This week has been hard for people. I'm not sure why this week in particular has been difficult, and it may just be my own contact with a small subset of people, but it seems to be a 'struggle-week'. It reminds me of a prayer that I have often found helpful:
So far today, I've been doing all right.
I haven't gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card.
But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then.
Other prayers that may be helpful:
Please don't let my husband be home when all my online orders arrive.
Or, how about the 'Senility Prayer'? (not to be confused with the 'Serenity Prayer'!)
"Lord, grant me the senility to forget those people I never liked anyway.
The good fortune to run into those people I do like.
And the eye-sight to tell the difference."
My prayer for this week is a fat bank account and a thin body.
But please don't mix them up like you did last week!
Sometimes, I think, it's just good to laugh!
Why I'm Happily Vaccinated:
This Sunday, Pastor Murray will talk through some of the reasons why he was happy as a follower of Jesus to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Kids Programmes during Lockdown
There will be not Blaze or Spark's programmes running due to covid restrictions.
Youth on Zoom
Join us at 4:30 pm, Friday 8 October, for a holiday hang! We'll just have a short 1/2 hour catch up, and chill time on Zoom. Also, bring your best ideas for holiday fun - we'll have a prize for the best idea!
Click here to join.
New Youth Night
We are excited to be starting our new yr 9-13 youth group in term 4! But would love to hear from you, because we need to pick which day of the week to have it on.
Please click here to vote!
Virtual Morning Tea
This Sunday at 11:30 am, after our worship service has been posted, we will be having a Virtual Morning Tea!
Get your biscuit and a cup of coffee and sit down for a Zoom chit-chat with others! Catch up on others' weeks, talk about whatever, leave whenever you wish, enjoy some fellowship!
The young people are also invited to this, and then will have a 'break-out' Ignite youth meeting using the same zoom link, which Matt will organise.
Giving to our Community During Lockdown
There are many in need in our community during lockdown. If you would like to contribute financially, a couple of good options would be to Vision West (click here) or contact Ruapōtaka Marae in Glen Innes on 09 5705340.
We are currently on break for the school holidays, however we hope to see you (hopefully in person) in a few weeks time!
Young Adults Home Group
Every Sunday 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!
Basix Small Group
Basix is a series of chat group courses looking at the basics of the Christian faith. Each course runs for four weeks, and discusses questions about who God is, life and the Christian faith. Please contact the office if you are interested.
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.