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IDMC Conference 2018

Life Church Castle Hill will be hosting its sixth annual Intentional Disciple-Making Church (IDMC) Conference – Starting Over, this August at Hillsong Convention Centre, Baulkham Hills, NSW.

IDMC stands for Intentional Disciple Making Church. It is not a programme or denomination, but the fundamental belief that churches around Australia and the world are called to return to its disciple-making roots. Making disciples is at the very heart of the Great Commission. It is the key to church health and world evangelisation.

This year, the conference topic is Starting Over. It re-examines the true essentials of discipleship in Jesus – discipleship as a redemptive journey. Starting Over will move us from our self-efforts to the finished work that is in Christ.

The two-day conference encourages churches and believers to rethink the way of discipleship that we can be freed from our self-striving to a discipleship born of gratitude. Guests will have the opportunity to understand and grasp what He has done for us and that we will be able to do what He desires of us.

“In the Church today, we fall into the trap of approaching our discipleship journey as a series of tasks we are to excel in. Discipleship is not merely about regimentation. We can be doing all these things and yet miss out on what true discipleship is all about,” said Reverend Edmund Chan, Founder of the Global Alliance IDMC Movement and Leadership Mentor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church Singapore.

For pastors and church leaders who want to grow in intentional discipleship, an Advance session will be held prior to IDMC Conference. The Advance session will focus on creating a discipleship culture and an environment for leadership multiplication. Last year, over 1,000 delegates from close to 100 churches were represented at the conference.

“Whether it’s your first or sixth year with us, we are deeply humbled by what God is doing in the hearts of our fellow churches. We are graced to host Rev Edmund Chan and Ps Ann Chan again this year, speaking on the timely theme, starting over,” said Paul and Esabel Jeyachandran, Senior Pastors of Life Church Castle Hill and hosts of the IDMC Conference

“Our heart’s desire and vision is to champion the cause of intentional disciple-making in churches around this nation and to support churches towards this cause. We trust you will be richly blessed and equipped through these two days. We look forward to journey with you together on the road to making and becoming true disciples.”

Register now at www.idmcconference.com.au

IDMC Conference

Friday 17 August 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday 18 August 9:00 am – 5:45 pm

Hillsong Convention Centre

Pastors & Leaders Advance

Friday 17 August 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Hillsong Chapel

Subscription plans for our Prefilled Communion Cups

Simply re-stock with our new subscription plans

Hi everyone,

We hope you’re all doing well as the winter season gets colder. On our front we have been busy with shipping out your orders and also working towards making our own wafers (potentially gluten free ones too). Stay tuned for details and updates in the coming months!

More importantly for this season, we have recently set up subscription plans for our prefilled communion cups! We are so excited to launch this new product to you.

Subscription plans make it even easier for you to simplify Holy Communion for your church. All you have to do is subscribe once and the communion cups will arrive regularly.

Simply select the amount and period (monthly or bi- monthly) and thats it! There’s no minimum subscription period and you can change your plan or cancel it at any time.

You will then receive a regular supply of communion cups for your church, without the hassle of ordering manually.

How easy is that? We hope that you will find it simple and effortless to do Holy Communion wherever you are.

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The Core Message Of Communion

The Core Message of Communion

Communion has been celebrated by virtually every branch of Christianity over the last 2000 years. Some call it the Eucharist, others the Lords Supper, and others Communion. It is a ceremony that both unites and divides Christians. It expresses our common faith in Jesus Christ; yet, at the same time, various aspects of the ceremony have caused enormous controversy; for example: when should it be celebrated, who should administer it, who should take part, what type of bread and wine or juice should be used and what happens to the bread and wine when it is blessed and then eaten? In the midst of the controversy, it is easy to get side tracked from the central message of the celebration—Jesus’ sacrificial death.

Communion is fundamentally all about Jesus.

