Basement!

Basement launched last Friday night and it was a great first week!

Basement is our new kids club for kids in Years 3 to 5 and it involves hanging out together, playing awesome games (like blindfolded snakes, ask the kids for more details!), talking about the Bible together and finishing with a BBQ dinner (one of the top reasons to come, according to the kids!).

It’s great to get to connect more with kids who we see every week at Kids Church, as well as to welcome their friends who don’t know Jesus yet. It’s also very exciting to finally have something for kids from every age group available across CCIW, reflecting our belief that God can work in kids’ hearts at any age to welcome them into his family.

If you’d like to serve at Basement, there are a few ways you can.

Pray!

  • Please pray that we’d get more kids coming along who we met at Basecamp
  • Thank God for the amazing team of leaders we have
  • Pray for Miles as he coordinates Basement, that he’d continue leading the team with wisdom and for him to connect well with the families who are coming

Dinner helper

We’re having dinner together every week, which involves someone helping cook on the BBQ from around 5.30pm and helping serve dinner from 6.30pm. If you’d like to help with cooking or serving dinner one week, or more regularly, please contact Ali Warren (Director of Children’s Ministry, St John’s) via ali@cciw.org.au.

Ali Warren

Growing in the grace of generosity

“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”  
2 Corinthians 8:9

Last Sunday we started a new mini-series at CCIW on ‘Grace and Generosity’.  Over two consecutive weeks we’re exploring what it means to be good stewards of the wealth and resources that God has given us as we work through 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9.

In preparation for this series we did an online survey.  Thank you to the many of you who responded.

The results were really fascinating.  One particular question asked how confident we felt that our financial stewardship mostly reflected a wise and biblical model.  Around 2/3rds of us are unsure of whether our stewardship reflects a wise and Biblical model, with lots of us asking great questions about how to grow in this area.

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In response to this series the fellowship group I’m part of has decided to spend some time sharing and talking this through together.  It’s a chance to be a bit more open about our financial values and decisions, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, consider them in the light of God’s word.  It is quite counter cultural to have an open discussion about money, but as we do so we are hoping that God will grow us in this important area of discipleship.   You also might like to consider intentionally sharing and praying together about your stewardship, perhaps with a friend or your fellowship group.  

And as we do so may God continue to soften our hearts and change us in all areas of our life, including our finances, by his wonderful grace in Jesus.

Fiona