What Does Church Mean
Over the years, the word "church" has come to mean many things. Does it mean the spires and bell-towers of wood and stone that dot the skylines of our cities? Does it mean the organised religious institutions, named after men and their own ideas?
Or does it mean simply the body of believers?
The Greek word used in the New Testament for church, ekklesia, means quite simply an "assembly" or "meeting". At Eastern Shore, we strive to restore original Biblical applications to Biblical institutions.
With this understanding, we are simply a congregation of believers that meets on the Eastern Shore of the River Derwent in Hobart, Tasmania. We bear no name of any man, group or identity, than Christ Himself. We trust no authority among men, religion or institution than Christ and his witnesses, as recorded in the New Testament
Our Church is therefore not made up of the bricks of our building, but our people; their lives, stories, weaknesses and strengths.
We are called by Christ's example and teaching, to love each other as better than ourselves, to do good unto all, to share in each others' moments of joy, and be a shoulder in times of sorrow.
We strive in every relationship, in every interaction to reflect the same love that God has shown to us, and the same grace that Christ has given to us; and we invite anyone and everyone with an open heart to come, and to join us.
We meet regularly three times a week to join together in Singing, Study, Prayer and Fellowship. On Sunday mornings, our service includes the Communion and Collection for the saints, while on Sunday evenings and Thursday nights, we engage in an in-depth study of the Bible, its stories, its characters, and its lessons for our lives.
We also like to take any excuse to share in food, fun & fellowship on any occasion, so get in contact to find out more!
At Eastern Shore, we are active in our support of a number of good works and workers, both locally and internationally. See below to find out more.
Daniel grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. From a young age he was interested in science and understanding the natural world. After finishing school, Daniel studied Biomedical Science at USQ and graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in microbiology and immunology. His interest in the natural world led him to belief in a Creator. Now he enjoys opportunities to teach others about God and about how we can come to know Him through His creation. Daniel is currently a student at the Tasmanian Bible School in Devonport, Tasmania, where he is completing the final year of studies.
Greg is a 2006 graduate of the Tasmania Bible School. Over the last ten years he has worked in aged care, as well as churchwork at the Mersey Bluff church of Christ in Devonport, Tasmania. This year Greg moved to Launceston to begin full-time work with the Balfour Street church of Christ.
Christopher has been working for the church in various congregations in Zambia since the 1980's, and travels extensively to different parts of the province to preach, teach, encourage and meet the physical & spiritual needs of the saints in his country.
At present, Chris is one of the Elders at the Mpenzi Park church of Christ in Chipata, Zambia. With his wife Annie, they have five children, and have recently adopted three more. Chris is actively involved in local bible conferences, the construction of schools & church buildings for congregations, and manages the distribution of Bibles and Hymn Books in his area.
Felipe is a 2008 graduate of the Philippine Bible College, and is currently the full-time evangelist at the Pandayan church of Christ in Panganisan, Philippines. He is also active in other congregations in the area, inlcuding some new works.
Eastern Shore has been supporting Brother Giron's work since 2012, including assistance with his coorindation of disaster relief efforts for church members affected by the regular typhoon season.
If you are interested in finding out more about the church, we have a number of materials available that may help in your own search for truth in religion. We are also able to offer personal study, in either group or private contexts, on any matter pertaining to the church. Get in touch to organise your study today.