God has been extraordinarily kind to us at Trinity Mount Barker in our first three years! Our church has grown as many, many people have been drawn into our community and come under the sound of the gospel, for the first time, or as maturing disciples.
As God has built the body of Christ at TMB, we have become increasingly aware of the need for additional staff, not only to serve those connected to our existing Sunday gatherings, but also to help us see the good news of Jesus spread rapidly in our region.
We’re very excited that after months of prayerful searching, we’ve found someone we believe will make a great Associate Pastor for TMB. We’ve invited this person to join the team at the beginning of 2014, as long as we’re able to raise the finances required to pay them!
Will join with us in giving deliberately, generously and sacrificially, so that under God, we might see the good news of Jesus spread rapidly and be honoured?
You can download a copy of the For the Rapid Spread of the Gospel information and response form here. Please return completed forms by Sunday August 18th.
As children's programs commence on Sunday February 2nd, and GiG Youth Group kicks off on Friday January 31st, it's time for ChildSafe Medical and Personal Information Forms to be completed for another year! If you have a child in one of these programs, please follow the links to the relevant form for your child's program.
In order to make this process as simple and quick as possible, we have updated these forms to enable you to fill them in on your computer, print and sign them, and bring them along on the first day of the program. You can also print off a blank form and complete it by hand if you prefer.
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
The Fathers Day Prayer of Thanksgiving was requested in readable, printable format. Here it is in PDF form ready to print or read.
We do not have the original source document for this prayer, so if you happen to come across it please do let us know so that we can attribute it correctly.
Our new teaching series Building a Kingdom commences on Sunday, April 12th.
This series will take us through four parts of a story from 1 Samuel in the Old Testament with the aim to teach us something of the extent of God's ultimate plan to gather a people to himself in Christ.
Whether you are a Christian or interested in exploring what it means to follow Jesus, it is our hope that this series will shed some light on the incredible faithfulness and provision of God, even in the face of constant rebellion by his people.
You can find the Bible study guide that goes with this series here.
Good News at Easter!
We'd love for you to join us at Trinity Mount Barker this Easter!
Good Friday, April 3 at 10am
Easter Sunday, April 5 at 10am
Both services will be held at Cornerstone College, Adelaide Rd Mount Barker.
Our Good Friday service is a service of reflection and prayer, reading through the Easter story in Mark's gospel. Children's activity packs will be distributed.
Easter Sunday will be a communion service. Kids' Church will be running as usual and we'll be serving hot cross buns after the service.
A Bible Study Guide is now available for the sermon on Psalm 11 that will be preached on November 30 2014.
You can download the Study Guide by choosing the menu options to navigate to Resources & Media | Bible Study Guides | Old Testament | Bible Study Guide - Stay or Go? (Psalm 11) or you can click on the image below:
Easter will be here soon!
We are running a service of prayer and reflection on Good Friday the 18th of April at 10 am, followed by a family friendly communion service on Easter Sunday the 20th, at both 9am and 11am. Both Services will have kids packs avaliable.
Come and discover the true meaning behind Easter!
This Study Guide is designed to accompany the Sunday teaching series during November 2014.
During this short series we meet Jesus the King as he begins his travels towards the cross in Jerusalem.
Although Jesus has already achieved so much in His short lifetime, He knowingly sets off to meet His fate in Jerusalem as a necessity of God’s salvation plan for the world.
Jesus has much to say to us about the reality of being His disciple, the purpose of gospel mission, what Christian love really looks like and how to prioritise Jesus. It is a message as relevant today as it was in Jesus’ time, it is just as scandalous and just as confronting in the way that it challenges us about how to live as Christians in today’s world.
Those of you who have been with us for a while will know that last year we entered into a pledging process to enable TMB members to commit to giving deliberately generously and sacrificially as each of us are able to support the ministry of our church and under God to see the good news of Jesus spread rapidly and be honoured.
It is our great goal that men and women and boys and girls in our region and beyond will have opportunities to hear the gospel and respond and so in God’s kindness be brought from death to life.
And so within that in mind and our desire to both care for members in our church family already and also to create space for those who we hope, under God, will join us we invited Darren to join our staff team. Darren’s role is to serve us in those 2 goals and in particular to help us think about planting a new Sunday gathering in the next year or so.
And we were able to take Darren on because of the generosity of God’s people here who pledged to give; to start giving in some cases to increase giving in other cases so that we can meet the increased financial obligations we have.
If last year in that pledging process it was your intention to give towards this year’s budget even if you didn’t have a chance to respond with your pledging form but that was your intention if you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to start or adjust your giving as you had hoped can I say Now is the time that it would be really helpful for you to do that.
