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Current series | Fully Engaged

Detached. Disengaged. Disinterested. That’s often how the Church has been when it comes to the cities and communities in which we live. We’re scared about getting involved. We’re unsure about what to say. We’re careful not to become too attached. But God has a different vision for our lives. He calls us to be all in. Involved. Interested. Fully Committed to him. Fully invested in the communities he loves. Fully engaged in bringing his life and hope where we live. The stakes are high. The future of our communities depends on it. So join us for this 11 week series in the book of Jeremiah so that we might become fully engaged in and for our communities.


56 Norfolk Rd, Epping NSW 2121


11.15am (Chinese)

48 Blackall St, Broadmeadow NSW


Temporary new location to be advised.


43-45 Griffiths Street, Oak Flats (Oak Flats Senior Citizens Centre)


12 Cascade Ave, Glenmore Park NSW 2745

Last Sunday each month, 5pm BBQ church

YouTube Live, streamed from Epping

9.30am (AEST)



About Us

Dear LifeWay family,

What an amazing journey LifeWay has been on so far. To see God’s power at work through ordinary people, prepared to move, serve and do ministry together is wonderfully exciting. To see the unity, generosity, and faith-filled willingness to ‘have a go’ is truly inspiring. It is incredibly humbling to be part of a community who are

LIVING Jesus' love | SHARING His hope with all | GROWING in grace together

So are you ready to ‘take-off’ on the next decade of our journey at LifeWay and see what God has planned for us and through us? You are not here by accident. God has led you to this place, at this time, with your gifts to be part of realising the vision to which he has called us. To be A vibrant, multi-ethnic Christian Church equipping and empowering disciples of all ages in advancing his Kingdom locally and globally, by living fully, sharing boldly, and growing purposefully in the life-transforming grace of Jesus Christ.

God has given you a boarding pass to go on a journey:

- Beyond where you have been before.

- Beyond the limits you have imposed on yourselves.

- Beyond the limits you have let others impose on you.

For as we believe the truth of Jesus, practice the way of Jesus, and grow in the life of Jesus we can step out boldly in faith and trust knowing: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 2 Corinthians 2:9

ONE MISSION ... making disciples of all nations

ONE COMMUNITY ... serving and impacting in multiple locations

MANY JOURNEYS ... celebrating each person’s unique giftedness

TOGETHER – living, sharing and growing

LifeWay, you’re cleared for Take-Off! Which plane will you board? What stopovers will you make? How far will you let his love take you?

God, prepare our hearts for what you have for us next and give us a heart of faith to go where you call us to go. Amen.


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for Christian resources that will enrich your personal faith journey and equip you for the ministry God is calling you to! 


Resources to enrich your faith journey

News 3 November, 2022

The Biodegradable Communion Cup

In response to the single-use plastic ban legislation and rollout across Australia, ACR have teamed up with BioPak, Australia’s leading sustainable packaging company to produce 'The Biodegradable Communion Cup'. It's a world first Certified Home Compostable Communion Cup!

These new cups are a simple way that churches can care for Gods creation and take a practical step towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Manufactured exclusively for ACR by BioPak. Read about the journey here.

Available to pre-order now. Stock arriving November 2022.

There are many benefits to choosing The Biodegradable Communion Cup!

- 100% Plant based made from bagasse (sugar cane pulp)

- Certified Home and Industrially Compostable

- Zero carbon footprint

- Fits standard communion trays, both metal and wooden.

- Australian designed to world standards (ISO 14001, ISO 9001, AS5810, AS4736, EN13432)

News 25 January, 2024

Sharing Jesus doesn't have to be awkward

"Sam Chen helps all of us to not be "that guy" so we can point people to the person of Jesus. Sam has taken a heavy topic and made it into a breezy read that will inform, amuse and inspire." - Abdu Murray⁠

Most Christians know they should be trying to tell their friends and family about Jesus. But in a post-Christendom world, personal evangelism is viewed negatively--it's offensive, inappropriate, and insensitive. Recent studies confirm that the majority of Christians rarely evangelise, worried they might offend their family or lose their friends. In How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being That Guy), author Sam Chan equips everyday Christians who are reluctant and nervous to tell their friends about Jesus with practical, tested ways of sharing their faith in the least awkward ways possible.

