Newsletter July 8 & 15

Prayer changes more than things. It changes you.

July 8 & 15

Kia Ora and Welcome
Some exciting new ventures are in this newsletter including; a new monthly service in Te Reo that our bi-cultural team have been developing, a new Mandarin Alpha course, and our refugee families have arrived in Auckland. They will spend the next two weeks in the Auckland refugee centre before heading down to Christchurch to begin their new lives.  All of these global ventures need our prayer. I am hugely appreciative of the global heart and engagement that characterises SWBC and this mix typifies what God is doing in our midst.Around the church this week we have had a leadership development focus, with a new leadership foundation beginning for our leaders in Sunday School, SYC, SHARP, Cross-over and SYC International. On the first night, there were 80 young leaders all learning about the character needed in leaders. Throughout the week we have been trialing a block course on ‘presence-based church life’. By next year when we run this, it will have NZQA approval and be available as part of pastoral and ministry training. Next week there is another local-exposure course running with some of the East-Spreydon crew.There is info about our current giving in the newsletter. Thank you to all those who are part of our church in this area. God is very good to us. Financial discipleship and discipline is a significant part of faith for each one of us.  While our giving is solid, it is a little below our budget needs for the year. It would be enormously positive if we could lift giving a little to ensure all of the key areas/needs are able to be financially supported. Over recent months many new people have started linking in, and if that’s you, can I encourage you to be part of our church  in your giving as well as the other ways you are connecting. For more details on how you can give please visit our website.Tama tu, tama ora, tama noho, tama mate, Kia kaha e hoa ma!
Don’t be discouraged, give it heaps my friends!
Alan

Prayer does change us, be challenged through our current series. Want to get involved in your local community. Click here for more information. Find help during the hurt of separation or divorce. Click here to find out more.

PASTORAL CARE
Our love and sympathy to Vicki & John Harrington on the passing of Vicki’s Dad.A funeral was held at SWBC for Debs Graham this past week. Debs was a loved member of the Tuesday Christian Fellowship. Our love goes out to Brent, Debs’ husband, and all her friends.Funeral Catering Team – We are putting together a team of volunteers that can be available to help with catering and serving at funerals. If this is something you would like to help with please email Warren at wread@swbc.org.nz or leave your name at the Info Centre.Mercy Basket – We have some spaces in our cupboards and are in need of canned corn, canned tomatoes, baked beans, spaghetti, cereal and muesli bars. Jordy would like thank you for all your support helping us to help others.LEADERSHIP
General Giving – These figures give us a look at where we are five months into our financial year.

Discovery Lunch for Newcomers – is happening on July 22, 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 meet at the red podium after the 11am gathering.  For info on future Discovery lunches email Grace Le Heux at newcomers@swbc.org.nz.

Ki Te Ao MÄrama – A series of hui exploring the journey to a world of light and truth, using MÄori language and focussed on a MÄori world view and that of other indigenous peoples living in our neighbourhoods. This will take place monthly, beginning on Sunday July 22, 2.30pm – 4.30pm at the Mihi Winiata Whare at Hillmorton High School. For more information contact Doug McNeill 021662515 or Sean Pawson 0274992829.

Alpha in Mandarin – On Thursday August 2 an Alpha in Mandarin (with English subtitles) will begin at Raymond’s home. Please invite any Mandarin speaking friends you think would be interested in learning more about  God. Please keep this group in your prayers. Invitations at the Info Centre or Reception. For more information contact Raymond Raymond@knockoutconcrete.co.nz.

Rental Available – Four bedroom house with double garage in quiet cul-de-sac. Ideal for a family or as a flat.  Located in Dellow Place, Spreydon. $470 per week.  For more info please contact Debbie  021 613707.

0-18 MINISTRIES
Children’s Ministry –
We are in the position to offer a unique opportunity in the shape of an internship role. This could suit a senior school pupil, a school leaver, or a person looking to get back into some study and wanting some practical experience with children. If this interests you in any way, please talk to Rachel or email rsangster@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Family Fusion –
We have created a fun, safe place where families in the greater Halswell area can come and learn about God while doing craft, engaging with stories from the Bible and eating a meal together. Please invite anyone in this area who you think may be interested. Sunday July 15, 4.00pm – 6.00pm at 6 Balcairn Street. The theme this month is mid-winter Christmas. For more information contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz.

SYC International Fundraiser – Please come to the Living Room & support our Leaders of SYC International as they fundraise for their trip to Japan this December.

