How to grow people in faith?

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

How do we help people grow in faith? The simplest answer would be to help them know Jesus and follow him. It is not rocket science. But is it easy? No. The parable of the soils tells us there are plenty of things that will snatch away or choke good seed.  A few questions to consider. If you are a Christian, what helps you grow? Knowing the bible, … Read More

Celebrating Australia

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

As Christians our citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20-21). 1 Peter observes, we are foreigners in this world, as we await the return of our Lord Jesus (1 Peter 2:11). In CS Lewis’ “Last Battle”, the unicorn captures the sentiment of what the new Narnia is like, ““I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for … Read More

How to not waste your time

Jason HoetFrontPage, News, Pastor

Is it possible your efforts could be a waste of time? This seems to be the concern of Psalm 127. “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” In short, if God is not in it, then efforts are useless. It is not that … Read More

What folly in planning?

Jason HoetFrontPage, News, Pastor

Last year our Council and staff met together in January to plan for 2020. As we know, by March those well-intentioned plans were skuttled. Once again, 16 January 2021, the Council and staff meet again to plan. Is this folly? 2020 taught me to hold planning lightly. We had no idea what was to come. That is not a problem … Read More

Tough times can make great teams

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Tough times can make great teams. At the start of the year a team went to Port Augusta for the Aboriginal Evangelical Convention to run the kids program. It wasn’t always an easy time. There were challenges with the accommodation, organisation, heat, team dynamics. But we knew what we were doing was worthwhile. The kids were fantastic, and we saw … Read More

Bring a friend

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

As we close out the year could I suggest an idea? How about bringing a friend to church? At this time of year, it is not unusual for people to connect to events like our Christmas Concert on Sunday night. It is also not unusual for people to attend Christmas Eve or Day Services. They may simply need to be asked. Our hope is you feel you … Read More

Thanking God for Cliff Parken

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

This last week we celebrated the life of Cliff Parken. Cliff was a faithful servant of God, who served in our church over many years. He was a hard-working humble man who served as our church treasurer, auditor and even, in his 80’s, cleaner. Cliff passed away aged 96 years.  I first met Cliff in 1999 while serving as a Youth Pastor at this … Read More

What do we treasure?

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

What really matters to our church? When people encounter our church, what do we hope they experience? Our church Council has over the past 6 months being working on this with consultant Julie Lawrie from The Marketing Box. Julie is a member at Rostrevor Baptist and is the current chair of Baptist Care SA. We have highly valued Julie’s ability to distil data into a simpler message of Faith, Connection, Belonging.  “At Unley Park Baptist we treasure:   Growing Faith … Read More

COVID19 Update 20 Nov 2020

Jason HoetEvents, FrontPage, News, Pastor

Now for another quick change, we are returning to our initial plan early this week! After midnight Saturday 21 Nov 2020, our State COVID19 directions means church gatherings can be up to 100 people on site & we must maintain a room density of 1 person per 4 sqm. Infants and children are included in the headcount and people employed … Read More

COVID19 Update 18 Nov 2020

Jason HoetEvents, FrontPage, News, Pastor

Dear Church, For the coming 6 days all church programs are suspended. This is in response to the CV19 Govt directions. As directions are updated, we will inform you on the implications for our church. I, no doubt like you, completely agree our state needs to go hard early to give the best chance for no community infections in the … Read More