What a wonderful, fun time it was to remember the Saviour coming for us all!! We were so blessed as a family/community of people to share some amazing food and gifts. In the words of the rapper – Best CHRISTMAS Play of ALL TIME! Our hope for you from us is that this will be … Continue reading
We have a wonderful opportunity to have an insight into the workings of a Chaplain in a PREMIERSHIP Club. Whether you are into the Bulldogs or not, there are some great stories to hear! Come and join us! 7PM Start 252 Gordon St. Footscray. Apart from being the Director of Mission & Ministries at the … Continue reading
Happy times in Footscray! Happiest in 62 yrs. I’m told!!… Winners are Grinners and there are still plenty of winning smiles as this years Grand Final goes to the local team, the Western Bulldogs! There were no LOSERS though at the MICF Footy Grand Final Eve Dinner, that’s for sure. This annual event is attracting … Continue reading
Hey everyone – THE HOLLANDS are COMING! and that’s a good thing!! ONE NIGHT ONLY Come and hear them share their gifts in song, music and encouraging the Church!
Since we started there has been an amazing 20,000 views on this page! Thanks to all who have shown an interest in who we are and what we do. Especially to those who have prayed for the ministry here in Melbourne. God bless you all! from Tony and Francine and all the Church family. … Continue reading
Psalm 10:18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.(NKJV) Dear Australia, how did we ever come to this?? Click Here for an article from the Guardian that’s worth reading: extract: Sitting under the memorial tree, Brianna James, Elijah’s 12-year-old sister, repeated in … Continue reading
The KCF (not the KFC…that’s different) host a Convention every year and this time it was held at Halls Creek. Ps. Tony and sister Francine were asked to speak to the mens and the women’s gatherings which was a privilege and a blessing. Tony spoke to the leaders about partnership with the AEF and also … Continue reading
Come along and join the fun while hearing some special insights from Pastor Denis Atkinson about NAIDOC, it’s origins and importance. Share in our Church service and our WONDERFUL MEAL afterwards. – Be early as we start early.@ 252 Gordon St. Footscray.
All footy fans would have seen the events but you might like to discover more about the story…. Click here for a video on Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls. A pioneer of faith and community development with a ministry that had a great impact for Indigenous people and for all Australians. http://www.churchesofchrist.org.au/home/news/articles/may-2016/story-of-legend-sir-doug-nicholls
Steve Apirana is one of the finest gospel musicians currently working in Australasia. He is a gifted communicator, highly skilled guitarist and vocalist, with an extraordinary sense of humour. Specialising in blues and gospel, he has played alongside Daddy Cool, Black Sabbath, Split Ends, Osibisa, Fairport Convention and Average White Band, as part of the … Continue reading
SHARED STORIES, THEMED MESSAGE Kangaroo Stew and Damper – See you there!
BUT WE ENJOYED IT ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL on the 15th of May 2016.! 20 African American women from the USA shared in song and testimony as we shared a oneness in Christ which really was a little taste of Heaven (but with photos….lots of photos!) Our little Church was blessed with fellowship and gifts from the … Continue reading
It was a great privilege to have most of the Federal Council of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Aus. sharing their testimonies, stories and some songs at our Church. Between them they represent so many years of experience in Aboriginal Ministries across the country. The elders have seen some amazing changes throughout time and are still praying for … Continue reading
We are looking forward to hosting the Koorie kids choir from Mt Druitt on Tuesday night at 252 Gordon St. Footscray. Stay tuned for more…..
