Bren McLean

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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 Apr.16, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

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SHINE CONFERENCE is on again! What began in 2008 as a training day for the St Paul’s music team, has evolved into an event for creatives and church leaders from all over the country.

Tim Keller talks about the power of active contextualisation and we also want to see the gospel of Jesus communicated in mediums that are engaging and relevant.



In the past, guests have included, Darlene Zschech, Mike Raiter, Robert Fergusson, Karl Faase and Ray Galea.

This year,  we are delighted to host Oscar Muriu, all the way from Kenya. Oscar  is Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel and has much to say about the arts as an effective communication tool. Oscar speaks all over the world and was a part of the Global Leadership Summit 2013 faculty at Willow Creek.

The event also features short talks, workshops and worship lead by CityAlight.

Check out the SHINE website for more details and to register. ‘Early-Bird’ rates apply until 19 May.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16


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by on Mar.12, 2013, under Worship

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“A conference for Creatives and Church leaders to unite, equip & inspire”


SHINE is an annual conference hosted by St Paul’s Church (spch). From humble beginnings in 2008 as an internal training day for singers and musicians, SHINE now exists to unite, equip and inspire Creative Arts ministry volunteers from all over Sydney and beyond:

ie. Audio/Technical, Communications/Graphics, Data/Projection, Lights, Music, Video, Singing, Stage Design etc


WHEN – Saturday 15 June 2013

WHERE – St Paul’s Church, Castle Hill NSW

DAY EVENT (registration required) – 9.30-5.00pm

FREE WORSHIP NIGHT (open to the public) – 7.00-8.30pm featuring Sydney Christian band, Garage Hymnal

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This year we are delighted to be joined by guest speakers Karl Faase and Ray Galea. Both are well known, respected Christian leaders who are passionate about building the kingdom of God.

Check out the SHINE CONFERENCE website for more details and to register. EARLY-BIRD rates apply until 20.5.13




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