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Great opportunities for gospel ministry. We are looking for an ordained Presbyterian minister who is growing in holiness; who wants to encourage and build up God’s people with the truth of his Word; and who wants to bring the good news of Jesus to an area in great need of a Biblical witness to Christ.
We are a congregation of God’s people with diverse gifts in a rapidly growing area of Melbourne’s west (Melton).
Are you the man to lead this keen group of God’s people, building on the excellent work of our previous pastor?
If so, please contact us: Melton Presbyterian Church; http://www.meltonpc.com.au;
Canterbury Presbyterian Church (CPC) belongs to the Reformed tradition with its focus on the preaching of the Word of God and worship and fellowship on the Lord’s Day. We are wholeheartedly committed to the doctrinal standards of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. We are looking for a senior pastor who will thoughtfully and faithfully expound the truths of the Word of God and apply them for Christian living and witness in the 21st century.
CPC is a congregation of approximately 120 members and adherents. CPC has a Japanese language Congregation, called Melbourne Japanese Christian Church (MJCC) comprised of approximately 30 members and adherents. Sunday worship services usually have 110 attending the English service, with 20 attending the Japanese language service which is held at the same time. A less formal evening service is also held in English.
The English language congregation includes a large number of Korean-speaking members and adherents, and we have a Korean Assistant Pastor employed to help serve these needs.
The Japanese congregation typically has a full time Japanese speaking pastor, however the position is currently vacant pending appointment of a new pastor.
CPC currently also employs a Pastoral Worker part time.
The ministries that CPC currently run include:
Regular prayer meetings are held at CPC. There are also regular meetings at the church during Prayer Week, occurring each quarter. A monthly Missions prayer meeting is also held to focus on those on mission or preparing for the field, and a bi-weekly prayer meeting held prior to the Sunday Service.
Multiple Bible studies are held on a weekly and fortnightly basis, including a young adults group, mothers study, and Japanese and Korean language studies. We also have a Friday night dinner, fellowship, and Bible study for adults from an international background. Attendance is approximately 5-10 each week.
We have an active Sunday School program held during each morning service. Currently there are 30 children in total, with eight teachers on a rotating roster.
A regular Friday youth group is run for secondary aged youth. This group is led by young adults with oversight by the Korean Assistant Pastor and Pastoral Worker.
A Missions Morning Tea presentation is held once a month after the morning service, where missionaries are invited to give a presentation before the lunch is served. CPC has a PWMU group that meets, and as a congregation currently supports three missionaries.
A lunch is served most Sundays after the service, often Korean or Japanese style meals. More than half of the congregation remain after the service for these lunches and they provide a great opportunity to fellowship.
Free English Classes
Free daily classes are run for non-English speaking people to learn basic conversational English. These classes include a short Bible presentation in each class and attract between 20 and 30 on a regular basis.
Anyone prayerfully believing that they should inquire further regarding this position should contact the Interim Moderator, Rev. Graham Nicholson, on (03) 98195347 or the Session Clerk, Mr Peter Graham, on (03) 98031605.
The Presbytery of the Hunter NSW
The East Maitland congregations of St Stephen’s and St David’s are losing their Pastor. Sadly, he will be retiring at the end of January 2019 after ten years of generous service. Perhaps you feel drawn closer to Sydney, the East Coast, or Newcastle? Perhaps you would like to move away from the urbanisation of a capital city to serve a different community?
If so, please consider the following:
Located in the East Coast hinterland, St Stephen’s is situated within half an hour’s travel of Newcastle, Newcastle Airport, Newcastle University, the John Hunter Hospital, Tocal Agricultural College, Williamtown RAAF base, beaches, and vineyards. We are located on the bank of the Hunter River overlooking a fertile farming district. Good roads travel from here to the Central West and North Coast of NSW, and the M1 freeway leads directly to Sydney (approximately two hours’ drive). The main northern and northwest railways provide direct access to Newcastle CBD, Sydney, north coast and Brisbane.
