My youngest was this week required to create a travel brochure on the Cook Islands for homework – on the account of it being Cook Island language week (I know … I hadn’t realised that either!). In the process of his research into the various attractions on offer in the Cooks, he came across something amazing … unexpected … and deeply surprising. In fact, it amazed the entire family. Can I introduce you to my son’s new, most "favouritist" animal in the whole world? It is the Coconut Crab – and they can grow simply enormous! Check out this stunning picture below:
It reminded me of the platypus. When explorers first went to Australia, they encountered an animal that defied all known laws of taxonomy. They discovered a semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal, having a broad, flat tail, webbed feet and a snout resembling a duck’s bill. They named this animal the platypus. Upon returning to their native land, they related their finding to the world. The people regarded their report as a hoax since no such animal with the above characteristics could possibly exist. Even though there was reputable eyewitness testimony, it was rejected because of their world-view. They went back a second time to Australia, and returned with the hide of a dead platypus. The people accused them of rigging a hoax again.
The old saying goes, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." This is true ... much of the time ... but not always. The news of a Creator God who loves us ... who moved heaven and earth to remove our self-inflicted barriers to relating with him ... who longs to restore us to dignity and mana, to become truly human in a way which we have never been ... this all sounds too good to be true. But it's not. If that's not 'good news', I don't know what is! So go ahead ... show your neighbour the photo of the coconut crab ... and then tell them about something even more amazing!
This Sunday: Renew Together - Whakarongo
Our preconceptions about God can blunt our perceptions of what He is doing. The answer? Whakarongo.
Our Sparks and Blaze programmes are on every Sunday during the school Term. Years 0 - 6. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join our yr 9-13 Youth Group!
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Date: Every Wednesday during school term
Join us for Ignite, our youth group for yr 7-8!
Time: 10 am (during the Sunday morning gathering)
Date: Every Sunday during school term
Join us on Sunday morning as we finish painting the Youth room. Please bring a shirt you are able to paint in.
Ignite meets during our Sunday morning gathering.
Our theme for Prayer and Self Denial this year is Renew Together, which run for 3 consecutive Sundays, including the next two Sundays of 7 August and 14 August. On 14 August, an opportunity will be given in the physical service to contribute financially to support the work of Tranzsend, but you can also give online at any stage into the church bank account. Contact the office for more details.
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.
Remuera Baptist Men’s Group meets monthly – this is generally on the first Saturday of the month. Our next Men's Breakfast will be at 8am in the church lounge on Saturday 8 August. Come along!
Baptist Missionary Fellowship meets at 10am on the second Wednesday of every month. This is usually at the home of Olwyn Dickson, but the venue if changed, will be advertised here. The next meeting is 10 August. Please get in touch with the church office if you would like to attend.
If you or others you know are having to isolate because of covid, please contact the office.
We run mainly music sessions during the school term every Tuesday, 10am in the RBC Auditorium. If you have kids or know of anyone who does, please invite them to come along! Please also keep the attendees and volunteers in your prayers.
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