Jesus - Communicated, Celebrated, Demonstrated
"Jesus - communicated, celebrated, demonstrated" is summarises our mission statement.
At Penshurst Anglican Church, by the power of God's Spirit, we will endeavour to:
* communicate Christ's gospel to the unchurched;
* incorporate new believers into Christ's body;
* educate all members towards maturity as Christ's disciples;
* demonstrate Christ's love to each other and the world; and
* celebrate together the joy and hope of Christ's salvation.
What is Penshurst Anglican Church?
1. We are a multi-ethnic church comprised of three congregations.
We believe that we have a unique calling from God to be a multi-ethnic church, unified around the core values of acceptance, inclusion and a healthy tolerance of our cultural and linguistic differences. We are committed to being a “glimpse of heaven”— of the Universal Church in which "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28) We see our church as an important hub of community life and outreach.
Our 8:00am service each Sunday is a traditional Anglican service celebrated in English using the Prayer Book.
In our largest church gathering of the week, Sunday at 10:30am, old and young people from both English and Mandarin-speaking backgrounds gather together for a cup of tea, then move to the church for bilingual worship, prayer, holy communion and responsive Bible readings. This section finishes with a short time of greetings and community announcements, during which the children go out to Sunday School. After this, our two language groups separate to hear the Word preached in their own language. This section concludes at 12 noon. People share lunch afterwards.
At 6:00pm each Sunday, an informal service is held consisting of worship, liturgy and holy communion, followed by a Bible study based on the morning sermon.
2. We are a Cell-Based Church
The idea of a “cell church” comes from the Biblical idea that the primary way that God’s people can truly live out the Gospel is through small, intentional communities, called “cells”. It is here where Jesus does His work of transformation in a far more intimate setting.
The analogy of a church cell group is with biological cells which are part of a larger body - yet self-contained - and able to grow and multiply in number.
Cells are small groups of people who meet together on a regular basis. The goal of the meeting is to encourage growth in each member's relationship with the Lord Jesus, and with each other.
The meeting is loosely based on four main components:
* Welcome - learning more about each other;
* Word - sharing from God's Word, the Bible;
* Worship - worshipping God; and
* Witness - praying for each other as we live and work in the world.
Our hope is that everyone will be a member of a cell group. We believe that the depth of relationships which develop in these groups is instrumental in keeping each member firm in their faith in Jesus. As Jesus said, his church is to be a body of believers, where many parts all work together in unity for each other’s growth and for the glory of God who breathes life into it.
Regular Cell Group Meetings
Kim & Bart VandenHengel
We meet for tea/coffee from 7.30 for around half an hour, then have an icebreaker before Bible study for an hour. We finish up right on 9pm so that people can get away immediately if they need to, or stick around for more informal fellowship.
We pray for each other and regularly enjoy meals together for birthdays and other celebrations.
The vibe is relaxed and open.
Meets at The Manse - Penshurst
Megan & Jeff Powys
The group is a mix of Anglo and Chinese members, and men and women.
The aim of the group is to experience Jesus in our daily life, and we consider a comprehensive array of topics on spiritual, emotional and physical healing.
We have a time of sharing/teaching, then pray together, women with women and men with men.
Meets at The Powys' place - Carss Park
We meet for fellowship and to stay connected.
The main focus of the group is to be real and honest and see Jesus in the everyday of our lives.
The group is very informal and aims to be a safe place for those who are struggling. Each person takes a turn at leading and this allows for a variety of topics ranging from personal dilemmas and struggles to a book or passage that may have been inspired one.
Weekends away together have been integral to our cell community and we have times of sharing, fun and rest on these weekends. We also meet socially on a regular basis.
Meets at Geoff's place - Oatley
Open to all young adults. Informative studies and discussions for the way youth sees themselves fit into the world.
Rotates between members' home.
10:00am - 11:00am
7:30pm - 8:30pm
7:30pm - 9:30pm
7:45pm - 9:15pm
7:45pm - 9:00pm
週天査經小組 - 第一組
12:30pm - 2:00pm
週天査經小組 - 第二組
12:30pm - 2:00pm
12:30pm - 2:00pm