Sunday July 8, after the 7pm service – Dumplings for sale.
Sunday July 15, after the 11am & 7pm services – Dumplings & hot soup for sale.Sensible Shoes Study Groups – We have study groups confirmed for the following areas – Beckenham/Bowenvale, Somerfield, West Spreydon, Riccarton, Hoon Hay, Aidanfield, Westlake/Oaklands, Wigram and some centrally run. It’s not too late to sign up, but you’ll need to get in quick! Please email me with your name and the suburb you live in and I’ll put you in touch with the leader in your area. Contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz 3384163 ext. 242.Marriage Preparation Course –  For you and your fiancée, 5 Tuesday evenings from July 21 with the well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For info and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close  meclose6@gmail.com, or download a rego form from the church website.Healing Rooms
We welcome you to prayer on at 248 Lyttleton St on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10.00am; and the 1st Monday of the month, 7.30pm. For more information, leave a message for Karen at reception 338 4163.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 July 23 – Bread Making with Anne Turner, the Sunday Bread Lady. 12.15pm – 2.00pm, Cobham Hall, $5 lunch provided. Please RSVP by Monday July 16.
Monday July 30 – Potluck Lunch, 12.15 pm – 2.00pm, in Cobham Hall, then Bingo (with no money changing hands).

Oasis –  a group supporting those with significant memory loss and their carers is gathering on Sunday July 15, 2.00pm at John and Jackie van den Bogaert’s place, 21 Empress Pl, Halswell.  If this is relevant and you have queries Rosemary Thompson would love to hear from you on 3327821.

OTHER
Prison isn’t working –
RNZ’s Kathryn Ryan  facilitates an expert panel looking at crime, re-offending and prisoner reintegration. July 12, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Christchurch Transitional Cathedral. Tickets at www.pathway.org.nz.

PAPUA NEW GUINEAPapua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. It has a population of nearly 7 million people, with nearly 850 different languages being spoken. Its population is still predominantly rural.With so much diversity – geographically and culturally, one of its biggest challenges is articulated in its motto: ‘unity in diversity’. Please pray for unity within Papua New Guinea. That their differences may be celebrated, and that all voices are heard within decision making processes.

FREE Family Movie Night! Candy bar available,  6.30pm start – bring your dinner and your friends! Journey with us and keep up to date with our daily readings. Alpha in Mandarin begins August 2. Contact Raymond for more info.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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SWBC  Newsletter June 24 & July 1

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

June 24 & July 1

Kia Ora and Welcome,

This June might be one of the greyest in decades but beyond the clouds the sun still shines. As I’m writing this the cloud is breaking and hints of sunlight are breaking through. Life is often like that. While God is always present and shining on us, the dark clouds of life’s troubles, difficulties, pains and tensions can mar our experience and awareness of the Son. Being a people who encourage each other is important in these times. Who have you encouraged today? Who could you encourage with a card, email, phone call, text, meal, some baking or other means? “They will know we are Christians by our love.”

In this newsletter there is an invitation to an exploration of worship and prayer in Te Reo and an update on our local and global giving. There are so many mission initiatives and avenues of practical care for people happening through our local giving. If you’re not financially supporting the church then please consider being part of us in this way. The very nature of our God is ‘giver’ and God calls us to be generous in our own lives too. Tithing and giving are good for us. In very practical ways they name who God is in our lives and change our nature and sense of dependence. Find out more at www.swbc.org.nz/give.

How is your prayer life growing?

Grace and peace,
Alan

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

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

PASTORAL CARE
Our love, sympathy and prayers to Rob & Joy Marshall on the loss of their granddaughter Leela,  who died in Bangkok on May 18, aged one day.Project Esther – Please pray for the team as they lead the services at the  Christchurch Women’s Prison on Sunday July 1.
Mercy Basket – We have some spaces in our cupboards and are in need of canned peas/corn/tomatoes, creamed rice, 2 min noodles, jam, marmite and cereals. Thank you for all your support helping us to help others.LEADERSHIP
General Giving – Although we are slightly behind budget in our general giving year to date, we have had a very positive start to the year. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity in giving financially to the life of the church.Baptism – If you are thinking about Baptism or have any questions we would love to chat. A baptism service is planned for Sunday 1 July. Contact baptism@swbc.org.nz, leave your details at the Info Centre or talk to Warren Read.Enviro Chat – Keen to be involved in a conversation around ways that our faith and the environment can interact? Theologically, practically and more! Come along on Sunday July 1, 2.00pm – 3.30pm at 7 Cobham St. All welcome.

Panel & Prayer – Come and hear from those who have walked alongside former refugees. Then join us in a time of prayer for our families coming from Syria and Iraq and their host communities. Happening on Thursday July 5, 7.30pm at our Balcairn St site.

Ki Te Ao MÄrama – A series of hui exploring the journey to a world of light and truth, using MÄori language and focussed on a MÄori world view and that of other indigenous peoples living in our neighbourhoods. This will take place monthly, beginning on Sunday July 22, 2.30pm – 4.30pm at the Mihi Winiata Whare at Hillmorton High School. For more information contact Doug McNeill 021662515 or Sean Pawson 0274992829.

