would like to thank all of the people of the Fringe Church for making me feel so welcome. The sermons of Ron and Mike were beautiful. The compassion from everyone is unbelievable. Everyone's so friendly. Got to say - I've never seen so many people saved.
We all have problems in life - whether its depression, anxiety, panic attacks, drugs or alcohol. The church doesn't stop with the Sunday service. Ron and Mike invited me out for coffee to get to know me and see how I am going.
Thank you God for the calling of these two pastors, and to the Fringe Church. Very much needed in our society. May God Bless you all. And a big thankyou to XXXXXX for inviting me. Thank you all.
Rhonda, South Australia.
Loving Life on the Fringe
WOW what a year in my year with Fringe I have been made new.
A year ago, I was a different man lost and alone. I felt I had no way out of the situation.
It felt like the world was made for my punishment. At Christmas, I tried to end it all.
After giving myself to God l went and fell before Christ at the cross and gave him all my pain my failed life and in return, he gave me all. Now I am at peace and I have found a brotherhood who loves and supports me through life. While I have been at The Fringe Church I have been blessed to see miracles abundant in all our lives who are walking with the fringe. I do not know what the future holds but I am looking forward to seeing where God sends us next.
Loving life on the fringe.
Rock The Boat
I work as a criminal defense solicitor in southeast Queensland and have worked in criminal law for the past fourteen years. During the time I have worked in this position, I have represented numerous clients in a broad variety of circumstances, including persons with serious substance abuse issues, mental health issues, and traumatic family backgrounds. I am an atheist personally. However, it has become evident that a significant number of my clients, who have best recovered from their issues and who cease to re-offend, have done so with the assistance of a good church.
I had the pleasure of meeting ***** from the Fringe Church and ******* from the local Anglican Church some time ago. They were providing both assistance and guidance to a long-term client of mine. I could see an enormously positive change in my client in the months that he had engaged with these churches, and it is very apparent that my client has been greatly assisted by his engagement with them.
A Place To Call Home
I have always attended a church since I was little. They always felt like a closed society, one of righteousness, smeared with injustices against those who needed Christ the most. Then I found Fringe Church and it felt like family right from the start. Together as a group we grow in Christ, helping, caring and sharing our testimonies to encourage others. Knowing that each one of us was made perfectly in God’s image and the gifts and talents he has provided us are all for his glory. Fringe Church is such a different format to any other church I have been to. I never thought that I could preach but Fringe Church understands everyone has a unique message to share, our journey and life story are always important to someone else. Together, I feel we are what God intended, a community in Christ that supports and loves one another. An extended family that deeply cares for one another and recognises that each one of us has no right to judge another’s sin.
Get Busy Living
At fringe, we spend some time each week reflecting on where we were and where we are heading.
Being focus on our further and trying to fix all that is broken in this world together. We had a night not that long ago when almost everyone said they would be dead or in jail if it was not for The Fringe Church. It is a sentiment which often resonates from our tribe. But this time it really sank home what a difference we are making to our city it may seem little but it is spreading so look out Fringe is on its way.
Light IN Darkness
I was lost battling addiction and facing down my third suicide attempt when Ron and Fringe found me. They walked with me helped me to see hope where I lest expected to find it. It as the sign said no Bullshit they really care it took a long time to except they where not going anywhere and that they loved me when I have never felt excepted or loved in my life before. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings first the first time in my life and loving it
What has The Fringe Church meant to me?
I've watched The Lord grow people in their relationship with Jesus, me included. Looking at the different people who attend, I've seen the acceptance of people who some Churches may not want amongst the gathering. I've watched as The Lord continues to renew our thinking to match His Bible.
I've been blessed with opportunities to explore and exercise the gifts and talents The Lord has given me, and received encouragement in how to improve. For all of this I thank The Lord and the people at Fringe.
I am writing to endorse the work of Fringe Church.
I have been in ministry (in the Anglican Church) for nearly four decades and I have been very impressed by the way Fringe works. Our Church in Alexandra Hills is developing a close working relationship with The Fringe Church.
This is a community who have been called to minister in a very difficult area. Fringe is in contact with people who would not otherwise hear about the love of Christ in the normal run of things. They are doing this well. They have a good understanding of their goals and have organised their church groups in a very clear and pragmatic way to ensure the best outcomes. They know what they are doing. God is doing good things through them.
I have been impressed by the following features.
(i) They are very orthodox in their teaching.
(ii) The leaders face a lot of pressure and difficulties through which they preserve with admirable courage and Christian determination. (I think the opposition they face is also a comment on the importance of their work for the Kingdom.)
(iii) They enjoy very good relationships with other denominations and the work has an attractive ecumenical aspect to it.
The leaders of Fringe Church are The Rev’d Mike Smith and Ron Hutchinson. I have known Mike for something like three years now and have got to know Ron more recently. I have learnt a lot from them about ministering to people in difficult situations.
I am confident that they, and the others in Fringe, are people we should encourage and support.
Yours in Christ,
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