Prayer Update (Aug-Sept 2011)

Hi People!
We’ve just finished a month of mission and it was great to see some new people at various events and church services. A team from St Matts West Penno (where I grew up and started going to church) came and partnered with us for Holiday Hang Out (where about 30 kids attended the program); the Solid Rock winter mission was great (and we connected with heaps of local youth through that); we ran a men’s bbq and a women’s coffee & dessert night which went really well and the gospel was shared appropriately; and the last couple of Sunday services were geared to visitors and well attended (and we tackled topics like ‘How can I believe in powerful and loving God with all the suffering in the world’ and ‘How can I actually connect with God?’). One of the things that encouraged me personally was seeing our people pray for and invite their mates so they could hear about Jesus. I am stoked to see God shaping us as a congregation that has a heart for helping others know their Creator and Redeemer. Anyway, there’s heaps going on, but unless God does the heart-work, we're just spinning our wheels. So thanks for partnering with us in prayer!
Chris (on behalf of CoastEC)

PRAYER POINTS...
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Mission…
Thank God for the visitors who came to various events and heard clear messages about Jesus. Pray that the gospel would take root in their hearts and that they keep taking steps toward Christ. Please pray for us as we keep building genuine relationships with them, and that we help them get to know Jesus better and better.

Scripture…
Lessons for year 7 have started at the Tuncurry Campus. Please pray for the teachers to share Christ faithfully and for students to understand and respond with faith. Ask that some would get linked in to youth group where they can keep growing,

FIEC conference…
CoastEC is part of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Thank God for great partners in the gospel, good fellowship & encouragement, and generous resource sharing. Chris and Ruth will be attending the annual conference in Collaroy from 15-17 August. Pray for safe travel, and good fellowship.

Ministries…
Pray for Ruth Shooter as she oversees our ministries. Please pray our ministry drivers (team leaders) – Karen, Sharon, Jeff, Brent, Leesh, Emma, Tom, Ali, and Steph – as they keep building their teams and refining their ministries. Pray for every member of CoastEC to discover & use their gifts to faithfully serve God and build others up. Ask that they’d find an appropriate ministry team to serve on, and ask that God would raise up more people to lead our growing kids church (coasties) and to serve on the sound ministry.

Slowly but steadily…
Praise God for the constant trickle growth we have with new people joining the church. We have just hit the 100 mark at the Sunday service (65 adults, 35 kids); God is gathering His people, and we're just keeping up with our ability to disciple them. Pray for God to raise up more leaders for this work (either locally, or for other mature believers to move to town and partner with us).

Youth…
Andries & Jess are starting a new group for senior high youth we connected with at the Solid Rock café who are keen to grow in their faith (pray for the group to kick off well!). . Thank God for providing another youth leader (Alysse) and keep asking for another bloke to lead. Also thank God for the junior youth guys bible study group starting up (Dudes) and ask that Ev would lead well and that the boys grow solid. Pray for a Christ-centred culture to keep developing at both Grommets (yr5-6) and Wired (yr7-10).

Baptisms…
We are baptising some of our people on Saturday 3rd September. Pray for a great day of testifying to God’s goodness and celebrating the work He has done in our lives.

Another Service...?
Pray that God would give us wisdom as we consider starting another congregation next year at Easter.We are thinking about an earlier Sunday afternoon service that’s geared to our growing number of young families and children. Ask for God to establish a committed core group for us to get the ball rolling, and for wisdom as we work out the best venue.

Holidays…
Pray for Chris & Sharon to have a safe & refreshing break (5th–18th Sept). Thank God for the chance to attend Geneva Refresh for a few days (13-14 Sept) to connect with other church planters and be encouraged.

“I thank my God every time I remember you…because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”

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