Thanks to all of you who took some time to pray for the Church Leadership Team meeting last weekend – we joined in the 8:30 service together and then spent the remainder of the morning and early afternoon considering where we believe God is inviting us as a community of faith as well as the central challenges and opportunities we face moving forward. 
It was a really fruitful time together and, while there’s still lots of work to do, I’m looking forward to sharing our sense of God’s leading.

One part of this invitation will be shared this week in the last update from Hopefield in this Sunday’s services (that’s a teaser!).

As for the rest, it will have to wait for at least three weeks as I am taking leave as of this weekend. It’s been a big year and I’m certainly ready for a break. With a daughter preparing for her HSC exams, we won’t be going anywhere, but a stay-cation is more my style anyway.

Thanks so much for all your support, encouragement, and prayer this year (and always!).
Marc Rader

Services - GBC Online


Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

Songs of the People: Psalm 25

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Roxane Lawler: Children's Ministry Coordinator

Songs of the People: Psalm 19

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GBC Updates

Click on the video image below for the GBC Friday Update from our Senior Pastor Marc Rader.

This week:

  • Marc is on leave for three weeks from today (25/9) - he returns to office Mon 19 Oct;
  • Tuesday Prayer Focus (See details below)
  • Young Adults virtual connect group (For more info see section below)
  • GBC Staff - Serve Team Leader - Applications close Wed 30/9 (See section below for more details)
Join the Chats this Sunday at GBC Online - It's always encouraging, for everyone, to see who is "in the room" with us so please remember to log in and say "hello" in the chats during the online service. 

Invite a friend or two to join you at your place on Sundays to watch GBC Online together and share a meal together.

To be notified of all new GBC content make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel

GBC Position Vacant
As Marc mentioned in the Friday Update (see video above) we are seeking to add a member to our staff team - "Serve Team Leader" - One day/week Paid. Applications close 30 September. One week to go!!

Role description is on GBC Links home page - click on link and log in to view: Serve Team Leader Role Description.
GBC Prayer
As a community of faith, GBC is setting aside Tuesdays to pray and fast together. 

Last Tuesday our prayer focus was LifeGroups.
Our Prayer Team Coordinator, Nicolie, shared prayer points for LifeGroups via video on Facebook and Instagram.

Early next week keep an eye on social media (Facebook and Instagram) for next Tuesday's prayer focus. Join us on Tuesday and let's pray together! 
GBC Online - Tech Issues - Needs "www"

When logging on to GBC Online this Sunday - if you type the address into your browser ensure you put "www" at the start ie OR click on this link on Sunday to log into the service direct.

Young Adults LifeGroups

Starting 10 October - 4 new Young Adults LifeGroups. We're pumped to have 26 young adults joining us for the first Connect Group via Zoom on October 10.
If you're aged 18-25 years and want to join us for this Connect Group Zoom Meeting and/or join a Young Adults LifeGroup - email Matt Willis or Brett Robinson.

Global Leadership Summit - Online

The GLS#20 One Day Online Experience is on Saturday 17 October 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Registration: $50 (early bird rate closes end Sep). Make sure you click on the Sydney event (AEDT) on 17 Oct.

For info regarding Speakers, Program, to register, click on the link to the GLS website below.

We are hoping to have a few GBC people hosting a "hub" (micro gathering) in their home. If you'd like to host or join a GBC "hub" to watch the GLS online with other GBC peeps email GBC Office.


UPCOMING EVENT: Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Children - Online Webinar.
Friday 16 October at 11:00am; or Monday 26 October at 7:00pm (1.5 hour duration).
Cost: $10 per screen

To register/pay via TryBooking - click on your preferred time below:
Friday 16 October 11am OR Monday 26 October 7pm

Kerry Moss is an author and educator from Hopefield presenting an online community education session to help with supporting children (ages 2-12) through anxious moments. She will explore the physical, emotional and relational effects of anxiety on both parent and child, and offer strategies for supporting children through anxious moments (incl. fire, storms & COVID-19) on children and family wellbeing.

