Kia ora e te whānau!
Easter has always been a memorable time for me. I enjoyed going to Easter Camps as a teenager, and spending the weekend connecting with God and other young people. However, the last few years have been a bit different due to the pandemic, causing us to rethink the way we celebrate Easter. This year as a youth group, we run an event on the evening of Good Friday where we played games, learned about the Easter story, and ate pizza (and lots of Easter treats) together. It was a great time of connecting as a group.
The RBC Easter Hunt has certainly been a highlight for me this year. Pascal, Iceni, Georgia, Matt and I were excited at the possibility of running a community Easter hunt, and spent a couple of weeks brainstorming ideas and planning. We decided to run a big Easter Hunt in Waiatarua Reserve where we would hide 7 decorated wooden lazer cut eggs for each day leading up to Easter Saturday. Each day on Facebook, we released a clue that connected to passage about the Easter story hinting at where you could find the eggs. People were to take pictures of themselves with the eggs, and come to Little Rangitōtō Reserve on the Easter Saturday to collect their chocolate prizes. We also had painting and a chocolate egg hunt on the Saturday for everyone as well. I loved seeing the images that people were posting on our Facebook page with our #RBCEasterHunt2022 hashtag. It was so exciting to see people getting involved. Some of those who joined in were asking when the next event we ran would be, giving us the chance to profile the Trick-or-Treat Drop-In/Off.
Although it was disappointing not being able to take our young people to Easter camps this year, I am glad that we were given the opportunity to reconnect with the families in our community, some of whom we have not seen in person for a long while. Thank you for your support in decorating the wooden eggs, providing chocolate eggs, and praying for us over the last few weeks. We are thankful that we were able to share the hope we have at Easter time with those in our community.
Nāku iti nei, nā
This Sunday: Of Weddings and Wonders
There will be no Blaze or Spark's programmes running due to covid restrictions.
Youth Group will be back on 4 May for term 2!
Join us for the last Ignite for this term!
Time: 10 am (during the Sunday morning gathering)
Date: Every Sunday during school term
Bible Study Connect Group
Our current 'Look at the Book' series is an in-depth look at the book of Psalms. People can also choose to participate via zoom. Note, this is a repeat of a course done a number of years ago. Please get in touch with the office if you would like to get involved.
Worship This Sunday: Gathered AND Online
It was so exciting to be back together in our church building again! We will be doing it again this week at 10am (with masks and vaccine passports)!
There will also be an online service available to view, and a link will be sent out to you at 10am on Sunday morning.
Prayer Connection Points
Come along to a prayer gathering at the church lounge Thursdays from 11:30am-12:00pm. Masks are required. Also, On Mondays from 12:00 – 12:30pm there will be an Online Prayer Gathering for half an hour via zoom. Contact the office if you would like the meeting link and passcode.
The Book Club has chosen their first book - "One Soul At A Time" - a biography of Billy Graham. Please contact Carolina at the church office if you want to join - it's not too late!
These are usually held on the first Saturday each month at 8am in the church lounge. Covid regulations have resulted in these breakfasts not being held for some time but we are hoping that the traffic light setting will change after things settle, so we have tentatively planned a breakfast for Saturday 7 May at 8am. Our speaker will be Lindsay Marriner. Lindsay will be speaking about the history of our men’s breakfasts as well as some other thoughts. So men please set this date aside and we hope to see you there (Covid permitting). If there is any change we will let you know. Please feel free to invite other men.
We are currently on break for the term holidays! We will commence sessions once school resumes.
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group
Every Thursday morning at 10:30pm in the church lounge. We are currently running an in-depth look at the book of Psalms. 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! Please note that masks are required.
Thursday Prayer Group
Every Thursday in the church lounge from 11:30am - 12:00 pm. Contact the office for more information. Please note that masks are required.
Monday Zoom Prayer Group
From 12:00 – 12:30pm on Zoom. Contact the office if you would like the zoom link to be sent to you.
Thursday Night Book Club
Every Thursday from 7:30pm via Zoom. Contact the office if you would like the zoom link to be sent to you.
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!
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.