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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

  • Tcf Slide1

    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

Welcome to Torquay Christian Fellowship

Torquay Christian Fellowship is a member congregation of the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV). People of all ages are important to us. Families, Children and Teens make up a significant part of the fellowship and we welcome everyone to ‘Come as you are’.

COVID-19

As part of our ongoing response to COVID-19, we would like to advise you that the Torquay Christian Fellowship Leadership Team has decided to suspend Sunday Services until further notice.

We would like to thank you for your understanding during this extraordinary time for all of us, and we encourage you to keep in contact via the TCF FB page/text/phone until Sunday Services resume.

We take courage from the fact that these events have not caught our God by surprise, and we firmly believe that what the enemy intends for harm, He will use for good. (Romans 8:28).
Blessings,

Rev. Danny McDowell and the Torquay Christian Fellowship Leadership Team.

Our office will remain open Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm

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Sunday Service

10am - 11:30am on Sundays

2 Pimelea Way (off 25 Grossmans Rd), Torquay VIC 3228

Wheelchair / pram access is available

What's On

Our programs for children and youth take place during the Sunday Message.

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Children

During school term time we offer a program of creativity and learning during part of the Sunday morning service. This is made available for ages 3 to Grade 6.

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High School Youth

Most weeks the High School age youth are able to spend time during the morning service in a small group setting with our Youth leaders exploring faith with a particular focus on the questions and interests of teens.

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Babies

Families with small children are welcome. A cry room is available if needed. Pram access is available.

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BUV Devotions

Congregational Life Part 2 - Engagement

by Rev Robert Hayman - Regional Pastor, East

As I sit and think about what it is that “Engagement” adds to a flourishing church, I look out to my garden which for this time of the year is looking quite good. You could say it is flourishing despite it being the middle of winter and the frosts are heavy and regular. The grass is a bit brown because of the frosts and the flowers aren’t plentiful and new growth is of a minimum. But taking into account the season things are looking pretty good.

I am sure that if you stop and reflect on Congregational engagement in your church, it might not be as quite as obvious or to the level it was 12 months ago. This season we are in will change our expectations and opportunities. But it does not change the importance or impact that engagement within our congregations have on the health and vitality of our churches.

So much of our normal engagement use to happen on Sundays as we met for worship, mid-week as we attended or were involved in different ministries, small groups in people’s homes and the various other incidental meeting and catch ups that happened throughout the week. Most of these are no longer happening and yet engagement is just, or even more, important now than it has ever been. Having said this, even in “normal” times when there are lots of people around, interactions each day and meeting, ministries and the like it does not make engagement any easier. In fact we can hide behind all these interactions and tell ourselves we are engaged, when really we “see people but they look like trees”(Mark 8:24). Regardless of the season, true engagement only comes when we are intentional.

Jesus walked around and was engaged with people, individuals amongst the crowds of people. In John 5:1-8 we read the story of the paralysed man who had been waiting at the pool for 38 years trying to be the first into the pool when the waters stirred so he could be healed. Jesus came onto the scene and saw the crowd around the pool all wanting healing (we assume), His eyes however fixed on the one person. Jesus walk in, over and around many others to get to the one man and asked him “What do you want?” Jesus healed him and they both walked away, leaving many others still sitting by the pool waiting.

This is a bit confronting, but also very liberating. Jesus could have stood outside the crowd and healed them all with a simple declaration, but that would have not been engagement. They would have all left physically well but still spiritually blind and lame. However, Jesus saw the individual and engaged with him. Notice, He did what He did so often, ask the obvious question to the lame man “what do you want?”. This is where the engagement happens, not the healing. Jesus did not, nor did He ever assume that the obvious need was what the individual really wanted/needed. Jesus was very intentional in His engagement with others.

Sometimes we can be overwhelmed with situations and needs. In this season, there are so many who need to be engaged that we become paralysed and think the task is too big, too hard. We can all follow the example of Jesus and look at the individuals around us, rather than the “crowds”. We may walk past many to get to the one that God is drawing us to engage with at this time. Andy Stanley puts it this way, “Do for one what you would like to do for the many”.

During this season, we need to be even more intentional than ever to engage with individuals. This should come out of a growing relationship with have with God as He engages with us each day, starting with the question – what is you want/need?

Questions for consideration and discussion

1.What does engagement look like in this season, what are some creative ways to engage with people?

2. As you reflect on Jesus’ ministry, what insights come to mind as you think about how He engaged with people?

3. Who is it that God is asking you to engage with this week?

4. How can we ensure that no one is left “alone and forgotten” as we engage with the one?

5. What's the one thing you are going to do this week to engage with someone?

Blessings,

Rev Robert Hayman
BUV Regional Pastor
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