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Newlife Church

Announcement: Stu and Sue Cameron

FROM THE NEWLIFE CHURCH COUNCIL (ELDERS)

Dear Friends,

It is with much sadness I need to inform you that, that after more than 14 years serving Newlife as our Lead Minister, Stu Cameron has accepted a call to lead Wesley Mission Sydney as its Superintendent Minister/CEO from January 2021, commencing a handover in November 2020. I want to stress that Stu will continue as our Lead Minister until that time.

Whilst this is not something we had anticipated, we recognize the call on Stu’s life to be a leader in God’s mission and we acknowledge that we have been blessed tremendously to have a pastor of his capacity play a significant part in growing Newlife to become the church that it is today. To Stu and Sue, we are eternally grateful – THANK YOU.

Stu has written a letter to you sharing his and Sue’s heart as they have prayerfully discerned this decision. Once you have finished reading this letter, we urge you to read it.

We are communicating this news as soon as is practical as his appointment at Wesley Mission has only been confirmed this past week.

Since learning of the likelihood of this call being extended to Stu, the church council (Elders) have been meeting regularly to hear from God, pray earnestly for wisdom, and consider the process of appointing our next leader as we seek to live out Vision 2030. We are totally committed to the vision of one family, many churches, a plan that we believe God has ordained for Newlife. Our confidence is in God, the one who has prepared and planned in advance a vision for us to fulfill. Jesus has declared He will build His church. We thank God for that.

As a church we are blessed with a fantastic team leading our churches, including Stu, Mike, Scott and Jon. With faith we believe that as we continue to be obedient in our love for, and commitment to Jesus, he will continue to bless us during this transition – that we will continue to see more people more like Jesus. Together we urge you to keep the faith to which we have been entrusted.

The Elders are actively engaged in a period of discernment in this season. We will consult with, and engage external advice from church leaders who have walked this journey before. We will consult with the Presbytery and those we believe can provide valuable insight into the path we seek to take. We will continue to work with Stu, Mike and the team as we discern our next steps. I stress that any recommendations regarding new leadership will ultimately be a decision for the congregation at  a meeting of its members.

This Sunday we had scheduled a meeting of the congregation immediately after our Gold Coast 10am celebration. We will now be holding that meeting via our online church platform, commencing at 12noon. The meeting will enable us – the Elders, Stu and Mike – to share with you more information about the transition we are entering into, as well as the steps to appoint a new senior leader for Newlife.

In conclusion, please pray for Stu, Mike and the leaders of Newlife. We will be meeting as often as necessary as we fervently seek God’s will for this season at Newlife and begin the next chapter in our family’s future. Rest assured we will keep you fully informed along the way. We thank you for your prayers, your participation, and your encouragement during this process.

Be assured of our daily and ongoing prayer for you and your family as our nation and world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic. Through it all our faith is in Jesus.

Blessings,

Rick

Rick van Drimmelen

(Elders Chair)

FROM STU AND SUE

Dear Friends,

This is a letter Sue and I never thought I would be writing, certainly not now. As you will have read in Rick’s letter, after much prayer and a lot of tears, I have accepted the call to be the Superintendent Minister/CEO for Wesley Mission from January 2021, commencing a handover in November 2020. I will share more about my new role later in my letter, but for now I want to share my heart.

A little over fifteen years ago, Newlife (then known as Robina-Surfers Paradise Uniting Church) took an enormous step of faith when it issued a call to a 38-year-old, freshly ordained minister who had never led a church of any size – me – to be its Lead Minister. I was a leader with ‘L’ plates.

The years since have been the most incredible adventure of faith, for me and for us. God has been faithful, always and in all ways. You have loved us, prayed for us and supported us. You have been, and continue to be family to us. Thank you! The thought of leaving you is heart-wrenching, but we believe God is sending us to Wesley, and in accepting the call our motivation is to be obedient to God, no matter the cost. Let me share more of the journey.

Last September a recruitment firm working for Wesley asked if I would be willing for my name to be added to a long list of potential candidates for the role.  After praying about it with Sue, I said no, feeling peaceful about that decision. Then, in late October the chair of the Wesley Board rang me and asked me to reconsider. After praying some more and consulting with trusted mentors we decided to enter the discernment process, which unfolded from November through to January this year.

