Advent Readings & Activities

Advent Readings

If you're looking for a new Christmas tradition for your family, or perhaps just eager to steer a course through the commercialism associated with Christmas, why not spend the days in December reading through the story of the birth of Jesus with our Advent Readings? 

Each day will take you to part of the Bible's story of the birth of Christ, along with some suggested things to pray about, and optional craft activities if you're looking for ways to help your children engage with the good news of the Christmas story.

This set of readings and activities has been prepared by Wendy Lin. We hope you find them useful and encouraging!

Download the PDF file here, or collect a copy on Sundays.

Advent Readings

An opportunity to be surprised and challenged

 
 
Do you want to learn more about what it means to be a Christian? 
Have you got questions about Jesus?
Do you wonder if we can trust what the Bible says?
Are you new to the Christian faith?
Do you have a friend who's interested in what you believe?
 
Then Simply Christianity is for you!
 
Simply Christianity is a five-session introduction to the Christian faith, based on the historian Luke's account of Jesus' life.  The goal is to surprise and challenge ordinary people, (whether 'churched' or 'unchurched') with the unique story of Jesus.
 
There are three types of people we're inviting to Simply Christianity :
1) Christians who want to think seriously about what they believe.
2) People who are interested in learning about the Christian faith.
3) Anyone who will come because a friend would like to be part of it.
 
TMB is hosting Simply Christianity across five TUESDAY evenings: March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4 at 7:30 PM in the church offices.
 
Simply Christianity is an opportunity to ask questions.
Simply Christianity is a chance to listen and discuss.
Simply Christianity is for anyone.
Simply Christianity is free.
 
Places are limited, so please contact the church office as soon as possible if you and/or someone you know would like to be a part of it.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 8398 2827, or fill out a Communication Card on Sunday. We'd love to see you there! 

1 JohnHow do you guard yourself from those who try to lead you astray?
How can a church ensure that it is holding to the truth of Jesus, even if people inside and outside claim to have the "right' or "true" message?

1 John points us in the direction of an answer!

So, fortunately for us, our "Life in the Light" teaching series in 1 John commences on August 6!  We will be looking together at four sections from the Apostle John's first letter to Christians in the first Century AD.  There is much in 1 John that is profitable for us today, especially the importance that John places on the person and work of Jesus.  If we understand Jesus rightly, we know and understand God.  Conversely, if we get Jesus wrong, we'll find ourselves far from God.

This teaching series is split, divided by a short series from the Sermon on the Mount, and a one-off talk on same-sex attraction.  An additional study guide is included in the booklet if groups need an extra study to stay in sync with the Sunday teaching.

Aug 6, 2017 1 John 1:1 - 2:6   
Aug 13, 2017 1 John 2:18 - 27  
Sep 10, 2017 1 John 4:1 - 6   
Sep 24, 2017 1 John 4:7 - 5:21
 
Copies are available from the office or the Welcome Desk on Sundays, or download Life in the Light here.
1 John Social Card

 

Impact Youth Camp 

 

Youth in years 7 - 12 are invited to attend Impact Youth Camp 2017 at Victor Harbor on the March long weekend. 

They'll join youth from Trinity Hills and Trinity South Coast to study, discuss and take part in activities focused on 'Ruth: Under the wings of God'.

Duncan Andrwes will be the guest speaker.

The camp starts at 5 PM on March 10 and finishes at 2.30 PM on March 13. 

Register by February 19 for the early bird rate of $170, or pay the late lizard fee of $195.

Please see Matt Kerrison or Clayton Fopp if cost is an issue, as we don't want this to stop you from attending. 

See the Impact 2017 event page  to register and find out more details.

Bible study guides for the Beginnings teaching series are available to download.  

Download the most recent studies, on Genesis 23 - 32, for the 2017 series.  The Sunday teaching will start on June 11 and run through until July 30.

You can also download previous study guides for the earlier sections of this series:

Genesis 1 - 7

Genesis 12 - 17

 

TMB turns 7 

 

We'd love to see all our members on February 26 to celebrate TMB's 7th anniversary.

We'll serve cake and coffee after the regular service to show our thankfulness to God and to you, the people who call TMB your church home.

We also welcome guests and would love to meet you/see you again.

 

We're gathering to pray on Wednesday June 7, 8 - 9 PM at Cornerstone College.

While we pray in all sorts of ways and on all manner of occasions, it is especially good to join together in prayer.  Gathering as a church to pray gives us an opportunity as a family to bring our concerns to God, and to join with each other in thanking God for his goodness to us!  Of course, lots of Christians also find it really encouraging to listen to others pray, and to learn from the prayers of other believers.

