2019 Start Up Dates

For Children and Youth 2019 Start Date
Play and Music Halswell February 13
Family Fusion February 10
Music and Movement February 13
Play Group February 12
Play Gym February 14
SHARP After-School Programme February 4
SHARP Holiday Programme January 21
Spreydon Early Learning Centres January 14
SYC Start Up Day February 2
SYC International February 15
The Lighthouse Preschool January 15
For Adults
Foot Clinic January 30
Get Creative Craft Group February 7
Healing Rooms February 4
Keep Active Halswell January 15
Keep Active Spreydon February 4
New Horizons January 14
Oasis February 17
Ricecube February 15
South West English Classes Halswell February 13
South West English Classes Wigram February 14
Tuesday Christian Fellowship February 12
The Living Room February 12
Women of Wellness February 7

For more information contact us after our Church Reception reopens on January 14.

Ethical Christmas Market

Christmas is coming! This year we are doing something a little different – a local Christmas market with a global impact!

We would love to invite you along to an Ethical Christmas Market, Saturday 1 December from 4.00pm – 8.00pm at South West Baptist Church, 244 Lyttelton St.

Our local purchases make a difference to our global friends. Come and #buyfair this Christmas.

• Choose from a range of ethically sourced products, carefully curated by Bruce from The Addington Store
• Create a Christmas craft for free
• Bounce on a castle
• Relax at a coffee cart serving up Jailbreaker coffee
• Purchase some food truck fare
• Soak up some live, local music
• Sit and chat in our Living Room Cafe, over hot chips

And keep an eye out for elements of the Christmas Grotto!

We hope you feel welcome, festive & hope-filled this Christmas season.

Check out our Facebook event for more details.

SWBC  Newsletter June 24 & July 1

“Let us encourage one another, and build each other up” 1 Th 5:11

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,
Alan

Journey with us and keep up to date with our daily readings. A time to seek God and worship him. Wednesday mornings 7am, Lyttelton St site.

Wanting to find out more about Baptism? We’d love to chat! Contact baptism@swbc.org.nz.

PASTORAL CARE
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 baptism@swbc.org.nz, 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.

GENERAL
Lost Property – If you have misplaced an item, check out the table opposite the library.

0-18 MINISTRIES
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.
MINISTRIES
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 healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.
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 livingapart@live.com.
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 crussell@swbc.org.nz 3384163 ext. 242.
COMMUNITY
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 davelangrell@hotmail.com.
GLOBAL 
Global Magazine – Pick up a copy of the latest Global Magazine from the Info Centre on Sunday.
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 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.
OTHER
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 mark@adventurespecialties.co.nz.
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.

CHAD
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.

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Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
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SWBC Newsletter June 10 &17

Please continue to pray for the resettlement of our refugee families.

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.

Aroha, Alan

Journey with us and keep up to date with our daily readings. Join Elgregoe for a night of fun for International families and friends. Contact Claire for more information. Revitalise your relationship with this well-presented course starting June 24. Click here for more information.

PASTORAL CARE
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 wread@swbc.org.nz.

Mercy Basket –Thank you for your continued support. This fortnight we require canned and packet soup, weet-bix, pasta sauce and canned vegetables.

LEADERSHIP
Culture & Resettlement Afternoon –
As we prepare to welcome our former refugees in July, Modar and Ramira are visiting us to talk on making New Zealand their home, understanding different cultural norms and respecting the beliefs of others. Afternoon tea provided. Happening on Sunday June 17, 2.30pm – 4.30pm in The Living Room.

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 nregnault@swbc.org.nz or phone 022 540 8811.

Baptism – If you are thinking about baptism or have any questions, we would love to chat! Contact baptism@swbc.org.nz or leave your details at the Info Centre.

COMMUNITY
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.

0-18 MINISTRIES
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.

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 acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Brown Visit Women’s Reunion
 – A time for women to get together and share about what God has been doing in their lives during and after Sharon and Jack Brown’s visit. This time is specifically for SWBC women. Happening this Saturday June 9, 7.30pm in The Living Room. Please RSVP to Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz if you’d like to attend. There is no charge for the evening.​

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 crussell@swbc.org.nz 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 darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz 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.