OUT of Range…As Easter is almost here, we wanted to let you know that we will be travelling to share in what will be sure to be some great fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters in the good old Bimbadeen in Cootamundra NSW. People will travel from all over to be a part of this blessing … Continue reading
Were you touched? Were you moved? Did you act on it? If not then HERE’s YOUR CHANCE! The MICF will be hosting a FUNDRAISER to help rebuild homes for people who are homeless due to the devastation of Category 5 Cyclone Winston. Our Fijian friends will be sharing stories and songs and much more at 252 Gordon St. … Continue reading
SUNDAY 6th March at FOOTSCRAY – 7PM Sharp! KAREN KEPERT- regularly visits churches to share her testimony and music. She speaks of trials in her life, God’s healing of relationships and how these have drawn her into a deeper relationship with Him. Her songs are gentle in style and rich in words. Karen has released two CDs ‘Stop … Continue reading
Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell in unity! Ps. 133.1 What is the draw card that makes us drive for 12 hrs into some of the hottest country on earth (up to 48)? The Pt. Augusta National AEF Convention draws people from all corners of this great land with … Continue reading
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! We hope you have a great time with your family and friends and welcome strangers to share the meaning of this wonderful gift of Gods’ Son who came as the humble child to become the Saviour of the world. DATES – Singalong this SUN. 27th of Dec. at 252 Gordon St. … Continue reading
Okay so the rain came and washed out our plans for a ‘Christmas in the park’ party but it didn’t dampen our spirits or our enjoyment of fellowship with one another sharing some lovely food and good times with friends, old and new! Moving to plan B (ok there was no plan B)..we went back … Continue reading
“Do you take”…you know how it goes..but seriously – It was a beautiful spot, a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding where Adam and Marelle Nicholls-Lampton shared their loving commitment to one another last weekend at Parliament Gardens. It was a privilege to be the celebrant and to celebrate their special day especially as the location … Continue reading
I know he wont want the extra attention but here we go again!…Uncle Roy Alexander has been acknowledged as one of the finest Senior community members in the State of Victoria!! Being a humble man of faith he wanted to maybe give it a miss but he was assured that it was something other people saw in … Continue reading
What an understatement! Huge…would describe this yr. a little better!! As if planning a beautiful wedding and being married on a perfect day is not enough to make 2015 very special, Daniel and Sara Riches also committed their ways to the Lord through being Baptised! It was a wonderful blessing to see this young couple … Continue reading
What a wonderful time we had at our Annual AFL Pre GF Family fun dinner. Some of the highlights were – Welcoming the generous Joffa as our dignitary for the evening, The Fijian Singers, (always brilliant) The first Best Players mum Award going to Lizzie Carter and the Best Players NAN Award going to Aunty … Continue reading
With household names like Buddy, Wellsy, Hilly, Polly and Cyril, anyone who has a pulse in Australia will know of the outstanding success of Indigenous players in the AFL. You will have seen video replays of the truly spectacular and marvel at the athleticism these young guys possess today! There has been success on the field and yet very … Continue reading
Life is short – Eternity is forever! Are you ready for it? How about shaking a leg and making a move…
The song has real meaning for us as God has provided over and over again through people who care. This is likely to be one of those times…
Our son Mark is back in N.Y. already and has started his 3rd yr. at Davis College. It’s a big commitment to continue studies so far away from home to complete his Diploma. Mark is preparing for big things. He has made many friends and has really grown as a young man of faith. Please keep him in … Continue reading
Had enough of the winter clouds? Need a little SONshine? Would you like to be inspired, encouraged, blessed…? Here is what you have been waiting for. Read on…. Families – bring your kids. Churches – Send a delegation Mum – bring Dad… this should not be missed.
The week was full of celebration as we had the privilege of getting around to a few of the wonderful services that work tirelessly to provide for a better life for local Aboriginal people. Groups like the Aborigines Advancement League, VAHS, VACCHO, VACCA, Co-Health are just a few… It was great to see church members involved … Continue reading
It was a wonderful night with beautiful Praise harmonies filling the air. SO thankful for the Fijians being with us too. The fellowship meal was a blessing too. Thanks Francine and Beverly. Thanks Endless Praise. SO BLESSED and ENCOURAGED! These guys are lovely people are very capable singers and musos – listen here! and here!
