Our name, our calling.
“Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name. It is the name you gave me. Keep them safe so they can be one, just as you and I are one.” (John 17.11 NIRV)
These words were spoken by Jesus the night before He died, as He prayed for us to His Heavenly Father (John 17). Five times He expressed His desire for our unity – not only a unity of the original apostles – but also of all who have followed in their footsteps, generation by generation.
Our primary purpose is to fulfil our calling – the calling of exhibiting the character of Jesus, a spirit of humility, love, and unity, coupled with resurrection power, proving that the church is truly ‘The Body of Christ’ inhabited by God Himself!
“God’s overarching goal is to produce men and women who demonstrate the character qualities of Jesus Christ.
God does not want a church filled with white robed saints.
He does not want a church filled with theological authorities or cultured clergy.
He wants a church filled with ordinary men and women who exemplify the extraordinary integrity, temperament, wholeness, compassion, individuality, boldness, righteousness, earnestness, love, forgiveness, selflessness, and faithfulness of Jesus Christ!” Ray Steadman
Village Style Church
Villages are inter-generational environments, built upon members of the present, past, and future generations.
The ‘village’ has never been more necessary than it is today. Together, we can meet the challenges of life, through a relationship with Christ, in Communities of faith.
We sense Christ’s call to partner with, and support, parents in the Gympie region.
We believe it takes a whole village to raise a child, which means the responsibility of raising a child does not lie with the parents alone, but also with the extended family and the whole Community.
Partnerships and supports are vital and necessary to nurture the next generation. We believe in the power of partnering with local organisations, agencies, and community to maximise our impact on the next generation and make Jesus known.
We are committed to providing safe places where people are cared for, nurtured, and sustained in relationship with Jesus and one another. We commit ourselves to the care, protection, and safety of all people, particularly those who are vulnerable. We commit to the ongoing ‘Compliance with Requirements of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000’.
The Church Council
The Church Council adopts the Uniting Church in Australia, and Queensland Synod Child Safe Church policy and will ensure the implementation of procedures, including the Child Safe program and resources to assist it to meet and demonstrate its responsibilities under the Act.