The Inside Column 2/2

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 02, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Well two weeks to go until the Church Camp! Someone asked me the other day how did the idea for the Camp come about? I replied “I was on top of a mountain and after three days of prayer and fasting, I saw a vision…) Joking of course!

The conversions went something like this… Let’s go to new wine camp this year? Oh there not having new wine this year? Oh, let’s put on our own church camp. How much fun would that be? Why not invite a couple of other churches as well, how hard can it be? This is how the idea, vision of a church camp came about. It’s funny how these things come about. A couple of phone calls later we had a leadership team from different churches, we had some funding, we have a camp site and we had a date —   Let’s do it!

The truth is I love church camps, because it has been at church camps that I have had some of my own, most life changing, faith building, experiences. It has been at church camps that I have made lifelong friends. Friends that have helped shape my Christian faith, friends that have encouraged me, friends that have challenged me.

There is something about been away with a bunch of other Christians, worshiping together, learning together, seeking God together, that creates a glass house in which our faith can take a leap forward. I think it must have something to do with being in unity with each other.

“I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

                                                – John 17:23

 

If you are not coming to Camp can I ask you to pray for those that are attending, pray for good weather, pray that God will move in power, pray that our faith will be stretched and grow and pray that we will have great fun.

Because a number of our parishioners will be at camp, we are having just one service at 9.30am on Sunday 16 February at St Barnabas. Bob Barrett , whose  passion is to see local communities of faith develop to their God-given potential, is preaching. Please let your friends who attend church here know about the service time change.

 

Every Blessing

Philip

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