SMBC 2020 Women’s Conference

SMBC 2020 Women’s Conference

TOPIC: Run for your life: Bible Talks from the Book of Hebrews
WHEN: Saturday 7 March 2020
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: $69 (before 5pm 31 January) | Standard: $79 (before 5pm 28 February) | Late Comer: $89 (before 12pm 6 March)
SPEAKERS: Rachel Ciano, Clare Deeves and Janet Riley


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Run for your life: Bible Talks from the Book of Hebrews

Anyone can line up at the start of a marathon but it’s the finishers who receive the prize. Running 40kms and then sitting in a deck chair doesn’t count. Watching others compete on TV doesn’t count. Reading ‘Runners World’ magazine doesn’t count.  With heart pounding, muscles burning and joints jarring you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other until the finish tape. You have to persevere … 20, 30, 40, 41, 42kms.

The writer to the Hebrews wants his hearers to finish the race, to inherit all that God has promised. His letter teaches and encourages us to be finishers. He does it not merely with top tips for a training routine, or a motivational talk to spur us on to an ‘I think I can, I think I can’ gritted teeth determination – but by pointing us to Jesus who has finished and is urging us to run with Him.

Whether you’re at the start, nearing the end or somewhere in the middle miles, hearing God speak in Hebrews will help you run for your life.

"let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2

The hearing-impaired community is one of the least reached people groups – due to a lack of access to things many of us take for granted. If you can give above your ticket price, it will help SMBC extend its event ministry to our hearing impaired friends – for example, with Auslan interpreters. (Your gift will go via the SMBC General Fund)

We're delighted to announce that we will be providing Auslan interpretation for the 2020 Women's Conference at the Roberts-Dale Campus.


Due to the popularity of this conference, we will be holding it at two campuses. The programs will be identical, with Croydon Campus running from 9.00am to 3.15pm and Roberts-Dale Campus running from 11.00am to 5.15pm. There will also be a book store at both campuses.

43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132

9.00am – CHECK IN (+ tea and coffee)
9.30am - BIBLE TALK: Hebrews 1:1-2:4 – Rachel Ciano
11.00am  – MORNING TEA
11.30am - BIBLE TALK: Hebrews 6:9-7:28 – Janet Riley
1.00pm – LUNCH
2.00pm - BIBLE TALK: Hebrews 12 – Clare Deeves
3.15pm – CLOSE

ROBERTS-DALE CAMPUS (with Auslan interpretation)
140 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park 2133

11.00am – CHECK IN (+ tea and coffee)
11.30am - BIBLE TALK: Hebrews 1:1-2:4 – Rachel Ciano
1.00pm  – LUNCH
2.00pm - BIBLE TALK: Hebrews 6:9-7:28 – Janet Riley
4.00pm - BIBLE TALK: Hebrews 12 – Clare Deeves
5.15pm – CLOSE

There will be a bookstall available at both campuses.


Clare grew up in Concord, not far from SMBC but has been working in gospel ministry in Perth since 2005, which she loves. She took a new role as the Assistant Minister - Women at Kallaroo Anglican Church in Perth in September 2019 and is still working out how best to approach that, but is enjoying meeting all the women there and getting to know them. She also lectures in Church History at Trinity Theological College. Clare's preferred method of relaxing and clearing her head is to drive several hundred (or thousand!) kilometres through wide open spaces like the WA wheat belt.

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.

Rachel loves teaching Church History at SMBC and exploring with students how our brothers and sisters from previous generations have run for their lives, and the way they have impacted us today in our approaches to ministry and the world. She is married to Ross, and together they are in ministry in multicultural Marrickville. They have two energy-filled boys who colour their lives with adventure and laughter, and certainly make life feel like running a marathon most days. Any time to herself is spent in the ocean, roaming an art gallery, or sneaking in a few pages of a good book.  

Please note:
i) We are not able to offer creche facilities at the conference.
ii) Limited space is available in the auditoriums for nursing mothers.
iii) Cost includes lunch and morning tea (Croydon Campus) or lunch and afternoon tea (Roberts-Dale Campus). As part of our catering, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options will be available on the day (there's no need to special order).

SMBC, PO Box 83
43 Badminton Road, Croydon NSW 2132
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