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.