Happenings 7 December 2018

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Just Thinking…

It has been a week of difficulty, of emotion and of worry. We have known loss. Gaps have appeared amongst us – absences that we can feel. We have been reminded that we live in a very uncertain world where things can turn on a dime. There are two prayers recorded for us in scripture that come from places of trial and challenge, and I want to briefly dwell on these. One is from the mouth of a man who brought his desperately ill son to Jesus to see if he could help. He wasn’t convinced he could, but his need compelled him to ask. Jesus challenged his diluted belief and the father responded: ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). ‘Lord, in a world where we see the power of sickness and of death, and where we see our own fragility, sometimes our belief in your goodness and power is dented. Help our unbelief, we pray.’ The other prayer comes from a king called Jehoshaphat, whose nation was being invaded by a vast army too powerful for them to repel. Jehoshaphat stood before God and said these words: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12). ‘Lord, so often in life we are faced with problems too big for us. Our understanding cannot help us, and we don’t know what to do. In these moments we fix our eyes on you. You are our hope, and an ever-present help in times of trouble. Help us, we ask.’
   
In Him, 

Murray

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.

Carols in the Carpark

Come along on Sunday 23 December from 6:30 - 7:30pm for a family-friendly time of carol-singing and creative re-telling of the Christmas story with fun content for kids and a free sausage sizzle. Bring your friends; bring a cushion, blanket or camp-chair to sit on. If it's wet, we will be inside the church.

Women’s Lunch

The final women's event for 2018 will be a Women's Christmas Party held on Saturday 15 December from 12pm. The venue will be the home of Glynis Opie, 21 Coldham Crescent, St Johns. This is a catered event but a koha is appreciated. Feel free to invite your friends!

mainly music has finished for the year and will begin again in 2019.

Home Groups

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.

Don't forget to keep your diaries updated with what's going on in the church!

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