The Inside Column 15/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 15, 2015 No Comments

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

Over the last couple of weeks the church organ has been out of action as it was in desperate need of some TLC. A big thank you to everyone who has donated to the cost of getting the organ fixed. So far we have received around four thousand dollars towards the estimated cost of around ten thousand dollars – a six thousand dollar shortfall. If you would like to make a donation towards the shortfall you can still do so, just mark your donation ‘organ fund’ or use one of the special envelopes in the foyer.

We had a Vestry meeting last week. Here are some notes from the meeting:

Highlights for the past month have been the combined service, the home group leaders lunch and commencing the new preaching series.

The Sunday 22 November services will be focussed on our missions programme and updating the church with the proposed giving changes for 2016.

Jonathan will finish at the end of the year. He has grown in his leadership capability over the past two years and he will be missed.

Significant discussion was held regarding the future for the community youth programme.A grant of $15k has been received from NCC to carry on the community youth programme. This was the highest amount of funding allocated by NCC. This amount is well-short of what is needed to run the programme in the form that it was running. NCC has advised that the next round of bidding will start in March, with funding to commence in July – hence it would be continuous if we applied and were successful.

The community youth programmes have stopped running due to the funding expiring in June. We would have to start the programme from scratch. The key questions to be considered are:

1.Whether  community youth programmes  are   where we want to focus our energy or should it be in other areas – in schools, the elderly or families?

2.How do we deliver our own church youth programmes?

Please keep these issues in your prayers as we move forward. With Jonathan leaving there are going to be some changes and new opportunities to explore.

Next Sunday – Please bring items for the Food Bank so that we can give food parcels to some needy families this Christmas. Remember  the picnic and Baptism at Tahunanui Beach as well.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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