Whether you are looking for a spiritual home, transiting through Sydney, or just visiting, we sincerely welcome you.
Our congregation is largely ethnic Chinese. However there is a cultural diversity ranging from third generation Australian to those who have newly arrived in Australia. English, Cantonese and Mandarin are used in our church, with English as the common language. Although we are a Chinese Church, we warmly welcome people of all ethnic backgrounds.
While we are Presbyterian in terms of the governing structure and the Reformed doctrine, we extend fellowship to all who accept the Bible as the Word of God and the highest authority for their beliefs and practices.
We are not just a collection of individual or family units participating in some regular activities. We are a community of Christ, and a spiritual family committed to each other, jointly partaking of the Great Commission given by Christ.
The dichotomy of direct versus indirect is evident all around us. The blessings from God can sometimes be interpreted in a similar manner. Direct blessings in the form of our work and wealth, a happy family, our academic accomplishments, a fruitful ministry can all be easily viewed as blessings from the Lord which we joyously give thanks for. Indirect blessings, however, are often hard to comprehend at the first instance. On the surface, they seem to be uneventful or downright perilous, yet God’s grace is hidden right behind those difficult moments. This includes God’s guidance in times of crisis, and His mercy in the midst of setbacks. In fact, at times, these indirect blessings bring greater blessings than direct blessings, as they urge us to seek God more fervently and to put our faith into action. Faith is not built on rosy and perfect situations. Faith is intricately related to our knowledge of God, and must be built upon the word of God and His doings.
Due to the pandemic, the number of international students residing in Australia has dropped dramatically. In February this year, the University of New South Wales ushered in a new term with the commencement of the Orientation week. Our campus student co-workers were faced with a dilemma: With so few international students entering the Australian border under the border restriction rules, should we still set up booths on campus to promote our Enrich Mandarin Bible Study?
Nevertheless, God revealed to us that it was our duty to run the stall, and it was His work whether there would be any new students visiting the stall. Thank God that we were able to meet new international students during the three days of Orientation Week, and we welcomed new students as they participated in the orientation activities organised for Friday. More importantly, we witnessed spiritual growth in our student co-workers. Despite different challenges, our student co-workers became all the more eager to spread the gospel on campus, knowing that we ought to rely on God for His provision. Furthermore, those students who returned to their home countries have begun settling in local churches and continuing to grow in their Christian faith, bringing comfort and encouragement to us. The kingdom of God will continue to flourish, and our ministry is but a small part of it.
Perhaps only in the wake of challenges do we come to realise that our faith is miniscule, possibly even smaller than a mustard seed. Yet God is merciful, and He can use the little faith we have to do mighty things. In the process, our faith and knowledge of God will in turn be strengthened, and this is God’s blessing in a deeper realm. Are you facing any situations which sway your trust in the Lord? Bring your worries to the Lord today and see whether God has deeper blessings and newer perspectives in stored for you.
Being a large city church, you will find groups and services to cater for all members of the family; a place where children can worship alongside their parents and grand-parents. I look forward to meeting you and your family in person in the near future.
Do you have a question? Leave us a message and one of our Welcoming team will be in touch.