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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Come celebrate a night of Christmas fun on December 2. New to the church? Join us on December 3 to find out more. Pray for our city over the Christmas season.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

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

 

 

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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Newsletter October 15 & 22

Want to live a naturally supernatural life?

OCTOBER 15 & 22

Kia ora and welcome,

Can you believe it’s the middle of October? Where has the year gone eh, and we are all another year older! Congrats to our beloved Super Pastor Warren Read who celebrated his diamond birthday this week. That’s 60 team – woop woop! :)

With October in mind, I hope you are also enjoying moving through the book of James – it’s so practical and gets to the rub of things pretty swiftly. It’s also great having the Perry family back and seeing them around in our community.

How’s your Biketober Cycle Challenge going? I’d love to hear from someone who braved the mid-week thunder and lightning whilst riding a bike! That would have been a challenge!

And yes, while Christmas is coming, November comes first, so something to put in your calendars is our ‘Naturally Supernatural’ weekend happening from November 10 – 12 with Mike Pilavachi all the way from England.  Being natural alongside the work of the Spirit is big in the life of our church and a deeply rooted value.  He’ll be preaching on Sunday November 12, and also having events on Saturday November 11 from 10.00am – 12.00pm and 7.00pm – 9.00pm. If you heard Mike when he last visited us in 2011, you’ll know to book it in and let others know how much of a good time it is! It’s also a great event to come to with your tamariki.

Ngā mihi and God bless,
Duane

Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Happening Saturday October 28 – see Reception or Info Centre to purchase your ticket. Chris Heuertz is visiting us from America to run this Enneagram Workshop – sign up today! Here’s your chance to be a part of a city-wide Christmas party!

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Bruce & Carol Moore and family on the passing of Bruce’s mother Joyce. Please continue to pray for those who are unwell and facing some tough life decisions.Day Retreat – A day retreat for women experiencing or recovering from controlling relationships and domestic abuse in Christian homes, facilitated by Daphne Marsden, Sarah Pitcher and Megan Herles-Mooar. A safe place to ask questions, share stories and learn, with confidentiality assured. November 4, 10.00am – 2.00pm. For more information contact Daphne, dmarsden@swbc.org.nz.

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
The Living Room Sunday evenings – We are keen to extend The Living Room operation to include Sunday evenings. To help get this underway we need a Sunday Night Co-ordinator to work alongside Jasmine Bates. Expressions of interest to Ellen Weston eweston@swbc.org.nz or pick up an application pack from the Info Centre.

Free WordPress workshop at our Lyttelton Street site, Saturday October 28 from 10.00am – 2.30pm. If you would like to learn more about setting up and maintaining websites using this tool, email mritchie@swbc.org.nz for more information.

Next Discovery Lunch October 29 is for those new to our church. 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 at newcomers@swbc.org.nz.

BikeTober – It was great seeing so many people bike to church for Cycle Sunday on October 1. Remember to sign up for your Cycle Challenge for the month of Biketober to be in to win some great prizes – check out www.swbc.org.nz/bike for more information.

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.

018 MINISTRIES
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.

SYC Quiz Night – A huge thank you to everyone who can along to support SYC on our annual Quiz Night last month. It was a fantastic night celebrating 20 years of SYC and raising funds so that we can continue to create vibrant communities with young people into the future. Thank you, the SYC Team.

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms invite you for prayer, Saturday October 28, between 10.00am – 11.00am, at 248 Lyttleton Street. Enquiries to Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Men’s Breakfast – Join us for a guest speaker and great food. Happening on October 28, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per youth, and can be purchased from the Info Centre or Reception during the week. For more information, contact Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 5677 118.

GLOBAL
Prayer Calendar – Would you like daily prayer points to help you pray for our people overseas? Sally Smith is setting up a monthly Global prayer calendar. Sign up by emailing global@swbc.org.nz.

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.

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 October 16, 12.15pm – 2.00pm at the Cobham Street Hall. Cost $5. Lunch is provided. Quiz time with Dave Adams.

Thursday October 19, 3.00pm – 4.30pm at our Balcairn St site. Connectors Catchup – come and hear how our Seniors are serving others and how we’re supporting our Seniors at SWBC. Please RSVP to Ruth or Alison by Wednesday October 18, phone 338 4163.

OTHER
Matilda’s Readers – Linwood North School needs people (retirees, Uni students, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading. One hour a week, 9.30am – 10.30am. If you have that time free and would like to help out, contact Barb Harrington, phone 3846103 or mark4barb@xtra.co.nz.

GLOBAL MISSIONS
MyanmarUntil recently, Myanmar has been ruled by a military dictatorship and marked by ethnic strife and civil war. Since the return to democratic rule in 2015, it was hoped that the country would work to heal these ongoing tensions, but it would seem that the situation for some ethnic minorities has not improved.

The Rohingya people, a Muslim minority group that have always faced discrimination, are now facing what some have described as ethnic cleansing, forcing many to flee to Bangladesh for safety.

Please pray for Myanmar and the Rohingya people.

