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    Our Vision: 

    Declare Jesus

    Develop Disciples

    Glorify God

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    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

Praise God that at 10am on Sunday 29th November we will gather together again in a modified form of corporate worship!! How good is that!? In the anticipation and excitement of that, we wanted to give you some important information as to what will be happening:

Our worship time will run for approx. 1 hour. (At this point we are still uncertain as to whether singing will be allowed so stay tuned on that!) Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start to allow time to check in. We are restricted to maximum of 100 people indoors, (excluding children under 12mths), so we will split into different areas, (e.g. Auditorium, Meeting Rooms, Multi-function Rooms and Foyer), to ensure that everyone is ‘COVID-ly’ spaced! People will be seated in groups of 20 as per restrictions.  The worship service will be Zoomed into those spaces.

We have researched what other fellowships around Australia are doing, and have decided that the most practical way to ensure you are able to attend, (until restrictions ease further), will be to book your attendance each week.  You will need to include any children over 12mths. As seats aren’t allocated when you book you will be ushered to seats on arrival to ensure we comply with COVID regulations.

Please book by clicking on the following link:   
https://www.trybooking.com/BMYPE

Once the 100person limit is reached, don’t worry, as there will be a Zoom link available for you to participate at home.
https://zoom.us/j/95571264459

If you are not able to access a computer link, then please talk to us so that we can do all we can to assist you in being able to attend in some form.

We realise that this might sound complicated but we’re going to ask that you be willing to work with us as we continue to be doing all we can to part of the solution to not spreading this virus. Can we stress that you must book a place otherwise you cannot attend in person!

For those of you with children who usually attend kids church, as we aren’t able to start up the program on site yet, and we will continue to share the kids church online program each week.

We will be sharing Communion together on Sunday 6th December, in a pre-packaged cup, that will be handed out to you as you enter the TCF building.

We won’t be serving morning tea, and so encourage you to gather at a local café or in your homes.

Hand sanitising stations will be available in the foyer, and anyone attending over the age of 12 needs to have a fitted face mask. (Unless you have a health exemption).

As the Zoom worship will now be recorded, the YouTube playlists that you have been watching throughout 2020 will cease.

Thanks everyone and God bless you!

Danny & the Leadership Team @ Torquay Christian Fellowship

Our office is open Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm

Weekly Bulletin

Link to the TCF You Tube Channel for Weekly Messages

Community Carols at TCF

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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Flourishing Spirituality Devotions Part 8
Outworking of Healthy Rhythms - The Fruit of the Spirit
by Rev Dr Bill Brown
Recently I have been checking our fruit trees, some of which have not been that fruitful in recent years. A few months ago, we fertilized them and have been watering them well. It is exciting to see some signs of peaches, healthy plum and blueberry trees but disappointing about the lack of lemons, despite lots of attention! On the vegie front, tomatoes are flowering, beans are prolific, silver beet is out of control, pumpkins are growing from compost and the rhubarb is healthy. Stewed apple and rhubarb just hit the spot! Fruitfulness is what we look for when we plant fruiting plants.
Jesus said, ‘By their fruit you will recognise them!’ (Matthew 7:16) i.e. you can tell what a person is like by the fruit of their lives.
Paul reminds the Galatians,
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)
The context of this passage describes a battle going on in the lives of followers of Jesus. We can choose to walk and live according to the Holy Spirit’s leading or gratify our own selfish desires. The fruit of a person’s life identifies their allegiance.
To be led by the Spirit is to change and grow to be like Jesus. Walking with Jesus, working with him, watching how he does things, pitilessly resolving to have nothing to do with idols, selfish desires or pseudo saviours, welcoming the Holy Spirit to have the run of our lives, learning the unforced rhythms of grace, sees the Holy Spirit producing amazing and irresistible fruit.
In his book on Galatians, Tim Keller says that by using the term fruit Paul identifies four things about the way the Spirit works:
Christian growth is gradual like development of fruit. You never see it happening, but you see the difference over time as you respond more appropriately than maybe a year earlier. The Spirit has been at work.
Growth of the Spirit’s fruit is inevitable. It will burst through!
The Spirit’s fruit has internal roots. It is more than traits or characteristics. Apples on a tree are a sign of life but they do not give it life.
Fruit of the Spirit is symmetrical. In using the singular ‘fruit’ rather than the plural, ‘fruits’, Paul describes fruit that grows together as the Spirit works. Our temperament may mean we are stronger naturally in one aspect than another.
Questions for conversation:
Take a few moments to paraphrase and write in your own words the descriptions of the fruit of the Spirit outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.
Seasoling our garden enhances root growth, deals with pests, and stimulates flowering and fruiting. Check Galatians 5:24-25 for three clues from Paul about factors that enable the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Spend a few moments reflecting on whether, not only do you have the Holy Spirit but whether the Holy Spirit has all of you. Talk with God and maybe some others about your reflection.
Every encouragement as you invite the Spirit to keep filling you, prompting you and producing fruit in and through you against which there is no law! May there be many reminders of Jesus in your life.Blessings,
Bill
BUV, Pastoral Coach

