another. Practically this means we want to work hard to connect with, care for, and participate in community with others at church.

In 2016 Jackson will come on board to lead the Membership purpose area of church. Additionally he will serving in various other areas of church as required. He will be paid three days a week and will volunteer for a fourth day. This means that Jackson will be working for Grace City 4 days a week next year.

Matt Varcoe

mattMatt is married to Shell and has volunteered 1.5 days a week at church this year. He has led a purpose area of church we call ‘mission’. This means that he leads a team of people who work hard to help us be a church that joins God in his mission to gather a people for himself. Practically this means that we want to seek the lost, introduce them to the saviour, and equip one another for mission.

In 2016 Matt will come on board to lead the Mission purpose area of church, as well as serving in various other areas of church as required. He will be paid three days a week and will volunteer for an additional three days. This means Matt will be working for Grace City 6 days a week next year.

 

It is my prayer that God will bless the work of our growing team as we seek to help equip the saints at Grace City for the work of ministry. Please be in prayer for Matt & Jackson as they each begin work on the 4th of January. Please also pray for me. I am constantly aware of my need to keep learning and growing as I seek to lead and empower others to give themselves to the cause of Christ.

Christmas Eve at Grace City

This year we’ll be holding our first ever Grace City Church Christmas Eve service, and we’d love you and your family and friends to join us. We’ll be enjoying a series called ‘Carols for the King’, looking at the life-giving message that these carols celebrate.

On Christmas Eve, we will be meeting at the Hoyts complex at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. We meet in Cinema 15, which is located at the old Cinema Paris building. The service starts at 7pm, so please come along and enjoy celebrating Christmas with us.

 

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Carols in the Park

Grace City Church will be hosting the third ‘Carols in the Park’ in Joynton Park – Zetland this December. The carols will be held on the 9th of December at Joynton Park, starting with food trucks and kids activities from 4pm, and finishing the night with Carols and Fireworks until 9pm. All are warmly invited to celebrate Christmas together, with fun activities for kids, lots of favourite carols to sing along to, and the chance to enjoy a fun late-afternoon picnic with friends and family.

Live performances

There will be a range of performances on the night including all your favourite Christmas Carols to sing along to! Come along early to get a good spot.

Kids activities

There will be plenty of activities for the kids including jumping castles, face painting, games, Christmas crafts, and a puppet show.

Food!

Come early to enjoy the great food trucks and stalls that will be around that day.

Fireworks

The night will finish with a fireworks display thanks to MARTIN PROPERTY.

If you could say one thing – meet Peter

What would you say if you had the chance to communicate one important thing? Grace City brings you a mini-series from members of the Grace City, who share a message they think you need to hear. Today, Peter Sakirman encourages us with one idea worth sharing.

 

If you could say one thing, what would it be?

‘By this everyone will know that we are Christ’s disciples, if we love one another!’ 

I came to Grace City after the church I attended for 8 years was closed down. As far as Sunday gathering is concerned, there are obvious differences between my old church and Grace City. I love the way we sing and pray together. The way we respond to the preacher up the front. I also love the way finances are taught. The way we interpret some parts of the Bible. We even read and quote different Christian authors… So it took me a while to decide to call Grace ‘home’. But as one wise friend reminded me, we have so much more similarities than we do differences. We are saved by Grace, instructed to love one another and called to proclaim God’s love for humanity. Same God, same Saviour, same Holy Spirit, same Bible!

 

What excites you about joining Grace City?

I no longer see those differences as ‘differences’ but as ‘flavours’. There are different ways of doing church and one is not necessarily better or worse than the others, as long as Christ remains the focus. I am excited about enjoying these flavours with my new church family.

To my Grace family, it’s okay to be expressive and show some emotion during worship. It’s good to be audible as a way of encouraging the preacher. Tim Keller is not the only good Christian author.

All jokes aside, thanks for showing me that you don’t have to shout in praying to be heard by God. Thanks for embracing me and putting up with my questions and challenges! I look forward to doing life journey with you all

 

What’s something you’d love to get involved in within Green Square?

Showing the people in the community that the church of Christ and his followers are not the villians that the media often portrays us to be, that the slogan ‘come as you are’ is not mere lip service but a way of life.

Can you give one reason the Gospel means so much to you?

It gives reason, purpose and hope in life.

 

Hey Peter, What’s something you’d love prayer for?

Please pray that Grace City Church would become the body of Christ that imitates the love and way of Christ.

Peter is a member of the Grace City team. If you are interested in coming along to Grace City Church, we’d love to meet you this Sunday.

Grace City is going to the movies!

Dear family, friends and supporters,

On Tuesday evening (12th August) I received notice that we will no longer be able to meet at the ISA. While our relationship with the ISA remains strong, Sydney City Council has asked that we find another location to meet. While this comes as a bit of a shock, it also opens the doors for us to explore some other exciting possibilities!

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So this Sunday at 10am church will be at the movies! We will have church at the Hoyts in the Entertainment Quarter. Everything else will be the same. We will still have City Kids, we will be continuing with our Origins series, we will still sing together and we can even hang out together afterwards! I repeat, the only thing that will change is the building in which we are meeting.

