Welcome to Central Church

Sunday 9 December 2018

Thanks for joining us at Central Church today. If you are new at Central, please visit the Connect Desk before you leave. The team there will have some more information about life and ministries at Central Church.

Morning Church: KidzCentral Service 

Preacher:     Philip van’t Spyker

Talk:        Sheep and Goats 

Text:        Matthew 25: 31 – 46


Waiting is hard. While we wait for Jesus to return, the way we treat the family of God shows if we are one of God’s people.


Traditional Service 

Preacher:     Rob Nicholls

Talk:             Follow Me to the End                            Text:         Zechariah 9: 9 – 13, Mark 11: 1 – 11


Night Church: ProFaith Service

 Preacher:     Philip van’t Spyker

Talk:             Gods Promises to Last us a Lifetime

 Text:             2 Peter 1: 1 – 15

Today’s Message

God has given us everything we need through His great and precious promises in order that we can grow our faith that we might live for Him for the rest of our lives.


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Matthew 25: 31 - 46, Zechariah 9: 9 - 13, Mark 11: 1 - 11, 2 Peter 1: 1 - 15

Thank You!

Linda Curry wishes to sincerely express her gratitude for all the help and support she received from the Church Family.


Ipswich Assist – Easy Tap Donations

Ipswich Assist depends on your regular support to continue their work caring for marginalised people in Ipswich. You can become a financial partner by giving regularly or you can donate by simply tapping your card on the Donation Point station on the Connect Desk. The donation point is preset to withdraw a $2 donation. So tap away and remember every little bit helps.


Ipswich Meals on Wheels

Each year, Central Church provides volunteers to help Ipswich Meals on Wheels with deliveries over the Christmas/New Year period so that their regular volunteers can take a well-deserved rest.

It takes about 2 hours from 10.15, leaving from South St. If you can help on 27 December, 4 or 7 January, sign up at the Connect Desk or contact Kylie at, or 3413 1050.


Staff Movements

Scott and Natalie are on annual leave until 14 December.

Philip will take leave from Friday 14 December until his employment ends on 31 December. We certainly wish Philip and his family the very best for the future.


Late Night Security Patrols of Church Grounds

We have started late night security patrols around the church grounds. This will continue for the next month. These are to ensure that our facilities are safe for all who use them.


 Next Generation Celebrations – Tonight

5.30pm ProFaith/Baptism Service – This is our annual ProFaith service,

a time of hearing some of our teenagers and young adults stand up and make a Profession of Faith. We’ll then pray for them in their journey with Christ.


Christmas at Central Church – ‘What Child is This’

December 23:  10.30 am Traditional Service in the Heritage Building

5.30 pm Carols Service in the Auditorium

A special night of carols to worship our Saviour

     Note: There will be no 9am service this day

Christmas Day:  8am Traditional Service in the Heritage Building

Invite family, friends, neighbours and work mates to hear the story

of the true meaning of Christmas! Flyers are available from the Connect Desk.



Grow Summer Series (No Cost) – The Grand Design

‘The old is in the new revealed, The new is in the old concealed’

Where:           Central Church Auditorium

When:             Wednesday 16, 23 & 30 January 2019

Times:             9.30am to 11am or 7pm to 8.30pm

Register:        Church Website or at the Bookshop, by 13 January




Together, we can help to bring some joy to families that need a helping hand at Christmas time!

Hampers – Once again this year we will be providing Christmas hampers to the in needy families of Ipswich. We would be grateful for donations of non-perishable Christmas themed food items, Bon Bons and Christmas Decorations, Toiletry Gift Packs, Personal Hygeine products. As we can buy food at a cut price from Foodbank, and other items needed, financial donations are also welcome, to Ipswich Assist, BSB: 034189, A/c: 224918, Reference: Hampers.

Shoebox Gifts – We would like to have gifts for the kids of the families who are receiving hampers. Take a gift tag from the boards in the foyer and prepare a shoebox-sized box filled with age and gender appropriate items, wrap the box and attach the gift tag securely. Include items like small games, craft materials, toys etc. We recommend you spend no more than $15 – $20 on each gift.

Volunteer your time to help pack and deliver hampers. Contact Ipswich Assist on a Monday or Tuesday on 3413 1070 or email office@ipswich or talk to Troy.

Please have your food items, donations and shoebox gifts to church by Sunday the 16 December.


Please pray for

-ž Those who have been affected by flooding, fires  and extreme temperatures during this past week

-ž Generous donations and support for the Ipswich Assist Christmas activities

-ž Those facing health issues: Tamara Peters,  Keith & Roz Nobbs (Forest Hill) & others

Ramsays – on leave from Chiba City, Japan 

-ž Praise God that we’ve finished all our church visits, and for the great response from our supporters

-ž Pray for grace towards each other as we go  through transition, and that we’d fix our eyes on  Jesus this Christmas

Church Planting – Central Valley Church

For Praise 

-ž For a great turnout at community Christmas  events on the weekend and the opportunity to  serve and have Gospel conversations

-ž That Pier & Kathryn and their family enjoy a  refreshing time away

For Prayer 

-ž Gospel opportunities with Ripley neighbours and residents during the Christmas holiday season

-ž That God would continue to guide the team in  discussions with the Ripley Community Officer  and developers, finalising a place to meet in the  new year


-ž Give thanks for God’s grace to us throughout the  year in so many ways

-ž Pray for and give thanks for Philip and Jessica as they end their ministry service at Central

-ž Pray for the elders as they seek to recruit new  staff in 2019


Weekly Prayer Meetings

Sunday 8.00am to 8.45am – Heritage Building

4.45pm to 5.25pm – Hall

Tuesday 1.30pm – Church Office Meeting Room

Ripley Prayer group (monthly) – contact Pier


Prayer Chain

If you are in need of urgent prayer, you can contact the co-ordinator giving details. Confidentiality is maintained, only those on the chain know the need.  If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 5467 3303.

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Sunday 9 December 2018

Morning Church: KidzCentral Service 

No Handout


Traditional Service

Preacher:     Rob Nicholls

Talk:             Follow Me to the End                            Text:         Zechariah 9: 9 – 13, Mark 11: 1 – 11

What’s in it for me?

  1. The King is here


  1. Save me and bless me


  1. The untriumphant entry

Why did you become a Christian?

Will you follow until the end?

What’s in it for me?



Night Church: ProFaith Service

 Preacher:     Philip van’t Spyker

Talk:             Gods Promises to Last us a Lifetime      Text:             2 Peter 1: 1 – 15

What has God given us for the Christian life?

  1. God’s promises have given us all we need for life and godliness.


  1. Make every effort to grow your faith.


  1. Full effort will result in a rich welcome into God’s kingdom.


What has God given us for the Christian life?

God has given us his great and precious promises and power, so that we can work at growing like him.

5 things:

Staff Contacts

Senior Minister - Rev Scott Muir

Connect Pastor - Jason Budden

Grow Pastor - Philip van't Spyker

Ministry Co-ordinator - Natalie Newell