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Weekly Wrap-up | 18 August 2014

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Welcome to our Weekly Wrap-up! Lots of exciting information as we review Messy Church, and discover a new face in the crowd.

Sunday 10th August - Messy Church

    A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped make our David & Goliath Messy Church so interactive, loud, and fun! Special mention to the bravery of Andrew, Robbie, Neil, Maddie, and Phoebe for blindly putting their hands into Miriam's surprise bags. And to Robbie and Cameron for making the story of David & Goliath come to life for us all.

    We hope you've all found ways to defeat your giants these past coupe of weeks - even if it was by firing a marshmallow out of a plastic cup with a balloon...

    Can't wait to see you all at the next Messy Church on Sunday 23rd November - put it in your diary!



Sunday 17th August

Younger Group with Karina

     In the younger group we began a 5-week series on the kings of Israel. We'll be exploring what they can teach us about Loving God through their great examples of faith and obedience.

     This week we discovered young Samuel's confusion when he heard God's voice for the first time. But once he knew who was speaking, Samuel was able to listen carefully and obey God's Word as he grew up. We need to listen carefully for God - we need to be able to hear God's desires for our life in order to obey them.

     Sometimes we are deafened by life's 'white noise' (friends, toys, teachers, parents, worries, anger, etc.) and are unable to hear the Holy Spirit quietly reminding us to do something important. We can make space for God to speak to us by tuning into our conscience, reading the Bible, meditating on His Word, exploring nature, and listening in prayer.

     God called Samuel four times before he understood and answered. Our Father is the same yesterday, today and forever - He will keep calling us until we too understand, answer, and obey.

Older Group with Miriam

    This week in Miriam's group we had small numbers, but we still had good times talking about what makes a great friend! We talked about whether it was better to have one good friend or lots of more casual friends, and how it felt when other people have more friends than us. We looked at the account of Jonathan and David in the Bible to give us some tips for what characteristics make up a great friend.

A New Face...

    We've been blessed with the fresh energy of Pippi, who will be helping us out on Sunday mornings as junior support to both groups where required. She has already proved her worth dealing with the insanity of Messy Church set-up, and joined the younger group during last Sundays lesson. This enthusiastic support will also benefit Pippi as she completes her Duke of Edinburgh award. Please pray for us and Pippi as we explore how we pool our gifts to best serve the Balwyn Anglican children's programme.

Blessings for a safe, happy and Spirit filled week. See you Sunday!

- Karina & Miriam