Category Archives: Past Events

Holiday Bible Club

TPC enjoyed another exciting and busy holiday bible club.  It was great to see so many children join us each night.  The singing was loud, the bible story of Elisha was edifying, the craft and memory verses were great opportunities to learn biblical truths and the games was the usual high energy affair!  The last night was exclusive to p6+ and was taken by the youth club leaders to show the older kids how the club works.  Some of the existing youth club members came down to help that night which was really welcomed.

One memory verse from the week was from Proverbs 3 “trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Our hope is that this verse will stay with the children and as they grow up they will see their need for Christ and learn to trust Him for salvation and for life’s paths.

Children’s Day Service

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6 ESV


Last Sunday the congregation enjoyed our morning and evening services led by the children of our church.  With Kaitlyn Cornett and Evie McComb leading the morning and evening services the children sang praises (with a bit of dancing), read scripture and recited bible passages from memory.  A strong theme emerged from the day, which has evidently been taught to our children by our faithful Sunday School teachers, that we all need to put our trust in the Lord Jesus for everything.  For salvation and for life.  This message was reinforced in the songs and scripture.

The proverb quoted above tells us an important truth.  That children are teachable and can be set in a direction that they are unlikely to deviate from in later life.  The majority of experts agree this path is largely determined by the parents.  Through the parent’s example, whether through intentional teaching or by just doing life together, a child will forge out their path to life or ruin.  With such high stakes at risk the church aims to support the parents in their training; to hopefully compliment and reinforce the parents teaching as they point their child along the path to life.

The children showed us on Sunday the fruit of such training as they showed understanding of what the bible teaches and how we are all capable of memorising scripture.  What was also evident was the pleasure they got from receiving approval and encouragement from their parents.  So as the Sunday School year comes to an end we thank our Sunday School teachers for all their hard work and we encourage our parents to keep training their children.  This can be done in no better way than showing your child that you love Jesus.

‘Fear not little flock’

‘Fear not little flock’

Tender words spoken to anxious disciples by the Lord Jesus Christ.  This was the theme of the Service of Commissioning for Chris and Rachel Humphries.  The Commission of Presbytery had the privilege of leading the service which saw many friends and family pack Tartaraghan PC hall last Sunday night.  After the Moderator of Presbytery, Michael McClenahan, read from Psalm 67 we praised God in song and prayer. The children’s choir sang ‘God so loved the world’ and Stafford Carson invited the congregation to join him as he read from Luke 12:22-34.  This was the passage that Lachlan Webster expounded in the sermon.

Fears and worries of various kinds are common to all, including bananas as Lachlan bravely shared.  Challenges and unknowns can bring on these fears and worries.  While Jesus warned the crowds of the dangers of wanting more (Luke 12:13-21) He directs, to His disciples, the challenges with wanting enough.  The disciples had left the big things in their life already; jobs, property, responsibilities.  It was the worries of poverty that concerned them, what they would eat and be clothed in.

What causes you worry?  Lachlan asked the congregation.  We can be stressed and feel alone.  But the Bible repeatedly tells us not to worry.  Jesus reassured His disciples through two means.  Firstly through the presentation of the facts.  God feeds the birds but the disciples are much more important to Him.  God clothes the grass in beauty how much more will he clothe His disciples.  Facts are firm footholds on which to stand and survey the situation you are in.  God’s evident care of lesser things shows us how much more he will care for His treasured things.  The second way Jesus gave His disciples reassurance was by painting the bigger picture for them.  “Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” Luke 12:31 ESV.  If God is going to give you a new heart and an inheritance in His kingdom He’s not going to forget the little things.

With these words Jesus lovingly reassured His disciples finishing with the tender command – fear not little flock.

Following this encouraging sermon Uel Marrs, Secretary to the Council for Global Mission PCI, presented the candidates.  He informed the congregation of the thorough selection process and the plans for Chris and Rachel’s first year in Portugal.  Chris and Rachel will be joining James and Heather Cochrane in the PCI church plant in Porto called Comunidade Pedras Vivas (community of living stones). For the first year they will be taking intensive language classes to become fluent in Portuguese.  As this progresses they will be involved in various ministry roles.

The Moderator and Clerk read the declaration of Presbytery and the Rule of Faith respectively.  The Moderator then asked Chris and Rachel the prescribed questions regarding their motives, beliefs and commitment to serve in Jesus’ strength.  Chris and Rachel answered with the confidence that Jesus gives His servants and were commissioned in prayer. The Aaronic blessing was sung upon them.

After the offering and the Tartaraghan PC choir singing two anthems, the congregation rose to sing ‘Facing a task unfinished’.  The service was closed by the Moderator pronouncing the Benediction.

Philip McKelvey, minister of Tartaraghan PC, expressed the congregation’s gratitude for Chris and Rachel’s service in the church over the years and our willingness to be a support to them in their new mission field. A gift from the congregation was presented by retired missionary Ada Loney, along with some wise council.

Chris gave their farewell speech.  He spoke of how humbled he and Rachel were by the support and encouragement received.  He asked for prayer emphasising their need of prayer support and their dependence on God.

We then enjoyed a typically good Tartaraghan supper.