The TMB Leadership Team met last Tuesday evening and were pleased to have Trinity Network staff Paul Harrington and Andrew Severin in attendance also. 
 
We enjoyed spending some time in discussion and planning around Bible Study Groups. We continue to prayerfully seek effective ways to connect more and more TMBers into small groups; where they can share not only the gospel of God but their lives as well. There are a number of things we hope to begin putting in place, both to support existing Bible Study Groups and begin new ones, so watch this space!
 
We were very thankful to be privy to some new Trinity Network data relating to Church Health Indicators in the course of our meeting, which enabled us to see a helpful picture of where we sit as a church in some key growth areas like Mission, Membership and spiritual Maturity. And we’re looking forward to a Network-wide leaders’ conference day in September. Please be praying with us that this will be a great time of encouragement and challenge for the Leadership Teams across the Trinity Network of churches.
 
We also spent time discussing finances. TMB continues to face the challenges of a considerable budget deficit which, whilst May saw an encouraging increase in giving, still sits at just over $29,000 (YTD). We remain concerned and prayerful as we seek a way forward which will alleviate financial pressure but continue to facilitate new ministry opportunities as they arise under God. To that end we are proactively investigating the possibility of reducing costs by exiting the office space at 9 Hampden Rd and finding alternative spaces for ministry and admin tasks. The Hampden Rd property has also recently been placed up for sale, bringing additional complexities as we consider our options. Please join us in praying that God would provide clarity and direction as we go. Our next meeting is scheduled for late July.
 
In Christ,
 
Nathan Watts, Matt Kerrison & Katy Walker

What Kind of ChurchStudy Guides and Leaders' Notes for the "What Kind of Church" series are now available to download.  The study guide is written for small groups, individuals and 1:1 Bible reading.

Study Guide.

Leader's Notes.
 

TMB is holding its next Share lunch on May 22. This is a chance for members to get to know each other and have the conversations they miss out on during our time together on Sundays. A number of TMB members will open their homes to host lunch for invited members. If you would like to be invited to one of these lunches, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write your details on the Share sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk on Sunday. You will likely see people you know well and some you don't.


Trinity Mount Barker is moving! And we'd love you to join us!

From February 22nd, Sunday services will be held at 10 AM, at Cornerstone College, Adelaide Road, Mount Barker.

Littlehampton Primary School has served us well for our first five years, but with the opening of the new middle school building at Cornerstone, we have the opportunity to consolidate our two Sunday morning gatherings into a single 10 AM gathering.  The downstairs common learning area, and classrooms opening off it (see pictures below) will allow us to seat up to 300 people.  

If you've been wondering about church, God, or the Christian faith,
now is a great time to step into a new community and find some answers to your questions.


Those in our children's ministry will notice some of the most significant changes.  Both Creche and Kids' Church will run upstairs in the same building as the main gathering; no more going outside in the rain!  Kids' Church programs will have access to a number of different classrooms and learning spaces, with plenty of room for kids to read, sing, play, create, listen, learn, and grow.  Opening directly off the main entrance will be a cry room for parents with babies.

The middle school building is the first building on your left when entering the college from Adelaide Road.  There are a number of car parks immediately in front, for those with disabilities, parents with young children, and others who require close access.  There is plenty of additional parking by the roundabout, or in any of the other college car parks.

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact the TMB office, 08 8398 2827 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can put the date in your online calendar with just a click!

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Cornerstone Welcome Mat


GiG kicks off again this week with an exciting new topic: Know What You Believe. Students will explore themes from the Apostles' Creed as well as how Christianity differs from other beliefs. They will also will think about how to share their beliefs with others. 

All students in grades 7 - 11 are welcome at GiG Youth this term which runs every Friday night from 7:30 - 9:30pm unless stated otherwise. The details for this term are below! For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

God has been busy at Trinity Mount Barker and in our region in the way that He has provided opportunity for Two New Beginnings in the life of our church. If you missed the update Clayton provided, you can download a copy of what he said here 

An electronic copy of the Two New Beginnings document is also available below.

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We're asking each member of the Body of Christ at TMB to consider what they're able to give to the work of the gospel here and to begin that pattern of giving. Partnership in the Gospel through your financial support enables our ministries and work at TMB to encourage and equip our church community, and also for the rapid spread of the Gospel to people in our region. 

If you are one of Christ's people at TMB, please do take time to read this important document and prayerfully consider your part in this work.

 

TMB's Annual General Meeting is coming up on Sunday, May 1, after the church service at 1:30pm.  If TMB is your church home, please join us! 

We will elect one person to our Leadership Team for a two-year term and will pray for the range of ministry areas that contribute to our church life.

Being part of this meeting is one of the ways that we can express our membership of the church.  Membership of TMB is open to anyone who assents to the “Objects” of TMB and the “Statement of Doctrines” as summarised in The 39 Articles of Religion.  You will find these Articles here if you're unfamiliar with them. 
 
Being a member of our legal body is not the only, nor the primary, way of expressing membership in our church.  Serving in gospel ministry together, giving sacrificially to the work we do, and using our gifts for the benefit of others in the Body of Christ here are all more significant ways of expressing gospel partnership, but taking part in this formal way is still an important aspect of our life together.  The AGM gives us a chance to reflect on what God has done amongst us in the previous year, to give thanks for his kindness to us and to find out some of what has been happening in the various ministry areas of our church.
 

Last year Trinity Mount Barker was invited to take part in some research being undertaken into preaching, and in particular, congregation members' experience of the preaching they hear regularly.

