I spent my early days growing up in the town of Whakatane, a sea-side town in the Bay of Plenty. When I was there, Whakatane was known to have a particularly tricky harbour for boats to enter. It had a bar to cross, and then there was a narrow channel of safety bordered by submerged rock which threatened to tear the bottom of boats. Occasionally we would hear of boats that didn’t make it. The local boaties had little trouble, however because they knew the secret. In Whakatane harbour there were two lights - one inside the Harbour on the shore and one way up on a hill overlooking the Harbour. As long as the skipper lined one light directly underneath the other, then safety was assured. A local would tell you, “Don’t look at the waves, don’t look at the rocks you can see - don’t look at anything except for those two lights, and you’ll be right.” Occasionally in life we need to make course corrections. We drift or get pulled off, and realise we need to make some adjustments. What guides you as you do this? What are your ‘lights’? Where is your life heading to, and what values and convictions do you need to align to ensure you get there? And how does God inform that bearing? Does your life need a ‘course correction’ at present?
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.
The God and Healing Series
At Maclaurin Chapel. Click here for more information.
Soup & Toast
The next soup and toast lunch will be held on Sunday 5 August following the service. Please stay for a hot cup of soup and some fellowship together.
BMF District Meeting
The next BMF District Meeting will be held on Monday 13 August from 10:30am-1:30pm in the church lounge. All are welcome to come along and hear from speakers and pray for our overseas missionaries.
Short-Duration Bible Studies
At the moment on a Sunday morning we are looking at the life of David. There are a number of small groups which have started up to delve deeper into these passages. If you are interested in joining one of these, please contact the church.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday morning from 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome!
Saturday 4 August at 8am. Our speaker will be two men involved the Prison Fellowship Ministry. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Christian Booksellers Roadshow
Get a great range of Christian Resources: Bibles, books and Christian gifts with offers of up to 70% off (2 hours only). 1pm – 3pm Thursday 16 August, at The Indian Christian Life Centre, 8/23 Springs Road, East Tamaki.
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.