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