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

0-18 MINISTRIES
SHARP Holiday Programme   Enrolments open now!
We provide high quality, low cost care for 5 – 13 year olds. Split into age based programmes for maximum fun, these holidays we will visit the Court Theatre, Canterbury Badminton, Megazone and much more. For more information and to enrol your children go to www.sharp.org.nz.
MINISTRIES
Craft Group – Monday evening June 25, 7.30pm, Lyttelton St site.  Contact Lynette on 338 1324 for further details.
Healing Rooms Seminar –  June 30, 9.00am at St Albans Baptist Church. All welcome. No charge. For more information contact Karen healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.
Living Apart – A 7 week course from DivorceCare featuring experts on divorce and recovery subjects. Beginning Thursday July 12 with a meal at 6.30pm and then DVD and support group until 9.00pm in The Living Room. Contact Peter or Rachel Elliot 0275099920 or livingapart@live.com.
South West Underground Prayer meeting – Our next prayer meeting for Christians that are persecuted in their faith will be on Thursday July 12, 7.30pm, 246 Lyttelton Street. All are welcome – getting a group of like-minded folk together once a month to pray through these issues can be very encouraging. For more information contact Walter, phone 021 487 958.
Sensible Shoes Study Groups – You may have read the book Sensible Shoes, now you have the opportunity to do the study that accompanies the book with a group. Simply fill in a form at Info Centre or Reception before the end of June and we will be in touch about a group that’s starting in a suburb near you. There will also be some groups run centrally. This 12 week study is ideal for anyone wanting to go deeper with God. For more information contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz 3384163 ext. 242.
COMMUNITY
West Spreydon Monthly Vision and Prayer Night – Happening Tuesday June 26 from 7.45pm at the Langrell’s – 6 Urella Place.  The night will be entirely focused on our Syrian Family, involving prayer, information sharing and the list of final needs.  West Spreydon Regular Prayer Times –  All are welcome. Wednesdays;
6.30am – 7.00am at 7 Cobham St,
2.00pm – 2.30pm at 6 Urella Place, Mondays; 8.00pm – 8.30pm at 16 Winsor Crescent. For more information contact Dave davelangrell@hotmail.com.
GLOBAL 
Global Magazine – Pick up a copy of the latest Global Magazine from the Info Centre on Sunday.
SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger.
Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.
Thursday July 7 – Coffee Morning, Bring and Buy “COW” Table, 9.30am – 11.30am, The Living Room.
Monday June 25 – Exploring Eastgate Mall.  Morning tea/lunch at the Food Court. Meet at Lyttelton St site 10.45am, or Eastgate Foodcourt at 11.00am. Bring your picnic lunch and/or spending money. RSVP by June 21 for transport.
OTHER
Quail Island Sea Kayaking Fundraiser – 
The Adventure Specialties staff are fundraising to attend the International Adventure Therapy Conference in Australia. Spaces available for sea kayaking trip on Saturday June 30, 9.00am – 3.00pm. Cost $100. If you’re interested, contact Mark mark@adventurespecialties.co.nz.
Spreydon School are having a farewell afternoon for the current site on Sunday July 1, 1.00 – 4.00pm.  All people currently or previously connected to the school are welcome.There will also be food available to purchase.

CHAD
Climate change affects all but it is often the most vulnerable who will carry the heaviest burden. Lake Chad, located to the west of Chad, has evaporated 90% over the last 40 years – placing nomadic indigenous groups particularly at risk. As the lake’s shoreline recedes, women have to walk much further to collect water.Globally, women are more likely to experience poverty, and to have less socioeconomic power than men. Around the world, governments and organisations working on climate change are gradually moving to include women’s voices in policy and planning in recognition of this disparity.Please pray for those in power – that they might make wise decisions which seek the good of all. That the voices of the poor and marginalised may be heard, and that we may see transformation.Please pray for our people living in the North African region. Currently, the W family is back in New Zealand. Pray for health and encouragement for them. They return to the region in July. Please pray that they may see the love and hope of Jesus transform their area.

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Save the date for our next Global Night. Click here to find out more about what is happening in your local community. A new 7 week course, beginning July 12. For more information click here.

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244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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SWBC Newsletter June 10 &17

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

June 10 & 17

Kia Ora Whanau
This Sunday (June 10) we begin profiling the refugee families that we are sponsoring, explaining more about how we will contribute with our prayers, skills, funding, friendship and time. We have started having phone calls with the family members and receiving emails from them. It makes it very real and both exciting and challenging. Our prayer is that we can care for these families and help them integrate well into Christchurch life, communities, schools and work; and that we can document how we have done this in order to help other community groups who might take refugee families in future years. One way some may be able to help us with is buying a house – we are pretty close to being able to purchase a house but need some more funding.  Check soon for an update to my blog.The series we are doing on ‘Prayer Changes Us’ is clearly speaking to many people. Thank you for all your feedback and stories. We sense there is more God wants to show us and raise within us. In response we are extending this series and will be offering more mid-week events around themes from the series and encouraging new prayer groups to form.

Over the last year we have developed ‘The Living Room’ as a space of hospitality and conversation. A space we can live in comfortably and be ourselves. We started opening on Sunday mornings, then added Sunday nights and are now trialing Thursday mornings. If we can make sales equal costs and build teams of people willing to help make the space a great living room, then we will look to make Thursday opening permanent and extend these hours during the week. If you are around on Thursday mornings and looking for a warm and hospitable place to be, stay for a coffee, a bowl of chips, a scone or a slice – you’re welcome!

