NEW MEMBER CHURCHES
The membership of FECA continues to grow with five new churches added at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. The new churches are:
- Gospel Church Newcastle (NSW)
- Redemption Church Ringwood (Vic)
- CityLight Church Glenelg (SA)
- Exchange Church Shepparton (Vic)
- Grace Bible Fellowship Huntingdale (WA)
FECA President, Ray Spriggs, said it was wonderful to see continued interest from churches to join the fellowship, and to see evangelical churches starting in various cities and towns across Australia.
OFFICIAL OPENING IN SPRINGFIELD
The Mayor of Ipswich (Qld), Paul Pisasale, officially opened the new church building for Disciples Church Springfield on February 1st. Political leaders, community and business representatives, pastors from other local churches, and members and friends of Disciples Church Springfield gathered to celebrate God's provision, and to see the building official pronounced a Place of Worship. Pastor Greg Gardiner said it is the first church building in the Greater Springfield area. Pastor Craig Ireland (representing FECA) led a prayer of thanksgiving during the service.
VENUE CHANGE FOR THE FIELDS CHURCH BOWRAL
Since planting in 2012, The Fields has met each Sunday at the Southern Highlands Christian School. Now, they have transferred to a new venue - The Kazcare Facility - on Kirkham Road in Bowral. Sunday services are at 5pm.
NEW BUILDING FOR DISCIPLES CHURCH SPRINGFIELD
Disciples Church Springfield in Queensland recently completed the purchase of a building that will become the church's new "home". Formerly a Mitre-10 Hardware Store, the building has been approved by the local Council to be used as a Place of Worship. Pastor Greg Gardiner said the church had to raise 30% of the purchase price as a deposit, and the remainder has been borrowed from Bendigo Bank. The church is currently busy doing internal "fit-out" work and services are due to commence in the new building on Sunday, December 1.
LINKSTONS LEAVE CHURCHFREO
Pastor Chuck Linkston has stepped down as the Pastor of ChurchFreo at Freemantle in Western Australia. The Linkston family have returned to the United States for a time of sabbatical leave and support raising. From Pastor Chuck: Thank you for praying for the Linkstons and churchfreo through the last few years. We owe y'all a immense debt of gratitude for your faithful and fervent prayer for us and our work. I KNOW that your prayer has paid tremendous dividends in our lives and the life of churchfreo. The Linkstons are planning to return to Australia sometime in the future (God-willing) to commence a new church planting work. Taking over pastoral duties at Churchfreo is Paul Armishaw.
NEW LOCATION FOR WHITEHORSE CHURCH
After launching public services in a local pub (The Dunkirk), Whitehorse Church in Pyrmont, New South Wales, is moving to a larger venue - this time, a church! Formerly a Presbyterian Church but now owned by the Uniting Church, the new venue is at 99 Quarry Street, Pyrmont. Pastor Adam Witanowski says it's a classic sandstone and stained glass building, with the sandstone coming from one of three former local quarries called Paradise. "The other two quarries were called Purgatory and Hell Hole," he said. Services in the new location start this weekend (Nov 24) at 5pm.
FECA President Ray Spriggs recently presented Arkhouse Church Pastor Dan Saunders with their FECA Membership Certificate. Arkhouse Church was one of three new churches admitted to membership at this year's Annual General Meeting and National Conference in Brisbane. The other churches were, The Fields Church from Bowral NSW, and Whitehorse Church from Pyrmont in Sydney. FECA continues to receive enquiries regarding membership from existing churches and new church plants. It is encouraging to see the membership of FECA growing.
20 years after planting Grace Bible Church in Brisbane's Holland Park, the church is planting again. This time, the location is the south-western Brisbane suburb of Forest Lake. Grace Bible Church Senior Pastor, Craig Lloyd, says 53 adults & children from the church have formed the core group for the new church, and the Pastor is Queensland Theological College graduate, Ben Shannon. The new church plant is currently gathering as a core group each Sunday and plans to launch public services early in 2014. The new church will be called Cornerstone Bible Church.
MINISTRY IN ZAMBIA
Berean Bible Church Pastor Troy Cane recently taught a module on 'The Gospels and Acts' to approximately 35 keen students from the Copperbelt Ministerial College in Zambia. Please pray for the assimilation of this instruction into the lives and ministries of these men, 80% of whom came from Pentecostal and Charismatic churches. Please pray for the grace they need in the outworking of all that they are learning and that reformation may occur in many of their churches.