What’s Happening at Victor Harbor Baptist Church
Victor Harbor Baptist is a growing faith community where Riley Smith and Tony Ling are the pastors. It extends from Currency Creek to Normanville and Mount Compass. Their passion is to love God, His Word, and their neighbour. As their web site states: God has not retired to the Fleurieu and neither have we. Their key areas of ministry include:
– Intergenerational worship: each Sunday morning there is a more traditional service then another that reaches across the generations.
– Little Steps Playgroup: a space operating each Wednesday morning with 15-20 families represented, predominantly made up of people that have no other connection with the church.
– Men’s HUT group: supported by Southern Fleurieu mental health and other community groups and organisations facilitating programs and a weekly event on site for men struggling with their mental health.
– CONNECT Youth: open to all young people in year 7-12 and meets every Friday night during the school term from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
– Seniors: As loneliness is a key factor for many people, we run a weekly Care and Share event that includes an enthusiastic group of retirees that enjoy friendship and learning something new. Additionally, we visit those in regional nursing homes who are unable to come to worship and once a month the ‘Out and Abouters’ organise outings for those that are more ‘house bound’.
– Local Mission:
A) Main Street Easter Hunt: this year VHBC partnered with the Christian Book Store in the main street where each family was greeted, and each child given one of Andrew McDonough’s Lost Sheep books.
B) Schoolies Festival: Involved for the past twelve years, Schoolies is always a highlight for VHBC. Pastor Tony Ling in his role of SAPOL chaplain does food and coffee for the Police over the weekend.
C) Partnering with the Fleurieu Community Foundation: financing an early intervention worker that will assist with preventative measures towards homelessness. In the past 12 months Junction Australia worked with 340 people on the Fleurieu, with 41% of those suffering with mental health issues, and 23 people aged between 55-64 years old.
Over the past two years the leadership have been developing a concept plan for a new facility that will allow their ministries to expand and deepen. This has included purchasing adjoining blocks that has increased the church’s footprint to cater for the required parking spaces.
Fellow Baptist members can pray for all the above, but specifically the Property team.