Speaking of being welcome, Amnesty International has started an ‘I Welcome Pledge’ asking people who are willing to sign and say they would be keen to support community sponsored refugees. The pledge can be found on their website.

Aroha, Alan

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

PASTORAL CARE
Project Esther – Please pray for the team as they serve in the Women’s Prison each week and lead the first service of every month.

Expressions of Interest  are welcomed for an additional Chaplain to be appointed to Stepping Stone. The position will be for 8 hours per week. If you are interested in talking more about this position contact Warren wread@swbc.org.nz.

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

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

Former Refugee Families – Preparation for the arrival of the families is going well. We will be assisting three families who will arrive in July. They will be settled in Hoon Hay, Spreydon and Somerfield with church members in those areas assisting them. Thank you for your prayers, interest and practical donations. We’re still looking for washing machines, microwaves, a house in the Somerfield area and any opportunities for work experience. For more information, contact Nick Regnault nregnault@swbc.org.nz or phone 022 540 8811.

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

COMMUNITY
Somerfield Rental Wanted –
We are looking for a three bedroom house, available from the beginning of July for our former refugee family. Ideally looking around Somerfield Park area.Any contacts appreciated. Contact Tim on 0212955198.

0-18 MINISTRIES
SBC Early Learning Centre
– We currently have a position available in our 2 ½ to 3 ½ year old team for a NZ Registered ECE teacher. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Chris Reid at creid@swbc.org.nz.

Whetu Stars – Families who have and/or have had children with disabilities/special needs are invited to come together for food, fun and faith. Happening on Saturday June 16, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Contact Andy Carpenter, phone 338 4163 ext 238 or acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

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

South West Underground Prayer Meeting – Our next prayer meeting for Christians that are persecuted in their faith will be on Thursday June 14, 7.30pm 246 Lyttelton Street. For more information contact Walter, phone 021 487 958.

International Magic Night – All International people and their family and friends are invited to a magic show with Elgregoe! Happening on Friday June 15, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at the Mohoao Room in Te Hapua – Halswell Library. $2 per person, supper provided. Contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz for more information.

Healing Rooms –  Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on Saturday June 23, 10.00am, at 248 Lyttelton St.

Healing Rooms Training Day/Seminar –  June 30, 9.00am at St Albans Baptist Church.  All welcome.No charge. Contact Karen for more information, phone 338 4163.

Marriage Enrichment Course – Time to review and revitalise your relationship?  Well-presented, DVD based series; date-like atmosphere; delicious dessert; no group work.  Course runs for seven Sunday evenings from 7.00pm starting June 24. Registration forms available at Info Centre, or Reception. For enquiries contact Darryl & Claire Taylor darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz or phone 339 0494 or 021 035 7494.  Cost $75 per couple.

Craft Group – Monday evening June 25, 7.30pm, Lyttelton St site.  Contact Lynette on 338 1324 for further details.

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger. Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.

Monday June 11 – Nick Regnault will talk about how our church is supporting three refugee families.  12.15pm – 2.00pm. $5 lunch provided. The Living Room and Auditorium, Lyttelton St site.

Monday June 25 – Exploring Eastgate Mall.  Morning tea/lunch at the Food Court. Meet at Lyttelton St site 10.45am, or Eastgate Foodcourt at 11.00am. Bring your picnic lunch and/or spending money. RSVP by June 21 for transport.

OTHER
Spreydon School are having a farewell afternoon for the current site on Sunday July 1, 1.00 – 4.00pm.  All people currently or previously connected to the school are welcome.  There will also be food available to purchase.​

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

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Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
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SWBC Newsletter May 27 & June 3

Let’s pray to see more lives changed!

May 27 & June 3

Kia Ora Whanau,
 
It has been fantastic to have Sharon and Jack Brown with us over the last week. Their deep biblical input, posture of prayer and genuine engagement with the difficulties of life has been refreshing and illuminating for many of us. Sharon will be speaking in our morning gatherings on May 27. To Sharon and Jack – thank you very much for sharing so much of yourselves and guiding us.
 
Last week I was with the team in India. They are all doing well. The newest additions to the team are finding their new sense of home. The house is absolutely full. Their need for more space is acute. It was wonderful to visit the families of the canal community and be confronted again with their realities and yet their perseverance and joy. After India I was at the board meeting for LIFT International. The team at LIFT who are mix of Kiwi and Thai ex-police, social workers, lawyers and investigators who are seeking to bring human traffickers to justice, to free those trafficked ensuring convictions for the traffickers and compensation for the survivors of trafficking.
 
Coming soon we have a two evening explore series ‘Going Deeper Into The Gospel of John’ with Professor Paul Trebilco coming up on June 7 and 8. It is open to everyone and will be a great opportunity to dig more deeply into this fantastic gospel. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested please email Michelle to register mritchie@swbc.org.nz. 
 
