Family focus for J's new church



Founding Noosa Christian Outreach Pastor Ian Beresford has returned to Noosa to establish a new church with a strong focus on family and young people.

Leaving behind three churches he pioneered in New South Wales, Mr Beresford, who raised a family in the Noosa area back in the 1990s, said he and wife Marie felt a call to Noosa, an area experiencing issues such as marital breakdowns, family disunity and financial hardship.

"We want to make sure we're there to support areas of need in the community," he said.

To be based at The J, the new History Makers church aims to foster family values and encourage the outward expression of Christianity.

"There's a group of people who claim 'we're Christian' but there's no evidence of that in their churches, so what we want to see is people who claim they are Christian getting involved in the community," he said.

To that end, Mr Beresford said the History Makers "family celebration services" would be held in the evenings rather than mornings.

"We really want to see the church go to the streets, so on Sunday mornings we'll have cricket on the beach and beach volleyball ? just encouraging people to enjoy life with family and bring back those values," he said.

The first service will be held on Sunday from 5pm at The J, Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction.


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