Drawing from over two decades of experience as an evangelist, teacher, and pastor, Chan explains why personal evangelism feels so awkward today. And utilising recent insights from communication theory, cross-cultural ministry, and apologetics, he helps you build confidence in sharing your faith, and teaches you how to evangelise your friends and family in socially appropriate ways.

News 22 April, 2024

Finding Sanctuary

Whether its the TV or radio continually playing in the background or the persistent pinging on our phones, the constant noise and frenetic pace of modern life can be overwhelming. The cacophony of cultural messages that permeate the air produces an inner restlessness that says, You should be doing more, saying more, posting more and sharing more.

More than ever, we need sanctuary, not only as a refuge from the noise around us but also as a place where Gods truth can be clearly heard.

This 31-day devotional explores what it means, and what it looks like in very practical ways, to lead the quiet life Paul speaks of in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. Readers will come to see that a quiet life doesn't mean escaping from the world around them but centring their hearts on Christ so that they can live with a clear focus, a quiet confidence and a steady peace.

This book is for those who

- feel overwhelmed and long for quieter spaces that allow for thoughtful reflections and honest conversations.

- want to balance time spent online with non-digital activities and invest in real-life relationships.

- desire a deeper quality of life beyond the online culture of noise, outrage and self-promotion.

$24.99 from



6 June, 2024

Looking for volunteers

LifeWay is running ALPHA in term 3 and we need you!

Alpha requires volunteers willing to be trained to facilitate small group discussions and others to provide food and hospitality to those who attend. We are hoping to run ALPHA at the church on a Tuesday evening from 7-9pm so team members would need to be able to make themselves available each Tuesday evening for the 10 weeks of term 3.

If you would like to serve on LifeWay’s ALPHA team in term 3 then we invite you to attend the Hunter region’s ALPHA training evening at the Grainery Church on June 18thfrom 7-9pm. If you cannot make it on that evening, please speak to Pastor Mat so we can organise an alternative training opportunity. It is really important that team members receive training before the first ALPHA night.

To register please email Pastor Mat, [email protected] by Sunday the 16th of June.

17 May, 2024

New series begins 26 May

We're often told ... "Don’t rock the boat." "Mind your own business." "Keep your opinions to yourself."

So we do just that... We bite our tongue, when words need to be spoken. Do nothing, when we are prompted to act. Turn a blind eye when we are called to hold to account. And in that moment, the opportunity is lost - to share the good news of the Gospel - to share Jesus who alone transforms lives and brings hope to the world.

It doesn't matter if you’re young or old. You don't need a degree or special training before you attempt it. The Bible is full of stories of ordinary people who refused to go with the flow but stand against the culture around them. People who acted courageously in the moment to have an influence and impact far more significant than silence and hiding can offer. So join us in living courageously... by faith... in the promise and power of God who always acts through unexpected unexpected ways to bring life and hope to all.

Begins 26 May 2024. See our homepage for service times and locations or watch via livestream on our channel:

22 April, 2024

Books on Motherhood

Here's some great Christian books on motherhood - perfect for gifting to Mum this Mother's Day.

The End of Me - Finding Resurrection Life in the Daily Sacrifices of Motherhood - $22.99

There are many books on motherhood but not many that talk about how hard it is physically, mentally and spiritually and what to do when you reach your limits.

When Liz Wann became a mother, she was unprepared for how hard it would be. In this book, she writes honestly about these deeply challenging aspects of motherhood and how God works through them to make us more like his Son. Coming to the end of who I was, and what motherhood was stripping me of, was a good thing that drove me to Christ and to the power that he supplies in every failure and weakness of motherhood.

This short, easy-to-read book encourages mothers to depend on Christ when they reach their limits. They will find that God will supply what they need to cope with the daily sacrifices and challenges of motherhood, and that he will use these struggles to make them more like Christ.

New Baby Survival Guide: Bite-sized Bible reading for new mothers - $18.99

A new baby is a wonderful gift from the Lord, bringing great joybut also sleepless nights, constant laundry and, sometimes, total exhaustion. It can be hard to read your Bible and pray. So here's a survival guide, which is do-able and God-centred. There's probably no time, brainpower or energy for your usual "solids" from God's word but: "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation" (1 Peter 2:2)

These bite-sized Bible readings from the book of Psalms are designed for you to dip into and be refreshed by the Lord. Also includes real-life stories, practical help and an A-Z of mothering.