What we’ve experienced in previous years is that with all the busyness of a new year all the things that we and our families need to do to get the year started often thinking about our giving and acting on those intentions very easily gets squeezed out and left behind and we might not get round to thinking praying about how we can give deliberately and generously and sacrificially until perhaps March by which time because as a church our ministry costs have been consistent throughout all that time we suddenly find ourselves with a significant deficit that even when we meet budget later in the year the losses we incurred at the beginning become a significant burden and actually stop us doing the kind of ministry we want to do and that we believe God would have us do.
So later in the year or even the following year we can’t take the opportunities God lays before us simply because we put off or didn’t get round to making decisions and acting on decisions that each of us if we’re part of the Body of Christ here at Trinity should have made early in the year.
And let me say it is “should have”!
Giving to the work of the gospel is not an optional extra for Christian people.
If you’re a follower of Jesus this issue of how you support the ministry of the gospel here and elsewhere is a question of discipleship and obedience.
It is one we have difficulty with sometimes, isn’t it? Not many of us find it easy to give deliberately ... and generously and sacrificially so if you have any questions do come and speak with me or one of the Leadership Team Stuart Hull Jon Rudd Katy Walker Sally-Anne Kerrison or Andrew Harris.
You may recall on this pledge form we distributed last year there are some particular suggestions of things we could be praying for in regard to our finances as a church
I’m going to pray for some of those things now.
Praise God for his constant provision in our lives. Ask that we would truly place our hope in him. 1 Timothy 6:17-18
Pray that we might take seriously the part we have to play in God’s offer of reconciliation to the world. 2 Corinthians 5:18 - 20
Pray, asking God to grow our deliberate, generous & sacrificial giving in joyful response to his great love for us. Proverbs 3:9, 2 Corinthians 9:6 - 7
Ask that as we think & plan we would not worry, placing our trust wholly in God and his plan for us. Philippians 4:6 - 7
Pray with fervour that above all else, the gospel message would spread rapidly from TMB and be honoured. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
This Study Guide is designed to accompany the Advent Sunday teaching series during the first three weeks of December 2014. Advent derives from a latin word (‘adventus’) that describes the time in the church calendar when we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Over the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day, Christian churches around the world recount not only the essential elements of the birth narrative, but reflect on the purpose and meaning of Jesus’ coming. It is a time of joy, that the promised Saviour has come, but it is also a time to dig deeper and reflect on the purpose of Jesus’ birth.
From the outset, Matthew demonstrates the connectedness of Jesus’ birth to the history of Israel and the coming of the King promised so many centuries before.
But we see in Matthew’s account that Jesus’ birth is not a heartwarming, charming story about a baby born in a manger, but a brutal and searching story that demonstrates God’s necessary action into a world that continues to reject Him.
At first blush, it seems to have the makings of a good fairy tale; a wicked king, oriental magicians, threats against a new-born child’s life, supernatural protection, guidance by a star, messages from heaven — but we dare not reduce it to yet another story to grow out of, rather than a story to grow into.
Matthew’s story is an uncompromisingly adult story, clearly directed at an adult audience, and attempts at making it family friendly risk blunting its edge and losing sight of its wider context.
The guide is available in PDF, ePUB (Kobo and other eReaders) and MOBI (Amazon Kindle) formats.
Summer Encounter is a conference for missionaries and people considering missionary service, but is also an excellent two and a half day event for the whole family to engage in God's word and be encouraged and refreshed. It is a great way to start the year and be re-energised with a passion to see a world that knows Jesus! You can click here to watch a short video about the event.
Summer Encounter 2015 runs from 8-10 January 2015 and is being held at Edwardstown Baptist Church. This facility is much closer to Adelaide City in order to make the event more accessible and affordable (20% cheaper than last year). If you haven't registered yet or would like more information, you can click here to get to the conference website.
Rev Dr. Tim Patrick, the Princial of the Bible College of South Australia will be teaching from the book of Ruth in the Bible and Dr. John Azumah who is the Associate Professor of World Christianity and Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary will also be giving some mission talks.
Of course there will also be plenty of opportunity to talk with and hear from some CMS SANT missionaries including Andy & Jenny Bennett, Shane and Naomi Rubie, Maggie Crewes and others.
Check out the conference website and register for what will be a great event for the whole family.
The TMB App is coming!
We're putting together an app to help TMB members stay in touch with the latest from our church, have access to latest sermon audio and video files, download readings and orders of services for Sundays, submit prayer requests to the TMB Prayer Network and more!
To be a beta tester, your phone settings must allow you to install apps from sources outside the Google Play store. Please let us know what your user experience is like, what bugs you encounter, and if there are additional features you would like to see included as the app is updated in the future.
The app will also be released for iOS devices very soon. If you're an iPhone user, stay tuned for your turn to test it out!
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