Over the Easter period, twelve campers and leaders went down to Lake Karapiro for the annual eCamp. There we joined with a thousand others for three and a half days of camp revelry, fun activities, great messages ... and yes, a bit of rain too! It was a wonderful time away, and there were moments of spiritual significance for many of our young people who went. We will hear and see some feedback from camp this coming Sunday, so come along to get a small taste of the action! The location of the camp was Finlay Park, which has a compelling history. In 1927, Mr Arthur Finlay bought the old deserted farm ‘Takapoto’, meaning in Maori, short drop. 800 acres was purchased at ₤4 an acre with an initial deposit of ₤10. The farm was overrun by rabbits, ragwort, ti-tree, blackberry and gorse. Mr Finlay had tuberculosis and was told by his doctor that he would only be able to work for one hour per day. He knelt and asked God to heal him and God answered his prayer. With the help of local Maori he broke the farm back in again by hand and horse, turning wasteland into profitable farm land. Half of the farm was sold in 1942 and later in 1946, Mr Finlay gave 10 acres of land to the Baptist Church for use as a Camp in thankfulness of what God had done for him. A spot was selected overlooking the newly formed lake Karapiro (taken from the Finlay Park Website). What a wonderful reminder of the power of legacy. A man was touched by the grace of God, and his gratitude and generosity in response has overflowed into many thousands of lives being transformed over the years by the power of the God that he loved. And it will continue to touch future generations. May our lives, too, leave ripples long after we are gone that will nudge people into the harbour of our Saviour’s love!
This Sunday 5 May…
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Growing! This Sunday we conclude our series on Hebrews, by looking at one of the Preacher’s final urgent pieces of advice, and it all has to do with how we view the hard stuff in life. Come along! (Hebrews 12:4-12).
This Sunday 5 May at 7pm in the church. Come along to pray with us.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for preschool kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 0-5, led by Olwyn Dickson.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Matt and Elisha.
Parenting Place Seminar
Parenting styles, personality types and the five love languages
with Joy Sluiters. Helping you understand your child’s personality and how to adjust your parenting to suit. This presentation will offer insights into parenting styles and how to use the ‘five love languages’ to best love your children.
Saturday, 25 May at Remuera Baptist Church, 641 Remuera Road, Remuera.
For more information and how to book, click here.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday at 10am in the church lounge. Newcomers are welcome.
CHANGE OF DATE: Saturday 11 May from 8am. Our Speaker will be Don Caradus, speaking on his long and very successful career in commerce as a Christian man. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday, 1pm in the church lounge. There is friendly company, card and board games, quizzes, music or bring your own handcrafts. With afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome!
We will be having a church cleaning day this Saturday 4 May from 9:30am. After cleaning there will be a delicious morning tea together. More hands make light work so we'll see you there!
We have also started a monthly social night for our kids and youth. Please let anyone know who may be interested. Dates for 2019 are:
Friday 17 May, Friday 14 June, Friday 19 July, Friday 16 August, Friday 13 September, Friday 11 October, Friday 8 November, Friday 13 December.
Wednesday Night Home Group
Home Group at the home of Paul and Ruth Ungemuth every second and fourth Wednesday at 7:30pm. Each week we share in supper, do a bible study and pray for each other. Will begin on Wednesday 13 February. 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. After morning tea we do a bible study and pray together. 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. We have a shared lunch which is then followed by a time of prayer and doing a bible study. 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 of what we have going on. We'd love for you to join us!