Ministries

Sunday Service

HBC meets as a Church family every Sunday at 10am in Helensburgh Community Centre, Walker St. Our Sunday service is the central meeting in our community. It is a time where we can focus on God, God’s word and God’s promises to us. It is a time where we are able to encourage one another with news of what God has done for us and how he is changing our lives, where we are able to pray for one another, those we love and the world around us. And it is time for us to actively express our thanks and gratitude to our wonderful God and saviour. Our services are contemporary, welcoming, interactive and inclusive.

Our services provide an opportunity to engage with practices that help foster a deeper relationship with God.  Worship, prayer, fellowship, communion, acts of service and the proclamation and receiving of God’s own word.  Throughout the year we have a number of unique services that we believe help to equip our Church community to better address the needs of people living in the real world.  At these services we look at issues relating to mental health, relationships and sexuality because we believe that God has something to say about real life and real people.

Home Groups

Our Sunday service may be the central gathering at HBC, but our Home Groups are what keeps us strong. It may seem cliched but we believe that Church should be about relationships, relationship with God and relationship with one another. And we believe that those relationships should grow with time. Home Groups are the best way for us to get to know one another beyond the surface and to grow together.  Speak with us if you are interested in finding out more.

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Food Pantry and Hampers

HBC is able to provide essential food and groceries to families that may need a little help.  Life throws some unexpected curve balls sometimes which can leave us empty handed.  When that time comes it is always good to know that there is a community of people around you that is ready to help.

The Burgh Blitz

One thing the Church has is a lot of man/woman power.  HBC has helped many families and community organisations in the 2508 area with essential maintenance and cleaning tasks.  We offer this ministry mainly to the elderly or those who are unable to maintain their own household. If you know of someone who could use a hand or if you could use one yourself, let us know so we can offer some assistance.

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Men’s Lifekey Courses

Man to Man – This program focuses on the man and his relationships.  It is common for men to feel isolated and unsupported, especially when our culture has trained guys that they should be able to keep it all together.  Men today need help with hassles and hurts and an opportunity to find encouragement and support from other men. This program explores past and present relationships and examines the effects of family background on the way a man thinks, feels and behaves.   The themes covered include family dynamics, handling emotions, dealing with conflict, finding real intimacy, examining addictive behaviour.  Participants gain personal insight together with strategies and skills for living life more successfully.

Valiant Man – Developing and maintaining a healthy sexuality is every man’s battle. Valiant Man is about male sexual discipleship.  This program with study and devotional guide is designed to fortify and restore the moral and spiritual integrity of men.  Valiant Man challenges all men to fight for their own personal, moral and spiritual vitality and help other men fight for theirs.

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Womens Lifekeys Courses

Woman to Woman – Every woman carries with her the strengths and weaknesses of her background.  She carries the legacy of her past into all her relationships – family, business and church.  This program will show participants how to free themselves from the past and focus on the future.  It will provide strategies and skills needed to make positive and lasting changes in relationships.

Understanding Your Valiant Man – Many women want to understand the men in their lives. Understanding Your Valiant Man has been developed for women; a companion program to the Valiant Man program which is designed to provide men with an empowering experience of sexual discipleship. This program allows the women to see and understand the journey the men involved in the program are taking.

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Kids Church

Children are so important to us at HBC.  We take seriously the impact that can be made in the lives of our children and believe that God can instill a sense of security and strength in them.  We are committed to helping our children to experience the love of God, to connect with the Christian community and to understand just how valuable they really are.  Kids Church takes children from the ages of 3 to 12 and teaches them in tangible ways the eternal truth of God’s quest to restore each and every one of us back into relationship with himself.

In every church there are people who are tired, wounded, hurting, defeated or emotionally stuck ….. often they have no idea why. The church proclaims the good news that in Christ we are loved, redeemed, forgiven and accepted.  All of this is based on Christ’s performance and it comes to us in gift form only.  Yet for some people the truth never seems to reach to where the problem is, even though they sincerely want it to.

Careforce Lifekeys is not simply another church growth idea. Careforce Lifekeys has as much to do with church ‘wellness’ as it does with reaching into the unbelieving yet wounded community.  It’s not just unbelievers that need restoration and strengthening, the church needs it to.

Careforce Lifekeys course are 7 to 10 week programs that are run by trained facilitators.  They are run in the context of a small group and focuses largely upon a time of open sharing from the participants.

 

Lifekeys courses that HBC run include:

Prayer Ministry

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5: 16)

Prayer ministry is where members of the body of Christ assist other members to come into freedom from the sin and sickness in their lives, by going together to Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.  It does takes advantage of the tools of counselling but it never pretends to be counselling.

HBC has aligned itself with Elijah House Ministries and are proud to offer prayer ministry that holds to the foundations of Elijah House Ministry.  For your information the basis of Elijah House teaching is provided below.

Basic Biblical Foundation

  • It is the power of the cross, through the Holy Spirit and by the truth of God’s Word, that works to bring lasting healing and restoration to the family.
  • God’s laws, both natural and spiritual, are absolute and are written into the universe. Laws such as:
  1. Honour your father and mother  Ephesians 6:2-3
  2. Judge others and you will be judged  Matthew 7:1-2
  3. You reap what you sow  Galatians 6:7-8
  4. The principle of increase  Hosea 8:7a
  • These laws impact our lives whether or not we believe or understand them, and we reap the consequences when we break them.

The driving force behind the recurring patterns of trouble in our lives start when…

  • As small children we respond to hurts in sinful ways
  • We nurture seeds of anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts
  • As adults we forget the incidents that led to the hurt and react to people in ways we don’t understand

Christ’s work is complete, but God is still at work in our lives.

  • True freedom requires first recognizing that many of today’s problems have their roots in our sinful responses to yesterday’s wounds.

We are reconciled to God and one another when we…

  • Recognise the destructive patterns in our lives
  • Forgive those who hurt us, and ourselves
  • Repent, resulting in real change
  • Confess and seek God’s forgiveness for our sinful responses

 

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