Ashfield Presbyterian Church

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Welcome!

We’re a diverse family of God’s people, discovering how to follow Jesus.

We meet at 9am (Easy English service), 10:15am (Family Service with Sunday School) and 6pm. We have a Mandarin service at 10am, and a Korean service at 12. And we love to welcome visitors!

Our address is the corner of Liverpool Rd & Knox St, Ashfield, 2 minutes walk from Ashfield station.

We also meet at Petersham on Sundays at 10am at 2 Gordon St.

Our leadership

We’re led by elders. A women’s leadership team coordinate and leads ministry to women. Our property and finances are managed by a committee of management, and a pastoral care team looks after those in need

Church vision

Find out why we exist as a local church. We’re working to form genuine community around Christ.

Our location

We’re on the corner of Liverpool Rd and Knox St, Ashfield, a short walk from Ashfield railway station, with a bus stop across the road

Welcome to the Family

Paddington 2 movie night

where-are-we

Where Are We?

Where Are We?

We are located at the corner of Liverpool Road and Knox Street, Ashfield, a short walk from Ashfield Railway Station.

activities

What we do

Sunday School

We run a Sunday School for young children during our 10:15am service. It is run in English but Chinese and Korean children are fully involved too. There’s Bible stories and lots of fun activities for kids.

KCentral Kids Club

KCentral Week is our holiday kids club, run during the second week of the July school holidays. It’s held at PLC, Croydon, and run in partnership with Abbotsford Presbyterian church. KCentral Days are held once a term on a Sunday afternoon at both Ashfield and Abbotsford.

Youth Group

Revolve, our Youth Group for Yrs 5-12, meets on Friday evening from 7-9pm. “Revolve” is a group of young people who are seeking to revolve their lives around Jesus Christ. We meet to discover together how to live following Jesus by engaging with God and His word, responding to Him in prayer and encouraging one another in fellowship. There’s games, food and fun!

Home Groups

The Christian life is best lived in community. We love to get together in small groups in homes during the week to study the Bible, pray, re-connect and enjoy each others’ company. These groups are a key part of our life together.

Getting to Know Ashfield Presbyterian

We run a four-week course for those interested in becoming members of the church. You can preview the course outline to get a taste of what will be covered.

Project Help

Demonstrating the compassion of Christ in practical ways to those on the fringes of our church community

resources

Resources

Bible Studies

For Home Group or personal use to accompany the Sunday Bible teaching.

elvanto-resources

Elvanto resources

Here are some training resources for using Elvanto, our church management program

Create an Elvanto password

Elvanto - how to notify us that you're not available for a rostered duty

Elvanto - service planning (for service leaders)

Elvanto - first time user

How to swap, replace or decline a rostered duty

Selecting songs (for service leaders)

pastoral-counselling

Pastoral Counselling

Jeremy is available to meet for pastoral counselling both within our church family and with people in the wider area outside the church

 

Contact Jeremy: o417 o62 919       jeremy@thejoshuatree.com.au

What is Pastoral Counselling?

When we say counselling we mean something broader than therapy provided by professionals. We all counsel one another in the sense that God has designed us as meaning-makers who try and interpret and make sense of life. Since this is the case any conversation we have together involves some form of counsel. At points our counsel may line up with Scripture but at other points it may be at odds. Pastoral counselling is really an opportunity to get together and talk about what we’re facing and understand it from a biblical lens so that we might continue to be changed into the likeness of Christ.

Pastoral counselling is specific pastoral care. It’s not something new but what the church has always tried to do. We regularly sit under the public ministry of the Word (preaching/teaching) and complement it by the personal ministry of the Word (applying Scripture personally to one another in conversation) and the private ministry of the Word (personal disciplines of Bible reading/prayer). Pastoral counselling fits within the personal conversational category as we focus on following Jesus in the specifics of life. In particular this involves thinking biblical about:

  1. The situation: experiences of suffering/blessing we face
  2. The heart: how we respond to the situation
  3. God: how God meets us in ways relevant to our situation and heart struggle offering both rescue and refuge.

There are all sorts of theories out there about how we work, what our needs are, and what’s wrong with us. But pastoral counselling interprets all human struggle through Scripture and asks ‘What is God’s transforming agenda for me in this situation I’m facing?’

This approach takes seriously the vertical dimension of our lives being lived before a personal God. One way to think about the relationship between pastoral counselling and other counselling approaches is to compare the wisdom of Proverbs to wisdom sayings outside the Bible. There is wisdom in counselling methods outside the church as there is wisdom in sources outside Scripture. But what sets Proverbs apart is the central ‘fear of the Lord’ dynamic shaping all that is said. Likewise, pastoral counselling aims to keep this dimension central.

Unlike some approaches pastoral counselling is not an expert model with pastor as counsellor and another as counsellee. Instead both are alongside one another both in need of the rescue and refuge God provides with common struggles of sin and suffering. Even in the most complex of human problems we’re actually more alike than we’re different and it’s about finding that common ground at which God speaks directly to us together.

When Would You Seek Pastoral Counselling?

Any time is a good time to seek pastoral counselling. But broadly your desires and life circumstances might put you in one of two contexts:

  1. General growth: there’s no specific trigger but you’d like to meet up to grow in your walk with the Lord.
  2. Specific struggle: there are specific struggles you’re facing and you’d love someone to get alongside you in what you’re facing.

Introducing Jeremy Ward

Jeremy is married to Hayley and father of Heath (4) and Rory (2) and has experienced some of life’s challenges firsthand. He’s wrestled with bouts of depression, conflict in marriage, struggles with parenting, tension in wider family dynamics. As well as receiving psychological help for a season he has some specific training in how the wisdom of the Bible applies to the daily mess of life. As one who knows some of life’s hardships Jeremy is compassionate towards what others go through. In the Bible God promises comfort in all our troubles, so that we can offer that same comfort to others (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

location

Location

Address

cnr Liverpool Rd & Knox St,
Ashfield, NSW 2131

Services

9:00am Easy English Service
10am: Petersham: Family service with Sunday School
10:15am Family Service with Sunday School
6:00pm Family Service

10:00am Mandarin Service
12:00pm Korean Service