Drinking flat whites made by our resident barista (thanks Ryan) was once again a highlight of Evening Church weekend away. But even better was the extra time that the weekend gave us to get to know one another. In each of our main sessions we interviewed members of the congregation, some of whom are newer members amongst us. We heard testimonies as well as some of the things God had been teaching people.
Weekend away, this time held at Telford in the Royal National Park, was a chance to grow and also connect as a congregation. On the final count, we had 68 evening church members there for the weekend – mostly as full-timers and a few as visitors for the Saturday.
Our speaker Spiro Cassis from Compassion challenged us about living the ‘Gospel Centred Life’ in the main sessions. His talks pressed into a few parts of the Bible—from the New Testament epistles, to the gospels, to Isaiah—and consistently called us to think about how God’s generosity and justice to us ought to cause us to exhibit the same character in our lives. This journey through the scriptures led to many good conversations. On the Saturday afternoon, we also had the chance to reflect on Apologetics with Maree, Outreach with Dane and Robyn, and Compassion (the organisation and their mission) with Spiro.
As the sun sunk behind the National Park on the Saturday night, we spoke together about what we pray evening church might be in 2019. We finished the night gathering for trivia and other fun led by Jon and Amber.
This was my third evening church weekend away. In the past I have always come away thankful to be part of this community of God’s people, and more appreciative of how God is working in the lives of my brothers and sisters. This year was no exception.