Along the way, God has slowly shifted our hearts, to the point where when Wesley indicated they would like to issue a call, we were ready to say yes. There was no audible voice from heaven, but critically we heard the still, small voice of God directing us through scripture, prayer, journaling and conversations with trusted mentors.

Over the last couple of months I have said to Sue on numerous occasions, especially after we have come home after a worship gathering on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane or visiting Coolangatta, ‘Why would we ever want to leave Newlife?’ Here’s the thing – we would never leave Newlife – other than believing God was sending us to a new assignment. That is where we are.

Right now our hearts are filled with grief, gratitude and love. Our grief is real and profound. Over the last few days I have cried a lifetime of tears as we have shared our news with our ministry and staff team. And we know that grief will be magnified in coming months as we prepare to say farewell to all of you – our church family. As hard as it is, this is a good thing, because our grief is born out of gratitude and love.

There is so much we are grateful for – the hundreds of transformed lives celebrated in baptism, the churches planted, the incredible team I have served alongside, the deep friendships and pastoral connections made, the developing unity amongst Gold Coast churches – the list is long. Above all, we are grateful to God. Years ago a scripture was prophetically spoken over me – ‘I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.’ (1 Timothy 1:12) That God appointed me to serve you these years is one of the greatest gifts and privileges of my life.

And there is so much we love. More to the point, so many people we love – you and your family included. In return, thank you for loving us. You have blessed us beyond measure.

What does this all mean for Newlife? Our vision remains the same – to see more people, more like Jesus. We still passionately believe that Vision 2030 is God’s idea – that Newlife will be one family, many churches – a multiplying movement. We believe God will continue to build his church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. I truly believe that Newlife’s best and most fruitful years are to come.

Newlife is blessed with an incredible team of Elders. Over the past few months they have loved and led Sue and I, and our church, so beautifully and well. Together with our presbytery, they will oversee both the transition season and the process to appoint a new senior leader for Newlife. I have every confidence in them.

Newlife is also blessed with an outstanding ministry and staff team. You know that. I know they are determined to lead and serve you with excellence, empowered by the Spirit as they do so. For the last few years Mike has led our church superbly in my absences on annual and long service leave. I will continue to lean into him, Jon, Scott, Liz, Rob and Corey as together we offer leadership to our ministry and staff team, and through them, our church.

Let me assure you that until Sue and I move to Sydney, I will be giving all I can to lead Newlife well – relying on God’s strength. In accepting a call to Wesley I will not be turning off, but rather stepping up – especially given the particular challenges presented because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is what I would ask of all of you who call Newlife your spiritual home in this season –  continue to gather, pray and love. Gather weekly with us for online church and other announced gatherings. We are committed to keeping you up to date and fully informed along the way. Pray – for our Elders, for Mike and our team, for me and for our church – that God would continue to lead us by his grace. Finally, and above all, love – love one another and our neighbors as Christ has loved us. God’s perfect love casts out all fear!

Before I finish I will share a little about the role I will be moving to. Wesley Mission, based in Sydney and part of the Uniting Church, is a large city based family of congregations, with 1500 in weekend worship, as well as one of Australia’s oldest and largest community services organisations, with more than 2300 staff across NSW and Australia. Wesley is thoroughly evangelical in its convictions and expression of faith. In my new role I will be leading all of Wesley’s congregational life and community services ministries. You can find out more at https://www.wesleymission.org.au/

Thank you for your continued partnership in the gospel. I look forward to gathering with you online this Sunday at 10am, 4pm and 6pm for worship. In addition, I strongly encourage you to attend our online meeting of the congregation this Sunday at 12noon via the link provided in Rick’s letter. We know too well that meeting this way is a poor substitute for being in the same room together, but we believe it is critical we have an opportunity to share with you more and to hear and respond to your questions.

Be assured of my daily prayers for you and your family. We are all facing an incredible season of challenge. But God is with us, and will never leave nor forsake us.

Finally, a word of encouragement, not from me, but from God’s Word.  It’s a personal promise for each one of us.

Come near to God, and God will come near to you.’ (James 4:8)

In these challenging times, on so many fronts, I simply want to remind you of our God’s amazing promise through Jesus.  Any time we draw near to God – our loving God will come near to us.  Always has; always will. Thanks be to God!

Grace and Peace

Stu Cameron

Lead Minister

COVID-19: A Message from Stu (March 12)

Dear Friends,

I want to update you on Newlife’s response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the steps we are taking to mitigate the risks, and to ensure as a church family we continue to model the faith, hope and love that is at the heart of the gospel.