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.

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.

OTHER
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.​

Save the date for our church wide prayer evening on July 5. Have questions about Baptism? We’d love to chat more! Contact baptism@swbc.org.nz.

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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,

Alan

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.

PASTORAL CARE
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.

LEADERSHIP
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.

0-18 MINISTRIES
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.

MINISTRIES
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
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.
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.

OTHER
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.

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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.

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244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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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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SWBC Newsletter April 15 & 22

Begin your greatest adventure!

April 15 & 22

Kia Ora

I don’t know about you, but I find that some weeks flow well and others are more demanding and draining. Some weeks I’m pretty OK at my personal disciplines and keeping focused on the ‘moment by moment’ presence of God. This week hasn’t been one of those weeks for me. To top it off, this week I’ve been teaching those training to be pastors on ‘leading yourself’.

The great news is that God understands our good weeks and our not so flash ones and yet God’s love and presence remains the same. Talking with the students about ‘falling forward’ has been helpful for me too. By falling forward I mean being honest and gentle with ourselves and choosing to keep going forward despite tripping up or not getting everything right. That is what Easter is all about. The promise that out of death and failure God brings new life, hope, meaning and power.

Coming up is our church AGM. We will hold the AGM on Thursday May 3 and would love you to be part of it. These are encouraging evenings involving looking in more detail at our experience as a church over the last year and casting our minds and hearts forward for the year ahead. I hope you can come!

Grace and peace,
Alan

A place where families can have fun and learn about God. For more info contact Claire. A personal commitment to be part of the decision making in the life of our church. Be active. Be there.
We’d love to see you!
Thursday May 3, 7.30pm

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.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  will be available for collection from the Info Centre from Sunday April 22 or Reception during the week.

Heathcote River Clean Up – On Saturday May 12, the weekend of Mother’s Day, you’re invited to join our Re-Genesis crew as they participate in a clean-up of the Heathcote River. More details to follow – save the date!

Contact Details Update – Have you  changed your email address? Connect is our church database system, and one of our key communication tools. Please check that your email address in Connect is up to date, so that you’re not missing out on important information! If you’ve forgotten your log in details, please email connect@swbc.org.nz, or to sign up for Connect head to our website, click the ‘Login’ button, and then the ‘Sign Up’ option.

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!

PASTORAL CARE
Mercy Basket –
Thank you for your donations, the items we are low on are canned fruit, biscuits, tuna and pasta. God bless, Jordy.

Knowing God – Head along to the Ellel Ministries workshop to understand more of God and connect with him more deeply. Friday May 4 – Saturday May 5 at Grace Vineyard Church, 150 Ferry Road. Cost is $55, to register email info.newzealand@ellelministries.org or phone 021 2698384.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Alpha Organiser/Co-ordinator  –
Expressions of interest are invited for someone with a passion to make things happen! This is a flexible support role which includes co-ordinating volunteers, food and communication  through various channels. This role is a paid position  of up to 10 hours per week including one evening. For more information contact alpha@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms –  
Together we seek God for your healing. Every fourth Saturday, 10.00am, and every first Monday, 7.30pm, at 248 Lyttleton St. Call Karen for more information 3384163.

Sharon & Jack Brown Visit – Sharon is a spiritual director and the author of the ‘Sensible Shoes’ series.  Sharon and her husband Jack will be visiting us from May 18 – 27.  Head to www.swbc.org.nz/sharon for more information and to sign up for the day retreat they will be running. We have currently sold out of Sharon’s books, however orders can be placed with Manna Christian Stores.

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.

Monday April 16 – Come along and “Write your Memoirs” with Shirley McKenzie. 11.00am – 12.00pm in the Board Room.

Thursday April 19 – Join us for morning tea at Terra Viva. Leaving our Lyttleton Street site at 9.45am. Please RSVP by Monday April 16.

