The TMB Leadership Team met on Tuesday evening July 12 and were pleased to discuss, plan for and action a numbers of things. It was also great to welcome our Senior Pastor Clayton back to work! 
 
We have continued some planning around Bible Study Groups and we’d love to see more and more TMBers connected into small groups in coming months. We expect that there will be several new groups kicking off in the second half of 2016, so if you are interested to join a BSG please fill in a Communication Card or have a chat with one of us after the service today.
 
Since our meeting last week two people have been approached and asked to prayerfully consider joining the Leadership Team. Please be praying that God will raise up and equip leaders for TMB! We will be pleased to share with you more details of new additions to the team soon.
 
We also discussed and prayed for youth ministry and its vital role here at TMB. As a leadership team we are looking for ways to breathe new life and energy into the GiG Youth program that runs on Friday nights during school term. To this end we have decided to join together with the large youth group at our sister church Trinity Hills, at Aldgate, for terms three and four this year. We 
hope this will invigorate growth and refresh the GiG ministry, bringing new energy that can be used to kick things off back in Mount Barker in 2017. Please keep GiG in your prayers!
 
Our church finances continue to be a significant agenda item and the challenges of our considerable budget deficit keep us concerned and prayerful. This week we employed the help of a trusted commercial real estate agent to assist us in the leasing process that will allow us to exit the office space at 9 Hampden Road. We trust that this step will alleviate the financial pressure and allow us to focus on other areas of church life and ministry. Please join us in praying that God would provide clarity and direction as we go.
 
In Christ,
 
Nathan Watts, Matt Kerrison & Katy Walker
TMB's Annual General Meeting is coming up on Sunday, May 1, after the church service at 1:30pm.  If TMB is your church home, please join us! 

We will elect one person to our Leadership Team for a two-year term and will pray for the range of ministry areas that contribute to our church life.

Being part of this meeting is one of the ways that we can express our membership of the church.  Membership of TMB is open to anyone who assents to the “Objects” of TMB and the “Statement of Doctrines” as summarised in The 39 Articles of Religion.  You will find these Articles here if you're unfamiliar with them. 
 
Being a member of our legal body is not the only, nor the primary, way of expressing membership in our church.  Serving in gospel ministry together, giving sacrificially to the work we do, and using our gifts for the benefit of others in the Body of Christ here are all more significant ways of expressing gospel partnership, but taking part in this formal way is still an important aspect of our life together.  The AGM gives us a chance to reflect on what God has done amongst us in the previous year, to give thanks for his kindness to us and to find out some of what has been happening in the various ministry areas of our church.
 

 

The Bible study guide for our new series More 'Myths Smart People Believe' is now available for download.

The guide is written for individual 1:1 and group study.

You can download the guide here.

Have you ever played Chinese Whispers? The concept of the game is pretty simple; a group of people stand in a line, and the first person whispers a message to the person next to them, who whispers it to the person next to them, and so on. When the last person receives the message, they repeat what they’ve heard to all the group – usually to much amusement! You can see how easy it is for a simple message to get changed as it’s passed from person to person. 

Is this what happened with the Bible? The answers to this question and many others concerning the validity of the Bible can be found in the linked PDF below. 

Articles and Papers/Why Trust the Bible - complete.pdf

 

Marriage is a commitment for life and a serious decision. But God intends it to be fun and enjoyable too!

Join Marriage Works co-ordinators Geoff & Wendy and three Trinity couples as they explore God’s plan for marriage and how to prioritise each other and keep having fun together through different life stages.

Held at Trinity City on August 25, the event costs 5 per couple and includes supper. It goes from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Click here for more information and to register.

Enquiries can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 08 8213 7300.

 

It has come to our attention that during the Carols by Glowstick event on December 14, postcards were left on the windscreens of a number of guests’ cars in the Cornerstone College car park.  These cards were anonymous, with no identification as to the name of the group responsible, but we are aware that they were left by members of a Mount Barker religious group who were trespassing on the property.
 
We recommend against following the web links or responding to the email address on the postcards.who left that on my car
 
Please be assured that postcards were not placed by Trinity Mount Barker, nor would we interfere with anyone’s car parked during an event. 
 
Trinity Mount Barker apologises for any confusion or distress the members of this religious group have caused our guests at Carols by Glowstick, and we will do our best to ensure that advertising of this kind is prevented at future events.
 
Thanks to all our guests for helping make Saturday night such a wonderful event, and we look forward to seeing you at Carols by Glowstick 2014!
 
