SMBC 2018 Women’s Conference

SMBC 2018 Women’s Conference

TOPIC: In the Presence of Greatness: Hearing God’s Word from the Book of Malachi
WHEN: Saturday 17 March 2018
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon and Roberts-Dale Campus, 140 Croydon Ave, Croydon Park
WHO: Women of all ages
COST: Early Bird: $62 (before 5pm 9 February), Standard: $72 (before 5pm 9 March), Late Comer: $82 (before 5pm 15 March)
SPEAKERS: Janet Riley, Chris Quirk, Rani Grivas-Allison


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In the Presence of Greatness: Hearing God’s Word from the Book Of Malachi

Have you stood with the crowd as a horse drawn carriage passed by taking the Queen down The Mall? Have you been on the steps of the Opera House as the red carpet is rolled out for the feet of Hollywood? Were you there when Federer raised his racquet? When Mandela spoke? When Adele sang ‘Hello’?

Whether those experiences are real or imagined we know something of what it is to be in the presence of greatness.

God’s greatness is of a different order entirely and we’re prone to underestimate it. Our eyes and hearts are too small; we’re so often consumed with lesser things. God spoke through his prophet Malachi to people like us – he proclaims his greatness and it’s so much better than we expect. We’re given more than a fleeting glance as he passes by because he invites us into relationship with him. He calls us to live in the presence of his greatness.

We hope you’ll come and join us to hear God speak through the Book of Malachi.

Jenny Salt
SMBC Dean of Students

‘'For I am a great king,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and my name is to be feared among the nations.’ Malachi 1:14

The word of God is living and active and powerful. By his word, God stilled the storm, made the universe out of nothing and brings spiritual life to dead people. By his word, God revives the soul, makes wise the simple and gives joy to the heart. Expository preaching of God’s word lies at the heart of the SMBC Women’s Conference. We believe there is nothing better we can give you.


Due to the popularity of this conference, we will be holding it at two campuses in 2018. The programs will be identical, with Croydon Campus running from 9.00am-3.15pm and Roberts-Dale Campus running from 11.00am-5.15pm. The program includes Bible talks, interviews, singing and other items.

43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132

9.00am – REGISTRATION (+ tea and coffee)

9.30am - Bible Talk: Sacrifice in the presence of great love
Malachi 1:1-14 – Janet Riley

11.00am  – MORNING TEA

11.30am - Bible Talk: Relationship in the presence of great generosity
Malachi 3:6-15 – Rani Grivas-Allison

1.00pm – LUNCH

2.00pm - Bible Talk: Salvation in the presence of great judgment
Malachi 3:16-4:5 – Chris Quirk

3.15pm – CLOSE

140 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park  2133

11.00am – REGISTRATION (+ tea and coffee)

11.30am - Bible Talk: Sacrifice in the presence of great love
Malachi 1:1-14 – Janet Riley

1.00pm  – LUNCH

2.00pm - Bible Talk: Relationship in the presence of great generosity
Malachi 3:6-15 – Rani Grivas-Allison


4.00pm - Bible Talk: Salvation in the presence of great judgment
Malachi 3:16-4:5 – Chris Quirk

5.15pm – CLOSE


Janet loves spending time with students around the Bible and is thankful for lots of opportunities to do that in her role as the Dean of Women at SMBC.  It’s a world away from her previous work as a country vet but similarly full of unexpected joys and challenges.  She also loves photography, lazy days in the garden, visiting farmers’ markets and soaking up the banter at extended family meals.

Chris trained as a primary school teacher not knowing what fun it would be and what opportunities for the gospel it provided. When the suggestion of learning to preach was given, Chris decided to study at SMBC to ground her theology and develop her pastoral skills. Today Chris has the privilege of opening the Bible with over 250 children each week and speaking at various women's events. She loves her grandchildren on her lap as she reads to them and a good cup of tea is always refreshing.

Rani loves being an ordinary little person caught-up in the goodness and greatness of God! Once upon a time, she studied English literature and dreamed of teaching poetry. These days, she teaches the Bible among international students as an AFES staffworker – a privilege she balances with finishing her studies at SMBC. Rani is married to the wonderful Michael and enjoys long walks, exploring Sydney's national parks and good conversations - preferably all at once! 

Please note:
i) We are not able to offer creche facilities at the conference.
ii) Limited space is available in the auditorium for nursing mothers.
iii) Cost includes lunch and morning tea (Croydon Campus) or lunch and afternoon tea (Roberts-Dale Campus). Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options will be available.

Note: Images, info and talks from the 2017 Women's Conference are available here

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