First, what are we doing.

We are closely monitoring and following advice from government, health and denominational authorities, and will continue to do so.

We are continuing to ensure our properties are thoroughly and hygienically cleaned.

We are providing hand sanitizer stations and encourage you use these on entering and leaving our venues, and to wash your hands thoroughly at other times.

We are reviewing our communion preparation and serving protocols in preparation for our next scheduled Communion Sunday (April 10).

We are continuing to host all of our current programs and activities, including weekend worship, and will continue to do so until we are advised otherwise.

Second, what risk-mitigation efforts are we asking of you.

If you are unwell, in particular if you have cold or flu like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat etc.), please do not attend any church activity until you are well again. Seek medical advice.

If you have recently returned from overseas from a region or country where the Australian government requires a 14-day quarantine (currently Italy, Iran, South Korea and China) please comply with that advice.

If you are unable to attend weekend gatherings because you are unwell, or are in quarantine, please join us via online church. We stream our full 10am Robina celebration every week via Facebook, our Church App and our website. You can watch the service through the week from our Facebook page.

Restrict hand to hand contact at gatherings (we will remind of you this during welcome times), and use sensible precautions when in closer proximity to others.

Thoroughly Wash and/or sanitise hands regularly.

Third, let me talk about our opportunity in this unprecedented and challenging season.

This pandemic is a serious global crisis that we all must take seriously, and do our part to slow. Having said this, while we need to be wise in minimising the risks to ourselves and others, we also are not governed by fear. God’s perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). In and through Jesus we also have a hope that is imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:42). Together, with our words and by our actions, let’s model the gospel hope we have.

How?

Pray for those who are infected with the virus – for their healing. Pray for our world and our nation – that the pandemic would slow and halt.  Pray for our health care and other professionals at the frontline, including many in our church, for safety and strength. Pray for our state and national leaders – for wisdom. And pray for those whose livelihoods which have already been impacted by the economic fallout – for provision. As you are able, I encourage you to attend any of our three church’s regular prayer gatherings.

Care for one another and for those God has placed your world. Together, lets model the love of Jesus and the hope we have in him.

We will keep in touch with you regarding any further developments as necessary. 

This weekend we continue our Shepherd King series, as Mike (Robina 8am and 10am), Calvin (Robina 6pm) and Scott (Coolangatta 10am) unpack the story of David and Goliath. What a story it is, reminding us of what a hope we have!

Grace and Peace

Stu Cameron

Lead Minister

Domestic and Family Violence: A Pastoral Statement

A pastoral statement offered to the Newlife Church community at gatherings on Sunday February 23, 2020.

This week we were shaken by the horrendous news of a mother and her three children brutally murdered by her estranged husband and the children’s father. It was and is an unimaginable horror. Except it wasn’t. Tragically, what happened on Wednesday is an all too common occurrence.

Women and children far and away suffer the most through domestic and family violence.

The statistics paint a blunt picture:

Of the 77 reporting countries listed by the UN, Australia has one of the highest rates of domestic and family violence in the world.

According to the Australian Institute of Health, 1 in 6 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former partner.

1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

Intimate partner violence causes more illness, disability and deaths than any other risk factor for women aged 25-44 years of age.

Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.

On average, at least one woman is killed every week by a partner or former partner.

95% of violent perpetrators are men.

The Domestic Violence Prevention Centre (DVPC) is one of the agencies who serves and advocates for domestic and family violence survivors here in our city.  Through January, one calendar month, here on the Gold Coast:

  • 703 women sought help from the DVPC
  • There were 285 police Referrals
  • 254 women were supported for their Southport Court Appearance.

I could go on. Domestic and Family Violence is a scourge that reaches across, and impacts all sectors of our community, including the church. Rates of Domestic and Family Violence are just as high in the church as outside. It causes extraordinary pain and suffering that has generational impacts. Domestic and Family Violence is expressed and experienced in a variety of forms, including verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. All are completely and utterly unacceptable and inexcusable.

In light of this, and in light of what has happened this week, I want to do six things.

First, and perhaps most importantly, I want to express a heartfelt and repentant apology, both personally and on behalf of our church, Newlife, to domestic and family violence survivors here today, or reading or watching this statement later.

