Compassion is a starkly missing component in our culture, yet it’s a multi-faceted distinction of the Christian life together. That’s why we and our Women in Ministry will host a multi-dimensional mini-conference for the community called The Compassion Initiative!
Sponsored in part by the Vision 2020 Promoting the Gospel Task Force, the purpose of The Compassion Initiative is to explore the many facets of what it means “to suffer with” others, expressed ultimately in the person and lordship of Jesus Christ, and which therefore inspires a range of expression: visual art, music, teaching, stories, service, cooking, and pastoral care. Each has the ability to soften our hearts and move us to live more compassionate lives together as Christ-followers for our community and beyond.
A 6-week Sunday sermon series on the many aspects of compassion will lead up to The Compassion Initiative weekend of 20-22 October 2017 at our Tewantin church. On Friday 20 Oct., an “Art of Compassion” reception and weekend long exhibit will begin. On Saturday 21 Oct. a mini-conference with Counselor/Speaker Fiona Simpkin from Seaforth Anglican in Sydney will take place from 9am-Noon. And on Sunday morning, Fiona will conclude the sermon series.
“ART OF COMPASSION” EXHIBIT
What does compassion look like?! We can’t wait to find out in our “Art of Compassion” exhibit! We’re calling all local visual artists to submit (loan or donate for auction) 1-3 pieces of their original work, painting (watercolor, acrylic, pastels, etc.), illustration, sculpture, print-work, digital, photography, mixed media, or mosaics. Submissions must include a submission form that accompanies each work and delivered to the Tewantin church by 1 OCTOBER FROM 11m-2pm ONLY!
CLICK HERE FOR: Art of Compassion Submission Form
We are looking specifically for works of art that either reflect some creative aspect of compassion or invites compassion by its image. The exhibit will be free and open to the public, a great way of inviting our neighbours to join us in considering the many expressions and impact of compassion. Exhibit hours will be Friday 20 Oct. 6:30-9pm, RECEPTION: Open to the public!; Sat. 21 Oct 9am-5pm; Sun. 22 Oct 9am-5pm.
“COMPASSION INITIATIVE” MINI CONFERENCE
How can we think better about the role of compassion as an expression of our love for Jesus Christ? With a Sunday sermon series laying the ground work, our mini conference will take place from Saturday 21 Oct. 9am-Noon at our Tewantin church. Counselor/Speaker Fiona Simpkin from Seaforth Anglican in Sydney will offer two talks. Registration is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and a $15 fee is required in advance, $20 at the door, with ALL proceeds going toward the Compassion Initiative.
REGISTER online HERE.
Schedule for the Mini-Conference:
8:30-9am Registration. Children’s activities are planned for the morning with Rev. Simon Keith.
9-9:45 Plenary 1: Worship and Fiona Simpkin’s first talk, “God with us in The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53)”
10-11 Break out Discussion Sessions: 1. Caring for Family Members with Mental Health Challenges; 2. Addressing Local Hunger
11:15-Noon Plenary 2: Worship and Fiona Simpkin’s second talk, “God with us to care for others (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)”
Plans for other events—such as group cooking, service projects and a concert—are being explored.
Ideas or questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org