The Inside Column 25/2

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 26, 2018 No Comments

Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us. Feel free to stay after the service for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Today Luke will continue looking at the heroes of faith from Hebrews 11. If you have a faith story or a encouragement that you would like to share, please do come and share it with me.

Wow what a weekend we had at Kaiteriteri beach last weekend. This was the biggest camp we have run with around 100 children and youth, great weather, amazing speakers, great worship, and a good dose of Beach and sun. One of the comments I had at the end of the weekend was, why is it was only two days, and why can’t it be for longer? There was a great spirit at camp this year like I have not experienced before, with people coming together with expectation, and anticipation of meeting with God. Put the dates on the calendar for 2019 – Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February.

Have you booked your table for this year’s Banquet in the Garden yet? This event is to raise money for one of our mission partners, and is a great night out in a beautiful setting with great food, music, and good company. Get some friends together and don’t miss out. This year’s project is a Children’s Hostel in the border area of India and Bhutan, which has been seriously impacted by the closure of many of the local businesses related to the tea estates in the area which has caused significant poverty. The local people are very poor and many of the men have left the area to find work in other parts of India. Bright Hope are deeply involved in faith-based community development in this area and there are a number of components to the work they do, one of which is running a hostel for 16 children (2 girls and 14 boys) ranging in age from 7-15. Some have no family to care for them, some come from vulnerable families and some have no school in their village so they stay at the hostel during school term.

The vision is to provide a safe place for the children to grow up in and receive a good education. They would like to grow the hostel to no more than 40 but this is dependent on them being able to find the resources to finish the building and upgrade facilities.

If you would like to make any comment about Motion 29 that we will be talking about at a special Synod meeting on Saturday 10 March please speak to me our one of the Synod Reps.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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