On Wednesday morning I had the privilege of attending the Sutherland Shire Men’s Breakfast hosted at Sharkies (Thanks to Barb Higgins, our Catalyst Section Leader for getting me invited). There were nearly eighty men from the community gathered together to hear about the impact and response to Domestic Violence in the area.

The Mayor was in attendance along with several councillors and the NSW Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (DV), Mark Speakman. There were presentations from activists as well as a young man whose mother was murdered by her partner. It was a confronting morning filled with sobering statistics and a call to do more in our areas of influence. It was equally sobering to note that I was one of the only church representatives at this breakfast.

I was saddened to think that the churches across our region are not doing enough in this space to warrant an invitation and I was motivated to find ways to become an indispensable part of the solution. Because, to tell you the truth, the solutions presented to curb DV – education, awareness, social inclusion programs, government funding, etc. – while good in and of themselves, will not be enough to bring the kind of transformation that we all longed for in that room. That is the work of Jesus.

My commitment to finding ways to more fully lean into the issue of DV as a community of faith in a way that ultimately introduces people to Jesus is growing. What we do through the work of Hopefield is a great beginning. Participating in the White Ribbon Walk (even though White Ribbon in Australia has closed) at the end of November is good. But there is so much more that Jesus longs to do to restore this part of society. This is the Good News. Now to figure out what it means to participate with him!
Marc Rader

Call To Prayer


SUNDAY 3rd November 2019

Mark Coleman | Associate Pastor

Refresh: Transformed Lives

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 10th November 2019

Marc Rader | Senior Pastor

Refresh: The Necessary Preparation

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Fair Trade Market 2019

This year our Fair Trade Market is on 9am-2pm Saturday 2 November 2019 to make it more accessible for people. Hosted by our Catalyst team since 2012, the Fair Trade Market supports projects in over 30 nations, providing communities with a living wage & hope beyond the injustices of poverty. Over 30 stall holders offer Fair Trade clothes, homewares, crafts, food, jewellery, great food, music and more.
Join with us to be the change!

Fair Trade Market - Cake Stall Bakers

The Fair Trade Cake Stall adds to the atmosphere of the day, provides a sweet something for shoppers to add to their cup of coffee, and proceeds assist with the overheads for the Fair. Contributions are greatly appreciated.

Delivery the day before on Friday afternoon for items that will remain fresh for 24 hours (no refrigeration available): Biscuits, firm slices, shortbreads, jams, cakes for slicing the following day.

Delivery on Saturday any time till 12:00 (7:00-9:00 preferred) for all items fresh for the day: Cup Cakes, moist slices and cakes.

Giving Tree

Many of the clients at Hopefield do not have the means to celebrate Christmas like most of us are able. The Giving Tree is an opportunity for the GBC Church family to purchase hampers and gifts for these clients which will be distributed the week before Christmas. The Staff of Hopefield identify the clients so we are able to personalise the gifts to best meet individual needs. Any amount of donation is valued and welcomed and all donations are tax deductible.

The Giving Tree will located in the foyer after the services from the 10th November - 1st December where you can purchase a gift to hang on the tree.

Embrace - Christmas High Tea
Let's celebrate Christmas with a High Tea and Music!
Prize for best Christmas outfit!

When: Monday 18 November 2019
Time: 11.30am
Cost: $13pp

RSVP by Sunday 10 November
Contact Beverly Sparks for more informaiton: | 0414 954 487 
Embrace - Christmas High Tea
All Profits go to Hopefield to assist in their amazing counselling work.

Christmas isn't very far away!!!!  Stop by the Bookshop this week to see the latest books, cards, DVDs, CDs, Christmas gifts, decorations and children's books that have just arrived.

We've already begun selling Christmas cards (never too soon) Get in early. You're welcome to place specific orders for cards or calendars you've seen online from Koorong. 

Hidden Christmas - by Tim Keller, Even people who are not practicing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the nativity. Every Christmas, displays of Baby Jesus resting in a manger decorate lawns & churchyards, songs about shepherds & angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story? 

Jesus the Game Changer Season Two is also available in the Bookshop from this Sunday, special delivery from Jane Faase, at the amazing price of $50 for the JGC-2 DVD, Discussion Guide and The Stuff of Life.  
Hopefield Op-Shop Donations Needed
Please donate all good quality, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, books, DVDs, CD’s &  bric a brac to Hopefield Op shop.

Please take all donations to 9-11 Gosport St Cronulla or drop into the offices at Hopefield.

All proceeds from the Op Shop go to support the work of Hopefield
Hopefield Op-Shop Cronulla needs you!
If you have a spare 3 hours during  the week, perhaps every fortnight and you would enjoy connecting with our local community, we would love to have you in our Hopefield Op-Shop (located at 9-11 Gosport St, Cronulla). No previous experience necessary, just a welcoming friendly smile and a heart to serve others and show them God’s love.

Our Opening Hours are:
Monday ,Wednesday & Friday 9.30am - 3pm
Tuesday & Thursday 10.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 2.00pm

We are looking at putting together a roster of wonderful volunteers that would be rostered on 2 volunteers per 3 hour shifts, you can choose whether you come weekly, fortnightly or monthly and either morning or afternoon.

Talk to your friends, sister or mum and come and be a part of this wonderful new ministry.

All proceeds from the store go directly to the work of Hopefield
Please call Hopefield on 9545 0299 or email the office.

Gymea Baptist Church

2-10 Tea Gardens Ave, Kirrawee
02 9521 4611

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Counselling/Support Groups
02 9545 0299

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Bank Name: Baptist Financial Services
Account Name: Gymea Baptist Church
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Account No: 100 006 024
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