SWBC Newsletter April 29 & May 6

Be involved. Have your say. Come to our AGM!

April 29 & May 6

Kia Ora and Welcome

‘Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!’ Psalm 66:1-2

As I am writing this the sun is streaming through the window of my office. What a wonderful time of the year! In the past week I have spoken to people who have enjoyed refreshing times in places like Hanmer and Queenstown where the autumn colours are at their best. To think that our Creator made all this for us to enjoy is pretty amazing!!

This past week has also been a time of praise and thank you to God for the sacrifice that was made for us by the ANZAC soldiers and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. At Tuesday Christian Fellowship we also took the opportunity to say thank you for all the provisions that God gives us with a Harvest Festival celebration.  God certainly deserves all the praise that we can muster!

This Thursday, May 3, is our church AGM. We would love you to be a part of this important meeting as we look back over the past year and look forward to what God has for us in the coming year.

Our next Alpha course begins on May 10. This is a fantastic opportunity to invite friends and family. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can contact Janelle alpha@swbc.org.nz.

Blessings,
Warren

Family Movie Night. Friday April 27, 6pm at our Lyttelton St site. Details of nominees are available on our website. Find out more about becoming a member of the church, contact membership@swbc.org.nz.

PASTORAL CARE
Mercy Basket – It’s great to see the donations coming in thank you, the need always increases as the weather gets colder. This fortnight we require baked beans, spaghetti, pasta, canned vegetables, and biscuits. God bless, Jordy.LEADERSHIP
You’re Invited to Dinner! Alpha is your chance to explore some of the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal way. If you  are still deciding whether to attend, take up our dinner invite, find out what it’s all about and decide from there. No pressure! The new course starts Thursday May 10, 6.30pm. Chat to Janelle or contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

Heathcote River Clean Up – On Saturday May 12 from 10.00am until 12.00pm, you’re invited to join our Re-Genesis crew as they participate in a clean-up of the Heathcote River. We’ve been assigned the area of the Heathcote River between Centennial Park and Rose Street and the Spreydon Domain area. There’s no expectation to enter the river, but please bring sturdy shoes and gloves. To find out more, contact Craig at regenesis@swbc.org.nz.

Prayer for Syrian Immigrants – If you would like to receive prayer points once a month about the Syrians Immigrants arriving later this year, please email Nick nregnault@swbc.org.nz, or talk with Shirley McKenzie.

Membership is a personal commitment to being part of decision making inthe life of our church. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the church, contact membership@swbc.org.nz.

Donation Tax Receipts for the year ending March 31 2018  are available for collection from the Info Centre or Reception during the week.

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

MINISTRIES
Craft night –
Monday April 30, 7.30pm at our Lyttelton St site.  Contact Lynette on 338 1324 for further info.  All welcome.

Healing Rooms –  Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on April 28, 10.00am and May 7, 7.30pm at 248 Lyttelton St. Call Karen for more information 3384163.

Sharon & Jack Brown Visit – Just a few short weeks until Sharon and her husband Jack will be with us (May 18 – 27). We have a number of opportunities for men and women to engage with topics such as spiritual disciplines, grief, stages of faith and going deeper with God. For more information please head to our website www.swbc.org.nz/sharon or refer to the attched flyer. Books are available for sale from the Info Centre and Reception, hurry before they run out again!

Cross Over Trust – If you would like to find out more about what we have been up to, please pick up a copy of our 2017 Annual Report at the Info Centre or Reception during the week. For more information on how you can be involved, please contact Roy Kenneally on 021 889 199 or email rkenneally@swbc.org.nz.

GLOBAL
Prayer Meeting –
Join us in prayer for Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday May 9 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place. Any queries call Evelyn 021 0291 6084.

Global Night – Happening on May 14, 7.30pm in The Living Room. Come along and pray for our people and places around the world.

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger.
Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.
Thursday May 3 – Coffee Morning &  Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden. A donation  for the child we sponsor is appreciated. 10.30am, at our Lyttelton St site.
Monday May 14 –   Quiz with Leitha Adams, 12.15pm – 2.00pm. $5 lunch provided at our Lyttelton St site.

Keep Active –  Circuit Exercise Sessions. A fun social setting with a choice of times. $4 per session. For more info contact Ian and Irene 338-1674.
Lyttelton St site – Monday 9.30am and 11.00am, and Thursday 1.00pm.
Balcairn St site –  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am.

OTHER
World Vision 40 Hour Famine Fundraiser
– Izaac Wilson is hosting a breakfast to raise funds for South Sudan. Happening on Saturday May 12, 8.30am – 10.30am in The Living Room. Cost: $20. To sign up, contact Izaac izaacwilson123@gmail.com.

GLOBAL PRAYER FOCUS

The Sahel RegionTo the south of the Sahara desert is the vast Sahel region, a belt of grassland and savanna that stretches from Senegal to Sudan. This area faces huge challenges from climate change, political instability, and insurgency. We hear of kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, the drying up of the Lake Chad basin, and ongoing instability in Sudan. These are just a few examples of the issues this region is facing.

Please pray for world and regional leaders as they continue to try to work together to find solutions for this area. Pray for strong voices that can speak for peace. Pray that the world can work together to tackle climate change so that the most vulnerable in our earth can live. Pray that God would work in this area so that all people would know His peace.
Pray for the Wright family, who live in the region. This year they are primarily involved in language study. Pray for perseverance, good health, and good friendships in their community. Pray that God would continue to lead them as they are a part of His work in the area.

The new course starts Thursday May 10. For more information contact alpha@swbc.org.nz Sharon and her husband Jack will be visiting us from May 18 – 27. www.swbc.org.nz/sharon Donation tax receipts available from the Info Centre and Reception.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
info@swbc.org.nz
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