This Sunday has been set aside as Carey College Day, where we give focus to the work of our Baptist theological training college – Carey College. This college was started in 1926 and since then has had a long track-record of equipping people to serve Jesus in a variety of settings, both locally and overseas. Carey’s understanding of its identity and purpose serves as a useful reminder to all Jesus-followers, and I have adapted it below to apply to all of us:
Jesus is our focus. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour of the world. We want followers of Jesus to grow in their love for him, their faith in him, their hope in him, and to participate more fully in his life and ministry.
The Bible is our basis. Jesus-followers are marked by a deep regard for Scripture. We believe it is the inspired Word of God in which we encounter Jesus, and through which the Spirit breathes life into his church and world.
The gospel is our message. Jesus-followers are gripped by the good news of God’s kingdom. We long to see it transforming people and places throughout Aotearoa, and beyond.
The church is our community. Jesus-followers value the dynamic of deep connection with other Christians in local communities of faith.
Mission is our calling. Jesus-followers long to see Christian communities engaging effectively in the mission of God and to participate in sharing his good news in word and life.
Do the above ‘markers’ describe us? Do they describe you? Take a moment to reflect on these with the Lord and then, perhaps choose one aspect that you can take a little further in your own life.
This Sunday 23 August…
The DNA of Discipleship: John Tucker, Principal of Carey Theological College, brings us a message on the core DNA of those who follow Jesus. (Find the link on our Facebook page).
Kids Programmes This Sunday
There will be no kids programmes this Sunday due to our service being online. Grace and Elisha have resources they can email you for your intermediate/high school aged kids to do at home. Please contact the office if you are interested.
Ignite Youth Group
This Friday 21 August, we are going to have an online social event. We mentioned this your young people on Sunday. We are going to playing Scribl.io which is basically an online version of the game Pictionary. We played it last time and was a favourite of the youth! We will meet on Zoom at 7pm! Contact the office for more information and for a Zoom link. Click here to view the planner for other Ignite Social events for term 3.
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.
Due to the level 3 restrictions, our mainly music sessions for young children are currently recorded and can be found from our Facebook page by clicking here.
The next Men's Breakfast is on Saturday 6 September from 8am! We will be having a discussion on the two referendums; End of Life Choice referendum and Cannabis legalisation and control referendum due to be voted on on 19 September. How do these things effect us as Christians and what are our views and responses to each? Share a cooked breakfast, coordinated by chef supremo Lindsay M. We'd love to see you there. Please consider inviting a friend.
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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