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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Newsletter March 18 & 25

2 weeks until Easter – Prepare with us!

March 18 & 25

Kia Ora and Welcome
We had a birth at our place this week. At 4.00am on Tuesday morning there were the sounds of a new baby. Esther Mabel Hope Blakelock. She’s tiny, beautiful and quite remarkably made. A miracle of new life! It’s what Easter is all about – a remarkable gift of new life. Resurrection life.

Please pray for and support, as you are able, our Eastercamp crew. They need caravans, sponsorship, prayer and volunteers around the camp. Eastercamp is one of the great statements of unity across the churches, youth groups and school groups from Canterbury. It is a fun and faith filled weekend for school aged teenagers.  If you want to find out more email Denise Gardiner dgardiner@swbc.org.nz.

Over Easter weekend we will have services here at 10.00am on Good Friday and 9.00am and 11.00am on Easter Sunday. We would love donations of cut and buttered hot cross buns for sharing after our Good Friday service – these can be delivered to the Living Room kitchen on a Sunday morning, or dropped at Reception during the week.

Then the next big event on our calendar is our church AGM on Thursday May 3. The Auditors have been in this week combing through our finances in preparation. Prior to the AGM we will be inviting you to consider becoming members of the church.Membership is a personal commitment to being part of our people, decision making and the life of our church. We are also inviting nominations for Elders. Nomination forms are available from the Info Centre in the Foyer or from Reception during the week. We will also be holding a whole church prayer time from 6.00pm to 7.00pm on Sunday March 25 as we lead up to the AGM.

As autumn begins, the days get a little shorter and the autumn colours come out – enjoy this rich season.

Aroha, Alan

Pick up your copy this Sunday to share The Easter Story with friends and family. Happening this Saturday – doors sales still available $15 Adult, $10 Youth. Begins Thursday March 29 – Please pray for our young people!

PASTORAL CARE
Our love and sympathy to Karen Clews and her family on the passing of her husband Kevin.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 – We are still struggling to meet the food parcel needs of our community. This week the items we need most are; canned veges, spaghetti, baked beans, peanut butter, pasta snacks and sauces, long-life milk, cereals, biscuits and sugar. Thank you for your support.

LEADERSHIP
Church Prayer Night
– Join us in praying for the life of our church on Sunday March 25 from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in our Lyttelton St site Auditorium.

Coast2Coast Rickshaw Charity Ride  – Sean Pawson and  Josh Geddes are undertaking a cross-country rickshaw ride on the weekend of March 24 – 25 with a goal of raising $10,000 for Stepping Stone Trust’s Caroline Reid Family Support Service. They’ll travel 250km, up and over 2500 metres of trans-alpine highway, and carry 250kg of weight as they go! Head to givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/rickshawcharityride to find out more and to donate!

Contact Details UpdateHave 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.

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 at  hr@swbc.org.nz.

I.T Position – An exciting opportunity has opened up for a technically minded, service oriented team player to serve our church, as part of our dedicated staff team. We are seeking expressions of interest from an excellent communicator who has experience and/or qualifications relating to network administration in a Windows environment. AV and/or sound skills would be an advantage. For more information please contact hr@swbc.org.nz, or to apply go to www.swbc.org.nz/jobs. Applications close 9.00am, March 26.

018 MINISTRIES
SHARP Holiday Programme –  
Enrollments open now! We provide high quality, low cost care for 5 – 13year 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.

SHARP Trust AGM – Thursday March 22, Balcairn St site, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Please RSVP to Amy asmit@swbc.org.nz for catering purposes.  All welcome!

WhetÅ« Stars – Fun, food and faith. The story of Noah, with activities accessible for all. 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
Men’s Breakfast 
– Happening this Saturday, March 17, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets available from the Info Centre, Reception or at the door. $15 Adults, $10 Youth. Enquiries to Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 567 7118.

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

Drivers and Sound perators Needed – Tuesday Christian Fellowship need your help! We are short of drivers and Sound operators. If you would like to assist in either of these positions on a rostered basis, we would love to hear from you.  Phone Andy 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

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 www.swbc.org.nz/sharon for more information and to sign up for the retreats she will be running. We have currently sold out of Sharon’s books, however orders can be placed with Manna Christian Stores.

COMMUNITY
West Spreydon Monthly Vision and Prayer Night
– Next happening on Tuesday March 27, 7 Cobham Street from 8.00pm. All welcome.

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 March 26  – “Seeing lives change one at a time” – Daphne Marsden from Project Esther and Women’s Prison Ministry, is speaking from 12.15pm – 2.00pm at our  Lyttleton St site Auditorium. $5, lunch provided.

Thursday April 5 – Coffee Morning &  Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden. A donation  for the child we sponsor is appreciated.

GLOBAL MISSION
Papua New Guinea
Please pray for Phil and Chris Carr, who are back in Papua New Guinea after a long absence to continue their work translating the scriptures into the Bamu language with their local partners Adau and Domai. Phil and Chris are based in a town away from Bamu, but are able to communicate with their partners by radio and cell phone. They would like us to pray that the airstrip in Bamu would be reopened. Local politics has meant this is being delayed. An airstrip would make it much easier for them to work together to complete the translation.

