Labels are extremely helpful things. They make life quicker and at times make it a whole lot safer. If I am walking down a dark alley at night-time (something I try to avoid!), and I see a big man covered in tats, with an even bigger knife in his hand coming towards me carrying a scowl on his face, I could mentally peg him as a sword-swallower from the local circus who has lost his way to the big-top. That might be the less prejudiced thing to do. However, the word I would most naturally slap on him would be the label, ‘mugger’ or perhaps ‘threat’ … and of course I would take appropriate and quick action in the opposite direction! Labels help us categorise our world, and we often apply them to people or situations without conscious thought. However. And yes, there is a ‘however’. Labels are not always accurate (he may have been a grumpy sword-swallower). Labels can also make us complacent – once we have something ‘pegged’, we often don’t give it any more thought. With that in mind, let’s turn to the label, ‘Christian’. What is a Christian … I mean, really? What characteristics are supposed to lie behind the word so that it is more than just a word. Is there a difference between, say, being Christian and ‘Christian-ish’? This Sunday we begin a series called, ‘Beyond Christian-ish’. We will go digging behind the Christian label to find another loaded label called ‘Disciple’. But even this has gradations. Are we living up to our label? Come along and find out!
Next Saturday 15 September from 12pm in the church. Come along for a catered lunch. A koha is appreciated. We will be continuing our theme 'Getting to Know You' but this time with a difference... Come along and join us, we would love to see you!
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.
ALPHA CONTINUES THIS TUESDAY, 3:30PM IN THE CHURCH
Alpha is a video and discussion-based group for those wishing to explore the basics of the Christian faith. Do you have anyone you could ask to attend? There will be brochures available this Sunday to give out to friends. Register with Murray on 095242524
Electronic Waste Drop-off
Saturday 6 October, 9am-3pm at Selwyn College. For more information click here.
Saturday 6 October at 8am. Our speaker will be Geoff Tremain from Barnabas Fund. Geoff will be speaking on the growing persecution of Christians around the world, the role of Barnabas in helping such folk and need for us to support our suffering brothers and sisters. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday morning from 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome!
6PM @ RBC
Understanding Multicultural Church
The face of NZ has rapidly changed. There is an increasing need for greater cultural awareness. This applies in the church community as well as daily life. This workshop will equip you with greater understanding of the cultural complexities we face today. Click here for more information.
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.