"Welcome to our village, wee one." This was the instagram tweet sent out by Jacinda Adern at the birth of her little girl. I'm not sure exactly why our Prime Minister used the term 'village' - it may be a reference to the well-known African proverb: 'It takes a village to raise a child.' It may refer to the other well-known description of our modern world, 'Global Village'. Both references are worth pausing over. There is a greater richness that occurs when a group raises a child, and when multiple role-models and voices are filtered into a 'wee one's' life. In a world which has become increasingly individualistic and where true places of community are becoming increasingly scarce, this quote is a reminder that God has made us for interdependence. We not only need each other; we are tied together by bonds of mutual responsibility and have a duty of care to those around us, especially to the weak and vulnerable (anyone heard the phrase, 'Love your neighbour?") But the term 'Global Village' forces us to realise that our duty of care does not stop at our local borders. I applaud ministries that try to enrich the life of families. However, did you realise the New Testament actually critiques the practice of putting the nuclear family on a pedestal? In the gospels, Jesus changes the definition of what family is - it is no longer blood relatives but those who gather around Jesus and his kingdom. It is no longer just those we are related to who we care for, but the marginalised also. And in a global village where we hear about the marginalised on the other side of the world, perhaps God wants our definition of family to extend to them also. We have been reading and hearing stories through our season of 'Prayer and Self-Denial' of the lives of people ground down by need and oppression. May we also be to them those who invest in their lives in constructive ways. May we be also to them family, because they are in our village too.
This Sunday is our last Sunday of Self-Denial for 2018. This year the theme is "Made New".
The next Prayer Service will be held next Sunday evening (1 July) at 7pm. Come along to pray for the needs of our church, community, and world.
Please note that the office will be closed from Monday 2 July - Monday 9 July.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-4, led by Kelly Jenkins.
Ignite is for young people in years 6-10, led by Olwyn Dickson.
mainly music for young children every is Tuesday from 10am in the church lounge.
Young Adults Group
Our Young Adults Group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. If you'd like to join us, contact the church office.
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 the church office.
Glen Innes Foodbank Appeal
We are currently asking our mainly music attendees to bring non-perishable food items instead of the usual fee. If you would also like to make a food donation too, please bring it along on Sunday.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact the office for more information.
Wednesday Morning Home Group
Home Group at the home of Joy Galt on the third Wednesday of the month at 10am. Contact the office for more information.
Sunday Afternoon Home Group
Home Group run by David and Heather Reid every second Sunday after the service at the Reid's home. Contact the office for more information.
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.