Flourishing Spirituality Devotions Part 8
Outworking of Healthy Rhythms - The Fruit of the Spirit
by Rev Dr Bill Brown


Recently I have been checking our fruit trees, some of which have not been that fruitful in recent years. A few months ago, we fertilized them and have been watering them well. It is exciting to see some signs of peaches, healthy plum and blueberry trees but disappointing about the lack of lemons, despite lots of attention! On the vegie front, tomatoes are flowering, beans are prolific, silver beet is out of control, pumpkins are growing from compost and the rhubarb is healthy. Stewed apple and rhubarb just hit the spot! Fruitfulness is what we look for when we plant fruiting plants.

Jesus said, ‘By their fruit you will recognise them!’ (Matthew 7:16) i.e. you can tell what a person is like by the fruit of their lives.

Paul reminds the Galatians,
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)

The context of this passage describes a battle going on in the lives of followers of Jesus. We can choose to walk and live according to the Holy Spirit’s leading or gratify our own selfish desires. The fruit of a person’s life identifies their allegiance.

To be led by the Spirit is to change and grow to be like Jesus. Walking with Jesus, working with him, watching how he does things, pitilessly resolving to have nothing to do with idols, selfish desires or pseudo saviours, welcoming the Holy Spirit to have the run of our lives, learning the unforced rhythms of grace, sees the Holy Spirit producing amazing and irresistible fruit.

In his book on Galatians, Tim Keller says that by using the term fruit Paul identifies four things about the way the Spirit works:

Christian growth is gradual like development of fruit. You never see it happening, but you see the difference over time as you respond more appropriately than maybe a year earlier. The Spirit has been at work.
Growth of the Spirit’s fruit is inevitable. It will burst through!
The Spirit’s fruit has internal roots. It is more than traits or characteristics. Apples on a tree are a sign of life but they do not give it life.
Fruit of the Spirit is symmetrical. In using the singular ‘fruit’ rather than the plural, ‘fruits’, Paul describes fruit that grows together as the Spirit works. Our temperament may mean we are stronger naturally in one aspect than another.

Questions for conversation:

Take a few moments to paraphrase and write in your own words the descriptions of the fruit of the Spirit outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.
Seasoling our garden enhances root growth, deals with pests, and stimulates flowering and fruiting. Check Galatians 5:24-25 for three clues from Paul about factors that enable the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Spend a few moments reflecting on whether, not only do you have the Holy Spirit but whether the Holy Spirit has all of you. Talk with God and maybe some others about your reflection.

Every encouragement as you invite the Spirit to keep filling you, prompting you and producing fruit in and through you against which there is no law! May there be many reminders of Jesus in your life.

Blessings,
Bill
BUV, Pastoral Coach
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