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,
Alan

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?

PASTORAL CARE
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.

LEADERSHIP
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 alpha@swbc.org.nz 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 jbates@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.

018 MINISTRIES
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 ecooper@swbc.org.nz. 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 www.sharp.org.nz. Trips could include (depending on age) visiting Inflatable World, Mega Air and the newly opened Toy Collector! Contact Amy at asmit@swbc.org.nz 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 gspence@swbc.org.nz or text or call 027 210 4379.

MINISTRIES
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 www.stepstone.org.nz. or email annah@stepstone.org.nz 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 healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

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 livingapart@live.com 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 ruthlouisemajor@gmail.com.

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 crussell@swbc.org.nz.

GLOBAL
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.

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 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.

OTHER
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 brienne@paradise.net.nz.

GLOBAL MISSION
THE MUSLIM WORLD
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.

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Interested in baptism or want to know more? Email baptism@swbc.org.nz 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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Newsletter May 28 & June 4

Begin Your Greatest Adventure …

MAY 28 & JUNE 4

Kia Ora & Welcome

With winter approaching, longer evenings and colder weather, we naturally want to hibernate and be more reflective. It can be a time of re-focusing, preparation and waiting for summer. We know summer will come but for now we have to wait! Next Sunday (June 4) is Pentecost Sunday. Prior to Pentecost and the renewing and refreshing of the Holy Spirit we are called to wait, prepare and re-focus our priorities in anticipation.  In this season we want to focus on our prayer life and coming close to God. This intimacy is the heart of prayer.

Last year as we revisited the role of our café we clarified its vision: To provide a welcoming place of hospitality to help foster relationships, welcome new people and encourage redemptive communities and people becoming life-long followers of Jesus. In this next season we are going to rename this space as The Living Room. This space will aim to create an environment that is warm, relaxed, comfortable, non-threatening and personable. If you would like to volunteer to help with hospitality on Sunday mornings in The Living Room please contact Jasmine Bates at jbates@swbc.org.nz, who we have employed as our Sunday Hospitality Coordinator, or leave your contact details at the Info Centre. If you have had experience in hospitality, please include that information too.

In this newsletter there is a graph of our giving compared to our budget for the first three months of the year. As you will see we are running behind budget at this stage. While this is a typical pattern, it is something we are mildly concerned about.

Hasn’t it been good to celebrate with the Tuesday Christian Fellowship team and people for their 30th Birthday? This is a unique ministry in so many ways. A wonderful mix of vulnerability and joy, the longevity of the fellowship, the style of the gatherings and the commitment of such a great team of caring people. Praise God – great things he has done!

Grace and Peace,
Alan

Check out our Daily Readings on the website or at Info Centre. Know someone who is new to the church? Invite them to join in the next Discovery Lunch on June 11. Check out the website to see what is happening for Children and Families!

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Warren & Marianne Lewis and family on the passing of Warren’s father.Mental Health & The Church Conference 2017 – This is a one day conference hosted by Willow Creek that looks at a range of mental health issues. The focus this year is Children and Youth mental health. Thursday June 22 at Hope Presbyterian. If you are interested in attending please talk to Warren Read or email wread@swbc.org.nz.

Project Esther have a team leading the church service at the Women’s Prison on the first Sunday of each month. Please pray for them and those attending these services, that they will know the love, comfort and grace that only comes from Jesus.

Mercy Basket – With the cooler weather our cupboards are looking rather bare. We require jam, peanut butter, cans of spaghetti, baked beans, tuna, corn, peas and creamed rice.Your donations are appreciated. Thanks, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your faithful giving so far this year. As you can see from the graph above, giving is behind budget by almost $26,000 to the end of April. Please continue to pray for our church finances.

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

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 jbates@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.

World Vision Fundraiser – This Sunday morning between the 9.00am and 11.00am gatherings, Izaac Wilson will be selling hot chips, scones and cold drinks in The Living Room as a fundraiser for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. Cash only.

COMMUNITIES
Westmorland Pot Luck Lunch – June 11 from 1.00pm. We are meeting at Daniel & Maree’s 6 Ennerdale Place. All welcome.

MINISTRIES
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.

Healing Rooms invites you for prayer at 248 Lyttelton Street on Monday June 5, from 7.30pm – 8.15pm. For more info contact Karen 338 4163, or email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

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 livingapart@live.com 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 ruthlouisemajor@gmail.com.

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.

Thursday June 1 – 10.30am in The Living Room. Coffee Morning  Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden.

Monday June 12 – 12.15pm – 2.00pm in the Cobham Hall, cost $5. Lunch is provided.Come and be entertained by Dave’s Ramblings.

OTHER
Canterbury CEC Trust – The Churches Education Commission (CEC) that oversees Christian Religious Education (CRE) in schools is holding two prayer meetings on Thursday June 1 at St Christopher’s Church, 244 Avonhead Road, 11.00am -12.30pm and 7.30pm – 9.00pm. All are warmly invited to attend as we give thanks for this work and pray for its future. Any queries contact Aimee at canterburycectrust@gmail.com.

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 brienne@paradise.net.nz.

GLOBAL MISSION
CHINA

Christianity continues to grow quickly in China, with many churches operating in a grey area that are not permitted but not banned by the government. They face police scrutiny, but continue to grow. The current government’s focus is on stability, and so this can lead to periodic  crackdowns on churches and Christians as well as other groups involved in human rights issues or seen as having foreign influence.In the vast North and West of China, however, where the population is a mixture of diverse ethnic and religious groups, Christianity is not growing as rapidly. Increased police presence and hardline political leadership in these areas makes it difficult for people to hear the good news. There is also persecution from family and communities as people study about Jesus.

Pray that the good news would spread even to remote and unstable areas of China, and that Christians in China would catch the vision to spread the good news to their ethnic neighbours.

Pray for our SWBC people in one of these areas working in a small town and sharing the good news with neighbours and colleagues.

Pray for the church in China to grow strong despite persecution. Pray for wise leadership, for a growth in knowledge of the good news, and for the power of Christ to transform the country.

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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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Check out our website for ways to learn a bit more about the Church. Visit the website to see what activities and events at both sites for pre-school, school aged and intermediate children as well as their families. Contact Si Hart to see how to connect and get involved with people in your area!

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Newsletter April 30 & May 7

Join us as our Church journeys into the year ahead…

April 30 & May 7

Kia Ora and Welcome

In Peter’s last letter he writes “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house.” Paul writes of us being adopted into the family of God. Both images – living stones that together build a church and being members of a family – lie behind our church membership.

Today (April 30) we are welcoming over 130 new members to SWBC. Some have been deeply committed to the church for many years and others are new to our church communities. Some have chosen to become members quietly and others will be welcomed in at our gatherings today. Also, on Sunday night Richard Watson and Callum Stewart-Ward are being baptised. So a very encouraging day. Let’s pray for us all that we grow closer as a church and as part of God’s family.

On Wednesday night (May 3) we have our church AGM – 7.30pm in the Lyttelton Street site Auditorium. Everyone is welcome. During our meeting we will look at the year that has been and the year ahead, we will seek ratification of our budget and Eldership and hear stories from locally and globally.

I’ve been away on a week’s holiday and prior to Easter did a two week training towards becoming a Spiritual Director. The first week was great, just relaxing and quiet and the later has been a deep unlearning and introduction to a new way of supporting people’s deeply felt experience of God in the moment. Loved it!

Grace and peace,
Alan

This coming Wednesday May 3, 7.30pm in the Lyttelton Street site Auditorium. Starts this coming Tuesday May 2. Contact Lidwina to register or to find out more! Run by Thinking Matters. May 5-6. See attached flyer for more information on topics and how to register.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to the families of Les Yetman and Betty Hannington who have both passed away in the last two weeks. Les & Betty have been faithful servants at SWBC for many years.
Mercy Basket – This week we require canned corn, peas, fruit, baked beans, spaghetti, creamed rice, peanut butter and marmite.  Thank you so much for your donations.  Blessings, Sheryl.
LEADERSHIP
An evening of peacemaking: Dave Andrews and Ibrahim Abdelhalim will lead a conversation on ‘What can Muslims and Christians learn from each other about the mercy and grace of God?’ Delta Trust Cafe, 105 North Avon Rd. This Friday 28 April, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
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.
Church AGM May 3 – To be held in the Lyttelton Street site Auditorium, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Confident Christianity Conference – Run by Thinking Matters at our Lyttelton Street site from May 5-6, this conference provides training on how to sensitively and skilfully respond to the biggest objections Christians encounter today. For more information and to register, visit thinkingmatters.org.nz/conference.
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.
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.
GENERAL
Word for Today have now arrived. Pick up your copy today. $2.00 each.0-18 MINISTRIES
Ricecube – Friday May 5 from 6.00pm – 8.30pm at our Balcairn Street site. Ricecube welcome people of all ethnicities. Each Friday there is dinner, time to make new friends and study English and the Bible. Classes for preschoolers, children and adults. Cost: donation.SYC International – starts Friday May 5 from 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
Healing Rooms welcome you for prayer at 248 Lyttelton Street on Monday May 1, from 7.30pm – 8.15pm. Let God’s healing power and love touch you. For more info contact Karen 338 4163, or email 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. Starting May 3. For more info please contact Carol Hides on 021 2347 198. We look forward to having you join us.

SW Underground Prayer Meeting – Our next prayer meeting for Christians that are persecuted in their faith will be on May 4, 7.30pm 246 Lyttelton Street. If you’d like to receive our newsletter email Tony Kan tonykan@xtra.co.nz.

Whetu – Join us for games and activities that are made to be accessible to children with all abilities. Saturday May 6 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. For more information please contact Andy Carpenter 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

Marriage Enrichment Course – This course runs for 7 weeks on Sunday evenings from May 7, 7.00pm at our Balcairn Street site.To register pick up a form from the Info Centre or email Darryl Taylor at darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz or 021 0357494. Cost $65 per couple.

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.

GLOBAL
Global Night – May 8, 7.30pm in our Lyttelton Street site Cafe. Come along as Matt and Ruth Wright talk about their plans to return overseas and join us as we pray for our people globally.

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.

Thursday May 4 – 10.30am in our Lyttelton Street site Cafe. Coffee Morning. Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden.

Monday May 8 – 11.00am – 2.00pm for a potluck lunch and board games at our Balcairn Street site. Bring some food to share.

OTHER
The Case for Christ has been dramatised for film, and will be released in cinemas on May 4. The story is one our church has previously studied, sharing the journey of an atheist journalist who seeks to disprove his wife’s Christian faith.

Laidlaw Open Night – Are you interested in studying at Laidlaw? There is an open night coming up on Thursday May 11, 7.00pm at 70 Condell Avenue, Papanui. For more info please contact 03 354 4270 or email chch@laidlaw.ac.nz.

Reading in schools – Matilda’s Readers is a new group of volunteers who listen to children do their reading practice at school. Literacy helps bring people out of poverty, whether in NZ or overseas, and those who struggle to read are over-represented in our prison population. If you have a free hour a week to help, contact Barb Harrington, 3846103, mark4barb@xtra.co.nz or 0276873787.

GLOBAL MISSION
CHAD

Please pray for Chad: at present the country is facing a little-reported crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region. Long-running violence by Boko Haram and the military counter-offensive has forced millions of civilians to flee their homes, impacted water access, caused food insecurity and malnutrition and increased child protection risks. 2.6 million people are displaced across the region and many are reliant on food aid to survive.Pray for adequate resources for big organisations like the UN and smaller groups like World Vision to feed the hungry in Chad.
Pray for world leaders to make good decisions on how to respond to the crisis in Chad, and to be generous in their help. Pray for Chad’s leaders, too – for wisdom in this tough situation.SWBC has had people working in Chad for many years. Diane has recently returned to Christchurch.Pray that the love of Jesus would be the power that transforms lives and communities throughout Chad.

Starts Sunday May 7. To register or to find out more contact Darryl Taylor or see attached registration from. May 8 – Come along and pray for our people globally and to hear Matt and Ruth Wright as they prepare to return overseas. Contact Si Hart to see how to connect and get involved with people in your area!

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
info@swbc.org.nz
swbc.org.nz

 

SWBC Newsletter April 16 & 23

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12

April 16 & 23

Kia Ora and Welcome

Easter. It’s on our calendars and a long weekend that we all look forward to but it’s also a lot more. For centuries it has been the centre of Christian faith – our most holy and significant time of the year. The heart of our connection with God. Yet Easter is an odd celebration. It is shocking, scandalous and nonsensical. The death of this one man – Jesus of Nazareth – made all the difference in the world, all the difference to the world. The world has quite literally never been the same since and no other death has so shaped the future or given rise to such passion from people of all centuries and cultures. Whatever you are doing this Easter and wherever you are, may you deeply, in a heartfelt way, encounter the passion of the dying and rising Christ.

In this week’s newsletter there is the latest update from Kingdom Resources. It includes interesting articles on the journey from despair to empowerment and our struggle to ask for help.

Our church AGM will be held on Wednesday May 3 at 7:30pm in our Lyttelton Street site Auditorium. At the AGM the following people will be recommended to the church for the Eldership: Jeff Gardiner, Geoff Siave, Debbie Tennent, Stuart Manning, Chrissy Muirhead, Steve Withington and Jo Robertson.

This weekend we have 226 away at Easter Camp. A big thank you from the South West Youth leadership for the sponsorship given to help teenagers to be able to go on camp. We have been able to sponsor over 40 kids part of their fees. Thank you!

Grace and peace,
Alan

Know of someone new to the church? Invite them along to our next Discovery Lunch on April 30 Register your interest to attend our next toolbox parenting course for 0-6 year olds by emailing lclarke@swbc.org.nz today! Be in the know and join us for our AGM.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Chris & Paul Habinshuti and family on the passing of Chris’s mother. Please continue to pray for those in our church community with failing health.Mercy Basket – We appreciate your weekly donations. This week we require creamed rice, pasta snacks, canned peas / corn and long life milk.  Thank you, Sheryl.Baptisms – On April 30 at our 7.00pm gathering, Richard Watson and Callum Stewart-Ward are being baptised. Bring along a plate of food to celebrate with them afterwards.

Centering Prayer Group – Held weekly during the school term in the lounge at The Arahura Centre, 406 Barrington Street, on Tuesdays at 3.30pm. Please park on the road.

LEADERSHIP
End of Year Tax Receipts will be available from the Info Centre on Sunday or Reception during the week from April 23.  If you would like your receipt posted to you please email reception@swbc.org.nz or phone the Church Office.

Church Prayer Night – Join us for an interactive evening of prayer for the life of our church. Happening on Wednesday April 26, 7.30pm, Lyttelton Street site Auditorium.

Next Discovery Lunch April 30 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.

Church AGM May 3 – Mark this date on your calendar. To be held in the Lyttelton Street site Auditorium, 7.30pm.  Everyone welcome.

Confident Christianity Conference – Run by Thinking Matters at our Lyttelton Street site from May 5-6, this conference provides training on how to sensitively and skilfully respond to the biggest objections Christians encounter today. For more information and to register, visit thinkingmatters.org.nz/conference.

Hospitality Volunteers – Many of you have told us that you enjoy being able to chat to both newcomers and regulars over a cuppa after our Sunday gatherings. As such we are endeavouring to provide a space for hospitality so that we can welcome people and get to know each other better in a relaxed environment. We’re looking for volunteers to help with set up, clean-up, making coffee and serving with a smile! To sign up, visit the Info Centre or email reception@swbc.org.nz.

0-18 MINISTRIES
Early Years Toolbox Parenting Course (0-6 years) – This six week course is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them, to learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future, and to enjoy these years with your child. Held on Tuesdays from 7.15pm – 9.30pm in our Lyttelton Street site Cafe, beginning on May 2. To enquire or register please contact Lidwina Clarke 027 2741 686 or email lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

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
Healing Rooms welcome you for prayer at 248 Lyttelton Street on Saturday April 22, 10.00am – 11.00am. Let God’s healing power and love touch you. For more info contact Karen 338 4163, or email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

SW Underground Prayer Meeting – Our next prayer meeting for Christians that are persecuted in their faith will be on May 4, 7.30pm 246 Lyttelton Street. If you’d like to recieve our newsletter email Tony Kan tonykan@xtra.co.nz.

Conquer Series Men’s Group – Ten week course providing tools to strengthen sexual integrity. Starting on May 5, 7.00pm in our Lyttelton Street site Boardroom. Contact Chris at christiaan@paradise.net.nz or 021 306 112 for more information.

Marriage Enrichment Course – Time to review and revitalise your relationship?  Well-presented, DVD based series; date like atmosphere; delicious dessert; no group work. Course runs for seven Sunday evenings from 7.00pm in our Balcairn Street Hall, starting May 7. Registration forms available at Info Centre. For enquiries contact Darryl & Claire Taylor.  Email darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz or phone 339 0494 or 021 035 7494.  Cost $65 per couple.

Worship Team – We will be holding auditions over the next couple of weeks for those wanting to join our morning music team or serve as a sound operator. Contact Annie apearce@swbc.org.nz for more information.

GLOBAL
Global Night – May 8, 7.30pm in our Lyttelton Street site Cafe. Come along as Matt and Ruth Wright talk about their plans to return overseas and join us as we pray for our people globally.

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World is happening this year from Saturday May 27 – Sunday June 25. Prayer guides are available now to order from www.marn.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 April 24 – Enjoy Browsing? Morning Tea at Portstone Plant Nursery and Café, 465 Ferry Rd at 11.00am. Own cost. Please RSVP for numbers and/or transport. We will meet at our Lyttelton Street site at 10.30am for transport.

Thursday May 4 – 10.30am in our Lyttelton Street site Cafe. Coffee Morning. Bring & Buy “COW” Table with produce from our garden.

GLOBAL MISSION
A Prayer for the Persecuted ChurchHeavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, his death which opened the way for us to have peace with you, and his resurrection which brings new life and hope.This Easter we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are living in suffering and pain because of their faith in you. We particularly remember our family in Egypt who are mourning the death of so many while they cling to the hope of resurrection. Be with them by your Spirit. Bring comfort and healing. For those who are frightened, bring your peace; for those who are angry, bring your love.

There are so many around the world today who will gather in secret or in fear to celebrate the hope you bring. Protect them today. We pray for your resurrection power to be seen in our world – bringing peace, bringing courage, bringing forgiveness and reconciliation.  We pray this Easter that your new life would be experienced by many all around the world and that your power would continue to bring transformation to our world. We long for the day when all people will worship you freely, proclaiming in every language the hope they have because of Easter.

Bring your Kingdom, Lord God.

In Jesus name,
Amen.

Run by Thinking Matters from May 5-6, this conference provides training on how to sensitively and skilfully respond to the biggest objections Christians encounter today. Join us on April 26 for an interactive evening of prayer for the life of our Church and Local & Global communities. Married and want to revitalise your relationship? Sign up for our Marriage Enrichment course today by emailing Darryl
darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz or phone 339 0494.

SOUTH WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon, Christchurch, 8024
03 3384163
info@swbc.org.nz
swbc.org.nz

 

SWBC Newsletter April 2 & 9

Are you passionate for Christ?

April 2 & 9

Kia Ora and Welcome

Welcome to April! Easter is upon us! Hooray!

Our SYC youth groups are busy currently registering young people for Eastercamp. As you know this often creates life defining moments for people. If you are keen to help sponsor to subsidise young people to get there, I was talking to a youth pastor yesterday who was saying there is still the need. Easter at home base will have a 10.00am Good Friday Contemplative Communion Service and 9.00am and 11.00am services only on the Sunday.

A massive thank you to all those involved with our Alpha courses over Term 1. Please remember to keep those exploring more about faith in your prayers. Our next Alpha course will start up in Term 3.

A highlight for me last week is the small but significant steps continuing to be made with Carey College to partner on a biblical training stream with an incarnational twist i.e. theological training flavoured by life on the ground in local communities and ministries. Shoulder tap me if you would like to know more – it’s quite cool.

The biggest highlight though, was Ruth and I celebrating 15 years of marriage. We went away for a week kayaking the Abel Tasman.  Talk about refreshing and good.  It offered a chance to reflect too, we noticed how so much of our married life (and pre-married life ) has been woven amongst the people and journey of our church. And it’s GOOD. We are very grateful looking back. I’m thankful to God and you all, that we have been part of a woven community infused with hope and purpose, honesty and truth, and care and support.

God Bless you all as we together remember the journey to Easter.

Cheers and Nga Mihi,
Duane

Join us for our Good Friday contemplative communion service at 10.00am or on Sunday for our 9am & 11am services. Join us for our church prayer night on April 26 as we prepare for upcoming AGM . Calling all Men! Join us for a BBQ on April 8 in the Cobham Hall from 5pm. Cost $5. For more info contact Kevin Stevenson.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Judi Cross, Greg & Sue Cross,  their families and the Cleave family  on the passing of Noel Cross. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mercy Basket – We appreciate your weekly donations. This week we require two minute noodles, canned tomatoes, toilet paper, peanut butter, vegemite and long life milk. Thank you, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
Easter Services – This year we are holding a contemplative communion service on Good Friday at 10.00am, and then two morning services of celebration on Easter Sunday at 9.00am and 11.00am. There will be no 7.00pm service on Easter Sunday.

What Is Truth? On Friday April 7 at 7.00pm UK theology student Ben Fitzsimmonds will be leading an apologetics evening looking at ‘What Is Truth?’ Come along to hear his thoughts, and a shared question time. Happening in the café space, Lyttelton Street site.