Jesus on the cross

Focusing on Jesus helps us avoid being distracted by side issues. Jesus instituted communion as a way for his disciples to remember his death and sacrifice. At its core, communion is a celebration, remembrance and proclamation of Christ’s death. It reminds us, and declares to those partaking, that Christ was with us, Christ died for us and Christ is now alive working in us. We read about the way Jesus described communion and the meaning he gave it in three of the gospels: Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; and Luke 22:19-20; and also in one of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians (2 Cor 11). For this study we will focus on the description of the Lord’s supper in Luke.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you”. (Luke 22:14-20)

From this passage we see the following:

Communion was initiated during the Jewish Passover celebration

And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15)

The Passover meal was celebrated every year by the people of Israel to remember their deliverance from the slavery of Egypt (Exodus 12). In his last supper with his disciples, Jesus symbolically reinterprets many of the elements of this meal to convey a deeper understanding of the purpose of his death to his disciples. Just as God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, so Jesus sacrificial death brings us deliverance from the slavery of sin. An excellent resource that highlights other connections between Passover and the Lords supper can be found here.

Communion was a time of blessing and giving thanks

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.”(Luke 22:17)

During the traditional Passover a number of cups of wine are symbolically drunk together. The first is called the cup of blessing. At his last supper with his disciples, Jesus took this cup and gave thanks.

The word Eucharist means thanks-giving. This is why communion is called Eucharist in some Christian traditions. Communion reminds us of the blessing we have received in Christ and that is something for which we can give thanks!

Unleavened bread was broken representing Jesus body

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

In Exodus, the children of Israel are told to only eat unleavened bread during the time of Passover. All leaven had to be cleaned out of their house. Leaven represents sin (1 Cor 5:7). Jesus broke unleavened bread at Passover signifying the sacrifice of his sinless life on our behalf. Bread is a source of life and sustenance. Jesus described himself as the bread of life (John 6:48). Spiritually speaking when we believe in Jesus, we partake of his sinless life; and with Christ in us, we live forever.

A cup of wine was shared together representing Jesus blood

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20)

Traditionally in the Passover meal, the participants drank another cup of wine called the cup of redemption. It is a reminder of the blood of the unblemished lamb that was sacrificed by each family on the night the Israelites escaped from Egypt (Ex 12). If the blood of this lamb was painted on the doorposts of an Israelite home, the angel of death passed them by. The communion cup represents the blood of the Lamb of God—Jesus (John 1:29). His sacrifice takes away the sin of the world and preserves us from death and righteous judgment for our sin which we all deserve. It is a cup of redemption because the blood of Jesus paid the price for our salvation.

Communion is a symbol of the New Covenant

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you”. (Luke 22:20)

Communion is best understood within biblical concept of covenant. A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties. It was usually solemnised with various seals and signs. Covenants were common in the ancient world and God used this cultural practice when he made binding promises and required serious commitments from his people. Some of the symbols of ancient covenants included:

  • Animals being sacrificed
  • Recitations of blessings and curses
  • Covenant meals.
  • Memorials.

Using the symbols and pictures of Old Testament covenants, Jesus instituted a new covenant in fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy (Jeremiah 31:31-34). However, in contrast to the Old Testament covenant of works, this new covenant is unconditional and undeserved. It is a covenant of grace made possible through Jesus sacrifice on the cross.

The last supper panorama artwork

Jesus actions at the last supper thus drew on important elements of biblical symbolism to convey divine truth. Image and symbolism is important in communicating truth. As human beings we have multiple senses. Our brains are wired to receive information through, sight, taste, touch and action along with hearing. Because of our multi-sensory perception we remember best when information is provided to us in multiple forms. Listening to a sermon is one way of remembering God’s word through our sense of hearing. In communion, however we are invited to participate in a symbolic drama that communicates truth through sight, sound, taste, touch and our own active participation. All our senses are involved in this divine drama that communicates eternal truth. This active participatory drama can have a powerful impact in people’s lives as they remember Christ’s sacrifice together.

This is my body broken for you

Article by Andrew Chisholm of Citylife Church

Citylife Church is a multi-site congregation across Melbourne with the mission to raise up fervent followers of Jesus Christ who will reach out and impact communities, cities and nations for the kingdom of God. The original article was written as a life group study, which contains discussion questions and some common questions about communion. For further information please refer to original article here.

