Kia Ora All Saints,
Our combined service and AGM last week were a source of joy for me. They showed me that our parish is in good heart, with a clear future and some people who are dedicated to seeing Christ’s kingdom work succeed in this place. What a joy it is to gather together and celebrate all that has been done in the past year.
As I said in my sermon last week I believe that the Grace and love shown by the gospel has so much meaning and potential to do good in this world. People are struggling and there is no grace in the real world so when we play out and live out grace as Christian’s we continue to show the God who sought us out and forgave!
In the midst of all this, we are a growing church and one that needs to now put some structure around some elements to help us receive and continue to grow. We have asked in the midst of all this that there may be some people out there willing to pour into our younger generations by helping us employ a children’s worker. 8 hours costs $13,000, 16 hours costs $25,000.
That’s only $16 a week for 40 people. If you are willing to help us out in this regard please let us know so we can make plans for next year.
This week we are in our last house church time for the year. So I hope you have a great time connecting with each other, planning those end of year bbqs and other events over summer to continue to connect. May it be also a source of joy! From here on out we are doing central gatherings till Christmas. Then we will resume our combined services till the end of January. May you be blessed this week in our love and grace you show to your neighbours and in the love and grace you show yourself!
Ka kite, Andrew Spence