Advent Calendar Photoshoot Props

We are already planning our 2016 Advent Calendar – it’s only 6 months until Christmas! There are some props we’ll be needing for our photoshoot – is there anything you could lend or help us find?

If so, please contact Erin by June 7.

We’re looking for…

·         Angel wings

·         Child’s armour – preferably gold

·         Swandri jackets

·         Bush shirts

·         Fairy lights – warm yellow

·         Telescope

·         Green shag pile rug

·         Large soft toy farm animals

·         Toy sheep

·         World globe

We’d really appreciate your help!

Nominated Elders

The nominations are in, and these are the names we’ll be voting on at the AGM on April 6:

Jeff Gardiner, Stuart Manning, Chrissie Muirhead, Geoff Siave, Debbie Tennent.

We are also anticipating at least another nomination.

Elders are a very important part of the Church. They form the governance of the Church, guarding the Church’s vision and bedrock values, people and relationships. The Elders govern the Church through wisdom and discernment, empowering the leadership and holding them accountable.

The Elders nomination committee are recommending to the Church that these five people be ratified as the Church Eldership at the AGM.

Elder Nominations

Nominations for the Eldership close March 6.

Please submit any names you’d like to be considered for Eldership on Sunday to the Info Center or in person to Tim Butcher, Jeff Gardiner, Alex McClelland or Steve Withington. Submissions can also be made to Reception during the week.

Church Accountant Position Available

Do you love numbers or know someone who does?

We are seeking a conscientious accountant with a very high attention to detail to join our team for 15-20 hours per week.

The successful applicant will have a professional accounting qualification, sound understanding of General Ledger and Chart of Accounts, competency in MYOB Accountants Office and payroll systems, excellent communication skills and be committed to the vision, values and mission of SWBC. A knowledge of the Not For Profit sector is desirable.

If you’re interested in joining our team, download a Job Description and an application form here, or pick up from the Info Centre or Reception.

For any enquiries, please contact Ellen at Applications close March 15.

Reading and Interpreting the New Testament

Led by Dr Sarah Harris, Carey Baptist College

Dr Sarah Harris lectures in New Testament Studies. Her PhD thesis, The Davidic Shepherd King in the Lukan Narrative is forthcoming in the library of New Testament Studies series (T & T Clark).

This three day course is an introduction to reading and interpreting the New Testament. It explores the key genres if writing found in the Bible from Matthew to Revelation and then considers how to read each contextually and interpret them for today. The biblical skills required for interpretation and exegesis writing are also covered, aiming to provide a sound basis for further biblical study.

For those completing the course for credit, further online study and assessment will be required.

12 March
2 April
16 April

9:30am – 3:30pm with a one hour break for lunch

-Audit fee per course (no credit) $300 (There is a 50% discount for SWBC members auditing the course, i.e. $150 for the three day course)
-Carey course tuition fee (for credit) $690

Spreydon Site Auditorium
South West Baptist Church
244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch

To find out more or to register for the course (with or without credit) please contact the Registrar at Carey Baptist, Neroli Hollis

Café Space Dreaming

For the last 15 years, our Hub café has provided a place of hospitality /manaakitanga.

To help us as we shape the next season of the café space, we would love to hear from you.

2016 Ministry Starting Dates

Ministry     Starting Date
Children’s Ministries January 17
Church Office January 11
Halswell Preschool January 18
Keep Active First week of February (special Halswell sessions from Jan 12)
Living Apart February 4
Music and Movement February 10
Halswell Play and Music February 3
Playgroup February 9
Playgym February 11
Ricecube February 12
SHARP After School February 1
SHARP Holiday Programme January 18
Single Mums January 18
South West English Classes February 4 & February 15
Spreydon Preschool January 11
SYC (Youth Ministry) Second week of February
Tuesday Christian Fellowship February 9

The Adventures of the Mystery Prayer Bus!

South West Baptist Church is going on a bus trip!  There’s going to be prayer, singing and general good times as we move our way through the neighbourhoods of the South West of Christchurch.

When- August 5
Start- 6pm at the Spreydon Site.  Kicking off with fish and chips, our shout!
Finish- 8pm back at the Spreydon Site

Families are welcome, please register each family member separately. You can register at Reception, at the Info Center on Sundays, or by clicking here. Get your seat before the buses fill up!