GLOBAL MISSION FOCUSBANGLADESH

Bangladesh is a majority Muslim nation in South Asia. Although in their constitution Bangladesh allows freedom of religion, in reality Christians face increasing persecution. The Pope visited Bangladesh in December last year. Pray his message of peace between people of different religions would continue to resonate around the country, and that there would be an end to religious persecution.

Bangladesh continues to host hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Pray for the government as they make plans to repatriate them: for wise decisions that will work for the good of the refugees. Pray that the world would continue to support the Rohingya so they can return to safe homes.

Pray for Vijaya who heads up the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Dhaka. The Centre trains Christian leaders from around Bangladesh. At present Vijaya is in Sydney undergoing surgery and will return to CDC in May. Pray for healing and ongoing good health.

Attachments

Join us May 14 for our next Global Night, The Living Room, 7.30pm. Sharon and Jack Brown are here May 18 – 27. For more details click here. For more information on our local communities check out our website.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

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SWBC Newsletter April 1 & 8

Daylights Savings this Sunday – clocks go back by 1 hour!

April 1 & 8

Kia ora and Welcome,

Easter; it’s good news! Supremely GOOD. It speaks of God’s unsurpassable act of love at the cross and God’s miraculous act of raising Jesus from the dead to new life – life that we too are promised. This one event in history displays God’s nature, a path opened up to each one of us to know this Jesus.

For some people, Jesus’ death and his bringing of the first ‘post-death life’ that we call resurrection life or eternal life is indeed NEWS. It’s something they haven’t heard or encountered seriously before. In this vein we are praying for the 233 young people and leaders who have gone to Eastercamp from our church.  In our prayers also are the teenagers from across Canterbury from schools and churches, many of whom have never received this news.

Wherever you are – Eastercamp, an Ed Sheeran concert, in the caravan or here worshipping together – may the truth and power of Easter’s GOOD NEWS be yours.

Our church AGM is coming up on Thursday May 3. Information explaining our Eldership process, along with nomination forms, are available to pick up from the Info Centre, Reception or by emailing Michelle mritchie@swbc.org.nz. Please submit any nominations to the Info Centre on Sunday April 1 or to Reception by Friday April 6.

Grace and peace,
Alan

Daylight Savings this weekend – on Sunday April 1 at 3.00am the clocks go back by 1 hour – so you’ll get a sleep in before coming to our Sunday morning gatherings!

Come and spend Easter with us! Services Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Continue through our Easter series with our daily readings. All Elders nominations to be submitted by April 6.
Email Michelle for further details.

PASTORAL CARE
Project Esther
are leading 3 services at Christchurch Women’s Prison on Easter Sunday. Please pray for the team and women as they prepare and attend this service.

Mercy Basket – Thank you very much for the generous donations over the past 2 weeks. We also love monetary donations if that is easier for you. The groceries we need are breakfast cereal, muesli bars, canned fruit and tuna. God bless, Jordy.LEADERSHIP
Membership
is a personal commitment to being part of our people, decision making and the life of our church. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the church, contact membership@swbc.org.nz.

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!

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.

Contact Details Update – Have you  changed your email address? Connect is our church database system, and one of our key communication tools. Please check that your email address in Connect is up to date, so that you’re not missing out on important information! If you’ve forgotten your log in details, please email connect@swbc.org.nz, or to sign up for Connect head to our website.

Alpha – Begin your greatest adventure! Alpha is a chance to explore your questions of life in a relaxed and hospitable way. New course starting in Term 2, contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

GENERAL
Lost Property –
Lost or missing any items? Check out the lost property opposite the Library in our Lyttelton St site Foyer. Unclaimed items will be cleared away on Monday April 9.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Part time Church Cleaner required – 
The role will include general interior cleaning of our buildings at both of our sites, and also has the scope to include all window cleaning inside and out. Applicants must be flexible to work around event bookings as necessary. Some cleaning experience would be helpful, but not necessary. The role will be between 3 – 6 hours paid per week. For more information please email Lee-Ann hr@swbc.org.nz.

Alpha Organiser/Co-ordinator – Expressions of interest are invited for someone with a passion to make things happen! This is a flexible support role which includes co-ordinating volunteers, food and communication  through various channels. This role is a paid position  of up to 10 hours per week including one evening. For more information contact janelle@swbc.org.nz.

