Happenings 9 April 2017

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Just Thinking…

Last week, we communicated in the service the vision for our church that we believe Jesus gave to us as we prayed for his leading. By way of review, this is what was shared. We believe the Lord’s vision for RBC is that we Glow, Grow and Go.

God is calling us to Glow: What does this mean? We will be a community in this world that is courageously, unashamedly, and obviously, Christ’s. How will this be achieved? God is calling us to Grow. We will be a community that grows people into maturity in Christ. And God is calling us to Go: We will nurture, equip, and send out inspired and effective servants of God into his world, and we will create spaces for people in our local community where their needs can connect with the presence and power of Jesus. A discussion document was made available which goes into more depth, and I encourage you to download and read it by clicking here if you do not already have a copy. This statement is not just words on a page; embracing it means to live it. Because of its importance, there will be a time after the service this coming Sunday for anyone who wants to come and talk with me about it – everyone’s input is most welcome!

We are also on the approach to Easter – that most profound of celebrations. I encourage you (if you are staying local!) to make space both on Good Friday at 9:30am and on Easter Sunday at 10am to journey with us as we in turn journey with Christ on his path to the cross and beyond.

In Him, Murray

Breakfast for all! Saturday 8 April 8am church lounge: Cooked breakfast and special visiting speaker, Edgar Sathuluri, who has planted hundreds of churches in villages across India. Ladies and men are invited.
Autumn Cleaning Once a year we gather together to give our church a spruce up. This year Saturday 29th April is the day! Please keep this date free and plan to be part of the team. More details to come.
Home or Away? 11-13th July at Carey Baptist College. A conference on locating sport and leisure in Christian faith and practice.
Medcall is a recruitment company which finds staff to work in the retirement village/ aged care sector. They are looking for a driver to work part time at their rest home/hospital, taking elderly residents out for trips in their van.
Morning Prayer Meeting Every Wednesday morning at 7am. All are welcome to come and join in this special time of prayer.
Kindy Market Day! The Annual Kindergarten Market Day is this Saturday 1st April! The church will be running a white elephant stall so if you have any toys, games, knick-knacks, jewellery, scarves, tools, household items or footwear (no clothes please) please bring them into church tomorrow late afternoon to early evening when someone will be on site to receive them. Any unsold items will be given to a charity shop or you can request to have them returned to you. Thank you!
Leisure for Pleasure Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. All are welcome!
Waimarie Service Next Wednesday, 2:30pm at Waimarie Private Hospital. Please continue to pray for this ministry.
Prayer Service This Sundayn at 7pm in the church auditorium. All are welcome to come and pray for the needs of our church and community.
During the week leading up to Easter, St Chads in Meadowbank is again transforming its auditorium into a reflective space for anyone to come and explore and reflect on their relationship with the Lord.
Sunday School Teachers We are on the lookout for someone who is interested in occasional relief teaching for either the years 0-4 or years 5-8 kids, please let Margaret Stewart, Michael Pummell or the church office know.
Kids Programs This Sunday This Sunday, kids who are years 0-4 will be with Margaret Stewart in the downstairs Kowhai room. Years 5-8 will be meeting as a separate group, this week led by Mike Pummell.
mainly music for young children is on every Tuesday morning at 10am!

The start of the year is a great time to get plugged in to one of the home groups that are operating in the life of our church. There is a depth of connection that often doesn't happen outside of these groups, so we encourage you to call one of leaders below or contact the church office for more information.

Wednesday Night Home Group - Next Wednesday Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Call 528 4401 for more information.

Wednesday Morning Home Group - Next Wednesday Home Group at the home of Joy Galt every third Wednesday at 10am. Call 948 8529 for more information.

Sunday Afternoon Home Group - This Sunday after the service Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Call 528 4908 for more information.

Rightnow media is an online Christian ministry that provides access to thousands of video and study resources for Christians. It has been called the 'Netflix for Christians'! Our church has signed up for this service for three months, and you should have received an email giving you instructions on how to access these resources. Feel free to download or watch anything you like during this three month period - there are no limitations. Please contact the office if you have any queries.
Mei Ling's latest newsletter is available by clicking here . If you would like to contact her, her new email address is Mei.LingLee@gbaships.org

The Lord's Vision For RBC

After our recent Sharing Service where we sought God's vision for our church, the church leadership were tasked with discerning God's voice through the many contributions. This Sunday, Murray will be sharing the results of this process. Please come along to this significant service.