Kia ora All Saints whanau,
What a great day had by all on Sunday!
We went into the community and met a lot of people. I started the day at 10am in prayer with a bunch of committed people who prayed for close to 45 minutes for all the activities happening throughout the day. I then rushed up to Hataitai Kindy to see the crowd of people there cleaning the yard and interacting with neighborhood families. Emily in the afternoon attended the Litter Blitz and popped into Food for thought and said it was so encouraging to see the groups of people just serving and meeting our local neighbors. Watch this space for more news on Go Sunday as we release more of the good stories coming from the day.
This week is Pentecost and our Sunday reading speaks of God doing amazing things as they were together and then the crowd notices and comes asking 'what is going on?'
This picture of Pentecost spoke to me about what we just did on Go Sunday. A community came together, did some amazing things, and I have heard that then sparked conversations at work or school about why you would do that as a church.
So as we come together this week and celebrate Pentecost and the birthday of the church - may we be full of expectation that God again will move.
We are doing a combined service at 10am on Sunday and are looking forward to seeing you all!
This past few days we have been joining in with the Thy Kingdom Come Prayer. Some have held prayer at 6.30am and 10am others have really enjoyed the videos that have been posted to our Facebook page here. This has been a great time of putting towards God people that you think should know him and learn to know his message.
Our young adults will be away at AYM Houses Hui this weekend and they are talking about how Jesus was subverting the Roman empire. This will be a great opportunity for them to break, reset and be encouraged in their walk of faith so please pray for them this weekend.
When you come into the centre on Sunday poke your head into the office and have a look at the new layout of the office. As I write we are still working through the new layout and trying to create a space where people can come and work with us. It looks amazing and thanks to Heather and Hayley for helping out with it. Remember you can come and join us for Morning Tea Tuesday - Friday at 10.30am. We need all the help we can to be better at the Quiz!
Until Sunday - have a blessed rest of the week!
Nga mihi nui,
Kia ora All Saints Whānau
“If the church doesn’t look, act, sound and think like Jesus its probably not the church of Jesus” This is a quote from Mike Frost from a Podcast he was on with his good friend Alan Hirsch where they discuss the re release of their book Re:Jesus A wild messiah for a missional church.
As I heard this I was spurred to think about who we are as a community of Jesus followers and do we look, act, sound and think like Jesus? I’m sure on some level we would all respond with YES YES YES of course! But then again I know in my own life there are things I hold back or try to do on my own or through my own strength. The journey of aligning our lives more and more with Jesus is a process that requires all of us to admit that we don’t have it all together and that we are together pushing and pulling each other closer to the Messiah.
This week we are shifting the culture in our parish by turning ourselves outwards. Towards those who don’t show up in our building not only on Sundays but ever! Increasing the missional DNA of our parish life with our first Go Sunday, stopping our usual gatherings as we collectively step out into our community. We have spoken about the Up In and Out Triangle before (see image) by which we are seeking to model our lives as Jesus lived, by connecting to the father (up) discipling one another, walking together, pushing and pulling each other along (in) and thirdly going out, as we watch Jesus reach out to those around him we too are called to go out! Connect, build relationship, proclaim the Good News. We get a great glimpse of this in Luke 6:12-19 Jesus went to his father to pray, then when morning came he gathered his people, his disciples, and following that he went to the crowd to those around him.
“If the church doesn’t look, act, sound and think like Jesus its probably not the church of Jesus” Let us not become a place that doesn’t reflect Christ! Let us continue to push more and more, to hunger and thirst for more, to see the kingdom come in real and powerful ways. May we stand together, even when its hard and goes against what society or friends and family think or say, and say YES JESUS more of you, more like you and let us declare that to others.
Change can often bring a sense of uncomfortableness, anxiety or even fear of the unknown. I would like to lay down a challenge in this season that following a wild messiah comes with spaces we find ourselves in that are uncomfortable. As we take a collective step in an environment we haven’t been in before or at least for a very long time that we look to one another to support, encourage and invite along. Whether its Care for creation on Mt Vic, connecting with local families at the Kindy Clean, Clearing Litter with neighbors, feeding the community in Kilbirnie or being part of a group who are wrapping the community and Go Sunday opportunities in prayer step out together and follow a wild messiah into our community. Step out and create memories with our parish family.