That research is now complete and has been published in the international journal, Homiletic.  The article is titled "The Other Side of the Pulpit: Listener’s Experiences of Helpful Preaching" authored by Ian Hussey of Maylon College.

You can download a PDF of the article for free from the Homiletic website.  We are the first of the churches discussed, with TMB Senior Pastor Clayton Fopp referred to as "Preacher A"!
Welcome

Have you ever played Chinese Whispers? The concept of the game is pretty simple; a group of people stand in a line, and the first person whispers a message to the person next to them, who whispers it to the person next to them, and so on. When the last person receives the message, they repeat what they’ve heard to all the group – usually to much amusement! You can see how easy it is for a simple message to get changed as it’s passed from person to person. 

Is this what happened with the Bible? The answers to this question and many others concerning the validity of the Bible can be found in the linked PDF below. 

Articles and Papers/Why Trust the Bible - complete.pdf

 

If you’re just a little bit concerned about how to steer your children through the commercialism and confusion of Christmas as we often experience it, this collection of Advent readings and activities may be just the help you're looking for!

This Sunday is the beginning of Advent, the four weeks in the lead up to Christmas, when Christian people have traditionally reflected particularly on Jesus’ birth, and also looked forward to his return.  If you are part of a family with young children, this collection of Advent readings and activities may be useful for you!  You can download it from here, or collect a copy from the Welcome Table on Sundays.

This collection has been prepared by Wendy Lin from Trinity City.

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It has come to our attention that during the Carols by Glowstick event on December 14, postcards were left on the windscreens of a number of guests’ cars in the Cornerstone College car park.  These cards were anonymous, with no identification as to the name of the group responsible, but we are aware that they were left by members of a Mount Barker religious group who were trespassing on the property.
 
We recommend against following the web links or responding to the email address on the postcards.who left that on my car
 
Please be assured that postcards were not placed by Trinity Mount Barker, nor would we interfere with anyone’s car parked during an event. 
 
Trinity Mount Barker apologises for any confusion or distress the members of this religious group have caused our guests at Carols by Glowstick, and we will do our best to ensure that advertising of this kind is prevented at future events.
 
Thanks to all our guests for helping make Saturday night such a wonderful event, and we look forward to seeing you at Carols by Glowstick 2014!
 
 
The Trinity Mount Barker team

Hearing God Speak

Since our time on Sunday reflecting on how God promises to speak to us through the Scriptures, a number of people have realised they need to be more deliberate in their personal reading of the Bible, but didn't know where to start.  Below are some resources that may help you read the Bible deliberately and regularly. You don't need to use them all! Just try one or two and see how you go. You may like to meet regularly with a Christian friend, or in a triplet, so you can talk about what you're learning and to help keep each other accountable in this discipline. 

Some recent research among Christians across the world found that:

“the number one thing you can do for yourself spiritually is read the Bible four times a week or more. Read it this frequently, and your life looks completely different to those who don’t read the Bible, or read it less than that.”



Reading Plans & Notes Children & Youth Web, Apps, & More
The Daily Reading Bible. 
60 undated readings with questions to get you thinking. Each reading includes the full Bible text.  Great for reading on the bus, or during a lunch break! (Australian). $7.95   http://mytmb.me/TDRBV1
 

For The Love of God.
Daily readings to take you through the Bible in a year. Or you can read less each day and take longer. With comments on the Bible passage from author & scholar D A Carson. $19.95  http://mytmb.me/FTLOGV1

Three Year Reading Plan.
FREE!

From Tim Chester, pastor and church planter in the UK. Allocates readings for each week, rather than each day, to read the Bible in 3 years (including the NT twice). http://mytmb.me/3yrwkly
Beginning with God.  
(Pre-School)
 
Helps parents with young children explore the Bible with their child. A simple and fun way to start your child in a regular habit of reading God's word & growing to know God. Includes stickers! $7.99  http://mytmb.me/begwgod
 

XTB. (7 - 10 years) 
Reading notes and activities especially for 7 - 10 year olds. Helps kids read, understand, apply and pray through the Bible. $7.99  http://mytmb.me/xtb7-10
 

Discover. (11 - 14 years) 
Daily readings for teenagers, to help grow a love for, and understanding of, God, through his Word.  3 months of readings with questions & activities.http://mytmb.me/disc6614

The Jesus Storybook Bible.(Pre-school - Primary School) 
Perhaps the best Bible for children and families available. Highlights God's rescue plan for the world through Jesus in every Bible story. $17.95 http://mytmb.me/thejsb

The Bible App for Kids 
See right hand column.
The Bible App.  FREE! 
Bible App with HEAPS of translations, so you can choose one you can read easily. Includes many reading plans, short-term and the "read the Bible in a year" type, including one produced by Billy Graham.  You can set reminders on your device, to help you set aside the time to read the Bible. Available for every conceivable device!  http://mytmb.me/yvbapp14 


Bible App for Kids.  FREE!
Allows kids to interact with Bible stories and see it come to life through animation, sounds, and the Bible text.  http://mytmb.me/bapp4k


Bible+  FREE!
Free apps for Android, iOS, Mac & Windows.  Incorporates reading plans to help you read regularly, including topical plans. ie "Forgiveness," "Marriage."   Includes the option to download or purchase additional resources. http://mytmb.me/1jP04sq


Bible Gateway.  FREE!
Website with many short and long Bible reading plans, and the possibility of reading in different translations.  http://mytmb.me/bibgate