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.

  • Submission on the Right to Die bill

    22 January, 2016 by Alan Jamieson
    The government is looking at the law around assisted suicide and the potential of a bill to bring a law change.  Late last year a small group of concerned people from the church began drafting a submission to go before the select committee. The busy Christmas and January period is not an easy time to collate ...
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  • Church Cafe Changes

    29 November, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    As you may have read in previous newsletters, the City Council has informed us that we are unable to continue operating the Hub Café in it’s current format. The Hub was originally set up to be a place of hospitality, where people can gather and ministries are supported, and was accordingly consented as a staff ...
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  • GATHERINGS LEADER

    9 October, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    Over the last few months we have been investigating a part-time role of ‘Gatherings leader’. This is a leadership role for our ‘key whole church gatherings’. That is when we gather as a whole church for key events. Specifically we are talking about our Sunday gatherings, big events like Christmas, Easter and Global Missions week. ...
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  • Refugee Crisis

    10 September, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    This week we joined many Anglican, Catholic and Baptist churches in asking our government to increase the quota of refugees we allow into NZ and offering to support refugees as a church. Germany has said it will take 800,000 refugees. We are approximately 1/15th the population of Germany. On a per capita basis, to match the ...
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  • Some questions and answers

    31 August, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    I was asked this week to answer some questions for leaders in the Baptist churches of Virginna (USA) as they prepare for their annual conference. Below are their questions and my responses.   1. Your book, “A Churchless Faith,” was a pioneer in suggesting that people in western cultures were beginning to imagine life and spirituality apart ...
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