Hi partners! What a year 2014 has been. It’s no secret that this year has been a tough one not just for me personally but for our church. We have seen more hurdles than Sally Pearson. But it’s also been a year full of God’s wonderful surprises!
We had an amazing turnout at our Lighting up Berkeley night this year and it was undoubtable the best one we’ve had so far. We’d like to thank those who have supported us from the beginning and those who have come to support us through this year! Every prayer, cent, practical gift and helping hand has humbled us and encouraged us all to continue Kingdom work.
Our OpShop has been going from strength to strength this year and it is a real example of our vision; Jesus Christ Transforming Lives to Transform a Community. I want to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turn up rain, hale, shine … or blackout! I also want to thank Kiama and Menai Anglican who regularly donate good quality clothes for us to sell. I could not count the number of Jesus conversations I and the volunteers have had either over a sale or just a cuppa in the OpShop. It’s the hub of our church.
We have started the COACH program in Berkeley (you can read more about it in this magazine) and we had our first training session to train mentors in November which Mark Mathews travelled all the way up from Melbourne to take on. Watch this space …. with CareSouth now on board to partner with us for this program, our community reach and impact, God willing, will increase even more.
One of our biggest things holding our ministry back at the moment is finding the right people to fill some of our ‘M’ roles. We are looking for people to take on specific roles for our church even if only for 6 months to try and kick start individual growth, pastoral follow up …. and more. A driving factor in filling these roles will be our newly established Ministry Support Committee. They will help with finding people for these roles and keep me accountable with persisting with the search!
I want to thank you again for supporting our church. We capped off this year with the best Carols we’ve done so far and even though this year has been tough it has reminded us all that God is still active in Berkeley and that the church is on the right path!