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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

YouTube Channel for Sunday Messages

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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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Congregational Life Part 3 - Hospitality

by Kimberly Smith - Generations & Emerging Leaders Pastor

I was recently invited to lunch at my friends’ house. As I walked up the front steps, the door flung open and the eldest child, Miss 5, greeted me holding a plastic tiara and a patterned sarong for a robe. “Put these on Queen Kimmy!”, she urged and then turned back into the house yelling “Queen Kimmy is here – make way, make way for the Queen!” The entry way of the house was laid with red fabric – maybe a picnic rug and a towel – and she waved her arms, ushering me along the path she had created.

As I was seated on the couch (“Kimmy, this is your throne!”) her dad came to offer me a drink. She rebuked him and ordered him to address me correctly, “Oh, right, Queen Kimmy, may I be so honoured as to bring you a drink that would be to your satisfaction?” He looked over to Miss 5 who gave him the nod of approval.

Our time together proceeded with various changes in character and role plays of all sorts which made for a highly entertaining couple of hours! (And the lunch was delicious!)

In our Flourishing Church Framework, the focus on Congregational Life includes the aspect of hospitality.

I wonder what comes to mind when you read that word? Perhaps you think of a hospital or maybe you immediately think of the hospitality industry – cafes, restaurants and hotels. Your thoughts might go to images of dinner parties with friends, or to specific people who embody hospitality in the way they conduct their lives and open their homes. Like my little friend, Miss 5, quite literally treating me like a queen!

Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

1 Peter 4:9 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” In attaching this exhortation to the ‘one another’, Peter makes it clear that hospitality is not an industry, a business, a role, or a location. It’s something we are all encouraged to engage in – a heart posture we would all seek to hold. In Romans 12:13 Paul says, “Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

The Greek word used here is philoxenos. It’s a hybrid of two words. Philo which means friend and xenos which means stranger. These words are an interesting pairing. In fact, they are opposites! But in that, we understand the fullness of the act of hospitality.

To treat a stranger like a friend or to make a friend of a stranger.

What if that defined every single person’s experiencing of encountering a Christ follower or a community of believers? What if our churches were places where people of every walk of life felt like a friend? What if the strangers in our country, our neighbourhood; our streets, found a place of friendship and inclusion amongst us?

In Luke 19 Jesus encounters a man named Zacchaeus. Previously unknown to Jesus, Zacchaeus had heard He was coming through Jericho and climbed a tree to get a better vantage point. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Despite the incredulity of the crowd (that Jesus would meet with someone of Zacchaeus’ reputation), Jesus went to his home. The encounter was one that catalysed radical transformation in his heart and life. “Salvation has come to this house!”, declared Jesus.

It wasn’t just an invitation to a meal, but to a shared life. Jesus wasn’t looking to be invited merely into Zacchaeus’ home but also his heart. He demonstrated a way of living and interacting that went beyond words and teaching, to profound effect.

There is something powerful in the transaction of welcome, generosity and open-handedness that facilitates a deeper work. In the rest and warmth of genuine kindness, hearts are softened and opened.

In this season of isolation and ‘social-distancing’ many of our usual avenues of offering hospitality may not be open to us. But somehow, in our communication, in the things we choose to prioritise and promote, and in how we allocate time and money, we must still be intentionally shaping a community of welcome, inclusion and warmth. Where strangers are treated as friends and every effort is made to make a friend of a stranger.

QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION

1. How would you assess yourself or your church in regard to hospitality? (What would others say about their experience of you/your church?)

2. What examples of hospitality do we see demonstrated in Jesus’ ministry? What was the impact of those occasions? What can we learn from his modelling?

3. If you look close to home - to whom might God be directing you to offer hospitality? (Consider your household, your street or local neighbourhood, the people in your sphere of contact and influence.)

4. Paul says we must “practice hospitality” because it often goes against the natural gravitational pull to be more self-focused. What would Jesus reveal that you might need to lay aside in order to make space in your heart and life to extend the welcome of God?

5. What is one practical action you could take this week to treat someone ‘like a queen (or king)’?

Blessings,
Kimberly
BUV Generations & Emerging Leaders Pastor
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