Who Are We?
In the end we are a group of Christians who want to help each other grow as followers of Jesus and to see others join us as followers of Jesus – that’s us.
If you read these links you will get a bit more of a feel for what that looks like for us. But if you really want to know who we are then nothing can replace visiting us on Sunday.
If you’re checking out what it means to be a Christian – please let us know, we would love to share our thoughts. In the meantime maybe this will get you started.
Church on Sunday morning is made up of people of all ages, backgrounds and stages of life. We sing, we pray, we hear the Bible taught, and we catch-up over morning tea. Bible teaching is intended to be at the heart of our morning and we hope that our understanding of the Bible will shape the other things that we do together as a church.
On Sunday mornings (in school terms) we run KPC Kids and creche during the sermon. Partly so that the kids can learn from the Bible at their level, and partly so that their parents can too.
You are welcome to join us, we have visitors at church with us most weeks.
NightChurch is similar to Morning Church, we sing, we pray, we hear the Bible taught, and we catch-up over supper. But being later in the day, NightChurch attracts a slightly younger group of people, and has a more relaxed feel.
During school terms we run Youth Group before NightChurch.
Everyone is welcome to come to church twice on a Sunday – but most of our regulars choose one or the other.
We replanted NightChurch on Sunday 21 February 2016 with a renewed statement of who we are:
“we are a gathering of people forgiven by Jesus.
We life for him in dependence on his Word and prayer.
We live for each other as we build one another up to maturity in Him.
Through speaking, praying and living we make God’s love for the world known”
Children are a welcome part of our Church and we are keen to see them grow into faithful followers of Jesus in a caring and safe environment.
On Sundays we include children in church as much as possible. When it comes to the sermon we encourage parents to let their children go to creche, or to KPC Kids – where they learn from the Bible at their own level.
Creche caters for the really little ones, up to around three years of age. KPC Kids is run in three age-groups. Little Kids (age 3 to Prep). Middle Kids (years 1-2). And Big Kids (years 3-6). They are all welcomed and cared for by a team of trained volunteers.
There’s a little more information here.
Youth group meets at 3:45pm on Sunday afternoon, for six weeks during school term. The program includes games and Bible study. We also have socials a couple of times a term – opportunities to have fun together and get to know each other a bit better.
We run Youth Group for High School students, but we also include year 6 – as part of the transition from KPC Kids to Youth Group.
In many ways Youth Group serves the same function as Growth Group does for adults. Youth Group is on Sunday afternoon rather than during a church service (like KPC Kids is) because we would like High Schoolers to listen to the sermon at church.
Growth Groups are a chance to share our lives together as we read the Bible and pray. We meet mid-week in each other’s homes, so in many ways Growth Groups are the back-bone to our church as we really get to know each other.
Growth Groups run for four 7-8 week blocks each year. There are a number of different groups to choose from, most run 7:00-9:00pm but there is also a ladies morning group. There is a little more information here.
Growth Groups are more than just a Bible Study, but studying the Bible shapes everything about them. Usually (but not always) the Bible studies cover the same book of the Bible as Church on Sunday.
Socials are another important part of church life – because we want to get to know each other and share our lives together. We also want our family and friends to see what it means for us to be followers of Jesus so that they too might join us as followers of Jesus. Having fun together helps a lot to that end!
Through the course of a year we have lunches after Morning Church, dinners after NightChurch, Dinners for Eight, ladies socials, men’s dinners, Youth Group socials, KPC Kids socials, ‘play in the park’, a weekend away, or a weekend at home. And of course there’s morning tea and supper every Sunday – good reasons not to rush away after church and stay and talk.
Staff, Elders, Committee ..
We encourage everyone to be actively involved in church, but there are also people that have been given particular roles. As a Presbyterian Church we have Ministers/Pastors, Elders and a Committee of Management.
Minister: Steve Blencowe
Steve and Lyndel and their family helped start KPC and are keen to see growing Bible teaching churches across Brisbane. Before moving to Kenmore they served at Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church – where Steve was the assistant minister. Steve trained for four years at Moore College, and two years in the Ministry Training Strategy (at St. Matthias / UNSW) before college. Steve is originally from Adelaide, grew up in Bangladesh, India, and Sydney but now calls Brisbane home!
Children’s Ministry Worker: Mel Waldeck
Mel Waldeck began as our Children’s Ministry Worker in 2016 and works two days a week. Mel is passionate about helping children to know, live and share the Gospel. She strives to equip and encourage parents in their role of discipling their children and further the Children’s ministry at KPC. Her role also involves a number of logistical and administrative tasks that enable the children to be looked after in a caring and safe environment. Mel is married to Peter, has 3 kids and enjoys cooking and being active.
Ministry Trainee: Lawrence Claire
Lawrence is a local who grew up in Kenmore, studied at QUT and worked as an Engineer in the City. He commenced a full time Ministry Traineeship in 2017 with a view to going to Bible College in the future. As a trainee, he is involved in a range of ministry experiences, including working with Youth Group, NightChurch, Growth Groups, preaching, and meeting people one-to-one. He is married to Katie, and they are enjoying being new parents.
We have three elders who oversee and lead our church – Andrew Brown, Rob Miller and Rodney Brydon. Rob is our Session Clerk.
Andrew | Rob | Rodney
Committee of Management
The ‘business’ and ‘accounting’ side of church is looked after by our Committee of Management. Ian Muller is the secretary, Keith Esson the Treasurer, Annette McGrath, Irwan Djamaludin and Kristian Cruickshank make up the rest of the committee. Debbie Esson does the book-keeping.
The Committee of Management is elected/re-elected each year at the Annual Congregational Meeting – which is usually held in March.
Vision and Values
KPC was once a church plant – 29 January 2006 was our first Sunday together. We are a growing church – we are keen to grow as followers of Jesus, and to see others come to share our trust in Jesus. We are a Presbyterian church, but we welcome people from all church and non-churched backgrounds.
Who we are
We are a group of Christians in the western suburbs of Brisbane, who believe that the message of Jesus Christ is the most important news. It is this message that determines all we do as a community of Christian people.
Everyone is welcome at Kenmore Presbyterian Church – any age and from any background, and at any stage of Christian understanding. We especially welcome those who are beginning to explore Christianity.
Our mission is to grow as we proclaim Jesus to everyone and to aim to present everyone mature in Christ.
Our vision is to be a loving, growing, Bible-centred community that challenges people to be reconciled with God through his Son Jesus Christ.
As we grow together, we will be welcoming, open and flexible, so the good news of Jesus will be made clear through us.
And as we grow together we desire to plant new churches, so that they too can grow to plant again.
We will strive to have a positive influence in the wider church, our community and our world, and will seek to raise up and train Christian leaders for the future.
Our core values
• We value the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave up his life for the sins of the world, and rose from death to rule the world. We seek to share this news.
• We value clear, Christ-centred Bible teaching that leads to trusting in Jesus as Saviour, and obeying Him as Lord.
• We value prayer, as we recognise God’s rule over all things, and we seek to pray according to His will.
• We value each other, and seek to encourage one another to grow in Christian maturity in everything we do.
• We value all people, and aim to engage everyone with the person and truth of Jesus.
Meeting together to encourage one another and spur each other on towards love and good deeds is an important part of what it means for us to be a church. So we have regular Growth Groups and we encourage one-to-one prayer and discipleship. We encourage all followers of Jesus to play their part in building Christ’s church and so we run church activities in a way which is simple, welcoming and understandable to everyone. We desire that our church community would express practical love modelled on the sacrificial love of Christ, who gave himself for us.
Presbyterian Church of Qld
Kenmore Presbyterian Church is a part of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland.