The Inside Column 26/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 26, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

A quick update on youth ministries at St Barnabas… Matt, Josiah, Josh, Alistair, Sophie, Danny, Theo and Joza all headed down to join 4000 other young people at Easter Camp 2015, located at Spenser Park in Christchurch. It was lots of fun, hanging out, pitching tents, zorb soccer, night cricket, big top praise and worship, a Ferris wheel, other carnival like activities, pie-day, a touch competition, a game of settlers and amidst all this activity – the message of Jesus dying and rising again so that we can invite God into the centre of our lives.

During the term ahead, the church youth are going to meet weekly on Wednesday nights. A programme for the term ahead is available to view in the foyer (there are also copies to take away). We are looking forward to doing the 40hr famine on the weekend of 22-24 May. We would like to do an overnight trip to a local bach on the Friday night into the Saturday. Please talk to me if you have a house nearby that you would be willing to lend to us (don’t worry –there will be no mess – there will be no food!).

Also coming up later this term is the ‘Op-shop Ball’ is a fundraising event run by youth for youth on Friday the 12 July.

Our community youth groups continue to run – please pray for apt youth workers to fill the roles of others who are moving on. Robin Westley is taking up a new job closer to his home in Motueka, I would like to farewell and acknowledge Robin’s work. His reliability and gentle caring nature has been a strong part of the Boy’s night and afternoon drop-in groups over the last couple of years.

Looking toward the future for terms 3-4 there is uncertainty ahead. The programmes we currently manage will have to change their structure and frequency. This is not a bad thing, but rather this change is something we approach prayerfully. The funding that provides wages for community based youth workers is scheduled to be reduced to a quarter of its current level in June. An imminent reduction to our funding from the council means change. Opportunity exists amidst this change – please pray that we as a church will be wisely led where God would have us in regard to these ministry opportunities.

Thank you once again to all those who support the local youth in prayer and have made meals for the groups to bless them.

Yours in Christ

Jonathan

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