Explore and learn about mission in North East Victoria
Two weeks of learning, reflection and workshops on Zoom, Saturday 27 Aug to 10 Sept
The PNEV Field days was a free event provided by the Presbytery for anyone interested in joining in.
Below is a taster of the key note speaker (Andrew McDonough) and bible study session (Rev Dr John Flett) which were provided, as well as links to the 1 hour workshops offered within this time.
Please click on the links supplied for the worshops to read more of their overview and find a youtube link to watch a recording of each session.
The Presbytery of North East Victoria website holds a great deal of information about the work happening Presbytery wide as well as resources which may be of use. Find it at www.northeastvicuca.net.au
The Gifts of the Spirit in Certain Times
John Flett is Professor of Missiology and Intercultural Theology at Pilgrim Theological College. He is interested in intercultural difference and its significance for the Christian faith and the formation of community.
Of all the rhetoric swirling around the church and its current state, we seem sure that it has something to do with decline. We may not feel that way about the spirit within our own congregations. Indeed, these are living communities of faith. But, budgets, infrastructure, buildings, viability, leadership, these issues seem always to hover in the background. One of the most important elements when thinking about mission is thinking about our own contexts and what already exists within those contexts. Through a study of John 20:19-29, let us do just that: think about the nature of the peace breathed upon us and the reality of where we stand.
Watch the video recording of the Bible Study
Lost Sheep, Sown Seeds, Lit Lamps – Andrew McDonough
Why the North East Country Churches are doing such a crackingly good job!
Jesus kicks off each of these three familiar stories with ‘Listen! If you have ears, Listen!’. Andrew will tell the stories, we’ll reflect together and maybe we’ll hear, see & own what Jesus is doing through us, our churches and in our communities.
Andrew McDonough is the creator, writer and illustrator of the Lost Sheep booklets and resources. Andrew’s only talent is that he can draw a sheep marginally better than your average 7 year old. Somehow he has turned this into a vocation creating the Lost Sheep stories that are read by kids & parents and pop up in schools & churches throughout Australia and around the world. Trained as a Baptist pastor, Andrew belongs to the WestCare community, an Adelaide inner city mission working amongst the homeless, supporting people struggling with addictions and advocating for refugees. He is most comfortable in churches with under 15 people and no data projector. Originally a country boy, Andrew hopes to one day escape out the kitchen window and go rural.
Hobbies: bumbling in garden, reading, hanging out in the scrub.
Hobby horses: carpet in churches, laminators, pictures with Bible verses on them.
Watch the video recording of the Keynote Presentation
1 Hour Workshops
Tuesday 30th Aug 7.30pm I was naked – Op-shop Outreach (Click here to see detail)
Wednesday 31st Aug 7.30pm – “I should have said something” (Click here to see detail)
Thursday 1st Sept –7.30pm – I was homeless –Winter Night Shelter (Click here to see detail)
Tuesday 6th Sept 7.30pm – Hospitality to strangers – Café outreach (Click here to see detail)
Thursday 8th Sept 7.30pm – Christmas in the community – Messy Nativity (Click here to see detail)