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We love tradies! Catch some photos from the “We Love Tradies” breakfast and find out how it all went. Page 3
Men & Meat Catch some of the pics from the Men & Meat night at All Saints on Saturday March 19. Page 2
Inside this issue Meet the Bible Study Leaders! Well, some of them anyway… We had 60 second interviews with 4 of All Saints Bible Study Leaders. Page 2
Whilst we run a myriad of programs at All Saints designed with some sort of mission goal in mind, the foundational assumption behind them is that mission is not a program. After all it’s not as if you could put nonChristians into a program and presume for Christians to come out! Evangelism does not work that way – people do not work that way. How then does a church ‘do’ mission? Mission is ultimately about lives transformed by the gospel, such that those who do not know the Lord Jesus might
So how do we know if a church is doing mission? Well here are some questions to start with: • Are the members of the church connected with non-Christians? • Are they often in prayer for those friends? • Are they living a transformed life before them? • Do their life & deeds provide an enviable contrast compared to the life & deeds of their friends? • Are they intentional in their relationships? • Do they use the programs of their church to help their friends connect further with other Christians and with the gospel? In the end, church programs only exist to serve relationships so that non-Christians may witness the difference a Christian life makes and have opportunity to hear the
MISSION IS NOT A PROGRAM come to count on him as King and Saviour. At it’s heart, mission is about people encountering the gospel chiefly through other people. It therefore boils down to relationships.
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Volume III, Issue No 8: March 2011 People want to make meaningful connections with others and many (perhaps more than we realise) want to make a meaningful connection with God. However, in our postChristian culture this is not likely to happen out of the blue, but through us connecting with them, sharing the gospel with them, and by displaying a transformed life and sharing a transforming gospel.
gospel. How then, can you better utilise the programs at All Saints to help you share Christ with your neighbour? Antony Barraclough 1
Meet the Bible Some of Study Leaders
Antony Barraclough Tuesday & Wednesday morning, & Wednesday Night Bible Study Groups leader
My earliest memory of (All Saints) church is… being overwhelmed at my induction service. Once upon a time I… crawled under a swing while someone was swinging on it. The scar on my head is in the shape of a cross. True! I get annoyed by… incompetence I find joy in… seeing a plan come together. I'd spend my final day… dying. If my life were made into a movie, the actor that'd play me would be… Matt Damon - that's what my wife would want! I like Bible study groups because… I need to learn from others
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Julia Williams Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study My earliest memory of church is… trying to remember the 'Books of the Bible' song in Sunday School. Once upon a time I… crashed the family Valiant. I was 2. (beat that Mike Dicker!) I get annoyed by... intrafamily communication via Facebook (and Facebook generally!) I find joy in… flowers. I'd spend my final day… in the company of my favourite people, eating and drinking, laughing and crying. If my life were made into a movie, the actor that'd play me would be… Dame Edna Everage I like Bible study because… it combines lovely people with learning and talking and praying and eating. And my week wouldn't be the same without it .
Mike Dicker Tuesday Night Bible Study My earliest memory of church is… playing a role in the end of year Sunday School production at Paddington Church of Christ. Once upon a time I… was a Fire Sprinkler Fitter. I get annoyed by... Cockroaches & spilling stuff on my clothes. I find joy in… music & graphics & machines that go fast and make loud noises! I'd spend my final day… saying “goodbye” to some and “see you later” to others I guess. If my life were made into a movie, the actor that'd play me would be… Hugh Jackman, but only because he looks like me ;) I like Bible study because… it’s such a intimate setting to share life with others and to explore & be changed by God’s word. Love it!
My earliest memory of church is... having to wear stockings, dresses and patent leather shoes every Sunday. Once upon a time I... shared a packet of cigarettes with one of All Saint's current link missionaries (we were 10 years old). I get annoyed by... 10 year olds who smoke. I find joy in... seeing people grow in their knowledge and love of God. I'd spend my final day... eating lots and boldly handing out advice. If my life were made into a movie, the actor that'd play me would... not be famous. I like Bible study groups because... they spur me on to love and good works
On Saturday March 19th All Saints held its second Men & Meat night, an opportunity for blokes to get together and get an education in meat! If we’re honest with ourselves, many of us only buy our meat pre-packaged at a supermarket and wrapped in plastic, we have no idea how to bone our own meat or know the difference between a sirloin and a rump…But luckily for us we have Dave Munnoch! Dave is currently a teacher librarian at Trinity Grammar school but in a past life was trained as a butcher, something he’s kept hidden for many years now with it conspicuously missing off his CV! However, 2 years ago Dave was invited to come out of “the closet” and use his butcher skills to create opportunities for the gospel to be proclaimed. Since then, Dave has run so many Men & Meat events at various churches and Scripture Union Family Missions that he’s lost count. The format of the event is simple and effective. On Saturday night 20 blokes gathered at 6:00pm around a full hindquarter of beef (about
Liz Livingstone Women’s Monday Night Bible Study
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50kgs) in the All Saints church hall. Dave told some of his personal Christian story and quizzed everyone on their knowledge (or lack thereof) all things meat - what cuts are best for stewing? What cuts are best for BBQ? Etc. After carving up some of the rump, Peter Bolt gave a short & engaging talk on “Resurrection or Dissection”. Sharing his own background as a medical student and some gruesome stories from Sydney’s past, Peter asked some probing questions: What does this piece of meat ask of us? What does it say about our hopes for the future? It was then time to consider the questions over a freshly cut and barbecued piece of steak! Each cooked their own, ate their fill, chewed the fat & “chewed the fat”, before Dave got up again to carve up the remaining hind-quarter and finish the night. It was a brilliant night! Thanks Dave! allsaintspetersham.org.au
