Over the last couple of years at the annual national Baptist gathering called ‘The Hui’, there has been space given to affirming the role of women in ministry and in leadership within our denomination. For some of us this came as a surprise, as we thought such an affirmation was a ‘no-brainer’ and an issue long since worked through. But at last year’s Hui, I happened to be driving some women home from one of the meetings, and as I listened to them talk about this issue, there was a sense of a ‘reality check’ for me. One of them felt very supported by her church in her leadership role, while the other (from a different Baptist church) felt very much the opposite, showing the diversity of experience within local congregations. On this topic, as with all topics, we need to be guided by scripture rather than by culture. So, what does scripture say? Well … it’s complex … and to say otherwise is to not treat fairly the different strands of guidance we find, particularly in the New Testament. However, as I have looked at the evidence of scripture, I have become convinced of the support it gives to women in leadership and teaching roles within churches. This Sunday we will be looking at this topic, so come with your brains warmed up and ready to engage!
Soup & Rolls
It's starting to get chilly so we've got our first winter Soup & Rolls lunch after the service this Sunday! Stay around to enjoy a selection of hot soup.
The next Men's Breakfast will be held on Saturday 9 June from 8am. Chris Farrelly, CEO of Auckland City Mission will be speaking about the work done at the Auckland City Mission. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
SAVE THE DATE!
On the evening of Saturday 30 June at 6:30pm, we will be having our 'Non-Pub Pub Quiz'! Bring $5 and get a team of 3-8 together (or we will put you in a team on the night). Pizza and ice-cream will be provided ... and remember, this is a GLOW event - so bring some friends! Register with Murray.
Listening Hui Prayer
The Baptist Assembly Council Listening Hui's are coming up on Wednesday 6 June (Windsor Park Baptist) and 13 June (Manukau City Baptist) at either 1-3pm or 7-9pm. We are also going to be holding a time of prayer in the church on Sunday 10 June to pray for these assemblies. More details to come.
CAP Money Course
A new CAP financial literacy course has started and will run for the next 2 Tuesdays. It's all confidential with quizzes and DVD sessions, free workbooks and online financial tool.
This Sunday 3 June from 7pm. Come along to pray for our individual, local, and global needs.
Last week was Hospitality Sunday, and 41 of our people are involved in going to people's homes for meals and community. How was the experience for you? We would love to hear your stories!
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday at 1pm in the church lounge. All are welcome!
Please note that the office hours have changed to Tuesday 8am-1pm and Friday 8am-1pm.
mainly music for young children every is Tuesday from 10am in the church lounge.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm.
Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am.
Sunday Afternoon Home Group
Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home.
Young Adults Home Group
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Please email the church to be added to the Facebook page, and check Facebook for updates.