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Ambassadors Soccer Camps

Ambassadors Soccer Camps is an internationally developed soccer program based on over 20 years of global coaching experience.

Each camp includes:

Quality Coaching focused on technique and skill development and tailored to the individual.

Character development through faith-based lessons focused on teamwork, perseverance and respect.

Matches and competitions with exciting game formats designed to advance each player’s skills.

Each player who attends receives a camp shirt, certificate and photo!

Book Now!

Marryatville Primary School, Kensington

For: boys & girls, 6-12 years, all playing abilities

Date: July 19 to 22, 2016

Time: 1:30-5pm each day

Cost: $125

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CMS Dinner 2016

CMS Dinner 2016: Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August (the same program each night)

How well do we see or understand the culture we’re immersed in? How does this impact our engagement in God’s mission? You are invited to come and consider these questions and others as we hear from international guest speaker, Dr Michael Goheen.
INFORMATION
Date: Wed 3 & Thurs 4 August 2016
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Fogolar Furlan Function Centre, 69 Briar Rd, Felixstow
Cost: $40pp (includes a two-course meal and tea & coffee) $36pp for groups of 10 or more when booked together
RSVP: Book Now. Bookings close Tuesday 26 July (group discount rate ends Tuesday 12 July)
GUEST SPEAKER: DR MICHAEL GOHEEN
Dr Michael Goheen is the Director of Theological Education at the Missional Training Center and Scholar-in-Residence at Surge Network (Phoenix, USA). Mike has taught various mission, worldview and Bible subjects over many years at a number of universities and theological seminaries. He has also served as a church planter and pastor to several churches.

Mike will speak about mission and Western culture and will help us to think critically about the culture we are immersed in.

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Hi there!

I am sure you are aware of the discussions surrounding the issue of bullying in our schools that continues to fill our newsfeeds. It is a hot topic and much has been said and proposed. Let me share with you some apt, challenging, helpful and recent (8 March, 2016*) thoughts from a former Moore College lecturer of mine Rev. Dr. Michael Jensen addressing this issue;

“That people are bullied, victimised, and even assaulted because of their sexuality in contemporary Australia is completely unacceptable. Yet for me, this is a simple corollary of the teaching of Jesus Christ. As a Christian minister, I am compelled to stand against those who would advocate or participate in such treatment of LGBTIQ people, or anyone else for that matter. […]

We must remember that the Christian faith has bequeathed to our culture a great gift: the teaching that we are all made in the image of God. That concept permeates even apparently secular documents like the US Declaration of Independence. It coaches us to see humanity in the face of the other. It was this conviction that held good against the social Darwinians of the late nineteenth century, who would rather have placed people of different races on the lesser rungs of the human ladder.

Add to that the experience of Jesus Christ: rejected by his own, abandoned by his friends, convicted by a corrupt and lazy government, tortured, tormented, and killed. At the heart of the Christian faith is the sign of the cross, which calls us to remember what we human beings are capable of as well as to recall what God offers us.

How could a person who worships a victim of bullying turn away from those who are being victimised and bullied?”

Keep trusting Jesus,

Simon (Pastor, Grace Norwood)

[* The complete article can be found at www.huffingtonpost.com.au]

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The True Jesus is more confronting than I thought…

If you’ve been with us for the last four weeks you’ll have been tracking with us through the story of Jesus’ life as presented by Luke.  Whether you’re someone who is just beginning to check out who Jesus is or someone who has known Him throughout your life, actually taking a close look at what the Bible says about Jesus can be a confronting exercise (in a good way!).  It’s confronting because it confronts us with a God who will not keep his distance, but comes to us in all his holiness and love and makes His claims upon us.  It’s confronting because in the light that Jesus shines we see ourselves more clearly.  At the same time it’s gloriously good because it means God has come to us to bring us deeply into his life and love.