Church Prayer Night – Join us in prayer for the life of our church as we prepare for our AGM. Happening on Wednesday April 26, 7.30pm, Lyttelton Street site.

Church AGM May 3, mark this date on your calendar to be held at the Lyttelton Street site, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Daily Readings – Our Easter series readings are available to be picked up from the Info Centre on a Sunday, downloaded from our website or read on the church App.

Eastercamp Sponsorship – Each year SYC takes a couple of hundred teenagers to Eastercamp, however some are unable to attend because of the cost of registration. If you are able to help us support these young people, please contact Denise Gardiner dgardiner@swbc.org.nz.

Hospitality Update – Many of you have told us that you enjoy being able to chat to both newcomers and regulars over a cuppa after our Sunday gatherings. As such we are endeavouring to provide a space for hospitality so that we can welcome people and get to know each other better in a relaxed environment. To do this, we need the following:
Sunday Coffee Coordinator to make barista coffee and organise free tea and coffee. For more information on this paid role, please pick up an application pack from the Info Centre or Reception.
Volunteers to help with set up, clean-up, making coffee and serving with a smile! To sign up, visit the Info Centre or email reception@swbc.org.nz.

0-18 MINISTRIES
Light Party Feedback – Share your thoughts on the Light Party by filling in our survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBJ3B6TEarly Years Toolbox Parenting Course (0-6 years) – This six week course is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them, to learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future, and to enjoy these years with your child. Held on Tuesdays from 7.15pm – 9.30pm at our Lyttelton Street site, beginning on May 2. To enquire or register please contact Lidwina Clarke 027 2741 686 or email lclarke@swbc.org.nz.

Eastercamp 2017 – If you are at high school we would love to have you come along to Eastercamp with SYC. Go to www.eastercamp.org.nz for more information and to register. Registrations are closing on Friday April 7, and cost $175. If you are keen to come along to camp but money is a barrier please contact your youth group leader or youth pastor and we will help sort it out.

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms welcome you for prayer at 248 Lyttelton Street on Monday April 3, 7.30pm – 8.15pm. For more info contact Karen 338 4163, email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Whetu – Join us for games and activities that are made for accessible to children with all abilities. April 8 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at our Balcairn Street site. For more information please contact Andy Carpenter 338 4163 ext 238 or email acarpenter@swbc.org.nz.

Men’s BBQ – Food and Exploring Faith and Work Journeys. Saturday April 8, 5.00pm in the Cobham Street Hall. $5 per person.  Concluding with optional action movie and popcorn. To confirm, contact Reception or Info Centre on Sunday. Inquiries to Kevin Stevenson 027 5677 118.

Conquer Series Men’s Group – Ten week course providing tools to strengthen sexual integrity. Starting on May 5, 7.00pm at our Lyttelton Street site. Contact Chris at christiaan@paradise.net.nz or 021 306 112 for more information.

Marriage Enrichment Course – Time to review and revitalise your relationship?  Well-presented, DVD based series; date like atmosphere; delicious dessert; no group work. Course runs for seven Sunday evenings from 7.00pm at Balcairn Street site, starting May 7. Registration forms attached in this email. For enquiries contact Darryl & Claire Taylor.  Email darryl.taylor@trimble.co.nz or phone 339 0494 or 021 035 7494. Cost $65 per couple.

Tuesday Christian Fellowship have reached their 30th anniversary! Join the celebrations on Tuesday May 16, 7.30pm, Sunday May 21, 9.00am and 11.00am, Sunday May 28, 7.00pm and a dance on Saturday May 27, 7.00pm. If you or someone you know of has been part of the Fellowship over the past 30 years, please let Andy or Sheryl know by emailing strebilcock@swbc.org.nz.

Worship Team – We will be holding auditions over the next couple of weeks for those wanting to join our morning music team or serve as a sound operator. Contact Annie apearce@swbc.org.nz for more information.

GLOBAL
Come and pray with Chris and Phil Carr, second Wednesday of each month. 18 Honeysuckle Place April 12 – 7.30pm. For any queries, contact Evelyn 338 8598.

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.

Thursday April 6 – Bring & Buy ‘COW’ Table with produce from our garden. 10.30am, church café space, Lyttelton Street site.

Monday April 10 – Supporting those with Memory Loss, Discussion with Rosemary 12.15pm – 2.00pm, Cobham Hall, $5 Lunch.

OTHER
The Halswell Cross – A five metre cross with a figure of Jesus will be set up in Halswell Quarry from Good Friday until Easter Monday. Come along to reflect, pray and nail your prayers to the cross.

Reading in schools – If you’d like to make a difference in the world and have a free hour a week, consider volunteering to help children learn to read at a school near you.  Matilda’s Readers (named after Roald Dahl’s Matilda who loved to read but had no help in her home), is a new group starting up, made up of retirees, university students, whoever, who listen to children do their reading practice. Education helps bring people out of poverty, whether in New Zealand or overseas, and those who struggle to read are over-represented in our prison population. Contact Barb Harrington, 3846103, mark4barb@xtra.co.nz or 0276873787

GLOBAL
BANGLADESH
Please pray for Bangladesh as the country is facing an escalation in violence – including suicide attacks and bombings throughout the country. Last year security forces in Bangladesh launched a concentrated effort to stamp out Islamic militant groups, but despite this there have recently been a number of attacks. Although Isalmic State and al-Qaeda claim responsibility for the attacks, it is possible that a local Isalmist group is actually responsible. The BBC notes: “If it is proved that Islamist extremists are behind the recent handful of suicide bombings, then it marks a new phase in Bangladesh’s fight against militancy.”The rise in violence will be a concern for our Christian brothers and sisters in Bangladesh as well as other minority groups and secular writers who have born the brunt of the jihadist violence in the past.

Pray for Vijaya as she leads the Christian Discipleship Centre. Pray for wisdom as they train Christian leaders in this environment. Pray that Christians throughout Bangladesh would be courageous to share the love of Christ despite the risk, and that God’s love would transform communities around the county. Pray that the leaders of Bangladesh would be wise and successful in standing against militancy, and that Bangladesh would remain a moderate country that accepts their diverse population.

Toolbox parenting course for 0-6 years starts on May 2. If you would like to know more or want to register for this course contact Lidwina 027 2741 686 or email lclarke@swbc.org.nz. Calling all church members – time to start praying for our AGM. Registrations are closing on April 7. Get your registration in today or contact your Youth leader for more info.

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Newsletter March 5 & 12

Join us as we pray for our people and places around the world!

March 5 & 12

Kia Ora and Welcome

Next weekend (March 10 – 12) leaders from across the church will be away at camp together. There are around 200 leaders from lifegroups, neighbourhood communities, ministries, youth, children, staff and Elders attending. The focus of the camp is partnering with God in a suffering world and how God is leading us as a church. Prayer for the weekend, the word of the Holy Spirit and for our leaders in all areas of the church would be hugely appreciated.

We have moved the date of the AGM until after the school holidays. It will now be on Wednesday May 3, so we are asking for nominations for potential Elders. Information about our church Elders and nomination forms are available from the Info Centre on Sunday or Reception during the week. Nominations will close on Monday March 20.

There is an advert in this newsletter for a Sunday Hospitality Coordinator. This is a key paid role we’d love to see a person of vision and hospitality pick up. If that sounds like you we’d like to talk further.

