Last week we began our new preaching series on the book of Romans, which will run until October. N.T. Wright comments on Romans saying “It is about God’s revelation about himself and his purposes in Jesus the Messiah.” There is a lot packed into this book of the Bible – we’ll be working through a chapter each week (same chapter morning and night but with different speakers) with a wide selection of speakers. We’re excited to get to the heart of each passage and provide opportunities for response to this.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15 v13.
Our church community is actively engaged in building robust communities that have a place and space for everyone. For communities to thrive, people need safe warm secure housing where they are not vulnerable to unaffordable rent increases. Community Accommodation LTD (CAL) is a charitable company that is part of the church. It has owned a house for several years that is providing stable housing to someone at a social housing rate.
CAL believes that together we could buy a home in Somerfield for the refugee family to rent at an affordable rate for two years. What is needed is one or more of the following options:
- An interest-free loan of $150,000 for two years. At the end of the two years, the loan would be repaid.
- A weekly payment to cover the cost of a mortgage of $150,000. At today’s interest rates that would be $144.00 a week or $15,000 over two years.
- The promise of an interest-free loan of up to $25,000 if it was needed at any time over the two year period. The money would be repaid at the end of the two year period.
- CAL providing up to $250,000 with individuals contributing the balance to purchase a house.
At the end of two years the ownership would be restructured to allow for the repayment of those who needed the return of capital, and to allow others to invest.
If you would like to know more or have a conversation about potentially supporting the purchase of a house. Please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an interesting recoding of a Radio Interview with Duane which covers his life and loves – buying a beach, building a pool, rugby, Jesus, being proactive and seeking positive community change, neighbourliness and; oh yes Rugby!
We were expecting to hear from Senior Management at Immigration New Zealand about whether we would be selected to support a refugee family in a new community based refugee programme.
On Friday we contacted our link person in the Ministry but there was no news. Hopefully this week.
The combined churches evening of prayer in preparation for ‘Christmas in the city’ was amazing. Wonderful to have people from so many different churches together praying for our city. The different churches lead prayer in many different forms with the same heart and care. We prayed for churches across the city as they held Christmas services, for the mental health of our city and for those who work to bring care and hope. We prayed for Christmas for the city and shared an update from Chuck Spong who started Christmas for the city in North Carolina. thank you to all those who came and experienced the sense of unity.
We now have over 200 volunteers and 200 performers signed up but there is room for more. Room for you and we need you see volunteers at www.christmasforthecity.org.nz
Where are we up to:
- Number of volunteers currently signed up: 175
- Number of performers across 4 stages: over 200
- Number of churches on board: 27
- Number of food trucks attending: 24
- Number of food vouchers sponsored and being distributed: just under 600!
Aren’t those incredible stats!
One more number for you…7-8pm tonight. That’s the time we’re gathering together to pray for this event and the Christmas season in Christchurch. Tonight December 7th at South West Baptist, 244 Lyttelton Street. It would be great to see you there!
One more set of people we need are – Pack-in / out crew: if there is anyone who is keen to help with this in the week leading up to the event and then on the day we’d really love a bigger team! The more the merrier
see volunteers at christmasforthecity.org.nz
I need to find 6 Venue wardens for the ‘Christmas for the city event’. And it only takes 2 hours.
A venue warden simply wanders around the event and ensures people are having fun and nothing untoward is going on.
I need 6 more to cover the 7:30pm to 9:30pm shift. Can you help?
let me know if you can – email@example.com
Last night we had the Stepping Stone AGM. It was a very encouraging meeting. Hearing some of the stories of care and hope, asking questions and sensing new initiatives opening up. The Board, Tim as the new CEO and the staff are doing an amazing job.
Coming up, on Thursday evening (7th of Dec) is a city wide 7-8pm prayer time for our city and the influence of Christmas across the city. This time of prayer will involved ‘Christmas for the city’ but will also involve prayer for mental health across the city and other needs.
Come and join us 244 Lyttelton St.
I’ve just read a Christmas message from Langham Partnership with the following quote:
“The best way to prevent another generation of terrorists … is to care for and educate this generation of traumatised children… the task is overwhelming but I’ve learnt to lean on God’s strength rather than my own.”
Our application to be an approved community sponsor for a new quota of refugees has been received by the Ministry of Business and Innovation and is now being assessed by the senior management of Immigration NZ. We hope to find out more next week.
At this year’s Baptist Meeting – we call it the hui and it involves representatives from 240 churches across NZ – there was a discussion about women in leadership. Five men were asked to make brief video comments on the their perception of women as leaders in our churches. Here is what came out of it.
The following statement was also produced:
A Statement and Process towards Equality in Leadership in Baptist Churches
We hold scripture teaches the inherent-equality between men and women for both are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27, Gal 3:28). Both men and women are called to work as co-labourers in God’s world (Gen 1:28); God’s purposes and call works itself out in individual lives, the church, and the world.
We affirm that both women and men followed Jesus as disciples, and that the Holy Spirit was given to all for the sake of the mission and the Church. We acknowledge Paul’s female co-workers (Rom 16:3,6, Phil 4:2), and the female leaders, teachers, and apostles within the development, life and ministry of the early church (Luke 2:38, Acts 18:26, Rom 16:1-5,6,7, 1 Cor 1:11, Phil 4:2-3, Col 4:15).
We affirm God’s calling of both women and men into all areas of preaching, teaching and leadership. God’s calling of all persons into God’s service extends from volunteers and staff responsibilities, and to all senior leadership positions. God does this for the glory of His name and the sake of the church.