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5pm service: Dealing with abuse

Posted 29 July 2015, 10:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Dealing with abuse: How Christ confronts and heals.

Family violence has been described as an epidemic, with over half a million Australian women reporting incidents every year. Men are also victims but are rarely reported. 2015 Australian of the year Rosie Batty, whose 11 year old son was murdered by his father, has raised public awareness of this issue. What is family violence, what are its causes, and what should the church's response be? 

Speaker: Richard Fay is CEO of The Centre for Men, a not-for profit organisation that specialises in men's issues. Richard also offers counselling for couples, men and women at Peter Janetzki and Associates and his own practice. He has a masters in counselling, lectures in counselling and has a background as senior pastor of Rochedale Baptist Church. Richard is married with three adult sons. 

9am service: Growing

Posted 29 July 2015, 10:27 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

God wants you to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. But how? How do you who are in Christ grow in a proper and healthy manner? We need to say that it is not becoming more saved than at the moment of conversion; it is not being more forgiven or more justified. It is learning more of what God wants through his word; it is being able to do more of what God wants; it is living more of the love of God. These are surely lofty personal goals, but what might that mean for the church? Paul uses the example of the church as a body, interconnected and therefore growth would be a necessary outcome for that body. How do we measure that? Numerical growth is one indicator but, important though it is, it will flow out of being a church that demonstrates the practices of the New Testament church where we read those believers, “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” But that was not all.   “The believers were together and had everything in common…. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts….” (Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47). What if they were our goals for growth? What if we set the aims for intentional gathering to help each other grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? How would that impact our church community and the wider community?

Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11 (text:2 Peter 3:18)

Pastor: Jim de Witte



Posted 28 July 2015, 11:43 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Car Wash Fundraiser 

Saturday 1st August


Funds go towards ‘Red Frogs’

We need lots of volunteers to help with the washing. Please give of your time to support this worthy cause.        


5pm service: Asylum Seekers

Posted 22 July 2015, 5:09 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Join us Sunday evening as Rev. David Busch speaks to us about our role as God's people and Asylum seekers.


9am service: Gather

Posted 22 July 2015, 5:03 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As we continue our series on 'Who Are We?' we will unpack what it means for us to 'gather' as a church. Our vision statement says that we are a church "... gathering people to Christ, as his Word is proclaimed week by week in church services, small groups, youth gatherings and one on one..." In many ways we know this already, but what we may not know is why this is critically important. What is the value in coming to church - not only every so often but regularly and faithfully? What are some of the implications on my lifestyle if I do commit to a regular church life? How do I overcome obstacles that may be keeping me from a regular church involvement? These are the questions we will unpack a bit as we delve into this topic. You are warmly invited to join us and to bring your children along as there will be a children's talk before they move to Kids@Church.

Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:19-24

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Islam Seminar

Posted 15 July 2015, 5:52 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As part of the Socially Sensitive Issues series we have Phillip Scheepers, Lecturer from the Reformed Theological College with us for the weekend. Phillip has worked extensively with the Muslim community over the years he lived in London and he will bring some of that knowledge and understanding to us. He also heads the Mission faculty at the RTC and so will bring the issue from a gospel opportunity. 

To make the most of his time with us Phillip will be hosting a seminar on Saturday (18th July) to give us some more in-depth insights into Islam and how we can approach Muslims with a biblical understanding. The seminar will be at the church from 2-5pm. It will involve 2 workshops, with a supper break. The first workshop will focus on the basic tenants of Islam and how it is practised. The second session on using the Bible to interact with Muslims. On Sunday afternoon he is preaching from Acts 17, dealing with those who have a different belief than ours and how to bring the gospel into that. Join us and be informed about this issue that regularly dominates our news bulletins.

When: 2-5pm Saturday 18th July

Where: Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Cost: free


5pm service: Islam

Posted 15 July 2015, 5:51 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Dealing with those who have a different belief than ours and how to bring the gospel into that. Join us and be informed about this issue that regularly dominates our news bulletins.

