Happenings 17 December 2020

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Just thinking…

What is the biggest problem people have at Christmas time? You might think it’s finding a car park or having to brave Auckland traffic to secure that last elusive gift. Or possibly getting the Christmas Day trifle just right for the Christmas Day lunch? Actually, the Bible says the biggest problem people have at Christmas is the biggest problem people have at every other time of the year. The fact that people are separated from their loving Creator by sin. It’s a problem that doesn’t get too much airtime these days, but it trumps climate change, covid and nuclear escalation. But at Christmas we get a glimpse into God's plan for dealing with this greatest of problems – the eternal God born as a human child. The writer of Hebrews marvels at this, saying, 'Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Heb 2:14–15.) At Christmas, we don't just celebrate God's greatest gift to us; we also celebrate his ultimate solution to our ultimate problem. So, just for a moment, mentally gather up all the stress, all the anxiety, all the obstacles facing you in this hectic time of year ... and weigh them against the biggest problem to ever have faced the human race - being cut off from the Source of Life. They really do pale in comparison. And if God can conquer the biggest of problems, then he is able to help us with all lesser problems also. Let Christmas remind us all that in Emmanuel, God is not only with us; he is for us.

In Him,
Murray

This Sunday 20 December…

Christmas and the Isms: Ordinary-ism! : We finish our last look at Christmas and the Isms with a look at Ordinary-ism: does Christmas just celebrate the birth of another religion-founder or is it something more?

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.

Christmas Angel Appeal

This year’s theme for the Christmas Angel appeal is Giving Thanks to God– Tuku whakawhetai ki te Atua. It’s a reminder that, for all the challenges of 2020, there are always things to be grateful for. NZBMS will be posting daily videos on their Facebook and Instagram pages for daily videos of what they are thankful for! You can also find more information about the appeal and donate here.

Christmas Morning Tea

We will be having a special Christmas morning tea following the service on Sunday 20 December. Please stay and celebrate with us!

Carols in the Carpark

Our famous Carols in the Carpark evening will be on Sunday 20 December from 6:30 - 7:30. This is a family-friendly time of carol-singing and creative-retelling of the Christmas story with fun content for kids. Bring your friends and bring a cushion, blanket or camp-chair to sit on. If it is wet, we will be inside the church.

Christmas Day Service

Join us for our Christmas Day Service on Friday 25 December from 9:30am - 10:30am

mainly music

mainly music for young children has now finished for the year and will begin again when school goes back in February.

Our New Office Administrator

We are excited to welcome Carolina Muthyala into the role of Office Administrator in early January of 2021.

Office Closed

Please note that the office will be closed from Wednesday 23 December and will re-open again on Tuesday 5 January.

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.

You can check out what’s happening from our Facebook page by clicking here.

You can check out all our Sunday services during the lock-down from our YouTube channel by clicking here.

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