At the Elders’ meeting last week the Elders decided not to go any further with Wigram Primary School in the building of a school hall. After initial positive signs and verbal agreements with the Ministry of Education that we could plan for a 99 year “licence to occupy”, the property head of Ministry of Education in Wellington only offered a ten year occupancy for the church with the possibility of a further ten year right of renewal. Considering the amount of money involved we decided that the cost was far too much for such a limited right to occupy. The Ministry’s decision was both surprising and disappointing for us and the school!

Grace and peace,
Alan

Our next Discovery Lunch is on March 26. If you are new to the church mark this date on your calendar and register by emailing     Si Hart. Newly Engaged? For more information about our Marriage Preparation Course starting on March 15, email Janine and Murray Close. Visit the website for the latest Daily Readings.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer –
Please continue to pray for the Askin family on the passing of Steve. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth & Francis and Chrissie, Steve’s aunt, uncle and cousin. Please also pray for those in our community who are unwell. For those in hospital, for those receiving treatment and for those who are recovering from setbacks and health challenges.

Baptism Sunday March 19 – If you are thinking about or would like to be baptised, email Janelle at janelle@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.

Project EstherPlease pray for the Prison Team from Project Esther as they lead today’s service (March 5) at the Women’s Prison. Project Esther have lots of involvement during the week at the Prison and this year will continue to lead the Sunday Service on the first Sunday of each month.

Mercy Basket – We do appreciate the many donations of food we receive each week.  This week we require cans of baked beans,  spaghetti, jam, marmite, peanut butter, two minute noodles, pasta snacks and weetbix. Thanks, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
Hospitality Update
Many of you have told us that you enjoy being able to chat to both newcomers and regulars over a cuppa after our Sunday gatherings. As such we are endeavouring to provide a space for hospitality so that we can welcome people and get to know each other better in a relaxed environment. To do this, we need the following:
Sunday Hospitality Coordinator to make barista coffee and organise free tea and coffee. For more information on this paid role, please pick up an application pack from the Info Centre or Reception. Applications close March 10.
Volunteers to help with set up, clean-up, making coffee and serving with a smile! To sign up, visit the Info Centre or email reception@swbc.org.nz.

Alpha Helpers Needed – Do you like making sweet treats? Or have Tuesday nights free? We’re after people to make desserts and help in the kitchen for one or more weeks for the Alpha course.  Please contact Kim kstrange@swbc.org.nz if you can help.

Eastercamp Sponsorship – Each year SYC takes a couple of hundred teenagers to Eastercamp, however some are unable to attend because of the cost of registration. We would never want money to prevent a young person from hearing the good news of Easter and so we welcome any sponsorship or donations to go towards their camp fees. If you are able to help us support these young people, please contact Denise Gardiner dgardiner@swbc.org.nz.

Daily ReadingsOur Exodus series readings are available to be picked up from the Info Centre on a Sunday, downloaded from our website or read on the church App.

COMMUNITIES
Halswell, Wigram and Aidanfield Communities 
First combined finger food potluck lunch for this year at Halswell site on Sunday March 19 at 1.00pm. Hot drinks available from 12.30pm. We plan to have one of these lunches each term this year rather than monthly as we did last year. Further information from Janet Holder phone 021 1477 656.

0-18 MINISTRIES
At Sunday School
, we have continued to follow the journey of Moses and the Israelites.  Like Dory, they have many detours along the way!  We are learning God can be trusted.
Sunday March 12 many of us will be away at Wainui Hui.  We will not be running our regular programme but instead will have a more low key morning with a DVD of the life of Moses.  We would really appreciate some volunteers to help supervise the children at both services. We would also love to hear from anyone keen to help out especially with the 11am programme.

SBC Early Learning Centre – Two Employment Opportunities
1. Full time teaching position available for a qualified  ECE teacher at our Spreydon centre. Could suit a new graduate.
2. Fixed term maternity position for a qualified teacher approximately 6 months.
For more information and application forms please email Chris creid@swbc.org.nz.

Playgroup –
We are looking for a facilitator to begin in Term 2.   We have a small group of mums who get together on Tuesday mornings in Cobham Street hall. This is an opportunity for someone with great relational skills and who is able to set up and pack down resources. If you think this could be you please email creid@swbc.org.nz.

Eastercamp 2017  
Eastercamp registrations are now live! If you are at high school we would love to have you come along to Eastercamp with SYC. Go to www.eastercamp.org.nz for more information and to register. Early-bird cost is $165 until Monday March 27, after that it is $175 until Friday April 7. If you are keen to come along to camp but money is a barrier please contact your youth group leader or youth pastor and we will help sort it out.

SHARP After-School Programme
We are on the lookout for awesome people who are at least 15 years of age to be leaders, supervisors or drivers in our After-School Programmes. If that sounds like you, please email sharp@swbc.org.nz or go to our website www.sharp.org.nz for more information.

MINISTRIES
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 April 1, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Café. 100% of the profits go back into our local communities. For more info email Ruth at Cross Over Trust ruthlouisemajor@gmail.com.

Marriage Preparation Course for you and your fiancée. This course will run for 5 Wednesday evenings from March 15, with the well-presented DVD series by Nicky & Sila Lee. Cost $120 per couple (includes “Prepare” questionnaire and manuals). For info and registration forms contact Murray & Janine Close 338 3608; email meclose6@gmail.com; or download a rego form from the church website.

GLOBAL
Latest newsletter
from the India team is available from the Info Centre or if you would like to receive this newsletter by email, please email global@swbc.org.nz.

Global Prayer – We are looking for people to be part of an emergency prayer team for urgent requests from our people overseas. You need to be able to check email and pray regularly. Sign up for this at the Info Centre or by emailing global@swbc.org.nz.

Phil and Chris Carr would like to invite you to come to their regular monthly prayer time to pray for them and their work. They will be meeting on Wednesday March 8, 7.30pm, at 18 Honeysuckle Place. For more information contact Evelyn 021 0291 6084.

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 March 13, 12.15pm – 2.00pm in Cobham Hall, $5 lunch provided.
Get Ready for an Emergency with Stephen Manson from Red Cross.

OTHER
Kingdom ResourcesAccounting Administrator –  We seek someone with a broad range of experience including sound accounting knowledge, database maintenance and development, general office procedures and Reception skills. For an application pack, contact Sue on 332-1700 or opportunity@kingdomresources.org.nz.  Applications close on March 17 2017.

Kingdom ResourcesCleaner  2-3 hours per week at our Lincoln Road office. Contact Sue on 332-1700 or opportunity@kingdomresources.org.nz.  Applications close on March 10 2017.

GLOBAL MISSION
THAILAND
Thailand’s political history is one of a succession of disputed elections and coups, leaving a country that is politically divided and currently ruled by the military. This year, a new king came to power following the death of his father last year. He has called for peace and unity in the country, but it remains to be seen if this can be achieved.Despite the conflict, Thailand’s economy continues to grow, but the inequality between the wealth in cities and the poverty of the rural areas and surrounding countries has lead to significant issues with trafficking and slavery in many industries.

Pray that Thailand would be ruled by leaders with integrity and concern for the poor, and the courage to tackle the issue of slavery in all areas of life.

