Fathers Day – Sunday 6 September
One of the desperate needs of the day is for men to be men. There is a generation of children growing up who long to see all the beauty and strength of true Biblical manhood lived out in their fathers. Join us this Father’s Day as we unpack a few timeless truths that will change your life as a man and as a father.
Mission Conference – Sunday 25 October
Here at South Valley, we are committed to informing, challenging, and mobilising the Church to be creatively and strategically involved in reaching the unreached peoples of the world. Our conference this year seeks to help Christians become fully engaged in God’s global mission. We are bringing together a variety of resources, wisdom, gifted speakers, and representatives from several different mission agencies – all for the specific purpose of igniting a passion for the glory of God and His redemptive purposes for our world.
Art Show – Sunday 11 October
An Art Show for Christians? Are you kidding me? Christianity has produced the greatest art of all time. Did a culture of atheism bring us Handel’s Messiah? Bach? What faith fed the Dutch masters? Give the cathedrals a glance and then find me better architecture. Have a listen to some American spirituals, to the blues, and to gospel. Our brothers illuminated manuscripts: Narnia, Hobbits, folk songs, and symphonies. Through the history of the Christian church there runs a wide and roaring river of artistic glory, feeding believers and unbelievers alike. All beauty is God’s. All truth is God’s. All goodness is God’s. Even those who hate Him are made in His image, and if they, by grace, craft glory, we should thank them very much for their contribution. So we (the elders) want to nourish this reality in the church and more specifically in YOU. On Sunday, 11 October, we are inviting you to share your unique artistic expression and flair with the church. So start now to create a reflection of the Creator in you and then plan to put it on display for others to richly enjoy!
IDOP 2015 – Sunday 1 November
The persecution of Christians is increasing. At the time of this posting, Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide, with an average of at least 180 Christians around the world killed each month for their faith. On 1 November, we will join hands around the globe for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). In Hebrews 13:3, we are told to: “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
Jonah: 8, 15, 22, 29 November
Within the person of Jonah are the most startling contrasts; he is completely different than any other prophet in Scripture. He’s a prophet of God, yet a runaway from God. He’s a man that is drowned (dead) and yet is still alive. He preaches repentance and yet is dismayed at seeing repentance take place. There are much larger lessons in Jonah than the great fish. Most importantly, however, is to understand that Jonah is a literal record of history and is definitely not a parable or allegory. Everything factually happened exactly and as plainly as stated. How do we know this for sure? Because Christ Himself quotes these events as historical fact. (See Matthew 12:39-41; Luke 11:29-32) This is one of the deepest pre-messianic teachings in the Old Testament, and the greatest example provided by God to the Northern Kingdom of Israel of what should happen upon hearing His Word. Jonah broadcasts the relationship between a rebellious missionary and a relentless God. It is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament due to the miraculous moment when a man is swallowed by a great fish. The message of Jonah, however, moves beyond the miraculous and magnifies human sin in the ruthless forms of racism and hatred. In contrast, the message of Jonah highlights God’s sovereign grace in the remarkable forms of persistence and compassion.
Christmas on the Hill: 6 December, 6-8:30pm
Everyone is invited to bring their family and friends to our annual Christmas on the Hill. It is a fun filled evening featuring: a jumping castle, face-painting, BBQ, games and relays for all ages, a petting zoo, fairy floss, snow cones, tug of war, a traditional Christmas carol programme and sing-a-long, gum boot toss, sack racing, and the Great Snail Race! This is a FREE event and open to everyone in the Geelong community.