018 MINISTRIES
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 we visit places like Corsair Bay and Garden City Bowls and attempt skills like learning how to sail Optimists and drive Blokarts! For more information and to enrol your children go to www.sharp.org.nz.

WhetÅ« Stars – For families who have and/or have had children with disabilities/special needs. Fun, food and faith. Saturday April 7, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, at our Balcairn St site. Phone Andy 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz for more information.

MINISTRIES
Family Fusion
is a new ministry based at our Balcairn Street site starting next month. It’s a place where families can come and learn about God together using craft and other creative means, finishing with a meal. It will be one Saturday afternoon a month and is for families that live in the wider Halswell area, that wouldn’t usually go to church. 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.

Healing Rooms –  We invite you to come for prayer on Monday April 2  between 7.30pm and 8.15pm at 248 Lyttleton Street.  Contact Karen phone 338 4163.

Sharon Brown Visit – Sharon is a spiritual director and the author of the ‘Sensible Shoes’ series.  Sharon will be visiting us from May 18 – 27.  Head to our website for more information and to sign up for the day retreat she will be running. We have currently sold out of Sharon’s books, however orders can be placed with Manna Christian Stores.

GLOBAL
Prayer Meeting –
Join us in prayer for Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday March 7 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place.

Global Week Dates – This year Global Week will be held slightly later, due to the availability of our speakers. The new dates will be October 13 – 28.

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 April 5 – Coffee Morning &  Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden. A donation for the child we sponsor is appreciated. 10.30am in The Living Room.

GLOBAL MISSION
INDIAIt’s the hot season in India now. Temperatures are soaring, and will remain hot until the beginning of the monsoon. Predictions are that the hot weather will be harsh this year, and changing climate patterns are making life very difficult for farmers in rural areas. This, in turn, leads to increased migration to cities and pressure for jobs. Did you know that this week 20 million applications were received for jobs at the Indian railways? Unemployment is a huge issue for India.

Please pray for our team in India as they work on expanding their business to be able to offer good employment to more people. Pray for the right building and for growth in the business.
Pray for all our team – for energy in the hot season, for good relationships with each other and the women they work with, and for encouragement and joy even in tough times.

Attachments

New course starting in Term 2, contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more. Save the Date!
Our church AGM is coming up on Thursday May 3.
The author of the ‘Sensible Shoes’ series will be visiting us in May, for more info see www.swbc.org.nz/sharon 

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

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SWBC Newsletter February 18 & 25

Hear the latest from Ants – head to our Global Night on February 26!

February 18 & 25

Welcome, Kia Ora and Talofa,

Wednesday (February 14) was Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent. The season that prepares us for Easter. One is the day for chocolate, flowers and champagne. The other is traditionally remembered as a day to go without (to fast). We can’t do both! What will you choose? But the origins of Valentine’s Day and Easter hold a common thread. Valentine, the stories suggest, was a young 3rd century B.C. Christian sentenced to be executed for his faith, who left a letter to a young woman who he had introduced to Christ and clearly loved. Maybe this is the season for both – celebration and giving something up.  Both acts of intention that can focus us on pressing on with Jesus.

The Elders have agreed on a submission for the select committee on the ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill. Copies are available to read on our website at www.swbc.org.nz/submission or from the Info Centre on Sundays or at Reception. There is a master copy at all our gatherings which you can sign to add your voice on this issue.

Tonight we have the info evening for those interested in how we can support the three Syrian families who will be joining us in late June. 7.30pm in the Cobham St Hall. Everyone welcome.

Monday February 26 is our next Global Night. With Ants back we will hear about the team’s progress and the search for a new building and how to pay for it.

Our Neighborhood Hui is fast approaching. Registrations are closing on Monday February 19, we’d love you to be there. As part of Hui we are having one combined morning gathering at 10.00am on Sunday March 4 followed by lunch and a carnival/ picnic fun event afterwards. Please plan to come – it won’t be the same without you!

Grace and peace,
Alan.

Sign up for our parenting course beginning next week. Getting married soon?
For more information head to our website.
Help support our young people – contact Denise to find out how.