Peter and Lynley Capon have been living and working in Kalasin – a rural area of North East Thailand. They are supporting local Christians, teaching English and helping to develop business opportunites. Pray for the small community of Christians in Kalasin – that they would be unified and grow in their faith. Pray for good business opportunites so that their community can flourish.

Peter and Lynley are almost at the end of their time in Thailand and will return to NZ in April.

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Come along and hear Diane Goodman as she shares about her time in Chad, and Ants as he updates us on his experiences. We need your help! If you would like to volunteer at our the Alpha course please contact Kim Strange Thinking about Baptism? Contact Janelle or pick up a booklet from the Info Centre.

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Newsletter January 22 & 29

Alpha is coming…  Who will you Invite?

January 22 & 29

Kia Ora South West. I hope this newsletter finds you well.

It’s a great time of year, with the weather settling and people relaxing. I am enjoying the summer series at our gatherings and hearing what’s on people’s hearts. I have found them very encouraging.

What’s on my heart for 2017 is ‘prayer’ – particularly petition/intercessory prayer. I’m genuinely looking forward to getting into more of it, but easy to say in January! Feel free to keep me accountable throughout the year.

As well as swimming and catching lots of cricket, it’s a great time of year to read. I’ve enjoyed the classic “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew for the first time and “Ruthless Trust” by Brennan Manning and found them both refreshing and inspiring.  If you’re looking for your next decent book to read, I’d recommend these.

The big thing on our radar is the Alpha Dinner on Tuesday week (January 31). It’s a great meal, a sample of the twenty minute DVD and the usual cool conversations and dessert. After our amazing Christmas activities, we had about 5 people keen to come along and taste and see what an Alpha course is like. So there is plenty of room (but limited time), to invite along those people you have been thinking would enjoy it. It’s down at Addington Coffee Co-op and I’m sure it will satisfy.

Either way, please join us in praying!  2017 eh – ‘the year of prayer’!

Take it easy, and God bless.
Duane

New to the church? Speak to one of our team on Sunday or email Si Hart shart@swbc.org.nz for more information. Alpha Begins Soon! – We would like your help. If you are able to help please sign up at the Info Centre on Sunday or on Connect under Alpha Volunteers or contact Kim Strange kstrange@swbc.org.nz. Join us for our first evening service in 2017, January 29, 7.00pm.

PASTORAL CARE
Wednesday Early Morning Prayer Come and  join us in the boardroom at 246 Lyttelton St 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!Mercy Basket – A huge ‘thank you’ for all your support in 2016.  At present we have some empty shelves and are in need of:  cans of baked beans, spaghetti, corn & tomatoes, peanut butter, marmite, long life milk, 2 minute noodles and cereals. Thanks Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
Next Discovery Lunch February 12 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.

Alpha begins soon – Please invite someone you know to come with you to the first dinner at Addington Coffee Co-op on January 31 at 7.00pm.

We require volunteers to help with the Alpha course. Please sign up at the Info Centre on Sundays or on Connect under Alpha Volunteers – click on needs. The required needs are facilitators, helpers and dessert makers.  We also need people to pray regularly. To get the weekly prayer updates, please join the Alpha Supporters group on Connect. For more information, email Kim Strange  kstrange@swbc.org.nz.

150th Photos – If you had your photo taken and hung in the foyer for our 150th celebrations, and you would like a copy, please collect this from Info Centre or Reception during the week.

EMPLOYMENT
We are inviting Expressions of Interest for a part time receptionist to start early in 2017. The role is for 12 hours per week with the possibility of occasional extra relief hours. To provide an excellent front line service, interpersonal and communication skills of the highest standard are essential along with a warm and friendly attitude and the ability to work in a team. The role includes some administrative tasks which require the applicant to give high attention to detail and be well organised and time efficient. To register your interest or find out more please contact Amanda Parfitt after January 24 by phoning 338 4163 ext. 236 or email aparfitt@swbc.org.nz

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Children’s Ministry – holiday programme starts back this Sunday January 22.

YOUTH – SYC START UP DAY
Start Up day is the best way to reconnect with your mates in a stunning summer setting. We will be parking up at Spencer Park and spending the afternoon getting up to all kinds of fun.
When: Saturday Jan 28 – 2.00pm to 6.00pm
Where: Spencer Park, 100 Heyders Road, Spencerville
Transport: Car pool with your leader or get your parents to do the driving
Cost: $2
Facebook Search: SYC Summer Start Up 2017. See you there!

MINISTRIES
Living Apart Course – Starts February 2, 6.30pm – 9.00pm in the Hub Cafe. 244 Lyttelton St. This is a 7 week course, Restored Lives (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 livingapart@live.com to register or for more details.

Worship Team – We will be holding auditions over the next couple of weeks for those wanting to join our music team or serve as a sound operator. Contact Annie apearce@swbc.org.nz for more information.

Healing Rooms – if you are interested in joining our team, as we pray for those in need of healing, there will be a training day Saturday February 11. For more information ring Karen at 338 4163.

Healing Rooms – our first Healing Rooms will be on Saturday February 25, 10.00am, at 248 Lyttelton Street.

Cross Over Trust  –  Please feel free to pick up the latest newsletter from the Info Centre and hear what has been happening in our  local communities. For more information on how you can be involved contact Ellen ecooper@swbc.org.nz or phone 338 4163 ext. 227.

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger. Please contact Ruth or Alison ph 338 4163 ext 221 with queries. See Info Centre for our Seniors timetable.

Thursday Feb 2 10.30am The Hub, Church Café, 244 Lyttelton St Coffee Morning  Bring & Buy “COW” Table

March 18 – 20 – New Horizons weekend away in Hanmer. Cost approx $50 for 2 nights accommodation, transport, food contributions plus spending money for shopping, pools, etc. Come to our planning meeting, 2.30pm in the boardroom on Monday January 30. Please talk to Alison or Ruth by February 5 if you’re interested.

A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD
Heavenly Father, we pray for our world.
Thank you for the beauty of your creation and the people around us, but we grieve with you when we see how the world has been broken: when we hear of wars and
disasters, of children who face pain, families who mourn their lost, people who flee to survive.We know that you are a God who sees the pain in the world. You remember the
forgotten ones. You hear the cries of the poor and the sick the broken-hearted, the down-trodden, and those who have lost hope. God, we long for things to be made right; for our world to become whole again.

Thank you that  we can have faith that  you are working. We have hope that there will not always be pain and suffering. We see your work in lives and communities that have been changed by your love and care. We want to see more: we want to see our whole world transformed.

Thank you for giving us a part in your big plan. Help us to see the forgotten ones in our world as you do and empower us to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Transform us together to be more like you so that the world can be a place of hope,
beauty, unity, and life again and that your glory may be seen among all the nations. Amen.

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Sunday we start back with both 9am & 11am services along with the Children’s Ministry team starting back with their holiday programme. Visit our website to find out more! Visit the website for this years ministry starts dates!

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Newsletter November 27 & December 4

Sign up for Grotto, many hands make light work!

November 27 & December 4

Kia Ora and Welcome

This year I’m trying to read through the whole Bible. Today I was reading 1st Thessalonians. Verses 16 – 18 reads “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As we approach the busy Christmas season there are great reminders here. One is to pray. If you would like to pray for our church I am sending out a prayer letter each fortnight which you can receive by email. Just let me know if you’re interested – ajamieson@swbc.org.nz.

