have broken my toe.
At least, I think it is broken. I spent two hours waiting at hospital to finally be seen by a doctor who said, “It might be broken”, and who then sent me home without an x-ray. Broken toes, apparently, are one of those things that you can’t do much for, apart from strapping it and then getting really good at using crutches. And so, I am hobbling around on crutches and making pitiful noises occasionally to remind my family that, yes, it is still broken, and yes, it still hurts. To be fair, my broken toe has gotten me out of doing some chores, which I am not complaining about. The problem is that it has also excluded me from doing some fun things too! (I am currently watching my family playing soccer outside without me, forlorn dreams of being the next Lionel Messi filling my thoughts…). It is aggravating to me that a pointed verse in the Bible takes the opportunity to suddenly invade my soccer-soaked imaginings. Paul once wrote: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” Just dwell on that for a moment. Dissect it. This state of contentment was not something that came naturally to Paul … or us. It was something that he had to learn, with all of the process of time and failure and incremental improvements that this word implies. Further, he describes this contentment as a ‘secret’; it is a state that is not known by many and a learning that few will master. But at the end of this process, Paul can say that his contentment is not budged or eroded or diluted or corroded by anything that happens to him in life. Not even a broken toe! And what is the secret to the secret? Paul shows his hand, saying, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Paul had come to the conviction that no matter what challenge would present itself to him in any given moment of any given day, God’s strength/power/energy would be made available to him. Not just that, this strength would be of sufficient quantity and quality to enable Paul to adequately meet every task and commitment that he faced. And truly believing meant that there was no need for worry or fear in Paul’s headspace – I mean, why would there be if he was convinced every challenge would be met? Contentment filled the vacuum left by the departing anxiety. I’m glad Paul used the word ‘learned’, because I’m still on that curve. Are you? May we grow in trust in the future grace of God … a grace greater even than the odd broken bone or two!
This Sunday: Life On Both Sides Of The Comma
Spark and Blaze programmes for our primary ages children have current on break for the term holidays.
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 10:30am 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
Thursday Morning Home Group