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Why Sponsor a Child with Compassion?

Why sponsor a child with compassion?
Why sponsor a child with compassion?

We’re proud to partner with Compassion Australia to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name, and we think you should consider it, too! Here’s why you should sponsor a child with Compassion.

Poverty speaks to a child. It tells them, You dont matter, you are nothing. Life will always be this way.

But that’s a lie.

You have a precious opportunity to give a child life-changing support and encouragement.

Sponsor a child with Compassion and give a hope more powerful than poverty.

You can give hope

Too many children believe the lies of poverty. Too many lose hope.

You know it grieves God’s heart to see children living in unacceptable circumstances—and it breaks yours. But can you make a difference?

You can for a child like Alon.

Alon lives on the island of Alor, Indonesia. It’s a beautiful place—but poverty lurks here, beneath the idyllic surface. His mother is loving but restricted by blindness. His father has a huge heart but only so many hours to provide for his four boys.

Poverty says to Alon, “You don’t matter.”

Jesus says, “You matter to me.”

You can help a child like Alon discover a living hope — through sponsorship with Compassion.

You can make an eternal difference

You want to make a difference that’s eternal, not just material. Compassion’s program is Christ-centred, child-focused and church-based, which means every child has the opportunity to learn about Jesus—the source of eternal hope.

With the support and love of the local church and dedicated child workers, every child receives all they need to learn, grow and fulfil their potential.  

Compassion sponsored children are given the gospel message and practical care.

For more than 65 years, Compassion has been releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. They’ve reached more than three million children around the world—and currently support more than 1.8 million in more than 25 developing countries.

Thousands of supporters around the world, including more than 80,000 Australians, are speaking words of life and hope into children’s lives.

You can join them. Make a practical, and eternal, difference.

You can change a life

In three simple steps, you can make an impact that goes beyond one child to touch the life of a family and the wider community.

  1. Sponsor a child: it’s a small act with enormous consequences.
  2. Build a relationship: through letter-writing, prayer—and maybe even a face-to-face visit!—you can build a relationship that crosses borders and changes lives.
  3. Witness the impact: God can use your sponsorship to change your sponsored child’s heart… and yours, too.

The evidence of changed lives is clear.

Compassion supported children are more likely to be more educated and become leaders.

You can release a child from poverty in Jesus’ name

Like all the best stories, this one begins and ends with Jesus.

You know His heart for children living in poverty. He’s the one who created them; who gathered them to Himself; who knows them by name—and loves them.

You can give one of His precious children the opportunity to meet Him; to know His love personally.

Sponsor a child and give a hope more powerful than poverty.

How Life Church served Holy Communion to a growing congregation

Life Church: Serving a growing congregation

Serving a growing congregation with our prefilled Holy Communion cups

Whole In One Communion have been supplying our prefilled communion cups to Life Church for the past 2 -3 years. In 2016 - 2017 Life Church experienced a significant growth in its congregation. It is wonderful to see more people commit their lives to Christ and start attending church consistently. During this period one of the challenges for the church is to determine how to effectively serve a larger congregation. In this post Life Church will share with us on how they equipped their communion team to serve the new influx of people with excellence by using our prefilled communion cups.

Introduction to Life Church

Life Church is an Intentional Disciple-Making Church (IDMC) located at Castle Hill in Sydney NSW. They believe in authentic discipleship to Jesus Christ and intentional disciple-making of all nations for God’s glory. Senior Pastors Paul and Esabel Jeyachandran have the passion to see people become authentic, broken, courageous disciple makers for the glory of God. Many consider Pastor Paul to be a gifted preacher of the word of God and an able mentor. For this reason we invite you to check out his sermons on Youtube.

Life Church hosts the yearly IDMC Conference in Australia which saw over 1,000 people attending in 2017. Each year the conference addresses specific areas of critical concern in disciple making churches today. Life Church runs the Maximise Life Bible College which strategically invest in a few good men and women to journey together for 3 years doing intentional discipleship. The goal is to raise intentional disciple-makers with a certain kind of DNA who serve as sons and daughters in the house.

