As the calendar ticks over to September we turn our attention as a church to the work of Hopefield (the new name for Southern Community Welfare). Over the month of September (apart from Father’s Day) we will be hearing about the exciting opportunities that God has been opening up for Hopefield and how we can participate.

As we have over the last couple of years, we will be seeking to raise funds for a particular project (which you’ll hear more about in the weeks to come) and I’d ask you to begin to pray about what you might contribute over and above your regular giving.

The work of Hopefield is a vital service in our community and another way in which we can seek to participate with what God is doing in our community. Not only will we hear some reports and updates in our services, but the next Partnership Newsletter is a Special Edition dedicated to the work of Hopefield.

I’m really looking forward to sharing with you all that God has been doing and the ways in which we can participate with him through the services of Hopefield. 

I hope to see you Sunday and a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

Marc Rader


SUNDAY 1st September 2019

Marc Rader | Senior Pastor

Exodus: The Covenant

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 8th September 2019

Marc Rader | Senior Pastor

Exodus: Tabernacle Instructions

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Global Leadership Summit

We will be hosting the GLS on the evening of Friday October 11 and all-day Saturday October 12. The cost to those who are part of GBC is $99 and this is money well spent. You’ll start hearing more about this soon, but can I encourage you to make this a priority. This year’s list of speakers includes Craig Groeschel, Bear Grylls, Jo Saxton, Danielle Strickland, Patrick Lencioni, and others. It is a brilliant shot in the arm for your leadership and is not confined to leading in church. The principles shared are applicable wherever you lead whether that is a business, school, or other organisation. You can find more information about the GLS Below.

Global Leadership Summit
CLT Nominations Now Open

We are now accepting nominations for 2-3 deacons to join the Church Leadership Team. This group oversees governance, risk, and strategy for the church as a whole. To be eligible nominees must be official members of GBC and have been so for at least six months. The position description can be found here. Nominations are open until the end of August and can be forwarded to

Kids Hope - Celebrating 10 years at GBC!

Our Kids Hope mentoring program is celebrating 10 years of service in our community! We partner with Kareela and Grays Point Primary Schools and currently have 13 mentors who stand alongside vulnerable kids in these schools. Another 24 mentors have  participated in Kids Hope over the last 10 years.

The Kids Hope model of 1 mentor meeting with 1 child for 1 hour per week has been well received by parents, teachers and staff at our partner schools, with the kids showing much improvement socially, emotionally and academically. It’s been a great opportunity to be involved in our community showing our love and support for these vulnerable kids. 

A huge thank you to all our mentors, coordinators and prayer partners who have participated in Kids Hope during the last 10 years. Your commitment and care for these children has been such a blessing.

Leanne Langford
Kids Hope coordinator

New Horizons Exodus Series on ACCTV

Episode One of Exodus goes to air September 16th on the Australian Christian Channel. Episodes air on Mondays at 10pm, Thursdays at 8.30am and Fridays at 11.00am. 

You can watch these sermons on the ACC on Foxtel Channel 182 and online at

If these messages in Exodus have been helpful for you please share these links with someone else.

SRE Teacher

The Sutherland Board of Christian Education is looking for an SRE Teacher to work 2 days per week at Kirrawee High School commencing in Term 1 2020 and if possible 1 day a week in Term 4 2019.

The successful applicant will have a current Working With Children Check number, have completed a church based Child Protection Training course in the last 3 years, adhere to the Nicene Creed and statement of faith found on the ‘SRE Positions Vacant’ section of the Generate website and hold or be willing to study towards, a Diploma in Theology.  To teach SRE, you must be authorised to teach SRE by a Department of Education approved SRE provider.

To apply please forward your resume to Sue McCubben.

For further information or details about the role, please contact the Secretary, Sue McCubben at or call Sue on 0432926160

Applications close 20th September 2019

Latest Bookshop News
All profits go directly to Hopefield

Happy Father's Day 
If you haven't had time, then we have your last minute Fathers' Day gifts, come and see the Bookshop this Sunday. We have cards, gifts, books and CDs especially for Dads.

Book: Defying Jihad by Esther Ahmad, Craig Borlase
Defying Jihad is the true story of a girl growing up under radical Islamic rule, trained to believe her ultimate purpose was to serve Allah by dying as a jihadist. But two nights before she was to leave forever, she had a dream ... one that would change the course of her destiny. 

Book: What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps (And What Really Hurts), Nancy Guthrie
When someone we love is grieving, we want to be there. But it's easy to feel paralyzed, worried that we might say or do the wrong thing. Nancy Guthrie has personal experience dealing with pain and knows what words of encouragement are helpful and what words are harmful.
DVD: The Shack, Based on William P. Young's novel
The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. 
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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Account Name: Gymea Baptist Church
BSB No: 704 922
Account No: 100 006 024
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