Christian Engagement in the Referendum

Christian Engagement in the Referendum

Friday 8th September 2023

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Matt 6:10 NIV

We find ourselves in a season of change, a time when our voices and actions can have a profound impact on the world around us. As followers of Christ, we are called to be active participants in shaping our society and promoting the values of love, justice, and compassion.

Recently, our community has been presented with an opportunity to engage in a referendum that will have a significant impact on our local, regional, or national context. Race relations will always be part of God’s expression of his Kingdom as the Kingdom of God is a higher priority for us as Christians than our respective ancestrally endowed cultures. As we contemplate how to participate in this process, let us turn to the words of our Lord's prayer: “Let thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

These words remind us of our responsibility to seek God's guidance and wisdom in all matters as we are called to usher in His presence in every place, including those of governance and policy-making. Here are some principles we can draw from this prayer as we engage in the referendum:

  1. Seeking God's Will: Before making any decisions, let us fervently seek God's guidance through prayer and reflection. Let our actions be aligned with His will for the betterment of our community and the world.
  2. Promoting Justice: In advocating for our stance on the referendum, let us consider the principles of justice, fairness, and equality. Are our choices in line with the values of God's kingdom, where all are treated with dignity and respect?
  3. Fostering Unity: Remember that as followers of Christ, we are called to be peacemakers and unifiers. Engage in respectful dialogue with others who may have different perspectives, seeking common ground where possible.
  4. Compassion and Care: Keep in mind the well-being of all members of our community, particularly those who may be vulnerable or marginalized. Our decisions should reflect the compassion that Christ demonstrated throughout His ministry.
  5. Civic Responsibility: As citizens, it is our duty to participate in the democratic process. Encourage one another to register to vote, research the issues, and make informed decisions that align with our values.
  6. Prayerful Action: Combine your prayers with tangible actions. Whether it's volunteering, advocating for change, or supporting initiatives that reflect God's values, let your faith inspire meaningful engagement.
  7. Remember the Bigger Picture: While the referendum is important, it is just one part of the broader journey toward God's kingdom on Earth. Our ultimate goal is to align our lives with God's will in all aspects.

In the coming weeks and months, let us engage in thoughtful discussions within our community, seeking a shared understanding of how our faith calls us to act in the referendum. Remember that our unity as a faith community can be a powerful witness to the world.

Above all, let us hold fast to the prayer,

“Let thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

Through our actions, may we be instruments of the transformative power of the gospel in the world.

Operation Christmas Child | September Blitz

Would you like to bring joy to young people? Would you like to bring the gospel of Jesus to children? Would you like to transform a child's life in a third-world country? You have the opportunity to do this by taking part in Operation Christmas Child.

And you can do it in 6 easy steps!

  1. Go to The Desk and purchase a box for $1.00
  2. Fill the box with the gifts
  3. Label your box
  4. Bring the box back by 1st October 2023
  5. Make a $12.50 donation for shipping and gospel materials
  6. Pray for the child who will receive your box

Bring joy and Jesus to a child's life this Christmas by participating in Operation Christmas Child. Find out more by going to The Desk before and after the Sunday worship service.

Playgroup | Do you have a spare hour one morning next week?

Next week is our final week of playgroup for term 3 and we want to make simple “muffin pizzas" with the children.  Some of our groups could do with an extra pair of hands to watch pizzas cook in our air fryer.  If you would like to serve our community in this way and have a valid Working with Children card please let me know!  Sue Nicholls 0403 822 324.

Fuse Youth | Friday 8th September

This week at FUSE we have our last night focusing on ‘The Mission’. Join us for good chats as we hear from our panel! 7- See you there! 7-9.30pm, $5.


Sunday Service | Surrendering to God’s will

We continue our series, Our Father. Are you seeking a deeper connection with the God? Do you yearn to explore the timeless wisdom contained within the sacred teachings of Christianity? Look no further! We invite you to embark on a transformative journey with our brand new sermon series, “Our Father .”

The Lord’s Prayer is a profound and cherished piece of scripture that holds the key to unlocking a multitude of blessings in our lives. Within its simple yet profound words lies a roadmap to a deeper relationship with God, a source of guidance for navigating life’s challenges, and a pathway to experiencing the true power of prayer.

