The Body of Christ

Author: Jordan Redding

More often than not, belonging to a Church with a regional and national governance system connotes long committee meetings, fruitless bipartisan debates, and membership surveys. However it is certainly not only that. And due to the hard work of the likes of Rev. Barry Ayers (a Hope attendee and Alpine Presbytery Executive Officer) the culture…

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Leadership

Author: Lea McEwan

Bill Hybels, this year at GLS, encouraged us to remember that, “ No matter what sphere, your leadership makes all the difference in the future of those you lead”. Whether you are leading a company, a team of volunteers, a group of children or parenting your children, I believe that being a wise leader and…

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Congregational Vote on the 23rd

Author: Murray Talbot

Several times in the last few years the property next door to the West Melton Church has come up for sale, but each time it has sold before we were able to move. The reason it is attractive is because there is a 300 square metre block of land that borders the West Melton Church…

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How do you live out your life?

Author: Lea McEwan

When leaders grow and get stuff right, everyone wins … When leaders in church work grow, the darkness gets pushed back, and people’s lives get changed forever. How do you like those stakes? Forever. – BILL HYBELS  As we begin to explore the extraordinary narrative of David this term we see a man who lived…

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Chosen and Anointed

Author: Hamish Galloway

This Sunday we begin our new preaching series in 1 Samuel 16 as David stands on the cusp of formation in the hands of God for the role he is being called to. The series will take us up to his coronation as King. The focus is on how God worked in his life to form…

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Busy September?

Author: Hamish Galloway

Lots of good stuff is going on at Hope! It was great to see 35 couples turn out for the marriage seminar on Wednesday night! And on the same night we held a review of our arrangements with the Filipino congregation – it was so positive and focused on ways we can work together (they…

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Olympic Moments

Author: Sally-Rae

Do you have a favourite moment from the Rio Olympic games? What about Mahe Drysdale’s whisker width win in the single skull rowing? Or how about that awesome throw from Val Adam’s American rival which denied her the gold medal in the shot put? I think some of the best moments came from the surprise…

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Values Define Who We Are

Author: David Dally

Over recent months, we have been developing a set of core values that underpin how we want to work together as a staff team.  I thought I would share these with you.  Here they are: The key gospel value of grace underpins everything we do. We extend grace appropriately and seek to work with others…

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Reaching Out

Author: Hamish Galloway

Well done with the fundraising for the repairs for elephant damage to the Hostel in India. We needed to raise $8,000 and we have now passed the $9000 mark! Great work – thank you so much. Himserve are so grateful – getting the hostel up and going again has been such a priority for them…

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God is not removed

Author: Jordan Redding

You won’t often hear me speak badly of John Calvin. But besides the whole burn-Servetus-at-the-stake incident (something his reputation has never quite recovered from!), he was also complicit in the great iconoclasm of the Protestant Reformation. That was when many Protestant churches were stripped bare of anything remotely classified as art for fear that it…

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