I am sorry that we have been complicit in perpetuating a culture of silence about domestic and family violence, as well as its causes. We have not spoken up, educated or advocated near enough about these matters. In my fourteen years here I have mentioned, in passing, domestic and family violence a few times. No longer.

I am sorry some of you have not felt able, or been or confident you could confide in your church family and leaders what you are experiencing – or even known who you could talk with.

I am sorry for where I and we have let you down, and repent and ask for your forgiveness. I am, and we are committed to change, with God’s help.

Second, I want to say that if you are right now, or have suffered domestic and family violence and confide this fact in one of the leaders of our church – we will believe you. Further, you will be cared for and offered support every way we can, both through the resources we have to offer as a church, and through the wonderful agencies here on the Gold Coast who are ready to assist. If this is you, at the end of the service today I invite you to share with one of the pastors or leaders of our church, or with someone in our community you trust. Help is available. You will be believed.

Alternatively, at the end of the service there will be a slide on the screen with some numbers of agencies in our city who would be only too happy to help.

Third, I want to say thank you to those of you who offer care for survivors of domestic and family violence, whether it’s through one of the ministries of our church or Newlife Care, as a professional working in the field, a health professional, counsellor or through your own personal commitment and engagement.  There are so many of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you – for taking up the gospel cause of working for justice and caring for those who suffer. You have my commitment we will do all we can as a church to support you in your vital ministry.

Fourth, I want to share with you that together with many other churches on the Gold Coast, Newlife is committed to the long term goal of playing our part in seeing the incidence of domestic and family violence significantly reduced across our city. Such a goal is almost overwhelming, so horrifyingly numbing are the statistics.  But work, pray, advocate and educate for change we must. The gospel asks nothing less than this. It starts with us.

It is my privilege to be a member of our city’s pastor’s roundtable.  For around a year now we have been learning together through workshops and immersion experiences about the root causes, and experience of domestic and family violence through partners like the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Griffith University. This listening and learning phase is part of a long term commitment Gold Coast churches have made to make a difference, both inside our churches, and in the broader community.  We have a long way to go and a lot to learn. But we are committed to the journey.

Fifth, I commit our church to be a place where violence, in any form, will not be tolerated. I and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that Newlife, in all its expressions, is a safe place marked by the peace of God, where people can encounter and experience the love of God free from fear.

Finally, I want to pray. To lament, to confess, to offer intercessions and to look to God for hope, wisdom and strength. Will you join me.

Rev Stu Cameron – Lead Minister

Newlife Care

Phone: 55933262

Domestic Violence Prevention Centre (Gold Coast)

Phone: 55329000

Email: [email protected] domesticviolence.com.au

DV Connect Womensline:

Phone: 1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline:

Phone: 1800 600 636

Lifeline:

Phone: 13 11 14

Connect Groups – November 2019

New Wine Group

‘New Wine’ Matt 9:17 social lunch. Enjoy fellowship with your church family over 50’s. Thursday Dec 5, 12 noon, at Burleigh Bears, 80 Pacific Ave, Miami. RSVP to Graeme & Jill Gibson 0414 354 083 by Monday Dec 2.

 


 

SMALL GROUPS | Bethel Bible Series Opportunity – further inquiries

Register

2020 – Newlife Church Robina 4 Greenwich Court Robina 4226

One of our specialised small group programs is Bethel, which has been running for many years at Newlife.
Over two years Bethel provides a wonderfully in-depth overview of the entire bible.

Bethel does not require any previous biblical knowledge.
Amongst other things it teaches an overview of God’s plan for His creation, the aim of individual books, the history of biblical times, how the Old and New Testaments relate and how relevant Scripture is to our 21st century lives.

Kicking off in February, Bethel will cover the New Testament in 2020.

There are two meeting time options:

Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
and
Tuesday evenings 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

For further information & to register your interest, select a ticket and complete the form as prompted and Val Harvey will be in contact with you soon

or phone Val on 0434 994 190.


For more details or to join a small group please contact Anna Couston: [email protected]nu

Connect Groups – October 2019

New Wine Group

‘New Wine’ Matt 9:17 social lunch. Enjoy fellowship with your church family over 50’s. Thursday 7 Nov, Treetops Tavern, Executive Dve, Burleigh Waters. RSVP to Graeme & Jill Gibson 5538 9786 by Monday 4 Nov.


