Campus Crusade for Christ (CCCA) is delighted to announce that two of our ministry arms are coming together - Creative Arts Ministries (CRAM) and Youth Ministries Australia (YMA). Throughout the last 6 months, these ministries have been moving toward working as one team, with the purpose of increasing positive influence amongst youth and service to NSW schools. CRAM and YMA have worked side by side for many years but now with a move to one team they increase the opportunity to creatively connect every student to someone who truly follows Jesus.
Uniting these teams can only be seen as positive, with combined resources – people and material, combined influence and great range of experience, adding this to our combined existing involvement in over 180 Schools and approximately 18,000 students across NSW.
CRAM will continue to serve in schools, partnering with those working in the school environment, using music based performances to connect with students. YMA will continue to serve schools through support of youth workers who have an ongoing presence in schools.
CRAM and YMA working together will allow a focused approach in connecting with young people in creative and relevant ways, then moving to consistent follow up through mentoring programs and leadership development.
The new combined youth ministry arm of CCCA will be under the direction of Shayne Hamilton as the Ministry Leader. Peter Mawhinney will be stepping up to the Team Leader position overseeing the performance ministry in high schools.
Graham McDonald from Children of the World, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ Australia, has compiled this history of Mother's Day highlighting the Christian foundation of the annual event.
Celebration of Mothers over the centuries has appeared in varying forms and traditions since and possibly before Roman times.
In the 1600s’ the Church of England instigated Mothering Sunday in recognition of Mary the Mother of Jesus. Later this religious celebration was expanded to include honouring all mothers. As time passed, this celebration slowly disappeared from the church calendar.
The seed for Mother’s Day that we celebrate today had its beginning in 1858 with Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis a Christian lady who was working to heal the nation after the Civil War. Her strategy was to promote and elevate the important role of mothers and help them to create healthier and more hygienic homes.
The latest Global Aid Network newsletter is now available for download. It features updates on the GAiN Board, the Typhoon Haiyan Relief & Restoration Project, a report on the 2014 Philippines Medical Mission, and information about the upcoming India Medical Mission taking place in September this year. Download: May 2014 GAiN Newsletter (659Kb)
We’ve just launched our crowd-funding campaign to raise $5,000 for “The Parting Gift”, and we’d like to ask your help.
"The Parting Gift" is a 5 minute short film, illustrating the Christian perspective on how God relentlessly pursues all of us with His love. The film is being made in partnership with Student Life with the goal of showing it to thousands of university students to help start conversations about Jesus across Australia.
How can you help?
The more people who find out about our project the better! It would be a huge help if you could share this video with your friends.
You can make a contribution towards our $5,000 goal at:
Our Global Church Movements (GCM) ministry is launching MC² (Multiplying faith Communities and Churches) training in Melbourne this May. Our VP for GCM, Bekele Shanko, a world class Ethiopian leader, will be in Australia to run the training orientation over three days. Learn more.