The Inside Column 4/11

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

I am away this weekend in Napier with Greta and the family for Greta’s Grandmother’s funeral, where I have the privilege of taking the service. Please pray for us and our extended family at this time of loss.

Again a big thank you to all that helped with the Garage sale last week, we raised just over $1600 for our mission partners. Thank you to Ruth and John for all their hard work in coordinating it over the three days before hand.

We had a good time up at the park for the church picnic last Sunday. This is going to be an ongoing thing, on the last Sunday of each month. If the weather is good we will head up to the park and spend some time together, all are welcome.

Last week we finished our little series from Nehemiah. – A little re-cap…

Week 1 – Change our Hearts
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

Nehemiah 1: 4

Week 2 – Make our Plans

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”

– Nehemiah 4: 17

Week 3 – Do The Work

So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out”

– Nehemiah 4:21  

Week 4 –

“Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.”

– Nehemiah 8:12

This is a great little practice for our prayer lives, Change our hearts, Make our plans, Do the work, and don’t forget to celebrate.


Convergence Church Camp 15 – 17 February 2019. This is a must do for all. This year Spanky Moore will be sharing on the theme of information and how our lives are formed and impacted by our beliefs and actions. There will be times of corporate worship and prayer ministry in all the sessions as well. Rev Spanky Moore grew up on the Waimea Plains, but now day’s works as the chaplain at Canterbury University. His irreverent nickname is from his teenage years playing in a punk band, and it’s stuck ever since. Spanky is passionate about Jesus, mission and discipleship, and specializes in working youth. Sign up early and make sure you don’t miss out!


Please pray for the next Bishop of Nelson. This is a critical time in the life of the church as we face many new challenges in an ever changing culture. Please read the information on the noticeboard about the appointment process and meetings.


Yours in Christ



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