St John's, Launceston
How do Christians follow Jesus in an unequal world? During March and April St John's, Launceston, went on a journey to discover what a ‘just' faith would look like.
Using material prepared by TEAR Australia we contemplated God's heart and desires for his world and his will for us. We listened to sermons given by a variety of people including Jeff McKinnon, a Baptist minister heavily involved in the Micah Challenge; we discussed in Bible studies; we pondered in our devotions, and we joined together to pray.
Our children and young people tackled the same topics so the conversations carried on at home.
Poverty, the environment, war and violence, how we use our resources, even how we use our votes and political power, were explored through scripture, with written notes and through some very thought-provoking video clips.
We finished with the opportunity to revisit during the final service each of the topics covered over the eight weeks with stations set up around the church. We began to make decisions about how we as individuals and as a church were going to live in a way which shows the breaking into the world of God's kingdom.
The feedback from the congregation was positive with new Bible studies starting, lively discussions and opportunities to speak about the topics with non-Christian workmates and friends. We are looking forward to what God is going to do through us to show his justice to a hurting world.
For more information
contact Craig Owens 0418 536 610
or visit Just Faith Campaign
On 21 May a celebration in Launceston's Historic Princes Square commemorated the bicentenary of the Revd Knopwood's visit. This was an important event in the history of Launceston that signifies the dedication of Anglican clergy and the growth of the church in Tasmania over 200 years.There will be a story with photos about this commemoration in the August edition of Tasmanian Anglican. Ed.
Photos: Sandra Owens