There’s something pretty unique about CREATIVE at Energizer Church. We find a sense of commonality in our pursuit to bring our very best to worship God with our gifts and talents. CREATIVE encompasses many areas, not only musicians and singers, but covers production and lighting, visual media, youth worship teams, stage managers and we’d love to see it expand to include filmmakers, artists, writers, designers, camera crew, dancers – all regular everyday people who choose to belong to this beautiful team of creative minds and hearts. We seek to unearth new gifts in people; we love watching each other take steps toward becoming more and more creative. We want to find more and new ways to help people see our God and to inspire worship and adoration of Him. If you want to belong – you do! We’ll help you find your fit.
If you haven’t met Tenille yet, you are missing out! This big-hearted, straight-shooting Mum of two and a half, who can’t stand the veggies on her plate to touch, has an irrational fear of touching cotton wool and is addicted to Sudoku. More importantly, she is one of our Heart and Soul people; Tenille just gets it. She has got the vision under her skin and she is with us, heart and soul. During the week, Tenille works as an optical dispenser, where she has countless opportunities to bless people with her loving nature and down-to-earth humour.
Tenille has served many roles throughout many years of attending Energizer Church. Right now, one of the areas that she devotes her time to is being a Nourish Writer. Last year, the Nourish Women’s ministry decided to extend their reach beyond the monthly meetings and into lounge-rooms and offices around Hobart with the birth of the Nourish blog, making sisterhood and encouragement available to women wherever they happened to be. It wasn’t long before Tenille caught the vision and decided to get involved. Through her personal stories, shared bravely with the online Nourish community, wisdom and biblical insights, Tenille has proved to be absolutely vital to the growth of the blog. By making her life available through her stories, Tenille is showing women that they are supported and that it is okay to be vulnerable.
“Since I’ve started writing blogs for Church, it’s made a space in my world for something I used to be really good at but then really started neglecting due to having to prioritise things in a way that I didn’t like,” says Tenille. Writing has unleashed her imagination, unlocked as she sits in the presence of God. “[Serving the house] has helped me understand what being planted looks like. Some of the situations I have encountered have caused me to look outside the square and really draw on God, which has grown my personal understanding of how much he loves the Church. It has enlarged my view of the bigger picture.”
Tenille has no doubt that others would benefit from finding their fit in the house just as much as she has; “I would say serving is another way to engage with others. It will take your relationship with God to the next level.” According to Tenille, building the church by using our God-given gifts and talents is a fantastic way to be an encouragement to others and be encouraged by them; “Iron sharpens irons, it goes both ways!”
By Jen Grubb
University parties would be one of the last places where you might expect a Church to encourage their Young Adults’ ministry to hang out, but our young adults’ pastor Simon Grubb has other ideas. This year, Energizer YA, combined with our friends at Velocity Church YA, is launching a fortnightly outreach into the student accommodation at UTAS. A team of volunteers will go into the various accommodation services and provide support, pastoral care and free pancakes to the students who live there. Red Frogs is a chaplaincy service, founded on the Gold Coast as a response to the danger that young people were putting themselves in a Schoolies Week. It now operates through the local church is over 9 countries, in universities, at music festivals and sporting events.
This year, Energizer Church is launching out into the deep and finding ways to “do things different”. For Energizer Young Adults, this means getting out of their comfort zone, heading out into the community and creating opportunities to serve their generation. It might just seem like free pancakes and red frogs, but to a young person stressed out with a uni workload and living away from home, that little bit of love is going to go a long way. Energizer YA aims to provide opportunities for those already connected with the church to put their faith into action; they want to see a generation empowered and released to take the love of Christ beyond the walls of the Church. To this Red Frogs Crew, that’s what Connect, Empower, Serve, Send is all about!
Matthew 20:28 is the verse that underpins Red Frogs’ existence, according to founder, Citypointe Church pastor, Andy Gourlay:
“For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
It’s this verse that has inspired Simon to gather a team of passionate and willing Red Frogs volunteers from amongst the young adults’ ministry. “We are inspired by Jesus’ example to serve in a way that has meaningful impact in the short term, but also allows for longer term connection and discipleship,” explains Simon. “Jesus gave his life, so our response is give up some of our evenings and make them available for his kingdom”.
The Energizer YA Red Frogs Team is in need of some volunteers. If you are looking for opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and bring the love of Christ to the community, then this could be perfect for you!
By Jen Grubb
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. Genesis 2:18-20
I think everyone has a teacher throughout their schooling at some point with whom they just don’t click. For me, that teacher came quite early on, in the form of Mrs. Gerke, my grade 3 teacher. I don’t have a single positive memory of my year inside her classroom but some of the negatives still stick out to me. One particular comment that I remember receiving was “you don’t have a single creative bone in your entire body, do you?” I thought of her the day I had my first piece of writing published, and again on the day I sold my first painting. I regularly think of her as I teach creative writing and try to bring out my student’s creative natures. Sadly, this is a sentiment I hear echoed constantly among students and adults alike. There seems to be some sort of perception that some of us are creative and the rest of us are not and there is nothing we can do about it. Not true, my friends!
Reading this scripture, I am reminded that our creativity is not just a gift or rare or special talent, it is part of our nature, that’s HUMAN nature. That means everyone, which means you. Even Mrs. Gerke. How do we know we are all creative in nature? Because we are made in the image of God and none can deny His creativity.
In fact, as Pastor Lucas preached so compellingly on Sunday, the very first time we hear Adam use his voice, the first words spoken by humanity, it is to step into the creative nature of God. Do you think God didn’t have ideas about what the animals should be called? Of course, but he called upon Adam to name them. Adam’s creative nature was activated in that moment as he took decisive action. The whole purpose behind Adam naming the animals was for him to figure out what it was he needed. He was looking for a companion, but it was only as he looked at the situation before him and named it, he figured out that what he needed wasn’t there. He needed a creative solution, one that hadn’t been seen before; he needed Eve!
So I’m wondering, what animals do we need to name this week? What parts of your life do you need to evaluate to figure out whether or not it is truly what you need? Where can God bring a creative solution to your problem?
Your creative nature isn’t just the ability to draw a picture or write a song, although if you can do those things to glorify God and bless others, then great, do them! Your creative nature is the ability to think in ways that haven’t been thought of before, to reject the obvious and see beyond the natural. Your creative nature is to speak new life and fresh ideas into being.
By Jen Grubb