Why we need to plant new churches

Why we need to plant new churches

Wednesday 11th October 2023

As we approach our new series on planting and growing faith communities, I’d like to  emphasise the vital role of a church family in the life of a believer. This perspective, deeply rooted in the Bible, underscores the importance of being part of a community of faith. The church is not a physical building, a traditional institution, or even a Sunday program, but a faith community. What you get from this creative community are citizens of God’s Kingdom modelling God’s way of doing life!

A church is a group of people doing life together expressing His presence in every place
1. Spiritual Growth and Accountability

Scripture emphasizes that a church family provides an environment for spiritual growth and accountability. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) underscores this:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another."

A church family encourages believers to grow in their faith, holding them accountable in their walk with God. The more we evangelize, the more we need new faith communities. No one is born again in a spiritually mature state. We all need an environment where we can grow to maturity.

2. Support and Encouragement

In times of joy and hardship, a church family stands as a source of support and encouragement. Galatians 6:2 (NIV) affirms this:

“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ."

The church highlights the importance of bearing one another's burdens, offering a sense of belonging and care within the church family.

3. Opportunities for Service and Ministry

Being part of a church family provides opportunities for service and ministry. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) states,

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."

Faith communities emphasize that the church is a place where believers can discover and utilize their spiritual gifts for the greater good.

4. Fellowship and Community

A church family fosters fellowship and community, fulfilling the biblical call to love one another. 1 John 4:12 (NIV) states,

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us."

Scripture underscores the transformative power of loving relationships within the church family, mirroring God's love.

5. Worship and Spiritual Nourishment

Attending a church family provides the opportunity for corporate worship and spiritual nourishment. Psalm 122:1 (NIV) expresses this sentiment:

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord."

The church emphasizes the significance of coming together to worship God, drawing strength and inspiration from communal worship experiences.

In conclusion, a church family is not merely an option but a necessity in the life of a believer. Grounded in the teachings of the Bible, the church family provides a context for spiritual growth, support, service, fellowship, and worship. By being an integral part of a church family, individuals can experience the fullness of God's plan for their lives and contribute to the well-being of the community of faith.

Exciting News from BCOC | Double Services Trial Run!

We're thrilled to announce a two-week trial of double services at BCOC to better accommodate our growing faith community. As we've reached capacity in both seating and parking, this initiative aims to share your worship experience with people in your sphere of influence who may currently not find our services accessible.

Join us on October 15th and 22nd at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for these trial services. We invite you to attend one of these time slots and enjoy the cafe, which will be open between the services and after the second one.

This trial allows you to consider which service best suits your schedule and preferences. We value your input and hope this adjustment will help us to continue to serve our community effectively. Your feedback is vital during this period, so please share your thoughts and observations with us.

To help with traffic flow, we would appreciate you do the following.

  • First service entry via Centre Rd and Gwendoline Drive/exit only via Gwendoline Drive after the service, Disabled Bays can exit via Centre Rd.
  • Second service entry only via Centre Rd/exit via Centre Rd and Gwendoline Drive after the service.

We look forward to worshiping with you and embracing this growth together!

Clyde Church Launch | Highlight

On Sunday, October 8th, Clyde Church was launched with nearly 60 people in attendance. The majority of guests were checking out the new church for the first time! The atmosphere felt great and we concluded with lunch. The message set up a five-week series called “Life without Limits” that now moves into Home Churches for the next 4 weeks. The next service at the hall will be on Nov 12th.

We held a special community program focusing on emotional health and well-being running parallel to the church launch. We began with a free seminar featuring a panel of professional experts. This now leads into the 5-week Thrive Clinic, starting Oct 11th. The Clinic focuses on coming alongside participants to provide key insights, mentoring, and prayer to achieve healing and freedom. 

Men's Event | Highlight

What an unforgettable night Sunday was! Ten Harley Davidson’s rumbled their way up Centre Road and it was a sight to be seen as they turned into Berwick Church of Christ. The Gods Squad Christian Motorcycle Club (GSCMC) were the special guests at our Men’s Event which saw 130 men catch up over a BBQ and admire some beautiful-looking motorcycles!

Dave from the God’s Squad shared the club's history, which devotes their effort to those on the fringes of society and ministers among motorcycle clubs and associated groups.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped run this fantastic event! You blessed so many people.

