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Getting away to pray...
I recently read this story in a book called ‘How to Pray’ by Pete Greig, leader of ‘24-7 Prayer’. As we engage in a time of prayer in the lead up to Pentecost, I wanted to share it with you, and pray it motivates us to spend time in the quiet place with our heavenly Father.
I was eating a Hawaiian pizza in an Italian restaurant with an old Franciscan priest called Brennan Manning. It was near the start of 24-7 Prayer and he was plying me with questions. We were using knoves and forks, which isn’t how pizza is meant to be eaten. ‘So you guys are praying night and day?’ I nodded. ‘All the time?’ I caught a mischievous twinkle in his eye. ‘So tell me - how do you even know when you’ve prayed enough?’ I garbled an answer, trying to explain our model. How we were praying in shifts in dedicated rooms. Trying not to sound defensive. Trying to ignore his ill-concealed amusement.
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What's on at the Billabong:
Supporting the work of God overseas
Last year we had the privilege of financially supporting Camille and Derek Porter in their work in Thailand. If you wish to be added to their mailing list, please contact email@example.com
Do you need a community of praying people to pray for you or someone close to you? You can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and your request will be sent to a prayer network of The Billabong. (If you'd like to join the PrayerNet list so you receive these requests, please email email@example.com)
The Billabong Toy Library
Our new Toy Library is now open! Come down and check it out in The Space on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, between 9.30-11.30am or on Wednesdays between 10am-12pm. Membership costs $50 per year or $35 per semester.
Our Prayer Room
Our prayer room is available to use any time. We’d love to see it become a space for spiritual renewal, revival and a focus on God's love. You can visit at any time during office hours, or to book a time (weekly or otherwise) after hours, please speak to Aaron (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are starting to update our church contact database. If your details have changed or you aren't sure whether your details are correct, please see Anneliis or one of the welcome team on Sunday morning. There will be a print out on Sunday for people to check if needed, or forms that can be filled out with correct details.
If you are happy for your details to be shared in a church database available to members and friends of the Billabong, please let Anneliis know, or if you would just like them to be viewed by Pastoral and Ministry Leaders only. We value your privacy and will not share your information unless you give us permission to do so.
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What's on in the Wider Community:
World Vision BackPack Challenge
Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge and take a stand for young refugees around the world. Take up the challenge and commit to living out of your backpack with only essentials for 40 hours. To find out more, sign up or donate visit https://www.40hourfamine.com.au
Come along to Pneuma's Campfire! A chance to get away from the busy city and travel to Lake Yealering, and hear talks by Adam Low, Pastor of Real Life Christian Church, Queensland. Campfire is low key, loads of fun and family friendly. Friday 27th Monday 30th September. For more info and to find out how to register go to www.pneuma.org.au/campfire
Interested in the other activities that happen at The Billabong Community Centre? Call our office on 9455 6474 or email email@example.com