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    • Kid's Menu - 11 October 2020

      Read 1 Timothy 1.12-17, The Message I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing—didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus. Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever. Paul is thankful because he considers himself 'Public Sinner Number One' and yet God has shown him great kindness by first saving him and then sending him as God's helper and representative to God's people. Why are you thankful today? How can you show your thankfulness to someone you know and love? How can you show thankfulness to God? Here are a few suggestions ... Primary Age Kids Make a card, write a letter or draw a picture for someone you love to say thanks Do something helpful at home (without being asked) that will show members of your family that you love them Watch the video below and write down on a piece of paper one or two important things that you've learned from the video: You may also like to play the Gratitude Game below or use this picture to remember what's important but gratitude: Secondary Age Kids Thank God that school goes back tomorrow and that we can SEE other people. Is there something you can do for someone at school to show that you are thankful for them? Think about some of the people who might be doing it particularly tough at this time. Is there something we can do to encourage them Try starting a Gratitude Journal. It's hard to be positive at the moment when so many things around us are not as they could be. Set time aside each day to make a list of what you are thankful for. Start with the tiniest details, and write down even just one thing. On days when you’re feeling empty – or just wanting an excuse to smile – go back and read some of your list. Ann Voskamp says it best: “When I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” Write a prayer of thanks to God today. Try to be as specific as possible. Check out these tips for writing a great prayer. Want to learn more about Paul's first letter to Timothy, check out the Bible project video here:

    • Pastoral Statement regarding #BlackLivesMatter Rally and Covid-19

      Australia’s first peoples, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, represent the oldest living continuing culture in the world. And yet, tragically, racial tensions, inequalities and systematic injustice are realities we have lived with for too long. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate is 17 times the national average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people account for almost 30% of those in prison and there have been far too many deaths in custody. The Anglican community of St Catharine’s Caulfield South stand against racism in any form, anywhere. We believe that black lives matter. We pray that the attention surrounding deaths in custody will lead to systemic change, both in America, here in Australia and around the world. We stand with Christians around the world condemning violence and persecution. Attending the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Melbourne on Saturday 6 June posed an ethical dilemma for many Melburnians yesterday, not least of which some members of our Church community. I sympathise with the complexity of this decision in a Covid-19 environment. However we remain committed to the health and safety of all of our members which includes complying with the current Covid-19 restrictions. While the issue of reconciliation and an end to injustice for Indigenous Australians is one that we are rightly passionate about and comitted to, there is also the duty of care for ourselves, our families and communities in relation to Covid-19. I have today communicated with the members of our Church community who attended the rally, or who have come into contact with anyone who attended the rally, they have agreed to comply with one of the following options : Received a negative Covid-19 test result, or Voluntarily quarantine themselves for 14 consecutive days. This advice is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer and the State and Federal governments. If anyone has any concerns in relation to issue, please contact the Lead Pastor directly on 0406 400 338. Adam Cetrangolo Lead Pastor

    • How much will it Cost?

      A good vision asks these questions: 1. Where are we? 2. Where are we going? 3. How will we get there? and 4. How much will it cost? In this blog we will answer the final question while also reflecting on biblical stewardship. Currently our giving is tracking really well! We are $17k ahead of our forecast position (figures and charts below). Here is a snapshot of our Income (blue is actual, green is budget): You can view a more detailed P&L and Balance Sheet here. Two Stewardship Goals: 1. Reduce our dependence on property income 2. Begin using the Upper Hall for ministry Statistically Churches that give generously and do not rely on property income grow numerically. The reason for this is when Churches have a steady stream of income they become complacent. Remember that giving is a discipleship issue. If there's a perceived non requirement to give then we sit back and not contribute in the way we are supposed to. This leads to sleepy churches. Our vision is to be anything but that which is why these two goals are so important. A brief analysis of our Church We are each invited to think about how the Lord calls us to give sacrificially and generously. The bible speaks of a tithe (10%). We encourage members of St Catharine's to consider prayerfully how much they should give. The tithe should be our guide. Sometimes God might direct us to give something less than that for a season and at other times, God might direct us to give more. For more principles of tithing, read this blog. There are about 40 adults at our Church Taking into account the fact that we have some fixed incomes, part-timers, some people who are on minimum wage and others on higher salaries. An average income might be $60k. A tithe is $6k $6k x 40 people - $240k God has already provided everything we need. Five reasons people do not give generously I give elsewhere God will provide through other people, my gifts don't really count I don't trust the church to steward my money wisely I will tithe when I can afford it I'm afraid to How much will it cost? In our 2019 budget we would aim to do the following: Reduce our dependence on rental income by 5% = $3.5k To meet our new staff expenses = $4.5k Begin investing in a new Vicarage Fund = $5k Complete some much needed Capital works = $5k Increase our Mission Giving = $2k Our Annual Budget needs to increase by 10% in 2019 And would need to continue to increase by about 10% each year. Members are invited each year to review their giving and we are prayerful and expectant that the Lord will continue to add to the number of saints at St Catharine's. If the presentation below does not display, please click here.

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    • Prayer Mates | stcaths

      prayer mates. This is a simple concept, two or three friends gather, chat on the phone or zoom for a short time at an agreed time and pray for one another and for the community. Feel free to ask anyone you like to be a prayer mate but try to limit prayer mates to groups of no more than three. ​ Each week the team will provide some Prayer Points that can be downloaded via the link below. ​ If you'd like some help finding someone to pray with, please use the form below and a member of our team will be in touch. ​ For confidential prayer points, please go to our Connect Page . here This Week's Prayer Points Thanks so much! A member of our team will be in touch soon :-) Submit

    • St Cath's, Real God, Real People

      upcoming. about. contact. More upcoming. Click here at 11 am on Sundays Christmas Appeal Once again we are partnering with the Salvos in Bentleigh to collect non perishable food items and gifts for Christmas. Contact us if you'd like to donate. Prayer Mates Pray with one or two friends at a time that works for you. Click here for more info. Click here for the latest news headlines St Cath's Keep Cups This is our current fundraiser. Click here to get yours today :-) Community Survey We are asking for feedback from our neighbours. If you live in the area, we'd love to hear from you. Community Groups Doing life together. Click here to check out the options. Connect Card Let us know you're here and what you're interested in :-) Giving Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver - 2 Cor 7 Click here for Sermon Podcast Show More about. I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy. I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy. about. Our Team Click here to meet out team Sundays Kids Menu Position Vacant Click here to view current vacant positions Our Vision Add yourself to the Parish Roll Our Partners Policies & Safety Show More contact. +61 3 9523 8963 Thanks for your message. A member of our team will be in touch with you shortly Send 406 Kooyong Road Caulfield South VIC 3162

    • Annual Meeting | stcaths

      2020 annual meeting. The 2020 Annual Meeting for the Parish of Caulfield South was held on Sunday 15 November The following appointments were made: ​ Churchwardens x 2: Daniel A'Vard Rachel Decker Pamela Webster ​ Parish Council Members x 2: Claire Cheeseman David Northeast ​ Incumbency Committee Members x 2: Gaie Bracken Martin Trainor Click here to read or download the Annual Meeting reports ahead of this Sunday's meeting Enrolment Form Not a formal member of St Cath's. Take 30 seconds to fill out a form so that we can add you to our list Nominations Click here to fill out a nomination form, then email to office@stcaths.net. Show More

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