Bible Passage: Acts 17

Pastor: Rev. Phillip Scheepers (Reformed Theological College)



9am service: Who Are we?

Posted 15 July 2015, 5:48 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Who Are We? logo for new series 

On Sunday we are kicking off a new sermon series called 'Who Are We?'. In the course of this series we will remind ourselves of the core essentials of what it means to be a part of this church. These essentials revolve around six words that we adopted to describe who we are. On Sunday morning we will look at the first one: gospel. In our mission and vision statement it is stated that the gospel is at the heart of all we say and do. What is it then and why is it so important and foundational that all we say and do is based on the gospel? This Sunday - and the whole series - will be especially relevant for your children, so please join in as a whole family.  

Bible Passage: John 3:16

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Slave Auction/ Trivia Night - Saturday 27th June

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Slave Auction / Trivia Night 

9am service: Since!

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 If the Christian life is all about Jesus Christ and the challenge from Paul is to keep Jesus Christ as Lord at the centre of your Christian experience then that will flow positively into your experience of life. Since we are so closely identified with Jesus then that will bring some thrilling changes to the Christian life. Paul sets the challenge to the Colossians, and us, to live as heavenly people and in doing so to bring something of the quality of heaven to earth and let that permeate all our relationships and life situations. We will seek to do what pleases God, not because we have to but because we want to. together we will explore the challenge Paul puts to the Church.

Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: HOT TOPIC: Unequally Yoked!

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This is it! We are kicking off our HOT TOPICS series this Sunday afternoon. On Sunday we'll be looking at the issue, quite commonly known among Christians, of being 'unequally yoked'. What does the Bible have to say about Christians forming intimate relationships with non-Christians? To be sure, this speaks very powerfully into the area of dating and marriage, but we see it also has a huge bearing on other relationships like that among family members and our closest friendships. In addition to this, we'll see that God's Word not only has something to say to those who can yet choose with whom they will form intimate relationships but it also brings tremendous instruction, hope and encouragement to anyone who has existing relations where the parties involved have different beliefs to Christianity. Please join us and encourage an unbelieving spouse or friend to come along - they will find a safe and helpful environment that may help your relationship(s) immensely.  

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Change of Date

Posted 22 June 2015, 10:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Church Council has decided to delay the congregational meeting with the budget introduction until 15 July 2015.  Please reserve this date into your diary – as we will discuss a number of significant items that are not related to the budget.  There will not be a meeting on 24 June 2015.

5pm service: The Tale of Two Men

Posted 17 June 2015, 9:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This striking parable of Jesus gives one of the clearest pictures of the after-death experience in the tale of two men. There is blessing for God’s own and torment for those who refuse his grace. And between these two states lies an uncrossable gap. You can scoff at Jesus warning here but we can’t deny the reality. Here we have the only time when Jesus drew aside the veil between this world and the next and allowed us to see what is beyond, and to see the intimate relationship between the here and the hereafter. This is a very important matter which we will look at together on Sunday evening. The choices we make this life do fix our destiny so what is your choice?

Bible Passage: Luke 16:19-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: Fullness and Freedom

Posted 17 June 2015, 9:10 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday morning we have the beautiful opportunity to baptise Tate Hemelaar into the covenant community of God. As we do that we may well pause to ask the question: what will it take to make this little man's entire life - every inch of his total being - as full and free as it can possibly be? This is a question each of us can revisit with respect to our own lives. Our world has much ever-changing advice to offer about this question and even religion has some confusing answers. On Sunday, however, we'll hear what God has to say about what will make us full and free.

Bible Passage: Colossians 2:6-23

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


ACE Trivia Night and Slave Auction

Posted 16 June 2015, 9:09 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

trivia night Flyer 

Manne Wat Glo

Posted 16 June 2015, 9:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Come and listen to South Africa’s 4 best known Christian Singers at Redlands Christian Reformed Church.

