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Owning up to Domestic Violence

Two weeks ago I attended the Faithfulness in Service Conference, a once-every-three-years conference, compulsory for all workers in the Anglican Church in Sydney.  We were encouraged to trust Christ, look after ourselves and build resilience to deal with the stresses of ministry.  We were also hit with some very confronting facts about Domestic Violence in Australia and challenged to do our bit to care for and protect women and to raise awareness about the scourge of domestic violence in our community and in our Church.

The reality is 1 in 5 Australian women will be the victims of some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.  On average 2 women per week are killed by an intimate partner in Australia.  The NSW police respond to around 400 incidents relating to domestic violence every single day.  It is probably the most prevalent issue they are called upon to deal with.

Sometimes men don’t realise they are doing anything wrong because controlling and violent behaviour to women is what they’ve grown up with.  For the same reason, some women don’t realise the way they are being treated is wrong.  But it is not right.  The biblical command to men is to love their wives by leading them in Christ and being willing to lay down their lives for their wives, never to control them and certainly never to manipulate or be physically violent with them.  Let’s aim for our Church to be a safe place, where women are protected and safe, and where young men and women can learn to respect one another and relate in healthy and godly ways.  If you need to talk about your own safety or your own behaviour, or someone you care about regarding these matters – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Daisy app is a great way of connecting women with a wide range of helpful services to provide help and keep them safe.  Click the link to find out more and download to your phone.

Equip Women’s Conference

EQUIP women is our annual conference for Christian women held in Sydney. With uplifting music and inspiring interviews, EQUIP is for everyone – whether you’ve been a Christian for ages, or just checking it out. So bring your mum, daughter, friends, colleagues or whole Bible Study group for the best day out of the year!  The topic for 2017 is ‘Daughers of Eve’ and based on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.  The conference is held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

“EQUIP17 is going to challenge our identity. When God looks as me, he sees me as a woman – what does that really mean? And what does it mean for my teenage daughter?” – Isobel Lin, Chair EQUIP17

We’ll be organising a group from Picton and Wilton Anglican Churches and need to decide which session (daylight or twilight) we attend. Tickets are just $75 if you book by 15 May.  Contact Kate Boardman for more information and also check out http://www.equip.org.au/women.

Equip Women

In a world that idolises personal freedom, what does Paul mean when he says “Am I not free?” (1 Cor 9:1). As Christians, we have been freed by Jesus. But what is the purpose of our freedom? And what does Christian freedom look like?

Join thousands of women as Meredith Tweddell, Lesley Ramsay and Di Warren explore these issues in 1 Corinthians 8-10. With uplifting music and inspiring interviews, EQUIP is for every woman. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been a Christian for ages, or just checking it out. So bring your mum, daughter, friends, colleagues or whole Bible Study group for the best day out of the year.

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Sunday Service Times: 9:30am @ St Mark's, Picton and 5pm @ Wilton