Food Pantry | Our city needs your help!

Last year the Food Pantry supported 96 families with 231 visits who were in need of crisis support. 96 families! Imagine, they could be your friends or neighbours. Families who are doing it tough.

The City of Casey Council recognised the generous support the Food Pantry and volunteers give to our local community. Council presented BCOC Food Pantry with the 'Community Group of the Year' award. Let's reach out and show our support by purchasing something from our list in your next shop. You can drop it off in the Food Pantry basket located in the foyer, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or Sundays 9am-12 noon.

Let's Love People and Serve Our City, and buy one item to be His presence in the City of Casey!

  • Biscuits (e.g. Arnott's)
  • Jam Spreads
  • Pasta sauces
  • Olive oil
  • Muesli bars
  • Tinned tuna
  • Soup (e.g. tinned, powdered)
  • Long life milk
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Blankets

We also accept cash, card, and online donations. Payment via cash or car can be made during the above times or you can donate online.

  • Account name: Berwick Church of Christ Inc.
  • BSB: 033 609
  • Account number: 434168
  • Reference: FOOD PANTRY

Kids Church | News

Term 4 commences Sunday 8th October and concludes Sunday 10th December with a fun End of Year Kids Celebration Day!! Woohoo!!!

The Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony is also on Sunday 10th December before the End of Year celebration festivities begin. Each of our Kids Church Rooms will finish the year in prayer – thanking God for all that He has done in 2023!

Your kids will not want to miss out on this fun day – please add the date to your calendar.

NB: Grade 6 kids will soon be transitioning from Kids Church to Fuse Youth. We strongly encourage them to continue attending Kids Church until the end of the year aka their Graduation and Celebration Day. Grade 6 kids bring a valuable contribution to Kids Church through worship, prayer, and group discussions which has a very positive impact on the younger kids in the room. We also believe it is important to finish seasons well and end their time in Kids Church in a fun celebration.

Kids Church | Double services 15th & 22nd October

Kids Church will be running during the 2 Service Multiplication Trials on 15th Oct and 22nd Oct. See below for the new sign-in and pick-up details.

9am Service

Sign-in desk opens at 8:50am – closes at 9:15am (usual place in the foyer)

Pick-up at 10:15am is ONLY via the external side glass sliding doors of the Family Life Centre via the side verandah (this is for Child Safety to avoid congestion in the foyer between services).

NB: Access to the Family Life Centre via the foyer will be restricted from 9:15 – 10:50am

NB: Please be prompt in picking up your children straight after the conclusion of the 9am service to allow time for Kids Ministry Team to prepare for the next service.

11am Service

Sign-in desk opens at 10:50am – closes at 11:15am (usual place in the foyer)

Pick-up at 12:15pm is ONLY via the external side glass sliding doors of the Family Life Centre via the side verandah.

NB: Access to the Family Life Centre via the foyer doors will be restricted from 11:15 – 12:30pm

NB: Please be prompt in picking up your children straight after the conclusion of the 11am service.

Many thanks for your cooperation during this trial service period. We welcome any feedback you can provide based on your experience from these days that will help us improve and streamline our delivery.

Kids Church | Help urgently needed

Looking ahead to 2024, we need to rapidly expand our Kids Ministry Team to cater for double services. We are looking for volunteers for Room Teams, Sign-in Teams, Kids Safety Teams. 

Come and join this fun and dynamic team and help us raise up the next generation to be strong and anchored in their faith. All training is happily provided.

If you feel called to serve in this valuable ministry, simply complete the Kids Ministry Volunteer Application Form via this link.

Need more info? Please contact Glennie: [email protected]

Seniors Ministry | Wednesday 11th October

Come ready to play & win! Let your inner Olympian shine!


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

Thrive Clinic | Wednesday 11th October

A 5-week transformational journey, helping those who may feel emotionally stuck. Life’s pressures, relationships, and family dynamics all have an impact on our emotional well-being. But what if we could get healing and freedom from the past and find healthy ways to move forward?

You don’t need a lecture. You need someone to come alongside to understand your story and provide insights, a healing pathway where needed, and personal mentoring.

Imagine experiencing this in the safety of a small group where you are not alone, but inspired and encouraged.

