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This is a reflection from Sunday’s announcement from Ritchie regarding the consultancy at SCG (Ritchie is on annual leave this week). For those who were present with SCG on Sunday you will have heard – yes, the report from John Mark Extension has finally come in! We are very grateful that the report to Leadership Team (LT) arrived in time for our scheduled meeting last Wednesday night. We are not entirely clear on the reason for the length of the delay for the report, but expect it is somewhat related to how respected and sought after Tim D and Luke M are by churches and Christian organisations around Australia.

As Ritchie noted on Sunday, the report for the SCG church family will be available Sunday, May 21. Once the participants of SCG have time to read and reflect on the report members of LT will be around on Sunday, June 11, to present to SCG some of the critical features that will be involved in a final decision on the future of SCG. LT will then have its next meeting on June 14 and members of SCG will be invited to talk to, and pray with, LT.

A final decision on the future on SCG is due to take place at the LT meeting on July 26 following a season of prayer and reflection. Thank you very much to those from SCG who participated in the consultancy with Tim and Luke. Also, a BiG note of thanks to Ritchie who has facilitated this consultancy process with the coordination team at SCG. From here, I will begin to work with the SCG coordination team and LT as we chart this next season leading into the July meeting.

Please, can I encourage you to pray for the SCG coordination team, LT, the SCG church family and also for Matt and Sue as they return to SCG this Sunday following the completion of the consultancy process.

Finally, no matter what the future holds, we are thrilled that we can together on this enheartening journey with Jesus in John’s gospel and we want to commit to our Father God those that might join SCG on Food For Thought Sunday (May 28) as we explore the incredible love God has for our world.

Let me leave you with a picture of that love from the letter of 1 John:
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

SP on behalf of LT

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The Pastors’ Pen

Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen – an update for life at Southern Cross…

Our youth program returns tomorrow (Friday) night at LHS from 7pm!

What a vital ministry this is, and how exciting to have Cam now leading the ministry he has had such a long connection to. Like our ministry to kids on a Sunday, our youth join us on our journey in God’s word, so they will be exploring the opening of John’s gospel this week. We pray some youth might even join in the #lightuplismore challenge, looking to memorise John 1:9-14. By the way, how are you going with it?

Then Friday week, the 12th of May, the youth team is hosting a parents and carers pizza night so the youth team can outline what is coming up this term and get the youth primed for Safari 2023. Safari is our annual, week-long youth camp. It has a long history of over twenty years and has seen hundreds and hundreds of youth involved! Many of our ministry apprentices at SCPC will note the influence Safari had on their spiritual formation. I have said this before, but evangelical giants like the late John Stott had very strong connection to movements like this. John himself was converted through a five-day youth camp in Britain. He says nothing beats five days to get God’s word into tough and resistant human hearts!

These weeks are so excellent to allow God’s word to seep deep into growing hearts. This year the youth will be looking at the book of Daniel. However, week-long camps come at a cost, and with reductions Safari is $280 per camper. If a family has three youthies that sure adds up! If you have youth in your GC, why not sponsor them!? Or do you have a teenage neighbour? Can you speak to their parents or carers and suggest you’d like to help contribute to the cost? I remember challenging one of our senior high at SCPC to get a friend along to Safari. I said if they are keen and want to come tell them “I’ll pay half” – they came!

But please, please if finances are a problem speak to Cam and the youth team – we certainly don’t want to see some youth not attend due to cost because who knows, your neighbour or nephew may be the next Daniel or Shadrach! We desperately need young, bold and courageous leaders to take the gospel forward to the next generation.

Be encouraged by the heart of these young leaders from the book of Daniel:

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:16-18


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The Pastors’ Pen

Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen – an update for life at Southern Cross…

Term 2 has kicked off and on Sunday we start our three term series in the gospel of John. I’m
super excited! Are you?!?
The series in John is not to compromise our theme for 2023 – ‘Therefore we do not lose heart’
in fact, it is meant to very much strengthen it! For what could be better for our battered
hearts than to spend the rest of the year walking with our saviour and having our hearts
encouraged by him.
I wonder if you have a favourite part of John? They say the account of Jesus’ life by John is
shallow enough for a child to play within, and deep enough for an elephant to swim. I think
my favourite part of John’s gospel is from John 6 and Jesus’ encouragement to feed
on him. Even though when you first read it you may be a little baffled by what Jesus
means by feeding on him. But if you had been journeying through the Bible, your mind would
be prompted by the wilderness wanderings and the daily manner from heaven – daily
provision for famished souls. Isn’t that what Christ offers too? I am so foolish to overlook his
daily provision. Christian leader Sam Allberry looks also to John 6 in his open, personal
battles with his sexuality and he too returns to this passage as a place of hope in the midst of
his loneliness, failures and daily temptations.
Even if a passage doesn’t quickly spring to mind for you, I expect that by the end of 2023 you
will have found one in John – it might even be a passage that stands out for a friend as
you journey together through John using The Word One to One booklets or app!
As I finish, mark in your Term 2 diary our Food for Thought Sunday, on May 28, as we take a
closer look at John 3:16. But of course every Sunday is a great Sunday to invite a friend. Why
not shoot off a text now to a friend inviting them to join you as we begin our journey through
John this Sunday the 30th of April.
Here is the verse from John 6 I need to return to daily…. How about you?
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.


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