Life @Parky July 2020

A Note from Pastor Craig...

As we continue through Hebrews, the writer has been urging us to remember that Christ is superior to all and calls us to stay the course in a relationship with him.

It's easy for us as Western Christians to compartmentalise our faith and our Christian community into just a small facet of our bigger life experience. As Corrie ten Boom said:

“You may never know that JESUS is all you need, until JESUS is all you have.”

Read the below stories from churches dispersed and persecuted - Hebrews was written for them as well as us…

4 Tips from House Churches around the World

...Emily Watt, Open Doors Australia

In seasons of instability and uncertainty, the persecuted church are the perfect mentors for our faith. Across the world, persecution has driven churches into homes and online, yet generations of bold and faithful followers have emerged. Their lessons of courageous Christianity teach us how we can follow Jesus as the one body of Christ, no matter the season.

China | Value One Another

Coming together as the body of Christ, in any form, is an essential part of a believer’s walk with Christ. One Chinese believer, Ruby*, learnt firsthand what it means to gather in fellowship while under governmental pressure.

“The local authorities monitor religious activities here very tightly, so we have to be very cautious when we meet. At the very least, we should not make any noise. We would be in trouble if a neighbour reports our meeting to authorities.

“But the good thing is that we are still able to connect with some brothers and sisters.”

Middle East | Meet Panic With Peace

In the Middle East, conflict and heavy monitoring from authorities have pushed churches into secret house gatherings. But in the chaos and disorder, Middle Eastern believers have learnt what it means to meet panic with peace.

“Believers just want to connect,” house church host, Suri* said. “The work I do is so important. People are searching for answers everywhere. They seek God, as only with Him do they feel the peace they’ve been searching for.”

North Africa | Fight The Good Fight

For believers throughout North Africa, strict laws and threats of violence have given rise to an underground house church movement.

“We must fight,” said Marwan*, a secret house church member. “The one who has seen the light will never return to darkness. I see it as a God-given task to press on. God created us for eternity, for paradise. When you become a Christian, you are given a task. We see the church growing and this encourages us greatly.”

Yemen | Follow In Christ’s Footsteps

In Yemen, to become Christian is viewed as a betrayal of the family and tribe. These external views force churches to seek safety by meeting in secret. Food shortages and civil war add additional pressure to Christians who struggle to reach one another.

Secret believer, Mohammad*, said, “We were always challenged, getting our daily food, finding work, surviving in a war situation.

“But for God, nothing is impossible. Christ said that whoever wants to follow Him needs to take up his cross and follow Him. That means we need to follow Him even if it costs us everything.”

*Names changed for security purposes.

Summary of Events...

Praise God we're starting to open up again! See what's happening at Parky in July...

  • Sunday services are back! Come along to Parky each Sunday @9.30am to hear God's word from a variety of different speakers. We're over half-way through Hebrews now and haven't we learnt a lot! There will also be Sunday Creche, Kids Min and Explorers so bring the whole family. Please note: There is no longer a need to register to attend the service, however Baptist Churches Head Office have strongly recommended we still keep attendance records for our services so we will continue to take names at the door to comply with this.
  • Pre-service prayer meeting in the Prayer Room, Sunday mornings from 8.30am.
  • Online services - online services are still available on-demand at parkerville.church/live each week from 1pm Sunday afternoon. The format is the same (although no online chat or kid's talk).
  • 5 July - The all-new "Pursuit" Young Adults are meeting at Brad & Skye's house this weekend and continuing fortnightly on Sundays. Contact Brad on 0428 471 195 for more info or go to Instagram @pursuityoungadultspbc or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/258087122148697/
  • 19 July - Sunday Kids Ministry starting back for Term 3 from 19 July, with transitional programs until then.
  • 19 July - Sunday Explorers starting back for Term 3 from 19 July, transitional programs until then.
  • 20 July - Blokes is back live at the church. Why make your own burger when you can get the Blokes team to make it for you! Stay tuned for more information or contact Brad on 0428 471 195 or Craig on 0427 979 710.
  • 21 July - the Tuesday morning Craft group will be meeting again in the church house on Tuesdays from 9.30am (stay tuned for news on the Thursday C.A.F.E. group).
  • 21 July - the Tuesday evening Craft group will be meeting again in the main church building on Tuesdays from 7pm.
  • 22 July - Toddler Jam is back for the first Wednesday of Term 3. Contact Kris on 0417 958 252 for more information.
  • 24 July - Friday night Youth is in recess from 10 July for school holidays, but will be back and 'live' for Term 3 on 24 July. If your kids are already part of it then keep an eye on your emails otherwise contact Caleb (0459 042 771) or Brad (0428 471 195) if you have high school age kids who would like to be part of the fun.

Finances last Month

Budgeted giving - $31,250

Actual giving as at 30 June - $22,761

Building Loan as at 30 June - $577,907

General Donations: BSB 704-922 Acc 100008307

Building Donations: BSB 704-922 Acc 100013582

GiveWay: parkerville.church/give

“Every good & perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17

Pursuit: Young Adults


It is with sadness that we share with you that Reverend Roland Maxwell (an ex-Parky attendee) passed away Thursday 25 June, aged 67 years after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Roland was born in South Africa and moved to Australia in the 70’s. In 1980, while serving as a Youth Group Leader and Deacon at Como Baptist Church he was called to pastoral ministry and undertook his theological training at the Melbourne College of Divinity and at the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia (now Vose).

In 1986, he was Ordained as a Baptist Minister while serving as the minister for Dalkeith Baptist Church.

Roland served at Riverton (1983); Dalkeith (1984—1989); Riverton (1989—98); Bentley 1999-2007; Gracewood (2008-14); St John of God Murdoch (2015-Present).

