We are an independent group of bible-believing Christians in the Sydney metropolitan area. This means we are governed by the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and not by any denomination or religious organisation. We rent the church building of Punchbowl Baptist Church but have no affiliation with them or with the Baptist Union.

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Soul-Winning

One of our main goals is to knock on the door of every house in our local city and surrounding suburbs to bring them the glorious gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Come and be part of a church that loves God, loves his Word and is passionate about winning the lost to Christ. We welcome you to fellowship together with us and labour in this great work.

[learn more about our soul-winning ministry]

Meetings

When our church gathers together on Sunday evenings, it is about more than just coming to listen to preaching. We encourage you to join us for all of the activities and take the opportunity to get to know your spiritual family better. The below schedule will give you an idea of what to expect if you visit:

5:00 PM Sing 1st hymn and opening prayer
5:05 PM Sing 2nd hymn
5:10 PM Read some chapters from the bible
5:20 PM Sing 3rd hymn
5:25 PM Pray for member requests
5:45 PM Listen to bible preaching
6:30 PM Sing 5th hymn
6:35 PM Spend some time chatting
7:00 PM Eat dinner together
9:00 PM Close hall and return home

Bishop

Victor Tey is the bishop who God used to plant The Church in Punchbowl.

“I was born in 1986 and grew up in Perth WA. In public school I was taught evolution and raised in the ways of atheism by my teachers. After my older brother, Jason Tey, was saved in 2001, we had countless discussions about Christianity in the small 2-bedroom apartment we shared. In 2005, I was finally convinced that the bible was the word of God and called upon the Lord.

In November 2009 I travelled to Phoenix AZ, USA on a one year work/travel visa. Whilst I was there, I met and married my wife, Elizabeth Ascanio Ramirez. This unexpected turn of events lead us to Mexico in November 2010 where we lived for one year to apply for Elizabeth’s visa to Australia.

In November 2011 we returned to Australia and settled in Sydney to serve at Lighthouse Baptist Church and prepare for the ministry. On the 22nd of February 2015 I was ordained by Mark Tossell (the bishop of LHBC at the time) and sent out to plant a church in Punchbowl NSW. The church held its first gathering on Sunday, the 1st of March 2015.

Victor and Elizabeth have been happily married for 8 years (since the 7th of August 2010) and currently have 5 beautiful children.

1. Simon Li Yang (7)
2. Timothy Li Bao (6)
3. Sarah Hui Ting (4)
4. Abel Li Ping (3)
5. Noah Hui Mei (1)

Singing

We prefer a cappella congregational singing and believe this is God’s intention for the church and the example we see from the early disciples in the New Testament scriptures. The music equipment you may see in our photos belongs to the church we rent the building from. We use powerpoint slides with musical notation and encourage you to sing the harmonies if you are able. If you need some help learning the hymns we sing at church, the YouTube playlist link below can help you familiarise yourself.

[view a playlist of hymns we sing]

Bible Reading

As a church we read through the bible together once every year starting from our church’s anniversary date and encourage you to do the same. When we gather together we read the portion of scripture for that day.

We want to encourage believers to get in the Word and also promote unity and bible discussion. The chapters to read each day are marked on our calendar so you can print it out, stick it somewhere and mark it off as you read it.

[see the bible reading plan on a printable Google calendar]

The plan follows the reading plan called “Beginning to End” which is available in the Olive Tree Bible Study Mobile App. Click the icon below to download the app in the iTunes store.

Children

We believe church should be the assembling of all God’s people, including the little ones. Therefore we encourage you to have your children with you and do not provide any separated child-minding services. There are areas available for mothers to use if they need to feed, change, settle or discipline their children.

We understand children are not completely silent and we’re fine with that, no one will get upset. If your child does play up (ie. loud crying or screaming) during the meeting, it would be a good idea to take your child out to settle or discipline them and then afterward bring them back into the congregation.

Food

We have found that it is easier on everyone and also creates less wastage if the food is organised and bought centrally. Regular members contribute to the meal by helping to get the hall set up or packed down, or contributing financially what they would otherwise spend on food to cover the costs.

You can help us ensure we have enough food ordered by RSVPing on Team App. This is a web and mobile application we use so people can let us know if they are planning on staying for dinner in advance. We always order extra food just in case, so you are still welcome to join us for dinner even if you were not able to RSVP beforehand.

TCiP on Team App

[more information on how to contribute financially]

Clothing

We do not have any specific rules in regards to dress standards and would define our church atmosphere as “neat casual”. We do expect that you come to church dressed and groomed in a way that is modest and pleasing to the Lord. We want church to be a godly example and atmosphere for both genders and all ages. Take a look at the photos of our members on this page and that will give you an idea of how most of us dress.

Activities

Apart from our church gatherings and soul-winning times, we also like to organise social events for fun (eg. ten pin bowling, social futsal, camping trips) as well as group-buys (eg. organic groceries and meat) to help each other save money. We want to be good stewards of the resources God has entrusted us with. Ideas for social activities are welcome!

[see upcoming church events]
[see past church events]

Media

Click on the image above or the social media links on the right side of our website to watch or listen to past sermons. All our media is non-copyright and free to re-distribute. If our church has been a blessing to you, please consider supporting us financially. More details on how you can do so are below.

Donations

We accept donations to fund the work of God. Giving to our church is always voluntary and anonymous. We prefer not to practice a public collection to promote a spirit of “cheerful” and “purposeful” giving in our church (2 Corinthians 9:7). We strive to keep all donations as anonymous as possible so your heavenly reward is maximised (Matthew 6:1-4). See the link below for more information on how to financially support the work of our church.

[view our donate page]