Pray that the leaders of Myanmar would not want stability and power at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.
Pray that those fleeing for their lives would find safety and welcome in Bangladesh and around the world.
Pray for Christians in Myanmar: Christians have often been victims of persecution, too, and may be scared to speak up to the government. Pray that God would bring them together as a unified voice calling for peace, reconciliation and justice.

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Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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Newsletter October 1 & 8

Grow where God plants you!

OCTOBER 1 & 8

Welcome and Kia Ora everyone

Wasn’t Global Week inspiring? Thank you to everyone who was involved in bringing together the Night Market and the Global Nights with Jayakumar and some of our global team. Welcome back to Tim and Katie, Alex and Ollie and Josh and Larissa. It is great to have you with us again. Across the two weekends over 180 people responded to a call to go for a chapter of their lives in global mission, to support our global movement in prayer or to open their own minds and hearts to the global concern of the world. One line of Jayakumar’s struck out to me and really challenged me personally. He said if we don’t pray in tears for the poor and needy of the world, we need to ask what is wrong with us. Whilst I do pray for the needs of the world and particular people groups, I seldom cry out with tears on their behalf. Have I become immune to their need? Have I been effectively distracted? Are my priorities up the wop? To help us explore this further John Robertson has booked in a Global Night for Monday October 9, 7:30pm in The Living Room.

While it was an inspiring Global Week, we haven’t all had a chance to fill out a Global Mission financial support form. That’s our fault as there were so many things happening within the gatherings that filling out the forms was lost. However our global budget for the year ahead is set by adding up the giving promised from all our commitment forms. So, even if you give regularly, please fill out a form so that we know that and can plan a budget for the year ahead. If you’ve never made a commitment to give to God’s global work then here is the opportunity. God invites us to partner with Him. One tangible way of partnering is asking God what would God have me/us give to support the global work of the church. As a church we send our people and we support our people financially and prayerfully.

Grace and peace,
Alan

New to the church? Join us on October 8 to find out more. Join us as we pray for our people overseas. 7.30pm in The Living Room October is BikeTober! Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Cycle Sunday.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Tony & Jo McPheat on the passing of Tony’s mother, Christine & Grant Slade on the passing of Christine’s father and Steve Oxley and family on the passing of Steve’s sister in law. We also acknowledge the passing of Maurice Atkinson. Maurice  was the Pastor at Oxford Baptist Church from 1982-2017 and recently the Canterbury Baptist Regional Mission Leader.Education Lunch – Are you involved in  Preschool, Primary or Secondary education as a teacher or in management? If you are, we would like to invite you for lunch in The Living Room this Sunday October 1 at 1.15pm. This will be a great time to network with fellow educators who are part of our church. Please email wread@swbc.org.nz if you wish to attend. If you could mention the position that you hold that would be helpful.

The Project Esther team lead the service in the Christchurch Women’s prison on the first Sunday of each month. Please pray for them and all attending.

Day Retreat – A day retreat for women experiencing or recovering from controlling relationships and domestic abuse in Christian homes, facilitated by Daphne Marsden, Sarah Pitcher and Megan Herles-Mooar. A safe place to ask questions, share stories and learn, with confidentiality assured. November 4, 10.00am – 2.00pm. For more information contact Daphne, dmarsden@swbc.org.nz.

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
Light Party Rest Year – Due to a number of circumstances our church, in consultation with the Halswell Community Project, have decided that the Light Party will take a rest year for 2017. We acknowledge this will be disappointing for those who love the Light Party, but encourage you to come and join us on December 16 for Christmas for the City, a city-wide party!

The Living Room Sunday evenings – We are keen to extend The Living Room operation to include Sunday evenings. To help get this underway we need a Sunday Night Co-ordinator to work alongside Jasmine Bates. Expressions of interest to Ellen Weston eweston@swbc.org.nz or pick up an application pack from the Info Centre.

BikeTober – On Sunday October 1 we’re celebrating Cycle Sunday to launch BikeTober. There will be food and fun happening between our 9.00am and 11.00am gatherings. This starts a month-long BikeTober challenge – how could you use your bike more? Check out www.swbc.org.nz/bike for updates.

Free WordPress workshop at our Lyttelton Street site, Saturday October 28 from 10.00am – 2.30pm. If you would like to learn more about setting up and maintaining websites using this tool, email mritchie@swbc.org.nz for more information.

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.

018 MINISTRIES
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.

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms – invite you for prayer, Monday October 2nd, anytime between 7.30pm –
8.15pm, at 248 Lyttelton Street. More information – ph 338 4163
or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz

Men’s Breakfast – Join us for a guest speaker and great food. Happening on October 28, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per youth, and can be purchased from the Info Centre or Reception during the week. For more information, contact Kevin Stevenson, phone 027 5677 118.

GLOBAL
Global Night – Monday October 9, 7:30 pm in The Living Room. Join us to pray for our people overseas.

Wristbands – Thanks for trialling the new leather wristbands for us. If you didn’t get one you can pick one up from the Info Centre on Sunday. We are keen for your feedback and will have a short survey for you in a few weeks. Keep your eye out for it.

