Last Saturday we hosted the Transform South Sydney Leadership Conference. This is an annual conference for Baptist churches in southern Sydney which includes the Shire, eastern suburbs, Canterbury-Bankstown, and St. George areas. There are forty-three Baptist churches in this region and there has been a concerted effort to begin to do more together. This is has been a slow process but we are slowly gaining some traction.
There were thirteen churches represented at the conference last Saturday to hear Allan Demond speak on working with volunteers, keeping teams “on vision”, and working with other groups/teams/churches. It was an excellent day (and, of course, Allan was with us on Sunday morning – his message is well worth listening to).

Then, yesterday, I was at a gathering of pastors from some of the larger Baptist churches across Sydney at the Baptist Ministry Centre in Macquarie Park. Our guest was Steve Bartlett, the Director of Ministries for the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT and Grae McWhirter who oversees Leadership Development for the Association. We had the opportunity to hear about Steve and Grae’s hopes and dreams for the state. It was encouraging to be together and to feel part of the bigger Baptist movement.

Both of these events were a reminder to me that we are better together. It’s so easy to get caught up in what we are doing in our little patch and forget that we are only a small part of what God is doing across this region, across this state, and around the world (and not just among Baptists either I imagine!). This principle is equally true in our community of faith. We are better together. We can feel quite self-sufficient in lots of ways and yet, God has designed us for relationship and drawn us into his family. Let’s be on-purpose about participating in God’s plans and purposes together rather than pursuing those things on our own.

Marc Rader


SUNDAY 8th March 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

The Crux of Community: Whole-Life Learners

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm
SUNDAY 15th March 2020

Marc Rader: Senior Pastor

The Crux of Community: Others-Focused

Services: 8.30am|10.30am|6.00pm

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Safe Church Package
Our Church Leadership Team has approved a new Safe Church Package which contains new Safe Church Policy and Procedures. This policy and procedures are adopted from the Baptist Association’s recommendations and are a result of the outcomes from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Safe Church Package can be found and downloaded under the Policies section of the Resources tab of GBC Links, or viewed at the church office. Please view this document and make yourself familiar with it.  
As of Sunday 1st March, significant changes to government legislation will come in to effect. The Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 is expanding the definition of who is a Mandatory Reporter to include all staff, elders, deacons, church leaders, section leaders and anyone who volunteers in a role that requires a Working with Children Check.
The new Children’s Guardian Act 2019 outlines the obligations that Mandatory Reporters have in identifying and responding to Reportable Conduct
A two page document outlining these changes is available under the policies section of the resources tab on GBCLinks. All who are identified as a mandatory report (above) need to read this document.
As part of the Safe Church Package, GBC has created a Safe Church Team. If you need to make a report of suspect abuse or neglect, or if you have any questions relating to government legislation or our Safe Church Policy and Procedures, please contact the team at

*Our Safe Church Team is: Matt Willis, Esther Pratten and Susan Kusch
Creating Safe Spaces Training - Sunday 5 April 12:30pm-3:30pm
(Pre-registration is essential).

At GBC, Creating Safe Spaces is a must for ALL volunteers working in the following ministries: Children (incl. Playtime, KidsHope, Scripture); Youth; GBC Cares; Welcomers; Stewards; Prayer Team; Life Group Leaders; Elders; CLT; Section Leaders; and Staff.

This is a two-step process (both components must be completed).
  • Step One: Register for CSS Workshop at GBC on 5 April ($25 fee) - click here. (Afternoon tea will be provided; sign in from 12:15 pm on the day)
  • Step Two: Purchase ($10 fee) and complete the online training module prior to attending the Workshop - click here.
(Not available on the 5th? Click here to find another workshop with a date and location suitable to you).

Please contact Karina at GBC Office by email or 9521 4611 with any queries.
Tuesday March 31 - GLS+ Event with Carey Nieuwhof
As you may be aware, we are a host site for the Global Leadership Summit (being held here October 9-10, 2020). The summit is usually experienced through facilitated video presentations. Each year, however, the Global Leadership Network presents and GLS+ event. This year’s speaker is Canadian pastor, best-selling author, and leadership expert Carey Nieuwhof. He will be speaking at Hillsong Epicentre Theatre. The cost is $129 and you can register at
McCrindle Research
Some of you may know the name McCrindle research. They are a well known social research company that does a lot of work on faith-based issues. They are currently doing some research into mental health in Australian churches. If you would like to participate in this research you can follow this link to do so:
Southern Sydney Kids & Family Ministries Connect Day 2020
GBC are hosting one of the Association’s Connect Days on Saturday 21 March - there are twelve locations across NSW/ACT, and we are the Southern Sydney location. Connect Day is for everyone working with children and is a morning of community, input, resource sharing, ideas and refreshment. Mark Griffiths will appear via video, with practical workshops to choose from. Leaders under 17 years old are free (so long as they register), $15 for everyone else which includes morning tea. 8:45am-1pm.  More information or to register:

Roxane Lawler (Children’s Ministry Coordinator) is looking for people to cover morning tea, welcome people & be gracious hosts to our guests. If you’re interested, email or contact the church office.
Catalyst Update

Good News.  Advocacy works.   Exciting progress in the fight against forced and child labour in Uzbekistan!

