8:30am-12:30pm Saturday 8 August

Function Room – 6 Pioneer Ave, Tuggerah

This week we’re excited to announce an upcoming opportunity for men of The Lakes to get together for BASECAMP Men’s Conference 2020.

Usually held over two weekends in Katoomba and Sydney, this year Basecamp is coming to us. A group of men from The Lakes will gather at the ministry centre to see and hear three great Christian speakers on the big screen. Hearing from God’s word and talking with each other, we’ll be encouraged to unlearn patterns from an old stereotype of masculinity and answer Jesus’ call to follow him as real men.

We’re committed to providing a safe and hygienic event, so the cafe will be open for takeaway drinks only. We encourage you to eat before you come and to BYO water bottle. UPDATE: Cost is $45 (paid to KCC). RSVP to attend is essential, so let us know you’re coming and save the date!

Click here to view the latest video update from Dave

The government has now started to ease restrictions on gatherings. They have implemented Step One of a three step plan.

This means we can start showing hospitality to one another by having up to five guests in our homes. Some Growth Groups will take advantage of this and will start getting together in person (bearing in mind social distancing and good hygiene).

At the Ministry Centre, we are allowed to have gatherings of up to ten people. However, since we can only have one gathering at a time, the Ministry Centre is still closed to the public. If you want to use the ministry centre for your Growth Group or another ministry you will need to making a booking through the church office.

On Sunday mornings the live-stream will continue at 9am. It has been very encouraging to have so many family and friends of our church watching live. Our youth ministries will continue to gather via Zoom until there are further easing of restrictions.

The Sydney Anglicans have put out a great document called Return to Gathering Framework. This gives a helpful perspective of what we might expect in coming months.

Whether we gather digitally or physically:

Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

Is there more to life than this?

In our six week Life course we look into life with Jesus, and his claim to offer all who believe in him ‘life to the full.’ This term we’ll be running the course online through Zoom, but everyone will still have a good chance to either listen to the discussion, or ask as many questions as they like. Course materials supplied.

There has never been a better opportunity to invite your friends to join us – even if they live a long way away, consider inviting them and doing the course together. Also, consider joining us together with others in your household!

Course Details

When: 7.30-9pm Tuesday nights starting 12th May
Cost: Free
RSVP: Thomas McConaghey by phone or email (his details are in the church directory) or fill in the contact form here

Living out the gospel in today’s world means we need to understand and internalise the truth about God and his plan for the world. Paul’s letter to the Romans remains one of the most important expressions of Christian truth ever written. In our upcoming sermon series on the Book of Romans we’ll dive into this message that confronts us with who we are, who God is, and what our place in this world ought to be.

“It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well.”

Martin Luther in his ‘Preface to Romans’

“When anyone understands this Epistle, he has a passage opened to him to the understanding of the whole Scripture.”

John Calvin regarding Book of Romans

Have a watch of the video of Dave taking us through an introduction to the Book of Romans, and the Bible Project has a great intro to Romans 1-4 here

Moore College’s PTC is currently discounted!

Many of us have more time on our hands at the moment and this could be just the opportunity we need to dig deeper into God’s Word. Moore College’s online Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) is currently offering subjects at a discounted rate.

We’ll be starting a sermon series on the book of Romans in a few weeks so this could be a great time to take the PTC Romans course, by yourself or with others from The Lakes. If you’d like to know more about how PTC works or would like to undertake a subject, need some guidance or someone to chat through theological questions with, contact Darren Box (his details are in the church directory).

For more info on PTC subjects on Moore College’s website click here

Have a listen to Hayley sharing the value of studying a PTC subject in the video above!

Many of you loved the animation of the song “Jerusalem” by CityAlight that we showed during our Good Friday service. As we don’t have the permissions to share it with you here, we found another, also beautiful version that you might like to watch. Credits below…

Director / Animator / Illustrator: Danny Yap
Music: Jerusalem by CityAlight from their 2015 album “Yours Alone”

Many of us have more time on our hands at the moment and this could be just the opportunity we need to dig deeper into God’s Word. Moore College’s online Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) is currently offering subjects at a discounted rate. Have a listen to Hannah from The Lakes sharing her experience of studying a PTC subject.

We’ll be starting a sermon series on the book of Romans in a few weeks so this could be a great time to take the PTC Romans course, by yourself or with others from The Lakes. If you’d like to know more about how PTC works, would like to undertake a subject, need some guidance or someone to chat through theological questions with, contact Darren Box (his details are in the church directory).

Through this challenging time in our church life, rest assured that the work of The Lakes will carry on, it will just be in a different form, mostly online and by phone. Our team is working hard to make sure that God’s people are encouraged, connected and cared for throughout this season.

We’ve made it easy for our regular members to contribute to this vital work of caring for our community. Many in our church family already give via online banking, but we now have the facilities for people to give by credit card as well. Visit the Giving page of our website to find out how to give by direct deposit or online by credit card through our Tithe.ly plugin.

Please note: if giving by credit card there is no need to have a Tithe.ly account or to sign up for one.

We thank you for your continued love and generosity towards the work of The Lakes!

9am Good Friday

On the night before he died, Jesus gathered for a meal with his closest disciples. During that meal he did two things: wash his disciples’ feet and share bread and wine with them. Two simple, intimate and profound things that would help them and us to understand the meaning of his death.

BYO Lord’s Supper

As part of our Good Friday service, we’ll share in a BYO Lord’s Supper together. We encourage you to involve your whole household and most importantly plan ahead. Grab some bread or crackers, some grape juice or wine and have them ready to go before the service starts. Dave will lead us through it towards the end of the service so we can share it as a church family!

9am Easter Sunday

We’re living through a time of anxiety and uncertainty. Into our world Jesus speaks these words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled: trust in God, trust also in me.” Jesus helps us to see that his death and resurrection provide a certain hope for the future and a profound comfort in the present.

Join us as we declare the wonderful news: Christ is risen… he is risen indeed!

For kids

There will be activity packs available to download which you’ll find in the sidebar of this page.