Ulverstone Retreat – The Parables

Ulverstone Retreat – Tasmania

October 31 – November 6th, 2016

The Tassie Retreat at Camp Clayton Ulverstone continued to be the spiritually rewarding experience that it has been for many years. Camp Clayton is comfortable and private with most members living onsite. The word “retreat” is given its full value in this delightful location.

Pastor Phillip Hopwood walked the congregation through the Parables of Jesus.  He presented the “Upside down Kingdom” that the parables reveal. How God’s Kingdom opposes everything that human kingdoms claim to be important. Revealing a King that gets down and dirty to solve all adversities that humanity labours under.

Members contributed their own observations and perspective on a parable that had touched them individually.  The presentations came in many styles. Personal, allegorical, rime and rhythm and historical.  All were insightful and encouraging, reflecting our Father’s love for diversity within unity.

Thursday was a free day and members joined in a drive through beautiful farmland to Gunn’s Plains. A light lunch at Kaydale Lodge, Nietta, was followed by walk to the rugged Leven Canyon.  This wonderful day of fellowship has become a memory maker through the years.

We are grateful and joyful toward the visitors that came from interstate, and thank them for contributing so much to this inspirational retreat.

The dates for next year are Monday, November 6th to Sunday, 12th, 2017.

Geoff Miller

A day out.

A day out.

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Leven Canyon

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The Psalms – Retreat at Camp Clayton, October 21-27, 2013

We are holding our annual retreat/festival at Camp Clayton, Claytons Rd,  Bass Highway, just east of Ulverstone, starting at 3:30pm on Monday October 21st, and concluding Sunday October 27th at lunch time.

This year we are studying the Psalms.  We plan to take an overview of their nature and how we can read and benefit from their profound and authentic approach to life, God, good and evil; life at its best and its worst.   We will then explore some specific psalms and invited participants who would like to, to share their favourite psalm, and to have a go and writing a psalm themselves.

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So why not join us for a week of rest, inspiration, fellowship, and time wandering through, wondering at, and learning from the Psalms.  Come for a morning, a couple of days or better still, the whole week.  This is a great opportunity for those on their own to find a place and time for support, friendship and encouragement, and for couples to have a time of retreat and rejuvenation.

Sessions are held each morning at 9:30am in Parkdown, except Thursday, when we have a 7:15pm session.   Saturday has morning and afternoon sessions. Cost are very reasonable.

If you would like more information please email Phil Hopwood at phopwood@internode.on.net or phone Geoff Miller on 03 6424 7109.

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One Small Life

The little babe was a gift too big to wrap.

That one small life was all life.

A King, born at the back of the Pub

and there was the rub.

No one  expected the helpless,

the human, the ordinary.

 

Those in the know, with robes

stretching back to Moses,

The priests with pedigree,

who whispered  in the ear of God,

and owned His nod.

Guardians of the books,

who knew where to look

for that warrior King

promised for greatness.

Destroyer of  enemies.

A King bigger than

their own importance.

That King will be born

In Bethlehem of Judea”

they said.

Yawned, stretched,

went back to bed.

Drugged by certainty

and confidence, God

would have woken them

personally.

 

While in the hills shepherds thrilled

to angels singing and bringing

news of new life. For free.

 

And star gazing Pagans

who weren’t supposed to know

or go, traipsing across the desert

for months.

Laid gifts before the Child

and gave thanks for inclusion

that touched untouchables,

and welcomed the unwelcome.

 

That Baby grew into the promises

and laid eternity

at everyone’s feet.

 

Geoff Miller ©

10/12/12

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Camp Clayton Festival – Oct 8-14th – John’s Letters

We are holding our annual retreat/festival at Camp Clayton, starting at 3:30pm on Monday October 8th, and concluding Sunday morning the 14th.  Christians from around Tasmania as well as

Camp Clayton

some from the mainland are planning to come and join us for a week studying John’s three letters, and enjoying a relaxing, rejuvenating time of fellowship and worship.


Sessions are held each morning at 9:30am in Parkdown, except Thursday, when we have a 7:15pm session.   Saturday has morning and afternoon sessions.

Visitors are very welcome.
If you would like more information please email Phil Hopwood at phopwood@internode.on.net or phone 0407 566987.

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Our Church

Hello and welcome to the website of the Devonport congregation of Grace Communion International.

We are a small dedicated bunch of ordinary people, meeting together as a house church for worship, fellowship and mutual support and encouragement.  We hold an in home service most weeks in Devonport or Ulverstone usually on a Saturday.

If you would like to join us, please don’t hesistate to contact Geoff on 03 6424 7109.  Email: millergd@comcen.com.au We invite you to look at the links we have provided and learn more about us, and what we believe.

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