Do you know that one of the jobs you could choose to aspire to in life is as a hand model? Yes, they do exist! You’ve probably heard of runway models, fashion models and the like. Well, there are also people who never have any part of themselves photographed … except their perfectly toned and manicured hands. You see their hands gracing the covers of jewelry advertisements, wristwatch advertisements, finger-nail advertisements, dishwashing liquid advertisements … anything where a beautiful hand is needed to endorse a product. But you never see the rest of them, and chances are … they probably look very average. But because we only see the small snapshot of perfection, we fill in the gaps, and assume that an even greater physical perfection lies behind all that we see. The standard of beauty that we are taught by culture to aspire to is actually a myth; it is a composite myth made up of discrete snapshots of perfection, and this even before Photoshop touches them! But the lie of advertising causes us to compare ourselves to these impossible standards of beauty, and of course, to then buy the advertised product! Why talk about hand-models? Because even in our service for Jesus, we can fall easily into the sin of comparison. “She is so much more gifted than me!” “I wish I could lead a small group like him.” “If only I could play in the worship team like her.” Yet we forget there are so many areas we each are not gifted in, also. Enter the SHAPE course. Starting on Monday 20 July, the SHAPE course is a six-week series looking at how God has wired you to serve. True freedom and fulfilment comes from serving out of the areas of strength and passion that God has uniquely fashioned you for, and this series is designed to give you permission to delight in the YOU that God has made you to be. Sign up by emailing murray at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sunday 12 July…
Lessons From Lockdown: Join us this Sunday as David Jenkins looks at some of the learnings the church can gain from the realities of the Covid-19 and lockdown experience.
Kids Programmes This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5.
There will be no Ignite for years 6 and above, as it is the school holidays.
Ignite Youth Group
There is no Ignite Youth on Fridays or Sundays for the next couple of weeks as it is the School Holidays.
Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group meets weekly. We are going to be having dinner together before faith @ 6:30 on Sunday 28 June. If you would like to join us, please contact the church.
Our gathered mainly music sessions for young children have finished for term 2. They will begin again on Tuesday 21 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome.
Please note that the office will be closed next week. We recommend you contact the office either by email.
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!
Myth-busters Small Group
Myth-busters is a 5 week series exploring what the Bible actually says about some key topics rather than what we think it says. Please contact the office if you are interested.
SHAPE Small Group
Pastor Murray will be leading a SHAPE Small Group series, looking at how God has wired you for service. Please register your interest by contacting the office.
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.
You can check out all our Sunday services during the lock-down from our YouTube channel by clicking here.
You can find out what’s happening at RBC by joining our e-newsletter list. Please contact the office if you wish to be added to this.