September 17 & 24
Kia ora and welcome,
I’m writing this in an airport. People arriving into the arms of excited family and others in work mode, oblivious to everything around them but their phone and their lack of time. Fascinating! So many different stories and stresses. I’ve been teaching a course on Spirituality – in essence our personal awareness of God’s love for us and through us to others. It intriuges me how different we all are; how uniquely God interacts with each one of us and calls us into different places and with different people. God’s kingdom coming! We are all a part of it.
It was great to focus on God’s kingdom globally last Sunday, realising our church is very much a part of this. I outlined our global mission finances at the gatherings and have put the same information up on my blog.
There’s lots going on for us throughout the remainder of the month. Dr Jayakumar Christian is speaking at our gatherings on Sunday September 17, SYC Quiz Night is happening on Friday September 22 and then we’re hosting the Neufeld Conference September 25 – 29.
Thank you to all those who have responded to our local church giving concerns. July was a good month of giving for the local needs of the church. While we are still a little behind budget for the year, your response last month was superb and hugely appreciated.
Back at the airport, my flight has been delayed. More time to watch people and wonder at the way our God interacts with us all so uniquely, so personally and so differently. Our loving God is one beyond measure and description.
May God’s love and personal call in your life be felt deeply this week.
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Roger & Mandy Cleave and family on the passing of Mandy’s mother. We also acknowledge the passing of Adele Kalamoni who was part of Tuesday Christian Fellowship and Sunday morning gatherings. Please continue to pray for those who are facing challenging health issues, that they would know the presence of God in the midst of difficult times.Education Lunch – Are you involved in Preschool, Primary or Secondary education as a teacher or in management? If you are, we would like to invite you for lunch in The Living Room on Sunday October 1 at 1.15pm. This will be a great time to network with fellow educators who are part of our church. Please email email@example.com if you wish to attend. If you could mention the position that you hold that would be helpful.Mercy Basket – Thank you so much for the way you have supported us in being able to provide these parcels. We continue to be stretched at the number we can provide and would appreciate your further support in donating either financially or with some of the following items: long-life milk, cereals, canned tuna, peas, corn, peanut butter and muesli bars. Thank you, Sheryl.
The Living Room Sunday PM – We are keen to extend The Living Room operation to include Sunday evenings. To help get this underway we need a Sunday Night Co-ordinator to work alongside Jasmine Bates. Expressions of interest to Ellen Weston firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up an application pack from the Info Centre.
The Enneagram Workshop – On November 25 Chris Heuertz from The Gravity Centre will be running a workshop at our Lyttelton Street site on the Enneagram – a model of nine personality types. For more information check out our website, or phone Michelle 03 338 4163 ext 225.
BikeTober – Cycle Sunday – On Sunday October 1 let’s aim to get everyone to church on their bike (or non-vehicle transport)! There will be food and fun happening between our 9.00am and 11.00am gatherings. This starts a month-long BikeTober challenge – how could you use your bike more? Contact Andy Marshall email@example.com if you’re keen to help, and check out www.swbc.org.nz/bike for updates.
Neufeld Conference – Making sense of our kids with Dr. Gordon Neufeld at our Lyttelton Street site from September 25 – 29. Get your tickets today at www.dashtickets.co.nz, spaces are limited. See the full brochure attached below. If you’re keen to volunteer during the conference, and receive a free evening seminar ticket, please contact Kim firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whetu Stars – Families who have or have had children with disabilities/special needs are invited to come together for food, fun and faith. Happening on Saturday September 23, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Contact Andy Carpenter, phone 338 4163 ext 238 or email@example.com.
SHARP After-School – We have a position available for a programme supervisor. If you are a creative and fun individual who would be free to work a minimum of 14.5 hours per week at our After-School programme, you enjoy working with children and would like to be part of an awesome team then we would love to hear from you! For more information contact Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARP Holiday Programme – Are you 15-18 years of age, have some spare time over the holidays and interested in having the time of your life with a group of lively kids? SHARP Holiday Programmes could be the place for you! We are looking for enthusiastic people to be part of our programmes where you’ll hang out with a group of kids for the week, including escorting them to places like the Antarctic Centre, gondola and bowling. If this sounds like you, for more information or to apply check out www.sharp.org.nz (choose ‘Ways to Get Involved’) or email Amy on email@example.com.
Healing Rooms invite you for prayer on Saturday September 23, any time between 10.00am and 11.00am, at 248 Lyttleton Street. For more information contact Karen, phone 338 4163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday September 18, 12.15pm – 2.00pm Can I risk it? With Peter and Lynley Capon.
Monday September 25, 12.30pm – 2.00pm at our Balcairn St site. Bring your board games and contribution for a pot luck lunch.
Deep: 24 Hours Worship and Prayer – Run by Prayer Collective Christchurch. Happening from 7.00pm on Friday September 29 at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus.
Hagar Event – Come and hear from Micaela Cronin, CEO of Hagar International. Happening on Thursday October 5, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, St Albans Baptist Church.
Matilda’s Readers – Linwood North School needs people (retirees, Uni students, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading. One hour a week, 9.30am – 10.30am. If you have that time free and would like to join us, contact Barb Harrington, phone 3846103 or email@example.com.
A Prayer for our WorldGod of all the nations,
We pray for those who have lost homes and family in the recent floods and storms. God of comfort, be with them in their grief and give them strength and endurance to rebuild.We pray for those who are living through conflicts.Prince of Peace, speak your wisdom to the leaders of the world, so they might seek an end to war.
We pray for those who are hungry. God of plenty, repair the rifts between your children so that none starve while others are well-fed.
We pray for those who are hated. Loving God, may we come to see the image of you in every person, so that we can be united as one family.
Be with your people, your body here on earth. Continue to transform us so that we too, can bring comfort, peace, plenty, and love into our world.
In Jesus name, and for his glory,