For over a decade, we have been campaigning with Baptist World Aid to see the end of the state-sponsored system of forced and child labour in the Uzbek cotton industry. In fact, one of the first ethical fashion campaigns called on brands to stop using cotton from Uzbekistan! 

This system of exploitation saw hundreds of thousands of Uzbek citizens, including children as young as 10, pulled out of work or school and forced to pick cotton. 

Just last week, the ILO released it's report on the 2019 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, declaring that the systematic and systemic use of child labour and forced labour in the Uzbek cotton industry has come to an end! More than 94% of workers in the 2019 harvest worked freely, and the systematic recruitment of students, teachers, doctors and nurses has competely stopped. 

The Fathering Project at GBC - March Twilight Tours
A fun filled opportunity to spend one-to-one time with your son or daughter.

March 12 - Canoe | Grays Point
Price: $20pp
March 19 - Trail Cycle | Loftus
Price: BYO
March 26 - Easter Egg Making | GBC
Price: $10pp

Places strictly limited. RSVPs essential.
To book your place and for information email:
Bush Fire Relief – Pamper packs

We have had a request from the Baptist Association Bushfire Relief and Recovery campaign for donations of items to go into pampering packs for women who have been affected by the fires in the Bateman’s Bay area. The Bateman’s Bay Baptist Church is arranging a pamper time for these women in late March.

We are looking for donations of NEW items that would be suitable for us to put together pampers packs for 50 ladies.

Examples of items required:

  • Hand cream, nail polish and remover, body cream, face cream, emery boards or manicure kits, face wash, lip balm, hair treatments, face masks, mascara, bronzer … and so on!

This is a project of the GBC ladies group “Embrace” for all of the GBC community to be a part of. There will be a clearly labelled basket in the foyer where you can place your donations from this Sunday onwards.

The last day for donations will be 15th March. We will be packing the pamper packs on Tuesday 17th March at 10am and would love some helpers.

If you have any questions contact Janine 0405 629 790 or Sheena 0419 613 122

Thank you for helping us to love on these ladies who have had a really tough summer!

Embrace Coffee Morning
Ladies join us for the first Embrace Coffee Morning for 2020.  All ladies welcome!
Great coffee and food in a casual atmosphere by the water’s edge. Enjoy the informality and opportunity to have fellowship together and make new friendships. 

When: Wednesday 18 March from 10.30am.  
Where: The Blackfish Cafe, 6 Cremona Road, Como. 

Enquiries : Beverley Sparks 0414 954 487
GBC Soccer Team is looking for players
If you are a soccer player and would like to play with fellow christians in the NSW Churches Football Association, Gymea Baptist Soccer Club is looking for new players.

Playing games on Saturday and with some travel outside of the Shire, we are looking for players from 18 years of age and up to join the squad.

If you are interested and to get more information, please contact Mark Drury on or 0413 307 981.  
SBCE UPDATE (Sutherland Board of Christian Education)
The Men's Shed Chorale is our first fundraiser to help support our local high school scripture teachers in 2020!

Where: Sutherland Uniting Church
Date: Sunday, 15 March
Time: 2pm
Cost: $25 includes afternoon tea.

God bless you,
Sue McCubben
SBCE Secretary
GBC Bookshop

We have a large variety of books for children to enjoy.

Indescribable by Louie Giglio is a popular devotional book for ages 8+ with lots of colour illustrations and photography that show the wonders of God's world, linking science and faith.

The second series of Jesus The Game Changer is available at the bookshop. DVD is only $40 and Discussion guide is $8. It looks at the history of Christian Mission through different countries and cultures. Go through it with your Life group or invite your friends and neighbours around to share a meal and watch it over a number of weeks and discuss together.

You'll also find plenty of cards for every occasion, including ones to send to encourage others in their faith.

Meanwhile daily devotionals and Bibles have been popular and a great way to start the year.

*Credit cards are accepted.
Hopefield Markets

Hopefield Op Shop along with Hopefield Services are hosting a community market at Gymea Baptist Church. The Hopefield Markets will feature many local artists, craftspeople, food stalls, kids activities and designers as well pre-loved fashion from our very own Hopefield Op Shop.

When: 18 April 2020
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: GBC

All money raised by Hopefield from this event will fund the delivery of services and support to people in our community experiencing distress including homelessness and domestic and family violence.

*For more info on how to apply for a stall please contact


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