For further information please contact Hopefield on 9545 0299, by email or via their website.


We are encouraging people to create connection, discipleship and care by getting involved in a LifeGroup and to make it a #1 priority to attend each week.

Check out the LifeGroups tab in GBC Links. There you can:
1) See a list of all the LifeGroups (leaders, photos and times they meet);
2) Fill out an Expression of Interest form (if you want to join a LifeGroup);
3) Download the LifeGroup Study Notes and Questions.

If you are NOT in a LifeGroup - what are you waiting for? Log into GBCLinks, take a look at the Group List and click on the Expression of Interest link above to let us know what times during the week you'd be able to attend a LifeGroup. Any questions please contact GBC's LifeGroup Coordinator - Brett Robinson via email.

Congregational Care:  Elders  /  GBC Cares  

If you need prayer or practical support please call or email the teams anytime. 

For Prayer Support - contact the Elders by phone: 0410 156 396 or 8515 1999 or email 
Our Elders meet with Marc Rader on the second Sunday of each month to pray for GBC and discuss pastoral care. They also meet weekly to pray for specific prayer requests submitted via email or during GBC Online.

For Practical Support - contact GBC Cares by phone: 0400 535 637 or email


Playtime is now on holidays. We'll be back in Term 4 for face-to-face meetings with all new Covid Safe crafts and activities (Monday-Friday 10:00am - 11:30am).

Again, for Term 4, spaces will be limited to 18 people (adults & children) per session and registration is essential for every session each week. 

If you have any questions; or if you're interested in joining Playtime for the first time; or perhaps you feel God is nudging you to assist or lead, please contact Meddwyn by email or phone GBC office on 9521 4611.

GBC Youth
Last week of Term - THIS WEEK! Tonight (Friday 25/9 - State Youth Camp is going "VIRTUAL")

GBC Youth will return with face-to-face meetings at GBC for Term 4:
  • EDGE YOUTH: Yrs 5 & 6. Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • GBC YOUTH: Yrs 7-12. Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Term 4 programs for EDGE & GBC YOUTH will be available on GBC Links under the Youth tab by first week of Term 4.
Read through the GBC Youth's COVID Safe Plan  (FYI: Also available on GBC Links ("Youth" tab) and on GBC's website).

Contact: For enquiries, email Matt, The Youth Guy (aka GBC Youth Coordinator).
The Big Three
If you haven't yet joined us for The Big Three, we encourage you to subscribe and download the weekly podcast "GBC Big Three".

This Week: Ep. 33 Songs of the People: Psalm 145

Join Jess Baker and Amaris Rader as they chat with Matt Willis and discuss the top 3 questions submitted via Slido from Matt's sermon last Sunday on Psalm 145.

This week's Big Three Questions:
  1. How do we reconcile that God's goodness is for everyone when scripture also says that he will destroy the wicked?
  2. How do we go about using God's power to reflect his goodness?
  3. Where can we start to live out an all-encompassing life of praise?
Be a part of the conversation - submit and/or upvote your questions through Slido during Sunday's sermon at GBC Online (just snap the Slido QR code which will on the screen). 
ACTIVITY SHEETS - We love for our kids to participate during the service at GBC Online. Each week in the Notes section we provide an activity sheet to download and print. Roxane, our Children's Ministry Coodinator, also emails the Activity Sheets to allow you to print it out ready for the Sunday service. If you'd like to be included in this email list please send Roxane an email. We love to see the amazing craft activities the kids are creating during KidzHome / GBC Online - email Roxane photos of your kids' artworks so we can showcase their talent to the rest of our GBC Community.

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE - Check out GBC's website for this week's Memory Verse Challenge. Our Kidzone leaders are taking turns to teach a new verse each week in very creative ways. One of our values at GBC is to be Whole-Life Learners; everyone, kids and adults, can benefit from taking up this challenge - so why not give it a go and get God's word into your hearts and minds!

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