AJ’s Blog

A space where I can share personally about what I am up to and what we are going through as a church. I will be updating this space regularly so you can be kept up to date on what I’m reading, involved in and thoughts and ideas for our church community. Thank you for taking the time to read these musings.

  • COVID-19 Update

    13 March, 2020 by SWBC
    We are aware of the additional demands the recent coronavirus disease may place on families, our communities and programmes this year. The message from experts and health authorities is to prepare but not to panic. The New Zealand Ministry of Health’s current assessment for NZ is that “…the chances of community outbreak remain low”. However, we realise ...
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  • Submissions on the Abortion Laws in NZ

    29 August, 2019 by Alan Jamieson
    The New Zealand government is looking at a bill to decriminalise abortions in NZ. You can find more information about how to make a submission from Family First NZ . Information about submissions which close on the 19th of September is available on the parliament website.    
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  • West Papua Internet shut down

    29 August, 2019 by Alan Jamieson
    Amnesty International is reporting that – “The Indonesian Government has imposed a total internet access shut down for mobile cellular networks in the Papua and West Papua provinces until further notice. This is an appalling attack on people’s right to freedom of expression.” As a church we and the Baptist churches of NZ have been watching ...
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  • Advisory

    3 April, 2019 by Alan Jamieson
    Last week the church Elders brought together a small advisory group of experienced and skilled people to help us navigate our on going relationships with Muslim families, the Muslim community and leaders at the mosques. We asked Richard Smith who has worked in Bangladesh for many years, Diane Goodman who worked in Chad and Pakistan ...
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  • Could you move to Australia and become our Prime Minister

    2 April, 2019 by Alan Jamieson
    Jacinda Adern was recently sent a letter from a 13 year old Australian born Muslim girl in which she ends saying – “I’m sure you will remain Prime Minister of New Zealand for a long time. But if not, do you think maybe you could move to Australia and become our Prime Minister? That would ...
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