Join us as we delve deep into the Lord’s Prayer, unpacking its layers of meaning, and discovering the incredible riches it has to offer. Over the course of this enlightening sermon series, we will explore each line of this sacred prayer, unpacking its significance, and uncovering the transformative truths it contains.

Prepare to be inspired as we dive into the very heart of this beloved prayer. Through engaging sermons, thought-provoking discussions, and reflective moments of prayer, we will explore the profound implications of each line and learn how to apply its teachings in our daily lives.

Kids Church | Sunday 10th September

This week at Kids Church we have a fantastic program organised.

2 to 4-year-olds | Moses and the Sea |Exodus 13:17-18;14
5 to 12-year-olds | Friends Forever: David and Mephibosheth |1 Samuel 19–20; 2 Samuel 9


Men's Prayer Group | Sunday 10th September

The Men’s Prayer Group is a group of men who meet to pray together. The group meets at the church every Sunday evening.

Where individuals spend time in prayer, worship, and fellowship together as men who walk together to seek the face of God. Starts 5.45pm.


Boys Brigade | Monday 11th September

Be part of the action Monday night. For over 20 years the Boys Brigade has advanced Christ’s Kingdom among boys.

ANCHORS | Grades 1 & 2: 6pm – 7.15pm
JUNIORS | Grades 3 – 6: 7pm – 8.30pm
SENIORS | Grades 7 to 18 years old: 7pm – 9.30pm


Seniors Ministry | Wednesday 13th September

Ps Ian Edwards & Ps Gary Lewis – Let’s join together in holy worship of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


  • Time: 1.30pm – 4.00pm
  • Where: 446 Centre Road, Berwick, Vic, 3806
  • Bring: Please bring a plate for everyone to share

Forge Young Adults Service | Sunday 17th September

Hey Youth and Young Adults! Our next Y&Y service is on the 17th September!!! We have the incredible Pastor Rowan from Winepress Church coming to share what is on his heart in relation to the YA space, so make sure you are there and bring your friends! Be sure to join us in food and fellowship after the service. SEE YOU THERE!


  • Date: Sunday 17th September
  • Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Address: 446 Centre Road, Berwick
  • BYO: Meal

Alpha Course | Wednesday 4th October

Is there more to life than this? Come and find out at Alpha! Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, where people can explore life, faith and meaning. Enjoy a meal with others, watch a video and have an open discussion and conversation in a friendly and non-judgemental environment.

There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t share (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.


  • Date: Wednesday 4th October 2023
  • Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
  • Address: 446 Centre Road, Berwick
  • Booking fee: $10 (includes a free introduction night 2 course dinner)

Men’s Event – God’s Squad | Sunday 8th October

Are you ready to have an unforgettable night with other like-minded men? Then mark your calendars for the upcoming men’s event that we’re hosting! This event is designed to provide a fun and engaging atmosphere for men to connect, share stories, and make new friends. There will be plenty of time to catch up over a BBQ and we’ve also lined up an amazing speaker who will share about the God’s Squad history and vision.

If you have not heard about the God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club (GSCMC), it was founded in 1971. In 1972 God’s Squad began in Melbourne under the leadership of John Smith. God’s Squad spread from Australia where it has had multiple chapters throughout Europe into New Zealand, and also the USA. God’s Squad has continued for over five decades to devote its efforts to those on the fringes of society.

The Club continues to primarily exist to minister among motorcycle clubs and associated groups, where it is an accepted and relevant expression of the Christian Church. God’s Squad has also maintained a long commitment to supporting the poor, advocating for the rights of first nation people, and active ministry in prisons, schools, and the public space. All of this is built on a foundation that takes the call of radical discipleship in Christ seriously, which finds its roots in His teaching.

So, why wait? Gather your buddies and join us at our men’s event where you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Child Dedication Q&A | Sunday 29th October

Our next Child Dedication Service is on 12th November, 2023. In preparation for the Child dedications, there is a Parent Briefing Meeting on Sunday 29th October @ 12pm in Room 5 FLC. 

NB: This will be the last Child Dedication Service this year.

If you would like to participate, please fill in the Child Dedication application form on the BCOC website. 

Thank you for being His Presence in Every Place!


Senior Pastor