SWBC Newsletter May 13 & 20

Find new ways to connect with God…

May 13 & 20

Kia Ora Whanau,

At the AGM Ed Warrington spoke on behalf of the Grotto Team saying how much they have enjoyed the 16 year journey of the Grotto: Their surprise and delight as it grew and grew, and their deep appreciation of all those who supported, volunteered and helped. He finished by saying that after having a year off last year the present team cannot continue to lead and bring the Grotto together. The appreciation and honouring of the team was evident in the sustained applause of all those present. From the whole church, thank you to the Grotto Team. To all those who have been part of the team through the years and especially the core team who have dreamt, prayed, created, set-up, run, and packed down the Grotto each year.

We are wondering if there is a way to build the Grotto sets in containers or on pallets or something similar which could allow the Grotto to be set up very quickly, in different venues. This could enable the Grotto to continue, even be further developed in a new way. If you are interested in this idea or developing this idea, please let me know – aj@swbc.org.nz.

I feel the distinctive of Christian relationships and Christian communities is confession and forgiveness. This is the essence of God’s love to us and the essence of what builds Christian depth. We can confess that we are broken, sinful and make mistakes. And the community in God’s goodness can forgive. With that in mind I am very aware we over cooked the AGM. We had too much information (a positive sign of all that is happening in the church) and tried to fit too much in. Sorry. But thank you to those who came and the huge support and engagement that was evident throughout.

This new series – Prayer Changes Us – feels timely and significant. Make the most of it.

I’m away for the next couple of weeks with the team in India and at LIFT International meetings in Thailand.

With my prayers,


Our new Alpha course begins tonight, please keep this in your prayers. Heathcote River Clean Up happening this Saturday. For more info contact Craig. Family Fusion this Saturday at our Balcain Street site. For more info contact Claire.

We are saddened this week by the passing of Janet Bensemann. Our love to Paul and family. The funeral will be held on Tuesday May 15, 1.00pm at our Lyttelton St site.Our love and sympathy also to Sharon & Tim Healey and family on the passing of Sharon’s father.

We also acknowledge the passing of Russell Dick whose funeral was held at SWBC last Saturday. Russell was a loved member of the Tuesday Night Christian Fellowship.

Expressions of Interest  are welcomed for an additional Chaplain to be appointed to Stepping Stone. The position will be for 8 hours per week. If you are interested in talking more about this position contact Warren Read wread@swbc.org.nz.

Mercy Basket –Thank you for continuing to support this important ministry. This fortnight we require canned fruit, long-life milk, long-grain rice and soup. God bless, Jordy.

Discovery Lunch for Newcomers
is happening on May 27, 12.30pm at our Lyttelton St site. If you would like to come along and hear about the church, places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute, please leave your name at the Info Centre or email Grace Le Heux at newcomers@swbc.org.nz.

Going Deeper in the Gospel of John Professor Paul Trebilco from the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago is running a free two night biblical study on the Gospel of John. Happening from Thursday June 7 – Friday June 8, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. Spaces are very limited, so please contact Michelle mritchie@swbc.org.nz to register if you are interested.

Family Fusion
 is a new ministry based at our Balcairn Street site. It’s a place where families can come and learn about God together using craft and other creative means, finishing with a meal. It runs one Saturday afternoon a month and is for families that live in the wider Halswell area, that wouldn’t usually go to church. The next session will be held this Saturday May 12, starting from 4.00pm. For more information about the programme and if you’d like to join the team please contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz or phone 3384163 ext 242.

Toolbox Parenting Courses –   Primary Years (5-9 years) course running Tuesday evenings, beginning May 29. Baby + Toddler course running on Thursday mornings, beginning May 31. Both courses held in our Cobham St Hall. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

SBC Early Learning Centre:
We currently have a position available in our 2 ½ to 3 ½ year old team for a NZ Registered ECE teacher. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Chris Reid at creid@swbc.org.nz.

Pre-Winter Men’s Breakfast –
Happening on Saturday May 26, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Walter Lewthwaite and Richard Watson will be sharing. Tickets available from the Info Centre or Reception. $15 adults, $10 youth. Enquiries to Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 567 7118.

Sharon & Jack Brown Visit – Sharon and her husband Jack will be with us from May 18 – 27. We have a number of opportunities for men and women to engage and learn new ways to connect with God.  Evening sessions will run from 7.30pm – 9.00pm, with a suggested koha of $10. These include:
Developing Healthy Rhythms:
Tuesday May 22 | Balcairn St site
Processing Grief:
Wednesday May 22 | Lyttelton St site
Transitioning through Stages of Faith:
Friday May 25 | Lyttelton St site
For more information on the other sessions planned, please head to
our website www.swbc.org.nz/sharon. Books are available for sale from the Info Centre and Reception, hurry before they run out again!

Healing Rooms –  Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on Saturday May 26, 10.00am at 248 Lyttelton St. Call Karen for more information 3384163.

Healing Rooms Seminar/Training – Saturday June 30. All are welcome. For more details contact Karen 3384163.

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

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 May 14 –   Quiz with Leitha Adams, 12.15pm – 2.00pm. $5 lunch provided at our Lyttelton St site.
Thursday May 24 – Let’s explore Rangiora! Wheelchair friendly wetlands walk, shopping, coffee, art gallery – bring your lunch or moeny to spend on lunch out. 9.00am – 2.30pm.

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

Grace Vineyard Singles Event –
Come along for viewing of ‘Soul Mates: Fact or Fiction’. Open to anyone who is single, separated, widowed or a single parent.  Happening on Friday June 8, from 7.30pm at Grace City Campus, 150 Ferry Road.

CHINAFor years, China has been the world’s largest importer of waste. In 2015, 70% of global plastic and 37% of waste paper was shipped to China, with most of it originating from the United States and Europe. Although recycled waste lowers production costs, it contributes to unregulated and hazardous working practices. It has also taken a toll on the environment. In China people facing poverty have borne the brunt of these injustices.

China is now moving to reduce the amount of waste it imports. For the rest of the world, this means rethinking how waste is managed.

Pray for justice and freedom for those who work in hazardous and unregulated working conditions. Pray that God would be at work in the lives of those people in power to work for justice.

Pray that the church in China would be a strong and united voice that demonstrates the values of the Kingdom of God. For the church across the whole world, pray that we may be good stewards of God’s creation.


Come along to hear about and pray for our people and places around the world. Saturday May 28, 8.00am – 10.00am. Book at the Info Centre or head to our website for more info. Baby + Toddler and Primary Years Courses starting soon! Contact lclarke@swbc.org.nz.


244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163

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