The Inside Column 13/5

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

You will have noticed a few changes over the last couple of weeks. Last year we launched the Made New Project, so that we could get the roof fixed. We have had that work done which is great but fixing the roof was only part of the Made New Project. Other parts of the Project include getting some more chairs, upgrade the projector screen, the sound system and some other smaller things like lighting.

Now that the roof has been done, (there will be a bit more work done on the guttering) the next step is to get have carpet laid in the church. This work is booked in to be done within the next month. The next thing will be to upgrade the sound and vision followed by getting more chairs.

One of the main things that was fed back to me from our time in the hall was that people love the sense of closeness, of community, the feeling of been one, the smaller space brings us closer together. All of this has given us a chance to think about the layout of the seating and the way we run the services.

As you know we have been trialling new things and I thank you for the feedback. I think we are getting closer to making things work more smoothly.

When it comes to the finances for the Made New Project we have been very blessed. At this point because of your amazing generosity we are on target to meet all our commitments. This is something to be very thankful for. My hope is that by years end we will have completed all the parts of the Made New Project. Please keep praying for this work and the funds to cover it.

Our Community – Our Response Anglican Care Conference is at All Saints Church 16-17 May 2018. Focus on hearing about the issues facing our community (eg poverty, homelessness, loneliness, social housing shortages, drug and alcohol use, family violence) and the potential of our parishes to respond. No one person should want for love and companionship and basic needs and the Church has capacity to help. Everyone who is interested in attending are welcome to register: www.nelsonanglican.org.nz

Yours in Christ
Phil

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