Please pray for good health and energy for Phil and Chris. Pray their work with Adau and Domai would go well. Pray for the Bamu people and others in the area who have heard about Jesus in their own language, that they would grow strong in faith and unity.

Attachment

Your chance to explore the big questions of life! New course starting in Term 2. Click here to find out more. Author of “Sensible Shoes”, Sharon,  will be visiting from May 18 – 27. Find out more here. If you’re interested in joining a Neighbourhood Community or you would like to find out more, please contact us.

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 March 4 & 11

Picnic and party with us this Sunday!

March 4 & 11

Kia Ora and Welcome,

This weekend (March 2 – 4) is our Neighbourhood Hui. As part of our Sunday celebrations there will be one combined morning gathering at 10.00am. Please arrive early to find a carpark – the main church carpark and SYC carpark will be reserved for elderly, those with a disability and families with very young children.

After the service we are feeding you all a great lunch down at West Spreydon School and having a whole church carnival with games and fun for all. Please bring a blanket or deck chair to sit on and a sun hat. This lunch will be provided free of charge, however there will be collection baskets and an EFTPOS machine available to contribute a koha. There will be also be a coffee cart operating with drinks available for purchase.

Our Sunday School program will be based at West Spreydon School for the morning, just down the road at 147 Lyttelton St. Children are able to be signed in from 9.30am onwards. If you have children attending Sunday School, please consider parking near West Spreydon School to ease parking congestion outside the church. In case of wet weather, Sunday School will be held in our Lyttelton St site Auditorium. Check out our website for more information and any weather updates. Preschoolers will still be attending the preschool across the road from church as usual, which will be open from 9.30am.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Next Sunday (March 11) we will be beginning our next preaching series, preparing for the Easter season. As part of this series, there will be a reflective service on Good Friday at 10.00am, and then 9.00am and 11.00am gatherings on Easter Sunday.

Grace and peace,
Alan

Beginning March 11, we journey into the Easter season. Come along to pray for our people and places around the world. Getting married soon? For more information head to our website.

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!Project Esther will be leading the services at Christchurch Women’s Prison on Sunday March 4. Please pray for all involved.

Project Esther are looking for knitting wool to take to the Women’s Prison inmates, no red please. Drop off to Reception or 248 Lyttleton St. For more information contact Evelyn, phone 338 4163 ext 212.

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
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 on March 11. Head to the podium in the Foyer if you would like to attend.

Syrian Families – Thank you to everyone who came to the recent information evening.  If you didn’t make it or want to refresh your memory the content is on our website. There are plenty of opportunities to help! Currently we are looking for pray-ers, removal people, and donations of good quality household gear. Contact Nick Regnault nregnault@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

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
Eastercamp Sponsorship
– Each year SYC takes a couple of hundred teenagers to Eastercamp, however some are unable to attend because of the cost of registration. If you are able to help us support these young people, or have a spare caravan that SYC could use for the weekend, please contact Denise Gardiner dgardiner@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.

SHARP Trust AGM Thursday March 22, Balcairn St site, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Please RSVP to Amy asmit@swbc.org.nz for catering purposes.  All welcome!

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms –  We invite you to come for prayer on Monday March 5 anytime between 7.30pm – 8.15pm, at 248 Lyttleton Street. Contact Elisabeth, phone 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, phone 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.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY
West Spreydon Monthly Vision and Prayer Night – Next happening on Tuesday March 27, 7 Cobham Street from 8.00pm. All welcome.

GLOBAL
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 Night – Next happening on March 12, 7.30pm in the Living Room.

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 March 12 – “How to Care for Ourselves in times of Crisis” – Wyatt Butcher, Chaplain at Hillmorton Hospital will be speaking from 12.30pm – 2.00pm at our Balcairn St site. $5, lunch provided. RSVP by March 12 for transport.

Mon 26 March  – “Seeing lives change one at a time” – Daphne Marsden from Project Esther and Women’s Prison Ministry, is speaking from 12.15pm – 2.00pm at our Lyttleton St site Auditorium. $5, lunch provided.

GLOBAL MISSION
The Stewart Family
Today we farewell Summer, Aaron, Maia and Asher Stewart as they head away to join the team at our Global Site.

Please pray for smooth travel. Pray they will adjust easily to their new city, settling quickly in to their new routines. Pray that they will make new friends that welcome them, and that they will be able to study the language well in order to communicate with the people in the community.

Aaron and Summer bring skills in construction, teaching, and administration that they would like to use to help the global team as they work in the community and in developing the business. Pray that God would lead them and the team so that they can work together to share God’s love and hope with the people around them in many different ways.

Attachments

Help support our young people – contact Denise to find out how. Pick up a copy of Sharon’s book from the Info Centre ($30) and prepare for her visit in May. 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

, All rights reserved.

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.

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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.

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 December 10 & 17

A Christmas party – and you’re invited!

