I am loving being involved in the SHAPE course. There are around 20 of us on a six-week journey of self-discovery, which is really the discovery of the divine artistry and design that our Creator has fashioned in each one of us. Each week, we sit in the weirdly wonderful place of simultaneously exploring God’s handiwork and being God’s handiwork, as we look at how God has fashioned us for service. Last week we looked at the example of Bezalel; he was a bloke who got given the job of making a meeting place between God and people (the tabernacle), and his job was to make it look beautiful. By himself, he didn’t have the skills he needed for the task, but God wasn’t worried. God’s Spirit worked inside Bezalel to rewire his neurons, give skill to his finger-tips, give vision to his mind, fill the marrow of his bones with a creativity that oozed out through his pores, and allowed Bezalel to become the craftsman that was needed. As I read his brief story, I had the picture of the Master Craftsman (God) mentoring his apprentice (Bezalel) into all the joys and disciplines of creativity, and God wants to do that for us too. Kiwi, Matt Chapman, writes, ‘Creativity is a divine attribute. We are image-bearers of a creative God, so when we create something, we reflect something of the nature of God. Often creativity is misunderstood to be referring only to the work of artistic people, but we are surrounded by creative action. As new cells replace old ones, as new life comes into the world, as accountants create sense and structure around numbers, as chefs create cuisine, as a builder creates a house, as a parent creates order out of a messy bedroom, we were created to be creative beings.’ God calls us to join him in the grand task of re-creating his earth, one act of creativity at a time. How can you create for the glory of God (and the sheer fun of it!) this week?
This Sunday 9 August…
You're in the Thick of it, for the Sake of it, so Stick with it: In Revelation 6 & 7 the weirdness starts ramping up! But listen closely and you will hear a message of hope and challenge that we need to listen to today!
Kids Programmes This Sunday
Spark is our program for older preschool to year 2 kids.
Blaze is for kids in years 3-5.
Ignite is for young people in years 6 and above, led by Grace and Elisha.
Ignite Youth Group
Ignite Youth Group has began again for term 3! Check out our planner and contact the office if you are interested in joining.
Church Family Shared Lunch
On Sunday 6 September we will be having a shared lunch following the morning service. Come along with a plate of food to share and join in fellowship with us. Everyone is most welcome! More details to come.
Our mainly music sessions for young children will begin again for term 3 next Tuesday 21 July at 10am. Newcomers are welcome!
Leisure for Pleasure
Next Tuesday at 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!
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.
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