July 9 & 16
Kia Ora and Welcome
It has been a fantastic week. The 24 hour prayer space was, for me, wonderful. It provided freedom to encounter God in any way I felt drawn by God. It was creative, for all ages and with heaps of options both in information for prayer and ways of praying. Loved it! I also heard from many others who said it was surprisingly great time between themselves and God.
Then we hosted the 24/7 Youth Workers’ National Hui from Monday to Wednesday. It was great to have 240 dedicated young leaders here. Each has committed either one, three or five years to youth work in a local school. It was wonderful to welcome them to our church home in a full pÅwhiri with the Cashmere High School Kapa Haka group leading. We took time to point to our welcome carving and our story painted in our kowhaiwhai and to remember that it was 19 years ago that 24/7 started with Duane Major and Riccarton High School. Today there are 174 youth workers in 74 schools across the country influencing the lives of 103,000 teenagers. Praise God!
In this newsletter there is some information about our general giving. We are running below budget and coming to that time of the financial year where we either see an upturn in giving, which would allow us to keep going for the year, or we need to prune what we undertake in the second half of the year. We would appreciate your prayer and support on this one.
Last Sunday (July 2) we finished a short series on prayer and what God is leading us into. Over the next three weeks we are going to unpack Paul’s letter to the Galatians and then begin the new school term with a series on Sabbath.
Hey kids, families and teachers, enjoy the holidays!
Grace and peace,
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Jos & Bonnie Steetskamp and family on the passing of Jos’ father.Congratulations to Si & Nicola Hart and Jaclyn & Regan Chisholm on the arrival of their daughters. Congratulations also to Abigail Bradley, Michael Pule and Kelvin Little who have received community service awards this past week.
Mercy Basket – It is winter and our cupboards are almost empty due to an extra need for parcels. We are happy to accept monetary donations as well as food items. For example canned peas, fruit, pasta sauce, tuna, corn, spaghetti, bakedbeans, soup, jam, marmite, peanut butter, long-life milk and muesli bars. Thank you for all your support to this special ministry. Sheryl.
Freedom Series – This Sunday (July 9) we are beginning our Freedom series, working through the book of Galatians. Prepare for our Sunday messages by picking up a copy of our Daily Readings from the Info Centre, or reading them on our website.
The Living Room Fundraiser – The Living Room is going to be hosted by a Cook Island family fundraising to share their culture with the community. Happening after our 7.00pm gatherings on July 9 and 16. There will be some delicious Cook Island food, as well as the usual hot drinks and chips on offer. Come through and support. Cash Only.
Next Discovery Lunch July 23 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 – New Alpha course starting in Term 3 – Could you volunteer to support our Alpha course? Contact email@example.com for more information.
Baptism – If you are thinking about or would like to be baptised, email Janelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your details at the Info Centre. If you would like to know more about baptism please pick up a brochure from the Info Centre.
AJ’s Blog – Check out AJ’s Blog on our website to find out he’s reading, involved in and his thoughts and ideas for our church community.
The Living Room Volunteers – We’re looking for volunteers to help on Sunday mornings with tea and coffee set up, clean-up, and serving with a smile! To sign up, visit the Info Centre or email email@example.com.
SHARP Trust runs After-School and Holiday Programmes at our Lyttelton Street Site and Aidanfield Christian School. Head to www.sharp.org.nz to enrol your children in low cost, quality, fun, Christian out-of-school care that aims to help young people reach their potential.
Women’s Event – Saturday July 22 from 7.00pm – 9.00pm at our Lyttelton Street site. A night of worship, inspiration and conversation for women. Please bring a plate of something yummy to share.
Toolbox Parenting for Tweens & Teens starts Tuesday August 8 for 6 weeks. 7.30pm – 9.30pm in The Living Room. Cost $75pp or $110 per couple. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marriage Preparation Course for you and your fiancée, 5 Wednesday evenings from August 16 with the well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. Cost $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For more info and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close 338 3608 or email email@example.com.Registration forms can also be downloaded from the church website.
Monday July 17 – 12.30pm – 2.30pm at our Balcairn Street site. Make Your Money Go Further with Janelle Butcher. Potluck lunch bring some food to share.
Bangladesh is struggling after one of the worst seasons in a decade – heavy rainfall following a devastating cyclone has left many dead and homeless. Scientists say that Bangladesh is already suffering the effects of climate change, and more extreme weather is likely if current trends continue. Please pray for those who are working to provide relief right now and for those who are studying solutions to ongoing climate challenges. Pray for wisdom and strength so that Bangladesh can recover and thrive.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh who are studying theology and preparing to lead churches. Pray they would be bold in the face of persecution and that the good news of Jesus would spread throughout the country and bring hope and peace to many. Pray for Vijaya as she leads the Christian Discipleship Centre. Pray she would recover to full health and be able to make wise decisions that would help the Centre flourish.