Welcome to the Pastors’ Pen, an update for life at SCPC.
Last week, I was able to make a flying visit to Moore College to meet with the students who will be doing a visit with us March 26-April 2. On a visit like this, I would often take a young adult along with me. This time around, while speaking with the young adults, one Rob M walked past and offered himself to do a 24hr trip to Sydney with me!!
It was a really encouraging visit. From being hosted overnight by the Dean of Students who was originally a Lismore boy himself, to sitting in a NT1 lecture on the reliability of the Bible, to sharing breakfast with a student who is often on the Northern Rivers every summer with SUFM.
We are very much looking forward to the team joining us. However, unlike a GMP visit where we would craft a week timetable through our Gospel Communities liaising with our staff team to construct their timetable, the timetable has been made in partnership between the Chaplains at Moore College and the SCPC Staff. We have aspired to have an even spread of students billeted through our GCs, including SCG. Therefore, we expect one or two students may participate in your DNA or some sort of GC function on the Saturday that they are with us.
Of course, the students will be heavily involved in our Sunday gatherings on March 26 and April 2, or you might like to come to our ‘World’s BiGGest Afternoon Tea’* on their first day in Lismore, Sunday March 26, from 3pm on the grounds of Lismore High, as some of the students also take to a game of soccer with some more active members of our church family. Both the afternoon tea and soccer game will take place at 3pm.
Please pray for the Moore College team’s visit to Lismore and the Northern Rivers. Pray that as they visit, they may be encouraged by our Church family and our goal to grow followers of Jesus in this part of NSW. Pray also that in the future some may even consider serving in the Northern Rivers or other parts of Regional Australia, taking the precious gospel to rural and regional communities. What a great treasure we have in Jesus! I can’t wait to share that same heart with students eager to make that treasure known too!! Do you know how valuable Jesus is!!?
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
*The afternoon tea has no connection to the Cancer council of Australia, rather it is aiming to reflect the breadth of the invitation to afternoon tea. If the whole Church family including SCG comes to afternoon tea, it will be ‘BiG’!!!