5 consecutive Wednesdays:

  • Session 1: The LIES we believe
  • Session 2: Overcoming HURT and ANGER
  • Session 3: Overcoming SHAME and REGRET
  • Session 4: RELATIONSHIP dynamics
  • Session 5: A new way of THINKING


  • Date: Wednesday 11th October 2023
  • Time: 7.30pm – 9.15pm
  • Address: Eliston Family and Community Centre. 20 Eliston Ave, Clyde.
  • Cost: $20 individuals / $30 couples
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Fuse Youth | Friday 13th October

This week we kick off our new series “What’s Holding You Back?”
Come along for a night of worship, a message and good chats in small groups! 7-9.30pm, $5.

Sunday Service | Planting Faith Communities | 9am & 11am

This Sunday we are kicking off our new series “Plant and Grow Faith Communities" with special guest, Jossy Chacko.  Jossy is the Founder and President of Empart, a global organisation that exists to ignite community transformation movements among unreached people. Empart’s primary goal is to transform 100,000 communities among unreached people in Asia by 2030.

Jossy left India at the age of 17, with $20 in his pocket, a one-way ticket to Australia, and a big dream to become a business success. After early struggles with no money, and no friends or family, he started at the bottom of a small logistics company, which later grew to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Busy climbing the corporate ladder and chasing success, Jossy’s life was changed forever by an encounter with an eight-year-old homeless boy from the slums of Delhi. This chance encounter culminated in the establishment of Empart in 1998.

Jossy will explore the biblical and practical aspects of planting faith communities. Jossy is a gifted communicator with a unique depth of wisdom. Jossy is married to Jenni, and they have four children. So mark your calendar and join us this Sunday. Let’s raise the roof with joy, love, and a sense of purpose!

Don’t forget, Jossy will be preaching at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for the Trial Double Services. We will not be live streaming these services due to sensitive content and information being shared. A recording of the service will be available on YouTube and Facebook on Thursday 19th October.

Kids Church | Sunday 15th October | 9am & 11am

This week at Kids Church…
2 to 4-year-olds | Daniel and the lion’s den | Daniel 6:1-23
5 to 12-year-olds |Daniel’s Integrity | Daniel 1

Next Steps Lunch | Sunday 15th October

As a movement, it’s important for us to get to know each other better and take the next steps in our journey of faith. To this end, we want to invite you to the next … Next Steps Lunch.

The Next Steps Lunch is a 3-Sunday Lunch event (Sunday 15th, 22nd, and 29th October 2023) where you will get the opportunity to get connected, learn more about the movement, and discover your potential whilst enjoying a delicious meal.

The lunches are especially relevant to Newcomers but if you’ve been an attendee, a volunteer, or a partner and have not been to a Next Step Lunch before, we also encourage you to register.

The expectation is that people who book will attend all 3 lunches as each lunch has a different focus. And did I mention that it’s free?

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Y&Y Service | Sunday 15th October

Calling all fun-loving youth and young adults! Are you up for an exciting and inspiring Sunday experience? Look no further because we've got the perfect night for you! Join us on Sunday 15th October at 5.30 pm for a thrilling church service with Graeme Cann speaking! Imagine a vibrant atmosphere filled with young people just like you, seeking a deeper connection with their faith while having an absolute blast!

Men's Prayer Group | Sunday 15th October

The Men’s Prayer Group is a group of men who meet to pray together. The group meets at the church every Sunday evening to spend time in prayer, worship, and fellowship. #Men walking together to seek the face of God. Time: 5.45pm – 7.30pm.

Baptism Class | Tuesday 17th October

Baptism is a step of obedience in a person’s life. Perhaps you are interested in getting baptised or would like to know more about baptism? If that is you, please sign up for our next baptism class on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm. 

If you would like to be contacted about being baptised, complete the Expression of Interest form below by clicking “Book Now".

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Baptisms | Sunday 29th October

This Sunday we will be conducting water baptisms. Baptism is a full immersion in the water of those who have confessed their faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and their Saviour. However, it is more than just immersion in water. It has a number of significant meanings. Complete the expression of interest form if you would like to be contacted about being Baptised.

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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 Family Life Centre. 

If you would like to participate, please fill in the Child Dedication Application Form on the BCOC website here. 

NB: The 12th of November will be the last Child Dedication Service for 2023.

Thank you for being His Presence in Every Place!


Senior Pastor