COMING SOON TO THE OLIVE BRANCH

 

 
 
 
SAMARITAN'S PURSE - OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Please join us in praying for God to continually bless our community in the heart of the Grampians.
  
WALK WITH JESUS

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE

PRAYER PRAISE AND PIZZA - 7PM EVERY 3RD TUESDAY - FEED YOUR FAITH!
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 GROW FAITH BUILD HOPE SHOW LOVE 

Welcome to the Olive Branch Church.  We believe that this church is to be a place where each person can become all they were created capable of being. We are a growing church at the heart of the Grampians Region in the Rural City of Ararat. We are a relaxed and friendly family church, currently meeting 4-30 Barkly Street, Ararat.  We meet for worship on Sunday morning at 10:30am as well as providing a variety of activities throughout the week.

This website serves as a way into life in our church family – browse around and get to know us!  And remember, the best way to find out more is to take the next step and come join us.
 

 COVID 19 – Our Response

 
You won’t have failed to miss the significant impact that COVID -19 has taken on us, not only as a nation, but as a world. Our priority during this time remains the health and safety of you.
 
Currently there is a complete ban on religious gatherings both indoor and outdoor. As a result we are currently pausing all weekly, physical, gatherings to protect you, others and to fall in line with our governments decisions. 
 
However, whilst we do not meet physically, we continue to be ‘the Church,’ all be it in our community. We encourage everyone to do the following during this time;
 
– Adhere to all government advice in response to the epidemic.
– Pray for our church, city, nation and the world.
– Check in with those around you – Neighbours, family, Church family, those who are vulnerable in your community. Are you able to support and serve them?
– Attend a Live Streamed Sunday service of a local congregation, such as One2One Church, Ballarat or Horsham Church of Christ. They’d love to have you!
– We also have a WhatsApp Group and a Buddy System for any regular attenders. If you are keen to be involved, please email info@theolivebranch.org.au.
 
– Should you require assistance, or know of anyone who does, whatever that looks like, please email info@theolivebranch.org.au and a member of our team will help as much as possible.
 
Moving forward, we hope to get our own virtual meetings running very soon. Watch this space!
 

 GET INVOLVED IN THE OLIVE BRANCH MINISTRIES

 
 
MIDWEEK FELLOWSHIP
 
Every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm a number of individuals meet to praise God, pray and study His Word.  We believe this is the “engine room” of The Olive Branch, as the more we stoke the fires of our faith, the greater the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Come join us in feeding the eternal fire within.
 
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
Is a ministry for young people from kindergarten to Yr 9.  In age specific groups and using Sharefaith resources, the children seek to learn and explore the bible with other children and young people.  They spend time together before breaking into groups for a variety of activities which help them engage with the bible passage for that week.
 
 
SAMARITAN’S PURSE
 
This was originally a ministry started by Kids for Kids.  We take this fantastic outreach opportunity seriously at The Olive Branch and our children faithfully collect 5 cent coins to provide Water Wells for communities in Africa as well as annually contributing gifts to the boxes which are sent overseas for Operation Christmas Child.
 
 
PRACTICAL COMMUNITY 
 
We are called to be in the World but not of it. Our congregation endeavour to reach out to our local community by practical means as well as bringing the “Good News” of the Gospel to those who will hear.  If you are handy with tools, whether that be a Hammer or a Bible and have a passion to serve others…. please volunteer.
 

 TEAM MEMBERS

 
 
 
Philip Stevens
 Pastor
 
Philip is an ordained Church of Christ Pastor with over 40 years of service to our Lord in different forms of ministry.  In addition to his calling with The Olive Branch, Stevo (as he is affectionately known by the pupils) has just retired from a very important role in the local community as an Access Ministries Chaplain at The Ararat College.
 
 
Anita Wong
Sunday School Leader
 
Anita is a Chartered Accountant who having put her career on the backburner for a while has dedicated her life to serving Christ.  Her enthusiasm for Youth ministries is infectious and this added to her giving her all to ensuring that pastoral matters are taken care of makes her an invaluable and well loved “Brancher”.
 
 
Barb Pope
Newsletter Co-ordinator
 
Barb is simply…..lovely!  If you ever need a word of encouragement, there is Barb.  If you ever need wise counsel, step forward Barb.  If you ever need consistent and meaningful prayer in all that life throws at you, you can rely on Barb!   She is a wonderful blessing to all of us at The Olive Branch.
 
 
Ruth-Cheryl Lennie
Music Co-ordindator
Most people know her as RC, which to be honest is easier to say than Ruth-Cheryl!  RC is  a classically trained pianist who has played in numerous worship groups and big bands.  She is extremely modest about her abilities, but she possesses a wonderful ear and touch for music, making her simply the best at bringing tunefulness to our praise. 
 
 
Lorraine Dickson
Prayer Deacon
Lorraine is just a gentle gem with a wonderful heart for people, and organisational skills honed during decades of service in the Lord’s Church.  These qualities are certainly required as she embarks upon co-ordinating prayerful responses to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of those within The Olive Branch and our local community.
 
 
Kate Gason
Church Secretary
You couldn’t tell from her unassuming selfie, but, Kate is a busy lady being CEO of a busy home whilst being the “go to” administrative professional for a number of local businesses.  Kate is a keen Gardener and avid reader  and someone who has a passion and gifting to plan and organise events in which people feel enjoyment encouragement and edification without any fuss being made.

 

 

THE OLIVE BRANCH MOBILE APP

The Olive Branch Church has a mobile app that you can use to listen to our audio, watch videos and if you wish, transfer your tithe or offering online. When you are on the go and want to find out the latest news from the “Branchers” just tap the app on your smartphone and be immersed in this great ministry.
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VISIT THE OLIVE BRANCH THIS SUNDAY

 
 

 
CONTACT US
 
Email:
obcararat@gmail.com
 
Postal Address:
40 Barkly Street West,
Ararat, Victoria, 3377
 
               
 
 
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ABOUT THE OLIVE BRANCH FELLOWSHIP
 
We are a relaxed and friendly family church, meeting at our fantastic new building in the heart of the community – 23 Palmerston Street, Ararat, Victoria, 3377.  We meet for worship on Sunday morning at 10:30am as well as providing a variety of activities throughout the week.