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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

    • From Charlotte in Pemba

      I fell in love with Pemba almost instantly. Highlights included living in a tiny hut in the red dirt with eight other women, feeding 6400 children to celebrate children's day (this was as confronting as it was joyous), the riotous celebration of dance and song that is church in Pemba, riding in the backs of trucks and spending my afternoons in the "baby house" learning Portuguese and Makua from the children. I absolutely loved getting to know the Mozambican Bible School students, who leave their families for two months a year and travel days to reach Pemba with essentially just the clothes on their backs to be trained as pastors. We were one cohort, with a few differing classes, which made having to leave unbearably heartbreaking. As I am sure you know, the government decided not to renew our visas - having 250 students from 31 different nations around during a streak of terrorist attacks was not their jam. However, we all felt so totally safe. God is so good, and the base was so covered by intercession, and chose joy and love over fear :) And so the Harvest students have been moved over to Nelspruit, South Africa. I've gone from bucket showers using a 1L water bottle, to cold showers and a dorm room of 70 women! Glory! We have the same sort of structure as in Mozambique - class from Monday to Thursday, with outreaches and practical missions over the weekend. It is intense, fast-paced and I love it - the highs and the lows. Anyway, learning heaps. It is such a replenishing time of receiving and drawing close to Jesus! Feel free to share any of this stuff with the church. My love to all, Charlotte

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    • St Cath's, Real God, Real People

      upcoming. Church Camp 12-14 March 2021 Grantville Lodge Monday Nights at 6.30 pm With thanks to the Bathurst Diocese, we will be participating in a weekly Lenten Bible Study on Monday Evenings Click here for the latest news headlines Click here for Sermon Podcast St Cath's Keep Cups This is our current fundraiser. Click here to get yours today :-) Prayer Mates Pray with one or two friends at a time that works for you. Click here for more info. 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 Community Survey We are asking for feedback from our neighbours. If you live in the area, we'd love to hear from you. Connect Card Let us know you're here and what you're interested in :-) 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 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

    • Sundays | stcaths

      sundays. St Cath’s is a diverse community. Some of our members have been church-going Anglicans their whole lives. Some have even attended St Catharine’s their whole lives! For these people we have a 9.30am service that is traditional in style, with traditional hymns. Some of our members have never been involved in Church before, or not for many years. Our younger members want to feel that when they invite friends from school, the experience won’t be too hard to understand or be part of. For these people we have an 11am service that is relaxed in style, with modern music, lots of laughing and something for all ages. Although we pray differently we are one community, so we always get together for breakfast between services at 10.30am. ​ WHERE WILL YOU FIND US? We are on the corner of Kooyong Road and Clarence Street. There are steps at the front entrance. Pram and wheel chair access is available through a side door next to the Hall. At 11am there are usually people scattered between the Hall and the Church. You will find tea and coffee available at the back of the church and different places you can sit. The band will be playing music as people come into the service. WHAT'S IT LIKE? It's easy to move around in our church, throughout the service. There are pews with colourful cushions on them, there are tables and chairs and couch areas. There’s also a toddler play space. We also have craft tables and colouring in. You can sit anywhere you like and just watch if you want. You don’t have to participate or believe what we believe. You are welcome to be a spectator and to arrive and leave whenever you need to. We are a new church so the group may feel intimate, but that doesn’t mean you have to join in everything we do. People will say 'Hi' to you, but no one will pressure you to have a long conversation or sign up for anything. If people want to get more involved there are ways they can. We make lots of information available online. WHAT WILL WE DO? The vibe is relaxed. People are relaxed with each other as well as with God. Leaders will pray to God throughout the service, talking to Him as though He is in the room – because we believe He is. The service will start with music and some prayers. We then have a time where people share news and stories from the week that's been. We then hear a Bible reading and a message about the reading, during which the kid's can go to their own special program. After the message, there is a time for reflection and we finish with communion. People often choose to kick back after church for ages, just because we have so much fun together, talking, jamming, or taking the opportunity to receive prayer. ​ ​ WHERE CAN I PARK? There are always plenty of places to park in the surrounding streets on a Sunday morning. There is also a small car park behind the Church, which has a weird entrance, which you are welcome to use. There is a tree in front of the entrance on the footpath which we aren’t allowed to cut down. You have to kind of curve around it (weird, yes). ​ ​ WHERE ARE THE TOILETS? In the downstairs hall. ​ ​ SOME COMMON SCENARIOS: ​ BUT I'M ROMAN CATHOLIC ... We believe there is only one Church. Some of our members are Roman Catholic; some go to a Roman Catholic Church as well. We love the Catholic Church and we respect Catholic heritage. You are welcome to come to our Church. You don’t have to stop being Catholic to be part of our community. ​ ​ BUT I DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING THE BIBLE SAYS ... St Cath’s is a place where it’s okay to disagree with the teaching you hear. ​ ​ BUT I USED TO GO TO CHURCH AND IT WAS BAD ... Then St Cath’s is the place for you. We don’t pretend to be perfect. We make mistakes too, but we don’t make excuses for spiritual, sexual or emotional abuse in the Church, nor do we tolerate it. We are committed to being a fun, relevant and safe place for everyone.

