Mackay Evangelical Church (MAKE) was planted in 2011 with the aim to be a vibrant, growing, bible teaching church. There are links to your right side of the page where you can find out about our history and core beliefs. This post explains the vision for MAKE.
We do not want to be a church that is judgmental or that lives a dry orthodoxy. We desire to be a vibrant people of whom others might remark – ‘they really love Jesus’. Part of this vibrancy will be shown in our willingness to love people who are not like us and to reach across social boundaries.
We want to be a growing church- growing individually as God’s people, into all maturity in Christ and growing as we see others hear and believe the saving news of Jesus.
Why Bible Teaching?
The foundation of the church needs to be the Bible. We want to be a church that loves Jesus and it is through the Bible that we meet Jesus, in whom God is revealed to us. At a minimum this will be expressed through keeping the reading of the Bible central to our meetings, both small and large, and also through expositional preaching and teaching through books of the Bible, seeking to proclaim Jesus.
Jesus came into our world to live a life on our behalf, die a death in our place and rise again from the grave to offer us a new life with Him. This is the good news that has saved us, transformed us and swept us up into a whole new family (the church). Our passion here at MAKE is to share that good news here in Mackay.
What do we do at church?
We meet at the Fitzgerald State School Hall (Norris Road, North Mackay). We hear from God’s word, ask questions, pray, sing and share some food. We kick off at 4pm followed by just over an hour of teaching, prayer, hearing the bible read and singing.
The kids head out at the start of church for Kids Church where they dig into the bible and have anything from raps, videos, skits, craft and more to reinforce the teaching and have fun. We think it’s important to provide age appropriate teaching for the kids but if you prefer for your kids to be with you during the service that is fine too. We have a fun creche for your little 3yr olds and under.
We share afternoon tea together after church and pizza on the first Sunday of the month.
Come as you are! No church experience required
We have 3 age groups in 2017:
- Creche is for babies from when they are sitting/crawling (and when you think they’re ready!) to 3yrs. This time is loosely structured with a song, short picture story and lots of play.
- Kindy – Yr5 are taught an interactive Bible lesson using Serious Play CEP material as well as getting to enjoy clay modelling, pictionary, cooking and games to reinforce the teaching.
- AXIS Youth happens on a Monday after school, 3:30pm-5:15pm in the Manual Arts block at Mackay North High School. It is for Yr 6-Yr12 students. Our youth have a lot of fun with each other and love digging into the truths of scripture and seeing how that connects with everyday life.
Our Kids Church is staffed by a really great bunch of people from church who are passionate about communicating the Jesus of the bible to our kids. Everyone has working with children cards and we have regular reminders on child safe practices.
We have a number of groups meeting to help us to understand the Bible better for ourselves, to encourage each other to apply this in our day to day lives and to love each other in whatever circumstances we are in. We currently have mixed groups meeting on Wednesday and Thursday evening and a men’s group on Tuesdays. For those women who can’t get out of the house at night, there are a bunch of ladies who meet on Tuesday Mornings at 9:15am. Child minding is provided so that the women can chat, dig into God’s word and pray.
These groups are a great way to get to know each other better, support each other, to read the Bible and pray together. Contact Jai on 0429 852 949 if you’d like more details or are keen to come along.
Who are Jai and Jay-ellen?
Jai and his wife Jay-Ellen moved to Mackay at the start of 2011 to gather together that small group and have really enjoyed getting to know the place and the people! Jai and Jay have a vision for starting new churches and a love for country Queensland which goes hand in hand with a strong desire to share the good news of Jesus. Jai completed a 4yr engineering degree, worked in an engineering firm for 2yrs in oil and gas. He then changed gears and spent 2 years in full time ministry, training at St.Lucia Bible Church (Brisbane), and then spent four years in Sydney where he studied at Moore Theological College completing a Bachelor of Divinity. During this time Jay-Ellen (who is also an engineer by degree) invested in their three young children, Amber, Ebony and Kade and sought to see their family thrive! They have seen God’s hand building this church in so many ways and are super excited to be in Mackay sharing God’s love ultimately seen in Jesus! We encourage you to come and join us each week as we seek to be a vibrant and growing, Bible-teaching church.