And you can be part of it!

Please join us Wednesday June 7, at 8 PM, in Paideia at Cornerstone College, where we meet on Sundays. There will be no evening TMB Bible Studies during the week of Monday 5th - Friday 9th June.  All groups will be joining in the Prayer Gathering.You'll be able to pray for a range of areas in our church life and beyond, sing some songs, enjoy quietness for reflection and prayer, and be encouraged through the prayers of others.  You can pray out loud, or not.  And if you come 15 minutes early, at 7:45, coffee will be served! 

Prayer Gathering

 

 

Our children's programs will resume on Sunday, February 5, which means it's time for parents to complete a new ChildSafe Medical and Personal Information Form. 

Please click on the links below if you have children in Kids' Church, Creche, GiG or Youth Group at TMB. You can complete the forms on your computer or by hand, and bring them with you on the first day of the program. Hard copies are also available on the Kids' Church desk on Sunday.

Please contact the office if you have any queries.

Sunday programs: Creche and Kids' Church - Medical and Personal Information Form

Friday programs: Youth Group and Kids' Club - Medical and Personal Information Form

Easter picnic & egg hunt

We'd love members and guests to stay at Cornerstone after our service on April 9 for a social picnic and children's Easter egg hunt.

We'll have a sausage sizzle on offer or you can bring your own lunch. 

The fun will begin at about 12.30 PM. 

 

SOAP

Christian people routinely find that the best thing they can do for their own spiritual growth is to read the Bible regularly. And we shouldn't be surprised! We believe the Bible is God's Word and that it's through the Bible that he promises to speak to us today.

At Trinity we're using a simple pattern of reading the Bible for ourselves 5 days a week, with the help of the acronym SOAP.

S. Scripture.  Simply read the passage!  You can see the current SOAP readings to the right, or on the left column on any page on this website.  If you're on Facebook, follow the TMB page to see the weekly readings in your newsfeed.
 
O.  Observation.  What do you observe in the passage?
What stands out? 
What surprises you?
What makes a lot of sense?
What doesn’t seem to make much sense at all?
Some people like to journal, that is, to write down their questions and observations.  SOAP journalling pages are available on the Welcome Desk on Sundays for you to collect if you think you'd find them helpful.
 

SOAP Daily Readings

Week beginning Monday, September 24

 
 
 

 
A. Application.  How do we put God’s Word into practice? Growing to maturity as disciples of Jesus and learning the lessons God would teach us through his Word requires more than simply hearing.  In the New Testament, James urges us, to not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says (James 1:22). 
Some questions to ask might be: What does this mean for my life among my family, colleagues, friends, in my classroom? 
How can I put into practice the lesson of this passage in the particularities of my situation?
 
P. Pray.  Pray and ask God to help you apply his Word to your life. 
Pray and ask God to help you understand what you’ve just read.
Pray and ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for his him, his kingdom, and his Word.
 
SOAP. It’s simple. 
It’s not a special technique, but across Trinity numbers of us are going to spend a few minutes, five days a week, reading and reflecting on the same part of God's Word, and we'd love you to be involved too.  You might already have a pattern for reading the Bible regularly. You are, of course, most welcome to continue that, or even add the SOAP readings into your regular pattern, as they will generally be quite short passages.
 
Please let us know how you find SOAP! We'd love to hear and share with others, how you're being encouraged and taught through reading God's Word.
 
 
 
 
 

Join us for Easter

We'd love you to join us at Trinity Mount Barker this Easter!

We're holding a service of prayer and reflection on Good Friday, April 14 at 10AM, and a family-friendly communion service on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 10AM

Both services will be held at Cornerstone College, 68 Adelaide Road, Mount Barker.

Children's activity packs will be available on Easter Sunday, and hot cross buns will be served after the service.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information. 

Please join us to celebrate Christmas!

Christmas

Whether you're a regular church attender,
Just passing through town for the holidays,
Visiting with family or friends,
Looking for connection and community,
Or seeking an opportunity to reflect and give thanks,

We'd love you to join us at Trinity this Christmas!  We have 2 services this Christmas, and at both we'll be thinking about the question, "Why Christmas?"

 

Please join us:

Christmas Eve
10 PM:  Tea, coffee & mince pies
10:30 PM: Communion Service

Christmas Day
9 AM: Family-Friendly Service.


Cornerstone College
Adelaide Road, Mount Barker
See here for location and parking information