In a few weeks, as a church family we'll be having an AGM. This will be a chance for us to have a stock take, a look at what we have been doing over the last year, programmes, events and ministries. Yet, the main thing we will be discussing in this AGM is the budget.
Yes, this is a paragraph about money!
Finances are fundament part of our lives in an affluent 21st-century century community. And I love the fact that as Baptist we are very open about money, what our budget is, and what we spend it on. But I am aware that we (especially me who is on staff) can get caught up in the idea that the churches are always talking about money.
This hit me a few weeks ago when I was leading our Sunday gathering, as I was praying for the donations we had collected. In that moment, I was reminded that RBC’s finances aren’t the total picture of our churches giving. That what is given to pay for running the church (including my wages) is only a small expression of the generosity you all have. Many of you who contribute to RBC also are involved in many other areas of service. You give to World Vision, Tearfund, Kids Can, City Mission, and I am confident the list goes on.
So, over the next few weeks, as we focus on our Church budget, I want to highlight and celebrate these other areas we are supporting. If you are willing and able, I would like to know all about these different organisations you support, through giving of our time or finances. I don’t want to know amounts; I just want to celebrate the many areas God has called us as a Church to support. Because I know that you all have such a positive impact on so many people’s lives around the globe!
Nāku iti nei, nā,
This Sunday: Lies that Churches (sometimes) Tech.
Spark and Blaze programmes begin again this Sunday! Come join us 🙂
Youth Group is back for term 2! Stay tuned for more details.
Time: 10 am (during the Sunday morning gathering)
Date: Every Sunday during school term
Bible Study Connect Group
Come along next Thursday at 10:30am, either physically or on zoom as we continue studying Paul's amazing letter to the church at Ephesus.
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!
If you or others you know are having to isolate because of covid, please contact the office.
We are back... And back in the building! We will be meeting at 10am in the RBC lounge.
Thursday Morning Bible Study Group
Every Thursday morning at 10:30am in the church lounge. We are currently looking at the Letters that Paul wrote to the Church of Ephesus. 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