Recent Event: Living with Grief
Together with about 150 women gathering at Wentworthville Presbyterian in March 2108, we were able to bring our grief to our God who shares our emotional and physical pain, and who, having been through the valley of pain, willingly leads us gently through the darkness of grief. We all know that grief casts a shadow across many life experiences.
Jo McKenzie faithfully opened up Psalm 77 for us which teaches us about lamenting and what we can do with our grief. It was a profound and faithful exposition of the Psalm.
Jill McGilvray, the author of “God’s Love in Action-Pastoral Care for Everyone”, very ably provided us with an overview of the grieving process and incorporated many practical tips.
We were blessed by 5 women who formed a panel and spoke openly, honestly and sensitively about the grief that has impacted their lives.
Rhonda Daley concluded the morning by helping us to acknowledge our own sorry, to be still, to sit with our own sadness and the discomfort of grief, and to experience ways that we are able to support others through their darkness.
The morning was fused together by the truth that “God uses times of pain and distress to bring us into a closer relationship with Him.”
Some comments from feedback forms of what women found helpful.
“I especially found the honest sharing of the panel members most helpful”
“The openness and strong Christian faith of those who contributed their experiences of grief. Christ’s love was being expressed through the body of Christ.”
“Pulling grief apart – analysing / defining grief in its many presentations”
“Being brought back to God’s sovereignty and goodness”
“Jewels of wisdom for my life and in helping to support others”
See also more information and a link to a video based on Psalm 77 on the Teaching and Training Facebook page. (Link below if you scroll down.)
For references from the day please download the TTW March 2018 booklet here.
WHAT IS TEACHING AND TRAINING WOMEN
Teaching and Training Women provides opportunities for Presbyterian Women in the Sydney metropolitan area, and their friends, to receive bible teaching and ministry skilling from other women in the Presbyterian Church.
We are aiming to serve the Lord Jesus and build His kingdom by
1) encouraging women to use their gifts more confidently. Many women lack the confidence to take on leadership and / or to become involved in church activities and use their gifts. Therefore, we want to grow their relationship with the Lord Jesus and we offer training in pastoral ministries. So far we have dealt with topics such as understanding grief, running a Bible study group, influencing our children for the Lord, evangelism, bridging generations.
2) training women to teach / preach God’s Word well. We train women to know and handle their Bibles well, give exegetical and evangelistic talks, and to write and lead bible studies. For too long women have struggled on their own with little help and training. Our training mornings also provide opportunities for women to use their teaching gifts.
3) demonstrating the quality and variety of women’s ministries in our denomination. At our training mornings we pray for various Presbyterian ministries, interview women involved in these ministries and provide role models of ordinary women living out their faith.
We want to be accessible to busy women so our two main events are held on Saturday morning in March and October. We also run a short courses in August called Starting From Scratch. For 9 hours over several Saturday mornings, we teach the women how to write their own Bible studies or bible talks and how to deliver them.
PREVIOUS EVENTS:Many books, One story, 28th October, 2017
The Bible has 66 books. It took 40 authors and over 1500 years to
write. And the wonder is… it tells one BIG story of God’s unfolding
redemption plan. At many books one story we will see how each
small part of the Bible relates to this big story. When we come to
grips with the grand sweep of the Bible, we are equipped to ‘zoom’
back in to deepen our understanding of Biblical themes, individual
books of the Bible, and even God’s purposes for our everyday life.
Janet Riley will lead us through the big story of redemption as it plays
out in the Bible. She will introduce us to the theme of ‘temple’, and
then we will have an opportunity to attend a small bible study group
on the day, exploring one of the Biblical themes of marriage, mission
or Sabbath and how it can be traced through the whole Bible. Janet
will conclude the day by teaching us from Isaiah 56:1-8, showing how
this passage draws on these themes. Janet’s sessions are designed to
show how helpful a confident grasp of biblical theology is to a deep
understanding of God’s purposes for his people.
We hope and pray that you will leave this conference inspired to
delve into the riches of God’s word, understanding your own place
within his great redemption plan.
Speaker: Janet Riley is thankful for lots of opportunities to spend time
with students around the Bible in her role as the Dean of Women at
SMBC. Janet is part of Abbotsford Presbyterian Church.
For a recording of the talks from the day please click here!
For a recording of the talks and booklet from the day click here!
Same Same but Different
Jesus told us to “Go” and make disciples of “All” people in the Great Commission from Matthew.
He didn’t tell us to wait inside our churches and expect people to come to us.
This was the message at the latest Teaching Training Women morning at Wentworthville.
The women were reminded that engaging in conversation and developing relationships with women from different cultures can be tricky and even scary. But, whether Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist, they all need to know Jesus just as we do.
The morning gave some really practical insights into how to approach these relationships.
Sue, recently returned from church planting and community health work in Indonesia, brought a challenge from the Bible to be intentional in building friendships with women from different cultures and encouraged the women to think and plan beforehand how to build a bridge in their conversations that will enable them to discuss Jesus.
She talked of the Friends 4 Life programme being used at Woonoona Presbyterian Church where church members identify 5 friends who don’t yet know Jesus and then pray for them daily, contact them weekly, share an activity together monthly, make their worlds collide with yours by introducing them to your Christian friends and then share the Gospel with them when you can.
Most importantly, she reminded the women that they go with the King.
Judy Rowlands, who has a lifetime’s experience in teaching ESL in churches, gave some great insights into the differences in worldview between cultures from the West and from the Majority World.
She said that that our Western way of looking at things isn’t the only way. It isn’t necessarily the right way or even the Biblical way.
Finally, Rachel, who has lived in a Muslim country for several years, gave some really practical ways for the women to connect with, and love, Muslim women in their neighbourhoods.
She showed the differences and similarities between Christianity and Islam and helped the women to think about how they might gently and respectfully challenge wrong thinking.
They were reminded that many Muslims will hear the Gospel many times before they accept it and that they might just be a link in the chain of their journey.
How do we respond to the evil and injustice in the world?
Where is God when the weak and powerless suffer?
When will God act to redeem His people?
Rhonda Daley and Sylvia Siu spoke to us from the book of Habakkuk and reminded us that God’s people have always suffered in the face of the evil in our world. But God uses the evil intentions of wicked men to bring about His purposes.
God’s silence is not disinterest but rather restraint and patience as He waits for His chosen people to turn to Him. This restraint is seen most powerfully in the cross where the God allowed His Son to suffer and bear the sin of the world to bring about our ultimate salvation.
Sylvia reminded us that God is both judge and saviour. He is our rock and refuge in the face of suffering.
Rhonda encouraged us to join Habbakuk in intentionally choosing to rejoice in the Lord even when things are bad in life. “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there are no grapes on the vines…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.”
She reminded us that, in Jesus, we have so much more to say about the glorious works of God.
It was a creative morning with times of reflection over modelling clay, puzzles and God’s word.
We created our own “wailing wall” of prayers to God on behalf of the persecuted in our world. And we shared our joy in God’s faithfulness with singing and a celebratory feast.
Teaching Training Women is open to all women and is held at Wentworthville Presbyterian Church
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Guidelines for Establishing and Running TTW – enacted by the Ministry and Mission Committee on 5/6/14