PASTORAL CARE
Wednesday Morning Prayer Meeting – Come and join us as we continue to pray for the life of our church every Wednesday morning from 7.00am – 8.30am in the Baby Room at the back of our Lyttelton St site Gym. Come for as brief or as long a time as you like, we’d love to see you!Mercy Basket – Thank you so much for your recent donations.  This week we are in need of most items i.e. canned veges, spaghetti, baked beans, peanut butter, pasta snacks and sauces, long-life milk, cereals, biscuits and sugar.

LEADERSHIP
Refugee Resettlement – Information evening happening on Thursday February 15, 7.30pm – 8.30pm at Cobham St Hall. Come and be part of our journey to resettling Syrian refugees into our community. Hear about what has been done, what is being done and what is yet to be done.

Discovery for Newcomers is a time to come and learn about our church, and places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute. Discovery is running after our 9.00am, 11.00am and 7.00pm gatherings every Sunday until March 11 (excluding March 4). Head to the podium in the Foyer if you would like to attend.

Awaken is a time where we seek God and worship Him on a Wednesday morning at 7.00am in our Lyttelton St site Auditorium. Happening every Wednesday during the school term. Come along, all are welcome! We are excited and expectant to see what God will do in this space!

Alpha – Begin your greatest adventure! Alpha is a chance to explore your questions of life in a relaxed and hospitable way. New course starting in Term 2, contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

018 MINISTRIES
Sunday School Worker Vacancy –
We are looking for a Sunday School worker who will contribute to the vision of our church by assisting and supporting the Sunday School team to create and deliver programmes for primary aged children which teach the Christian faith in line with the Bible and the teachings of Jesus, as an integral part of our Sunday morning gatherings. This role is for 15 hours per week. Head to our website, or contact LeeAnn Boyne lboyne@swbc.org.nz to find out more and to apply. Applications close March 2.

Toolbox Parenting for Tweens & Teens – Starts Tuesday February 20, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Cobham St Hall. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

Pianist Vacancy – The Music and Movement team have a vacancy for a pianist. If you are available every second Wednesday (some flexibility) during school term time and want to join a wonderful team of volunteers supporting this programme please contact Stacy ssilich@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP After-School and Holiday Programmes are based in Spreydon, Halswell and Rowley. Please head to www.sharp.org.nz for more information about these exciting opportunities!

MINISTRIES
Drivers Needed – Tuesday Christian Fellowship need your help! We are short of drivers this year!  If you would like to assist in picking up and returning home members of our TCF family on a rostered basis then we would love to hear from you.  Phone Andy 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

Healing Rooms –  We invite you to come for prayer on Saturday February 24 anytime between 10.00am – 11.00am, at 248 Lyttleton Street. Contact Elisabeth, phone 338 4163.

Craft Night – This month we are meeting at 7.30pm, February 26, in the Board Room at 246 Lyttelton Street. If you’d like to join us, bring your craft along for an enjoyable evening.  Phone Lynette 338 1324 with enquiries.

Marriage Preparation Course – Five Tuesday evening sessions for you and your fiancée, beginning on March 13. This is a  well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. Cost $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For more information and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close, ph 338 3608, email meclose6@gmail.com or download a registration form from our church website.

Men’s Breakfast – March 17, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets available from the Info Centre or Reception. $15 Adults, $10 Youth. Enquiries to Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 567 7118.

Deepening your relationship with God – Wanting to journey deeper with God and learn more about spiritual practices? Read the book ‘Sensible Shoes’ and prepare for the visit of the author in May. Copies are on sale at the Info Centre for $30.

GLOBAL
Global Night – Come along on February 26, 7.30pm in The Living Room to hear from Ants about how the team is going, farewell Aaron and Summer, and hear about the building plans and how we plan to finance that.

Please remember to pray for Aaron and Summer, Maia and Asher as they prepare to leave next month.

Volunteer English Teachers – Vijaya is looking for volunteer English teachers to help at the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh for short-term blocks. If you are an English teacher with experience teaching adults contact John jsrobertson@swbc.org.nz for more details.

