As you will no doubt be aware, on the day that we cast our vote for our next government, we will also be asked to vote on two important referenda: one on legalizing euthanasia and one on legalizing the use of cannabis in New Zealand. Both of these decisions are of enormous significance to the future shaping of our society, and both have had so much discussion and airtime that you may be feeling a little confused by all the welter of conflicting opinion! A number of resources have been brought to my attention that come from Christians who are wrestling with these two issues, and I want to share them with you here in case they may be helpful to you. Be aware that they often represent one person’s view rather than a collective view. They are a mixture of both written documents and multimedia, and while I haven’t sampled them all, they come recommended by reputable people (including Charles Hewlett!). Hopefully they will be of use to you.
A sermon from Southwest Baptist Church in Christchurch by Dr Sam Bloore
A sermon given by Mark Many from Massey Presbyterian Church
A statement from the Interchurch Bioethics Council (signed by Charles Hewlett)
A sermon from Wellington Central Baptist called 'Thinking Theologically About the 2020 Cannabis Referendum
Thinking About The End of Life Choice
Thinking About The Cannabis Referendum
An extract from Charles and Joanne Hewlett's book, 'Hurting Hope'
A link to a mailout from the NZ Christian Network courtesy of Margaret Howie-Pask
This Sunday 4 October…
When Jesus Marie Kondo's: Ah ... cleaning. Not my greatest passion! But in Revelation 19 & 20 we see how good Jesus is at setting things to rights ... and the important question this raises for us!
Kids Programmes This Sunday
This Sunday there will be no kids programmes running as it is the school holidays.
‘I Wonder’ Series
Murray has been running a little weekly video blog called 'I Wonder', where he is taking a few minutes each week to chat a bit about God, Jesus, Life the Universe and Everything! You can find them all on our YouTube channel here. Feel free to share them with friends.
Ignite Youth Group
Stay tuned for the Ignite term 4 planner coming soon!
We will be taking a 2 week break over the school holidays from our mainly music sessions and will be back on Tuesday 13 October. Keep a look out for information on our Facebook page closer to the time about whether we will be in-person or online. You can check out all our recorded sessions on our Facebook page by clicking here.
This next Prayer Service will be this Sunday night in the Youth Room downstairs at 7pm. Come along to pray with us.
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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