News and Events
The Controversial Jesus
This year we're journeying through the gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings, and as of mid March are just starting to read about the words and actions of Jesus in his 3 year ministry. Mark (or 'John Mark', the writer of this account) focusses a little more on the events of Jesus' life and less on his teachings and parables. It's the shortest of the 4 gospel accounts, one that challenges us to simply observe the life of Jesus and consider how our lives might look different if they are modelled after his.
To read more click here.
What's on at the Billabong:
Billabong Toy Library
Come along on Saturday 23rd March, 9.30-11.30am for the launch of Pancakes and Play and The Billabong Toy Library! Free pancakes for all and lots of toys for the kids to play with! Memberships for the new toy library will be available on the day (but you don't need to be a member to join pancakes and play).
The Billabong Toy Library will be open to members on Wednesday mornings from April (10am-12pm) and on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month for Pancakes and Play. Introductory rate for annual memberships will be $50 with discounts available for families in need.
The Billabong Toy Library is a program of The Billabong Church, located at 40 Liffey St, Canning Vale.
Kids Camp Out or KCO is a 24 hour, over night camp aimed at kids from Year 2 - Year 7. It is run by the wider Uniting Church. Church groups bring the kids, along with junior leaders (Year 8 - Year 12) to experience a wider church community. The program incorporates shared meals, worship, sport, art and craft activities. It starts at 12.30pm Saturday 23 March until 12 noon Sunday 24 March at Advent Park, 345 Kalamunda Road, Maida Vale. The camp costs $50 per person, which includes food, accomodation and fun. To register click here. Contact Anna for more info. Please register by the 18th of March.
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.
Details are used by staff to contact you and send out information.
The Space has officially opened. We'd love you to come down and check it out! It's open each week Monday to Thursday from 9am - 1pm with self serve esspresso or brewed coffee and tea, and various community activities happening from time to time. If you would like to volunteer and help out with the space, let Luke or Anneliis know (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more info click here.
Jesus and Sexuality
'Jesus and Sexuality' is a 4 week learning and discussion opportunity to explore issues of sexuality and how to approach them as followers of Jesus. Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, we all live in a cultural moment with an unprecedented focus on sex and sexuality, much of which is difficult to navigate with moral and relational integrity. Jesus and the Bible speak to these issues in ways most of us have not considered but are worth exploring.
Over the 4 weeks, we will watch 4 video talks by Jon Tyson (Australian Pastor and Author based at Church of the City, New York) and discuss the topics over lunch:
Week 1: Singleness
Week 2: Sexual Formation
Week 3: Jesus and the Gay Community
Week 4: Jesus, Gender, and the Trans Community
Lunch is provided - Please RSVP to email@example.com for catering purposes.
First 4 Sundays in March, 12 - 2pm in The Space.
Ways to Volunteer in 2019
Have you considered how you can help Sundays happen, or be part of the day to day running of The Billabong? Volunteer cards for serving areas in 2019 (Jan - June) are available on our flyer rack, or head to thebillabong.org.au/serve
What's on in the Wider Community:
Walk for Women's Cancer
On 4th May 2019, Tanya Orchard is participating in the Walk for Cancer. She is hoping to raise over $1500 and help defeat women's cancer. She will be walking 35km in support of her friends who have/had cancer, including Nicole Sampson. If you would like to support her you can donate at www.walkforwomenscancer.org.au/my-fundraising/89/tanya-orchard
Chrysalis & Emmaus
Chrysalis is a camp or retreat for young adults age 18-30yrs. It's a great weekend full of encouragement, listening to God and lots of yummy food! This year it is being held on the 25th to the 28th of April.
Emmaus is a similar camp for those over 30yrs. The Mens weekend is from the 2nd of May to the 5th of May, and the women's weekend is on the 23rd of May to the 26th of May.
If you would like to register or find out more about either camp, please speak to Anneliis.
Gosnells Region Youthcare Council
Would you be interested in joining the Gosnells Region Youthcare council as a Billabong representative? It includes attending about 8 meetings a year on a Thursday afternoon to support the work of chaplaincy and Christian values education in the local area. For more info contact Luke.
Treasure Hunters Program
Would you like to reach children in primary school with the good news of Jesus? 'Treasure Hunters' is a program by Youthcare, who train volunteers to run the program at lunch times in local schools. Training happens every last Thursday of the month. More info at https://www.youthcare.org.au/cve/treasure-hunters/ or speak to Luke.
Interested in the other activities that happen at The Billabong Community Centre? Call our office on 9455 6474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org