October 13, 2016

When I think of spring, I think about new life, warm sunshine, time out with family and spring cleaning. Cleaning doesn’t sound that inviting, but spring is a great time to clear out the cobwebs and take stock of what you don’t need and get rid of things that are just taking up space.

Just like our homes, our lives get a little cluttered and stale and need a good physical and spiritual clean up. Paul, a biblical writer said this: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

The idea of the God of the universe dwelling in our imperfect, broken lives, sounds a little scary. Perhaps it’s because all of us have unwanted clutter we need to deal with, like old ideas, bad habits or toxic relationships.

The encouraging thing about God is that He doesn’t distance himself from us in our weakness. He wants to help us and lead us to an abundant life full of peace, purpose and direction. All you need to do is ask. Why not ask him now?

James Greensill is the senior pastor of Gateway Church, based at Avondale School.

James works with school students, their families and the surrounding residents, in a supportive role within the pastoral care team, as well as running the church on weekends and other activities and events.

“Loving the community and connecting with Jesus is the mission of what we do,” says James. “I love the community at Watagan, and with its growth it feels like the best is yet to come!”

James and his wife Jennifer live in Cooranbong with their three children, Grace, Josiah and Asher.

Gateway Church is all about loving the community and connecting with Jesus. Age-specific programs for primary and high school aged young people are available, as well as adult connect groups every Saturday morning from 9.30am-10.30am. The main service starts afterwards at 11am, and on the first Saturday of every month everyone is invited to lunch at the Gateway Family Feast.

The services on Saturday mornings are held in the Multi-Purpose Centre at Avondale School, 119 Avondale Road, Cooranbong. Visit gatewaycommunity.com.au or call on 4977 0200.

Live outside the box at Watagan Park

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