The Melbourne assembly hosts the Revival Centres Church Conference biannually and this year’s theme was ‘The Peace of God’. The conference runs over the Queen’s Birthday weekend and is attended by our Victorian, interstate and international assemblies. The visitors came in droves to rejoice and be edified by presentations, songs and the communion of saints. Melbourne, known for having four seasons in one day, decided to put on only one type of weather display this weekend, rain. With plenty of layers, hot beverages and enthusiastic singing of songs the weather did not dampen the spirits.
Friday night kicked the weekend off with an opportunity to have fellowship with saints from near and far all while enjoying a good cuppa and a slice or two of cake. On Saturday we rejoiced in the Lord through song and heard personal stories of God delivering His people through trying situations. This was a wonderful reminder of God’s power. Insightful presentations by pastors refocused and reminded us all to seek peace in God, and that we are sanctified and bonded by His peace.
Sunday morning started off with a footy match at a nearby oval. Only the brave dared to play in the harsh wind and rain. Thankfully, there were no major injuries; only one dislocated shoulder that was popped back into place the moment it hit the ground. Next, it was time for the Sunday communion meeting. Themes of ruling peace, unified peace and peace and safety in God were preached from the platform followed by delicious soups, sandwiches, slices and coffee to warm the masses.
The hall was abuzz all weekend with conversations of how people had come to know God and what He has done for them. Unknown faces soon became close friends as people sat down to talk and rejoice in the bond they have through salvation.
To fill us up even further, both physically and spiritually, the final day of the conference started with a classic Aussie BBQ and was followed by talks, personal stories, entertainment and 1-minute thoughts from various pastors that echoed the thought that we must pursue the Peace of God rather than a piece of God.
It goes without saying, but we must give a huge thank you to all those who made the weekend possible, from the front of house to the back of house, there was a lot that went into making the weekend successful – thank you to everyone who made it possible and of course, all those who attended!
The conference was a wonderful opportunity to hear the gospel faithfully preached and be uplifted by one another. If you want more events like this, there is a Rally in Dunedin from 21/10/22 to 24/10/22. There is also a Rally being held in Newcastle from 29/9/23 to 2/10/23. Time to start planning your trip!
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