The people of Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church enjoyed a great evening together last Friday, eating together and thinking about the good things happening in the church and hearing plans for how those good things might be shared with their community.
The Vicar, Simon Carter, encouraged those present to think about change, whether good or bad, and contrasted the inevitability of change in the world we live in with the unchangeableness of Jesus. Chaplain Tom Magill presented some demographic research on the Oxley Vale area and encouraged the church to think how best it can serve the people in that area. Year 13 Gap Year Student Matt Smith gave an outline of his involvement in this year with young people, conferences and training.
A big ‘Thank You’ to all who helped set-up, cook, clean or otherwise contribute on the night!
On March 10, about 75 people from OVACC witnessed a French national, living in Australia, publicly declare that he wanted to be part of that gathering. Nicholas, a local swimming instructor, was baptised (!) by Vicar Simon Carter, the culmination of a ten year journey for Nicholas and the beginning of an exciting journey of walking with God. Nicholas shared in church that since making the decision to follow Jesus, his priorities have changed and peace and joy abound in his life.
Inquiries about baptism can be directed to the church office via the contact page.
On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March, a number of men from Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church joined hundreds of others from around the Armidale region at the showground in Glen Innes to hear a number of talks on the topic of ‘Thinking Clearly.’
Former Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College, David Cook, delivered four challenging Bible talks on thinking clearly about God, yourself, the world and reality. And, in the afternoon, Ran Mitchell, a farmer at North Star since 1954, spoke about his lifetime of following Jesus and what that has meant for his life.
The blokes who attended brought home very positive reports of this year’s Men@Glen conference. Talks from previous conferences are available on the Men@Glen website: here.