Monday 29th June, 6:30pm


5pm service: Are you ready?

Posted 10 June 2015, 9:17 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Saturday morning we (Ettiene and Dana) received a visit from our friendly local Jehovah's witnesses. My conversation with these ladies, well into their late seventies or early eighties, sparked some thoughts in my head. One such thought was that despite the many vital differences in our theology I utterly respect the intense urgency with which they consider the 'end times' as they put it. Unlike Jehovah's witnesses, Christians believe this is a time when Jesus Christ, as exalted Lord and God, will return to judge the living and the dead and create a new heavens and a new earth for those who believe in him alone for their salvation. The question we will consider on Sunday night is: how serious is Jesus' return for Christians? To what extent does it shape how we live life now? Please join us as we consider Matthew 25:1-13.

Bible Passage: Matthew 25:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: The Struggle

Posted 10 June 2015, 9:15 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Paul writes to this small, struggling church in Colossae he outlines the supremacy of Jesus Christ and leads into the nature of his ministry, which is to tell everyone about this Christ despite the struggles, sufferings and setbacks. Paul did not view his suffering as heroic or entitling him to join a long line of special, more righteous people. He sees it as something that flows the suffering servant and the nature of the message he brought. He was entrusted with a message that he was compelled to pass on faithfully and completely. He did that by standing beside the church in Colossae, even though he had not even met them. The question or challenge for us is how we view the importance of the gospel we carry around in our hearts and lives?

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:24-2:5

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Ask, Seek, Knock

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:27 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the most basic habits every Christian is encouraged to develop is to pray and yet, if you were to ask many a Christian: 'what do you find hardest about your Christian experience?' you will hear them say: 'prayer'.  Why is it that we find prayer so hard and how can our prayer lives change to become the meaningful and real experience we hope it to be? On Sunday night we'll hear some insights on this as we look at one of Jesus' parables on prayer.

Bible Passage: Luke 11:5-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: The Supremacy of Christ

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


How do you view Jesus? What relevance would people say he has for life today? In theses verses from Colossians Paul is making some astonishing claims about who Jesus is. Through Jesus the universe was created and through him the world is rescued. This universal supremacy of Jesus Christ matches the universality of the gospel and assures believers of the sufficiency of Jesus.  These verses are of highest praise for Jesus and would make a great hymn. We may not be able to fully understand the theological depth of the words, but we can appreciate its greatness. From these verses we understand that he has the whole world in his hands and that redemption is in Christ alone! So we have nothing to fear!

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:15-23

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Monster Car Wash

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This coming Saturday 6th June there will be a monster carwash at the Church from 8am to raise funds for the Autism Centre of Excellence.

Glenn and Rayelene Williams started the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) Gran Fondo bike ride in the hope that it would help raise awareness and funds to provide children like their son Mitchell with better opportunities in life through an education that is provided with greater knowledge and understanding.

Donations received fund a study at the Autism Centre of Excellence that allows parents of children with Autism to participate in a specialised training program to maximise their ability to assist their child’s education.

There will also be a sausage sizzle and coffee for sale.

Please bring your car in for a wash and support this worthwhile cause.

9am service: Thank God

Posted 27 May 2015, 4:54 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are being a series in the letter Paul writes to the Colossian church. This letter was written to a small Christian community almost 2000 years ago, yet it still speaks to us today. It was a community that faced opposition, not in the form of persecution, but as a challenge to their faith, hope and sufficiency being in Jesus Christ. A world, like ours today, which scoffs at the Christian faith. Paul writes to this church, and us, to help them better understand their faith, to have confidence in it and to have a deep sense of gratitude to God for what he has done for them in Christ. The way people are taught to detect counterfeit money is to learn everything about a genuine note. Paul applies the same principle to help people understand their faith. Know the truth of it and you can recognise what is false. He begins his letter with a word of prayer and deep thanks to God. These words are for us to.