Join us in prayer with Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday October 11 from 7.30pm at 7 Country Place, Burwood. Please note this is a one-off change of address. 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 October 5, 10.30am in The Living Room. Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy “COW” Table (A donation  for the child we sponsor is appreciated).

Monday October 16, 12.15pm – 2.00pm at the Cobham Street Hall. Cost $5. Lunch is provided. Quiz time with Dave Adams

OTHER
Companion Volunteers Needed – Dementia Canterbury are looking for more Companion Volunteers to visit clients with dementia on a weekly/fortnightly basis. Please contact Jasmine on 379 2590 ext 215 for more information.

Hagar Event – Come and hear from Micaela Cronin, CEO of Hagar International. Happening on Thursday October 5, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, St Albans Baptist Church.

Christchurch Bible Challenge is being held every Saturday starting October 7 at various locations across the city. For details or to register your team of three, visit www.shekinah.org.nz.

Linwood North School needs people (retirees, Uni students, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading. Just one hour a week, 9.30am – 10.30am. If you have that time free and would like to join us please contact Barb Harrington, Matilda’s Readers, mark4barb@xtra.co.nz or ph 384 6103.

GLOBAL MISSION
India
This week is Durga Puja – a religious festival that is celebrated throughout India, but especially in Kolkata. It is a public holiday and over the week the city is decorated with lights and colour.

Communities come together to plan and put up pandals – elaborate shrines – throughout the city. People give gifts to each other and spend the week celebrating with food and music.

Durga Puja is a celebration of the goddess
Durga and her defeat of evil. During the celebrations a hymn is usually read, praising Durga as the creator and controller of all.

Please pray for West Bengal during this time of Durga Puja. Christians usually participate in the celebrations alongside their Hindu neighbours.

Pray that they would be able to enjoy the holiday time with family and friends, but speak of their faith in Jesus who reveals the Creator to us.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work in the lives of young believers to strengthen them in their faith and reveal truth to them.

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SWBC Newsletter September 17 & 24

Test your trivia!

September 17 & 24

Kia ora and welcome,

I’m writing this in an airport. People arriving into the arms of excited family and others in work mode, oblivious to everything around them but their phone and their lack of time. Fascinating! So many different stories and stresses. I’ve been teaching a course on Spirituality – in essence our personal awareness of God’s love for us and through us to others. It intriuges me how different we all are; how uniquely God interacts with each one of us and calls us into different places and with different people. God’s kingdom coming! We are all a part of it.

It was great to focus on God’s kingdom globally last Sunday, realising our church is very much a part of this. I outlined our global mission finances at the gatherings and have put the same information up on my blog.

There’s lots going on for us throughout the remainder of the month. Dr Jayakumar Christian is speaking at our gatherings on Sunday September 17, SYC Quiz Night is happening on Friday September 22 and then we’re hosting the Neufeld Conference September 25 – 29.

Thank you to all those who have responded to our local church giving concerns. July was a good month of giving for the local needs of the church. While we are still a little behind budget for the year, your response last month was superb and hugely appreciated.

Back at the airport, my flight has been delayed. More time to watch people and wonder at the way our God interacts with us all so uniquely, so personally and so differently. Our loving God is one beyond measure and description.

May God’s love and personal call in your life be felt deeply this week.
Alan

We’re coming to the end of Global Week – check out our final events. Making sense of our kids with Dr. Gordon Neufeld from September 25 – 29. Purchase your tickets here. Chris Heuertz is visiting us from America to run this Enneagram Workshop – sign up today!

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Roger & Mandy Cleave and family on the passing of Mandy’s mother. We also acknowledge the passing of Adele Kalamoni who was part of Tuesday Christian Fellowship and Sunday morning gatherings. Please continue to pray for those who are facing challenging health issues, that they would know the presence of God in the midst of difficult times.Education Lunch – Are you involved in Preschool, Primary or Secondary education as a teacher or in management? If you are, we would like to invite you for lunch in The Living Room on Sunday October 1 at 1.15pm. This will be a great time to network with fellow educators who are part of our church. Please email wread@swbc.org.nz if you wish to attend. If you could mention the position that you hold that would be helpful.Mercy Basket – Thank you so much for the way you have supported us in being able to provide these parcels. We continue to be stretched at the number we can provide and would appreciate your further support in donating either financially or with some of the following items: long-life milk, cereals, canned tuna, peas, corn, peanut butter and muesli bars. Thank you, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP

As shown in the graph, our general giving is still behind budget for the year to date, but has greatly improved after positive giving in August. Thank you for your continuing generosity.

The Living Room Sunday PM – We are keen to extend The Living Room operation to include Sunday evenings. To help get this underway we need a Sunday Night Co-ordinator to work alongside Jasmine Bates. Expressions of interest to Ellen Weston eweston@swbc.org.nz or pick up an application pack from the Info Centre.

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 check out our website, or phone Michelle 03 338 4163 ext 225.