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.

Monday February 26 – Did You Know? Come along from 12.30pm – 2.00pm to our Balcarin St site with three things that others don’t know about you and photos for fun guessing!  Please bring a contribution for our potluck lunch. For transport, please RSVP by February 22.

Thursday March 1 – Coffee Morning &  Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden. The Living Room, 10.30am, at our Lyttelton St site. A donation  for the child we sponsor is appreciated.

OTHER
Oxford Terrace Baptist Church are opening their new facilities over the weekend of February 23 – 25. Events include a family fun morning, an organ recital and the official opening ceremony. All are welcome to join the celebrations, head to www.otbc.org.nz for more information.

Kingdom Resources Vacancies – Kingdom Resources are currently seeking an Administrator for 32 – 40 hours per week, and a Cleaner for 2 – 3 hours per week. For job descriptions and application packs, please contact opportunity@kingdomresources.org.nz.

GLOBAL MISSION
China
This week millions of people are celebrating Chinese New Year. It is a significant holiday in China with many people travelling around the country to spend time with family.
It is also a time of political tension – with so many people celebrating and travelling the government and police in China are often nervous about political instability. This affects people who the government fears will cause problems – the poor, the ethnic minorities, human rights activists and religious groups.

Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters at this time – pray that those that travel would be bold to share their faith with family and friends. Pray that those in prison will know the comfort of the Spirit.

Pray for the poor and the minority groups around the country who are seen as problems in their longing for freedom and justice. Pray that God would hear their cries and that there would be a change from the hardline political leadership.

Pray for our people in China. Pray they would enjoy this time of celebration with friends and that they would be strengthened for the year ahead.

Attachments

 

Our next Alpha course is starting in Term 2 – who could you invite? Join us as we seek and worship God. 7.00am – 8.00am Wednesday at our Lyttleton St site. Connect with those in your community. Contact Si to find out more.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

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SWBC Newsletter February 4 & 11

‘Always be full of joy in the Lord’ Phillipians 4

February 4 & 11

Kia Ora and Welcome

It is a privilege to be a New Zealander, to call Aotearoa home. At the end of our holiday we drove from the Catlins to Christchurch on the inland route. Balclutha, Alexandra, Tekapo and up Highway 76 home. What a stunningly beautiful, vast, largely unspoilt and ever-changing landscape. This weekend (February 4) I feel this privilege more than ever as we celebrate Waitangi weekend and the unique, simple God-honouring covenant we have as the basis of relationship for all peoples who call this land home. It is great to have Andrew Judd speaking at our gatherings this Waitangi. I heard him last year and am delighted that he can be with us.

Over the summer the City Council sent us a garden award for our church gardens. Thank you Carol, our gardener, for all you do.

This past week we met with managers from the Ministry of Immigration about the Syrian families who we will be sponsoring from mid 2018. If you’d like to know more about this programme come and hear about what has been done, what is being done and what is yet to be done on Thursday February 15, 7.30pm to 8.30pm at our Cobham St Hall.

Please pray for Aaron and Summer preparing to head to join the team in India. There is always so much to do and readjustments for them and their children as they prepare for the move. We will be commissioning them later in the month.

After a good holiday it is great to be back with you all.

Grace and peace,
Alan

This Sunday Andrew Judd, former Mayor of New Plymouth, will be speaking at all our gatherings. 2018 is well under way – check out our website for start up dates. Contact Si to find out what’s happening in your local community.

PASTORAL CARE
We have been saddened this past week with the passing of Pete Rodda. Pete has been an active part of our church for many years particularly in music and he will be missed. Our love and sympathy to his wife Viv and his son Geordie. Our love and  support also to Ros and Kevin March and family on the passing of Ros’ mother.Congratulations to Beccy and James Haylock on the arrival of Georgia Elsie Haylock.

Mercy Basket – We continue to appreciate all your donations to this wonderful ministry. Our cupboards are quite empty following the Christmas/New Year rush so items such as cereals, long-life milk, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, peas, spaghetti, baked beans, biscuits and muesli bars would be really helpful. Thank you, Jordy.