Grace and peace,
Alan

Please pray for those involved in this course. Join us at our Sunday Morning Gatherings to hear more from Sharon. This Saturday. Tickets available at Reception. Contact Kevin 027 567 7118 for further details.

PASTORAL CARE
Expressions of Interest  are welcomed for an additional Chaplain to be appointed to Stepping Stone. The position will be for 8 hours per week. If you are interested in talking more about this position contact Warren wread@swbc.org.nz.Mercy Basket –Thank you for your continued support. This fortnight we require canned and packet soup, weet-bix, pasta sauce and canned vegetables.

LEADERSHIP
Discovery Lunch for Newcomers
is happening on May 27, 12.30pm at our Lyttelton St site. If you would like to come along and hear about the church, places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute, please meet at the red podium in the Foyer.

Going Deeper in the Gospel of John  – Professor Paul Trebilco from the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago is running a free two night biblical study on the Gospel of John. Happening from Thursday June 7 – Friday June 8, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. Spaces are very limited, so please contact Michelle mritchie@swbc.org.nz to register if you are interested.

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

0-18 MINISTRIES
Toolbox Parenting Courses –
 Primary Years (5-9 years) course running Tuesday evenings, beginning May 29. Baby + Toddler course running on Thursday mornings, beginning May 31. Both courses held in our Cobham St Hall. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

SBC Early Learning Centre – We currently have a position available in our 2 ½ to 3 ½ year old team for a NZ Registered ECE teacher. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Chris Reid at creid@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Pre-Winter Men’s Breakfast – Happening on Saturday May 26, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Walter Lewthwaite and Richard Watson will be sharing. Tickets available from the Info Centre or Reception. $15 adults, $10 youth. Enquiries to Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 567 7118.

Healing Rooms –  Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on Saturday May 26, 10.00am and also Monday 4th June, both 248 Lyttelton St.
Call Karen for more information 338 4163.

Marriage Enrichment Course – Time to review and revitalise your relationship?  Well-presented, DVD based series; date-like atmosphere; delicious dessert; no group work.  Course runs for seven Sunday evenings from 7.00pm starting June 24. Registration forms available at Info Centre or Reception. For enquiries contact Darryl & Claire Taylor darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz or phone 339 0494 or 021 035 7494.  Cost $75 per couple.

GLOBAL
Former Refugee Families –
Preparation for the arrival of the families is going well. While the details aren’t confirmed, we expect to be assisting three families who will arrive in July. They will be settled in Hoon Hay, Spreydon and Somerfield with church members in those areas assisting them. Thank you for your prayers, interest and practical donations. We’re still looking for washing machines, microwaves, a house in the Somerfield area and any opportunities for work experience. For more information, contact Nick Regnault nregnault@swbc.org.nz or phone 022 540 8811.

Somerfield Rental Wanted – We are looking for a three bedroom house, available from the beginning of July for our former refugee family. Ideally looking around Somerfield Park area. Any contacts appreciated. Contact Tim on 0212955198.

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 June 7 – Coffee Morning, Bring and Buy “COW” Table, 9.30am – 11.30am, The Living Room.

Keep Active –  Circuit Exercise Sessions. A fun social setting with a choice of times. $4 per session. Contact Ian & Irene for more information, phone 338 1674.
Lyttelton St site – Monday 9.30am and 11.00am, and Thursday 1.00pm.
Balcairn St site –  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am.

INDONESIA

Over two days (13-14 May) Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, was rocked by a series of deadly bombings. These bombings targeted churches and the police and resulted in 27 deaths and many wounded.In recent years, Islamic radicalism has increased in Indonesia, leading to sectarian violence and terrorism. These recent attacks were carried out by individuals linked to Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, a local group set up to bring together supporters of ISIS.

The rise in violence will be a concern for the Christian church in Indonesia as well as other minority groups who have often borne the brunt of the jihadist violence previously.

Please pray for an end to the violence, and that strong voices which cry for peace and understanding between different groups may be heard.

Pray for wisdom for the leaders, that they would make wise and good decisions that benefit all the people of Indonesia.  Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters – that they would stand strong in their faith and be courageous in sharing the good news of Jesus despite any risks.

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A two evening course on the gospel of John with Paul Trebilco. Click here for more details.

Do you know you can access our Daily Readings online? Find out more! Join us on Wednesday mornings, 7.00am – 8.30am, Lyttleton St site,  as we pray for our church.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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SWBC Newsletter May 13 & 20

Find new ways to connect with God…

May 13 & 20

Kia Ora Whanau,

At the AGM Ed Warrington spoke on behalf of the Grotto Team saying how much they have enjoyed the 16 year journey of the Grotto: Their surprise and delight as it grew and grew, and their deep appreciation of all those who supported, volunteered and helped. He finished by saying that after having a year off last year the present team cannot continue to lead and bring the Grotto together. The appreciation and honouring of the team was evident in the sustained applause of all those present. From the whole church, thank you to the Grotto Team. To all those who have been part of the team through the years and especially the core team who have dreamt, prayed, created, set-up, run, and packed down the Grotto each year.

