June 10 & 17
Kia Ora Whanau
This Sunday (June 10) we begin profiling the refugee families that we are sponsoring, explaining more about how we will contribute with our prayers, skills, funding, friendship and time. We have started having phone calls with the family members and receiving emails from them. It makes it very real and both exciting and challenging. Our prayer is that we can care for these families and help them integrate well into Christchurch life, communities, schools and work; and that we can document how we have done this in order to help other community groups who might take refugee families in future years. One way some may be able to help us with is buying a house – we are pretty close to being able to purchase a house but need some more funding. Check soon for an update to my blog.The series we are doing on ‘Prayer Changes Us’ is clearly speaking to many people. Thank you for all your feedback and stories. We sense there is more God wants to show us and raise within us. In response we are extending this series and will be offering more mid-week events around themes from the series and encouraging new prayer groups to form.
Over the last year we have developed ‘The Living Room’ as a space of hospitality and conversation. A space we can live in comfortably and be ourselves. We started opening on Sunday mornings, then added Sunday nights and are now trialing Thursday mornings. If we can make sales equal costs and build teams of people willing to help make the space a great living room, then we will look to make Thursday opening permanent and extend these hours during the week. If you are around on Thursday mornings and looking for a warm and hospitable place to be, stay for a coffee, a bowl of chips, a scone or a slice – you’re welcome!
Speaking of being welcome, Amnesty International has started an ‘I Welcome Pledge’ asking people who are willing to sign and say they would be keen to support community sponsored refugees. The pledge can be found on their website.
Project Esther – Please pray for the team as they serve in the Women’s Prison each week and lead the first service of every month.
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.
Former Refugee Families – Preparation for the arrival of the families is going well. We will be assisting three families who will arrive in July. They will be settled in Hoon Hay, Spreydon and Somerfield with church members in those areas assisting them. Thank you for your prayers, interest and practical donations. We’re still looking for washing machines, microwaves, a house in the Somerfield area and any opportunities for work experience. For more information, contact Nick Regnault firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 022 540 8811.
Baptism – If you are thinking about baptism or have any questions, we would love to chat! Contact email@example.com or leave your details at the Info Centre.
Whetu Stars – Families who have and/or have had children with disabilities/special needs are invited to come together for food, fun and faith. Happening on Saturday June 16, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Contact Andy Carpenter, phone 338 4163 ext 238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South West Underground Prayer Meeting – Our next prayer meeting for Christians that are persecuted in their faith will be on Thursday June 14, 7.30pm 246 Lyttelton Street. For more information contact Walter, phone 021 487 958.
International Magic Night – All International people and their family and friends are invited to a magic show with Elgregoe! Happening on Friday June 15, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at the Mohoao Room in Te Hapua – Halswell Library. $2 per person, supper provided. Contact Claire email@example.com for more information.
Healing Rooms – Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on Saturday June 23, 10.00am, at 248 Lyttelton St.
Healing Rooms Training Day/Seminar – June 30, 9.00am at St Albans Baptist Church. All welcome.No charge. Contact Karen for more information, phone 338 4163.
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.
Craft Group – Monday evening June 25, 7.30pm, Lyttelton St site. Contact Lynette on 338 1324 for further details.
Monday June 11 – Nick Regnault will talk about how our church is supporting three refugee families. 12.15pm – 2.00pm. $5 lunch provided. The Living Room and Auditorium, Lyttelton St site.
Monday June 25 – Exploring Eastgate Mall. Morning tea/lunch at the Food Court. Meet at Lyttelton St site 10.45am, or Eastgate Foodcourt at 11.00am. Bring your picnic lunch and/or spending money. RSVP by June 21 for transport.