Coro Young Adults

Generations

Update (June 2020) - We're meeting again in person at the church - yay!

Having met online for the past few weeks, we are once again able to gather together physically subject to various restrictions. Please note that no food is able to be shared and we ask that if anyone is unwell with cold or flu symptoms they stay home.

Term 2 (10 May - 12 Jul): We’re going to be looking at the Towards Belief series looking at some of the biggest belief blockers in the western world today. It's produced by Karl Faase and Olive Tree Media - check out the above trailer and the below tabs for more info...

If you're a Young Adult and would like to join us, request to join the Coro Young Adults FB group or email Jethro.

Weekly blurbs - see what we're discussing...

When it happens, church abuse, especially of children, is horrific and deplorable. Critics of the Church point to the sexual abuse scandals as a huge reason to call the Christian faith into question. The ongoing Australian Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has uncovered case after case of broken trust, attempted cover-ups and gross system/organisational failure within the Church, especially the Catholic Church. This has left many critics and victims of abuse feeling like they can no longer trust the Church or its message. The Church’s own moral teaching is about protecting the most vulnerable so when abuse happens the Church has been called hypocritical and worse.

To many this is the number one blocker to Christian faith. The vast majority of people deplore this kind of abuse and are rightly shocked at the Church when it happens. This is a major belief blocker and we will be hearing testimonies and responses through this video.

We live in a ‘scientific age’. Today in Australia science is honoured as representing what is logical, verifiable and repeatable, whereas ‘faith in God’ is portrayed in some circles as irrational and superstitious. New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and naturalists claim that science has removed all need for belief in God, and religion is no better than fairy tales (like Santa Claus). Sam Harris even adds that ‘There is a price paid whenever an eminent scientist pretends that there’s no conflict between science and religion.’ Is he right or wrong?

The New Atheists, like Harris and Dawkins, claim that no sane, intelligent person can believe in God and they try to pit science against God. On the other side, mathematician Dr John Lennox says, ‘a simple observation on the history of science shows that it exploded in the 16th and 17th centuries in Western Europe in a theistic context ... and the best summary of it is again C.S. Lewis, “Men became scientific because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a Law Giver.” So the basic stance is this – that far from belief in God being a hindrance for science, it was the motor that drove it.’

Today we live in the aftermath of the 1960s sexual revolution. There is a significant change in community views about sexual morality including homosexual behaviour. An active gay lifestyle is becoming increasingly accepted and, in some circles, actively celebrated and promoted. The push for gay marriage to be accepted has gained momentum and has been adopted in a number of Western countries.

Historically the Church has taught that homosexual sex is contrary to Biblical teaching. This stance has come under increasing community criticism. The Church is now being regularly branded ‘homophobic’ by critics. This topic is extremely sensitive and opinion, even within the church, is quite diverse. It raises many issues about human identity, sexuality and the definition of marriage. Critics note that the traditional teaching of the Church is turning many people away. With so many political parties and countries changing their view on this matter should the Church also change? How should Christians respond?

The Church across the Western World has experienced significant decline in the last 100 years. In Australia in the 1950s about 44% attended church regularly (at least once per month). Now that figure has declined to about 17%. In the UK 150 years ago 50% attended regularly; now it’s less than 7%. In the Australian community the perception is that the institution of the Church is virtually irrelevant, certainly outdated and becoming obsolete. Also these days there are plenty of people who see the decline of the traditional church as a natural evolution away from the authoritarian, moralistic and superstitious institution towards a more rational scientific understanding of reality. Many feel the Church will eventually die out as the older members pass away. Is this a true and valid perspective of the church? How do we respond to this?

“My hope for anybody that watches this series is they come to a place of belief and recognise that they can be confident in what they believe. (Cristian faith) is not a flaky idea; it’s not kind of weak resignation to something that’s intellectually fragile. This is firm foundations of belief that you can be confident in, that you can hold your head up in any community, in any space and say, ‘Yes, this is what I believe,’ and we trust that the whole series of Towards Belief has been people coming to a place where they’re firm in their faith, firm in their belief and sure of their future. That’s my hope.” (Karl Faase)

More from 'Generations'

The Parenting Courses

Someone once quipped that parenting is the only job you can never get trained for – you can read all the manuals, attend all the how-to sessions, but when it comes to actually looking after your own child, we’re all learners.

