Over the last couple of weeks we have begun our planning cycle for 2020. This is a busy but exciting time of year as we recall where we’ve seen God at work, evaluate our progress towards our goals, and prayerfully consider what God is inviting us to do next.

This year our planning is set against the broader backdrop of the growing desire that the Holy Spirit might usher in a new season for us as a community of faith in which we see more people genuinely changed by God and find their place in God’s mission (See “A Call to Prayer”). 

This weekend (Friday night and Saturday morning) the Church Leadership Team and Senior Staff will be gathering together to reflect on the year that’s been (even though there is still quite a bit to do this year), seek God’s guidance on where He is leading, and set a course moving forward. This is, of course, only the start of the goal planning cycle, but it is an important starting point and I would covet your prayers for us and for the whole of the process.

On a different note, don’t forget that in September we are focusing on the work of Hopefield. This Sunday, in all our services, we will be interviewing Sue Chin, the DV/Trauma Counsellor who we supported last year and are hoping to support again in 2020. We’ll hear a bit about where she’s seen God at work over 2019 and the impact our generosity has had. 

Our target is $24,000 and all donations to Hopefield are tax deductible. 
See you Sunday.

Marc Rader

Please note: All giving to Hopefield is tax deductible.

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SUNDAY 15th September 2019

Marc Rader | Senior Pastor

Exodus: The Golden Calf

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 22nd September 2019

Marc Rader | Senior Pastor

Exodus: The Glory of the Lord

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 ($40 for Students) 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.

GLS Host Site Ticket
Student Tickets
Pathways - Register Now

Pathways is a four-week course which will be held at 10:30am (one hour) over four consecutive Sundays (20 October - 10 November) to help those who are new to GBC find their place in God's mission here.

Pathways explores: Who we are; Where we believe God is leading us; What we are doing to get there; and How you can get involved. It's a space for you to ask questions, meet others who are new to our community of faith, and begin to form some lasting friendships. Pathways will take place during our 10:30am Service so if you're coming in the morning with young children, they'll have the opportunity to enjoy our Kidzone program while you attend.

To register for the next Pathways four-week course (20/10, 27/10, 3/11, 10/11) go to GBC Links or email Karen Watkins.



We’ll be holding a special dedication service at 10:30am on Sunday 20th October. If you’re keen to intentionally commit to raising your child to make their own decision to follow Jesus later in life, we’d love to celebrate that occasion with you. For more information and to register your interest in being involved in this service, please contact our Associate Pastor for Connect and Services,

May Mission Month 2020 Applications

Through May Mission Month, we focus on organisations and projects that align with who we are and go beyond our sphere of influence. The GBC community has raised over $3 million dollars for more than 30 different organisations since 2002. The Mission Action Group are opening up applications for 2020 and we are moving towards partnership model for greater depth of engagement and sustainability. If there’s an organisation you would like to refer this on to, you can find all the information here.

Embrace: Enjoy a Devonshire Tea & Shop till you Drop

Join the Embrace ladies for a Devonshire Tea at the Hopefield Op Shop with an opportunity to shop thrown in!  What a great opportunity now that Spring has arrived to update your wardrobe. Donations of any good clothing Sizes 14+ are most welcome. Bring them on the day.

Where: 9-11 Gosport Street, Cronulla
When: 10.30am Wednesday 18 September
Cost: Devonshire Tea $5 per person with Gluten Free options. Pay on the day!
Contact: Beverley 0414 954 487
RSVP: 16 ​September
Wheelchair access available. Parking is limited so plan to carpool.

SBCE Fundraiser: Gospel & Jazz Concert with Parson's Sons & Friends

Some of our Church's local talent are part of 'Parson's Sons & Friends' performing here at GBC. This is a fundraiser for Scripture in High School (SBCE).

Where: Gymea Baptist Church
When: Saturday 28th September at 2pm
Cost: Only $15, pay at the door
Contact: Sue McCubben on email:

Senior Men's Lunch

Our Guest Speaker this month is Barry Cupitt who worked for Qantas for 47 years, the last 14 as “Principal Engineer, Simulator Quality Assurance”.  Barry has had extensive experience with simulators and will explain how they are used to replicate the real world, enabling investigation and pilot training.  Barry is an active Christian and Lay Preacher.

Where: Donald Robinson Village
When: Wednesday 25th September at 12:15
Cost: $15
Please book by phoning Arthur on 8539 7990 or Dave on 0408 238 549 by Mon. 23rd September.
(Last minute cancellations must be paid for)

Latest Bookshop News
All profits go directly to Hopefield

Come to the Bookshop and check out this weeks new selection of books, CDs and DVDs. There are still some books on Exodus and Prayer available if you wish to increase your understanding of our current & recent sermons by Marc Rader.
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
BSB No: 704 922
Account No: 100 006 024
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