 
The Trinity Mount Barker team

The TMB Leadership Team met last Tuesday evening and were pleased to have Trinity Network staff Paul Harrington and Andrew Severin in attendance also. 
 
We enjoyed spending some time in discussion and planning around Bible Study Groups. We continue to prayerfully seek effective ways to connect more and more TMBers into small groups; where they can share not only the gospel of God but their lives as well. There are a number of things we hope to begin putting in place, both to support existing Bible Study Groups and begin new ones, so watch this space!
 
We were very thankful to be privy to some new Trinity Network data relating to Church Health Indicators in the course of our meeting, which enabled us to see a helpful picture of where we sit as a church in some key growth areas like Mission, Membership and spiritual Maturity. And we’re looking forward to a Network-wide leaders’ conference day in September. Please be praying with us that this will be a great time of encouragement and challenge for the Leadership Teams across the Trinity Network of churches.
 
We also spent time discussing finances. TMB continues to face the challenges of a considerable budget deficit which, whilst May saw an encouraging increase in giving, still sits at just over $29,000 (YTD). We remain concerned and prayerful as we seek a way forward which will alleviate financial pressure but continue to facilitate new ministry opportunities as they arise under God. To that end we are proactively investigating the possibility of reducing costs by exiting the office space at 9 Hampden Rd and finding alternative spaces for ministry and admin tasks. The Hampden Rd property has also recently been placed up for sale, bringing additional complexities as we consider our options. Please join us in praying that God would provide clarity and direction as we go. Our next meeting is scheduled for late July.
 
In Christ,
 
Nathan Watts, Matt Kerrison & Katy Walker

What Kind of ChurchStudy Guides and Leaders' Notes for the "What Kind of Church" series are now available to download.  The study guide is written for small groups, individuals and 1:1 Bible reading.

Study Guide.

Leader's Notes.
 

TMB is holding its next Share lunch on May 22. This is a chance for members to get to know each other and have the conversations they miss out on during our time together on Sundays. A number of TMB members will open their homes to host lunch for invited members. If you would like to be invited to one of these lunches, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write your details on the Share sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk on Sunday. You will likely see people you know well and some you don't.


Trinity Mount Barker is moving! And we'd love you to join us!

From February 22nd, Sunday services will be held at 10 AM, at Cornerstone College, Adelaide Road, Mount Barker.

Littlehampton Primary School has served us well for our first five years, but with the opening of the new middle school building at Cornerstone, we have the opportunity to consolidate our two Sunday morning gatherings into a single 10 AM gathering.  The downstairs common learning area, and classrooms opening off it (see pictures below) will allow us to seat up to 300 people.  

If you've been wondering about church, God, or the Christian faith,
now is a great time to step into a new community and find some answers to your questions.


Those in our children's ministry will notice some of the most significant changes.  Both Creche and Kids' Church will run upstairs in the same building as the main gathering; no more going outside in the rain!  Kids' Church programs will have access to a number of different classrooms and learning spaces, with plenty of room for kids to read, sing, play, create, listen, learn, and grow.  Opening directly off the main entrance will be a cry room for parents with babies.

The middle school building is the first building on your left when entering the college from Adelaide Road.  There are a number of car parks immediately in front, for those with disabilities, parents with young children, and others who require close access.  There is plenty of additional parking by the roundabout, or in any of the other college car parks.

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact the TMB office, 08 8398 2827 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can put the date in your online calendar with just a click!

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Cornerstone Welcome Mat


GiG kicks off again this week with an exciting new topic: Know What You Believe. Students will explore themes from the Apostles' Creed as well as how Christianity differs from other beliefs. They will also will think about how to share their beliefs with others. 

All students in grades 7 - 11 are welcome at GiG Youth this term which runs every Friday night from 7:30 - 9:30pm unless stated otherwise. The details for this term are below! For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

God has been busy at Trinity Mount Barker and in our region in the way that He has provided opportunity for Two New Beginnings in the life of our church. If you missed the update Clayton provided, you can download a copy of what he said here 

An electronic copy of the Two New Beginnings document is also available below.

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We're asking each member of the Body of Christ at TMB to consider what they're able to give to the work of the gospel here and to begin that pattern of giving. Partnership in the Gospel through your financial support enables our ministries and work at TMB to encourage and equip our church community, and also for the rapid spread of the Gospel to people in our region. 

If you are one of Christ's people at TMB, please do take time to read this important document and prayerfully consider your part in this work.

 

 


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