The Inside Column 11/11

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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.

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes for the family and myself as we attended the funeral of Greta’s grandmother last weekend in Napier. After a lot of travel we had a couple of good days with the wider family remembering the good times and the love that we had all received from Gran.

At funerals I am always reminded about making the most of life, all that we have and the people we love and to be appreciative and enjoy the age and stage we are in. Thanks to Eric for picking up the sermon at the last minute.

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!

At the Leadership conversation we talked about some follow up events following Spanky’s talk on Discipleship. Many churches in NZ are feeling the increasing challenges of how to reach our local communities with the Good News. But around the world – from Africa to Aotearoa – we’re seeing an explosion in the rediscovery of discipleship as the core commission of Jesus. Join Rev Spanky Moore from the Good Soil Collective as he hosts an ecumenical conversation about what God is up in other parts of NZ. You are invited to a Discipleship and Dessert Evening on Tuesday 13 November from 700 – 8.30pm here at St Barnabas to continue the conversation about cultivating discipleship & mission.

There will be a farewell for Bishop Richard on the Friday 7 December at 5.30pm at All Saints Church Nelson. If you are around and would like to come along and say a thank you to Richard and Hilary put this dates in your diary. 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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