Sundays: Gathered but Multiplied

Welcome to Southern Cross Presbyterian Church. We’re glad you’re here!  This Sunday, most of our church family is meeting together face to face across 4 venues around Lismore & Goonellabah as listed in the contact tracing register. Unfortunately, if you are sick on the day, you will not be able to attend and will need to access a Covid test.

If you’re unable to meet in person on any Sunday, you’re welcome to join our Sunday Gathering webinar on Zoom at 9:45am.

Is this your first time? If you would like to connect with our church family, we’d love you to get in touch. Give us a call or email us through the contact menu above. We’re here to help you grow in your love for God, love for Christian community and love for the world. And of course you’re welcome to join us on Sundays at any one of our venues listed in the contact tracing register.

This Sunday 1st November, we’re continuing our Term 4 series from the New Testament book of Galatians: ‘Christ has set us free’. We’ll be opening the Bible to Galatians 2:11-21 to consider that gospel tells us that we’re justified by faith alone, not by anything we do – and we must apply this principle to every area of our lives. We’ll be asking the question: What does it mean to be clean or unclean?

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact your Gospel Community Vision Coordinator or speak to a staff member.

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This Sunday’s Recording

If you missed this morning’s webinar, here is the recording.

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The Pastors’ Post

Here is a short video from one of our pastors, Stew, as he talks about life at SCPC this week.

Below is the text from the video.

Welcome to The Pastors’ Post, an update about life at Southern Cross.

As you may have heard on Wednesday this week, the NSW government has increased the numbers at a religious gathering to 300. Structurally, this won’t change anything for our Sunday gatherings at SCPC as Lismore High is closed for use due to the HSC.

We will know more about the prospect of gaining access to the hall next week as Bronwyn and I are due to meet with the Lismore High School principal next Wednesday 28th October. We already know there are more renovations to take place after the HSC, so we’re interested in proposing to the school a return to the venue for Carols on Sunday 20th December. So please pray for our time with the Lismore High School Principal and our whole church family in East Lismore as we contemplate a change and a possible return to Lismore High School over the summer school holiday period. Please, if you have questions, speak to a member of our staff team, Leadership Team or your Vision Coordinator.

What this increase will mean is that we can open our Food for Thought Sunday to more people on 22nd November at the Worker’s Club. At this point, we will continue with two morning gatherings: one at 9am and also one at 11am (and then our normal 6pm gathering time). As there is a restraint to the number of children we can have present due to the size of the rooms used for kids church at 9am and 11am, which is 72 in each session. But what a fantastic opportunity instead of the prospect of 300 adults and 144 kids, we could have 525 adults and 144 kids at the Workers Club on 22nd November for Food for Thought Sunday!

So if you are interested, in the lead up to Food for Thought Week, we will join for prayer at the Quad at 6:30am-7am on Friday 6th November and Friday 13th November. We understand only a few will be able to make that, but please be praying personally, at home and with your Gospel Community that our Father God might rescue some from our city that they might be saved!!

Finally, thanks for those who attended our preliminary information meeting last Sunday. It was a long meeting, longer than we had anticipated, but we wanted an opportunity to explain the workings of the transition team and the process that went into endorsing Tim McDonald as the Families Pastor for 2021.

We covered the motion that we will put forward to the church family on 1st November at the Congregational meeting so if you have questions about the motions please speak to a member of Leadership Team or the Transition Team so that we have an opportunity to answer your questions more fully before then. This will enable the congregational meeting to run smoothly on 1st November at 11:30am at Park Ave.

Please contact the office if you would like the background paper to Tim’s endorsement or if you would like to read Eliza’s letter and why she is excited about the prospect of doing an MTS apprenticeship at Southern Cross in 2021-2022. I simply love the verse MTS uses as part of its vision statement. It is such a crucial one for the life of the church today and for the next generation:

Let me read it to you from 2 Timothy 2:2

2 And the things you have heard me say
in the presence of many witnesses
entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

Thanks for tuning into The Pastors’ Post.

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This Sunday’s Recording

If you missed this morning’s webinar, here is the recording.

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The Pastors’ Post

Here is a short video from one of our pastors, Matt, as he talks about life at SCPC this week.

Below is the text from the video.

Hello Southern Cross, it’s Matt here bringing you this week’s Pastors’ Post.

I hope you’re looking forward to diving into Galatians this term? We’re kicking off this Sunday at 9am at Goonellabah, 9:45am at Park Ave, or the Scout Hall, or Wyrallah Rd School – or even ON ZOOM.

You might be looking at this room behind me and wondering “where is he?”. Well, I’m at Invercauld House in Goonellabah (a fair way down the southern end of Invercauld Road at number 163) – this is our new home for Southern Cross Goonellabah, at least until the end of the year.

We’re praying that we might be able to continue to meet here next year as well, but at least for the next few months, each Sunday morning from 9am, this is where our SCG church family are gathering.

Why are we here at all? Well, for the last 3 years we’ve enjoyed the use of the Goonellabah Community Centre – but due to COVID restrictions – the main meeting space was just too small for our growing church family (what a wonderful problem to have!). Also, the available kids church space was reduced making gatherings at the community centre just unworkable – at least during this season anyway. But here at Invercauld House, we have access to a larger meeting space, well equipped with all of the AV gear we need, and an overflow area outside as well (and I pray that we’ll need that too), AND we have a separate kids church room too.

We are so thankful to God for His generous provision, and we’re thankful for the management and staff of Invercauld House too. Please be praying for us. Pray that we will make the most of the opportunity to reach out to those living in this part of town without forgetting to stay connected to those in the main part of Goonellabah, where we have seen the fruit of gospel ministry over the past few years.

Something else that’s happening in our church family at SCPC is the appointment of a Families Pastor starting in January 2021. Our Transition Team (commissioned by Leadership Team) has been meeting together, talking, praying, following up and zooming for several months with a few potential candidates for the role – and we have decided that we would like to offer the position to Tim McDonald. And Tim has also been endorsed by Northern Rivers Presbytery this week.

You may remember Tim from his time here at Southern Cross a few years ago. If you’ve not met Tim, he grew up in our church family here and for the past 7 years has been in Sydney and Newcastle, working and studying at Bible College and starting a family with his lovely wife Jasmine. They have a beautiful 11-week old daughter, Violet, and we had the pleasure of spending just a little bit of time with them a few weeks ago.

Tim is passionate about sharing the gospel, teaching it to others and encouraging youth and young adults in their faith and encouraging them to share the love of Jesus with others too. He has been endorsed by the Transition Team, Leadership Team and Northern Rivers Presbytery and, following the approval of the finances to continue the full time role of Families Pastor at SCPC, we really look forward to having Tim join our ministry team and our church family in 2021.

Also exciting news, is the prospect of having our dearly loved Eliza Faulkner taking on an MTS apprenticeship here at Southern Cross for 2021 & 2022.

If you have any questions relating to these positions, particularly the financials, we’re having a preliminary information session this Sunday at Park Avenue starting at 11:30am. Then a fortnight later on November 1st at 11:30am at Park Ave, we’ll have a congregational meeting to approve the finances for these roles. Exciting times in what’s been a difficult year.

Please continue to pray for Tim, Jasmine and Violet, and also for Eliza as we all work through these processes.

I’m so thankful for so many people in our church family, including those who are home grown and have moved away, that God continues to work through us, He continues to work through our church family and He gives us a heart for his mission all over the world and even right here in Lismore and Goonellabah.

We trust in God’s amazing love, His ultimate perfect provision through the gospel of Jesus.

This has been The Pastors’ Post.

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