When we celebrated our 150th we talked about the enduring vision of the church and invited people who want to be part of the next chapter to come and take a stone as a small symbol of belonging. Next Sunday (December 4) at our services I want to explain what belonging as part of SWBC means, some practical ways people are belonging and how each of us can belong in ways that work for us. I hope you can be at one of these services.

Yesterday the containers of Grotto sets arrived at the church ready for this week’s building of the Grotto. This is our 16th Christmas Grotto and the last one for a while. This year we need help unpacking the containers on Monday morning but will not need helpers on Monday night. See Danielle in the foyer if you can help with the building of the Grotto, the pack-down on December 27 or help with welcoming people on the days the Grotto is open to the public.

Stepping Stone Trust are having their AGM on Monday November 28, 7.00pm in our cafe. Stepping Stone are leading mental health providers in our city who want to strengthen their relationship with SWBC. They are holding their AGM here and we would love to invite people who are interested in mental health to come along to the meeting. Please let Michelle mritchie@swbc.org.nz know if you are able to attend.

For the first few days of next week I’m away at the Kopua Monastery with a great friend spending time in reflection and prayer. Really looking forward to it.

Grace and peace
Alan

New Advent series starts December 4. Sign up today to be a Grotto volunteer as a Grotto Rover or to help in the cafe. Come and find out the How, Why and Where we can belong in our services on December 4.

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer – Our love and sympathy to Martin & Karen Winder and Mike & Kathy Davenport and their families on the passing of Martin & Kathy’s father.John Spain thanks all those from the church family who prayed and cared for them during Carol’s illness and beyond. Particularly those who took time to visit or sit with Carol.

Congratulations to Nick and Anna Slade on the arrival of Chloe Grace and to the proud grandparents, Ed and Pauline Wicken.

Mercy Basket – We have now made up 70 of our 130 Christmas parcels and our cupboards are looking a little bare. If you would like to help us, we are happy to accept monetary donations towards this or items such as: canned peas, corn, tomatoes, spaghetti, baked beans, cereals, marmite, rice risotto, pasta sauces & pasta and long life milk.  Thanks you for your continued support of this valuable ministry.  Blessings, Sheryl.

LEADERSHIP
Alpha 2017 will include two evening courses at the Addington Coffee Co-Op in Term 1 and Term 3. Would you consider being a volunteer for South West Alpha in 2017? Right now we are especially looking for three people or couples with coordination skills. We would love to hear from you and we can help you connect. Contact Duane dmajor@swbc.org.nz.

0-18 MINISTRIES
Christmas Community Choir – If you would like to be a part of our Community Choir for the 5.00pm & 7.00pm Christmas Eve services please contact Alice-Louise Mann by emailing almann@swbc.org.nz.

SHARP Trust invite applications for an After School Programme Coordinator, a fixed term position to cover up to 1 year parental leave. Applicants will be responsible for managing and coordinating the programme to an excellent standard and will  be required to hold a full, current driver’s licence. Hours are Monday – Friday varying between 30-38 hours per week. Start date February 2017. To express your interest please contact Grant Chivers gchivers@swbc.org.nz or call 338 4163  ext 266. Applications close Friday December 2 at 5.00pm.

MINISTRIES
Tuesday Night Christian Fellowship  have some exiting events coming up  that you are all invited too – Tuesday November 29 Elgregoe is visiting us. December 6 we have a Baptism service and on December 13 a Christmas celebration. Services run from 7.30pm – 9.00pm and you are all  very welcome to attend and share in celebrating God’s goodness.

Healing Rooms welcome you for prayer on Saturday November 26, at 248 Lyttleton Street, anytime between 10.00am – 11.00am. Enquiries to Karen by phoning 338 4163 or email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

COMMUNITIES 
Westmorland pot luck lunch, this Sunday November 27 from 1.00pm at John and Jo’s, 8 Somerton Rise. All welcome. http://www.swbc.org.nz/ministry/

Carols @ Westlake – December 10 at Westlake park in Halswell. Starts at 5.00pm with a free Concert and 6.00pm Carol Sing-along. Great night out for all the family.

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger. Please contact Ruth or Alison ph 338 4163 ext 221 with queries. See Info Centre for a timetable.

Thursday December 1 – 10.30am The Hub Cafe 244 Lyttelton Street, Christmas Coffee Morning  Bring & Buy “COW” Table.

Monday December 12 – 12.30 – 2.30pm at Halswell,  6 Balcairn Street. Christmas Potluck Lunch. Please talk with Janet Holder or Ruth by December 5 about what you’re bringing.

GLOBAL
The Global Magazine is available this week. Pick up your copy from the info table or at the door to read the latest updates from our people overseas.

OTHER
Middleton Grange School Fiesta!  Friday December 2 from 5.00pm – 8.00pm. 30 Acacia Avenue, Riccarton. Come along for food, bargains and fun. Eftpos available on the night.

Hillmorton High School community Festival is on Saturday December 3. Lots of fun for all the family. Mark this date on your calendar today.

Bible Translation and Creation Care: David and Tammy Price have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for the last 35 years and in 2010 completed translating the Ambai New Testament in Papua, Indonesia. Hear their stories about translation, environmental consulting and creation care ministries – 7.00pm in the café on Wednesday November 30, followed by supper at 8:30pm.

CHRISTMAS 2016
Please check out the website for ways to be involved this Christmas. Here a few things we would like to highlight:

Christmas Cards – If you want to give people Christmas cards with a bit of a South West feel, Christmas cards are available to purchase from Reception or Info Centre. ($1 each).

Advent Calendars – These are available for purchase – just $2 each. Pre-ordered calendars are now available for pick up from Reception or at the Info Centre.

Grotto Sign Up – Please sign up for shifts on Connect. Click on the ‘Christmas’ link on the website to get to the Grotto page and follow the instructions, or sign up on paper after the Sunday services.

Christmas Eve Services – Please bring your neighbours, families and friends along to our Christmas Eve Services at 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 9.00pm or 11.00pm.

GLOBAL MISSION
INDIA

Our team in India are moving into a new season both literally and figuratively! They enjoyed celebrating Diwali (festival of lights) with their community, and now it’s the cool season. Lower temperatures are a great relief to everyone, with more energy and better sleep. It’s a new season too, with a business starting in the last month giving employment to 15 women. The unexpected “Demonetisation” policy in India has made this time much more difficult as the team (along with everyone else in India!) must go to the bank daily to exchange the old money, which is suddenly not legal tender.
The business is going well. The women are getting on well together, working hard, and completing their targets.Pray for the women who have started work – that they would develop and their families and communities would develop through them.  Pray that there would be growth in the business, lots of new orders so that others can be employed. Pray for those in the community who don’t yet have jobs. There are many stresses that come with constantly having to find ways to feed your family – pray that there would be lots of opportunities for meaningful work.

Pray for the team in this new season – for good teamwork, for time to rest and be refreshed, for wisdom in all their roles.

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Join us for our Family service led by our Children’s Team at 9am & 11am on December 18. Would you consider being a volunteer for Alpha in 2017? Contact Duane Major today! Advent Calendars have arrived. Pick up your copy from the Info Centre on Sunday or Reception during the week. Cost $2.

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Newsletter November 13 & 20

Who’s truth are you living?

