I was listening last week to an English commentator speaking about the Queen's Jubilee, and more specifically about the qualities that has made Queen Elizabeth such an effective leader. Firstly, he noted her dependability; the last few months notwithstanding, she has been a monarch who always 'showed up'. She lived up to the responsibilities she had been given and could be counted on to follow through. Secondly, he talked about her adaptability. Under her watch, Queen Elizabeth has overseen a radical shift in the Commonwealth of Nations which has seen many countries cutting or loosening the ties that bound them to Britain. While this separation has been inevitable, she has handled the change with a grace and flexibility that has preserved the bonds of relationships between countries, and a large measure of goodwill towards Britain has been retained as a result. And thirdly, he noted the length of her reign - she is the longest reigning British monarch in history, and in her time has outlasted twelve Prime Ministers and seven popes, not to mention any number of world rulers! In a world which so often clamours for leaders of charisma, charm and the 'x-factor', Queen Elizabeth has shown us the effectiveness of leaders who simply show character, integrity, service and perseverance. What lessons might we learn from her that we can apply to our spheres of influence? Something to think about.
This Sunday: From Where I Stand
Over the next few months, a number of our people will be contributing to a sermon series called 'From Where I Stand'. They will be speaking either from their favourite Bible passage, or looking through a Biblical lens at an issue they are passionate about. Paul Ungemuth will be kicking this series off this week, looking at 'The Lord Who Loves Us'.
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