DECEMBER 10 & 17

Kia ora and welcome,

Christmas is coming and this year that includes a new event we’re part of  – Christmas for the City. At the moment we have 175 volunteers currently signed up, over 200 performers across four stages, 27 churches on board, 24 food trucks attending and just under 600 food vouchers sponsored and being distributed!

We asked Chuck Spong, who started a similar event 10 years ago in the United States to share a few words. Based on Ephesians 3:14-21, he said – “Much like preparation for a wedding or a big party (and that’s what this is!), you get to a certain point when you’ve done all you can do, and you need to switch gears and be in the moment. Our prayer for you is that you will be able to do just that, that each of you would experience the deep love of Jesus in powerful ways and that your city would be transformed by that love! When we do that, God does “far more abundantly than all that we ask or thing according to HIS power at work within us.” God bless you guys. Know that a whole band of believers and community members in the northwest corner of North Carolina are praying diligently for you and wildly cheering you on!”

There is still room to be part of it and there are spaces we need help with. See www.christmasforthecity.org.nz for more information. Please like, share and link the Facebook page and pick up some flyers to invite people to come! Let’s keep praying that Christ will be made know through it all.

In light of this big event we will be having one morning gathering the following day. Over the next two weeks, our Sunday gatherings are:

Sunday December 17 – 10.00am and 7.00pm
Sunday December 24 – 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 9.00pm and 11.00pm.

May the good news of Emmanuel – ‘God with us’ give you peace and hope this week.
Alan

Invite your friends, family & neighbours to Chritstmas for the City and our Christmas Eve services. Missed a message? Catch up by listening to our podcasts. This years Christmas Appeal is going towards World Vision’s Myanmar Refugee Crisis fund.

PASTORAL CARE
Our love and sympathy to Ian & Irene Oxley and family on the passing of their mother and our friend Steve. Steve passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour on November 27 aged 102. Our love and sympathy also to Peter & Gaylene Anderson on the passing of Peter’s mother, aged 101 and to the family of Amy Slaughter on her passing.Mercy Basket – Thank you all so much for the generous donations towards our Christmas parcels. We still need pasta sauce, two minute noodles, muesli bars and Weetbix. God bless, Jordy.

LEADERSHIP
The Living Room – We are looking for volunteers to help after our 7.00pm gatherings in 2018, to help with serving, dishes, cooking chips and making people feel welcomed. If you would like to help on a fortnightly/monthly basis as an individual, life group, neighbourhood community or SYC care group, please contact James jhaylock@swbc.org.nz.

018 MINISTRIES
SYC Abel Tasman Sponsorship – We are taking our senior youth to the beautiful Abel Tasman beaches! We will tramp and camp between bays. Unfortunately the $155 cost of this trip is too much for some of our young people and their families. We’d love your help! If you can contribute to a young person’s registration please contact Wiremu wkingi@swbc.org.nz or 021 2429157.

SHARP Holiday Programmes – We run three fun and exciting holiday programmes that provide top quality care for children.We encourage them to grow in their character, faith and life experiences. Split into age based programmes for maximum fun we visit places like the Antarctic Centre, Garden City Bowls, ice skating rink and much more. Held at our Lyttelton St site. Programmes run from December 18 – 22, January 15 – 19 and 22 – 26. For more information and to enrol your child visit www.sharp.org.nz.

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.  

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms
invite you for prayer monthly on the first Monday, 7.30pm; and the fourth Saturday, 10.00am at 248 Lyttleton Street. Enquiries to Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Tuesday Christian Fellowship – You are invited to attend the final night of Tuesday Christian Fellowship. A great evening not to be missed with carols and a Christmas play. Tuesday December 12, 7.30pm, in our Lyttelton St site Gym.

Sharon Garlough Brown is the author of the ‘Sensible Shoes’ book series and a spiritual director. She will be joining us for a week in May 2018. Copies of Sharon’s book are now on sale at the Info Centre for $30. They’d make a great Christmas gift or summer reading.

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 December 11 – 11.30am – 2.00pm Christmas BBQ at Dave & Leitha Adams’ Place, 391 Pound Rd. Leaving Lyttelton St site at 11.30am, eating at 12.00pm. RSVP with $10 by Monday December 4 and for transport.  Limited numbers. A donation for Project Esther is appreciated.

Monday December 18 2.30pm – 4.00pm at 68 Halswell Junction Rd. Revelling in the Christmas Season. Enjoy great surroundings, lovely decorations, music, quiz, afternoon tea & chatting. Your grandchildren are welcome and it’s wheelchair friendly. Bring a small plate of Christmas food to share. Please RSVP to Ruth for transport.

Thursday January 4 – Coffee Morning at Alison’s place, 29 Cobham St. Bring & buy produce table.

CHRISTMAS
Christmas for the City
is happening on December 16 from 4.00pm – 9.00pm at Ara City Campus. Please like, share and link the Facebook page and pick up some flyers to invite people to come! www.christmasforthecity.org.nz

Christmas Eve Services – These will be held at our Lyttelton St site:
5.00pm and 7.00pm – Family friendly services
9.00pm and 11.00pm – Carols services.

