Kids church

tug-of-war-gameWho am I in God’s world?  The world is a big place and kids sometimes wonder about where they fit and how much they matter.

Basement seeks to be a church where kids are integral to who we are. So come along Kids’ Church this Sunday at Basement from 10am. It is an opportunity for us to get down, have fun and grow in faith together.

Vineyards

justicelandAustralians struggle to read the Old Testament. For generations, we’ve been told that it is only about creation vs science, order vs permissiveness, tradition vs the individual, judgement vs grace. Like a mad doctor, we’ve used everything to make it’s beating heart stop.

The reality is that justice is the Old Testament’s heartbeat. The rhythm is simply love in action. It is a story about grace and how God frees a bunch of good-for-nothing slaves to plant a different kind of vineyard in the world. But rather than grow justice, they preferred privilege and used old time religion to obfuscate and justify their kleptocracy (Isaiah 5). Jesus replanted the vineyard and when people can see that this place is for everyone, justice can’t help but flourish (Matt 20.1-16).

So why not unpack the defibulator, clean out the cholesterol and get a glimpse of the better story this Sunday at Basement from 10am?

Faithfulness

faithfulnessHow healthy is your church? Is it full and flourishing? Or is it half empty and dry around the edges? What would turn it around?

Like Israel, it’s tempting to think that the church would do better if it only it worshipped rightly, sang louder or prayed harder.

Isaiah saw the problem differently (Isa 1.1-20). Israel’s task was to resemble God and be a blessing to the world. Yet the people preferred privilege and prancing to providing for those whom no one else cared about. Although their worship was right, their faithfulness reflected the wrong things. Why not come along to Basement from 10am and get a fresh glimpse of faithfulness for our world today.

Dreaming

newheaven What is the Australian dream? Many say the house on the quarter acre. For others, it is  bushside property or a job without knobs. I think our dreams are for something more and less. More peace. Less noise. More friendship. Less squabbling.

God has a dream too (Isaiah 65.17-25). God’s dream sounds like laughter. Everyone gets to live to a ripe old age. There is prosperity and security. There is action, reconciliation and justice too.

While our dreams are often characterised by withdrawal from a troublesome world, God has jumped in to show us a way through. Jesus builds a new heaven and a new earth from the inside out. And it all starts with us. Why not join us for some dreaming at Basement this Sunday from 10am?

Kids’ church

happy-kids(1)Who am I in God’s family? For many kids, church is something they get dragged to rather than a community to which they belong.

Basement seeks to be a church where kids are integral to who we are. So it is Kids’ Church this Sunday at Basement. It is an opportunity for us all to get down, have fun and grow in faith together.

Glory

GOD'SGLORY Where do you see God in your life? It’s a question that stumps many. When asked, most people will blurt out things like the birth of their child or when they got married. Rarely do they say things like: when I got cancer, when my husband left, or when my baby died.

Like Moses, we associate seeing God with good times and mountain top experiences. Yet when Moses saw God he got a surprise (Exodus 33-34). God’s glory wasn’t about wonder, power or awesomeness. That kind of thing floated Pharaoh’s boat. What Moses saw was mercy, grace, forgiveness, and responsibility.

It is often in moments of frailty that we see God most clearly. When everything seems hopeless. When we’re busted and bleeding. When our future has dried up and blown away. God’s glory is found in the things of this world because that’s where Jesus hangs out. So why not come along to Basement on Sunday from 10am and learn to see your world differently.

Mother’s Day

MothersDay It’s Mother’s Day in the Basement this Sunday. So forget the granny dressing gowns, put away the footwarmers and leave the bad presents in the store.

For all the celebration, being a mother seems harder than ever. Our culture makes little boxes for mums that no person could ever fulfil. Yearning goes unfulfilled, hopes get dashed, plans go awry. How do we honour our mothers and what happens when the kids are oblivious?

So whether you have a mum, are a mum, want to be a mum or just disappointed that this boat has sailed, why not come along to Basement from 10am where the coffee will be strong and the croissant delicious!