ARTICLES & TEACHING

Articles & Studies

Articles and studies prepared by members of HopeNet congregations.

Is Scripture Reliable as a Historical Record?

Kerry Letheby from The Branches Uniting Church, a HopeNet congregation, summarises an Apologetics study originally prepared by Richard Helsby. Read more here

Unwrapping 2 Thessalonians 2:11

A study of 2 Thessalonians 2:11, “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie”, prepared by HopeNet Minister Rev Ian Clarkson. Read more here

Andrew Chan and the media

A brief exploration of Australia-Indonesia relations and the death penalty debate in the media in the wake of the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Read more here

Tips & Teaching

Practical tips, teaching and advice prepared by HopeNet for member congregations.

Tips for intercessory prayer

A list of practical thoughts and tips on intercessory prayer, or ‘prayers for others’, in a church setting. Read more here

Tips for preaching sermons

A short list of tips on how to preach a sermon. Read more here

Tips for public reading of the Bible

A short list of tips for people reading from the Bible in public. Read more here

Tips for worship leaders

Advice and tips for leaders keen to develop participation during Sunday worship services. Read more here and here

2017 Christmas Day sermon to encourage fellowships – Ian Clarkson

Christmas Day combined service for Windsor Gardens and Branches Community Church

Responses to Marriage Consultation

Responses from different HopeNet congregations. All were prepared in 2014. 

Coromandel Valley Uniting Church

Read here

Driver River Uniting Church

Read here

Glenunga Uniting Church

Read responses from a member here and from the Church Council here

Golden Grove Uniting Church

Read here

Lighthouse (Port Pirie) Uniting Church

Read here

The Branches Uniting Church

Read here

Waikerie Uniting Church

Read here

USEFUL WEBSITES & LINKS

The Persecuted Church

As part of the Body of Christ, HopeNet encourages all members to remain informed about the challenges and injustices being faced by our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, to stand beside them and to offer them support.

The following are some of the organisations working in this area:

Barnabas Fund

China Aid

Religious Liberty Monitoring

Voice of the Martyrs Australia

Prisoner Alert 

The Australian Prayer Network

Open Doors

World Watch List

CONNECTION

HopeNet churches are encouraged to share news, reports and other short stories with the wider network. Members who are authorised to share stories from their congregation are invited to email ian@branches.org.au

Loxton Uniting Church – Family Nights

Posted on 29 June 2016.

Pastor Nathan Whillas talks about the rewards and challenges involved in Loxton Uniting Church’s Family Nights, which are held each Tuesday night from 5.30pm during school terms. Read more here

Waikerie Uniting Church – Morgan Youth Hub

Posted on 23 May 2016.

Waikerie Uniting Church members Rick and Vanessa Steadman have taken the lead in establishing the new Morgan Youth Hub. This is a grassroots effort aimed to engaging with and supporting young people who have no church connection. Read more here

Port Pirie – The Jesus School

Posted on 23 January 2016.

The Jesus School is a camp run in Port Pirie by Youth for Christ Australia and is supported by several churches in Port Pirie and the surrounding Spencer Gulf area. Participant Jo Cook has provided a reflection on this event. Read more here

MEETING REPORTS & VIDEOS

2019

2018

2017

HopeNet Summary of the Stir the Fire Conference – Various Congregations

Read Session Notes from Clare Conference held 19 August 2017 here

2016

HopeNet AGM Administrator’s Report – Mr Ron Tiller

Read HopeNet Administrator Mr Ron Tiller’s 2016 AGM Report here

HopeNet 2016 Presbytery & Synod Meeting Report – Mr Ron Tiller

Read HopeNet 2016 Presbytery & Synod Meetings Report here

2015

HopeNet AGM Minister’s Report – Rev Ian Clarkson

Read HopeNet Minister Rev Ian Clarkson’s 2015 AGM Report here

HopeNet AGM Chairperson’s Report – Rev David Hoffman

Read HopeNet Chairperson Rev David Hoffman’s 2015 AGM Report here