We are wondering if there is a way to build the Grotto sets in containers or on pallets or something similar which could allow the Grotto to be set up very quickly, in different venues. This could enable the Grotto to continue, even be further developed in a new way. If you are interested in this idea or developing this idea, please let me know – aj@swbc.org.nz.

I feel the distinctive of Christian relationships and Christian communities is confession and forgiveness. This is the essence of God’s love to us and the essence of what builds Christian depth. We can confess that we are broken, sinful and make mistakes. And the community in God’s goodness can forgive. With that in mind I am very aware we over cooked the AGM. We had too much information (a positive sign of all that is happening in the church) and tried to fit too much in. Sorry. But thank you to those who came and the huge support and engagement that was evident throughout.

This new series – Prayer Changes Us – feels timely and significant. Make the most of it.

I’m away for the next couple of weeks with the team in India and at LIFT International meetings in Thailand.

With my prayers,

Alan

Our new Alpha course begins tonight, please keep this in your prayers. Heathcote River Clean Up happening this Saturday. For more info contact Craig. Family Fusion this Saturday at our Balcain Street site. For more info contact Claire.

PASTORAL CARE
We are saddened this week by the passing of Janet Bensemann. Our love to Paul and family. The funeral will be held on Tuesday May 15, 1.00pm at our Lyttelton St site.Our love and sympathy also to Sharon & Tim Healey and family on the passing of Sharon’s father.

We also acknowledge the passing of Russell Dick whose funeral was held at SWBC last Saturday. Russell was a loved member of the Tuesday Night Christian Fellowship.

Expressions of Interest  are welcomed for an additional Chaplain to be appointed to Stepping Stone. The position will be for 8 hours per week. If you are interested in talking more about this position contact Warren Read wread@swbc.org.nz.

Mercy Basket –Thank you for continuing to support this important ministry. This fortnight we require canned fruit, long-life milk, long-grain rice and soup. God bless, Jordy.

LEADERSHIP
Discovery Lunch for Newcomers
is happening on May 27, 12.30pm at our Lyttelton St site. If you would like to come along and hear about the church, places to belong, learn, grow or to contribute, please leave your name at the Info Centre or email Grace Le Heux at newcomers@swbc.org.nz.

Going Deeper in the Gospel of John Professor Paul Trebilco from the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago is running a free two night biblical study on the Gospel of John. Happening from Thursday June 7 – Friday June 8, 7.00pm – 9.00pm at our Lyttelton St site. Spaces are very limited, so please contact Michelle mritchie@swbc.org.nz to register if you are interested.

0-18 MINISTRIES
Family Fusion
 is a new ministry based at our Balcairn Street site. It’s a place where families can come and learn about God together using craft and other creative means, finishing with a meal. It runs one Saturday afternoon a month and is for families that live in the wider Halswell area, that wouldn’t usually go to church. The next session will be held this Saturday May 12, starting from 4.00pm. For more information about the programme and if you’d like to join the team please contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz or phone 3384163 ext 242.

Toolbox Parenting Courses –   Primary Years (5-9 years) course running Tuesday evenings, beginning May 29. Baby + Toddler course running on Thursday mornings, beginning May 31. Both courses held in our Cobham St Hall. For more information or to register contact Lidwina on 027 274 1686 or lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

SBC Early Learning Centre:
We currently have a position available in our 2 ½ to 3 ½ year old team for a NZ Registered ECE teacher. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Chris Reid at creid@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Pre-Winter Men’s Breakfast –
Happening on Saturday May 26, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Walter Lewthwaite and Richard Watson will be sharing. Tickets available from the Info Centre or Reception. $15 adults, $10 youth. Enquiries to Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 567 7118.

Sharon & Jack Brown Visit – Sharon and her husband Jack will be with us from May 18 – 27. We have a number of opportunities for men and women to engage and learn new ways to connect with God.  Evening sessions will run from 7.30pm – 9.00pm, with a suggested koha of $10. These include:
Developing Healthy Rhythms:
Tuesday May 22 | Balcairn St site
Processing Grief:
Wednesday May 22 | Lyttelton St site
Transitioning through Stages of Faith:
Friday May 25 | Lyttelton St site
For more information on the other sessions planned, please head to
our website www.swbc.org.nz/sharon. Books are available for sale from the Info Centre and Reception, hurry before they run out again!

Healing Rooms –  Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on Saturday May 26, 10.00am at 248 Lyttelton St. Call Karen for more information 3384163.

Healing Rooms Seminar/Training – Saturday June 30. All are welcome. For more details contact Karen 3384163.

GLOBAL
Global Night –
Happening on May 14, 7.30pm in The Living Room. Come along and pray for our people and places around the world.

