Terrey Hills goes from strength to strength
An emphasis on community connection and outreach: The members of St Paul’s, Terrey Hills.
community groups, playgroup, Christianity Explored, seniors ministry and Friday night youth group – which increased from fortnightly to weekly meetings in 2020, despite COVID restrictions. Kate, a member of the parish, loves being involved with the playgroup and is keen to see St Paul’s connect with more families in the neighborhood. “What excites me is the Terrey Tots Playgroup,” she says. “It’s a great way to reach the community in a non-confrontational way and develop relationships to then invite people to church or Bible studies.” Angie is a long-term church member and has witnessed firsthand the faithfulness of God to the congregation. “Having been
a part of the church for 30 years, running on a regular basis.” I’m excited about the growth Mr Tarrant agrees there is we’ve experienced in the past plenty to be thankful for and lots few years,” she says. of exciting things ahead. “As a very active member in the “I’m grateful to God that the community, I love the opportunity selection panel invited me to be of inviting people along to church minister from 2018,” he says. – particularly to the Christianity “Leading this wonderful church Explored courses we’ve been has been a rich blessing.” SC
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From humble beginnings under a tree in a paddock, Synod last month rejoiced at how God has grown his church by moving to give St Paul’s, Terrey Hills full parish status. “From the beginning, St Paul’s has been a gospel-centred, Bible-teaching church with an emphasis on community connection and outreach,” rector the Rev Scott Tarrant (below) said in his Synod address. “The church’s DNA has been every-member ministry. The people of St Paul’s have taken responsibility with the support of clergy and ministry students along the way.” It all started with a Sunday school initiated by Charis Young in 1940 – held under a tree on the parish property. Miss Young taught the Bible to young people for 29 years, and the Rev Dr Broughton Knox led the first church service in 1954. The church building was opened in 1965 and functioned as a congregation of Christ Church, St Ives until 1997, when it appointed its first full-time minister, the Rev Gavin Parsons. Two years ago, the church split from St Ives to become the provisional parish of Terrey Hills. St Paul’s has seen growth in many ministries, including
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