Newsletter June 11 & 18

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June 11 & 18

Kia Ora and Welcome

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1

Prayer was a crucial, central and distinctive part of how Jesus lived. The disciples saw the priority Jesus gave to it and wanted to learn. So, they asked him – teach us how to pray! Over the next fortnight we want to learn from Jesus’ response. We are calling this series ‘Hello…’ – God Conversations.

We are building up to a day of prayer – “Let’s Pray!” This will be happening from 6.00pm Friday June 30 until 6.00pm Saturday July 1 at our Lyttelton Street site – a full 24 hours where we can come together to pray. You can come and go at any time during the 24 hours, stay as long as you like and pray in creative ways.

Today (June 11) we are running Discovery at 12.30pm – this is a time of lunch and information sharing for those who are new to our church. If you’d like to join, chat with our Info Centre team.

The Living Room will be open after the morning gatherings over the next two Sundays. We are starting with small steps that we will slowly add to. Please use our living room space and welcome others to enjoy it with you.

Grace and peace,

New series – Hello… started on June 4. Follow the series by picking up your Daily Readings from the Info Centre or the visit the website. Know someone new to the church? Invite them along to the Discovery Lunch this Sunday. Who’s name has God put on your mind to invite to the next Alpha coming up in Term 3?

Prayer – Our love and thoughts are with Stuart & Fay Manning and family on the passing of Stuart’s mother.
We have a number of people who are facing major health issues. Please pray for a wonderful sense of God’s peace and care for them.Mercy Basket – With the cooler weather our cupboards are looking rather bare. We require jam, cans of fruit, spaghetti, baked beans, corn, pasta, weetbix, cornflakes, muesli bars and long life milk. Your donations and support are appreciated. Thanks, Sheryl.

Let’s Pray – As we conclude our ‘Hello…’ series on prayer we will be creating an open space for prayer, from 6.00pm Friday June 30 until 6.00pm Saturday July 1 at our Lyttelton Street site. Join us, as you are able to over the 24 hours, as we pray for the life of our church.

Alpha – New Alpha course starting in Term 3 – who are you going to invite? Contact for more information.

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

Baptism – If you are thinking about or would like to be baptised, email Janelle at 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.

Employment: South West Baptist invite applications for the full time position of Youth Pastor in the Halswell area. If you have a sense of God’s call to youth and are passionate and committed to young people both in school and community life then we would like to hear from you. Experience essential and a youth work qualification desirable. For a job description and application form please email Ellen Applications close 5.00pm, June 23 2017.

SHARP Holiday Programmes are open for enrolments for the July holidays! Get in quick to get a place in one of our three age-based programmes at Trips could include (depending on age) visiting Inflatable World, Mega Air and the newly opened Toy Collector! Contact Amy at or on 338 0673.

Origin Sports Week (Cross Over Trust) will be held at West Spreydon School from Monday July 17 – Friday July 21, 9.00am – 3.00pm. A fun filled activity for children of all abilities 7 – 12 years. $15 per child per day or $60 for the week. To register please email Greg at or text or call 027 210 4379.

Keep Active Halswell – Wednesdays from 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. $4 per session includes cuppa and a chat after class. Our next class is on June 14. For more info please contact Carol Hides on 021 2347 198.

Stepping Stone Trust  is a Christian mental health service provider in Christchurch. We are looking for daytime support staff and night awake staff for our residences. Are you interested?  Please check our vacancies at or email to arrange a chat.

Healing Rooms invites you for prayer at 248 Lyttelton Street on Saturday June 24, from 10.00am – 11.00am. For more info contact Karen 338 4163, or email

Living Apart Course – Starts June 15 6.30pm – 9.00pm in The Living Room. A 7 Week course that includes material from Divorce Care and Surviving The Holidays. (This is for anyone who has been separated or divorced either recently or a long time ago). Dinner provided at 6.30pm followed by a DVD starting at 7.00pm with support group until 9.00pm. Please contact Peter & Rachael 027 5099 920, or to register or for more details.

Books! Books! Books! Come along and enjoy a barista coffee while you browse over 1000 books (for all ages and interests) at our Book Sale on Saturday June 24 from 9.00am – 11.00am in The Living Room. 100% of the profits go back into our local communities. For more info email Ruth at Cross Over Trust

Elgregoe Magic Night for Internationals Friday July 7, 7.00pm – 8.30pm. Held at  Te Hapua – Halswell Library. Entry by gold coin donation. Supper provided. For more information email

Pick up
your copy of the Global magazine this Sunday.

Prayer meeting with Chris and Phil Carr coming up on Wednesday June 14 from 7.30pm at Kay and Neil McKenzie’s home, 18 Honeysuckle Place, Northcote. For more information phone 354 8032.

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 June 26 – 12.15pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall, cost  $5. Lunch provided. Challenges of bladder & bowel control as we age with speaker Catherine from Nurse Maude.

Practical Healing Workshop – John Fergusson Ministries. To be held at our Lyttelton Street site on Friday evening June 16 from 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Saturday June 17 all day. Practical, low key, and fun. Meals are included. Be inspired, encouraged and up-skilled to pray for others. Cost $50 per person. Brochures will be at the Info Centre. For more information contact Brienne Davies 03 980 8032 or email

Currently Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan – a month of fasting that commemorates the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. This year Ramadan began on May 26 and will finish on June 24.The Ramadan fast is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. It is is a time of spiritual reflection and increased devotion and worship, including acts of charity. Muslims will fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. During this time of focus away from the physical needs and towards spiritual needs, many Muslims have the expectation of spiritual growth. They will seek forgiveness from each other, and a closer relationship with God Almighty.

Pray for Muslims around the world and here in New Zealand. Pray that those who seek relationship with God would have dreams and visions this month that would lead them to Jesus – who opens the way to forgiveness and relationship with God.

Many Muslims cannot enjoy this special month because of war in their countries, or because they are refugees. Pray for peace to come in our world.

Pray for those few Muslims who regard Ramadan to be a time to engage in jihad. Pray that they, too, would have revelations of God during this month and that they would come to find forgiveness and peace through Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


Interested in baptism or want to know more? Email Let’s join together for 24 hours of prayer from 6pm June 30. Contact Si Hart to see how to connect and get involved with people in your area!

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