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Join us for our Advent/Christmas series:

EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS

“Less stuff…more stories – give enriching experiences this Christmas.” So says an advert on a well-known website where you can purchase experiences to create shared memories. We love to immerse ourselves in experiences. But having an experience is more than just knowing about something, it’s immersing and involving ourselves in the heart of what the experience is. This year God invites you to really Experience Christmas. To immerse yourself and involve yourself like never before. To experience Christmas is to experience Jesus; to immerse yourself, involve yourself fully, totally in Jesus. Experience him as the Spirit of God unveils Jesus through his written Word. Experience all that Jesus is through a genuine encounter with the child in the manger who became the man upon the cross. Experience the wonder and the joy. Experience the hope and the fulfilment of all God’s promises. Experience Jesus and you will experience Christmas.

Sunday 4th December

SYDNEY | Epping 9.30am & Chinese 11.15am

NEWCASTLE | Broadmeadow 9.30am

ILLAWARRA | Oak Flats 8.30am & Wollongong 10.30am

LIVESTREAM | YouTube Live 9.30am (AEST)


Check out our store, ACR

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

OUR STORY FEATURED PRODUCTS

Some great resources to enrich your faith

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)

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News 28 April, 2022

Faith, Hope, Love Candles

Hand poured by our talented friends at Alabaster Jar Collective and designed in-house by ACR, these gorgeous candles are a great way to display a message of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE in your home, plus they smell divine! Perfumed with botanically based, Australian made oil fragrances - no nasties.⁠⁠

See the range HERE.

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News 18 November, 2022

Faith inspired gift ideas

The 2022 ACR Christmas Catalogue is here!

Browse online for all your faith inspired gift ideas.

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NEWS & EVENTS ...

24 November, 2022

Christmas Cheer 2022

Hampers, Toys, and Gift Cards is happening again with Salvos Christmas Cheer 2022. This is a great way for us to bless others this Christmas as part of our involvement in the Together for Ryde network. The hampers will go to families in our community who have been struggling this year and bring a touch of hope to struggling lives.

Can you bless a family in need this Christmas through the gift of a Christmas Gift Box?

All the instructions are provided to help make it easy to pack your gift box and spread hope and joy this Christmas.

CLICK HERE FOR HAMPER INSTRUCTIONS

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18 November, 2022

Faith inspired gift ideas

The 2022 ACR Christmas Catalogue is here!

Browse online for all your faith inspired gift ideas.

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18 November, 2022

Christmas 2022 at LifeWay

“Less stuff…more stories – give enriching experiences this Christmas.” So says an advert on a well-known website where you can purchase experiences to create shared memories. We love to immerse ourselves in experiences. But having an experience is more than just knowing about something, it’s immersing and involving ourselves in the heart of what the experience is. This year God invites you to really Experience Christmas. To immerse yourself and involve yourself like never before. To experience Christmas is to experience Jesus; to immerse yourself, involve yourself fully, totally in Jesus. Experience him as the Spirit of God unveils Jesus through his written Word. Experience all that Jesus is through a genuine encounter with the child in the manger who became the man upon the cross. Experience the wonder and the joy. Experience the hope and the fulfilment of all God’s promises. Experience Jesus and you will experience Christmas.

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18 November, 2022

Cambodia Christmas Appeal

This year the Cambodia Christmas Appeal has two projects you can support:

PROJECT 1: Salary for Pastor Vibol and his family - $12,000

We are looking for 10 people who are willing to make a $100 monthly donation to support Pastor Vibol’s salary as he ministers to and builds a Gospel community.

PROJECT 2: LifeWay Cambodia Ministry costs - $10,000

Help support LifeWay Cambodia as we serve the community and reach them with the Gospel.

- Renting a premises on the main road that the school is

- on to run computer classes, English Classes and other events for young people.

- Run Gospel presentation events in primary, middle and high schools (we partner with Lutheran Hour Ministries in Cambodia)

- Support school students with stationary packs at beginning of each semester. (last year gave out 890 school packs)

- Run education and gospel presentations to husband and wives in villages to help grow their marriage but also to help them see the value of education for their children.

- Support elderly people in the community whose children have left the rural areas and moved to the city.

- Run education programs to improve sanitation and hygiene that especially affects adolescent girls.

