WHY WORK WITH SCHOOLS? 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Why do we invest into local government schools? Our church, with other local Unley churches, financially support chaplains in three schools – Unley High, Blackforest and Goodwood Primary. We hope this will increase. This year, our church is helping Blackforest Primary financially support families that can’t afford to send their children to school camps or excursions. Sarah as part of her Community Pastor role, … Read More

Speaking God’s truth…

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lately in my own Bible reading, I’ve been working my way through the book of Acts. From chapter 16 onwards, the story follows Paul and various companions from city to city all around Greece, Turkey and Asia Minor. Over and over again, Paul begins in the synagogue where some believe and others reject his message. He then turns to the … Read More

Working with the Spirit for Change

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

We saw last week at how Peter was changed following Jesus’ death and resurrection and the Spirit coming into his life. The Spirit doesn’t surgically remove all the parts of Peter that don’t fit who God has made him to be. He takes who Peter already is and redirects and reshapes his gifts and passions so that he can more … Read More

Meet the Author…

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

This Sunday we begin a new series exploring 1 Peter – a letter to which calls us to live in hope and confidence that is not dependant what is going on in the world around us. But before we dive into the book itself, we are taking some time this week to ‘meet the author’.   If you’ve been around … Read More

A month of grateful

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

We know it is good to be grateful. So good, it should be a discipline, so it becomes a habit. At school we learn reading, writing, arithmetic. Where do we learn gratefulness? Hopefully at home. Most reading this are the influencers at home. We are the adults who set the tone for gratefulness. We are asked, ‘How was your day’? … Read More

Mentoring

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

A vital ingredient in making a healthy community is good mentoring. For much of my time at Unley I have sought to encourage people to mentor, and young people to be mentored. It has benefited my own life and I have seen it do the same for others in our church. Therefore, mentoring is something we must actively pursue in … Read More

We create connections with others

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

In community work a catalyst is a person who brings the right people together to get an initiative going. They often step back once the initiative is established. I remember some years ago a couple in our church organised a special dinner for our Pastors. The Pastors were transported over the night by different drivers to multiple locations. The dinner … Read More

BROKENNESS BECOMING BEAUTIFUL  

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

What can God do with brokenness in our lives? This week I have been speaking to high school students. The school is using the Japanese art of kintsugi to help students engage the ideas of creation, brokenness, restoration, purpose. We have decorated a pot, broken it, glued its broken pieces and planted a small tree.  Have you attempted kintsugi? The size of the … Read More

CALLING ALL CHAMPIONS!

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Are you a champion? Do people hear you say, “try this…”, or “go here, the food is great…” or “I know just what you need…”! If so, then you are a ‘champion’. I wonder if you enjoy promoting something which you have found helpful or might help others?  Our church needs champions. We have great news about the freedom Jesus brings. This is too important to keep to ourselves. In church life … Read More

PRESSED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

As playgroup begins, the kids excitedly run to the ever-popular playdough table to begin making their wacky creations. They love the texture of the soft, pliable dough – it can be squashed or shaped, it can be broken apart and put back together. However, for playdough to stay fresh and functional it needs to be compacted back into one solid … Read More