LEADERSHIP
Discovery for Newcomers is a time to come and learn about our church, and places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute. Discovery is running after our 9.00am, 11.00am and 7.00pm gatherings every Sunday until March 11 (excluding March 4). Head to the podium in the Foyer if you would like to attend.

Refugee Resettlement – Information evening happening on Thursday Febraury 15, 7.30pm – 8.30pm at Cobham St Hall. Come and be part of our journey to resettling Syrian refugees into our community. Hear about what has been done, what is being done and what is yet to be done. Read the latest media release on this pilot programme here.

Awaken is a time where we seek God and worship Him on a Wednesday morning at 7.00am in our Lyttelton St site Auditorium. Happening every Wednesday during the school term. Come along, all are welcome! If you have any questions or you are a musician keen to be part of this, please contact Sydney, ph 027 979 0471. We are excited and expectant to see what God will do in this space!

Alpha – Begin your greatest adventure! Alpha is a chance to explore your questions of life in a relaxed and hospitable way. New course starting in Term 2, contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

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

Daily Readings – The Daily Readings for our new preaching series are available to read on our church app and website, or hard copies can be picked up from the Info Centre.

GENERAL
Lost Property – If you mislaid your camera last year, we may have it. Please visit the Info Centre or Reception to view.

018 MINISTRIES
Toolbox Parenting for Tweens & Teens – Starts Tuesday February 20, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Cobham St Hall. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP After-School and Holiday Programmes are based in Spreydon, Halswell and Rowley. Please head to www.sharp.org.nz for more information about these exciting opportunities!

MINISTRIES
Start up Dates – Visit the What’s Happening blog on our website for all our Ministry start up dates in 2018.

Healing Rooms – Our first meeting will be on Saturday February 24 at 10.00am. If you would like prayer before that date please contact Karen, ph 338 4163.

Marriage Preparation Course – Five Tuesday evening sessions for you and your fiancée, beginning on March 13. This is a  well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. Cost $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For more information and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close, ph 338 3608, email meclose6@gmail.com or download a registration form from the church website.

Deepening your relationship with God – Wanting to journey deeper with God and learn more about spiritual practices? Read the book ‘Sensible Shoes’ and prepare for the visit of the author in May. Copies are on sale at the Info Centre for $30.

GLOBAL
Global Team Member – The Global Team are looking to add in a new member. This team works to oversee and support SWBC’s global work. We’re looking for someone to help us in a voluntary position as needed with: policy reviews, budget setting, processing new people, pastoral support of our global people, and shaping global week. If you’re interested and have skills that would contribute to our global work send expressions of interest to John Robertson jsrobertson@swbc.org.nz by the February 13 with a brief outline of the skills you would bring.

Volunteer English Teachers – Vijaya is looking for volunteer English teachers to help at the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh for short-term blocks. If you are an English teacher with experience teaching adults contact John jsrobertson@swbc.org.nz for more details.

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.

Monday February 12 – Morning Tea and Walk from 10.30am at Riccarton House. We will be leaving our Lyttelton Street site at 10.00am. Please RSVP to Ruth if you        require transport.

Monday February 26 – Did You Know? Come along from 12.30pm – 2.00pm to our Balcarin St site with three things that others don’t know about you and photos for fun guessing!  Please bring a contribution for our potluck lunch. For transport, please RSVP by February 22.

GLOBAL 
North AfricaThis week our people in North Africa, Matt, Ruth and their children have moved to a small town where they will live with a team.

They have been working towards this since they arrived in North Africa earlier last year, and are excited to move into the area and begin new work with their team.

Pray that they would settle in well, find a welcoming community, and be able to hear God’s leading as they seek to best serve the people of that area. Pray for good health for the whole family.

Pray for the people of North Africa – they are facing huge issues of war, terrorism, climate change and poverty. Pray that God would hear their cries that communities would be transformed into places of hope, opportunity and peace.

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Got a tween or teen in your house? Toolbox are here to help! Our next Alpha course is starting in Term 2 – who could you invite? Don’t miss out – listen to our Sunday messages on our podcast here.

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