BikeTober – Cycle Sunday – On Sunday October 1 let’s aim to get everyone to church on their bike (or non-vehicle transport)! There will be food and fun happening between our 9.00am and 11.00am gatherings. This starts a month-long BikeTober challenge – how could you use your bike more? Contact Andy Marshall andymarshall85@gmail.com if you’re keen to help, and check out www.swbc.org.nz/bike for updates.

018 MINISTRIES
SYC Quiz Night – Friday September 22 7.30pm. Tickets cost $10 per person with a maximum number of 6 per team. Tickets are available from Reception, Info Centre or from your SYC youth groups. For more information contact Grant gchivers@swbc.org.nz.

Neufeld Conference – Making sense of our kids with Dr. Gordon Neufeld at our Lyttelton Street site from September 25 – 29. Get your tickets today at www.dashtickets.co.nz, spaces are limited. See the full brochure attached below. If you’re keen to volunteer during the conference, and receive a free evening seminar ticket, please contact Kim kstrange@swbc.org.nz.

Whetu Stars – Families who have or have had children with disabilities/special needs are invited to come together for food, fun and faith. Happening on Saturday September 23, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Contact Andy Carpenter, phone 338 4163 ext 238 or acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

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! For more information contact Carroll at cmotuiliu@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP Holiday Programme – Are you 15-18 years of age, have some spare time over the holidays and interested in having the time of your life with a group of lively kids? SHARP Holiday Programmes could be the place for you! We are looking for enthusiastic people to be part of our programmes where you’ll hang out with a group of kids for the week, including escorting them to places like the Antarctic Centre, gondola and bowling. If this sounds like you, for more information or to apply check out www.sharp.org.nz (choose ‘Ways to Get Involved’) or email Amy on asmit@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Men’s Breakfast – Join us for a guest speaker and great food. Happening on October 28, 8.00am – 10.00am in The Living Room. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per youth, and can be purchased from the Info Centre or Reception during the week. For more information, contact Kevin Stevenson, phone 0275677118.

Healing Rooms invite you for prayer on Saturday September 23, any time between 10.00am and 11.00am, at 248 Lyttleton Street. For more information contact Karen, phone 338 4163 or healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

COMMUNITIES
Westmorland Pot Luck Lunch – Happening on Sunday September 24 from 1.00pm at Murray and Janine Close’s home, 2 Oberg Lane. All welcome.

GLOBAL
Global Night – Friday September 15 in The Living Room from 7.30pm. A night with Jayakumar Christian, a development practitioner with World Vision India. A night not to be missed.

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 September 18, 12.15pm – 2.00pm Can I risk it? With Peter and Lynley Capon.
Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch in the Cobham Hall.

Monday September 25, 12.30pm – 2.00pm at our Balcairn St site. Bring your board games and contribution for a pot luck lunch.

OTHER
Exploring Retirement with God
– An opportunity to reflect prayerfully on three important questions for retirement years, and on some spiritual tasks for our later years. Saturday September 16, 10.00am – 3.15pm at St John’s Church Hall, 2 Chedworth Ave. BYO Lunch, suggested koha of $10. Register by emailing Glenda gmhicks@snap.net.nz.

Deep: 24 Hours Worship and Prayer – Run by Prayer Collective Christchurch. Happening from 7.00pm on Friday September 29 at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus.

Hagar Event – Come and hear from Micaela Cronin, CEO of Hagar International. Happening on Thursday October 5, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, St Albans Baptist Church.

Matilda’s Readers – Linwood North School needs people (retirees, Uni students, anyone with a bit of free time and a love for children) to listen to struggling children practice their reading. One hour a week, 9.30am – 10.30am. If you have that time free and would like to join us, contact Barb Harrington, phone 3846103 or mark4barb@xtra.co.nz.

GLOBAL MISSIONS
A Prayer for our WorldGod of all the nations,
We pray for those who have lost homes and family in the recent floods and storms. God of comfort, be with them in their grief and give them strength and endurance to rebuild.We pray for those who are living through conflicts.Prince of Peace, speak your wisdom to the leaders of the world, so they might seek an end to war.

We pray for those who are hungry. God of plenty, repair the rifts between your children so that none starve while others are well-fed.

We pray for those who are hated. Loving God, may we come to see the image of you in every person, so that we can be united as one family.

Be with your people, your body here on earth. Continue to transform us so that we too, can bring comfort, peace, plenty, and love into our world.

In Jesus name, and for his glory,
Amen.

We’re launching BikeTober with Cycle Sunday – check out our Facebook event. Looking to connect in with your community? Contact Si Hart. Christmas is coming! Here’s an awesome way you can get involved.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
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Newsletter September 3 & 10

Global – it’s in our DNA

Spring – Yeah!

Spring has officially arrived. This is probably the time of year I enjoy the most – when we can see hints of new life, warmer days and longer evenings. As we sense the new season in weather, I’d like to explain that the season we sense we are in right now as a church is one of encouragement. God is bringing new life in many different ways and the warmth of God’s presence into our church, groups and lives. Be encouraged.