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:1-14

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Holy Spending

Posted 27 May 2015, 9:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Earlier this year we preached a sermon series on living a holy lifestyle. We considered what it means to intentionally set apart (make holy) everything in our day to day lives for God's purposes. While there are many things we need to set apart for God's purposes in our day to day lives - more than one sermon series can cover - there is perhaps one area worthy of our special attention: money. On Sunday night, as we'll open Luke 16:1-13, we will reflect on what God has to say about money in the life of a Christian. Please join us.     

Bible Passage: Luke 16:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm service: Who's the Boss

Posted 20 May 2015, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday being a day of rest the last subject we like to talk about is work, let alone our boss. In fact, most of us work because we have to in order to put food on the table and to pay the bill etc. (Am I Right?)

We long for the day we can be free from the burden of work or at the very least, being our own boss so that we can do what we want. (How did I know that inner secret of yours?)

Do we have to work in heaven or do we get served piña colada by angels?  Is work, a punishment while on earth but heaven is where boundless beaches meet endless football fields or shopping malls?

If you want to keep dreaming, stay away from the church this Sunday afternoon.  If you want to know what God has to say, you’re most welcome.

Bible Passage: Colossians 3:22-4:1

Speaker: Michael Choi

9am service: Any Old Bush Will Do

Posted 20 May 2015, 9:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Have you ever imagined that looking at a bush could radically change the direction of your life?  This actually happened to Moses.  In a split second reaction, Moses fell from the Egyptian royal court to tending sheep in the desert.  But when he inspected a bush, a new career path opened up to him.  As you can imagine, he was completely unprepared and, he thought, unqualified for this new career path. But God, the I AM, was  able to reassure him and equip him for the task that lay ahead.  This morning we will discover what was so ‘magical’ about this bush.

Bible Passage: Exodus 3:1-10

Speaker: Bevan Burnes


Eden Ministry Afternoon Tea 16th May

Posted 15 May 2015, 9:33 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Please join us in support of Keight Davis of Eden Ministry on

16th May at 2.30-4.30pm

RCRC cnr Delancey & Sturgeon St


Beautiful handmade jewelry will be on display for purchase.

Tea/ Coffee and cake will be served

A $5 contribution will be donated to Eden Ministry


Tracy Zipp:  [email protected]

Technical Issues

Posted 7 May 2015, 10:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Due to technical issues with the internet, our internet services at the church have been interrupted for the past week. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Your emails are important and will be attended to when the technical issues are resolved.

5pm service

Posted 6 May 2015, 9:12 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 There will be no PM Service. We encourage you to spend time with your family and friends.

9am service: Mother's Day

Posted 6 May 2015, 9:10 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Unconditional Love

The closest thing to unconditional love that many of us have ever experienced is the love of a mother, whether our own or someone who has chosen to be our adopted mum. Unconditional love is the way that God expresses his love for us so it is fitting to discuss His unconditional love on Mother’s Day. It is important that we grasp this great love of God for us. Tim Keller writes, ‘Holiness is not about becoming good enough for God to love me; it’s about increasing my capacity to receive and enjoy his love’. How do you not only grasp his love for you, how well do you receive it? We will spend some time thinking that through on Sunday morning.

Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Still I am Confident

Posted 29 April 2015, 10:01 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Even at a very young age we understand that life is tough. Early in life we start coming to grips with the ever-increasing realities of a broken world in which we can feel pain, rejection, fear, loneliness, worthlessness and deep confusion. How do we deal with these realities? Every one of us have looked in any number of places to alleviate the hurt of these things and found in a matter of time that it did not last. So where do we go to find lasting, meaningful and deeply satisfying answers to the tormenting realities of our broken world? Sunday night we'll reflect on Psalm 27 and see the marvelous confidence the people of Jesus can have in the midst of an utterly broken world.  

Bible Passage: Psalm 27

Pastoe: Ettiene de Wilzem

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