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.

  • Thinking about Place

    20 August, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    Over the last 12 months I’ve been reading about the significance of place in scripture. It was a key theme of the Bible that I had largely over looked! In the beginning, we read that God creates his people and gives them a place. They are displaced through sin but promised they will have their own ...
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  • Soul Keeping

    19 July, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    I have been encouraging people to read John Ortberg’s book – ‘Soul Keeping: caring for the most important part of you, which I have found very helpful. Recently I saw that you can hear this book read by John Ortberg for free on a series of Youtube clips. They would be well worth watching.
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  • Thinking about Communities

    21 June, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    Community is at the heart of the gospel, the context for discipleship in the New Testament and the centre of what it means to be a church. Without it church looses its soul. A book I am finding helpful is Christinne Pohl’s book ‘Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain us. In this book Pohl focuses ...
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  • Community

    22 May, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    Only 4% of kiwis feel close to people in their local community. Here is an interesting article on New Zealanders and the lack of community in many of our lives. It is worth reading.
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  • Mid-week service

    14 May, 2015 by Alan Jamieson
    We are exploring starting a mid-week service because we are aware Sunday’s are not the only time we could gather for worship. For some of our older people, people at home with young families, shift workers and others, a day time mid-week service may be a more suitable option. The suggestion of a mid-week daytime service ...
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