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Australian Prayer Gathering 2019

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While this year’s APG will not contain any particularly graphic content and we will not be focusing on violence of a sexual nature, we will nonetheless be hearing sensitive stories of abuse and injustice. We recommend you exercise your discretion in deciding whether to bring your under 15s along.

 

For younger kids, IJM is unable to provide child care but there will be a “crying room” available for those with babies.

A grazing table will be on offer from 5.45pm but this should be considered a light supper rather than dinner. Participants may want to eat before they arrive. There will be a 10-minute halfway break at which tea and coffee will be available.

Your ticket helps cover a variety of event costs including: bringing out our overseas keynote speaker; venue staff; supper; the material you’ll receive on the night.

 

The generosity of several supporters has allowed us to keep ticket prices accessible. We’d like to acknowledge: our volunteers helping out on the night; Barneys Church who have waived the hire of the venue itself; the band members; two kind supporters who have sponsored part of the costs. 

Yes! If you’re not sure you can come but your Saturday evening opens up, we definitely want you to be there with us.

 

BUT. We would love you to pre-purchase your tickets as this helps our team plan catering and other logistics. It also allows you to register for the free virtual reality experience.

 

You can get tickets here.

Yes! If you are able to join us for Stillness, we would love for you to experience one of the key “spiritual rhythms” that IJM staff around the world observe each day in the office. Stillness is designed to prepare your heart and mind for the main programme.

 

We’re setting up a separate room just for this, with comfortable places for you to sit, ponder and pray in a calm and quiet environment. We’ll provide devotional material related to this year’s theme (Ordinary People, Extraordinary God) and you are free to use it at your own pace and as you wish.

 

Stillness is designed to prepare your heart and mind for the main programme. We recommend you arrive between 5 and 5:30pm.

 

This room will also contain prayer tables highlighting casework and prayer points from the Philippines and Uganda. IJM supporters who have served at these locations will be available to chat from 9-9.30pm.

If you’d like to chat with IJM staff, we would love to meet or catch up with you after the main programme, at the informal Meet & Greet session from 9-9.30pm downstairs.

 

You should see staff from the time you arrive to register and all through the event, whether we’re ushering in the auditorium or at the bookstall afterwards. Feel free to say hi (if we don’t greet you first!) but we recommend you head downstairs for the Meet & Greet session for more extended conversations. Interns and fellows who have served at IJM offices overseas will also be around to share about their experiences.

Entry to the event will be via Broadway. The main programme will take place in the auditorium and there is a disabled restroom on that level. However, the Stillness room and regular restrooms are located downstairs.

While we have welcomed participants from interstate (and overseas!) at previous APGs, we recognise that not all of our supporters are easily able to attend.

In 2018, IJM supporters ran Local Prayer Gatherings in Melbourne, Perth and South Sydney.

This year, we’re excited that our keynote will speak at the Brisbane Prayer Gathering on Monday 13 May. We also expect that a recording of the keynote, as well as other resources from APG, will be available to supporters who would like to organise LPGs in their region.

What last year’s participants said…

 

“A great balance of theology, information, prayer, worship and emotionally moving content.”

 

“A gathering of believers from different backgrounds, denominations, walks of life and age groups – all united [for] the same cause.”

 

“I loved the opportunity to pray in small groups, in the same space as other groups. It really emphasised the corporate nature of our prayer.”

 

“It was an awesome and powerful experience. Praying with a bunch of Christians about justice issues and experiencing the presence of the [Holy] Spirit was something surreal.”