Happenings 19 November 2020

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Just thinking…

How we view risk in living is so important. Life, of course, is full of risk, but so often we perceive risk as an active thing. By that I mean, we tend to unconsciously attach risk to actions, steps or initiatives that we might take. Perhaps we have been trained into this from the cradle. When we talk with our kids about road-safety, for example, we always emphasise risk attached to our actions (“Don’t walk out in front of that bus, Johnny!”). In doing so, we forget to emphasise that failing to act is also a real risk. If Johnny doesn’t at some point venture out across the road, he will stay stuck in that spot for life! The risk of inactivity is perhaps more subtle, but it is no less deadly. Just look around at some of the countries who have failed to act in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and you will see how deadly inaction can be. In his famous story about servants given sums of money, Jesus makes exactly this point. Three servants were entrusted with their master’s money in order to invest it on his behalf. Two of them invested the money in ventures which, no doubt, would have had some level of risk attached to them. The third servant, who did not have a good gauge on how to evaluate risk, gave in to fear and simply tried to preserve what he had to avoid any chance of loss. His boss was not impressed! He had expected any servant of his to show courage and good discernment, realising that risks are simply a reality of life, instead of trying to avoid risk altogether. The third servant discovered that failure to act in a risk-laden world was actually the greatest risk of all, and all he had was taken from him. May God give us the courage and creativity to truly live for him; may he give us discernment to know what risks aren’t worth it but also, what risks are! And may we be mindful of the deadly dangers of doing nothing.

In Him,

This Sunday 22 November…

Kindergarten Service : We are super-excited to have the children, families and staff of our very own kindy with us this Sunday!

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.

Family Fun Night!

This Saturday 21 November is our Family Fun Night from 5:30 - 9pm, in the church! We will be having a pre-Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and an exciting programme for all to enjoy! Please wear a party hat - there will be prizes for the most original hat. Looking forward to celebrating together!
The Hospitality Team

Family Walk

There will be a family walk on Mt Wellington (Maungarei) on Sunday 22 November 2pm with the Auckland Baptist Tramping Club. It will be suitable for families and children. Contact the office for more information.

mainly music

mainly music for young children is on in the church every Tuesday at 10am. Newcomers are most welcome!

faith @ 6:30

The final faith @ 6:30 all-age evening service for 2020 will be held on Sunday 29 November at 6:30 - 7:30pm. Come along for some worship, activities, and learning. All are welcome!

Home Groups

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!

Revelation Bible Study
The Revelation Small Group Series are studies looking at Jesus’ messages to the seven churches and asking what they mean for us today. This follows on from the Revelation sermon series and starts on Wednesday 21 October, 7:30pm. There will be five studies: 21, 28 Oct, 18, 25 Nov, 2 Dec. Enquiries phone the church office.

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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