MAY 14 & 21
Kia Ora and Welcome
This fortnight we celebrate our mothers and the 30th birthday of the Tuesday Christian Fellowship. Both remind us of the faithfulness, care and mothering heart of God. As Mary, the mother of Jesus said – “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” (Luke 2 v 46). Our gatherings provide a platform for you to bring your worship to God and to sense the inspiration of God’s spirit. As we celebrate over these next two weeks please come ready to offer your worship and with an openness to what God is saying.
We had a great AGM last week. Thank you to all those who came and those who shared. We ratified all those nominated to be Elders. The Elders meet for the first time on Tuesday May 16. Please pray for them in the year ahead as they seek to bring spiritual oversight and strong governance to the church.
About nine months ago, the South West Baptist and Hope Presbyterian Elders met for a prayer breakfast, with the intention on considering how we could work together for the sake of the Kingdom of God in the South West of Christchurch. The combined Elders agreed that a small group of leaders from both churches should meet monthly and prayerfully and carefully explore what opportunities could be opening up for collaboration and co-operation. Here is a brief summary of what we have discussed and shared to date:
• Opportunities to reach into the growing Wigram community.
Grace and peace,
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Patrice, Graeme & Stella Crawford on the passing of Patrice’s mother. Please continue to pray for those who are unwell that God will be very present in their health challenges and treatment.Congratulations to Jordan Ritchie and Rachel Mahoney on their recent engagement.
Mercy Basket – This week we require canned fruit, peas, tomatoes, tuna, creamed rice, spaghetti, baked beans, pasta snacks, sugar, marmite and peanut butter. Thank you for continuing to support us in helping people in our community. Blessings, Sheryl.
Wednesday Early Morning Prayer – Come and join us in the Boardroom at 246 Lyttelton Street as we pray for the life of our church. Each Wednesday 7.00am – 8.30am. Come for as long or as little time as you wish! You are warmly welcome!
End of Year Tax Receipts are now available from the Info Centre on Sunday or Reception during the week. If you would like your receipt posted to you please email email@example.com or phone the Church Office.
Hospitality 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism – If you are thinking about or would like to be baptised, email Janelle at email@example.com 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.
Next Discovery Lunch June 11 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramaden 30 days of prayer booklets are available from the Info Centre today.
SHARP Trust run After-School and Holiday Programmes at South West Baptist Church 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.
If you feel called to be part of the praying team for Healing Rooms we will also be holding a Training Day on May 27. For more information contact Karen – ph 338 4163; or email@example.com
Keep Active Halswell are excited to announce a new class on Wednesdays at 9.30am. Come and join us if you are new to exercise or haven’t exercised in a while and are wanting to get back into some movement. Classes are circuit based so you can work at your own level. We also throw a bit of fun into the mix. Two weeks on, one week off due to the Foot Clinic. As with all our Keep Active classes this session is $4.00. For more information please contact Carol Hides on 021 2347 198.
Celebrating 30 years! Tuesday Christian Fellowship will be holding a dance on Saturday May 27, 7.00pm in the Lyttelton Street site Gymnasium. An evening of fun for the whole family! Bring a plate. Drinks will be provided. You can also join the celebrations in our gatherings on Tuesday May 16, 7.30pm, Sunday May 21, 9.00am and 11.00am and Sunday May 28, 7.00pm.
Monday May 15, 12.15pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall. Four life stories from our people. Cost $5 – Lunch provided.
The Christian church is vibrant and growing in India, but still only comprises 2% of the population and often faces persecution. There is growing evidence of rising intolerance of Christianity.
The Guardian newspaper reported earlier this year, “There is a clear pattern of rising religious intolerance across the Indian sub-continent, which affects many millions of Christians”.A well-known Catholic activist has put it this way: “Where two or three are gathered, the policeman is there long before Jesus is.”
Pray for protection for the growing number of house churches and cell groups throughout India, that they will be able to worship in safety. Pray for our brothers and sisters around India to be courageous in living out their faith despite the risks.