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Blast from the Past... At the end of his address to the Easter Vestry Meeting in 1887 the Rector, Rev Charles Baber mentioned that he was “very desirous of getting up a Mission Room in a part of the parish which borders on the Parramatta-road”. He was concerned that something should be done “in the way of gathering in the very considerable Church population in that neighbourhood; for, at present, it is very evident that that part of the Parish is not in touch with All Saints, and it is scarcely reached, I fear, by All Souls’ Leichhardt.” A printed copy of the Rector’s Easter Vestry Meeting address has not survived but the accounts for 1888-1889 show that a special offertory was collected on the 21 September for the Mission Church amounting to £18/15/5. From that small piece of
The Tradie’s Breakfast It was only for the brave, for those who could muster the strength to get out of bed by 5:15am on Thursday & Friday morning to be at All Saints by 5:30am and set up the free Tradie’s Breakfast… It was never going to be easy, but a dozen committed volunteers made it happen. The BBQs were set up, the bacon was sizzling, the eggs cooking, the rolls sliced & buttered, the coffee & tea brewing… all that remained was to catch some tradies driving down Stanmore Rd and give them a free bacon & egg roll and a coffee to let them know we love them! Armed with signs and flood lights (it’s dark at 6am!) we waved, hollered and persuaded (at the Crystal st traffic lights) a few tradies to stop in. There was about half a dozen tradies who stopped on Thursday and a few locals too, but by Friday it started to take off! It was harder to get out of bed early for a 2nd day but 3
it was well worth it with about 30 tradies dropping in on the Friday! What’s the benefit of all this? Well we handed out some Luke’s gospels (and who knows where that will lead?) but the goal was always simple from the start: let the passing tradies know that we’re here, and let them know we love them. I think we hit our goal & perhaps even created an opportunity for this to be a more regular ministry… Anyone free once a month between 5:30-7:00am? ☺ Mike Dicker
information there are no details until the opening of the Mission Church was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 29 October 1889. The Mission Church was designed by the Architect W. David Ross of Victoria Chambers Sydney and built by Messrs Beaumont and Lock of Petersham. The building cost just over £900. The All Saints Mission Church was situated near the corner of Margaret and Crystal Streets on the site of the new building of Petersham TAFE College. The TAFE College was formally the Crystal Street Superior Public School. The Mission Church continued to hold services until the Education Department resumed the property in 1911. Noel Cragg
A mission church in connection with All Saints' Petersham, was opened and dedicated to Divine worship by the Bishop of Bathurst and tho Very Rev. the Dean of Sydney on Saturday last, at 3.30 p.m. The church, which occupies a good position in Crystal street, near its junction with the Parramatta-road, is a comely Gothic building of brick, fair on both sides, on concrete foundations. The window-sills, spur-stones, and crosses are of stone. The roofs are open, supported by wrought principals, etc., lined inside with wood, stained, varnished, and slated. The widows have lead lights and cathedral glass, with ventilators in each. There are also numerous flue ventilators in the walls, with air grates for ventilating under the floors. The building consists of nave, chancel, vestry, and porch, and is placed sufficiently back from the street to admit of an extension of front when required. The seats and other fittings, which are of New Zealand pine, varnished, accommodate 220 persons. The whole building, with fittings, has cost a little over £900. The contractors, who have admirably and faithfully fulfilled their engagement, were Messrs, Beaumont and Lock of Petersham, and the architect, to whom the building committee are greatly indebted for wise plans and economical arrangements in the design and carrying through of the work, Mr. W. David Ross, F.R.I.B.A., of victoria chambers, Sydney. The Bishop and Dean were met at the door of the church by the incumbent of All Saints', the choir, and a considerable body of neighbouring clergy, including the Revs. Canon Moreton, W. Hough, H. Wallace Mort, S. Hungerford, Charles Walsh, -. Proctor, Henry Campbell, and J. Clarke. The petition for the licensing of tho church was read by Mr. J. Spencer Sayers, hon. sec. to the building committee. The Dean, as administrator of the diocese, having assented to tho prayer of the petition, tho procession of "clergy and choir proceeded to the east end, reciting, alternately with the Bishop, a psalm of dedication. At the request of the Bishop, the incumbent of All Saints' read the deed of license. A shortened form of evensong followed, and at the end of the anthem after the third collect the Bishop preached an earnest sermon on "Spiritual Strength." The offertory amounted to a little over £19. Services were held in the church on the day following (Sunday)-in the morning at 11, and in the evening at 7-and were conducted on both occasions by the incumbent of All Saints', assisted in the morning (at which time there was a celebration of Holy Communion) by the Rev. C. Walsh. We understand that most of tho furniture of the church, such as tho bell, the American organ, the lectern, the covering of the holy table with monograms, etc., the alms dishes, and some other articles of furniture, were the gifts of different persons to the church. All the monograms and letterings were the work of those who offered. Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 29 October 1889, page 9
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ALL SAINTS GOES SOLAR
The application was put to government for the solar energy rebate of 60c in the dollar per kw/hr, the Anglican Finance & Loans Board gave the go ahead for a $52,000 loan, the solar panels were installed on the northern facing roof of the church hall and all systems are go!! As of 21/03/2011 the solar panels have been wired into the grid and producing electricity (in fact 370 kw/ hrs as of March 30th!). It is expected that income generated by the solar panels will match the repayments of the loan.
WHO ARE THE CHURCH STAFF?
Senior Minister Administrator Antony (Bazz) Chris Barraclough Daniel 0413 933 838 9569 4735
………...……. Student Ministers ……………… David Sarah Anton Blowes Oakey Marquez 0425 262 060 9569 4735 0414 960 304
Year 13 Daniel Higgins 0434 290 245
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Youth Minister Michael Dicker 0400 308 112
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