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all about following Jesus. We are a community of imperfect people who have experienced the love and forgiveness of a wonderful God. We are a local expression of God’s eternal and universal church, called to be God’s people who love, worship, glorify, and serve our living King, Jesus Christ;
part of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations of the Uniting Church, joining with other Uniting Church congregations in contending for the Biblical faith: Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ, Proclaiming the Truth and Renewing the Church; and
“evangelical” Christians, which means that Jesus shapes the heart of our worship, the Bible shapes the heart of our life, and the Gospel (the Good News about Jesus) shapes our heart for a broken world.
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The Good News Transforming Communities:
1st Century to 21st Century!
This year marks 105 years since the commencement of worship services in the Holland family home in Frenchs Forest in 1916 that would then become the Frenchs Forest Methodist Congregation. Subsequently, in June 1918, the Frenchs Forest Methodist Church building was opened on Forest Way opposite Forest Way Shopping Centre – now occupied by the Forest Alliance Church.
Worship continued in that building until 1973 when the Methodist Congregation moved to the current site on Morgan Road in Belrose to become Belrose Methodist Church, and eventually Belrose Uniting Church at the time of Union in 1977. (For a great read about the history of our Congregation, check out the book The Fruit of the Spirit in the Forest 1916 – 2016 by Robert Murphy that is in our Church Library.)
By the grace of God, and by the enabling of God’s Spirit, for 105 years the good news about Jesus has been proclaimed and demonstrated in word and deed in the Forest area. Worship services have been held, the good news about Jesus has been shared, lives have been transformed, communities have been blessed, people have been served.
This faithful worship, witness and service at Belrose Uniting Church continues the great mission of the Church begun by the command of Jesus to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18 – 20) in the 1st century, and undertaken by God’s people throughout the centuries ever since.
We seek to keep on in this great privilege of telling others about Jesus. The means, styles, and methods may have changed a bit over the years, but the message remains the same:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16); and, “Jesus … humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8 – 11)
Since 1919, BCA has been reaching outback Australians with the good news of Jesus. The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia has a heart for people living in remote and regional Australia. We are committed to going the distance to reach Australia for Christ.
Under God, the BCA does this by:
- proclaiming Christ so that people may respond to Him;
- nurturing Christians in their faith and ministry;
- strengthening local Christian communities in their mission.
We join with Pastors Jack & Lill Harradine in ministry at Broken Hill in a BCA/UAICC ministry partnership. Jack’s Prayer requests:
- our ministry to prisoners and our outreach to the people in Broken Hill and Wilcannia.
- the two planned outreach events that will be happening at Broken Hill in June and July.
- our church and our family.
BCA News (from the BCA web-site): Each Easter our Field Staff have the wonderful opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised to many who don’t yet know Him. There were sunrise services in Newman, Karratha & Mallacoota and two Field Staff had the opportunity to proclaim the gospel message on ABC Radio!