At the moment we are working on our annual Baptist statistics for the year. They always want to know how the past year has gone. Counting up we have over 50 different ministries regularly running with enormous connections that support people, young and old, all over the city. The Alpha courses, baptisms, young adult connections and new ventures like Christmas for the City are encouraging. Thank you for all the parts you play in the life of our church. Whether you’re part of our ministries or life groups, neighbourhoods or structures.  Each week I am very grateful to the team who put out the chairs, welcome people, make our gatherings flow and lead our children. It all adds up and for your part – THANK YOU!

Next weekend our Global Week begins with the Global Night Market on Saturday September 9 and Ants speaking on September 10. Please invite friends and neighbours to enjoy the Night Market. It’s a great evening.

Grace and peace,
Alan

Know someone new to the church? Invite them along to the Discovery Lunch this Sunday. Join us for a great night of celebrating the diverse cultures in our world and community. Global Night Friday September 15, from 7.30pm. A night with Jayakumar Christian a development practitioner with World Vision India.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Maureen Winton Smith on the passing of her husband Howard.Project Esther are leading 2 services this Sunday (Father’s Day) at the Women’s Prison. Please keep them and those attending in your prayers on what is a very difficult day for many.Education Lunch – are you involved in  Preschool, Primary or Secondary education as a teacher or in management? If you are, we would like to invite you for lunch in The Living Room on Sunday October 1 at 1.15pm. This will be a great time to network with fellow educators who are part of our church. Please email wread@swbc.org.nz if you wish to attend. If you could mention the position that you hold that would be helpful.

Mercy Basket – At present our cupboards are bare and we are struggling to meet the demands of people needing food. If you are able, we would be grateful for financial donations or some of the following items: canned fruit, spaghetti, baked beans, peas, corn, soup, pasta sauce, cereals, peanut butter, muesli bars, two minute noodles, long life milk, biscuits and jellies. Thanks you so much. Blessings, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
The Living Room Sunday PM –
We are keen to extend The Living Room operation to include Sunday evenings. To help get this underway we need a Sunday Night Co-ordinator to work alongside Jasmine Bates. Expressions of interest to Ellen Weston eweston@swbc.org.nz or pick up an application pack from the Info Centre.

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 check out our website, or phone Michelle 03 338 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.

GENERAL
Lost Property – We have an accumulation of lost property, please check at the Info Centre if you have lost an item. On Thursday September 7 we will be moving all lost property off site.

018 MINISTRIES
Neufeld Conference – Making sense of our kids with Dr. Gordon Neufeld at our Lyttelton Street site from September 25 – 29. Get your tickets today at www.dashtickets.co.nz, spaces are limited. Pick up a brochure from the Info Centre.

SYC Quiz Night – Friday September 22 7.30pm. Tickets cost $10 per person with a maximum number of 6 per team. Tickets are available from Reception, Info Centre or from your SYC youth groups. For more information contact Grant gchivers@swbc.org.nz.

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 14.5 hours minimum at our After-School programme, if you enjoy working with children and would like to be part of an awesome team then we would love to hear from you. For more information contact Carroll at cmotuiliu@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP Holiday Programme – Are you 15-18 years of age, have some spare time over the holidays and interested in having the time of your life with a group of lively kids? SHARP Holiday Programmes could be the place for you! We are looking for enthusiastic people to be part of our programmes where you’ll hang out with a group of kids for the week, including escorting them to places like the Antarctic Centre, gondola and bowling. If this sounds like you, for more information or to apply check out www.sharp.org.nz (choose ‘Ways to Get Involved’) or email Amy on asmit@swbc.org.nz.

MINISTRIES
Worship Team – Are you interested in auditioning for our music team? Or want to serve as stage crew or a sound operator? Contact Annie apearce@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

Healing Rooms- invite you for prayer, Monday 4th September, any time between 7.30pm – 8.15pm, at 248 Lyttelton Street. Karen phone 338 4163  healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Conquer Series men’s group starts Tuesday September 12 from 7.00pm  in the Boardroom. This is a ten week course dealing with sexual integrity. For more information contact Chris at christiaan@paradise.net.nz or phone 021 306 112.

GLOBAL
Night market is coming up! This is a great night of celebrating the diverse cultures in our world and community by eating delicious food! If you want to be part of the fun by cooking on the night contact John Robertson global@swbc.org.nz. Saturday September 9, 6.00pm, Lyttelton Street site.

Global Night – Friday September 15 in The Living Room from 7.30pm. A night with Jayakumar Christian, a development practitioner with World Vision India. A night not to be missed.

Join us in prayer with Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG. Next prayer meeting on Wednesday September 13 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place, Northcote. Contact Ev Lalahi 02102916084 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 September 7, 10.30am Coffee Morning plus Bring & Buy “COW” Table with veges from our corner garden. In The Living Room at our Lyttelton Street site. A donation  for our sponsored child is appreciated.

Monday Septemebr 18, 12.15pm – 2.00pm Can I risk it? With Peter and Lynley Capon.
Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch in the Cobham Hall.

