Newsletter May 14 & 21

Come sing, dance and celebrate with TCF!

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.
•  Ricecube and Easy English – Claire Russell and Lea McEwan have been working together on developing these elements of ministry into the multicultural community.
•  Our respective Alpha programmes have been working together and combining for the Holy Spirit Day.
•  Developing resources that may be able to be shared with other churches and business leaders to help them with models of building community, and business ethics.

Grace and peace,
Alan

Join us this Sunday as we hear from Steph Redhead our guest speaker! Founder and Director of BraveGirl!
Join us as we celebrate 30 years with Tuesday Christian Fellowship. See inside newsletter for more information. Visit the website for the latest Daily Readings or pick up a copy from the Info Centre.

PASTORAL CARE
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!

LEADERSHIP
Mother’s Day – As a gift to the mothers of our church, we will be providing free family portraits after the morning gatherings on Mother’s Day, May 14.

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 reception@swbc.org.nz 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 reception@swbc.org.nz.

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.

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 shart@swbc.org.nz.

GENERAL
Word for Today are now available. Pick up from the Info Centre on Sunday or at Reception during the week. $2.00 each.

Ramaden 30 days of prayer booklets are available from the Info Centre today.

COMMUNITIES
Halswell, Aidanfield and Westlake Community Lunch – The potluck community lunch for this term will be held on Sunday May 21 at our Balcairn Street site from 12.30pm. Please bring fingerfood to share. Hot drinks available from 12.30pm and we will eat at 1.00pm to give those attending the 11.00am service time to get there. Please encourage others from the local life groups and community to come and fellowship. For further information contact Janet Holder 021 1477 656.

0-18 MINISTRIES
SYC International – has now started on  Friday evenings 5.30pm – 8.00pm at our Lyttelton Street site. SYC International is a youth group for international students. We eat dinner, play games and study English together. We meet during term time on Friday nights in the Cafe. $2.00 donation. For more information contact Claire crussell@swbc.org.nz or 338 4163 ext 242.

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.

MINISTRIES
Cross Over Trust – Interested in Community Development? You are invited to an information night Monday May 22. Held in the Lyttelton Street site Cafe from 7.30pm – 9.00pm. Come along and hear stories from our school communities. Supper is provided. Trust AGM  will follow from 9.00pm – 9.30pm. For more information contact Lidwina Clarke 027 274 1686, email lclarke@swbc.org.nz or Roy Kenneally 021 889 199, email rkenneally@swbc.org.nz.

Healing Rooms invites you for prayer at 248 Lyttelton Street on Saturday May 27, from 10.00am – 11.00am. For more info contact Karen 338 4163, or email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

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 healingrooms@swbc.org.nz

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.

GLOBAL
Family Global Exposure – This year is a chance for families to experience another culture, to start to understand poverty, and to see how our church is involved in a global community. Running from October 5 – 12. Numbers are limited so if you are interested and want to find out more information,  email John global@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 May 15, 12.15pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall. Four life stories from our people. Cost $5  – Lunch provided.

OTHER
Grace Vineyards – Single & Thriving! 
Tomorrow Friday May 12 at 7:30pm at Grace Vineyard Church. Richard Black will be our speaker. He is the founder and Director of Strength to Strength, a counselling and training organization (strength2strength.co.nz). He is an ordained minister and a trained counsellor with much skill around healthy relationships. His aim is to see people thriving; breaking through and breaking free into all God has for them.

GLOBAL MISSION
INDIA

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.
Pray for unity among all the different Christian groups in India – both historic and more recent.
Pray that people will not be afraid to explore the Christian faith.
Pray that Jesus would be the power that brings transformation to communities throughout India, and that the followers of Jesus would be identified by their love and care for the poorest in India.

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