Around 100 people from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast assemblies went west over the 11th – 12th of November for the Toowoomba outreach weekend to speak to people about why they should love God – not religion. The outreach weekend kicked off Saturday lunchtime with tables set up at Grand Central Shopping Centre. Bright signage challenged people to ‘love God – not religion’ and ‘Ask us why’. People asked our keen participants who were ready to speak to anyone who had questions. Down the other end of city area, at......
Harrietville Camp was a great success this year with people coming from as far as Queensland and Tasmania, plus all states and territories in between. Pastor Simon joined us from Monday to Wednesday and ministered to us on the Middle East; he and others entertained with music and song. The ministry started with the importance of unity and each talk dovetailed neatly from there until the conclusion of camp. Singing, poetry, jokes and great testimonies were enjoyed and fun and laughter permeated the chalets. One and all were happy they had made......
We’ve just said our goodbyes after a marvellous weekend of fellowship in Wellington, New Zealand. The ministry was on point; the communal singing was heart-felt; the items were wonderful. With so much going on in the Middle East, and generally around the place, it was such a blessing to gather with like-minded saints. The theme of the Rally was broadly taken from the Gospel of Mark chapter 10:27, where Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Pastors from the North and......
Last Saturday a broad cross section of ladies congregated at the Box Hill hall in Melbourne, Victoria for the inaugural ‘Sisters in Spirit’ afternoon tea. The ‘sisters’ ranged in age from ‘20 somethings’ to ‘80 somethings’! Before the participants indulged in the delicious array of sweet and savoury scones, we first made groups of 4 and each introduced ourselves, giving a short testimony of how we came to know the Lord. The concept was reminiscent of a speed date gathering when the groups split and sat with different ladies, this time taking......
Last Saturday night the Melbourne Assembly hosted a Gospel concert at the Melbourne Revival Centre, or ‘The Box’ as it’s known. In the lead up to the event, members of the local assembly had been out in the community promoting the concert. The nights programme included bands such as ‘Temple of the Son’, ‘VanGray’ and ‘Many or Few’, with songs from Graham Argus too. All songs with a Gospel message inspired by God across a wide range of styles from Acoustic to Rock. The evening was well supported by members of the......
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......
My name is Francis Khembo, I am from Malawi Africa. I was born in 1985 in a family of seven children. I was brought up in a Catholic church because that’s where my parents used to fellowship in those days; at this time, I didn’t know anything about the Lord. But when I was 17 years old, I met one of the pastors from Chirimba Revival Centre’s church who talked to me about Jesus Christ and receiving the power of the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in tongues. It was......
I used to be of the opinion that religious people were weak and insipid. My own philosophy was to enjoy all that life had to offer without thinking too much about the consequences. In time my attitudes began to change, and I started to take an interest in the Bible and its message of salvation through Jesus Christ. I began to visit a multitude of church denominations, asking questions and seeking advice on how to live the Christian life, but realised after about a year that living a Christian life was an......
During my childhood I lived in a village in Hampshire, UK and attended a local denominational church. I always believed in God and as a child living in the countryside, it seemed logical that such a beautiful creation had to have a creator. I remember very clearly my confirmation and being bitterly disappointed when the Bishop anointed me with the oil and said, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit” and nothing happened. Many years later I was married with two young children and living in Australia. I was still searching for answers and......
I went to Sunday school, like kids do. Learned about Bible characters – Adam & Eve, Noah, David & Goliath, Jesus. I had no idea what was going on, but they were nice, fun stories. That’s all they were though… stories. Stories that were stuck in the pages of a book that I struggled to bring to life in my imagination. As I grew older I started to pick up on people’s general cynicism towards religion. People who had had powerless encounters with an unknown and distant God – a God who......