For more details or to join a small group please contact Anna Couston: [email protected]

Christmas Volunteers

CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEERS

Are you avoiding the holiday traffic, saving money and staying home this year for the Summer holidays?
We have an exciting and rewarding Summer opportunity for YOU-
Join our Connect, car park, or morning tea teams for free, grow in health and vitality through serving others, and allowing the full-time volunteers their season of rest!
For more information contact Marcelle at the Info desk or via [email protected]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Here we are at the beginning of October and planning has started for the 2019 Christmas Project.

The Christmas Project aims to help Gold Coast families doing it tough at Christmas. Last year we provided 500 Christmas food hampers and approximately 3,000 gifts. This year we will aim to provide 550 hampers plus gifts to families in need.

Again this year we are calling for volunteers to help with packing the hampers of Christmas food for each family and selecting and packing the gifts for each family member.

If you would like to help out please let us know by clicking on this link and providing your contact details: https://newlife.ucareapp.com/forms/129/embed?iframe=true

Rob

Rob Collins
Executive Officer

International Day of Prayer

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER 
 
Over 200 million Christians are persecuted for their faith in the top 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus. 
On Sunday the 3rd of November, Newlife Gold Coast and Brisbane will be joining with our Global Missions Partner Open Doors, to pray for the persecuted church.

Connect Groups – September 2019

New Wine Group

‘New Wine’ (Matt 9:17) social lunch. Enjoy fellowship with your church family over 50’s. Thursday 3 Oct, 12 noon, at Robina Tavern, Ron Penhaligon Way. RSVP to Graeme & Jill Gibson 5538 9786 by Monday 30 Sept.


Small Group | Divorcecare

Thursday, 18 July – Thursday, 19 September: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Newlife Robina – 4 Greenwich Court Robina 4226, Kidzlife Hall Annex
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two distinct elements:

A Seminar with Experts
During the first 30–40 minutes of the meeting, each DivorceCare group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies and on-location video.

A Support Group with Focus
After viewing the video, DivorceCare group participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.

For more information on the topics covered:

The program normally runs for 13 weeks, however this group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for 10 weeks, and will also include a Saturday session (date to be confirmed).

The $25.00 cost covers the cost of the manual. If you are interested, but are concerned with the cost, please consider registering your interest and Cheryl Bailey will be in contact to discuss options.


For more details or to join a small group please contact Anna Couston: [email protected]

Newlife Men Supporting Men Group 

Newlife Men Supporting Men Group 

STARTS: Thursday 7.30 pm on 22nd August 2019
WHERE: Newlife Church, Lake side Lounge, Robina
COST: $25.00 (course material)

A safe place to witness, mentor, tell your story or just listen. We will be running an educational course called ” Man to Man ” which is a programme to assist men to overcome the challenges of life.

Have you ever wanted to be a better Husband, Father, Son or Brother? This is for you.
If you ever wanted to get more out of your life then this is for you.
If you ever wanted to be a better person or just find more fulfilment in every day then this is for you.
If you just want to find peace or more joy in your life then this is for you.
If you ever wanted to heal or grow or just know that you are not alone then this is definitely for you.

A great time to have a CHECK UP FROM THE NECK UP

To sign up, call John Grosser on 0408 751888.

Connect Groups – August 2019

New Wine Group

‘New Wine’ Matt 9:17 social lunch. Enjoy fellowship with your church family over 50’s. Thursday Sept 5, 12 noon, at Burleigh Sports Club, 111 Christine Ave, Burleigh Waters. RSVP to Graeme & Jill Gibson
0414 354 083 by Monday Sept 2.


Small Group | Divorcecare

Thursday, 18 July – Thursday, 19 September: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Newlife Robina – 4 Greenwich Court Robina 4226, Kidzlife Hall Annex
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two distinct elements:

A Seminar with Experts
During the first 30–40 minutes of the meeting, each DivorceCare group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies and on-location video.

A Support Group with Focus
After viewing the video, DivorceCare group participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.

For more information on the topics covered:

The program normally runs for 13 weeks, however this group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for 10 weeks, and will also include a Saturday session (date to be confirmed).

The $25.00 cost covers the cost of the manual. If you are interested, but are concerned with the cost, please consider registering your interest and Cheryl Bailey will be in contact to discuss options.


For more details or to join a small group please contact Anna Couston: [email protected]