    • Church Camp | stcaths

      church camp 2021. Why? Topic Speakers Vibe Where? Cost Register WHY? We have seen a lot of change at St Catharine's since our re-launch in October 2013. In many ways we are not the same community we were seven years ago. We've farewelled some friends and welcomed many others. Our demographic has changed. Our members are more widely spread. We are more culturally and socially diverse than we once were. ​ We have a great vision to reach more people with real encounters with God through authentic people but in order to do that we need to be an authentic community. We must be a community who know one another and love one another. This camp will allow us some time to come together, get to know each other, have some fun together and spend some time growing in Jesus and worshipping Him as family. ​ Families are all different, they have their quirks and their idiosyncrasies. Ours is a growing family with some who have been around a long time and others not so long. No matter when you joined the family, we look forward to having you come away on camp with us. ​ ​ TOPIC Our topic will be Paul's letter to the Colossians: The Supremecy of Christ in all Things. This brief book explores who Jesus is and who we are in Him. It also has some great content about how the the family of Jesus are supposed to live, love and serve one another, letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts to which we are called into one body (Colossians 3.15). What an important and formative book for us as we seek to be a genuine expression of the presence, power and love of Jesus in our context today. ​ We will also devote some time to considering global mission and what nation or project St Cath's good engage with in the future. ​ ​ SPEAKERS is an Anglican Minister, Academic Dean and New Testament lecturer at Ridley College in Melbourne. He grew up in Brisbane before joining the Army and serving as a paratrooper, intelligence operator, and then chaplains assistant. It was during his time in the military that he came to faith from a non-Christian background, and soon after felt a call to ministry. Mike Bird Mike describes himself as a “biblical theologian” who endeavours to bring together biblical studies and systematic theology. He believes that the purpose of the church is to “gospelize,” that is to preach, promote, and practise the Gospel-story of the Lord Jesus Christ. Remembered by students for his mix of outlandish humour and intellectual rigor, he makes theology both entertaining and challenging. As an industrious researcher, Mike has written and edited over thirty books. He often speaks at conferences in Australia, the UK, and USA. He is married to Naomi and they have four children. When he is not busy with work, Mike enjoys running, rugby league, tennis, and despising coffee. He secretly aspires to play the role of “the American” in the musical “Chess.” ​ is the Relatationship Manager at Compassion Australia. Matthew Han Compassion is a Christian international holistic child development organisation. Through their Child Sponsorship Program, more than 2 million children are currently being released from poverty in Jesus’ name. Matthew will be speaking to us about the work of Compassion and listening to us about our heart for global mission. He loves connecting Pastors and Churches in Australia to Pastors and Churches in the poorest nations of the world. ​ Matthew is also the Young Adults Pastor at CityLife Church in Knox, a worship leader and a musician. He is married to Leanne who will be joining Him at the Church Camp. THE VIBE We're planning a blend of structured and unstructured time. These will be times when Mike will be leading us in a Bible Study from Colossians. These will be interactive talks with times of discussion and activities. Simultaneously Molly, our amazing Children and Families Pastor, will be running a teaching program for our kids. Whole Group Sessions These times are less structured, optional and varied. You may want to find someone to have a cuppa with, take a walk, read a book or take a trip into town or perhaps your preference is to get involved in a group sport, art or recreation activity or alternatively you may like to meet with someone for prayer or a more retreat-like activity. These are times to do exactly that or even take a nap. Whatever you need to make your experience at camp a happy one! Experience Sessions Do you have any suggestions fro structured activities. Let us know! ​ ​ WHERE? We're heading to Grantville. Grantville Lodge is located in a beautiful bush setting with panoramic views and access to beaches, the Knobbies and fairy penguins. On site, a favorite pass-time is to feed and pat our farm animals and watch the sunset over Westernport Bay. It's just a little over an hour away from Melbourne and a half hour drive to Philip Island. You can find out more here: uccamping.org.au/grantville-lodge/ Twin-shared or family rooms. Must bring your own linen and doona (or sleeping bag) Accommodation ​ We ask that you make your own arrangements to get to Grantville Lodge. Transport Are you able to take someone with you? Let us know so we can help facilitate car-pooling :-) ​ ​ ​ COST Full Price: $230 per person Early Bird Rate: $210 per person (purchase by 22 February) Day Rate: $60 per day (no accommodation) Student / Concession: $180 Family (2 adults, 2 children): $400 (additional children $50 each) ​ ​ Rebates available for those experiencing financial hardship ​ Payment by installment welcome ​ Payment accepted: Cash (in envelope clearly marked 'Church Camp' Cheque payable to St Catharine's Anglican Church Credit Card - https://tinyurl.com/y3gnyvbg Direct Bank Transfer - BSB: 633 000, Account 126 935 675 ​ ​ ​ Register Now

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