November 13 & 20

What a week! Canterbury Anniversary, Cup Week, A&P Show and a new president of the United States. On Wednesday night I sat opposite one of our government cabinet ministers and watched his reactions as he tracked his iPad and phone as the results came in. There seems to be a lot of surprise and uncertainty everywhere. A reminder that our world needs pray-ers. On that note, I am starting a prayer newsletter. It will go out fortnightly to prayer groups and individuals who are committed to praying for our communities, ministries, gatherings and global connections. If you want to receive this please email me – ajamieson@swbc.org.nz.This week our Advent Calendars begin being distributed so they can be given to children through their schools, preschools and ministry groups. We are praying that each of these Calendars will open up conversations in families and enquiries about Jesus’ birth and life.

This year is the 16th year the Grotto team have created and provided a Christmas Grotto here at SWBC. We want to thank them and celebrate that journey this Christmas. Sixteen years in a row is a marathon of love and commitment. Well done team! Next year, 2017, we will not be having a Christmas Grotto as the team are taking a sabbatical year to rest and re-assess what the next chapter might be. So this year’s Grotto will be the last for a while. To celebrate that and ensure as many people as possible can enjoy this year’s Grotto we are going to make it entry by donation. Hopefully many more can come and enjoy it!

We have our monthly elders’ meeting this Tuesday night and will be looking at our budget plans for next year, progress on the potential church involvement in the Wigram school hall design, building and long term usage and strengthening our relationship with Stepping Stone Trust. Mike Douglas the CEO of Stepping Stone and Justin Stevenson their board chairman will be joining us for the meeting. We’d love your prayers.

Grace and peace
Alan

Our Next Discovery lunch is November 27. Contact Si Hart to register. New Alpha course starts in February 2017. Do you have co-ordination skills and would love to be involved? Contact Duane today! Our Remembrance service is a time of reflection and prayer for anyone who has experienced grief or loss. Join us on November 20.

PASTORAL CARE
Chaplain Position – South West Baptist invites applications for the position of Chaplain. This is a new role and the successful applicants will work with Stepping Stone Trust as well as South West Baptist. Hours and days yet to be confirmed. Start date February 2017. If you have experience in Mental Health, Chaplaincy or Pastoral Ministry and are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Warren Read wread@swbc.org.nz or call 338 4163 ext 301. Applications close on Monday November 21.Prayer – Our love and sympathy to John Spain on the passing of his wife Carol and Celia Monk on the passing of her father.Mercy Basket – We are continuing to make up our Christmas food parcels and would appreciate either monetary support or some of the following: Chocolate, biscuits, pasta snacks, pasta sauce, long life milk and creamed rice. Thank you, Sheryl.

Angel Tree – A reminder that all gifts need to be handed in to the Church Office by November 20. Please do not wrap gifts. If anyone would like to help either wrapping gifts or delivering gifts please contact Rachael 021 253 4448 by November 20. Wrapping Day is on November 26 and deliveries are between 5 – 14 December.

LEADERSHIP
Next Discovery Lunch November 27 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 shart@swbc.org.nz.

Alpha 2017 will include two evening courses at the Addington Coffee Co-Op in Term 1 and Term 3. Would you consider being a volunteer for South West Alpha in 2017? Right now we are especially looking for three people or couples with coordination skills. We would love to hear from you and we can help you connect. Contact Duane Major dmajor@swbc.org.nz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving has increased slightly for October, but is still under budget.

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SHARP Trust invite applications for an After School Programme Coordinator, a fixed term position to cover up to 1 year parental leave. Applicants will be responsible for managing and coordinating the programme to an excellent standard and will  be required to hold a full, current driver’s licence. Hours are Monday – Friday varying between 30-38 hours per week. Start date February 2017. To express your interest please contact Grant Chivers gchivers@swbc.org.nz or call 338 4163  ext 266.

Whetu – Stars Saturday November 26 2pm – 4pm at 6 Balcairn Street for fun, food and faith. Our vision is to support families and their children with disabilities/special needs, as we seek to lead our children in God’s ways. We will celebrate Christmas and the coming of Jesus. Contact:  Andy Carpenter, ph 338 4163 ext 238 or email  acarpenter@swbc.org.nz

MINISTRIES
Healing Rooms welcome you for prayer on Saturday November 26, at 248 Lyttleton Street, anytime between 10.00am – 11.00am. Enquiries to Karen by phoning 338 4163 or email healingrooms@swbc.org.nz.

Young Adults Camp – November 25 – 27 at Okains Bay. Cost $30pp. For more information visit the South West Baptist Young Adults Facebook group, website www.swbc.org.nz or contact Emma Bell email ebell@swbc.org.nz.

COMMUNITIES
Westmorland pot luck lunch, Sunday November 27 from 1.00pm at John and Jo’s, 8 Somerton Rise. All welcome.

Halswell, Aidanfield and Wigram Community Lunch – The last potluck lunch for the year will be on Sunday November 20 at the Halswell site. Finger food please. Lunch will be from 1.00pm but drinks will be available from 12.30pm. All welcome. For further information contact Janet 021 1477 656 .

GLOBAL
Newsletters from the India team, Capons and Diane Goodman are available from Info centre.

Global Gifts – This year we will not be having Global Gifts at Christmas. Many other organisations have similar gifts: try www.giftforlife.co.nz or www.worldvision.org.nz/ways-to-give/smiles.

SENIORS
New Horizons for Seniors and Younger. Please contact Ruth or Alison ph 338 4163 ext 221 with queries. See Info Centre for a timetable.

Monday November 14 from 12.15 – 2pm at Cobham Hall. $5 Lunch. Gary Moore from SWBC speaking My Lifetime Passion of Collecting Antiques

Monday November 21 from 12.15pm – 2.00pm at Cobham Hall. $5 Lunch. Do you have a will ready to go when your time’s up? You need it sorted! Come along and listen to Lois Flanagan, Solicitor.

OTHER
Question? Feeling overwhelmed with the changing pace of technology? Feeling lost, using a new device? Is financial/time commitment in keeping up-to-date stressing you? If you answered YES to one of these questions, you’re not alone. I’m really passionate about helping people get the most from technology. Come along to the church cafe on Thursday evening from 7.00pm to see how we can address some of these gaps. Contact Peter Elliott 027 5099 910 for further information.

GLOBAL MISSION
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 13
On a daily basis Christians around the world face persecution in various forms, including discrimination, physical assaults, violence and even death. Christians can be persecuted by the government, by family and community, or by rebel groups. Persecution is particularly an issue in:Totalitarian countries: Centralised governments want total control, but struggle to control the growth of Christianity in countries like North Korea and China. Government restrictions make Christian life and ministry very difficult. Pastors and leaders are arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in an attempt to stop the Church.

Islamic countries:  According to more radical streams of Islam, apostasy (rejecting your religion) is a crime that demands the death penalty. When a Muslim converts from Islam to Christianity, they bring shame on their family. They are abandoning their heritage and their identity. Muslim background believers often face harsh opposition not only from the government, but also from their family and friends.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are facing persecution. Hebrews 13:3: “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Grotto Volunteers we need your help! Click here to see where you can be involved. Pick up your daily readings from the Info Centre today and follow us we walk through our next series True to You! Check out the website to see when the Grotto will be open!

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