Here is some thoughtful insight by Ngardarb Francine Riches into the FORCED CLOSURES of Aboriginal Communities. It’s personal! read more Also thoughts from some Tony Riches and others read more (correction needed: Tony was Administrator for Gumbarnun not OAP). 1/5/15 Melbourne- 10,000+ supporters raised their concerns. Please spread the word about this critical decision in WA politics. … Continue reading
Here’s a beautiful song that we shared in our communion service last night. It speaks of the amazing personal love of God through his SON for the lost. One line that really speaks to me is “He gave HIS life to give me mine”! How can it be??? Please enjoy. How Can It Be. Lauren Daigle. … Continue reading
Don’t miss out! Great for young and old and those who wont admit to being either one…
What a great time of blessing, rest and encouragement it was to be able to spend Easter weekend with our Christian brothers and sisters at the Easter family convention in Bimbabeen (Cootamundra NSW). The teaching was solid…the music and fellowship – none better! Thanks to Ricky, Kaylene, Jono, Wanda, Aaron and the TEAR team for their … Continue reading
Come and share this very special night… Christmas Invitation
Sara Trigg (soon to be Sara Sully) was a great encouragement to all who came to share with her as she went through the waters of Baptism last Sunday night beside her partner Wayne. It was a great time witnessing her move of faith as this was something that she had wanted to do for a long time. … Continue reading
Here are some of the pics from what really was a great night! Special thanks to YAMBA Robert Champion for the awesome music and Michael Gallus from FOOTYS4All for providing the Bouncy Castle, Free footies and Rugby balls for those who got involved with the HANDBALL target game. Thanks to the cook’s and volunteers especially … Continue reading
Hey everybody! What a great chance to get back to church…when other people are too! Please feel free to just come along! We would love to see you either at 9 Rossmoyne St Thornbury for a morning service or at 252 Gordon St. Footscray for the night service. Promise we’ll save you a seat! call Tony on … Continue reading
This has been another great conference helping people involved and interested in Chaplaincy to get some new skills to help many who are hurting in Aboriginal communities across Australia. People came from Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, good old sunny Melbourne and 1 from Brisbane joined us as well. Learning to do the best we can in serving the … Continue reading
The Melbourne ladies had a wonderful time with sisters from all over. The theme was ‘NOURISHMENT for our SOULS’ and it truly was that and more as we shared fun and fellowship. Praise God for the speaker Mrs. Rose Cox. (wife of Pastor David Cox from Dubbo) who brought some insightful and powerful messages from God’s … Continue reading
It’s fair to say that we were all busy throughout this significant week. There has been many opportunities to say “Hey, we care about RECONCILIATION in this country”. On one hand it’s exciting to see there are organisations and individuals who have been making a conscious effort to listen, learn and bring about change. It’s great … Continue reading
Congratulations to Francine Riches for having been awarded this honour!. The newspaper published this article: MARIBYRNONG’S Francine Riches has helped many generations of Aboriginal women begin to heal through art. The 49-year-old visual artist learnt from a young age, growing up in the Kimberley, the power of expressing yourself without having to use words.Her ability … Continue reading
Sharing the good news of Patrick and Joanne’s commitment to the Lord by going through the waters of Baptism. Pastor Darren Wighton lead this special time.
Here is the message on Australia Day 2014. It finishes with what I hope will help bring some positive ideas to improve future ‘Australia days’. (Of course, these are the opinions of the Pastor and not necessarily of all the church and community members.)
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Despite the smiling faces in the photos, it’s been a sad time having to farewell Pastor Dennis and sister Valda Taylor as the Lord leads them to move back to the West. It has been a real blessing to have them labour in the ministry and keep the work of Thornbury AEC going and growing. … Continue reading
Equality and Justice are 2 different things which seems to confuse many Christians as they aim to represent God ‘as they know Him’ today. WHO SAYS?? What I find amazing is that somehow it has become controversial to place the Bible above our opinions. I accept it’s authority over all matters of human … Continue reading