Photo of Holy Communion being served to church congregation.
Serving Holy Communion. Source: Life Church

Questions and Answers

First of all when did Life Church begin to use prefilled cups?

We began to use the prefilled cups in the summer of 2016.

What was the reason for using them?

We were looking for a more efficient and economical way of serving communion to our members.

How was the initial experience and how did the congregation respond?

Our members were able to get used to receiving the wafer and wine in one convenient package. Furthermore our communion servers found it much easier to serve as they did not have to worry about pouring into individual tiny cups or spillage. They were also happy with no wastage of elements as any leftover cups could be used for the next service as they last over 3 months.

In 2016 Life Church started having Sunday Worship at Castle Hill RSL to cater for a larger congregation, later in 2017 a second Worship Service was also added. Please explain how the Whole In One communion cups has helped with this change.

The prefilled cups made it easier to prepare for Holy Communion while located at an external venue. There is minimal preparation required because the cups are prefilled and ready to use. Our communion team would bring the prefilled cups and place them in  silver serving trays at the venue. As a result, preparation is simple and manageable even with a larger congregation size. There’s no spillage or contamination and it’s very minimal fuss.

How often do you use it?

We use it when we serve Holy Communion monthly and have been using it for the past 2 years.

Finally, would you recommend to others?

Yes we would definitely recommend to others because it has been so easy to incorporate into the communion part of church services. It takes less time to prepare, is more efficient, economical, hygienic and is very simple to use. With our church congregation increasing in addition to having multiple services, using the communion cups definitely made it easier.

Closing

We at Whole In One Communion, attend Life Church. With the intention of serving Life Church, we began making our prefilled communion cups to help our church to be better and more efficient in preparing for Holy Communion. Consequently in 2017 we began to offer our cups for sale to help other churches simplify their processes. To find out more and how you can order, please visit our product page here.

Animation showing opening of prefilled communion cup

Animation showing opening of prefilled communion cup

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Chritmas from Whole In One Communion
Photo by Gareth Harper on Unsplash

Christmas is one of the biggest days of our Christian faith. We celebrate Christmas because by sending his Son into the world, fellowship with God is made possible.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17

May this Christmas be filled with praise as we remember His faithful love.

Love from Jackson & Amy

Thanks & Updates: FAQ and Free Shipping

Thank you!

Thank you!

We want to thank you for your continual support this year!

It has been a busy and very productive year and we have been so blessed. We've received enquiries every week and we've been so glad to help you simplify holy communion preparation. We want to thank you for trying our prefilled communion cups and allowing us to serve you and your churches.

If you have been blessed, we kindly ask that you help promote us by sharing our website or the flyers that are in the packages. Don't forget that there is a "Give $10, Get $10" referral offer in your order receipt. See screenshot below:

Screenshot of referral offer in order receipt

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
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Over the course of this year, we received a number of similar enquiries regarding our prefilled communion cups. We decided to put together a FAQ page to help provide a quick answer to some of the more commonly asked questions.

Orders over 1,000 packs ship free!

Free Shipping
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For a limited time, we are offering free delivery for orders over 1,000 packs. Free delivery will be by Sendle (i.e. cannot deliver to PO Boxes). If your order is eligible, a free shipping option will be available to you at checkout.

That's all the updates for now, until next time.

God bless!

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Save time using our prefilled communion cups

Reduce preparation time

Our aim is to help churches in Australia simplify holy communion preparation. We want to help you make your process simpler so you can better focus on celebrating the Lord's Supper. Our prefilled communion cups can help you save preparation time especially for larger congregations or at church conferences.

