I have been looking out at my poor lawn since I got back home from holidays. When I left it was green and reasonably lush. Now, it is has a brown, ‘baked-in-the-oven’ appearance. Every morning I go out wondering if it will ever grow back, but experience has shown me that come Autumn, I will again have lawn crying out to be mown. The secret, or course, is the root system of the grass, which allows it to find nourishment even in extremely dry conditions. There is a kind of grass in the US called ‘bunch grass’ that grows in the hilly high country. Its root system is deep, far-reaching, and very extensive. A single plant may have up to 27 kilometres of roots growing underground(!), which allows it to withstand all the punishment that weather and livestock can throw at it. We, too, are called to Grow in God. To continue the analogy, this means that we need to grow a root system that is deeply embedded into God. How do we know if we have this? Perhaps ask yourself some questions: does your use of time show a God-priority? When a crisis hits, where is the first place that you turn to? Are you a ‘fair-weather friend’ of Jesus, or one who clings to him even in times of spiritual dryness? Is Jesus your role model for living? Do you find your sense of joy and life increases as you think about him, chat with him, serve him? May our roots delve deep this year, and may our growth grow as a result!
This Sunday 2nd February…
Our DNA Is To Grow... This Sunday we will be reminding ourselves of the second part of our Church Mission Statement - we are to GROW!
mainly music for young children will begin for 2020 on Tuesday 11 February at 10am in the church. Newcomers are welcome.
Our Church Picnic will be happening next Sunday 9 February after the service at Little Rangitoto Park. Bring some food, your hat and sunnies for a time of fellowship and fun together.
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 Grace.
Leisure for Pleasure
Leisure for Pleasure begins next Tuesday 4 February, 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!
The monthly evening prayer event is restarting this Sunday 2 February and continues on the 1st Sunday of every month in the church at 7pm. We pray for one another, our church programmes and beyond. Everyone is welcome to participate.
Chinese New Year
You will notice in the church that Remuera Baptist Chinese Church have put up their decorations for Chinese New Year over the next two Sundays. This is an important time of outreach for RCBC so please pray for them over this time.
Our first Men’s Breakfast is this coming Saturday, 1 February from 8am. Our first speaker for 2020 will be Johan Beukes, Regional Development Officer, Bible League New Zealand. Speaking on Pride and an opportunity for Q&A on the ministry of Bible League. Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend
Our annual GROW Camp will be held on Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 March. Please reserve these dates for this special time together.
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!
Important Dates coming soon…