We are a society of contradictions, it seems. Yesterday I listened to talkback radio discussing the upcoming referendum on the so-called ‘End of Life Choice’ from the perspective of one of its proponents. It was a public discussion on a proposal for what is effectively state-sanctioned suicide. If this referendum gives the nod to this bill, it will for the first time allow the ultimate act of self-harm to be an accepted part of our communities. Yesterday, I also received in my inbox a number of emails from schools warning parents about the graphic violence of a video clip being shared through social media of a person committing suicide. This clip was ‘going viral’ amongst young people in our high schools, intermediate schools, and possibly also seen by children in primary schools. I stopped and pondered the mixed messages that yesterday brought me – on the one hand, the message that suicide is harmful, upsetting, and damaging for our young people to be exposed to; on the other hand, the message that it should be normalised in our culture. And I do not believe it is simply a question of the graphic violence of the video clip – had the video been of someone being lethally injected under medical supervision, I’m sure there would still have been an outcry. We are a confused and a confusing bunch, aren’t we? May we hear the words of God spoken over our world, “I have set before you life and death … now choose life, so that you and your children may life!”
This Sunday 13 September…
1 John 4: This Sunday Simon will be bringing us a message from 1 John 4 and what it means for how we love people.
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
Ignite Youth are doing various Zoom Social Evenings under level 3. 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
Please note that the church family shared lunch is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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.
Meeting on Sundays
We are going to be meeting in smaller groups on Sundays to watch the services. If you are interested in taking part in this, please contact the office.
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.
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