Isn't it great that God has no social distance?! We don't need to keep a safe distance from him or make sure there is a big enough of a buffer zone. He cannot be harmed by us ... we cannot be harmed by him. There is freedom of relationship and freedom of connection. When I was a young man, I moved to Wellington for my first ever job. I didn't know a single person in the entire city; I had no church and for a while, I had no friends. It was an adventure, but it was also at times quite lonely. I read a book during this time - I can't remember what it was called - but it completely changed the way I approached loneliness. The author made the point that loneliness can be 'redeemed' by God and turned into solitude. Loneliness is a negative experience, but understanding that loneliness can be turned into creative solitude was so helpful for me. Author, Joyce Hugget, writes: 'We must reject the idea that aloneness automatically means loneliness. We do not have to suffer loneliness whenever we are by ourselves. Rather than running away from our own company, we will carve out time when we can ‘just be’ alone with ourselves and with Jesus. I am not talking here about our daily times of quiet with God. I am recommending some added extras: leisure time deliberately earmarked “Aloneness” when we seek to discover for ourselves that solitude can be creative; where we realise that the space inside us is the dwelling place of the most high God who converts our emptiness into fullness.' She goes on and recommends cultivating the art of creative solitude. 'One way to do this is to place a high value on the present: to refuse to live mainly in the future. Loneliness holds us in a vicelike grip when certain uncertainties pound through our brain relentlessly ... we worry, we chafe, we sink into the slough of loneliness and the richness of ‘the now’ passes us by. The neglect of ‘the now’ presses on our existential loneliness and accentuates it. When we discover that the present moment is full of potential beauty, full of potential and profound pleasure, the pressure of loneliness is somehow relieved.' May God in this time do the miracle of transforming our loneliness into life-giving solitude, where the silence is rich with the companionship of God.
This Sunday 29 March…
When Jesus Was 'Messy':We being our journey toward Easter with a look at one of the most remarkable scenes in history - the moment when Jesus wept in a Garden. What encouragement can we take in our own situations of uncertainty? Check out our Youtube channel to watch it.
You can take some simple steps to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses. Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly: before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses, after caring for sick people.
Kids Programs This Sunday
Because of the lock down, there will be no kids program going forwards, but we are looking to provide some resources for parents soon.
Evening Prayer Service Cancelled
Please note that there will be no Evening Prayer Service on Sunday 5 April 2020.
mainly music Cancelled
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children have had to be stopped due to COVID19, but we have taken it online, and are posting weekly sessions for you to watch. Check out our Facebook page for these.
Ignite Youth Group
In the next few days Elisha and Grace will be sending an email with what will be happening for Ignite Youth for the next little while. Stay tuned!
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.
Thursday Morning Home Group
Home Group in the church lounge on the third Thursday 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 Thursday 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!