To care for, nurture and raise another human being is a wonderful privilege and a profound experience. As a church our desire is to encourage and equip parents to be the best they can be and to model faith to their children in real and effective ways. We offer two Parenting Courses to help with this:

- [The Parenting Children Course](http://www.marriageandparenting.org.au/tpcc/) (for parents of 1-10 year olds), and

- [The Parenting Teenagers Course](http://www.marriageandparenting.org.au/tptc/) (for parents of 11-18 year olds)

Both courses run for 5 weeks and are for all parents/carers whether parenting on their own, as step-parents or as a couple. Each course includes informative and fun practical talks with film clips, street interviews and advice from parenting experts as well as small group discussions with parents at a similar stage.

Our next [Parenting Children Course](https://www.corouniting.org/events/the-parenting-children-course) will run on 5 Saturday evenings starting 1 June. Find out more and register on our [event](https://www.corouniting.org/events/the-parenting-children-course).

Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more. Course costs are $35 per person ($70 per couple) and include course material and delicious supper.

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CoroYouth

Update (18 June 2020) - We're meeting in person again... 6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm at the church - yay!

We are once again gathering together physically subject to [various restrictions](https://www.corouniting.org/d/1OFbQbtU1MPJc6qjEG0OW7FP6). Please note that no food is able to be shared and we ask that if anyone is unwell with cold or flu symptoms they stay home.

Please [contact Jethro](mailto:jethro@corouniting.org?subject=CoroYouth%20back%20to%20meeting%20in%20person) if you have any questions, in particular if you still feel uncomfortable coming or sending your youth. We are happy to provide online options if this is requested in advance.

When meeting in non-COVID restrictions, CoroYouth runs from 7.00-9.00pm every Friday night during the school term for young people in Years 7-12.

Our aim is to “Lead young people to Jesus through authentic, Christ-centred relationships.”

We are excited to see young people meet Jesus and discover the life that is found in Him! On a typical Friday night, we spend time in worship, hear a message of Jesus’ love, play games, eat food, and enjoy spending time together. Each week is a little bit different, so come ready for anything!

Our team is made up of young adults from Coro, led by our Youth Leadership Team.

Throughout the year we also engage in several events such as [SYG](https://www.stateyouthgames.net/home), with our Youth Camp in Term 4 a massive highlight!

Drop in some time, we’d love to get to know you!

To contact CoroYouth email coroyouth@corouniting.org

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Kids on Sundays

Children and their families are an integral part of our life together as the family of God here at Coro. As an intergenerational church community, we place value on children worshipping together with the whole church family, also understanding the need for kids to have opportunities to learn and engage with the Bible in ways that are designed specifically for the different stages of their development.

On Sunday mornings our children spend the first half hour or so together with their families in worship. There are a couple of areas set aside for very young children with some quiet toys and books, however we encourage parents to help their children engage with the service by explaining to them what is happening and encouraging them to participate.

After around half an hour, the children move out to different programs that are designed to stimulate, encourage and enable each child to grow in their own faith journey and in their relationships with their peers. We have four different programs that we run most weeks:

- LPC (ages 0-3) is a free-play session for our very young ones

- Kindy Kids (ages 3-5) is a more structured program with story, craft and free time

- KBG (R-Yr6) has large group and small group times with teaching, memory verses, creative and fun activities and times of prayer.

- Bounce (Yrs7-10) learn through discussion, video clips, and games – always with plenty of food on offer!

See the tabs below for more information.

Note: The safety of the children in our care is paramount. Children are signed in and out of programs with all our helpers holding valid Working with Children Checks and key leaders having undergone Child-Safe Environments and First Aid training in line with the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy.

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