Common way of preparing for holy communion

For many churches, serving holy communion involves passing two trays. The first tray containing juice (or wine) in a mini cup followed by a second tray with bread pieces. This process requires two passes to have both elements in the hands of the congregation. Generally preparation involves lining and filling of individual cups, and also the preparation of the bread element onto the trays. This means handling the cups of juice multiple times during both preparation and passing of the elements within the congregation. The logistics of preparing for the Eucharist will become more complex when preparing for a larger worship celebration or conference. You will either need additional time to prepare for the larger amount, or need a larger prep area to accomodate more church volunteers working together to prepare the sacraments.

Save time with less preparation

With our prefilled communion cups, you can avoid the process of preparing the juice and manually filling each cup. The preparation process is simplified to unpacking the prepackaged cups from our bulk pack and then placing them onto your serving trays. Church volunteers can easily manage preparation in 15 minutes of less.

Save time passing the communion elements

The 'bread and wine' that is prepackaged into one container only requires one pass through the congregation. Compared to the traditional two pass of separate communion elements, you can save time by less handling of trays through the congregation. Both elements can be in the hands of your church quicker, saving some time for your church program.

Save time with less clean ups

With the traditional way, an overfilled cup tends to spill onto the serving tray (or elsewhere) when being served to the church, requiring cleaning up afterwards. There is less risk of spilling when using our prepackaged communion cups  because the holy sacraments safely sealed until it is consumed.

Start to simplify today

To benefit from the simplicity of our prefilled communion cups, please place and order below. If you would like to find out more, please contact us on (02) 8379 2971 or send us a short message here.

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IDMC Conference 2017 in Sydney

IDMC 2017 Marketplace Discipleship

What is IDMC Conference?

IDMC Conference aims to be catalytic in sounding a clear trumpet call for intentional disciple making in the local church. Each year’s conference is distinct, addressing specific areas of critical concern in disciple making churches today. For 2017, the focus will be on Marketplace Discipleship, where the majority of us spend the most part of their time interacting with a great number of the lost world. Marketplace Discipleship aims to teach the Christian principles on work, how should a Christian respond to work, and how the workplace can be redeemed for Christ.

 

What is IDMC?

IDMC stands for Intentional Disciple Making Churches. Rev. Edmund Chan founded an alliance of churches with a mission to return the Church to her disciple-making roots. Leaving no room for ambiguity of what discipleship means, IDMC defines it to be the process of:

Bringing people into right relationship with God and developing them to full maturity in Christ, through intentional growth strategies, that they might multiply the entire process in others also.

The church that we attend in Sydney has been on the IDMC journey for the past 5 years. To be the certain kind of disciple described above, we need to cultivate the ABCs:

  • Authenticity – Be mastered and live by the word of God
  • Brokenness – Surrendered to Christ daily
  • Courageous – Sold out for His cause

Conference details:

Speakers: Reverend Edmund Chan & Pastor Ann Chan

Where: Dayspring Church, Castle Hill

When: 25 & 26 August 2017

IDMC Conference 2017 Pricing

To sign up please visit  IDMC Conference website or click the image above.

 

Whole In One Communion

We sell prefilled communion cups to help Australian churches with the logistics of serving holy communion. Manually serving holy communion by passing the separate bread and wine can be manageable for smaller gatherings. However for larger meetings it may not be the best method. Some of our customers use our prefilled communion cups for larger meetings such as the united gathering of a multi campus church, special church conferences, and special Easter productions etc.

To simply Holy Communion for your church, you can order online here. They come in packs of 100 cups and can be shipped the next business day.

We gave out free samples of our prefilled communion cups to attendees in their conference pack at the IDMC Conferences in previous years. This year we are planning to take a different approach. We will be giving out a discount code specially made available to IDMC Conference attendees to use at our online store. If you are attending the IDMC Conference, make sure you look out for our special discount code in your conference pack.

Web-store launch & $10 welcome offer!


Order online now, $10 discount code.

Welcome offer

You can now place your order online.

We invite you to try our prefilled communion cups using your $10 welcome discount code below:

  • Code: welcome-121
  • Valid till Easter, 16 April 2017
  • Only one discount code is redeemable per customer
  • Not applicable with other promotional / discount codes

If you have any questions please contact us here.