SWBC Newsletter November 12 & 19

He’s got the whole world in his hands!

November 12 & 19

Kia ora and welcome,

Welcome to Mike Pilavachi and his team who will be sharing a naturally supernatural way to live on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12. We have been looking forward to your coming for three years!

Thanks for all the support and input around our church offering to support a refugee family in the new scheme proposed by the Government. Our application has now been submitted. We will let you know when we hear a reply.

Chris Heuertz will be with us on Saturday November 25 for The Enneagram Workshop. I first learnt about the Enneagram around 20 years ago and have used those learnings in my personal life, prayer life and interactions with others ever since. It would be amongst the most helpful insight I have ever been introduced to. So far there has been high interest in this but there is still space if you want to sign up – see www.swbc.org.nz/enneagram

James Haylock is going to be joining our Living Room team. He will be developing some teams to enable us to have the Living Room open on Sunday nights after our evening gathering. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the Living Room, those who have joined a team to help and used the space to include and welcome others. It’s our living room – let’s use it.

Christmas for the City is fast approaching and we need people to volunteer to be part of it. It looks like a superb event and new way to celebrate together Jesus’ coming. It is a free event that people from across the city can enjoy and be part of. To find out more see christmasforthecity.org.nz

There are many people who help keep this church alive, so many, it is hard to know where to begin. One group I very much appreciate are the teams that set up the chairs and stage every Sunday morning, our sound techs who come in early to set up the sound gear and the musicians who arrive at 7:30am to practice, pray and get ready for when you arrive. Thank you to you all!

Grace and peace,

Mike Pilavachi is with us this weekend – don’t miss out! Registrations are closing soon for Young Adults camp – sign up today. Find your unique path to spiritual growth at The Sacred Enneagram Workshop.

Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Kathryn and Michael Renner and family on the passing of Kathryn’s mother.
Please continue to pray for those who are unwell and facing some tough life decisions.Mercy Basket – We are so grateful for all your support over these past weeks. This week we require pasta snacks, long life milk, Weetbix, peanut butter and cans of corn, peas, tuna and tomatoes. Thank you, Sheryl.LEADERSHIP

Thank you for your faithful financial giving to our church. It is encouraging to see that giving has increased in October. As you can see from the graph, we are still behind budget for the year, however, our cost centre managers are continuing to be prudent, therefore expenses are also lower than budgeted.

Mike Pilavachi – Don’t miss our Naturally Supernatural weekend with Mike Pilivachi from November 10 – 12. Mike is an excellent teacher on the Holy Spirit and speaks around the world. On Saturday November 11 there are two sessions in the Lyttelton Street site Gym; 10.00am-12.00pm and 7.00pm-9.00pm. These are both open to the public and a koha will be taken. On Sunday Mike will speak at all of our Sunday gatherings. Make sure you arrive early as Mike is a very popular speaker.

Creation Care – Come and explore new and different ways that our church could invest in our relationship with the world – how can we live sustainably and be good stewards? Our focus will be on goal setting for 2018. Sunday November 12, 4.00pm – 5.30pm at 7 Cobham Street. Contact Andy andymarshall85@gmail.com or phone 027 243 1110 for more information.

Beyond the Gate – Graeme Reid has been a prophetic leader, great carer of those in need and Taonga of our church. Now he’s written a witty, insightful and humble account of God’s work in his life titled ‘Beyond the Gate’. You’re invited to the book launch on Thursday November 16, 7.30pm at our Lyttelton St site. Please RSVP to Graeme graemeslashreid@gmail.com by November 13, or contact Graeme to order a copy of the book for $25.00.

Christmas for the City is happening on December 16 from 4.00pm – 9.00pm at Ara City Campus. We’d love you to be involved, head to christmasforthecity.org.nz to sign up as a volunteer. There’s also some specifics we’re looking for help with:
Live Nativity Animals – We’d love to setup a little farmyard type area where kids can play with animals and go for rides on some of them. If you can help, please contact Annie annie@christmasforthecity.org.nz.
Performers – We’re after bigger acts for our outdoor stage, smaller groups for the indoor stage and solos/duos for the satellite stages as well as face-painters, wacky hair people and balloon makers. Head to the website to sign up.
Food Voucher Sponsorship – Entry to the event and all activities are free however there is the opportunity to purchase food from food vendors on the day. You can sponsor vouchers that are then given to families who would find it difficult to afford a meal for their family at the event. These will be distributed in the week leading up to Christmas for the City by the various churches involved in the event. Each voucher is valued at $5.00. If you would like to contribute towards these vouchers, visit Info Centre on a Sunday, Reception, or christmasforthecity.org.nz.

Whetu Stars – Christmas Party and Nativity Play held at our Balcairn Street site on Saturday November 25 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Contact Andy Carpenter on 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz for further details.

Young Adults Camp – November 24 – 26 at Okains Bay. Cost $45 for the weekend. Register by going to the website – www.swbc.org.nz/ministry/young-adults/young-adults-camp. For further information contact Emma ebell@swbc.org.nz.

Healing Rooms invite you for prayer monthly on the first Monday, 7.30pm; and the fourth Saturday, 10.00am at 248 Lyttleton Street. Enquiries to Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Men’s Event – Come and hear from men in our church who will be talking on ‘The Business of God’ and sharing stories of their work and life experiences. Saturday December 2, at our Balcairn St site. Optional BBQ at 4.20pm, $2.00, then our session will run from 5.00pm – 7.00pm, $5.00 entry. Contact Reception to register, or Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 5677 118, for more information.

International Christmas Concert – Come and celebrate a night of Christmas fun! Invite your family and friends. Happening on December 2, 7.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. For more information contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz.

Halswell – Aidanfield – Westlake  Community Lunch on Sunday November 19 1.00pm at our Balcairn St site. Please bring a plate of finger food, hot drinks are provided. Hall will be open from 12.30pm. Contact Janet Holder for more information, phone 021 1477656.

Global Night – November 13 from 7.30pm in The Living Room. Join us as we pray for our people overseas.

New Horizons for Seniors and Younger. Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.

Monday November 13 from 12.00pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall. Hands on fun presentation with Richard from Aspire Canterbury. Equipment making life easier will be available for purchase. Lunch provided – cost is $5.00.

Monday November 27 from 12.15pm – 2.00pm in our Balcairn St site Hall. Bring your contribution for a potluck lunch, we’ll be eating at 12.30pm. Then make your own Christmas cards – $1.50 per card. Please RSVP by November 20 to ensure we have enough resources.

Matilda’s Readers
– Rowley and West Spreydon schools need people (retirees, Uni students, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading. If you have one hour a week free and would like to help out, contact Barb Harrington, phone 3846103 or mark4barb@xtra.co.nz.

Chad is a large country in North Africa which faces complex issues of poverty, climate change and conflict on its borders.
This year, the rainfall throughout the region has been poor, which means that many people are facing the dry season without sufficient plant growth to sustain them or their livestock.Please pray for Chad and our people there:
Pray that God would protect the people of Chad from famine and drought – providing food and rain. Pray that the country would be stable and secure, and that the many people of Chad would come to know the love of God their Father.Pray for Matt as he works on a project to provide a village with a well. Pray it would go smoothly and that it would give sufficient water to the community.
Pray for Ruth as she learns language, provides medical care, and homeschools the children – pray for energy, good health and a growing ability to communicate with those around them.
Pray for Josh, Ben and Hannah – that they would have good health, good friends, and be able to thrive in Chad.


Join us for this time to come together for reflection and prayer. Christmas is coming – come and pray for our city over the festive season. We’d love you to be a part of this event – head to the website to sign up as a volunteer.


244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163



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