About Us

 

Every organization needs a clearly defined purpose as a focal point to keep it alive, vibrant, and on track with the reason for which it exists.

As a Christian Church, we here at Toowoomba North have always been committed to providing an environment where people can grow in their relationship with God as committed Christians, as well as providing opportunity through the proclamation of the Good News or Gospel, for people to begin this journey as they hear and respond to faith in Jesus Christ.

After attending a leadership seminar, the ministry team at that time felt that we some how needed to reduce of mission statement (without taking any of the previous emphasis away) to a short, sharp, punchy statement which every member could grasp and own. Hence the church adopted the following Mission Statement as our clear and precise purpose.

To know Jesus and make Him known.

In working towards this purpose, we have sought to identify the sort of church that our Lord would have us to be. The ministry team were pleasantly surprised as each one, after individual prayer, expressed that our goals for the church should be expressed in terms of character- that is, the character of love, care and acceptance of each other.

In this, we saw ourselves fulfilling our created purpose to both know and worship God, as well as fulfilling the new commandment of Lord Jesus to love one another, in the same way that He loved us. When we are doing all this as we ought through our obedience to Christ and through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, evangelism (that is, the task of making Him known) should be a natural overflow over into our community and our world from this fellowship of love.

Finally, none of this will happen apart from our ongoing commitment to Jesus Christ and His church, a comment, indeed a relationship, which needs the constant nurturing of prayer, Bible reading and study, the regular practice of corporate worship, and taking every opportunity to give and to serve according to the grace given each one.

Early years

The beginnings of Toowoomba North Church of Christ centred around the establishment of a Sunday School for a few children in a galvanized shed in 1908. Early in 1922 with numbers now around 30 pupils the first church hall was built in just one day.

In 1948 the building was moved to the back of the block. A new worship centre was constructed in 1953 in front of the block. The existing building was extended to form a church hall.

Throughout the years we have maintained an interest in practical mission - helping other churches in Queensland and the South Pacific.

80's and 90's

By this time, the church was well established, and a Bible School was continuing to cater for a large number of children, and both Boys & Girls Brigades were underway. Men's fellowship, CWF (Christian Women's Fellowship) and youth groups were also making a contribution to the church. During the 1990's, a contemporary service was added to the traditional service to cater for a variety of people.

Beyond 2000

Ministries such as MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers), playgroup, youth groups, home-groups, Kids on Sunday (Sunday School), Brigades, CWF and Share-In developed. Three diverse worship services were firmly in place, with the addition of the ALPHA course.

2012

In mid 2012 the congregations of Garden City Church of Christ (Rangeville) and Toowoomba North Church of Christ (Harlaxton) moved together to a purpose built facility in Progress Court, Harlaxton.

Worship

ImageChurches of Christ recognise that worship is an important part of life. Worship is something we do every day as we give God the correct place in our lives but also something special we do together on regular occasions (for example, on Sundays).

Our aim is to provide worship which is positive, refreshing and renewing. All are welcome to share in our services. Worship is informal and friendly. Services are easy to follow with preaching from the Bible that is interesting and related to life. Our worship is alive, simple and uncluttered, relating to current Australian needs. Our worship is designed to be helpful. Worship is presented in an atmosphere supported with music, prayer, scripture and teaching. Worshippers should leave feeling refreshed, closer to God, and encouraged for the week ahead.

You will find a variety of types of worship in Churches of Christ, from traditional to contemporary. Children are welcome in worship, and children's segments help them to express themselves in worship, and to develop in faith. Because we believe worship enriches life, we make an effort to create worship which is noted for its simplicity and vitality.

Ministry & mission

In Churches of Christ all are encouraged to take part in the life and work of the church. This mutual expression of ministry recognises that each member has gifts and abilities to help in ministry and mission. Each local Church of Christ is independent. Its autonomy is respected. However, local churches form a part of a wider network with many other churches. Together they comprise the state and national conferences of Churches of Christ. Through conference, local churches cooperate with other like-minded churches to combine resources, and support the wider mission of the Church in Australia and overseas.

Through ministry and mission, Churches of Christ respond to human need. People explore and develop faith and spirituality as it relates to the here and now. We want to share the good news of Jesus through effective evangelism and mission. We are not only concerned that people should find a vital faith in God, our concern is also to respond with compassion to human need, both local and international.

In the local church we show compassion through pastoral care activities. In this way support, encouragement and healing are part of our ministry and mission. As part of our commitment to the message of the Bible, we also apply our ministry to social justice, and care of our environment.

Theology

The beliefs and teachings of the Churches of Christ are based on the Bible. In our preaching and Christian education, we concentrate on the essential aspects of the Christian faith, allowing for a diversity of understanding with non-essentials. This does not mean our theology is so broad as to become shallow. Instead it represents our enthusiasm to major on the essential message of the love and grace of God. Our main theme is that Jesus is the risen Son of God and the Saviour of humanity. We acknowledge that we fall well short of God's holy standards and that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin. We encourage people to respond to Jesus by making an intelligent and meaningful commitment to him, to observe his teaching, and express their commitment to Him through baptism by immersion. Baptism is a symbol which marks a turning point. We leave our former life behind, and with God's help, make a new beginning. We affirm the scriptures as our authority for Christian belief and practice. Each Sunday we celebrate communion. By sharing together in the Lords' Supper, we not only remember how important Jesus is to our faith, but also draw close to him for renewal. We believe that Jesus is very close to us during communion. Communion is a meditative and prayerful part of our worship. In communion we reaffirm our belief in the Easter message of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Heritage

As Churches of Christ we do not claim to be the best church or the only church. All who accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord are Christians. We cooperate with other Christians in worship, witness and service. We promote the unity of all God's people. We are committed to the ultimate goal of unity among all Christians.

Our passion for unity comes from our history. Back in the 18th century the church was divided. In the 19th century our churches looked for ways to bring unity among Christians. Divisions within the church were caused by history and culture. The result was many denominations. They had a prayer and a vision that people would put aside such obstacles to unity, so that a process of reform could begin. Then the unity of the wider church could be restored on the New Testament principles of the lordship of Jesus Christ, and the authority of the Bible.