OTHER
Jules Riding is performing at Linwood Baptist Community Church on Friday September 15 from 7.30pm. Admission is free, there will be an offering collection taken up on the night. Jules will have CD’s available for purchase.

 

GLOBAL MISSIONS
CHINA
Please pray for the people in the rural areas of China who are living in poverty despite the economic growth of the cities.In China’s vast inland provinces, many people still live from season to season and struggle to provide for their families. Many of these areas, like Tibet and Xinjiang, also face political oppression which brings more barriers to people getting out of poverty.Pray for the good news of Jesus to reach to all parts of China – even those traditionally isolated because of ethnicity or geography.

Pray for justice for those who have been struggling for political and religious freedom.

Pray that their voices would be heard and that those imprisoned for their faith or beliefs would have comfort and hope.

Pray that the church in China would be a strong and unified voice that would demonstrate to the world the values of the Kingdom of God.

Get your tickets for the annual SYC Quiz night from Info Centre, SYC Youth groups, or reception during the week. Making sense of our kids with Dr. Gordon Neufeld at SWBC from September 25 – 29. To purchase your tickets visit www.dashtickets.co.nz. Connect in your local community – contact Si Hart to find out more.

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Newsletter August 20 & 27

Explore the world with your taste buds!

August 20 & 27

Kia Ora and Welcome

We are into our Sabbath series – that means space for time with God, ourselves and those we love. Space for time in creation, time to be still, time for eternity. When we consider Sabbath space we are drawing deeply from our Christian heritage, being counter-cultural and glimpsing a way-off future. It’s great to hear groups, families, households and communities are excitedly discussing, grappling and trying practical ways of sabbathing. I hope you can get amongst it too. Maybe pick up a copy of the Daily Readings, listen to some of the messages in this series online (see our website or app) and start a discussion with your people on what it means to have Sabbath space.

Every year our Global Night Market is a hit. And it’s coming up again – Saturday September 9 from 6.00pm. The Global Night Market will launch our Global Week which will run through to Sunday September 17. Ants will be back and speaking and this year we have an international mission leader Jayakumar Christian. We have been trying to get him over for three years and thanks to World Vision he will be with us for this Global Week.

Are you wondering what’s happening at Christmas this year? Our terrific and creative Grotto team are having a well-deserved rest this year and so we have something new. Christmas For the City (see christmasforthecity.org.nz) will be like a massive street party, Grotto and Christmas event all rolled into one. To date we have 20 churches helping to bring it together and growing interest from cultural, church, band and music groups and food vendors. Have a look at the website to find out more and be part of it.

Great work Re-Genesis people. The tree planting day on the Port Hills was, to quote Craig and Mark who organised it, “such a fantastic day. We are so grateful for the enthusiasm and energy you brought along on Saturday.  On behalf of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and the landowners, THANK YOU!”

May God bless you this week with Sabbath space and God’s loving presence,
Alan

New to the church or know someone who is new, invite them along to our next Discovey Lunch on September 3. Join us as we celebrate and learn more about our world and God’s work that is happening in it. Find out more our our global work here. Global Night Friday September 15, from 7.30pm. A night with Jayakumar Christian a development practitioner with World Vision.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer –  Our love and sympathy to Sheryn Burnett on the passing of her father, David & Kerrie van Woerden on the passing of David’s mother and Craig & Sharon Reynolds on the passing of Sharon’s father.Mercy Basket – we have truly appreciated your donations over the past weeks. This week we require canned tomatoes, corn, peas, creamed rice, pasta sauce, long life milk, biscuits and peanut butter. Thank you, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
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 check out our website, or phone Michelle 03 336 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.

COMMUNITIES
Wigram Prayer Walk – On Saturday August 26 we will be going for a prayer walk between 9.00am – 10.30am. If you live in Wigram, have friends there or would like to come and pray for the area, please come along. We will meet at 9.00am in the carpark outside Wigram Radiology. We’ll pray around the area and meet back there at 10.00am for a coffee in the Good Home Restaurant. Contact Claire for more information crussell@swbc.org.nz or 0276179777.

018 MINISTRIES
Neufeld Conference – Making sense of our kids with Dr. Gordon Neufeld at our Lyttelton Street site from September 25 – 29. Get your tickets today at www.dashtickets.co.nz, spaces are limited. Pick up a brochure from the Info Centre today.

Cross Over Trust – Please feel free to pick up the latest newsletter at the Info Centre and hear what has been happening in our local primary schools and communities. For more information on how you can be involved contact Ellen eweston@swbc.org.nz or phone 338 4163 ext. 227.

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
Worship Team – Are you interested in auditioning for our music team? Or want to serve as stage crew or a sound operator? Contact Annie apearce@swbc.org.nz to find out more.

Dr Lucy Hone speaks on Being a Good Friend in Tough Times – the importance of friendship and community relationships for parents. August 24 from 7.00pm in the Living Room. Hosted by Project Esther and SWBC as part of Christchurch Parenting Week. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets visit Dash tickets http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/hd735yfp1. Cost $10.

