Please pray with us that 2014 would be a year that God grows His church to His glory! We can plan stuff and share the Word, but only God can give the growth, so please pray!
Thanks a bazillion,
Chris (on behalf of CoastEC).
1. FAREWELL SOLDIERS!
We sadly say farewell to Evan & Leesh Barnes who were part of our original team that moved up the coast in 2009 to plant CoastEC. They’ve been amazing servants (faithful & godly) and good friends to us! God has used them big time! They are heading to Sydney to finish off their theological training. Thank God for them, and ask Him to keep shaping them for serving Christ.
2. HOME GROUPS
Please pray as we reboot our Home Groups in the first week of Feb. One of our groups from last year is multiplying into 2 groups - a Pacific Palms group (15 mins south of Forster) with new leaders Brent and Bec (please pray for them as they step up!), and a Thursday morning men’s group. Please pray for Eden Flower (11 yrs old!) who has started a bible study group for her mates! Unfortunately the young adults group in Taree we started last year has fizzled. We have 2 leaders who have been trained and they’re ready to go if there is enough interest in relaunching it. Please pray for wisdom!
3. BIBLE TEACHING
Thank God for the series we just finished in the book of Revelation. It really stretched & encouraged us! On the 19th Jan we’re kicking off the final part of Luke’s Gospel (Ch 18-24). Please pray that we will ‘Meet the Real Jesus’ and follow hard after him.
4. SOLID ROCK
Praise God for the team who came to run Solid Rock Café and to share Christ with the young people of our town in early January. Pray for those who attended and heard testimonies or short gospel talks. Ask that the message would take root in their hearts and that many would get connected into church where they can grow in their faith (6 have come so far!) Ask for wisdom & perseverance to follow them up.
5. FOUNDATIONS Course (starting 5th Feb)
We’re launching a new course for people who are just starting to follow Jesus, or who are making a spiritual comeback. It will be like a 5 week boot camp for beginners, covering the basics. Please pray for those who attend to be grounded in the faith. Ask for wisdom as Chris writes the material.
6. COMING UP…
Admin Committee meeting to finalise our budget for 2014 and beyond (20th Jan)
BBQ for new people to meet staff and hear more about CoastEC (3rd Feb)
Membership Info night (10th Feb)
Home Group Leaders meeting (17th Feb)
Vision 2014 / AGM (23rd Feb)
MinistryFest – gathering key leaders to encourage them (24th Feb)
CAP Money Course – to help people get out of debt (4th May)