Community and Missions
Horizon church is deeply committed to the message of Jesus Christ and the upward lift of the gospel reaching every part of the earth. We are involved in many local and global initiatives that endeavour to see many blessed and released into their God-given potential.
Local Organisations & Service
Horizon Church is vitally involved in the local community. We provide local high school chaplaincy, have been involved in practical service for local not-for-profit organisations by providing labour to renovate and refresh their facilities (eg. Sylvanvale Disability Services, PCYC, Kirinari Indigenous Youth Hostel and nursing homes) and we run a crisis and support meals service. Horizon Church has also had a voice into Domestic Violence prevention forums, advocacy for the poor (in partnership with Micah Australia) and has been actively providing support for families affected by Covid19 through “The Pantry Project”.
Horizon Kids hosts an annual program called Heroes Academy which is an activities-based day that builds confidence and resilience and raises potential in school kids from the Sutherland Shire community. It is open to all primary school aged children and is an incredible day of fun!
Every Friday literally hundreds of youth are raised in their God-given potential, trained in a variety of skills (music, public speaking, leadership, life skills and resilience) and developed in a Christ-centred values based activities program that strengthens them as young people.
Gift Giving Service
One of our favourite events every Christmas is our Gift Giving Service. On this special morning everyone brings a gift to be given to those who may otherwise go without at Christmas. The gifts are received under our huge Christmas tree during the service and are then distributed to local organisations within the Shire and beyond to bless others at Christmas. To date, thousands of gifts have been given to refugee families, women and their children in local refuges and the Sutherland Hospital. In 2020 our Gift Giving was in partnership with Sepheo in Lesotho, Southern Africa and Mercy Huts, Rote Island, Indonesia. Through these organisations, Horizon Church provided 130 kids with new clothes, over 60 families with rice and gave 70 pairs of pigs to families affected by the Covid19 Pandemic.
Christian Surfers is an organisation that provides a Christian presence and witness in the Australian surf community. Horizon Church provides support to one of our own in Dave Lovell who is the Regional Coordinator for Christian Surfers Central NSW, which runs from Nelson Bay to Cronulla. Christian Surfers run camps, day trips, surf comps, Bible studies and provide the surfing community with positive and encouraging role models to look up to.
Horizon Church is passionate about rural communities. We support the work of Jim Peters who provides ministries of support and hope to the country churches of NSW. Jim has a worship music career, having received Christian Musical Awards in Australia and international recognition for his music. He travels to regional Australia ministering to pastors, churches and the Australian indigenous community.
ACCIM / ACCIR
Horizon Church, as a church within the Australian Christian Churches, supports the aid, development, relief and missions work of ACCIM / ACCIR. Our Horizon Church Executive Pastor Kristy Mills currently represents on the ACCIR Board.
ACCIR is an ACFID member and seeks to implement best practice in relation to the rights of children. Horizon Church strongly aligns with the approach taken by ACCIR and seeks to work with organisations who operate according to best practice in relation to ethical volunteering and the rights of children.
In previous years Horizon Church has ministered to the field workers who gather at the annual Pan Asia Conference, all of whom are involved in aid, development, relief and missions across the continents.
Papua New Guinea
Horizon Church has been involved in ministry to the women of our closest neighbours, PNG. Through teams we have ministered to hundreds of women, bringing healing, building resilience, equipping them for leadership and encouraging them in their God-given potential. We continue to explore future opportunities to see our nearest neighbour blessed and raised in her destiny.
Rote Island is an island of Indonesia and lies 500km north west of Australia. The Thistlewaite family (Matt, Nat and their children) spend regular extended periods away from Sydney, living amongst the poverty and isolation of Rote Island. They are working with the locals, training and employing them in tourism initiatives and providing them with sustainable sources of income including a noodle making machine sponsored by Sanitarium.
Lesotho, a small nation in Southern Africa is home to some of the most vulnerable in the world. Through the vast work of Josh and Belinda Groves and Sepheo, hundreds or street children are being educated and lifted out of poverty to face a bright future.
Our partners in Asia, Rob and Rhonda, have a passion to see local leaders raised, lives impacted by the love and kindness of Jesus Christ and whole communities fulfil their potential. Rob is a leading academic and seeks to use his expertise to develop local academics. Rhonda continues to reach into the local prison system to make connection with disenfranchised and marginalised women in the justice system.
Short Term Treks
Every year Horizon Church provides the opportunity for people to experience the world of missions for themselves through our short term missions treks. We have previously sent teams to serve in such places as rural Australia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and PNG. While Covid19 has impacted our ability to send teams, continue to remain closely connected with our missions partners and look to the future where we will be able to be able to serve through teams again.