March 6 & 13
Easter is fast approaching. Our Easter preaching series will begin on Sunday March 13. This year our youth teams plus many musicians, cooks, doctors and security people from the church will be very involved in supporting Easter Camp. On Good Friday, here at South West, we will have a contemplative ‘Stations of the Cross’ interactive walk through. This will be great for families who can do it together and really get inside the Easter Story. On Easter Sunday we will have services at 9am & 11am at the Spreydon site.On Wednesday March 9 we have our whole church prayer time from 7.30pm at the Halswell site. This is a time to talk through some of the exciting and challenging issues facing the church and pray through these together. Everyone welcome!
This year is the 150th anniversary of our church and we are planning a celebration weekend on October 15 and 16. We are keen to hear your thoughts on how we might celebrate the 150th. Some of the things we are considering are a church family event and an all in service or series of services across the Sunday. What are your ideas and thoughts. If you have suggestions please email them to Ros at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Kia Kaha, Kia Manawanui
Prayer – Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ellis family on the death of Kevin this week.Congratulations – Matt and Ruth Wright are delighted with the safe arrival of Hannah Grace on 6 February. While she is currently in the neonatal ICU and progressing well, she will need surgery in a few months time.Mercy Basket – Thank you for your continued support in providing food for this much needed ministry to people in our community. This week we require creamed rice, biscuits, cereals, long life milk and pasta snacks. Many thanks, Jordy.LEADERSHIP
Church Accountant Needed – We are seeking a conscientious accountant with a very high attention to detail to join our team for 15-20 hours per week. The successful applicant will have a professional accounting qualification, sound understanding of General Ledger and Chart of Accounts, competency in MYOB Accountants Office and Ace Payroll (or equivalent), excellent communication skills and be committed to the vision, values and mission of SWBC. A knowledge of the Not For Profit sector is desirable. Pick up a Job Description and an application form from the Info Centre or contact Ellen at email@example.com. Applications close March 15.Elders Nominations – nominations close today (March 6) for the Eldership. Please submit any names you would like to be considered for Eldership to the Info Centre or in person to Tim Butcher, Jeff Gardiner, Alex McClelland or Steve Withington. The Church AGM will be held on April 6 at 7.30pm in the Spreydon Auditorium.
Discovery Lunch March 20 is for those new to our church. If you would like to come along and hear about the church, places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute, please leave your name at the Info Centre or email Si Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Exciting New Concept – coming up in Term 2. More details to come. Start praying about how you can be involved.
Easter Camp Sponsorship
SHARP Trust provides low cost out-of-school care (Afterschool and Holiday programmes) and Music Tuition to children aged between 5-14 years in South West Christchurch. Visit our website www.sharp.org.nz for more information or contact Karen Koid 338 0673 or email@example.com.
Tuesday Christian Fellowship – Please consider becoming a volunteer driver with the Tuesday Christian Fellowship for our Opawa/Beckenham route and for residents from ‘St.John of God’, Aidanfield on alternate Tuesdays, or please join our audio visual team as a power point operator for the service on Tuesday evenings.Contact Andy Carpenter 338 4163 ext 238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halswell Ladies D.A.R.T.S March 7 – Come along to gather, create and chat. Craft evening at Manda’s, BYO Craft or card kits available from $2 each – 1st Monday of every Month. From 7.30 – 9.30pm – 23 Dunsford Close. Contact Manda Hill 021 052 6230 or email email@example.com.
Healing Rooms March 7 – If you would like prayer for any issue – physical health or other we invite you to come to the Healing Rooms from 7.30 – 8.15pm, in the Project Esther house. Contact Karen Calder or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday March 14 – Potluck Lunch and Autumn Garden Tips at Dave Adams 391 Pound Road. Bring a plate to share. $3 for transport. RSVP by March 10. Leaving Spreydon site at 11am.
GLOBAL PRAYER FOCUS
India has been in the news this week as the 2016 budget was presented. The finance minister announced plans to “transform India for the benefit of the farmers, the poor and the vulnerable.”
A Huge Thank You to everyone who contributed to our Christmas offerings in 2015. We were able to give $67 000 to World Vision’s work with Syrian refugees.