- Purchase of 5 more computers for the computer program

- Give scholarships to young people in villages who for young people with difficult family circumstances to stay in school and get the chance to graduate from high school or university, positioning them for bright futures.

- Develop some agriculture projects as an income raising means for long term sustainability of LifeWay Cambodia.

Your acts of generosity, no matter the size, can have an eternal impact.

For donation details and to read stories download the flyer on this page

Or simply click the Give button above.

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17 November, 2022

Our App has had a refresh

We have great news, the Church Central app update is now live in the App stores (iOS and android).

Before you update, please note the following:

IMPORTANT USER DATA CHANGES

The new Church Central app has consolidated the 'My Favourites' and 'Sermon Notes' features into the users' login (My Profile).

Previously it was located in the side menu and available to users that were not logged in, however users' must be logged in to access these features. If you have saved favourites and sermon notes in the side menu (without being logged in), you will need to copy any content and save it outside of the app to avoid losing this information.

Then log into your app store and upgrade to continue to enjoy all the great content provided to grow in your faith.

DOWNLOAD ON THE APP STORE

GET IT ON GOOLGE PLAY

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11 November, 2022

Volunteers needed for North Epping Carols

NORTH EPPING CAROLS : Volunteers Required

With less than a month to go before the Carols, it’s important to keep the day free and to decide how you can help this year.

We need lots of helpers for the set-up on Friday December 9th.

At the Carols we need traffic marshals, popcorn sellers, snow cone sellers , drinks sellers. Plus we need lots of people to stay and help with the breakdown and bump-out after the fireworks. If you are able to help, put your name on a list at the church or online via the link below. Contact Ian Bittner on [email protected] if you'd like more information or to notify when you are available and what you would like to do. Indications are that the crowds will back in force for the live event this year.

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE

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COMING UP ...

1 December, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Grow Course - Learning to speak Mandarin

Come and join us in person at LifeWay Epping on Thursday nights to have some of our Chinese members teach us conversation Mandarin as we seek to build bridges among each other here at LifeWay. It’s going to be lots of fun!

The course will run for 6 weeks beginning 3rd November, 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

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2 December, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Epping Mainly Music - 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.

Cost per session is $6 for one caregiver & one child. Additional children or adults are an extra $2 each (newborns – 12 months are free).

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

We don't have a waiting list at the moment. Come along for one session for FREE and see what we are all about!

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9 December, 2022 @ 6:30 PM

North Epping Carols

After two yearsof online Carols, we’re back in person to celebrate Christmas Together! Invite your friends, and experience the joy of gathering together in community again.

Friday 9 December, from 6.30pm

at Epping Oval, Norfolk Rd

Carol singing begins at 7.15pm & finishes with fireworks ~ 9pm

Food, drinks & glowsticks available for sale

More information available at

northeppingcarols.com

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18 December, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Pre-Christmas Community Lunch

You're invited to join us for a

Pre-Christmas Community Lunch

Sunday 18th December

after worship at LifeWay Wollongong (15 Burelli St)

Bring a plate of food to share. Hope to see you there!

All welcome!

Contact Karen Dobie for more information: [email protected]

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22 December, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Annual Community Christmas Dinner

The Salvation Army Christmas Dinner will be held on Thursday December 22nd from 12-3pm – please note not a Sunday this time – at the Ranch on Epping Road. We are looking for volunteers

- to sit on tables and connect with the 80 local guests.

- Kids table (face painting/craft)

- Musos for some carols (busking style)

Please sign up here if you can help.

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LifeWay Bushwalkers next walk

Our next walk is Saturday November 26th November. Location - second leg of the Great West Walk, from Blacktown to Rooty Hill. It's 15km, 300m total elevation gain, about 4-4.5hrs. Meet at Blacktown train station at 8:30am. We may have lunch together afterwards.

See https://greatwestwalk.com.au for information.

Please contact John Klingberg if you plan to come along [email protected]

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Today's verse & thought to ponder ...

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DANIEL 4:3

How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

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We acknowledge that our loving Creator God, who is Lord over all, first entrusted to the Traditional Custodians, the care and protection of the land upon which LifeWay worships and conducts its ministries. We recognise the First Nations peoples who have a continuing connection to this Country. We seek to honour the Elders, past, present and emerging.