Like it or not, America is a global influencer and the things that happen there are often felt in other parts of the world also. America is deeply hurting at the moment. Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times recently noted that America has revisited some of the most traumatic experiences of the past century all in the space of five short months—from the Spanish flu in 1918 to the economic crash of 1929 to race-related killings and urban unrest in 1968 to impeachment in 1974. It has been torrid stuff, and we have been made more aware of the often hidden fabric of human society and culture as it has been publicly disrupted and violently ripped. There is another name for this fabric … it is called ‘community’. Community encompasses all the ways that people interact together, including solidarity (or not) under pressure, issues of value and respect, systems and structures of power, the way leadership functions (or doesn’t), the use and misuse of resources, and the double-edged sword of personal freedoms and responsibilities. The fabric seems vast, but in reality it is made up many very small threads. George Floyd, and the nexus of community around him was one such thread, and the results of its fraying affected the whole. Of course, in many ways, his death was the proverbial ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ and there was a vast build-up of pressure that was unleashed at his killing. But it is a reminder to us all of the power of the single thread. Community is the sum of the parts, and the way we each treat others powerfully influences the whole fabric. Our values are not to be chosen at random, but are to be sourced from the very nature and character of God himself. And so … to quote from the Master … let us remember this week both to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, and souls and minds and strength, and to love those around us as we love ourselves. And pray for the bruised and battered nations of this world.
This Sunday 7 June…
We're back in the church! What Does God Want From Us: We finish our series on the book of Job this Sunday, and appropriately enough, God gets the last word. At first look, what he says is odd, but dig a bit deeper and we discover what he wants from those who love Him.
Kids Programmes This Sunday
There will be no kids programmes running this Sunday. These will resume on Sunday 14 June.
Ignite Youth Group Updates
We weren’t able to go to E-Camp which is normally a highlight of our year. However, Covid-19 hasn’t stopped us from meeting. Every Friday and Sunday since Level 4 lockdown started we have been meeting on Zoom to play some games, catch up with friends and learn more about Jesus. We have made our way through a series of prayer, which saw us have a special guest join us one Sunday to share her prayer journey.
It has also been great to have Grace come and join Elisha and Simon in our youth ministry team. She connected with the youth right away, and has added many invaluable insights to the ministry, along with a bunch of fun! We can’t wait to finally be able to see each other again, and grow deeper in relationship with God and each other.
mainly music Online
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.
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!