Christmas Community Choir
– If you’re keen to join our Christmas Community Choir for the 5.00pm and 7.00pm Christmas Eve services, contact Alice-Louise almann@swbc.org.nz. Everyone welcome!

OTHER
Lost and Found
– Lost or missing any items? Check out the lost property opposite the Library in  our Lyttelton St site Foyer.  Items left will be cleared away on Thursday December 14.

Beyond the Gate – Graeme Reid’s book is available at the Info Centre. This is a true story of their experiences and struggles of dealing with mental health within the family. $25 cash please.

The Christmas Time Tunnel celebrates the wonder of the first Christmas. It features an illuminated 250m bush tunnel with many unique surprises along the way. Something special and refreshingly different – the real meaning of Christmas. Open daily from 9.00pm-10.00pm, December 16 – December 23, at 293 Waterholes Road. Gold coin donation.

Rowley and West Spreydon Schools need people for next year (retirees, Uni students, part-timer workers, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading.  If you have one hour a week free and and are able to make a difference for these children, please contact Barb Harrington, Matilda’s Readers,  mark4barb@xtra.co.nz or 384 6103.

Archer Village 
There are 2 Villas available at Archer Village on Colombo Street. If you are interested contact Sue 021 902 626.

GLOBAL MISSION‘You have shattered the yoke
that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be
on his shoulders.’
-Isaiah 9

As we prepare for Christmas, please pray for our people overseas who are also preparing to share the good news of this season with those around them.

Pray that they would find ways to share the hope of Christmas and that their friends and communities would hear and receive the good news this Christmas.

Pray that our people would find the time and space to celebrate Christmas meaningfully in places where Jesus is not known.

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Come along to our family-friendly Christmas Eve services at 5pm & 7pm. Love to sing? Now’s your chance! Contact Alice-Louise to find out more. Our classic Christmas Carols services, 9pm & 11pm on Christmas Eve.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

 

 

Newsletter November 26 & December 3

Celebrating God’s gift for you…

NOVEMBER 26 & DECEMBER 3

Kia Ora and Welcome,
What a beautiful week! God’s creation in rich array. I am loving the emergence of summer, the warm evenings and early mornings. Equally stunning is what you all do with your lives. Every week I hear stories from you all of how you live out your faith in your working lives, families and neighborhoods. This is so encouraging and yet I know I only get to hear and see a tiny bit of all you are doing.

Jesus too engaged people, cared for them and worked for them in the ‘public square’ of his day. As Christmas comes we want to celebrate Jesus’ birth in ways that everyone can be a part of, learn from and enjoy. Hence ‘Christmas for the City’. Plans for this are going well but we’re still looking for more helpers – please check out the volunteering page at christmasforthecity.org.nz.

On Sunday November 26 we will view Christmas through the needs of our city and especially its mental care. Sean Pawson, Chaplain at Stepping Stone, will speak at our morning gatherings. Then the following week Daphne, who leads Project Esther, will help us view Christmas through the needs of women who struggle in our city. At our 7.00pm gathering on November 26 we have a guest speaker – Chris Heuertz.

Monday December 4 is the Stepping Stone Trust AGM here at our Lyttelton St site – 7.30pm. This is an opportunity for the Stepping Stone team to report back and to ask us, their key stakeholders, what we sense and see for their future. I greatly appreciate their openness in this. We’d love you to come and support and hear from them.

Grace and peace,
Alan

A time of reflection and prayer for those who have experienced grief and loss. If you haven’t marked December 16 on your calendar, do this today. Visit the website for ways to be involved. Be a part of our 5.00pm and 7.00pm Christmas Eve Services. All ages welcome!

PASTORAL CARE
Mercy Basket – Christmas is coming and we need your help! Food donations are greatly appreciated and financial donations are a big help too. Christmassy food would be awesome, such as chocolates and Christmas mince pies or cereal, canned veges, long-life milk, muesli bars and biscuits. Thanks for joining with us to make Christmas a little bit easier for those who are struggling. Jordy.LEADERSHIP
The Living Room is looking for volunteers proceeding our 7pm gatherings each week, to help with serving, dishes, cooking chips and making people feel welcomed. If you would like to help on a fortnightly/monthly basis as an individual, life group, neighbourhood community or SYC care group, please contact James jhaylock@swbc.org.nz.

Mike Pilavachi – As many of you know Mike was with us a couple of weeks ago. We’d love to hear how the weekend impacted you, things that touched you, stories of what you felt God said and did. This will help give us a picture of what God is doing in our lives and help as we look to resource and equip our church family next year and beyond. We will treat your stories and experiences with care. Contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz.

Discovery Lunch for Newcomers is next happening on December 3, 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 Si Hart newcomers@swbc.org.nz.

Mental Health First Aid Training –
Stepping Stone staff are delivering training in the internationally recognised certificate in Mental Health First Aid. In exchange for feedback and critique on the training, they are offering the two day training to pastoral care, community and health professionals for just $25 (this is to cover the cost of the manual), a saving of over $100. Running over December 7 – 8 and 14 – 15 at St Augustine’s Church, Cashmere. To register, please contact Julie at Stepping Stone, phone 338 6390 ext 700.

