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Sunday 17 March 2019

Welcome to Central Church

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.   

Preacher:     Rev David Hassan (Army Chaplain)

Series:            Follow Me: Matthew 8 to 12 

Talk 7:           Jesus Reveals 

Text:             Matthew 11: 20 – 30

Today’s Message

Why is it, Jesus is so harsh on the towns where he performs so many great miracles? Today we see how Jesus helps us face up to the struggle we all face – which is self-sufficiency from God. The invitation of Jesus is to come and confront our greatest need, for the life transforming work of handing our entire lives over to Jesus and find the true meaning of rest.

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Matthew 11: 20 – 30

Evergreens – this Wednesday 20 March

Glenda Hindley, who is working as a midwife with YWAM in Perth, will be our guest speaker. She is currently home on leave and has lots to share! All welcome. Please bring a small plate to share for Morning Tea. We begin at 9.30am.                    Contact, Elizabeth 3294 6172.


Annual Congregational Meeting – 31 March
Agenda items will include receiving the 2018 Annual Report and Audited Accounts.

On Thursday, the Congregational Booklet was emailed to all those on the church mailing list.

If you didn’t receive an email, copies of the booklet are available from the Connect Desk. On the day of the meeting, both Morning Church and the Traditional Service will be at 9am, followed by a shared morning tea, then the meeting at 11am.


Volunteers Needed for Streetlinks – Wednesday 19 June 2019

It’s that time of year again when we start preparing for Streetlinks, which brings together services and agencies that help the most marginalised members of our community. Streetlinks is a unique outreach ministry within our church and Ipswich, and holds many opportunities for sharing the gospel.

Some areas where volunteers are needed: set up on 18 June; on the day: help, pray, be a greeter/connect person, serve morning tea and lunch. If you are interested in helping in any way please contact Danielle Smith


Keep Cups

Central Church glass ‘Keep Cups’are available from the Bookshop for $12 each. Buy one and bring it to church each Sunday to save on foam cups. Or give one as a gift!


Growing a Great Marriage

Central Church invites you to invest a day to enrich your relationship. Whether you’re preparing to be married or been married for decades this day is for you.

When:             Saturday 23 March

Time:               8.30am to 3pm

Where:           Central Church Auditorium

Cost:               $60 per couple

Register:        Online at the Church website, or at the Bookshop


Equip Training Workshops

Monday:  Kickstarting Your Prayer Life

Tuesday:  Leading Others to Jesus

Wednesday:  Exploring Corinth

When:             Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 April

Time:               7pm to 9pm

Where:           Central Church Auditorium

Register:        Central Church Website or at the Bookshop


Holiday Kids Club

We are excited this year to be partnered with Quizworx and to be entering the Underwater Kingdom. Children from Prep to Year Six are invited to bring a friend to see who will reign. The Good News of the Gospel will be shared in a fun and engaging environment with puppets, dramas, crafts and games!

When:             Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 April

Time:               9am to 12Noon

Where:           Central Church Auditorium


Register:        Online at the Church Website, or at the Bookshop

Cost:               There is no set cost, however donations would be

                        welcomed to assist with running costs, which are

                        approx $25 per child


The Lord’s Supper – 5.30pm Service, 7 April                   

Please pray for

-ž June Walker after the recent passing of her brother, Tom

-ž CVC as they commence public services

-ž Mark & Cheryl Davies and their family

– Those affected by natural disasters. Also for those affected by the extreme hot temperatures, especially the sick and elderly

-ž Continued recovery for Tamara Peters

-ž Those facing health issues, including Ken Stark  

Connect Ministries

-ž Give thanks for the new believers who have recently come to faith through Central Church

-ž Give thanks that God has raised up some new CRI teachers

-ž Pray for the Ipswich Assist Board as they meet this Tuesday, that God would grant them wisdom and a great commitment to the great commission

-ž Pray that everyone at Central Church would live faithfully as ambassadors for Christ on our frontlines

ž- Pray for Holiday Kids Club, that the core team will be focusing on ways to reach the unchurched families in our area


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

Just a reminder, that we have a Prayer Chain, so that those in need of urgent prayer can contact the co-ordinator giving details. Confidentiality is maintained, only those on the chain know the need, and the person who is in need can divulge as little or as much as he/she desires. If you would like to be on the chain, please contact Bernice, 5467 3303.

Prayer for Central Church and Beyond

If anyone is interested in receiving a weekly email that includes prayer points for the individual ministries of the church, please email Jenny ( and she would be happy to include you in the mail-out


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Sunday 17 March 2019

Preacher:     Rev David Hassan (Army Chaplain)

Series:            Follow Me: Matthew 8 to 12 

Talk 7:           Jesus Reveals         Text:             Matthew 11: 20 – 30

  1. The Condemned. Vs 20 – 24

There was nothing Jesus could not heal, and yet we often see Jesus withdraw when the word starts to spread Jesus was healing people in their town. 

Capernaum was a home base for Jesus ministry.

The condemned who are indifferent to Jesus.

How do you notice misunderstanding and indifference shape us more than what we think with how Jesus addresses these towns?



  1. The Accepted Who Find Rest. Vs 25 – 30

Rest – turning to Jesus for his sovereign justice and grace

Notice how Jesus puts the focus on thanksgiving with the surprise of challenging our expectations.

Do you struggle with wanting faith to be easier than what it is?  How does Jesus deal with this in his invitation to come and find rest with him?

Staff Contacts

Senior Minister - Rev Scott Muir

Connect Pastor - Jason Budden

Grow Pastor - Philip van't Spyker

Ministry Co-ordinator - Natalie Newell