Last weekend, Saturday Church had their annual weekend away together. This year the topic was ‘Open Doors’. We heard two talks from Andrew about how it is God who opens doors for conversations with others about the good news of Jesus, and that the message is God’s message. We also learnt about how powerful and important prayer is in the process. During the weekend we had electives led by different congregation members, on opportunities in various situations, such as in families, online, at work, at school, in crisis, as empty-nesters, and more.
We had quite a few families join us for their first weekend away, including someone who only came to church for the first time the week before! And we had a lot of familiar faces from families who have been coming along for years now.
It was great to see the kids mixing together and joining in, with lots of fun activities including a family trivia night, our annual Jannali’s Got Talent night, flour bomb fight, fishing, water slides, swimming, and a fantastic kids program. In the kids programs the younger kids learnt about praying, the school aged kids learnt about Paul’s missionary journeys, and the younger high schoolers learnt about open doors and opportunities. Many of the older high school kids who came along helped out in the kids programs, which was greatly appreciated.
It is such a wonderful treat to get away together as church, and to get to know each other so much better. It’s so helpful to have those much-wanted long conversations by the poolside, or over morning tea, as we encourage one another and spur one another on to love and good deeds. The opportunity to pray together, sit under God’s Word together, and grow together at the church weekend away, is so precious.
Some of the verses that were helpful and used during the talk, especially the second talk were:
“Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. Act wisely towards outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6.