COMMUNITIES
Wigram Community is having our Christmas celebration on Wednesday December 6. If you’d like to come please get in touch with Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz.

018 MINISTRIES
SYC Abel Tasman Sponsorship – We are taking our senior youth to the beautiful Abel Tasman beaches! We will tramp and camp between bays. Unfortunately the $155 cost of this trip is too much for some of our young people and their families. We’d love your help! If you can contribute to a young person’s registration please contact Wiremu wkingi@swbc.org.nz or 021 2429157.

SHARP Holiday Programmes
We run three fun and exciting holiday programmes that provide top quality care for children.We encourage them to grow in their character, faith and life experiences.Split into age based programmes for maximum fun we visit places like the Antarctic Centre, Garden City Bowls, ice skating rink and much more. Held at our Lyttelton St site. Programmes run from December 18 – 22, January 15 – 19 and 22 – 26. For more information and to enrol your child go to www.sharp.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms invite you for prayer monthly on the first Monday, 7.30pm; and the fourth Saturday, 10.00am at 248 Lyttleton Street. Enquiries to Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Men’s Event – Come and hear from men in our church who will be talking on ‘The Business of God’ and sharing stories of their work and life experiences. Saturday December 2, at our Balcairn St site. Optional BBQ at 4.20pm, $2.00, then our session will run from 5.00pm – 7.00pm, $5.00 entry. Contact Reception to register.

International Christmas Concert – Come and celebrate a night of Christmas fun! Invite your family and friends. Happening on December 2, 7.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. For more information contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz.

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 November 27 – from 12.15pm – 2.00pm in our Balcairn St site Hall. Bring your contribution for a potluck lunch, we’ll be eating at 12.30pm. Then make your own Christmas cards – $1.50 per card. Please RSVP by November 20 to ensure we have enough resources.

Thursday December 7  – 10.30am Coffee Morning / Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden at The Living Room, Lyttelton St site. Could a few people please bring a plate of Christmas food.

Monday December 11 – 11.30am – 2.00pm Christmas BBQ at Dave & Leitha Adams Place, 391 Pound Rd. Leaving Lyttelton St site at 11.30am, eating at 12.00pm. RSVP with $10 by Monday December 4 and for transport.  Limited numbers.   A donation for Project Esther is appreciated.

GENERAL
If you have had a change of email address please advise the Info Centre on Sunday or email Reception at info@swbc.org.nz to help keep our records up to date.

CHRISTMAS
City-wide Christmas Prayer Night
– Join us as we pray for our city over the Christmas season. Thursday December 7, 7.00pm – 8.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. This will lead into our volunteer training evening for Christmas for the City.

Christmas for the City is happening on December 16 from 4.00pm – 9.00pm at Ara City Campus. We’d love you to be involved, head to christmasforthecity.org.nz to sign up as a volunteer. We’re particularly looking for venue wardens, and those to help with pack in/out and cleaning roles.

Food Voucher Sponsorship – Entry to Christmas for the City and all its activities are free however there is the opportunity to purchase food from food vendors on the day. You can sponsor vouchers that are then given to families who would find it difficult to afford a meal for their family at the event. These will be distributed in the week leading up to Christmas for the City by the various churches involved in the event. Each voucher is valued at $5.00. If you would like to contribute towards these vouchers, visit Info Centre on a Sunday, Reception, or christmasforthecity.org.nz.

Christmas Eve Services – These will be held at our Lyttelton St site.
5.00pm and 7.00pm – Family friendly services
9.00pm and 11.00pm – Carols services

Christmas Community Choir – If you’re keen to join our Christmas Community Choir for the 5.00pm and 7.00pm Christmas Eve services, contact Alice-Louise almann@swbc.org.nz. Everyone welcome!

OTHER
24-7 Youth Work National Administration Vacancy
 – If you have a passion for young people, love administration, use initiative and have a servant heart, then this role is for you! The role is full time, based in Riccarton. Position commences Monday January 22. Visit www.24-7youthwork.org.nz/contact/#vacancies for a full job description and details on how to apply. Applications close Friday December 1.

Middleton Grange School Fiesta – Come along for food, bargains, bouncy castles, face painting, live auction and entertainment. Happening on Friday December 1, 5.00pm – 8.00pm at 30 Acacia Ave, Riccarton. EFTPOS available.

Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards
The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is thrilled to launch Edible Garden Awards for 2018 in partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.The awards recognise and celebrate those who are growing their own food – all entrants receive a certificate. Entry is free, and open to individuals, groups, organisations and schools in the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board area only. Nominate yourself,or another person or group (with their permission). Entry form is online at Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards 2018 or pick up an entry form at Beckenham Service Centre or Spreydon Library. Nominations/entries close 5.00pm, Monday February 12 2018.

GLOBAL MISSION
INDIA

He will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.
He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.
Psalm 72:12-14
The poor in India face many complex health issues. Without good health care, very simple infections can be life threatening. At present they’re facing a dengue outbreak. High pollution and urban flooding also lead to health complications.The worst hit are always the poor who do not have the resources to get early treatment and are often not able to control their environments. Lack of fresh water, good toilets, and enough food all lead to poor health for many. For those who have had injuries, lack of rehabilitation can mean permanent disability, loss of income, and even loss of a place to live.