Its not too late to sign up or if you are not sure where to land feel free to pop along to the All Saints Centre at 10am on Sunday for the community prayer opportunity led by Andy, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
May you be profoundly impacted by the space you are engaging in on Sunday, may you see the kingdom shining through, we pray for divine connections and conversations. But my biggest prayer is that we as a church family, our hearts are aligned more and more to the wild messiah Jesus
Love in Christ
This Sunday - May 29th - We are shutting down our services to GO! Go Sunday is all about connecting and building relationship in our community!
Being followers of Christ calls us to go out! So thats what we are doing. Make sure you dont miss out there is something for everyone. Jump in. Email us if you need more information.
Kilbirnie Community Centre
Preparing and participating in a beautiful community meal for the Kilbirnie community .
Joining together with families from our local kindergarten to clean and tidy inside and out of the Kindy grounds.
Contact for meeting point
Connecting in with the Mt Vic Regeneration group who gather to care for creation in our city.
Hataitai Community Centre
A community wide litter blitz around the Hataitai community. gather together with others to keep this community clean.
All Saints Centre
For those who are less able a chance to gather together and pray for our community and those who are out connecting. Led by Andy
Kia Ora All Saints,
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about connection. In my mental health practice I’ve been studying the nervous system and how our nervous system responds to our external environment, but especially to connection with others around us. We are created by God to be deeply relational human beings. The biggest hurts in our life come from disconnection and the best things in life come through connection. It’s how God made us and it’s fun to read the work of the world’s top neuroscientists as they explain this through a scientific lens.
This is important for so much of our life. It affects our physical health, our happiness, whether we are anxious or calm. But it also affects our faith. Connection with others brings us into a state of nervous system function that sets us up for being able to sit in God’s peace and dwell in his goodness. This is not to say that we can’t get there on our own, but together with others it’s so much easier, and again, it’s how God made us.
Leading up to our “Go Sunday” at the end of this month I have been thinking a lot about the importance of connection and relationship as we strive to be deeply a part of our local community. Our house church is doing a working bee at Hataitai Kindy and already we know of 3-4 other kindy families who are going to join us. I believe this is more valuable than we even realise.
The connections we will all make on May 29th aren’t just for the purpose of one day inviting them to church (although that’s cool too). The connection itself is an agent of God’s healing in this world. When we bring the Holy Spirit, and the peace that comes with that, into time spent with other human beings, we bring a taste of God’s kingdom.
So whether you are going to share cups of tea with those at Rita Angus, walk with others in the community at the Hataitai Litter Blitz, clean up the kindy, or any of the other things our church whanau is going out to do – know that your presence is powerful and your connection with those around you is important. This is what the church is meant to be about and I’m so proud to watch as you all take up the challenge!
Ngā Mihi Nui,
This week Parish Council met and we wanted to keep you updated with what was discussed. If you want to discuss them further then please contact one of the Parish Council members found at the bottom of this message.
This week our devotion was John 15:1-8 and was a good reminder of staying connected to the vine and bearing fruit. There were many great reflections around the table as we discussed this passage.
In November 2021, the Parish voted at the AGM to have three foci for 2022. You can click the link below and see what those are. Parish Council took a look at those foci and were pleasantly encouraged by how far we have come as we almost reach 6 months of the year. We hope you can be encouraged too and see where we are doing well in focussing our energy there.
Vision and Buildings:
Parish Council are trying to determine how we can discuss the brick building and what we can and could do with it. However, the realisation is that we need to have a Vision about what All Saints is going to be about before we can decide how buildings fit into that Vision.
There have been discussions across the Diocese about the Mission Action Plan (MAP) model for doing this and we would like to do this with the Parish in June/July. You can find out more about that here.
On top of this discussion we are also looking at how we keep maintenance of the Church Centre so that we can keep this building nice and usable. More information will come out once we have compiled a list and coordinated some ideas to keep the buildings maintained.
Parish Council heard in the Co-Vicar's Report that we will return to communion in two kinds starting from Pentecost. There is more information in the newssheet about this for the next few weeks.
There are also two key things we are keen for you to know about:
If you have any questions about any of this then please see one of the Parish Council members below or talk to one of the Co-Vicars.
Parish Council for 2022-23: