At Narrabeen Baptist Church we seek to follow Jesus’ instructions to be “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). We partner with a variety of ministries, activities and organisations that are local (Northern Beaches), regional (NSW / Australia) and international (Asia, South America, East Africa). Some of these ministries would be traditionally classified as “mission”, some as “aid” or “social justice”, and others somewhere between.
While these distinctions are sometimes helpful, they are often artificial and we believe that demonstrating God’s love can take many forms at once.
NBC partnership can take many forms, including direct financial support from the church, members spending significant time or finances, use of facilities, publicity and, perhaps most important of all, prayer.
Christian Surfers (CS) aims to be a “Christian presence & witness in the Aussie surf community”, and does this by running camps and Bible-studies, connecting with local board-riders and the beach scene, and by running surf competitions. There are about 40 CS clubs across Australia, including one based at Narrabeen.
Scripture is a requirement in NSW public schools and, along with St Faith’s Anglican Church (also in Narrabeen) we run classes in a number of our local primary and high schools.
SILA is an organisation that trains people in literacy and translation skills, in order to be able to work in the field of Bible translation. For many years we have supported Robyn Terrey, who works at the Melbourne SIL training centre, providing people with skills for their work both within Australia, and in many countries in our region |http://silaustralia.org.au/|.
Beach Missions are an outreach activity that occur during the summer holidays in many campsites and caravan parks along the Australian coast. They are conducted under the umbrella of Scripture Union |www.nsw.su.org.au|, with each local mission being fairly autonomous in organisation and recruitment. Many people from Narrabeen Baptist are involved, primarily in the missions at Evan’s Head, Brunswick Heads and Bawley Point.
From time to time people from Narrabeen Baptist are also involved in holiday camping ministries, such as Camp Kedron |www.campkedron.com| Tunel Ridge Ranch [www.tunelridge.com.au] and Crusaders |www.crusaders.edu.au|.
At Narrabeen we support a number of people working overseas in various ministry capacities. The people we support are all working under the auspices of established sending organisations, but are supported financially both directly from the church as well as from many members. The people we support include Steve and Sandra in Japan with CMS |www.cms.org.au|, and two families in SE Asia with GiA |www.globalinteraction.org.au|.
Baptist World Aid Australia|www.shareanopportunity.org| is a Christian aid agency that seeks to fund sustainable community development and child sponsorship programs. Our Sunday School program sponsors a number of children, as do many members of our church.