So have you been confronted by Jesus?  Over the last few weeks we’ve seen him acting with startling compassion, awesome power, amazing words and an authority that could only come from one place – God himself. It’s been a far cry from the fuzzy feel good Jesus we often see in popular culture, and a picture of a man who stands as unique in history.

What do you make of him?

Sam Bleby (Associate Minister, Grace Trinity Gardens

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Do you love your church?

In our small group program for young adults (‘The HUB’) we have just started a study that’s all about loving our church. The aim of the study is to get us to rethink what church is really about, and to re-examine the attitudes that inform our behaviour as we walk into church each week.

Already in the first study we’re being challenged to see church, not so much as a place we go to passively receive, but rather, a place where Christians go to work. This can sound a bit harsh, but the New Testament consistently teaches that in the growth of the body of Christ (the church), each part must do its work (Eph 4; 1 Cor 12-14). It’s not that we should never expect to be encouraged or refreshed at church, but rather, that these blessings are experienced most fully as we commit ourselves to loving and serving God and his people. We gather as God’s people, to hear his word and to respond in faith and obedience. In our gatherings, we are in fellowship with one another, through the blood of Jesus, and because of that fellowship, we seek to meet the needs of others, even if that means sacrificing our own. That’s how God designed his Church!

At the end of our first study, we were set a simple challenge for the next time we walk into church. The challenge was to pray about where we sit, and to sit next to someone different. Will you join us in taking up this challenge? Who knows how God might answer our prayers!

Shane Ellery (Associate Minister, Youth and Young Adults)

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God-Centred Generosity

Welcome to church. We’re so glad you’re here!

You’ve joined us at week 2 of our new series ‘True Jesus: meet the man who is God’ – exploring Luke’s gospel. Luke, a devoted follower of Jesus, has compiled for us a comprehensive, detailed, stunning and accurate historical account of the God’s time on earth in the person of Jesus and what we see is a very generous God on display. The outrageous generosity of God is displayed perfectly in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Jesus’ generosity is costly, indiscriminate, selfless and abundant. He calls his people to follow Him. As such the means by which God saves people becomes the model by which the saved live.

Our network of churches at Grace Kensington, Trinity Gardens and Norwood seek to mirror the generosity of Christ. Our generosity will be evident in our engagement with our city’s poor, marginalised and oppressed, the wider body of Christ, and the care shown towards each member of our church. Our generosity will reach the young, old, married and single and meet them in their intellectual, financial, relational, spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Our generosity will be evident in the way we give abundantly of our time, talents and money towards our vision to make Jesus known.

So two questions: have you experienced personally the radical generosity of God in Jesus? No. Ask someone around you how that might happen for you today. If yes, are you being generous like Jesus? Think about it.

Keep trusting Jesus,

Simon (Pastor, Grace Norwood)

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A call to small togetherness

Being part of a huge crowd can be exhilarating – there’s something thrilling about being part of the roar of 48,000 people at the Adelaide Oval.  It can also a pretty good feeling to be at a party with a hundred of your closest friends.  But bigger is not always better!

It’s ironic, but it’s also in these kind of contexts that I have experienced the few deep moments of loneliness I’ve had.  To be in a sea of people who don’t know you deeply and care what’s going on under the surface can be an isolating experience, despite the surface connection with others.

As great as the big group experience can be, when it comes down to it, all of us need contexts of small togetherness as well.  That’s why it’s important to be part of one of our Grace Network small groups.  They offer a place in which you can get to know others in the church at a much deeper level, where you can engage with God’s word at a much more personal level, and grow as a Christian.

God made us to revel in the excitement of the crowd (just think of that great day when we stand before Jesus with hundreds of thousands of brothers and sisters and roar in praise of his name – Revelation 7:9-10), but he also made us to want to know others and be known by others – and by God (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Will you answer the call to small togetherness?  Grab a small groups form from infocentral and join one today!

Sam Bleby (Associate Minister, Grace Trinity Gardens)

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