The year has kicked off with a bang. We have so much to thank and praise God for. And there are lots of exciting things happening by His grace alone. Once again, thanks for your friendship and support. But most of all, thanks for your prayers. Keep it up!
Chris (on behalf of CoastEC).
God keeps gathering and growing His people –
January was crazy. Lots and lots of people at church – both holiday makers and locals checking us out. We’ve had several new families and young adults lock in. Pray for them to keep growing and maturing in their faith, to make new friends, and to get involved in serving others. There are 79 adults and 49 kids who regularly attend the service, We are currently meeting at 5pm but we’re planning do both a 4pm and 6pm service sometime so we can better cater for the growing number of people and connect with even more. Pray for wisdom about the timing, and for God to raise up solid core groups for both services, so we can keep connecting with more people.
Kids Church –
Praise God for the growing number of kids coming along with their families (or by themselves) to the Sunday service. We have had to expand our kids church to four different age groups. Please pray for the kids to grow in their faith, and for more leaders. Pray for Jenyce, Steph, Tom and Ali as they lead their teams.
New bible study leaders –
We’ve got about 75 people in our home groups (bible study groups). Praise God for raising up more people to lead our home groups next year. Pray for Min, Pete, Lynne, Andries, Jess and Thelma. Ask that God would equip them to shepherd a small group, and for many to grow in their love for the Lord as we seek to expand our home group ministry.
Praise God for opening the door to the high schools again this year! We just heard that we can teach year 7 again, and also year 8! Pray for Ruth as she recruits teachers and liaises with the schools. Ask that many students would come to faith in Jesus.
Solid Rock -
A team of 65 young adults came to town in January to share the gospel with Forster youth (Solid Rock Café). They did an amazing job sharing Christ with the locals and several have become Christians and started coming to church and bible study groups. They are hungry for God’s Word, and it’s really encouraging seeing them live bold new lives and inviting heir mates to check out Jesus too. Pray for us to disciple them well.
Youth (junior high) –
Praise God that new kids are already linked into Wired (youth group) and Chicks (girls bible study). Pray for wisdom as Evan, Alicia and Beck start to train and mentor key youth. Pray for God to raise up another godly, male leader. Pray for Christ to be at the centre of the culture in the youth and in all we do.
Youth (senior high) –
Praise God for the opportunity to start a new senior high youth ministry on Friday nights with Andries, Jess and Ruth leading. Pray for the young people who’ve either just started following Jesus this year (Katie, Chris, Ben & Ellie) or who are seriously checking Him out (CJ and Anna). Ask that God would grant them faith leading to new life. Also pray for the small core group of believers (Jess, Kayla, Jas, Jo).
Mission Week (25th Mar - 1st April) –
Please pray that as we partner with a group of students from SMBC (Sydney Missionary and Bible College) we can connect well and present the gospel clearly to many people. Pray for safety for the students as they travel, and for good preparation for their talks and testimonies. Pray that we are bold at inviting our mates to various events, and that many are open to hearing about Jesus.
Growing staff team –
We are planning to employ a second pastor in 2013 to help us keep growing this work. Pray for God to provide the resources, and for the wisdom to identify the right man for job.
Praise God for meeting our needs and paying all our bills - we made budget last year! We managed to raise 50% of our finances locally, and supporter churches and individuals generously gave the rest. So, a huge thankyou to those of you who helped with that! Our budget will be increasing significantly this year and next as we employ another pastor. So if you are currently supporting us financially, can you please keep it up? And if you’re not, could you please consider starting? Thanks. Please head here for info on how you can give.
“I thank my God every time I remember you…because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”