Quarry

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
    you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
(Isaiah 51:1)

SUPPORTING for SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2019: Through Noel Payne and his social work university placement, we’re supporting DVAC, the Domestic Violence Action Centre, based in Ipswich and Toowoomba. DVAC works towards the prevention and elimination of domestic and family violence. (If this brings up painful issue for you and you want to talk further, contact Noel on Noel 0412156772.) Here’s what Noel shared about their work.

Domestic violence is not just sexual abuse but can take many forms of abuse including physical (injury, denial of healthy living, assault, violence to property and murder), verbal (private, public, designed to humiliate, demean, subjugate incl threats and blackmail), economic (deprivation of basic needs, seizure of income and assets) and social (isolation, control deprivation). Domestic violence extends to children seeing violence. I’m sure all of us have relationships with neighbours, work colleagues, perhaps even family or friends who have had these issues. Some statistics:
  • 1 in 6 women (and 1 in 16 men) from 15 years old had physical abuse; 25% of women (5% men) experienced emotional abuse
  • 1 woman killed every 9 days (1 man every 29 days)
  • In 2017 Police recorded 25,000 sexual assaults against women
  • The Ipswich DVAC office worked with over 300 sexual assault (rape) cases in the last 18 months.
To this end, DVAC is actively involved in supporting women, young people and children who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic and family violence, supporting men who are actively committed to behaviour change as well as providing information and education to the communities at large.
This can look like:
  • Telephone information, referral, advocacy and support services to women and children
  • Court support for women in our three regional courts
  • Counselling services for women and children
  • Group work for women and children
  • Safety upgrades for women and children wanting to stay in their homes
  • Schools community education sessions
  • Providing professional training and resources to other service providers and stakeholders
  • Community development, education and awareness raising events
  • A sexual assault service in Ipswich and Toowoomba regions
  • Group work and family support for young men (and their mothers) who are using violence against their mother and/or siblings
  • Mobile outreach to women and their children in motels or other temporary accommodation
  • Women’s recovery services, including facilitating access to education, employment and increased social and community connectedness
  • Behaviour change programs for men who are using violence in their intimate partner or family relationships.
Why do they need financial support? Like most Social Justice organisations, DVAC’s staff rely on Grants and Government funding. This funding is highly restricted and does not cover ancillary expenses, especially those costs involved in supporting the victims of abusive and violent environments, transportation, emergency supplies, communication, relocation and printed resources.
I could go on about the needs and the costs involved. The www.dvac.org.au website is helpful in understanding the needs and reach of this State recognised peak organisation.
In terms of giving, you may wish to give direct to DVAC at www.givenow.com.au/dvac/.
This will provide you with a Tax deductible receipt. If this receipt doesn’t matter to you, then use the account details below so we can all give to one place and I can can pass on a combined donation in the name of Quarry Church as a corporate witness.
This may be a sensitive subject for someone in the group, so please contact me if you have any questions (Noel, 0412156772).
To give: Suncorp 
BSB 484-799
Acc: 001353977

Name: QUARRY DVAC GIFT

 

Ongoing support is given to A’Rocha Australia, a community of Christian conservationists working at home and cross-culturally, cooperating with anyone who seeks a sustainable world. Donate here, and see here, here, here, and here for more on “why creation care is a gospel issue“. Start your membership process here. Locally, we express this through bi-monthly participation with the Anstead Reserve Habitat Restoration Group.

Additionally, we are partnering for Bible translation among least-reached people groups, so they can hear and grow in the good news. In particular, we’re praying for and giving to two men who are the main contributors to the Merei translation project, Norman Candy and Ishmael Raf. Merei is a language spoken on the northern island of Santo in Vanuatu.  This is a 15+ year project, spearheaded by Aussies Adam and Hester Pike as trained translators with Wycliffe, working with the Merei community helping them translate the Scriptures into their own language. Norman and Ishmael have been working voluntarily on the translation project for many years.  They are also ordained ministers in the Anglican church and serve the local church without pay. They both have young families. Their current support and gifts don’t meet their regular needs, or major costs emerging through the year alongside emergencies. They supplement support by cultivating gardens and plantations in the village to derive extra income. SO, this money will go a long way, whether a once off gift, or a regular offering. Support via e-transfer: A&H Pike, Commonwealth Bank of Australia [CBA], BSB 064172, a/c # 1068 2496, Reference: Quarry4MereiTP.

TYPICAL LITURGY most Sundays: At the Quarry, 8am sharp, as per usual (with backup wet weather plans at Nik & Dave’s place, 152 Tanderra Way, Karana Downs, leaving from Quarry carpark).

Today’s date in Common Book of Prayer here; Kindle version here.

(Download kindle reading app for free here.)

Open Sharing Week 1st Sunday of the Month: 1 Cor. 14:26 “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.”

