At the first Christmas, in one sense heaven came to earth. It’s ironic, then, that tradition has so wrapped around our understanding of both the first Christmas and of Heaven itself, that much of what we think about each stems more from tradition than from scripture. A donkey? An innkeeper? Only three wise men? These things aren’t mentioned in the Bible. But neither are pearly gates, departed souls sprouting wings, and an eternity playing harps. I don’t think unlimited beer-on-tap figures either! Does it matter what we believe about heaven? I think it does because throughout the New Testament and throughout history, certainties about heaven have been the hope that followers of Christ have clung to as they have striven for faithfulness in the trenches of life. So, what does the Bible really say about our eternity? You might be surprised at how wrong our inherited view of the Life after this life really is! You might also be surprised at how it has affected the way we view our lives, our mission and our world today. Come along as we journey into this fascinating topic!
This Sunday 17 November…
LIFE After Life: What does the Bible really say about our eternal destinies? And how should it change the way we live today? Come along and find out!
Ignite Youth Group
Next Friday 22 November we are going to be having a games night in the church hall. Come along at 6:30pm to have some fun! Please contact Matt or Elisha if you have any questions.
Next Saturday 16 November we will be standing together with other Baptist women all over the globe in the Day of Prayer. Come along to the church at 12-2pm. There will be an offering for projects around the world, particularly in the Caribbean.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids, led by Margaret Stewart.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5, led by Olwyn Dickson.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Matt and Elisha.
mainly music for young children is every Tuesday morning at 10am in the church.
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!
Our last Men’s Breakfast, for this year will be the first Saturday 7 December at 8am. Our Speaker will be our very own Pastoral student intern, Elisha Hartley. Elisha will be speaking on some trends in culture around youth since the 1960s and the resulting need for discipleship for youth. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
faith @ 6:30
The next faith @ 6:30 all-age evening service will be on Sunday 24 November at 6:30pm. There will be interactive content, worship and of course, ice cream! All are welcome to come along.
Trick-or-Treat Drop-In Media Content
If you want to check out a video and photos of our Trick-or-Treat event for 2019. Head to our Facebook page or click here.
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.
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!