Hi! We know coming to a church for the first time can be a little daunting, so here is a little of what to expect at a H3O Gathering.
We meet from 4pm for some (excellent) coffee before our 4:30-5:30pm Gathering. What you will find at H3O is a group of people who truly love meeting together. It’s a diverse group of young and not-so-young, Christians and those just curious, coffee drinkers, surfers, business people, kids, teachers and more.
Our meetings vary in format week to week but are characterised by times of prayer, learning, singing, humour, interaction and reflection. We know people learn and experience God differently and so we want our Gatherings to engage people’s head, heart and hands as much as possible.
We aim to have an ‘all welcome. always’ approach, and so we encourage everyone to be part of our Gatherings. Some weeks, children have the opportunity to break into another space (supervised and lead by parents and helpers) where they can learn, play and wonder together.
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We hope you will join us at a H3O gathering as we experience life and faith together as a community on the Northern Beaches.
9 Francis Street
DEE WHY NSW 2099
Jesus was a man who claimed to be God. Think on that for a minute. If that were true, how would it change the way you thought, felt, and lived this life?
Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die?
At H3O Church we are a community of people who believe that Jesus is the hope for the world and seek to live in light of this so the world may know.
We recognise that each persons journey is unique and that you may have more, or specific questions about Jesus. If this is the case we'd love to hear from you.
Our name H3O, reflects our desire to be people that have an “all of life” faith. This means it’s more than coming to church on a Sunday. Instead it’s about having our head on, heart on and hands on when it comes to connecting with God, His mission and the people and world He has created.
The word community comes from two latin words meaning “together” and “gift”. As a church these ideas are central to our sense of connectedness and community life. H3O is not just another social network. It is a place you can belong and explore matters of life and faith together.
At the heart of our common-unity is our belief that Jesus is the hope for the world. This orients our head, heart and hands as we seek to live an authentic and “all of life” faith in light of this.
To coincide with this, we recognise that God’s desire is that all people across the world may know and experience this hope, love, meaning and purpose through a relationship with him.
Dee Why is the cultural and social hub of the Northern Beaches. Home to the most diverse demographics on the beaches, Dee Why is a beautiful mix of long term locals, expats and seasonal guests.
If restaurants, cafes, sun-baking or surfing is your thing Dee Why is your destination.
Our community is undergoing its biggest changes since surveyor James Meehan first penned the name in 1815. The development of the new town centre and residential blocks will transform the tied exteriors while providing new and exciting community spaces.
Who we are
It all started when...
In 2010 a small group of people from around Sydney began praying and sensing God's heart for a new community on Sydney's Northern Beaches. After 18 months of preparation, in June 2011, this new church community was launched. Since then we have continued see a wide variety of people - in age, experience and life stage - join the pilgrimage of life and faith together.
H3O Church came to exist through a partnership between Gymea Baptist Church, the New Start church planting initiative of the Baptist Union (NSW/ACT) and the core start-up team. We really value our ongoing relationship with what we like refer to as our "extended family".
Before we started to gather as a church in Dee Why someone had a picture of H3O as a lighthouse on the Northern Beaches. This vision has stuck with us ever since! In the introduction to his Sermon on the Mount Jesus says to an unexpected group of people:
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Our values are the core of who we are and therefore, what we do. As part of the Baptist family of churches in NSW/ACT, we share the following values of being:
Our anchors are the way we express these values locally at H3O. The key Christian symbol during the first century wasn’t a cross, it was the anchor and it comes from Hebrews 6:19 - “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”. These anchors prevent us drifting from God and his purpose for his people:
Gospel in all of life
People over programs
Mission as missionaries
Engaged not entertained
Maturity through the messiness
In order to be faithful to our vision, values, and anchors, our Gatherings typically look like the following:
4.00pm - Coffee, afternoon tea and community time
4.30pm - HEART: connecting with God and others through interaction, worship, news, and prayer
4:50pm - HEAD: learning more about God through Bible Reading and Sermon. Kids are able to break into another space for their time of learning, play and response
5:15pm - HANDS: response and worship coming out of the learning time. This might include reflection, singing, prayer and communion
Monday to Saturday
H3O is a community and this means that connection goes beyond the Sunday Gathering. Here are some of the formal and informal ways that we interact Monday to Saturday to experience community, discipleship and mission together.