  • August 4, 30 minute sharing/prayer/communion then helping Anstead Reserve Habitat Restoration Group (8:30-10:30am with morning tea together after)
  • September 1 @ Quarry (as per usual, here) … open sharing, and seeking God for a new project/group to support over September/October (including Praying for A’Rocha, and the Merei Translation Project crew above).

N.B. Quarry will run most every Sunday for all of 2019. On the odd week where Nik & Dave are away, some of the core crew may still congregate at 8am, but it will be even more ad hoc than usual! So, rock up, find whoever happens to be around, and enjoy the worship, whether with fellow humans, or the song of praise carried by the birds.

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LOCATION: 20km south-west of Brisbane CBD:
~593 Hawkesbury Rd., Anstead.

See here for driving directions. Long story short, get onto Mt. Crosby Rd., and when you reach the Hawkes and Crosby Cafe, drive 550m up Hawkesbury Rd., into the parking lot on the right. This is the Anstead Bushland Reserve. By Sunday 8:00am sharp, we walk 10 minutes (~800m) due west on the path/road, down to the Brisbane River, where we meet on the far side of the quarry. (Further directions below, and call Dave on 0491138487 if you’re lost!)

n.b. Regardless of weather, we *start* at this location (car-park 8am). If it gets/looks nasty, we’ll head to one of our nearby houses (likely Dave & Nik’s @ 152 Tanderra Way, Karana Downs – directions here). Also, toilets are a 10 minute walk away from where we meet… be warned! We don’t run alternative programs for different age-groups (e.g. kids/youth), but all are welcome to participate.

BRING: fold-up chair, Bible, pen/note-pad, something to share (spiritually, and even physically, if you’re keen for a bite/drink after, e.g. cup of tea!). We’re a church-bulletin free zone, so it’s handy to have your mobile phone and a kindle version of The Common Book of Prayer (full & free pdf online hereready and open at today’s date (online here). Given it’s open-air, an umbrella, hat and sunscreen can be handy!

What Is “Quarry”?

“Quarry Church”, as we’ve come to call it, is simple. Real simple.
(See About: Our DNA. Following is a picture of how we run.)

Picture a small group of people who are committed to discovering the way of Jesus, gathering at an abandoned quarry on Brisbane River, most every Sunday morning at 8am. We meander 800 metres with our Bibles, fold-up chairs and sunscreen, down to the river, settling in a shady spot for a few hours. In that time, we wait on the Lord for leading, bringing our gifts to shape where the time goes. We follow a basic liturgy with some singing, confession, praise, and Scripture reading. We spread out to privately journal, and return with our piece of the jig-saw puzzle to share. Then we celebrate as the Spirit leads us, through each other’s words, dreams and insights, in how to fit these bits together. We pray into a collective, timely and prophetic word that gives us wisdom for how we live on our frontline in the coming week. It usually comes together as we celebrate communion, intercede for the world God loves, and participate in the practice of the Lord’s prayer. Most times, by 10:30’ish, we’re just enjoying each other’s company over some bakery treats, before wandering back to the car-park by 11am. Freedom to come and go as you please. But a shared commitment to grow together in Christlikeness, and grow up in love of God, neighbour, and all creation.

5000No set schedule, no pre-determined outcome, this is a raw and organic gathering of the church to remind ourselves of our place in the mission of God. It cuts consumerism at its root, for Quarry Church builds on our shared efforts to dig into the word and construct something together that glorifies our Creator.

All of this is framed around a core group stumbling their way forward in the five-fold gifts upon which the community of God is built: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11). We’re guided by the call to return to the quarry from which we’re hewn (Isaiah 51:1), to rediscover the ancient paths and walk in them (Jerermiah 6:16). We’re convinced that Christ’s church is not established in the safe-spaces; rather, it’s in the marketplace, and at the margins where secularity and spirituality collide–places like the pagan sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi–that the “gates of hell” will not prevail (Matthew 16:13-20).

Our ecclesiology is orthodox, ecumenical and yet fits broadly in a charismatic protestant frame. Symbolically and metaphorically, the form of our gathering is inspired by Jesus’ feeding of the 5000 (e.g. Matthew 15:29-39). In our post-Christendom culture, multitudes are leaving the cities and the institutional expressions of religion, in search of the reality of God’s provision in the wilderness. As we together seek the bread of life, Jesus has a habit of taking, blessing, breaking and multiplying our meagre gifts. So, we sit down in small groups and set the table at which we can enter the hospitality of our triune God, giving and receiving that we may become food for a hungry world.

Most often we meet at the Anstead Bush Quarry mapReserve  (driving directions from Brisbane’s CBD here). In case you’re running late and we’ve already headed down, see here for the exact location walking wise.

Any questions?
Contact or call Dave Benson
m: 0491138487
e: david.benson@malyon.edu.au