Healing Rooms – invites you for prayer  Saturday August 26, between 9.00am – 10.00am, at 248 Lyttleton Street. Contact Karen for more information 338 4163 or email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Whetu Stars – Saturday August 26 (a special ‘Open Day’ as part of Parenting week) 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Volunteers needed – if you enjoy fun activities, sharing the Good News of Jesus, getting alongside families and a great afternoon tea, then this is for you!! Training provided and no preparation required. For more information please contact Andy Carpenter 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

GLOBAL
Night market is coming up! This is a great night of celebrating the diverse cultures in our world and community by eating delicious food! If you want to be part of the fun by cooking on the night contact John Robertson global@swbc.org.nz. Saturday September 9, 6.00pm, Lyttelton Street site.

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 August 28, 12.15pm – 2.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Cost $5, lunch provided. Counsellor Ainslie McDowall speaking about ‘Coping with Significant Loss’.

Thursday September 7, 10.30am Coffee Morning plus Bring & Buy “COW” Table with veges from our corner garden. In The Living Room at our Lyttelton Street site. A donation for our sponsored child is appreciated.

OTHER
Foster Care Information Evening – Open Home Foundation have many children and young people who need various levels of care ranging from one weekend a month to a permanent home. Come along to an information evening, Monday August 21, 7.00pm. Held at 370 Colombo Street, Level One. To RSVP or for more information contact rebecca.young@ohf.org.nz.

Website Design Workshop – We are looking at running at free workshop on using WordPress for website design and maintenance. Tentative date is set for September 2. If you are interested, please reply to Michelle mritchie@swbc.org.nz by Thursday August 24.

BENEDICTION
Recently we have been using the benediction from 2 Corinthians 13:14 to close our gatherings. The MÄori and English translations are as follows:

Kia tau ki a tÄtou katoa
Te atawhai o tÅ tÄtou Ariki, a Ihu Karaiti
Me te aroha o te Atua
Me te whiwhingatahitanga
Ki te wairua tapu
Ake, ake, ake
Amine

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all
Forever and ever
Amen

GLOBAL MISSION
India and Pakistan
This week India and Pakistan celebrated 70 years since Independence. The first leader of Pakistan, Jinnah, gave a speech in 1947 urging equality for all, religious freedom and an inclusive government. On the night  of August 15, 1947 Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, gave a famous speech stating that “India will awake to life and freedom”. In the days following this, the two countries faced sectarian violence that left over a million people dead. The conflict between these two nations continues today.Please pray for South Asia this week, that these countries will truly know life and freedom.

  • Pray for: The leaders to look back on 70 years and make renewed efforts to work for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation and that there would be an end to conflict.
  • Pray for those in India and Pakistan who are persecuted for their faith.
  • Pray that there would be a renewed focus on freedom of religion for everyone in these countries.
  • Pray for the many people in this area who struggle to survive.
  • Pray that God would be working to transform lives and communities throughout South Asia by his Spirit and through his Church.
  • Pray for our team in this area. Pray for strength, energy and encouragement for them.
  • Pray they would see God working to bring life and freedom to the community they are in.

Prepare for Sunday’s message with our Daily Readings. Want to know more about baptism? Email baptism@swbc.org.nz for more information. Connect in with your local community – contact Si Hart to find out more.

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Newsletter August 6 & 13


August 6 & 13

We’ve begun a new series on Sabbath based on both the importance of Sabbath space to God and the busyness of our lives. In our busy seven days a week world, and in an active seven day a week church, like ours, the value and practice of Sabbath can too easily be lost. As Steve said, when he opened this new series, the Sabbath time was the first thing in the Bible that God called ‘holy’, is modelled by God on the seventh day of creation, is mandated by the ten commandments, is the key shaper of Jewish community life till the life of Jesus and then is the most talked about command by Jesus. Yet how often do we get time to rest, recreate, retreat and renew?

Thank you to everyone involved in Alpha. The new course is going well with more new people coming. I talked to Duane about the beginning of the course and he said to say thank you to everyone involved and that it is “such a joy” to be part of.

In this newsletter there is a graph update on our giving. You’ll see that giving is down. We have managed to keep expenditure down too but the drop in giving is starting to limit what we will be able to undertake in the second half of the year. Our general church giving keeps the whole church, community, life groups, ministries and gatherings afloat.

Would you like to be part of renewing life on our port hills? See the re-genesis clip on our website – https://www.swbc.org.nz/community/events/re-genesis-planting-day/ and/or maybe you want to find out more about Christmas for the city – https://www.christmasforthecity.org.nz. 20 churches across the city are signed up to help bring this huge Christmas event to our city.

Grace and peace
Alan

Starts August 8, to register and to find out more contact Lidwina lclarke@swbc.org.nz. Visit the website to register or for more details. Newly Engaged? Visit the website to sign up for our Marriage preparation course today!

