SWBC Newsletter March 4 & 11

Picnic and party with us this Sunday!

March 4 & 11

Kia Ora and Welcome,

This weekend (March 2 – 4) is our Neighbourhood Hui. As part of our Sunday celebrations there will be one combined morning gathering at 10.00am. Please arrive early to find a carpark – the main church carpark and SYC carpark will be reserved for elderly, those with a disability and families with very young children.

After the service we are feeding you all a great lunch down at West Spreydon School and having a whole church carnival with games and fun for all. Please bring a blanket or deck chair to sit on and a sun hat. This lunch will be provided free of charge, however there will be collection baskets and an EFTPOS machine available to contribute a koha. There will be also be a coffee cart operating with drinks available for purchase.

Our Sunday School program will be based at West Spreydon School for the morning, just down the road at 147 Lyttelton St. Children are able to be signed in from 9.30am onwards. If you have children attending Sunday School, please consider parking near West Spreydon School to ease parking congestion outside the church. In case of wet weather, Sunday School will be held in our Lyttelton St site Auditorium. Check out our website for more information and any weather updates. Preschoolers will still be attending the preschool across the road from church as usual, which will be open from 9.30am.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Next Sunday (March 11) we will be beginning our next preaching series, preparing for the Easter season. As part of this series, there will be a reflective service on Good Friday at 10.00am, and then 9.00am and 11.00am gatherings on Easter Sunday.

Grace and peace,

Beginning March 11, we journey into the Easter season. Come along to pray for our people and places around the world. Getting married soon? For more information head to our website.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Meeting
  – Come and join us as we continue to pray for the life of our church every Wednesday morning from 7.00am – 8.30am in the Baby Room at the back of our Lyttelton St site Gym. Come for as brief or as long a time as you like, we’d love to see you!Project Esther will be leading the services at Christchurch Women’s Prison on Sunday March 4. Please pray for all involved.

Project Esther are looking for knitting wool to take to the Women’s Prison inmates, no red please. Drop off to Reception or 248 Lyttleton St. For more information contact Evelyn, phone 338 4163 ext 212.

Mercy Basket – Thank you so much for your recent donations.  This week we are in need of most items i.e. canned veges, spaghetti, baked beans, peanut butter, pasta snacks and sauces, long-life milk, cereals, biscuits and sugar.

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 on March 11. Head to the podium in the Foyer if you would like to attend.

Syrian Families – Thank you to everyone who came to the recent information evening.  If you didn’t make it or want to refresh your memory the content is on our website. There are plenty of opportunities to help! Currently we are looking for pray-ers, removal people, and donations of good quality household gear. Contact Nick Regnault nregnault@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

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! 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.

Eastercamp Sponsorship
– Each year SYC takes a couple of hundred teenagers to Eastercamp, however some are unable to attend because of the cost of registration. If you are able to help us support these young people, or have a spare caravan that SYC could use for the weekend, please contact Denise Gardiner dgardiner@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.

SHARP Trust AGM Thursday March 22, Balcairn St site, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Please RSVP to Amy asmit@swbc.org.nz for catering purposes.  All welcome!

Healing Rooms –  We invite you to come for prayer on Monday March 5 anytime between 7.30pm – 8.15pm, at 248 Lyttleton Street. Contact Elisabeth, phone 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, phone 338 3608, email meclose6@gmail.com or download a registration form from our church website.

Men’s Breakfast – March 17, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets available from the Info Centre or Reception. $15 Adults, $10 Youth. Enquiries to Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 567 7118.

Drivers Needed – Tuesday Christian Fellowship need your help! We are short of drivers this year!  If you would like to assist in picking up and returning home members of our TCF family on a rostered basis then we would love to hear from you.  Phone Andy 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

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.

West Spreydon Monthly Vision and Prayer Night – Next happening on Tuesday March 27, 7 Cobham Street from 8.00pm. All welcome.

Join us in prayer
for Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday March 7 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place.

Global Night – Next happening on March 12, 7.30pm in the Living Room.

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 March 12 – “How to Care for Ourselves in times of Crisis” – Wyatt Butcher, Chaplain at Hillmorton Hospital will be speaking from 12.30pm – 2.00pm at our Balcairn St site. $5, lunch provided. RSVP by March 12 for transport.

Mon 26 March  – “Seeing lives change one at a time” – Daphne Marsden from Project Esther and Women’s Prison Ministry, is speaking from 12.15pm – 2.00pm at our Lyttleton St site Auditorium. $5, lunch provided.

The Stewart Family
Today we farewell Summer, Aaron, Maia and Asher Stewart as they head away to join the team at our Global Site.

Please pray for smooth travel. Pray they will adjust easily to their new city, settling quickly in to their new routines. Pray that they will make new friends that welcome them, and that they will be able to study the language well in order to communicate with the people in the community.

Aaron and Summer bring skills in construction, teaching, and administration that they would like to use to help the global team as they work in the community and in developing the business. Pray that God would lead them and the team so that they can work together to share God’s love and hope with the people around them in many different ways.


Help support our young people – contact Denise to find out how. Pick up a copy of Sharon’s book from the Info Centre ($30) and prepare for her visit in May. Connect with those in your community. Contact Si to find out more.


244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163

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