Lil' Buds LuncH
We have a wonderful team of people who love our little kids at Lil's Buds every week during Women's Growth Group, teach them about their Heavenly Father and serve women who wish to read the bible with others. Women's Growth Group and the leaders enjoyed lunch together after their weekly meeting on the 31st of Oct and 2nd of Nov.
It was wonderful to spend time with the Little Buds leaders, a chance for mums to get to know the team better and enjoy a meal together.
Thank God for the ministry of Lil' Buds that frees up women to read the bible, grow their relationship with God and encourage each other to live for Jesus. Thank God for the Lil' Buds Team as they love and serve our 0 - 5 yr olds.
Gospel Investment Afternoon
Earlier in November, we had our Gospel Investment afternoon where we gathered to hear the plans and prayers for our church in 2018. Greg looked back on the highlights of 2017, we heard an update from the Building Acquisition Committee and announced our new budget for 2018.
Pray that as a church we would continue to be driven by a vision to see people grow in faith and to reach Newcastle and Lake Macquarie with the gospel.
You can see the budget for 2018 here.
On the 8th of November, Reality, the college bible study, had their farewell. We said goodbye to those moving off college next year and those going back to their home countries.
It was a great night eating food, playing games and listening to God's word.
Please pray that as Uni breaks up for the year, the students will keep digging into God's word, and growing in their love and knowledge of him.
Senior Staff Mini Conference
During mid-November, some of our senior staff gathered for a few days to pray and plan for the next season of serving Jesus' people at HBC.
This time together included reading God's word, thanking God for the his work in and through our church over the past few years and asking for his help in the future.
This came after attending some encouraging conferences over the past few months, including the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches) Conference, and gathering with past MTS Apprentices at MTS Mission Minded.
Please thank God for our pastors and pray that God would keep them and use them for his glory.
New Youth Pastor Starting in 2018
We're very pleased to announce Anthony Allen will be joining the staff team to fill the Youth Pastor position.
Anthony and Laura have been around HBC for years and he's been working at Compassion after completing MTS with us a few years ago.
Please pray for the 30,000+ youth aged kids in Newcastle and Lake Mac... that God would use HBC to reach many with the gospel of Christ.
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