June 24 & July 1
Kia Ora and Welcome,
This June might be one of the greyest in decades but beyond the clouds the sun still shines. As I’m writing this the cloud is breaking and hints of sunlight are breaking through. Life is often like that. While God is always present and shining on us, the dark clouds of life’s troubles, difficulties, pains and tensions can mar our experience and awareness of the Son. Being a people who encourage each other is important in these times. Who have you encouraged today? Who could you encourage with a card, email, phone call, text, meal, some baking or other means? “They will know we are Christians by our love.”
In this newsletter there is an invitation to an exploration of worship and prayer in Te Reo and an update on our local and global giving. There are so many mission initiatives and avenues of practical care for people happening through our local giving. If you’re not financially supporting the church then please consider being part of us in this way. The very nature of our God is ‘giver’ and God calls us to be generous in our own lives too. Tithing and giving are good for us. In very practical ways they name who God is in our lives and change our nature and sense of dependence. Find out more at www.swbc.org.nz/give.
How is your prayer life growing?
Grace and peace,
Our love, sympathy and prayers to Rob & Joy Marshall on the loss of their granddaughter Leela, who died in Bangkok on May 18, aged one day.Project Esther – Please pray for the team as they lead the services at the Christchurch Women’s Prison on Sunday July 1.
Mercy Basket – We have some spaces in our cupboards and are in need of canned peas/corn/tomatoes, creamed rice, 2 min noodles, jam, marmite and cereals. Thank you for all your support helping us to help others.LEADERSHIP
General Giving – Although we are slightly behind budget in our general giving year to date, we have had a very positive start to the year. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity in giving financially to the life of the church.Baptism – If you are thinking about Baptism or have any questions we would love to chat. A baptism service is planned for Sunday 1 July. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, leave your details at the Info Centre or talk to Warren Read.Enviro Chat – Keen to be involved in a conversation around ways that our faith and the environment can interact? Theologically, practically and more! Come along on Sunday July 1, 2.00pm – 3.30pm at 7 Cobham St. All welcome.
Panel & Prayer – Come and hear from those who have walked alongside former refugees. Then join us in a time of prayer for our families coming from Syria and Iraq and their host communities. Happening on Thursday July 5, 7.30pm at our Balcairn St site.
Ki Te Ao MÄrama – A series of hui exploring the journey to a world of light and truth, using MÄori language and focussed on a MÄori world view and that of other indigenous peoples living in our neighbourhoods. This will take place monthly, beginning on Sunday July 22, 2.30pm – 4.30pm at the Mihi Winiata Whare at Hillmorton High School. For more information contact Doug McNeill 021662515 or Sean Pawson 0274992829.
SHARP Holiday Programme Enrolments open now! We provide high quality, low cost care for 5 – 13 year olds. Split into age based programmes for maximum fun, these holidays we will visit the Court Theatre, Canterbury Badminton, Megazone and much more. For more information and to enrol your children go to www.sharp.org.nz.
Craft Group – Monday evening June 25, 7.30pm, Lyttelton St site. Contact Lynette on 338 1324 for further details.
Healing Rooms Seminar – June 30, 9.00am at St Albans Baptist Church. All welcome. No charge. For more information contact Karen email@example.com.
Living Apart – A 7 week course from DivorceCare featuring experts on divorce and recovery subjects. Beginning Thursday July 12 with a meal at 6.30pm and then DVD and support group until 9.00pm in The Living Room. Contact Peter or Rachel Elliot 0275099920 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 July 12, 7.30pm, 246 Lyttelton Street. All are welcome – getting a group of like-minded folk together once a month to pray through these issues can be very encouraging. For more information contact Walter, phone 021 487 958.
Sensible Shoes Study Groups – You may have read the book Sensible Shoes, now you have the opportunity to do the study that accompanies the book with a group. Simply fill in a form at Info Centre or Reception before the end of June and we will be in touch about a group that’s starting in a suburb near you. There will also be some groups run centrally. This 12 week study is ideal for anyone wanting to go deeper with God. For more information contact Claire email@example.com 3384163 ext. 242.
West Spreydon Monthly Vision and Prayer Night – Happening Tuesday June 26 from 7.45pm at the Langrell’s – 6 Urella Place. The night will be entirely focused on our Syrian Family, involving prayer, information sharing and the list of final needs. West Spreydon Regular Prayer Times – All are welcome. Wednesdays;
6.30am – 7.00am at 7 Cobham St,
2.00pm – 2.30pm at 6 Urella Place, Mondays; 8.00pm – 8.30pm at 16 Winsor Crescent. For more information contact Dave firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Magazine – Pick up a copy of the latest Global Magazine from the Info Centre on Sunday.
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 July 7 – Coffee Morning, Bring and Buy “COW” Table, 9.30am – 11.30am, The Living Room.
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.
Quail Island Sea Kayaking Fundraiser – The Adventure Specialties staff are fundraising to attend the International Adventure Therapy Conference in Australia. Spaces available for sea kayaking trip on Saturday June 30, 9.00am – 3.00pm. Cost $100. If you’re interested, contact Mark email@example.com.
Spreydon School are having a farewell afternoon for the current site on Sunday July 1, 1.00 – 4.00pm. All people currently or previously connected to the school are welcome.There will also be food available to purchase.
Climate change affects all but it is often the most vulnerable who will carry the heaviest burden. Lake Chad, located to the west of Chad, has evaporated 90% over the last 40 years – placing nomadic indigenous groups particularly at risk. As the lake’s shoreline recedes, women have to walk much further to collect water.Globally, women are more likely to experience poverty, and to have less socioeconomic power than men. Around the world, governments and organisations working on climate change are gradually moving to include women’s voices in policy and planning in recognition of this disparity.Please pray for those in power – that they might make wise decisions which seek the good of all. That the voices of the poor and marginalised may be heard, and that we may see transformation.Please pray for our people living in the North African region. Currently, the W family is back in New Zealand. Pray for health and encouragement for them. They return to the region in July. Please pray that they may see the love and hope of Jesus transform their area.