We support several local organisations including the Cronulla Sharks and the Sutherland Sharks Basketball Association, providing them with chaplaincy and pastoral care.
Our annual Saturday of Service seeks to serve local not-for-profit organisations by providing labour to renovate and refresh their facilities. In the past few years we have renovated premises both inside and out for Sylvanvale Disability Services, PCYC, Kirinari Indigenous Youth Hostel and nursing homes.
In 2015 we have one of our largest projects to date as we renovate four Project Youth accommodation facilities, used to house at risk teens in the Shire. That’s three houses and an eight-unit block of units!
Horizon Youth reaches into local schools, providing support and outreach to the school community through high school chaplaincy, breakfast club, school Life Groups and scripture in schools. In addition we run the Synergy Schools Conference, a community impacting initiative supported by principals and school communities throughout the Shire. The Conference equips students with life skills and gives correct perspective to destructive behavior in teen culture.
Horizon Kids hosts a biannual kids holiday program called Heroes Academy that builds confidence and raises potential in school kids from the Shire community. It is open to all primary school aged children and is an incredible day of fun with Cronulla Sharks NRL players joining in with the kids, fun games and challenges, the opportunity to learn new skills like dancing, singing, playing an instrument or even billy-cart building! It’s an incredibly successful event for children in the Sutherland Shire.
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 shelters and the Sutherland Hospital.
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.
Meals for Mums is a ministry demonstrating God’s love to our community in a practical and meaningful way. Every week families facing crisis within our community are provided with delicious home style meals prepared by a team of dedicated Horizon Church women.
Mel Warren serves in Zambia through her ministry Hands At Work, working with widows and orphans within the most stricken communities in the region. A qualified nurse and former Horizon Church staff member, Mel is a much loved part of the Horizon family and is doing an incredible job leading the team of workers within her mission in Zambia.
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.
Jim Peters is an esteemed Horizon Church leader with a successful 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.
As a 16 year old, Nadine Denten began attending Horizon Youth. Over the years she developed into a dedicated Life Group leader and intern, later serving as a staff member in the Horizon Church media department. After numerous missions treks to Japan, including one to Sendai after the region was devastated by the 2011 tsunami, she felt called to serve as part of the Lifehouse Church planting team in Sendai.
In 2014 Kelly Lauricella who was a key leader in Horizon Youth for many years, launched into the adventure of a lifetime when she left the Shire to serve the young people of Capetown, South Africa. Kelly works alongside a local church in reaching high schools, prisons and the greater city of Cape Town for Christ.
For over a decade Bronwyn Carabez has been helping the hearing impaired of Fiji with the provision of hearing aids and medical services. Horizon Church is proud to now support her in this mission in partnership with local Fijian churches. Her organisation now has enough hearing aids to ensure every hearing impaired person in Fiji has access to a hearing aid.
Warren Searles is the Missions Director and Community Liaison for Horizon Church. He also serves as the Chaplain to the Cronulla Sharks NRL team. Please contact him if you have any questions regarding missions or Horizon Church’s activities in the community.
Every year Horizon Church provides the opportunity for people to experience the world of missions for themselves through our short term missions treks. To find out more or to register your expression of interest for one of our upcoming trips, please conact us or enquire at the Information Desk on weekends.