May 27 & June 3
Kia Ora Whanau,
It has been fantastic to have Sharon and Jack Brown with us over the last week. Their deep biblical input, posture of prayer and genuine engagement with the difficulties of life has been refreshing and illuminating for many of us. Sharon will be speaking in our morning gatherings on May 27. To Sharon and Jack – thank you very much for sharing so much of yourselves and guiding us.
Last week I was with the team in India. They are all doing well. The newest additions to the team are finding their new sense of home. The house is absolutely full. Their need for more space is acute. It was wonderful to visit the families of the canal community and be confronted again with their realities and yet their perseverance and joy. After India I was at the board meeting for LIFT International. The team at LIFT who are mix of Kiwi and Thai ex-police, social workers, lawyers and investigators who are seeking to bring human traffickers to justice, to free those trafficked ensuring convictions for the traffickers and compensation for the survivors of trafficking.
Coming soon we have a two evening explore series ‘Going Deeper Into The Gospel of John’ with Professor Paul Trebilco coming up on June 7 and 8. It is open to everyone and will be a great opportunity to dig more deeply into this fantastic gospel. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested please email Michelle to register firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace and peace,
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 email@example.com.Mercy Basket –Thank you for your continued support. This fortnight we require canned and packet soup, weet-bix, pasta sauce and canned vegetables.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register if you are interested.
Daily Readings – The Daily Readings for our Prayer Changes Us series are available to read on our church app and website, or hard copies can be picked up from the Info Centre or Reception.
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 email@example.com.
Healing Rooms – Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on Saturday May 26, 10.00am and also Monday 4th June, both 248 Lyttelton St.
Marriage Enrichment Course – Time to review and revitalise your relationship? Well-presented, DVD based series; date-like atmosphere; delicious dessert; no group work. Course runs for seven Sunday evenings from 7.00pm starting June 24. Registration forms available at Info Centre or Reception. For enquiries contact Darryl & Claire Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 339 0494 or 021 035 7494. Cost $75 per couple.
Somerfield Rental Wanted – We are looking for a three bedroom house, available from the beginning of July for our former refugee family. Ideally looking around Somerfield Park area. Any contacts appreciated. Contact Tim on 0212955198.
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.
Over two days (13-14 May) Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, was rocked by a series of deadly bombings. These bombings targeted churches and the police and resulted in 27 deaths and many wounded.In recent years, Islamic radicalism has increased in Indonesia, leading to sectarian violence and terrorism. These recent attacks were carried out by individuals linked to Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, a local group set up to bring together supporters of ISIS.
The rise in violence will be a concern for the Christian church in Indonesia as well as other minority groups who have often borne the brunt of the jihadist violence previously.
Please pray for an end to the violence, and that strong voices which cry for peace and understanding between different groups may be heard.
Pray for wisdom for the leaders, that they would make wise and good decisions that benefit all the people of Indonesia. Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters – that they would stand strong in their faith and be courageous in sharing the good news of Jesus despite any risks.