Carols is only three days away and, unusually, we aren’t worried about rain! Instead we’re finalising the last details on what should be a great night. Our volunteer teams are filled, the kids activities are prepared, deliveries to Seymour Shaw begin on Saturday, the band is rehearsing, and the fireworks are good to go.
You may have noticed some community concern about fireworks generally over the last few weeks. While most of this has been focused on the cost of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in the harbour, there are also questions raised about fire risks and added smoke pollution. As a committee we have had quite lengthy discussions about how we should proceed. We currently have permission to set off the fireworks and plan to do proceed unless that permission changes.

However, we did feel that it would be helpful to acknowledge the wider concerns and to that end will facilitate a donation to the Red Cross both digitally and at the conclusion of the Carols and have agreed to match the first $1000 raised on the night. If people you know are concerned can I encourage you to do the following:

Acknowledge the person’s query or concern
  • Affirm that we have approval from authorities to proceed (including during a Total Fire Ban)
  • Affirm that fireworks will take place only if conditions are safe
  • GBC will promote the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal at Carols by asking for a donation as people leave
  • GBC will match dollar for dollar, up to the first $1,000 donated during Carols in the Park 2019
I’m looking forward to the event I hope you are too.
See you there.

Marc Rader
Carols in the Park 2019 Bushfire Appeal


SUNDAY 15th December 2019

Ring The Bells: Isaiah 35:1-10

Mark Coleman: Associate Pastor

Services: 8.30am|10.30am
SUNDAY 22nd December 2019

Ring The Bells: Isaiah 7:10-16

Brett Robinson: Student Pastor

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

GIA Stamps
As we begin to move into the Holiday Season and people will be recieving Christmas Cards. We would like to remind everyone that the GIA Stamp Box is available for trimmed stamps to be donated. The GIA Stamp Box is located just outside the Auditorium near the main church entrance.

Please note that when cutting out stamps to put in the collection box, a slight border around the stamp needs to be left.

Thank you so much for praying, giving and for your interest in God's work.
Please continue to pray for Jarrod at Gymea High & Joanne Smyth our new teacher at Kirrawee High, for their Scripture students, and further improved School Time-tabling for SRE in 2020.

The following dates are our fundraiser events for 2020, list them in your diaries:
  • Sunday, March 15, 2pm - Men's Shed Chorale
  • Wednesday, May 20, 7pm - Coffee & Cake Evening
  • Weekend September 12/13 - Boardwalk
Wishing you and yours, God's Joy and Peace this Christmas.

Sue McCubben
SBCE Secretary
Lost Wedding Ring
If you have lost a wedding and engagement ring, please contact Brett Robinson at 02 9521 4611 or at
GBC Bookshop
All profits go to Hopefield and all thanks go to God!

The bookshop is open with a fresh range of books and Christmas gift ideas from Koorong like DVD's, cards, music and books for children and all ages.

Show your support for our bookshop if you think it's worth keeping open.
We're happy to take any orders for you from Koorong.

Credit cards are accepted at the Bookshop.
Manna Pantry Donations Needed
If you are able to pick up any of the following items and place them in the containers near the front door that would be lovely, we still have many people in need of food.
  • Longlife milk
  • Tinned/packs of fruit
  • Coffee/tea
  • Spreads (especially vegemite & peanut butter)
  • Pasta
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Tinned vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, beetroot)
  • Toiletry items for men and women (soap, body wash, body lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Sanitary products
  • School snacks
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 from 10am Wednesday - Saturday

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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