Pray for God to work through his people and by his Spirit to bring transformation of communities so the poor can find healing and hope.

Pick up a copy of the latest Global Magazine from the Info Centre on Sunday.

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SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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SWBC Newsletter November 12 & 19

He’s got the whole world in his hands!

November 12 & 19

Kia ora and welcome,

Welcome to Mike Pilavachi and his team who will be sharing a naturally supernatural way to live on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12. We have been looking forward to your coming for three years!

Thanks for all the support and input around our church offering to support a refugee family in the new scheme proposed by the Government. Our application has now been submitted. We will let you know when we hear a reply.

Chris Heuertz will be with us on Saturday November 25 for The Enneagram Workshop. I first learnt about the Enneagram around 20 years ago and have used those learnings in my personal life, prayer life and interactions with others ever since. It would be amongst the most helpful insight I have ever been introduced to. So far there has been high interest in this but there is still space if you want to sign up – see www.swbc.org.nz/enneagram

James Haylock is going to be joining our Living Room team. He will be developing some teams to enable us to have the Living Room open on Sunday nights after our evening gathering. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the Living Room, those who have joined a team to help and used the space to include and welcome others. It’s our living room – let’s use it.

Christmas for the City is fast approaching and we need people to volunteer to be part of it. It looks like a superb event and new way to celebrate together Jesus’ coming. It is a free event that people from across the city can enjoy and be part of. To find out more see christmasforthecity.org.nz

There are many people who help keep this church alive, so many, it is hard to know where to begin. One group I very much appreciate are the teams that set up the chairs and stage every Sunday morning, our sound techs who come in early to set up the sound gear and the musicians who arrive at 7:30am to practice, pray and get ready for when you arrive. Thank you to you all!

Grace and peace,
Alan

Mike Pilavachi is with us this weekend – don’t miss out! Registrations are closing soon for Young Adults camp – sign up today. Find your unique path to spiritual growth at The Sacred Enneagram Workshop.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Kathryn and Michael Renner and family on the passing of Kathryn’s mother.
Please continue to pray for those who are unwell and facing some tough life decisions.Mercy Basket – We are so grateful for all your support over these past weeks. This week we require pasta snacks, long life milk, Weetbix, peanut butter and cans of corn, peas, tuna and tomatoes. Thank you, Sheryl.LEADERSHIP

Thank you for your faithful financial giving to our church. It is encouraging to see that giving has increased in October. As you can see from the graph, we are still behind budget for the year, however, our cost centre managers are continuing to be prudent, therefore expenses are also lower than budgeted.

Mike Pilavachi – Don’t miss our Naturally Supernatural weekend with Mike Pilivachi from November 10 – 12. Mike is an excellent teacher on the Holy Spirit and speaks around the world. On Saturday November 11 there are two sessions in the Lyttelton Street site Gym; 10.00am-12.00pm and 7.00pm-9.00pm. These are both open to the public and a koha will be taken. On Sunday Mike will speak at all of our Sunday gatherings. Make sure you arrive early as Mike is a very popular speaker.

Creation Care – Come and explore new and different ways that our church could invest in our relationship with the world – how can we live sustainably and be good stewards? Our focus will be on goal setting for 2018. Sunday November 12, 4.00pm – 5.30pm at 7 Cobham Street. Contact Andy andymarshall85@gmail.com or phone 027 243 1110 for more information.

Beyond the Gate – Graeme Reid has been a prophetic leader, great carer of those in need and Taonga of our church. Now he’s written a witty, insightful and humble account of God’s work in his life titled ‘Beyond the Gate’. You’re invited to the book launch on Thursday November 16, 7.30pm at our Lyttelton St site. Please RSVP to Graeme graemeslashreid@gmail.com by November 13, or contact Graeme to order a copy of the book for $25.00.

Christmas for the City is happening on December 16 from 4.00pm – 9.00pm at Ara City Campus. We’d love you to be involved, head to christmasforthecity.org.nz to sign up as a volunteer. There’s also some specifics we’re looking for help with:
Live Nativity Animals – We’d love to setup a little farmyard type area where kids can play with animals and go for rides on some of them. If you can help, please contact Annie annie@christmasforthecity.org.nz.
Performers – We’re after bigger acts for our outdoor stage, smaller groups for the indoor stage and solos/duos for the satellite stages as well as face-painters, wacky hair people and balloon makers. Head to the website to sign up.
Food Voucher Sponsorship – Entry to the event and all activities are free however there is the opportunity to purchase food from food vendors on the day. You can sponsor vouchers that are then given to families who would find it difficult to afford a meal for their family at the event. These will be distributed in the week leading up to Christmas for the City by the various churches involved in the event. Each voucher is valued at $5.00. If you would like to contribute towards these vouchers, visit Info Centre on a Sunday, Reception, or christmasforthecity.org.nz.

018 MINISTRIES
Whetu Stars – Christmas Party and Nativity Play held at our Balcairn Street site on Saturday November 25 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Contact Andy Carpenter on 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz for further details.

