‘Love Your Neighbour’ … Jesus put it with ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ as the summary of what the Law was all about. But what does it mean to ‘love your neighbour’ in the inter-connected world of 2017? It’s core to all we do in our life, and expressed in our Newtown Mission life through the Jordan Cafe & Community Care Centre locally, but what does it mean as we relate to the wider world?
Our themes for Sundays connect with the Creative Conversations events at Annandale in late September, where we look at what it means to be good neighbours as Australians who are connected to the wider world and want to give a ‘Fair Share’. How do we live out Jesus’ words in that context? There’s a focus on Foreign Aid, Refugees and Climate.
Pastor – With Compassion and Advocacy Portfolio
An opportunity exists for a Pastor to be part of the ministry team at Newtown Mission in 2018.
As a missional congregation of the Uniting Church, Newtown Mission is specifically called to reach out to the marginalised in the context of a Jesus-centred worshipping community that lives at the intersection of Word, Justice and Spirit.
As pastor you will be involved across the breadth of Newtown Mission, but with a particular responsibility for Compassion and Advocacy.
For the the advertisement with details of how to apply, see here – Pastor – Advertisement
For the Job Description, click here – Pastor – Compassion and Advocacy – Job Description 2018
Message from Pastor Brian
As we come up to our mid year break in July, I can only say how proud I am of you and your amazing gifts of donations that has consistently kept our doors open in support of your community. With the struggle that continues to burden our city, the individuals who are suffering, the families who are impoverished and for those who have fallen by the wayside, the hand that we can offer them can only ever be managed by your generosity and support.
At the end of last year, we received news of our corporate groups ceasing their attendance for community service through OzHarvest, which meant that we would more than likely to fall short in practical terms of our budget. But I have always believed that whatever we attempt through God’s inspiration, it will always come to pass. When I think of the times over the years when the treasurer has come to me saying that we are in need of more financial support, I pray.
So this year, with the concerns around the loss of income to the attendance of corporate groups and their donations, and believing that God is in control, that He will inspire people to give, we are now half way through the year and were $ 1000 behind our estimated budget. But faith is an amazing thing, when put in place, God always honour His Word that he would inspire people to give and today, my office manager informed me that in the last 2 days, over $ 6000 has been donated through the generosity of those who heard the call. So I wanted to thank you for being inspired to give to such a God-given cause placed on our hearts to care for those are struggling, marginalized and impoverished.
Jesus said that the poor will always be with us and it is our responsibility to care for them. I wanted you to know that your donations are a part of that big plan. God has given me such an amazing team who are willing to serve, to give and to love unconditionally this includes you even though you may not have the opportunity to come to be part of the ministry in Newtown, you are very present because you have the same heart.
So with the Mission Statement resonating in our hearts “In the heart of Newtown, with Newtown at heart”
We wake each morning to fulfill the vision of embracing others, ensuring hope, and engaging on the journey with them.
“It is not right for someone to walk alone
but to have a someone who cares
who will stand in the gap for them.
To fight the good fight for what is right.
And so we stand together,
hand in hand, we make a stand
For the Lord is with us
who can stand against us
For those who struggling,
For those who cry
We lift our eyes , we stand and fight.
Dear Donors and Supporters
We thank you for your generosity and support towards the work of the Community Care Centre at Newtown Mission.
This is an important notice to inform you that your gifts towards the Community Care Centre will not be tax-deductible after 30 June 2017. We will not be able to provide you with a receipt for tax-deductible purpose for all donations received after 30 June 2017.
Why this change? It was a decision of the Newtown Mission Church Council to not continue with the tax deductible status. The reason is that the new government regulations would have required a separate Board of governance to oversee the tax deductible fund and the work of the Community Care Centre that the fund supports. The church leadership felt that this sort of governance change created the potential for a breaking of the link between the church’s mission and the work of the Centre, so has chosen to forego the tax deductible fund instead of adopting a new governance structure.
The operation and management of all gifts toward the Community Care Centre remains the same, with our stated objectives to provide support for the needy and the poor in the context of God’s love for all people. Your support is still very vital to us to continue. We hope this does not change your giving.
please contact the office on 02 9519 9000 or email@example.com if you have further queries. You can still continue to donate using the DONATE button (on the left). Thank you
The Journey Thanksgiving Service & Jordan Café
From 6pm every Thursday the Chapel is open as we prepare for the Journey church worship time. It’s followed by great community meal in the Jordan Café. You can come along and simply be part of the night.
On the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month there’s also Healing Prayer after the service.
Read more about the Jordan Cafe and the Community Care Centre here
Johnston St Jazz
At Annandale there’s a night of Jazz from 8pm onwards. It’s a relaxed time of performances, improvisation and community. See the ACAC website for more information.
Newtown Mission latest annual report with ministry updates, our vision and work in the last year