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Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 02, 2017 No Comments

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.

Change of date, sorry. David Riddell will now be speaking on Sunday 15 October. He will be with us at both services, and will be speaking on ‘You Shall Not Commit Adultery’. David and his wife run the Living Wisdom School of Counselling and has changed the lives of thousands of people through his counselling. David always brings a challenge. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him speak.

Have you got your team organized for our Quiz Night? This fun night is at 7.00pm Saturday 28 October. Get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, win some prizes and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer signup sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

 

Tonight at St Barnabas we will be running another night of worship which we call ‘The Ambient’. What is it? It’s pretty simple really. It’s a night where we gather together to worship our God and encounter his presence, encouraging the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us and speak powerfully to us as we draw near in praise, in silence and in reverence.  This night is a city wide event, open to anyone from any church, who is passionate about spending time with God and like minded people.

What can you expect on the night? We usually start with a time of coming before God and lighting candles in expectation of what He will do, followed by worship in song (led by the Ambient band) which leads into times of silence and waiting and sharing what God is saying to us.

We always read from the bible but there is no sermon as such, and then we give room for prayer, before wrapping up with an anthem of some sort. If this kind of night appeals to you, we welcome you to join us, 7.30pm right here in the church auditorium.

Have an amazing week

Luke

 

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 25, 2017 No Comments

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.

We are well on our way. Last weekend we had our Gift Day for the Made New Project and we raised over $60,000. This is truly an amazing outcome. Thank you to everybody that has made a pledge or a one off donation toward this project. And of course, we give thanks to Christ, for it is through Him that we have these talents to build His kingdom.

We pray God will use the physical work we do on the building to increase the spiritual growth in the people that call St Barnabas home and all who come into this place. Please keep this work in your prayers over the coming months.

Vestry will be meeting over the next couple of months and will be working out the best time frame for this work and if we will need a short team loan to see this work through to completion.

This week we continue our series out of the Ten Commandments with ‘Thou Shall Not Murder’. I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a time I killed someone, so this one should be easy right?

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, “Raca,”is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell.

- Matthew 5:21-22

 Luke will be shedding some more light on this commandment today.

Next Sunday our guest speaker is David Riddell.  He will be with us at both services, and will be speaking on ‘You Shall Not Commit Adultery’. David and his wife run the Living Wisdom School of Counselling and has changed the lives of thousands of people through his counselling. David always brings a challenge. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him speak.

Have you got your team organised for our Quiz Night? This fun night is at 7.00pm Saturday 28 October. Get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, win some prizes and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer signup sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 18, 2017 No Comments

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.

Four Sunday’s ago we launched the Made New Project. As many of you already know the church roof needs to be replaced. From time to time (when it rains) it leaks. The roof is clad with
asbestos tiles and we are planning on replacing these with long run steel like the Foyer and Crèche roof.

At the same time as doing this Vestry would like to upgrade some other components of the Church:

  • Carpet the church auditorium
  • Upgrade the audio-visual
  • Investigate heating options
  • More church chairs and tables
  • Refurbish our facilities

The main reasons for the Made New Project are:

  • Make the church warm, dry and inviting for people
  • Develop the church for future generations
  • Create flexible spaces for ministry

With all of this in mind we are looking to raise $160,000. Exciting Stuff! I believe that together we can raise this sort of money without having to go to the Diocese for a loan, or to take many years to raise this money.

My personal ethos towards money and giving has always been 2 Corinthians 9:7

You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.

Today’s combined service is the occasion for us to all come together, with our pledges, donating with cheerful hearts and celebrate being Made New.

There are two options to consider:

  • Increase your regular giving each week    and/or
  • Make a one-off donation.

Mark your Pledge Card and return it in the Made New Project envelope. All donations are tax deductible.

Saturday 28 October is the new date for our Quiz Night. This is a fun night were you can get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, and have a great night out. Please let the office know if you want to reserve a table.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer sign up sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 11, 2017 No Comments

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.

Today is a very important day in the life of the church as we are going to be baptising Amelia and Lydia Hussy. Why do we baptise people? Baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life of faith in Jesus.

Christian baptism illustrates, in dramatic style, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it also illustrates our death to sin and new life in Christ. As the sinner confesses the Lord Jesus, they die to sin (Romans 6:11) and are raised to a brand-new life (Colossians 2:12). Being submerged in the water represents death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the cleansed, holy life that follows salvation. Romans 6:4 puts it this way: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Very simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life.

Last week we were at Synod. Synod is the annual meeting for the Diocese of Nelson, like their AGM.  There were several things debated, with the two big issues discussed – How Church Quota is calculated (Quota is the money each church pays the Diocese), and a recommendation that the Living Wage be considered for all employees of the Church. On the Saturday there was a foucus on Mission. If you would like more info you can speak to one of or synod reps, David Featherstone, Angela Galbraith or Matt McDonald.

Saturday 23 September election day and it is also the night we are holding our Quiz Night.  This is a fun night were you can get a group of friends together, to test you brain matter, and have a great night out. Tickets from the office.

A date for your diaries – Saturday 11 November for the annual church fair. If you have stuff to go into the White Elephant, you can drop items off to the Church Hall. Volunteer sign up sheets for helpers will be in the foyer soon.

Have a great week

Phil

 

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Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 04, 2017 No Comments

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.

Two Sunday’s ago we launched the Made New Project. As many of you already know the church roof needs to be replaced. From time to time (when it rains) it leaks. The roof is clad with asbestos tiles and we are planning on replacing these with long run steel like the Foyer and Crèche roof.

At the same time as doing this Vestry would like to upgrade some other components of the Church:

  • Carpet the church auditorium
  • Upgrade the audio-visual
  • Investigate heating options
  • More church chairs and tables
  • Refurbish our facilities

The main reasons for the Made New Project are:

  • Make the church warm, dry and inviting for people
  • Develop the church for future generations
  • Create flexible spaces for ministry

With all of this in mind we are looking to raise $160,000. Exciting Stuff! I believe that together we can raise this sort of money without having to go to the Diocese for a loan, or to take many years to raise this money.

We are running this appeal for four weeks and on Sunday 17 September we will have a combined Gift Day 9.00am Breakfast and a Service to follow. This will be the opportunity for us to all come together, with our pledges, donating with cheerful hearts and celebrate being Made New.

If you would like to talk to someone about this project, if you have any questions, please come and see me or talk to any of the vestry members. There are two options to consider:

  • Increase your regular giving each week and/or
  • Make a one-off donation

Mark your Pledge Card and return it in the Made New Project envelope. All donations are tax deductible.

This week I have spent two days at our annual Synod Gathering, with our Synod Reps. I will update you on Synod events next week.

Yours in Christ

Phil