SWBC Newsletter February 4 & 11

‘Always be full of joy in the Lord’ Phillipians 4

February 4 & 11

Kia Ora and Welcome

It is a privilege to be a New Zealander, to call Aotearoa home. At the end of our holiday we drove from the Catlins to Christchurch on the inland route. Balclutha, Alexandra, Tekapo and up Highway 76 home. What a stunningly beautiful, vast, largely unspoilt and ever-changing landscape. This weekend (February 4) I feel this privilege more than ever as we celebrate Waitangi weekend and the unique, simple God-honouring covenant we have as the basis of relationship for all peoples who call this land home. It is great to have Andrew Judd speaking at our gatherings this Waitangi. I heard him last year and am delighted that he can be with us.

Over the summer the City Council sent us a garden award for our church gardens. Thank you Carol, our gardener, for all you do.

This past week we met with managers from the Ministry of Immigration about the Syrian families who we will be sponsoring from mid 2018. If you’d like to know more about this programme come and hear about what has been done, what is being done and what is yet to be done on Thursday February 15, 7.30pm to 8.30pm at our Cobham St Hall.

Please pray for Aaron and Summer preparing to head to join the team in India. There is always so much to do and readjustments for them and their children as they prepare for the move. We will be commissioning them later in the month.

After a good holiday it is great to be back with you all.

Grace and peace,

This Sunday Andrew Judd, former Mayor of New Plymouth, will be speaking at all our gatherings. 2018 is well under way – check out our website for start up dates. Contact Si to find out what’s happening in your local community.

We have been saddened this past week with the passing of Pete Rodda. Pete has been an active part of our church for many years particularly in music and he will be missed. Our love and sympathy to his wife Viv and his son Geordie. Our love and  support also to Ros and Kevin March and family on the passing of Ros’ mother.Congratulations to Beccy and James Haylock on the arrival of Georgia Elsie Haylock.

Mercy Basket – We continue to appreciate all your donations to this wonderful ministry. Our cupboards are quite empty following the Christmas/New Year rush so items such as cereals, long-life milk, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, peas, spaghetti, baked beans, biscuits and muesli bars would be really helpful. Thank you, Jordy.

Discovery for Newcomers is a time to come and learn about our church, and places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute. Discovery is running after our 9.00am, 11.00am and 7.00pm gatherings every Sunday until March 11 (excluding March 4). Head to the podium in the Foyer if you would like to attend.

Refugee Resettlement – Information evening happening on Thursday Febraury 15, 7.30pm – 8.30pm at Cobham St Hall. Come and be part of our journey to resettling Syrian refugees into our community. Hear about what has been done, what is being done and what is yet to be done. Read the latest media release on this pilot programme here.

Awaken is a time where we seek God and worship Him on a Wednesday morning at 7.00am in our Lyttelton St site Auditorium. Happening every Wednesday during the school term. Come along, all are welcome! If you have any questions or you are a musician keen to be part of this, please contact Sydney, ph 027 979 0471. We are excited and expectant to see what God will do in this space!

Alpha – Begin your greatest adventure! Alpha is a chance to explore your questions of life in a relaxed and hospitable way. New course starting in Term 2, contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

The Living Room team are looking for donations of cushions and board games to help create a fun and welcoming environment. Donations can be left at the Info Centre or Reception during the week.

Daily Readings – The Daily Readings for our new preaching series are available to read on our church app and website, or hard copies can be picked up from the Info Centre.

Lost Property – If you mislaid your camera last year, we may have it. Please visit the Info Centre or Reception to view.

Toolbox Parenting for Tweens & Teens – Starts Tuesday February 20, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Cobham St Hall. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP After-School and Holiday Programmes are based in Spreydon, Halswell and Rowley. Please head to www.sharp.org.nz for more information about these exciting opportunities!

Start up Dates – Visit the What’s Happening blog on our website for all our Ministry start up dates in 2018.

Healing Rooms – Our first meeting will be on Saturday February 24 at 10.00am. If you would like prayer before that date please contact Karen, ph 338 4163.

Marriage Preparation Course – Five Tuesday evening sessions for you and your fiancée, beginning on March 13. This is a  well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. Cost $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For more information and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close, ph 338 3608, email meclose6@gmail.com or download a registration form from the church website.

Deepening your relationship with God – Wanting to journey deeper with God and learn more about spiritual practices? Read the book ‘Sensible Shoes’ and prepare for the visit of the author in May. Copies are on sale at the Info Centre for $30.

Global Team Member – The Global Team are looking to add in a new member. This team works to oversee and support SWBC’s global work. We’re looking for someone to help us in a voluntary position as needed with: policy reviews, budget setting, processing new people, pastoral support of our global people, and shaping global week. If you’re interested and have skills that would contribute to our global work send expressions of interest to John Robertson jsrobertson@swbc.org.nz by the February 13 with a brief outline of the skills you would bring.

Volunteer English Teachers – Vijaya is looking for volunteer English teachers to help at the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh for short-term blocks. If you are an English teacher with experience teaching adults contact John jsrobertson@swbc.org.nz for more details.

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 February 12 – Morning Tea and Walk from 10.30am at Riccarton House. We will be leaving our Lyttelton Street site at 10.00am. Please RSVP to Ruth if you        require transport.

Monday February 26 – Did You Know? Come along from 12.30pm – 2.00pm to our Balcarin St site with three things that others don’t know about you and photos for fun guessing!  Please bring a contribution for our potluck lunch. For transport, please RSVP by February 22.

North AfricaThis week our people in North Africa, Matt, Ruth and their children have moved to a small town where they will live with a team.

They have been working towards this since they arrived in North Africa earlier last year, and are excited to move into the area and begin new work with their team.

Pray that they would settle in well, find a welcoming community, and be able to hear God’s leading as they seek to best serve the people of that area. Pray for good health for the whole family.

Pray for the people of North Africa – they are facing huge issues of war, terrorism, climate change and poverty. Pray that God would hear their cries that communities would be transformed into places of hope, opportunity and peace.


Got a tween or teen in your house? Toolbox are here to help! Our next Alpha course is starting in Term 2 – who could you invite? Don’t miss out – listen to our Sunday messages on our podcast here.


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