SENIORS
New Horizons
for Seniors and Younger. Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.
Monday May 14 –   Quiz with Leitha Adams, 12.15pm – 2.00pm. $5 lunch provided at our Lyttelton St site.
Thursday May 24 – Let’s explore Rangiora! Wheelchair friendly wetlands walk, shopping, coffee, art gallery – bring your lunch or moeny to spend on lunch out. 9.00am – 2.30pm.

Keep Active –  Circuit Exercise Sessions. A fun social setting with a choice of times.
$4 per session. Contact Ian & Irene for more information, phone 338 1674.
Lyttelton St site – Monday 9.30am and 11.00am, and Thursday 1.00pm.
Balcairn St site –  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am.

OTHER
Grace Vineyard Singles Event –
Come along for viewing of ‘Soul Mates: Fact or Fiction’. Open to anyone who is single, separated, widowed or a single parent.  Happening on Friday June 8, from 7.30pm at Grace City Campus, 150 Ferry Road.

CHINAFor years, China has been the world’s largest importer of waste. In 2015, 70% of global plastic and 37% of waste paper was shipped to China, with most of it originating from the United States and Europe. Although recycled waste lowers production costs, it contributes to unregulated and hazardous working practices. It has also taken a toll on the environment. In China people facing poverty have borne the brunt of these injustices.

China is now moving to reduce the amount of waste it imports. For the rest of the world, this means rethinking how waste is managed.

Pray for justice and freedom for those who work in hazardous and unregulated working conditions. Pray that God would be at work in the lives of those people in power to work for justice.

Pray that the church in China would be a strong and united voice that demonstrates the values of the Kingdom of God. For the church across the whole world, pray that we may be good stewards of God’s creation.

Attachments

Come along to hear about and pray for our people and places around the world. Saturday May 28, 8.00am – 10.00am. Book at the Info Centre or head to our website for more info. Baby + Toddler and Primary Years Courses starting soon! Contact lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
info@swbc.org.nz
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SWBC Newsletter April 29 & May 6

Be involved. Have your say. Come to our AGM!

April 29 & May 6

Kia Ora and Welcome

‘Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!’ Psalm 66:1-2

As I am writing this the sun is streaming through the window of my office. What a wonderful time of the year! In the past week I have spoken to people who have enjoyed refreshing times in places like Hanmer and Queenstown where the autumn colours are at their best. To think that our Creator made all this for us to enjoy is pretty amazing!!

This past week has also been a time of praise and thank you to God for the sacrifice that was made for us by the ANZAC soldiers and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. At Tuesday Christian Fellowship we also took the opportunity to say thank you for all the provisions that God gives us with a Harvest Festival celebration.  God certainly deserves all the praise that we can muster!

This Thursday, May 3, is our church AGM. We would love you to be a part of this important meeting as we look back over the past year and look forward to what God has for us in the coming year.

Our next Alpha course begins on May 10. This is a fantastic opportunity to invite friends and family. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can contact Janelle alpha@swbc.org.nz.

Blessings,
Warren

Family Movie Night. Friday April 27, 6pm at our Lyttelton St site. Details of nominees are available on our website. Find out more about becoming a member of the church, contact membership@swbc.org.nz.

PASTORAL CARE
Mercy Basket – It’s great to see the donations coming in thank you, the need always increases as the weather gets colder. This fortnight we require baked beans, spaghetti, pasta, canned vegetables, and biscuits. God bless, Jordy.LEADERSHIP
You’re Invited to Dinner! Alpha is your chance to explore some of the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal way. If you  are still deciding whether to attend, take up our dinner invite, find out what it’s all about and decide from there. No pressure! The new course starts Thursday May 10, 6.30pm. Chat to Janelle or contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

Heathcote River Clean Up – On Saturday May 12 from 10.00am until 12.00pm, you’re invited to join our Re-Genesis crew as they participate in a clean-up of the Heathcote River. We’ve been assigned the area of the Heathcote River between Centennial Park and Rose Street and the Spreydon Domain area. There’s no expectation to enter the river, but please bring sturdy shoes and gloves. To find out more, contact Craig at regenesis@swbc.org.nz.

Prayer for Syrian Immigrants – If you would like to receive prayer points once a month about the Syrians Immigrants arriving later this year, please email Nick nregnault@swbc.org.nz, or talk with Shirley McKenzie.

Membership is a personal commitment to being part of decision making inthe life of our church. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the church, contact membership@swbc.org.nz.

Donation Tax Receipts for the year ending March 31 2018  are available for collection from the Info Centre or Reception during the week.

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

MINISTRIES
Craft night –
Monday April 30, 7.30pm at our Lyttelton St site.  Contact Lynette on 338 1324 for further info.  All welcome.

Healing Rooms –  Together we seek God for your healing. We invite you to prayer on April 28, 10.00am and May 7, 7.30pm at 248 Lyttelton St. Call Karen for more information 3384163.

Sharon & Jack Brown Visit – Just a few short weeks until Sharon and her husband Jack will be with us (May 18 – 27). We have a number of opportunities for men and women to engage with topics such as spiritual disciplines, grief, stages of faith and going deeper with God. For more information please head to our website www.swbc.org.nz/sharon or refer to the attched flyer. Books are available for sale from the Info Centre and Reception, hurry before they run out again!

