It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas isn’t it? Things are wrapping up (pardon the pun) for the year, there is a growing list of end-of-the-year events as well as all the preparations for Christmas itself. It’s not called the Silly Season for nothing!

Our theme this Christmas is “Ring the Bells” and my hope is that as we reflect on the promise of hope that the birth of Jesus provides we will hear and respond to the invitation to experience Christmas a little bit differently than usual.
You see, what we believe shapes our behaviours and this is perhaps more evident at Christmas than at any other point of the year. There are so many competing narratives that tell us what Christmas is really about – each with their own set of behaviours. Some tell us that Christmas is about maintaining childlike innocence and wonder, others that it’s about presents, others that it’s about family and loved ones, others that it’s about caring for those who have less than we do, and yet others that it’s just supposed to be the most wonderful year

The problem is that we don’t usually discern these as different answers, so we try to do the behaviours appropriate to each of them and we end up spending too much money, trying to cram in too many social engagements, stressing out as we try to make this day extra, extra special, and on it goes. 
The birth of Jesus invites us into a different set of behaviours and a different experience of Christmas. It is the meaning of Jesus’ birth, and the hope it brings, and the implications for how we celebrate at Christmas that we want to explore this December. I trust that as we turn again to the meaning of Jesus’ birth that we might find a less silly way to engage with all the expectations of the Christmas season. I think you’ll agree with me that we certainly need it!

Marc Rader


SUNDAY 1st December 2019

Ring The Bells: Desire Lines
Isaiah 2:1-5

Marc Rader:
Senior Pastor

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 7th December 2019

Ring The Bells:
Isaiah 11:1-10

Jodene Watling: Associate Pastor

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Carols Flyers at Tall Table this Sunday
Let’s invite our community to Carols in the Park on 15 December. 
Pick up a bundle of Carols flyers (with Christmas Service dates & times on the reverse side) from the Tall Table this Sunday for delivery to letterboxes in your neighbourhood, hand to friends, family, your local shops, etc.

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.

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.

Baptist World Aid Cards are now available at the bookshop. They support many projects around the world. These cards are also Tax-deductible.

Credit cards are accepted at the Bookshop.
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.

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