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by on Jun.26, 2014, under Worship


Last Saturday (21 June), St Paul’s hosted the annual SHINE CONFERENCE. About 170 people from 20 churches gathered to be united, equipped and inspired as brothers and sisters in Christ.

It was a fantastic day. Praise God for the sense of community and fellowship amongst the delegates.

What a blessing it was to have guest speaker, Oscar Muriu encouraging us.

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Below are some of the key points from Oscar’s talk:

David v Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

1. We are in a spiritual battle against the devil

2. Don’t be surprised when you face persecution

3. The creative arts are a powerful tool to communicate the gospel

4. Artists are the new evangelists

5. Do you have the courage to fight today’s battles with tools that work?


Oscar’s talk is not available yet, but you can watch his talk from Compassion Sunday (22 June 2014) here:


Worship in song was lead skillfully and passionately by the CityAlight team.



After morning tea, delegates heard 4 short talks:

John Gray, Oscar Muriu, Nikki Fletcher and Jonny Robinson all spoke powerfully on different aspects of ministry.










Jonny spoke specifically about the Yours Alone album project, which will be available from 13 July!









The album contains 10 songs, 9 originals and a great cover of the classic hymn, Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus. Over 50 songs were considered for the project and we can’t wait to share these songs with the church!

After lunch it was time for the workshops. Delegates had 8 to choose from over 2 sessions and feedback was very positive. I couldn’t have asked for more from any of the presenters. As I moved around the rooms, it was clear that people were engaged and eager to learn.

Finally, a big shout out to all the volunteers who made the day such a success. Thank you! Dave Watson and Jim Monk went beyond the call of duty again, lending equipment as well as running the production sessions.

God willing, SHINE will continue to grow and more and more creative artists will continue to be united, equipped and inspired, in the name of Jesus.

#SHINE2015 promises to be an even bigger and better day , so stay tuned for all of the details.


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by on Jun.09, 2014, under Church Life, Communications

Last week, I attended the Faithfulness In Service 2014 conference. FIS is run by the PSU and held every 3 year’s to assist Anglican clergy and lay leaders in addressing current issues.

One of the standout talks was titled ‘Using Electronic Communications Wisely In Ministry’.


Presented by Reverend Nigel Fortescue, we got 10 tips for communicating wisely:

1. Plug in!

Regardless of your age, you must have email, smartphone, great website, Facebook

Possibly a blog and twitter

Don’t multitask. It takes discipline and shows respect for those you are with

‘Unplug’ on your day off. Preserve rest time

2. Understand the tools

Learn the rules of each platform

Learn the pros and cons of each platform

Protect your privacy

3. There is no delete key!

Your posts are permanent and can be used against you

Think twice before you press enter

Plagiarism is now easier

4. Use the electronic to enhance the personal

Electronic communication is a powerful tool

It is also high risk. Things can easily be misinterpreted

5. Don’t use the electronic to escape the personal

Some things need to be said in person

6. Stay in control

You be the master (not the slave) and use electronic communication as a tool

Reply to texts and messages

Society is adapting slowly to the dangers (eg. Cyber bullying)

7. Love those who resist electronic communications

Some people will not adopt technology

8. Create a policy to follow

Have guidelines for your church/organisation

9. Speak to and listen to the congregation

10. Act your age!

Be yourself online

We also watched a video clip made by Colin Buchanan. A parody song titled ‘Be My Friend’, it cleverly mocks the sort of ‘friendships’ that can be found on Facebook:

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by on Jun.07, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

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Here are 5 reasons you should attend the upcoming SHINE CONFERENCE at St Paul’s, Castle Hill:

1. To be UNITED as brothers and sisters in Christ

It is a powerful gathering when 200+ creatives and church leaders from all over NSW, from a variety of churches and denomimations unite in the name of Jesus


2. To be EQUIPPED for ministry

Apart from guest speaker Oscar Muriu, there are a number of short talks and workshops to choose from. We want to help build up the wider church by sharing the resources that God has blessed us with


3. To be INSPIRED for ministry

You will see and hear things presented by leaders who are committed to excellence. Some can be copied or adapted for ministry at your church


4. Because it is affordable

SHINE is not a profit making venture. Rego prices are kept as low as possible (particularly for students and groups) so that whole teams can be encouraged to attend


5. Because it is local

If you live in Sydney, Castle Hill is no more than 50 minutes away. There is ample parking and great barista coffee!


We hope to see you at SHINE on Saturday 21 June, 2014. Check out the website for more information and to register.

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