Alongside his pastoral ministry, Roland served as the President of the Baptist Churches Western Australia from 1992-93.

Retired Baptist Minister Reverend Alastair Bain shared that Roland was a gracious follower of Christ who was a reflective leader, a scholar, a listener, considerate, spoke words of Godly wisdom and was a top bloke!

Please join us in prayer for his wife Suzanne and the family at this time.

Sportsfest 2.0

SportsFest in its usual format is unable to proceed this year BUT fear not, SportsFest 2.0 is on its way...

It’s an opportunity for youth and young adults aged 16-30 to connect through weekly challenges and to invite their friends to participate and hear the message of Jesus.

Each week a challenge will be released for individuals to complete along with a bonus church team challenge approx. every second week which the team must complete.

Each week there will be a message from some of the Next Generations pastors in line with this year’s theme Just Ordinary? focusing on the various individuals in the Bible who seemed very ordinary at first glance, but through following the calling that God had placed on their life their somewhat ordinary life did extraordinary things and impacted others in an incredible way.

Social Media @Parky

Did you know that Parky has a Facebook and Instagram page? We've been posting regular photos and updates of what's happening in the life of Parky, so 'Like' our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Parkychurch/ or follow @parkychurch on Instagram for access to this great way of staying in touch!

In April and June, The Advocate, the award-winning newspaper of Baptist Churches Western Australia, will be online editions and we invite you to become a digital subscriber.

Simply enter your details via the link below and every two months you’ll receive your own digital edition of the paper with news articles from churches around WA, opinion pieces from respected writers and articles that will help you in your journey with Christ.


Read the latest edition at https://www.baptistwa.asn.au/view/news/the-advocate

Matt Chapman, Editor | The Advocate

Sermon Podcasts Available

We hope you have been enjoying all that our Sunday preachers and speakers have had to say since going online. If there is a sermon you have missed, would like to share with a friend or would simply like to hear again then please head to parkerville.church/live and listen to or download the sermon of your choice!

Prayer Points

Continue to praise God for the progress WA has made in keeping the spread of COVID19 at bay. Pray for wisdom as restrictions are relaxed and we discover our 'new normal'.

Pray for those who are unwell in our state, over East, and the masses of people who are still suffering from Covid-19 across the globe. Pray for God's hand in the restoration of our world from this virus and its effects.

Praise God that we can meet again for live services to hear what He has to teach us and to worship Him together.

Thank God for our volunteers as ministries start up again. Thank Him for the dedicated teams who have put in a huge amount of work to both maintain our church over the past few months and to make things happen again as we come out of restrictions.

Thank God for each and every one of our church family and the blessing it is to be able to meet in person again with one purpose.

Praise God for the opportunities that online facilitation has opened up in our church and beyond.

Continue to pray for our local community and ways that we can bring the good news of Jesus to those around us in 2020.

Continue to pray for provision to meet our financial needs this year. Pray for continued wisdom in our financial management and generosity in spirit as a church.

Continue to pray for those who are grieving, unwell or recovering from injury.

Continue to pray for the missionaries we support as a church, for God’s protection & blessing over them as they bless those around them.

What's on @Parky

Office Staff

The office is open again from 9am to 3pm Tuesdays to Thursdays.

  • Ps Craig Lydon (Senior Pastor) - craig@parkerville.net.au - Tue-Thu
  • Ps Brad Paterson (Associate Pastor) - brad@parkerville.net.au - Tue-Thu - on leave from 25 July
  • Ps Rowan du Boulay (Discipleship Pastor) - rowan@parkerville.net.au - Tue-Thu - on leave until 21 July
  • Deanne Garnett (Business Manager) - deanne@parkerville.net.au - Tue-Thu
  • Kris Gibson (Admin Assistant) - kris@parkerville.net.au - Tue (Parky Baptist), Thu (Parky Care) kris.gibson@parkycare.net.au
  • There is a wide variety of Journey Groups available
  • Meeting in various home at various times to encourage each other, study God's word and share together.
  • Ken Wadley: 0409 680 925
  • Pursuit Young Adults group meet fortnightly on Sundays
  • 18 years +
  • Verity Corbett: 0455 789 307

C.A.F.E. (Coffee And Friendship Etc!)

  • C.A.F.E. meets @ the Church during school terms
  • Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am
  • Tuesdays 7-9.30pm
  • Thursdays 9-12noon (creche available) - currently still in recess
  • Yvonne Claessens: 0417 172 315
  • Toddler Jam meets @ the Church during school terms
  • Wednesdays 9.30-11.00am & 1.00-2.30pm
  • Kris Gibson: 0417 958 252
  • Youth Group meets @ the Church during school terms
  • Years 7-12
  • Fridays 7.30-9.30pm
  • Caleb Terranova: 0459 042 771
  • Blokes meets @ the Church gravel pit
  • One Monday a month @6.30pm
  • Brad Paterson: 0428 471 195
  • Craig Lydon: 0427 979 710

Sunday Kids & Youth Activities

Go to our website parkerville.church/children for online and printable resources.

Parents’ Room - available for young children supervised by a guardian

Crèche - available for toddlers 6 months-4yrs from 9.20am at the west end of the Church Building

Parky Kids Ministry - Available for all primary school aged children at the west end of the Church Building. Starts in the main church auditorium @9.30am, then kids go out into their groups with leaders: Possums (Kindy-Yr 1); Trailblazers (Yrs 2-4); DTeam (Yrs 5-6). Alternative activities available during school holidays.

Youth - Explorers (Years 7-10) On during the message in the Youth Shed, takes a break for school holidays

Physical & Online Services


910 Seaborne Street, Parkerville

Office: 9295 6789


web: parkerville.church

Thanks to Aussie Broadband for their sponsorship of Parky's NBN!!