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
May the good news of Emmanuel – ‘God with us’ give you peace and hope this week.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Eve Services – These will be held at our Lyttelton St site:
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, email@example.com or 384 6103.
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.’
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.