 

The specific details are:

  • Location: Hoyts Cinema Paris, Cinema 15.
  • Time: 10am (though come early to allow time to find us)
  • Address: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
  • Parking: 2 hours free (+ 1 hour free if you get your ticket stamped at Hoyts)

We are praying that this will be a semi-permanent location while we wait for our own building in Waterloo to be completed. At this stage we expect to move into the new building by this Christmas, so it should only be a brief stint at the movies.

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The image above is a picture of our future auditorium at 937 Bourke St, Waterloo. Council has approved this site as a place of public worship. That means once we move in we won’t have to move out again like we have this week! We expect to be able to fit about 200 adults in here after the works have been completed.

I am very excited about the physical building in Waterloo. I am far more excited by the church that God is building as he gathers us together each week around his Son, Jesus Christ. Church is a gathering of people, not a building of stone.

So as we move to Moore Park for the next few months, can I encourage you to be praying that God would continue to grow his church? Pray for outreach opportunities, for greater exposure in the community, and pray that more and more people would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the movies at Hoyts EQ!

Tim Clemens,
Pastor of Grace City Church

The Grace City Church Public Launch

Just one week ago we were so excited to have the public launch of Grace City Church. Around 210 people came along to the launch to celebrate a new church for a new area. We were blessed to be able to meet at the International Screen Academy at 242 Young Street Waterloo. Here, we have been and will continue to meet as a church on Sunday mornings for the immediate future.

 

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It was really exciting to see many people come along – from locals who live around the corner, to those more than a couple hours’ drive away to celebrate the launch. We were joined by friends, family, and neighbours from the local community. Of these, some may have heard the gospel hundreds of times before, others never before. Overall, everything ran smoothly and the gospel was preached clearly and faithfully – which we are so thankful to God for.

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We have been blessed this past week to have many people come back after the launch to visit Grace City again. Our main focus for the next few months will be encouraging people to either attend LIFE or ONBOARD. LIFE is designed for those who are still investigating Jesus and would like to know more about Him. ONBOARD is for those who are considering calling Grace City home.

 

It was a real joy to be able to spend time meeting many people after the service. If you were able to make it we want to thank you very much for your support. If you were supporting us from a distance or could not make it, we are still so thankful for your support. To see a little bit of the day, check out the time-lapse video or the photo gallery below. Thanks to Tony Clemens and Andrew Affleck for photos! Click on the photos to enlarge.

 

 

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If you could say one thing – meet Tom

What would you say if you had the chance to communicate one important thing? Grace City brings you a new mini-series from members of the launch team, who share a message they think you need to hear. Today, Tom Pattison encourages us with one idea worth sharing.

 

If you could say one thing, what would it be?

‘God wants his church to grow.’ 

One of Jesus’ sayings which rocks my world is this: “I will build my church and the gates of hell won’t overcome it” (Matt 16.18). As we launch out to start a new church, Jesus doesn’t necessarily promise that THIS church will grow, but as his global church continues to spread (particularly in Asia, Africa and South America) it would make sense if Grace City did grow. I am confident in God’s passion for the growth of his church.

 

What excites you about joining Grace City?

I love being around others who passionately want this church to grow. We are constantly seeing friends invited and down the line I’m looking forward to seeing lots of Green Square residents become Christians.

 

What’s something you’d love to get involved in within Green Square?

A couple of the Grace City guys are keen to jump into a local basketball competition. The informal open court in Nuffield Park already rocks my world – as long as the sun is out, there are half court games happening – and I’m keen to take that practice into a full court competition.

 

What’s one reason the Gospel means so much to you?

I reckon there are two types of people: love people and purpose people. I am friends with a lot of ‘love people’, who above all desire to be loved. Ultimately, the gospel is a message of God’s love for us shown in Jesus’ death on the cross – this is a love that doesn’t change because its greatest demonstration has already happened. We are loved! But I’m not primarily a ‘love person’. I’m a purpose person. I want my life to mean something. I want to achieve. Because of the gospel, I have purpose: I am here to reflect and represent God to a world that has rejected him!

 

What’s something you’d love prayer for?

I love seeing people connect with God for the first time, so please pray that people in my circles would do that this year.

Tom is a member of the Grace City team. If you are interested in joining us on Sundays, click here for more information.

If you could say one thing – Meet Matt

What would you say if you had the chance to communicate one important thing? Grace City brings you a new mini-series from members of the launch team, who share a message they think you need to hear. Today, Matt Varcoe encourages us with one idea worth sharing.

 

If you could say one thing, what would it be?

‘We all want freedom, but true freedom only comes when we become slaves to Jesus Christ. This is the great paradox of Christianity.’

What excites you about joining Grace City?

Shell and I are really excited about being part of a church that is seeking to proclaim the life giving Gospel of Christ and see many people come to saving faith.

 

What’s something you’d love to get involved in within Green Square?

Recently I have become a fan of cycling (without the lycra and shaved legs) so keen to get involved in rides around the area.

 

What’s one reason the Gospel means so much to you?

The Gospel not only saves us from a life against God, but now gives us the power to live a life that is for God.

 

What’s something you’d love prayer for?

Pray that I would have a passion to see many come to Christ in Green Square.

 

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Matt Varcoe is married to Shell and is a member of the Grace City launch team. They are committed to meeting with the team each month, to pray & prepare for the launch of Grace City in 2015. If you are interested in joining the launch team, click here for more information.