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer –  Our love and sympathy to Fran & Andrew Jefferson on the passing of Fran’s mother and to Shirley Fear on the passing of her brother in Australia.The Project Esther team will be leading the service at Christchurch Women’s Prison this Sunday August 6. Please pray for them as they prepare for and lead this  service.Mercy Basket – we have truly appreciated your donations over the past weeks. This week we require canned tomatoes, corn, peas, creamed rice, pasta sauce, long life milk, biscuits and peanut butter. Thank you, SherylLEADERSHIPAs you can see from the graph below, our general giving is now $72k behind budget so far this year. Please continue to pray for our finances.

Alpha – The Alpha course has been running for two weeks now, please continue to pray for those who are attending. If you would like to know more information contact alpha@swbc.org.nz.

Re-Genesis Planting Day – After the damage caused by the fires in February, it’s time to bring life back to the Port Hills. 1400 native trees have been donated by Trees for Canterbury to aid the replanting, now we just need some re-planters – come and join us! We’ll be working with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and land owners from two properties to re-vegetate areas devastated by the fires. Happening on Saturday August 12 9.00am – 4.00pm. More details and sign up are on our website swbc.org.nz/regenesis

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 check out the Events section on our website, or phone 03 336 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.

The Living Room Volunteers – We’re looking for volunteers to help on Sunday mornings with tea and coffee set up, clean-up, and serving with a smile! To sign up, visit the Info Centre or email jbates@swbc.org.nz.

COMMUNITIES
Halswell, Aidanfield and Wigram potluck lunch on Sunday August 20 at our Balcairn Street site. Lunch at 1.00pm but open from 12.30pm for hot drinks. Please bring finger food to share. Invite friends and neighbours to join us. For further information from Janet Holder phone 021 1477 656.

018 MINISTRIES
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, August 7, anytime between 7.30pm & 8.15pm, at 248 Lyttelton Street. Karen Ph 3384163; healingrooms@swbc.org.nz

Marriage Preparation Course for you and your fiancée, 5 Wednesday evenings from August 16 with the well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. Cost $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For more info and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close 338 3608 or email meclose6@gmail.com.Registration forms can also be downloaded from the church website.

Dr Lucy Hone speaks on Being a Good Friend in Tough Times – the importance of friendship and community relationships for parents. August 24 from 7.00pm in the Living Room. Hosted by Project Esther and SWBC as part of Christchurch Parenting Week. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets visit Dash tickets – http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/hd735yfp1. Cost $10.

Whetu Stars – Saturday August 12 and Saturday August 26 (a special ‘Open Day’ as part of Parenting week) 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. Volunteers needed – if you enjoy fun activities, sharing the Good News of Jesus, getting alongside families and a great afternoon tea, then this is for you!! Training provided and no preparation required. For more information please contact Andy Carpenter 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

Women’s Event Saturday August 19   from 7.00pm – 9.00pm at our Lyttelton Street site. A night of worship, inspiration and conversation for women. Rescheduled after flooding prevented us gathering in July. Please bring a plate of something yummy to share.

GLOBAL
Would you like to join us in prayer with Phil and Chris Carr for their work in PNG?  Next prayer meeting on Wednesday August 9 from 7.30pm at 18 Honeysuckle Place, Northcote. Contact Ev Lalahi 02102916084 for more information.

Pick up newsletters from the Capons and Carrs today from the Info Centre!

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 August 14, 12.15pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall. Fay Manning, an experienced nurse with stroke patients, will share her knowledge about stroke symptoms, complications, impact on all and supports that are available. Cost $5. Lunch provided.

Monday August 28, 12.15pm – 2.00pm at Balcairn Street site. Cost $5, lunch provided.
Counsellor Ainslie McDowall speaking about ‘Coping with Significant Loss’.

The Project Esther team will be leading the service at Christchurch Women’s Prison this Sunday August 6. Please pray for them as they prepare for and lead this  service.

OTHER
Neighbourhood Week is about bringing people together. It’s an ideal opportunity to organise a small get-together or local gathering to get to know your neighbours. The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is making small subsidies available towards Neighbourhood Week gatherings in its board area. This year, the event has been extended to the whole summer, October 27 – March 31, 2018. To apply for a subsidy go to the council website www.ccc.govt.nz/neighbourhoodweek. Applications close on September 1, 2017 at 5pm.

GLOBAL MISSION
Papua New Guinea
Please pray for Papua New Guinea. They are in the process of completing what has been a particularly complicated election process and a new government should be in place soon. In the past, elections have been accompanied by violence and destruction of property. Please pray that a government will be formed peacefully and with the broad support of the country. Pray they would govern well. Pray that God’s people would be able to be peacemakers during this time.Phil and Chris Carr are working with local partners Adau and Domai translating the Scriptures into the Bamu language of PNG. The team in PNG are having trouble with their equipment (computers, sound recorders). As they work on the last chapters of John and some of the New Testament letters, pray that they would be able to complete the work without disruptions.Phil and Chris are in New Zealand at the moment. Their house is on the market and when it sells they will transition back to PNG. Pray that this process would go smoothly.

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For all ladies, a night of worship, inspiration and conversation for women. August 19 from 7.00pm Connect in with your local community – Contact Si Hart to find out more. Interested in baptism or want to know more? Email baptism@swbc.org.nz

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