MINISTRIES
Young Adults Camp – November 24 – 26 at Okains Bay. Cost $45 for the weekend. Register by going to the website – www.swbc.org.nz/ministry/young-adults/young-adults-camp. For further information contact Emma ebell@swbc.org.nz.

Healing Rooms invite you for prayer monthly on the first Monday, 7.30pm; and the fourth Saturday, 10.00am at 248 Lyttleton Street. Enquiries to Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Men’s Event – Come and hear from men in our church who will be talking on ‘The Business of God’ and sharing stories of their work and life experiences. Saturday December 2, at our Balcairn St site. Optional BBQ at 4.20pm, $2.00, then our session will run from 5.00pm – 7.00pm, $5.00 entry. Contact Reception to register, or Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 5677 118, for more information.

International Christmas Concert – Come and celebrate a night of Christmas fun! Invite your family and friends. Happening on December 2, 7.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. For more information contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz.

COMMUNITIES
Halswell – Aidanfield – Westlake  Community Lunch on Sunday November 19 1.00pm at our Balcairn St site. Please bring a plate of finger food, hot drinks are provided. Hall will be open from 12.30pm. Contact Janet Holder for more information, phone 021 1477656.

GLOBAL
Global Night – November 13 from 7.30pm in The Living Room. Join us as we pray for our people overseas.

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 November 13 from 12.00pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall. Hands on fun presentation with Richard from Aspire Canterbury. Equipment making life easier will be available for purchase. Lunch provided – cost is $5.00.

Monday November 27 from 12.15pm – 2.00pm in our Balcairn St site Hall. Bring your contribution for a potluck lunch, we’ll be eating at 12.30pm. Then make your own Christmas cards – $1.50 per card. Please RSVP by November 20 to ensure we have enough resources.

OTHER
Matilda’s Readers
– Rowley and West Spreydon schools need people (retirees, Uni students, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading. If you have one hour a week free and would like to help out, contact Barb Harrington, phone 3846103 or mark4barb@xtra.co.nz.

CHAD
Chad is a large country in North Africa which faces complex issues of poverty, climate change and conflict on its borders.
This year, the rainfall throughout the region has been poor, which means that many people are facing the dry season without sufficient plant growth to sustain them or their livestock.Please pray for Chad and our people there:
Pray that God would protect the people of Chad from famine and drought – providing food and rain. Pray that the country would be stable and secure, and that the many people of Chad would come to know the love of God their Father.Pray for Matt as he works on a project to provide a village with a well. Pray it would go smoothly and that it would give sufficient water to the community.
Pray for Ruth as she learns language, provides medical care, and homeschools the children – pray for energy, good health and a growing ability to communicate with those around them.
Pray for Josh, Ben and Hannah – that they would have good health, good friends, and be able to thrive in Chad.

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Join us for this time to come together for reflection and prayer. Christmas is coming – come and pray for our city over the festive season. We’d love you to be a part of this event – head to the website to sign up as a volunteer.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
info@swbc.org.nz
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SWBC Newsletter October 29 & November 4

Find Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth…

October 29 & November 4

Kia Ora and WelcomeAt 8:30pm on Tuesday evening one of our worship crew sent me a text saying that in exactly two months we would be half way through our Christmas Eve services. That was a bit of a shock. Only two months to go! We are trying to get the beginnings of next year set up and there is still so much more to be done before Christmas. I guess many of you will be feeling the same. Over these next two months there are a lot of great things coming! This Saturday (October 28) we have a  Men’s Breakfast, and then Bill Riding will be getting baptised this Sunday evening (October 29). I’ll be talking about the question – what are you immersed in?

Coming up in two weeks we have Mike Pilavachi for a ‘Naturally Supernatural’ weekend (November 10 – 12). Check out the details inside this newsletter.  Later in November Chris Heuertz will be visiting us from The Gravity Centre in America to run a workshop on the Enneagram, a model of nine personality types. Head to our website www.swbc.org.nz/enneagram for more information on that one.

Our Christmas celebrations this year will be focused on ‘Christmas for the City’. This is a new event and we’re excited about the momentum that is building, both within churches and the community.  There is wide support for the event and we have 27 churches involved. It will have a genuine culture of welcome and inclusion plus a clear focus on Jesus as the essence of why we celebrate Christmas. Your prayer and support for this is hugely anticipated ☺. See the website christmasforthecity.org.nz for more details. With Christmas for the City on the evening of Saturday December 16 and Christmas Eve on Sunday December 24 we are considering not having morning services on Sunday December 17, instead focusing our attention on the Saturday event and the Sunday evening service. Then on Sunday December 24 we are looking at having a 10.00am service and then 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 9.00pm and 11.00pm Christmas Eve services. What do you think? Let me know ajamieson@swbc.org.nz.

Grace and peace,
Alan

New to our church or know someone who is? Come along and find out more… Head to the website to find out more details. Save the date for our next Global Night

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Helen & Walter Lewthwaite and family on the passing of Helen’s mother Olive.Please continue to pray for those who are unwell and facing some tough life decisions.Congratulations – To Lauren & Nick  Yannakis on the birth of their son Nathan Dimitiri born September 30.

