It’s all happening in the Illawarra!

As usual, some of the many local Christian events are noted below. One “event” not listed is that the church which I attend has a planned program to pray for each church in our region over a period of 5 weeks. The aim of the prayers are to simply bless other churches. There are around 150 churches listed in our little prayer guide books! What an amazing number and diversity; and what an opportunity for God to do all sorts of different things through His Church!

It’s all happening in our region!


World Vision have asked that we again publicise Kids Hope Aus. This is a brilliant mentoring program which partners World Vision,a church, a teacher, a mentor, a family and a student who ma y have special needs. (I have details including a DVD). The mentor is given a special balanced program to use which takes 1 hour per week. Please ask if anyone is willing to volunteer to be a one on one mentor in a school.
Martin and Maureen Borrows from Wycliffe Bible Translators have asked that we let the Illawarra churches know that they are available to visit and share about the work of their organisation.
There is a position vacant (1) for a youth pastor at Gerringong Uniting Church, plus a second position vacant (2) for a finance manager for Christian Surfers International.
Jono Hyratt from Tree of Life Community Church is after a (“cheap”) office in the Oak Flats area. Contact 0412174181 for further details.

Sat June 15th. 9.30 am-3.30 pm. Safe Church Workshop at Shellharbour City Community Church. Presenter: David Schaeffer.

Register by phoning the church on 4297-3549 or emailing at

Registration for the day is $20 at the door. An optional hot meal will be served for $5.

Please let the church know if you would like this meal when you register for catering purposes. Anyone over the age of 18 who is volunteering in a local church is welcome to participate. ALL CHURCHES MUST COME TO GRIPS WITH SAFETY MANAGEMENT. Attendance at this or following courses is highly recommended.

Sunday 23rd June 2013 6pm-8pm Absent movie screening at the Lighthouse Church. More info 0418 225 212.
Absent is a documentary on the impact of fathers on children and society. The effect of fathers on their children’s lives is very significant, and the one thing that we all have in common is a father.

The documentary presents a powerful and truthful look at the very heart of many family pains that exist today. It is a real and honest insight into the deeper issues of fathers and the flow-on effect to every child and community.

Sat 22nd June 2013Lighting Up Berkeley. The amazing team from the Berkeley Life Centre are always inviting folk to support their cutting edge ministry.

Sat 22nd June 2013 5.30 pm. International Dinner (choice of Indian or Australian cuisine). Sponsored by the India Relief Foundation, headed by Vi Knowles who has a passion for helping the poor in India. This event features the IRF singers and speaker Aby Abraham. $20 per head. Northern Illawarra Uniting Church. RSVP June 15 on 4271 7571

Sat 22nd June 2013 Gong Men’s Day at the Dapto Anglican Church – Man Up! Becoming a Difference Maker – guest speaker Kent Hughes


Sun 23rd June to 3rd August 2013 – Pacific Internship – Discerning Your Calling. See link for contact details


23-25th June. Randy Clark from Global Awakening at Shellharbour Workers Club. See these encouraging ministry clips (ministry clip 1 and clip 2). Randy also has sent a brief personal clip to the Illawarra saying how he felt the Lord telling him to come to our region.The evening ministry sessions are called “Kingdom Fire”, focusing on ministering healing. The day sessions are his normal teaching series called “Kingdom Foundations”. These day sessions are focused on equipping Christians to minister in the way that Jesus did. People who are coming from some distance have asked if they could be billeted in local homes. If anyone is able to assist, please contact Bethany Mears on e-mail: or contact Lloyd Ollerenshaw at the Shellharbour Baptist Church 42968091. Tickets on sale, follow the link to book.

June 26. 10 am-12 noon Special additional meeting for Christian leaders with Randy at the Wetlands Cafe, Shellharbour City Community Church, 500 Shellharbour Rd, Shellharbour (across from Shelley’s Club). Please arrive at 9.30 am to purchase morning tea. RSVP with numbers would be helpful.


28th and 29th June 2013Seminar with Ross Tooley – “Revival in our time? Impossible or imperative?” – Dapto Uniting Church

Owen Lukins (pastor) also recommends the following inspirational links:

Angus Buchan Documentary
In Israel 2012 (windy meeting)
Men’s Conference South Africa 2010

Scenes of Men’s Conference attended by over 200,000 men on his farm over three days


16th July. 7.00-8.15 am. City Breakfast at the Wollongong Golf Club. Dr Karin Sowada.“An Archaeologist and the Bible”. Buffet breakfast, $30 at the door. Hosted by Reg Piper, RSVP July 12.


5th August 2013 40 Days of prayer for the federal elections. Details in the Australian Prayer Network website.


9th and 10th August 2013 – Dr Graeme Goldsworthy will be coming to the Illawarra for a weekend of seminars and is keen to open these up to the churches of the Illawarra. Graeme is probably best known for his book ‘Gospel and Kingdom‘ which has helped many around the world understand ‘the Bible as a whole, so that we can see the plan of salvation as it unfolds step by step‘. The seminars will be in the form of a free Friday evening talk which will be invaluable to anyone involved in teaching from God’s word, from Scripture and Sunday School teachers to youth group leaders, campus workers and preachers. A more in-depth seminar will follow on the Saturday, digging deeper into the hermeneutical themes raised the previous evening. The Sat seminar will include lunch. Both seminars will be held at Figtree Anglican Church. See flyer


6 and 7th SeptIllawarra Missions Day at McKinnon Building (67) University of Wollongong. Featuring Geoff Harper (OT lecturer SMBC) and Andrew Collins (International Teams, Chair of Mission Interlink).


21st SeptOver 55s Convention. Enjoying your best years – walking through tough times. At Figtree Anglican Church


The Micah Challenge (click for details which includes a 3 minute video). This project aims to halve poverty by 2015. The process is for congregations to view a 71/2 minute presentation, send a letter and a group photo to your local politician, and invite participants to sign a petition. Contact Kylie Dundas (from Woonona Baptist) 0411091362


For those who have an interest in, or some heritage from, the early Welsh revivals, this short clip of current events may be of interest.



Friday breakfasts are on

A breakfast is held at 7 am every Friday. Venue at the House of Hope Food Barn behind the Harvey Norman Warehouse at Warrawong. It’s great fellowship, and occasionally there are special items!



4. Pray with and for other Christian leaders in your area.




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Blessings, Darryl

Illawarra Pastors Network

Darryl Stewart

0419 290 853
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