Maitland is an area with much history. Founded in 1820, it was once the second largest city in the state, a large river port, and was proposed as the capital of NSW. Coal was discovered in 1801, and the South Maitland coal seam became the most extensive coalfield in NSW, employing tens of thousands of people in over thirty collieries. John Dunmore Lang brought many Scottish immigrants to the district to work on his nearby estate at Largs, and in 1832 he consecrated Scots Kirk, which was the first church, in Maitland, of any denomination. Recurrent, devastating floods, including the 1955 Maitland flood which inspired the establishment of the NSW State Emergency Service, led to extensive flood mitigation works that have protected all flat land and waterways from development. This has preserved discreet villages, farming, open fields, vegetation, bird life and pleasant views close to suburban development. Legacies include not only the landscape and heritage buildings, but also many descendants of the pioneers residing in our local community.
Today, Maitland is the fastest growing city outside Sydney. New suburbs have been opened and more are planned. New families and young couples are moving into our suburb, but so are baby boomers who are downsizing from Sydney or Newcastle, and landholders who are retiring from rural holdings to the suburbs or acreage. Also, because house prices are very attractive to investors, an increasing number of residents are now tenants.
East Maitland has been very well served. Just as our congregation moved their church up the hill following inundation from floodwaters, over time, services infrastructure and residences have moved out of Maitland and onto the surrounding hills. East Maitland straddles the New England Highway, and contains high schools, Christian Schools, primary schools, special schools, community halls, Fire Services, railway stations, a Stockland shopping mall, small shopping villages, tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, accommodation, garages, clubs, council facilities, state government services, charitable organisations, a large private hospital and a Court House. Work has commenced to relocate Maitland Hospital to East Maitland. Residences include heritage, acreage, cottages, new estates, community housing and villages of independent retirees.
Other churches in East Maitland include seven protestant and a Roman Catholic. More churches are found nearby. The nearest Presbyterian parish is Maitland (only 3kms away). Our parish is made up of two churches, St Stephen’s at East Maitland and St David’s at Beresfield (9kms SE), each holding a morning service every Sunday. Services are traditional in style, combined with a casual, friendly atmosphere at morning tea afterwards. East Maitland is a multigenerational church – a loving family of believers aged 6 to 90 worshipping, working and enjoying fellowship together. Parish family BBQ lunches are held throughout the year. Both churches own a school hall.
The Little Fish Playgroup is a thriving ministry for local mothers. It meets twice weekly during school term. Our PWA is active, and the fourth largest in NSW. Each year it conducts regular events (this year nine) for fundraising, and to give church members and neighbours opportunities to share with friends. It conducts an OP Shop with the Maitland parish. Half our Elders are women. We also have a Saturday Prayer breakfast and Tuesday Bible Study which meet weekly.
St David’s is a smaller congregation situated in Beresfield, formerly a farming district, beside the Hunter River, which became a suburban area during the 1960s to 1980s. Adjacent to the intersection of the Pacific and New England Highways, its railway station is on the main line to Newcastle’s University and CBD. Large commercial and light industrial estates border the residential area of free-standing homes and a caravan village. Three schools, a high school, a shopping village, sporting fields, five other churches and the region’s crematorium are located here.
Both congregations share a strong core of commitment to Christian faith. Also, they love their church, and have a long history in their community. Beresfield and East Maitland are areas of changing social demographic, and many opportunities for seeking new congregational members from communities and work places have been identified. Clearly the gospel opportunities are evident in the growing suburban populations around East Maitland and we would like loving leadership to help us reach out in Jesus’ name.
Wider Christian unity matters to us. We share our annual Hymnfest with the Salvation Army (and their band), and attend the World Day of Prayer which is hosted by a different local church every year. We would like to foster further relationships with local Christians. St Stephen’s has a choir, and a very rare pipe organ, installed by Charles Richardson in 1897, which occupies a central sound chamber and is a much beloved feature of the church. We are also blessed with an organist. We invite the local Pipe and Drum Band to our St Andrew’s Day service. A school of the Newcastle Conservatorium is located nearby in Maitland. As a point of difference, St Stephen’s would like to rebuild its reputation for having beautiful music accompany its worship.
East Maitland Pastoral Charge is seeking a Pastor who will teach God’s word in an engaging way; who will love and nurture those already serving in the life of the church and lead us in reaching out in Jesus’ name. Do you think you might be the one?
Want to find out more?
Contact our Interim Moderator Rev. John Macintyre