Project Esther will be leading the services in the Women’s prison  on Sunday November 5.  Please keep the team and the women  who attend this service in your prayers.

Mercy Basket – We are so grateful for all your support over these past weeks.  We are also mindful that Christmas is fast approaching, where we give out gift parcels to those who are finding life difficult. We appreciate the support of Paper Plus Barrington as they have also been collecting food donations for our parcels. This week we require pasta snacks, long life milk, Weetbix, peanut butter and cans of corn, peas, tuna and tomatoes. Thank you, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
Food Gift Vouchers –  At Christmas for the City we would love every guest to be able to enjoy the event irrespective of their financial situation. Entry to the event and all activities are free, however there is the opportunity to purchase food from food vendors on the day. So, we have initiated the ‘Food Gift Voucher Programme’ where people who have more can sponsor Food Gift Vouchers that are then given to families who would find it difficult to afford a meal for their family at the event. These will be distributed in the week leading up to Christmas for the City by the various churches involved in the event. Each voucher is valued at $5.00. If you would like to contribute towards these vouchers, visit Info Centre on a Sunday, Reception, or christmasforthecity.org.nz.

Mike Pilavachi – Don’t miss our Naturally Supernatural weekend with Mike Pilivachi from November 10 – 12. Mike is an excellent teacher on the Holy Spirit and speaks around the world. On Saturday November 11 there are two sessions in the Lyttelton Street site Gym; 10.00am-12.00pm and 7.00pm-9.00pm. These are both open to the public and a koha will be taken. On Sunday Mike will speak at all of our Sunday gatherings. Make sure you arrive early as Mike is a very popular speaker.

The Enneagram Workshop – On November 25 Chris Heuertz from The Gravity Centre will be running a workshop at our Lyttelton Street site on the Enneagram – a model of nine personality types. For more information visit www.swbc.org.nz/enneagram, or phone Michelle 338 4163 ext 225.

Baptism – If you are thinking about or would like to be baptised, email Janelle at baptism@swbc.org.nz or leave your details at the Info Centre. If you would like to know more about baptism please pick up a brochure from the Info Centre.

018 MINISTRIES
Whetu Stars – Christmas Party and Nativity Play held at our Balcairn Street site on Saturday November 25 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Contact Andy Carpenter on 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz for further details.

SHARP After-School – We have a position available for a programme supervisor. If you are a creative and fun individual who would be free to work a minimum of 14.5 hours per week at our After-School programme, you enjoy working with children and would like to be part of an awesome team then we would love to hear from you! Contact Carroll at cmotuiliu@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP Trust runs After-School and Holiday Programmes at our Lyttelton Street Site and Aidanfield Christian School. Head to www.sharp.org.nz to enrol your children in low cost, quality, fun, Christian out-of-school care that aims to help young people reach their potential.

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms invite you for prayer, Monday November 6, anytime between 7.30pm – 8.15pm. Held at 248 Lyttelton Street. Enquiries to Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Young Adults Camp – November 24 – 26 at Okains Bay. Cost $45 for the weekend. Register by going to the website – www.swbc.org.nz/ministry/young-adults/young-adults-camp. For further information contact Emma ebell@swbc.org.nz.

GLOBAL
Global Night – November 13 from 7.30pm in The Living Room. Join us as we pray for our people overseas.

Wristbands – We are keen to get some feedback on the leather wristbands you received during Global Week. Please visit our website www.swbc.org.nz/wristband to complete a one minute survey and help our team improve their products.

Join us in prayer with Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday November 8 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place, Northcote. Contact Ev Lalahi 021 02916 084 for more information.

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 November 2 from 10.30am  – 12.00pm. Coffee Morning at The Living Room. Bring & Buy “COW” – Table with produce from our garden. A donation  for the child we sponsor is appreciated.

Monday November 13 from 12.00pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall. Hands on fun presentation with Richard from Aspire Canterbury. Equipment making life easier will be available for purchase. Lunch provided – cost is $5.

BANDLADESH
Bangladesh is now having to deal with a huge influx of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, as well as dealing with its own internal issues.Please pray:
That the world would continue to be generous to refugees in Bangladesh and they would have enough resources to thrive.That the Bangladeshi government would stop its crackdown on civil society, media, critics and religious minorities. Pray for those who are facing persecution for their faith and beliefs – that they would have strength and courage.

That women and children in Bangladesh who face violence and abuse would be protected by law and their communities. Pray that there would be change in the culture so that everyone is valued and protected.

For Western industries, who mainly look to Bangladesh as a source of cheap labour. Pray that there would be continued pressure on industries to provide safe conditions and good pay.

For Vijaya as she leads the CDC. Pray for wisdom to help her lead well through their leadership transition. Pray that those who have trained at that school would be able to lead communities of faith to see real transformation throughout Bangladesh.

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Calling all Young Adults! Sign up through the website to join us for a fun weekend. Here’s your chance to be a part of a city-wide Christmas party! Happening this Saturday October 28 – last chance to purchase your ticket.

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