Introducing Laura

laura & obiLaura Vertigan and her family will become part of the Wembley Downs church here when Laura commences ministry on Monday, July 2nd. Laura will help advance the church’s vision of engaged ministry with immediate community and beyond. She brings particular gifts in theology, education and visual art to her role.

Laura’s induction will take place at the Sunday service of Worship and Communion on July 8th at 9:30 am.

From the final message…

Themes of Ministry and Mission at the Church of Christ Wembley Downs 1996-2018

The life of the ministry, witness and mission of the church during this period can be broadly described through several themes.

The kind of church for the community we aspired to be was informed by explorations of the history of Celtic missionary movement in the early centuries of our faith – in the search for a wholistic and sacramental embracing of total community with all the gifts of ministry for all the people of the community. It was a church without walls embracing all with whom we came into contact as part of the journey.

The results found articulation in the words of Michael Bullard who conducted a church consultation. He called us a Platypus – all things to all people. We adopted the Platypus as our mascot.

We began to define our ministries as a church through Eugene Peterson’s Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work – describing the unique activities of the church that defy the Goliaths that oppress our times.

Story-making – sharing and inculcating our individual and collective stories through the Christ story
Prayer Directing – developing an intentional prayerful stance for individual and community
Pain Sharing – sitting with another’s suffering as part of the ministry of lament
Nay Saying – countering the attitudes and aspirations that are less than those of God’s love
Community Building – creating and fostering a network of relationships grounded in Christ’s transforming love

In 2015, Alexander Shaia, blessed us with his visit and introduced us to a fresh and ancient view of the lectionary that not only informs our weekly teaching, but guides our orientation to daily living. It’s all In his major work Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation.

The four Gospels describe a cyclical season for growth as we continuously encounter four matching universal questions of the human journey. Namely

1st path: How do I deal with the surprises and uncertainty of change? (Matthew)

2nd path: How do I negotiate seasons of suffering, pain and despair? (Mark)

3rd path: How do I savour flashes of insight into unity and completion? (John}

4th path: How do I gather these experiences for mature service (Luke?)

These themes of ministry are mutually inclusive and the fruits of their implementation have borne fruit over the years. They lay a sound foundation for the continuing life, witness and mission of the Church of Christ at Wembley Downs

Every blessing!

Dennis & Jenny Ryle

Endings & Beginnings

Today Dennis Ryle delivers his “Finally Beloved” talk concluding 22 years of ministry at Wembley Downs.

Next Sunday, July 1, he will preside over communion and relinquish the symbols of ministry to the care of the Elders.

The following Sunday, July 8, Laura Vertigan and her family will be welcomed and Laura will be inducted into a new era of ministry for Wembley Downs.

All services at 9:30 am.

Farewell to the Ryles

The Members of Church of Christ Wembley Downs


to join us as we say farewell to Dennis and Jenny Ryle,
as after 22 years sharing in our lives they are retiring.

Sun 24th June Dennis will preach his final sermon
as part of the service.

At 30th June from 2 to 4 pm we are joining
together in an afternoon tea, when there will be a time
available to share thoughts and reminisce
about Dennis and Jenny’s time with us.

Sun 1st July there will be a Communion Service
and then a formal handing over
of the symbols of ministry to the Elders and Board.
This will be followed by a light finger lunch together.

RSVP please to Rosemary
or 0402 823 074


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