He Gives More Grace - 30 Reflections for the Ups and Downs of Motherhood Through the Years - $22.99

Motherhood is one of lifes most joyful yet most difficult gifts. We are eager to get it "right", yet parenting usually highlights our weaknesses and leaves us worried about our mistakes.

These hope-filled, positive devotions recognise the realities and pressures, joys and disappointments of motherhood and will give you a precious reminder of grace from Gods word to hold onto each day. They will help you to trust that Gods grace is enough for you and your kids. As the authors say in the introduction, Our children do not need a perfect mother. What they do need is a mother who recognises her need for a perfect Saviour and understands that this is the greatest need of her children as well.

As you focus on the work of Jesus rather than your own efforts, you will feel less pressure and more freedom and joy in all the ups and downs of motherhood.

Written by a mother-daughter combination (one with four kids aged 10-16, one with three grown kids and ten grandchildren) who are both grateful recipients of God's grace and faithfulness in the many seasons, situations and realities of motherhood.



26 July, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

Mainly Music Epping - Term 3

A fun interactive music session for parents and caregivers to enjoy together with their preschool aged children.

The morning includes a 30 minute music and movement session, where children develop gross and fine motor skills, language and imagination. Then children can socialise with others over morning tea (also for the adults) before play and craft time.

Our sessions at Epping run each Friday of the school term, from 10am-12pm.

You are welcome to come along for one session for FREE! Try it out and see if you like it. After that, the cost per session is $6 for one caregiver & one child. Additional children or adults are an extra $2 each (newborns – 12 months are free).

2024 DATES

TERM 3: 26 July - 20 Sept

TERM 4: 18 Oct - 13 Dec

28 July, 2024 @ 3:00 PM

Installation Bishop Richard Schwedes

You're invited to join us for the

Installation of Pastor Richard Schwedes

as Bishop of LCA NSW and ACT District with oversight for New Zealand

Sunday 28 July, 3pm

at LifeWay Lutheran Church

56 Norfolk Rd, Epping NSW 2121

Followed by afternoon tea

Click here to watch the livestream

RSVP and greetings to District Office by 19 July 2024. Email [email protected] or phone 8660 1200 or click here

20 August, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Letitia Shelton: City Women Day

Unity Opportunity for all church women across the Ryde area

Letitia Shelton: City Women Day

Tuesday 20 Aug, 10am-5pm

Stanmore House - 97 Cambridge St Stanmore NSW

Register via this link.

International speaker, Letitia Shelton, founder of City Women Toowoomba, will be sharing her learnings from 20 years of listening to and responding to the needs of women. If you're looking for ways to really help others as an expression of your love for God and people, this is for you.

2 September, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

City Women Ryde: Serving our city collaboratively

Unity Opportunity for all church women across the Ryde area

City Women Ryde: Serving our city collaboratively

Monday 2 Sep, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Online meeting

Register via this link.

Come and meet some inspirational women from churches all across the City of Ryde LGA who are actively loving their neighbours, and share your own stories too. We will be able to encourage, support and connect with one another as we find ways to collaborate when our visions align. We believe creating networks of relationships and storytelling across churches, denominations and ministries will help us collectively to see a greater impact in our own city. All women are welcome, so come join in from the comfort of your own home.

18 October, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

Mainly Music Epping - Term 4

A fun interactive music session for parents and caregivers to enjoy together with their preschool aged children.

The morning includes a 30 minute music and movement session, where children develop gross and fine motor skills, language and imagination. Then children can socialise with others over morning tea (also for the adults) before play and craft time.

Our sessions at Epping run each Friday of the school term, from 10am-12pm.

You are welcome to come along for one session for FREE! Try it out and see if you like it. After that, the cost per session is $6 for one caregiver & one child. Additional children or adults are an extra $2 each (newborns – 12 months are free).

2024 DATES

TERM 4: 18 Oct - 13 Dec


BBQ Church at Westside

Come experience community where you can






Last Sunday of the month, 5pm

at 12 Cascade Ave, Glenmore Park NSW

It's free and you're invited!

Contact Brocky 0411 705 942


Today's verse & thought to ponder ...




Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.

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