Happenings 11 July 2019

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Just thinking…

When I was younger, I used to always question why people would dress up nicely for church if God was always with us anyway. Why would he care about what we wore to church and not care about what we wore every day? I think that sometimes when church culture focuses on dressing up, looking our best, or wearing shoes (which I have been known not to do at church), this can reflect negatively on our relationships with one another. We get into this pattern where we come to church as the best version of ourselves rather than the real version of ourselves. In Matthew (11:28) God calls us to come if we are weary or burdened, not if we are feeling positive and like everything is sorted in our lives. He calls us to be honest about where we stand with not only him but others around us. Honesty has a ripple effect on the lives around us. If we are real and authentic about our lives, others will feel they can be too. It is okay to be vulnerable. This Sunday, we will be hearing from a few of our church members who will be giving us an insight into how God is working in their lives. This is a great opportunity for us to start thinking about how we can relate to each other on a more authentic level, so that we can grow individually, and as a faith family in Christ.

Ellen

This Sunday 14 July…

Hearing God's Work...It is important for us to hear about God's work in the lives of others, so that we can be encouraged by them, learn from them and support them through prayer. Come along this Sunday to hear how God is working in the lives of some of our church family.

Ignite Youth Group

Next Friday 19 July in the church hall from 6:30-8:30pm is our next Youth Social Night! We want to make history, so we are going to try and break some world records. How many tennis balls can you catch blindfolded? How fast can you solve a Rubik's cube? How many sausages can you eat in one minute? Come along to find out!

Kids Programs This Sunday

This Sunday there will be no kids programs as it is the school holidays! They will begin again on Sunday 21 July.

Women’s Lunch

The next Women's Lunch will be held on Saturday 20 July from 12pm in the church lounge. Come along for a special time of friendship. Lunch will be provided with a koha to cover expenses. We'd love to see you there!

mainly music

mainly music for young children has finished for term 2 and will begin again on Tuesday 23 July.

Men’s Breakfast

This Saturday 13 July from 8am. Our Speaker will be Grant Harris, senior pastor of Windsor Park Baptist Church  and a volunteer chaplain for the Breakers basketball team. 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!

Office Hours

Next week, the office will be closed on Tuesday. Instead, office hours will be Wednesday 8am-12pm and Thursday 8am-2pm.

Parents’ Lunch

On Sunday 28 July after the service, we invite the parents of our kids and young people to stay for lunch in the church lounge from 12-12:45. This is just so we can share with you where we are headed with the second half of the year, as well as have Simon speak on how to support spiritual growth in your youth as a parent. So come along, we will try and keep it short, there will be free food, and it should be a good time. Any questions please contact Elisha or Matt.

Film Group

On Tuesday 16 July we will meet at the Lido Theatre Manukau Rd, at 5.30 pm for the 5.45pm screening of “Pavarotti”. Please email the church office for reservations.

Film Group

On Tuesday 16 July we will meet at the Lido Theatre Manukau Rd, at 5.30 pm for the 5.45pm screening of “Pavarotti”. Please email the church office for reservations.

Genesis Small Groups

Over August and September, we will be looking at Genesis 1 - 11 during the Sunday services. Alongside this, we will be running a number of small groups that will be delving into these passages even more. If you would like to be involved in one of these groups, please email Murray or sign up on Sunday.

Home Groups

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!

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

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