Cross Over Trust – If you would like to find out more about what we have been up to, please pick up a copy of our 2017 Annual Report at the Info Centre or Reception during the week. For more information on how you can be involved, please contact Roy Kenneally on 021 889 199 or email rkenneally@swbc.org.nz.

GLOBAL
Prayer Meeting –
Join us in prayer for Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday May 9 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place. Any queries call Evelyn 021 0291 6084.

Global Night – Happening on May 14, 7.30pm in The Living Room. Come along and pray for our people and places around the world.

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger.
Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.
Thursday May 3 – Coffee Morning &  Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden. A donation  for the child we sponsor is appreciated. 10.30am, at our Lyttelton St site.
Monday May 14 –   Quiz with Leitha Adams, 12.15pm – 2.00pm. $5 lunch provided at our Lyttelton St site.

Keep Active –  Circuit Exercise Sessions. A fun social setting with a choice of times. $4 per session. For more info contact Ian and Irene 338-1674.
Lyttelton St site – Monday 9.30am and 11.00am, and Thursday 1.00pm.
Balcairn St site –  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am.

OTHER
World Vision 40 Hour Famine Fundraiser
– Izaac Wilson is hosting a breakfast to raise funds for South Sudan. Happening on Saturday May 12, 8.30am – 10.30am in The Living Room. Cost: $20. To sign up, contact Izaac izaacwilson123@gmail.com.

GLOBAL PRAYER FOCUS

The Sahel RegionTo the south of the Sahara desert is the vast Sahel region, a belt of grassland and savanna that stretches from Senegal to Sudan. This area faces huge challenges from climate change, political instability, and insurgency. We hear of kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, the drying up of the Lake Chad basin, and ongoing instability in Sudan. These are just a few examples of the issues this region is facing.

Please pray for world and regional leaders as they continue to try to work together to find solutions for this area. Pray for strong voices that can speak for peace. Pray that the world can work together to tackle climate change so that the most vulnerable in our earth can live. Pray that God would work in this area so that all people would know His peace.
Pray for the Wright family, who live in the region. This year they are primarily involved in language study. Pray for perseverance, good health, and good friendships in their community. Pray that God would continue to lead them as they are a part of His work in the area.

The new course starts Thursday May 10. For more information contact alpha@swbc.org.nz Sharon and her husband Jack will be visiting us from May 18 – 27. www.swbc.org.nz/sharon Donation tax receipts available from the Info Centre and Reception.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
info@swbc.org.nz
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SWBC Newsletter April 15 & 22

Begin your greatest adventure!

April 15 & 22

Kia Ora

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

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

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

Grace and peace,
Alan

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

LEADERSHIP
You’re Invited to Dinner!
Alpha is your chance to explore some of the big questions of life in a relaxed and informal way. If you  are still deciding whether to attend, take up our dinner invite, find out what it’s all about and decide from there. No pressure! The new course starts Thursday May 10, 6.30pm. Chat to Janelle or contact alpha@swbc.org.nz to find out more.Prayer for Syrian Immigrants – If you would like to receive prayer points once a month about the Syrians Immigrants arriving later this year, please email Nick nregnault@swbc.org.nz, or talk with Shirley McKenzie.

Membership is a personal commitment to being part of decision making inthe life of our church. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the church, contact membership@swbc.org.nz.

Donation Tax Receipts for the year ending March 31 2018  will be available for collection from the Info Centre from Sunday April 22 or Reception during the week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger.
Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.

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

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

GLOBAL MISSION FOCUSBANGLADESH

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

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

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

Attachments

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

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

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SWBC Newsletter April 1 & 8

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

April 1 & 8

Kia ora and Welcome,

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

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

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

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

Grace and peace,
Alan

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer for Syrian Immigrants – If you would like to receive prayer points once a month about the Syrians Immigrants arriving later this year, please email Nick nregnault@swbc.org.nz, or talk with Shirley McKenzie.

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

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

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

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

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

018 MINISTRIES
SHARP Holiday Programme –  Enrolments open now!
We provide high quality, low cost care for 5 – 13 year olds. Split into age based programmes for maximum fun we visit places like Corsair Bay and Garden City Bowls and attempt skills like learning how to sail Optimists and drive Blokarts! For more information and to enrol your children go to www.sharp.org.nz.

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

MINISTRIES
Family Fusion
is a new ministry based at our Balcairn Street site starting next month. It’s a place where families can come and learn about God together using craft and other creative means, finishing with a meal. It will be one Saturday afternoon a month and is for families that live in the wider Halswell area, that wouldn’t usually go to church. For more information about the programme and if you’d like to join the team please contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz or phone 3384163 ext 242.

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

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

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

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

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger
. Please contact Ruth or Alison 338 4163 ext 221 with queries or see Info Centre for our timetable.

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

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

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

Attachments

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

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

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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.

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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
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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.

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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

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