The Inside Column 18/11

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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.

Last week we had our yearly gift / vision day, and I talked about the five things we will be working towards over the next couple of years. Five things:

  • The Chapel
  • Youth Work
  • Senior’s Work
  • Discipleship
  • Reaching out – Evangelism

It’s like the little series we have just done out of Nehemiah. I ask that we all pray, that we commit our plains to God, that we work together for the same goals, and then we celebrate together all that God has done and is doing in and through us his people. All for his Glory and his kingdom.

One of the things I didn’t talk about was giving financially. This year rather than run a pledge card sort of gift day for a special project I am going to ask you two consider two things when thinking about your giving to the church.

  1. That you might review your giving to the Church, and,

2 If you don’t give financially to the life of the Church that you think about doing so through a regular direct credit payment. Our bank details are on the back of the pew sheet.

When it comes to giving, my theological understanding primarily comes 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

As many of you know, Luke is moving on to a new venture and we would love to bless him with a gift. If you would like to donate towards this there is a container marked Luke’s Gift at the back of church or write Luke on your envelope.

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to do some cleaning over the holidays, to keep the church nice and clean. If you are around over the first couple of weeks of January and have a spare couple of hours we would love to hear from you. Call David in the office for details.

 

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

 

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!www.stbarnabas.co.nz/convergence-camp

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

Philip

 

The Inside Column 4/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 04, 2018 No Comments

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!www.stbarnabas.co.nz/convergence-camp

 

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

Philip

 

The Inside Column 28/10

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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.

It’s good to be back after a week off, thanks to Luke and the team for running the place while I was away. I heard the combined service went really well.

Thanks again to everyone that helped with the food for the conference at the Lake and to Bex, Ian, Linda and Peter for all the hard work of making it all happen. We raised over four
thousand dollars.

A big thank you to Ruth and John and their home group for all the work and energy with the garage sale yesterday, I don’t at this time know how much was raised but I am sure it was a great success.

This is turning in to a big thankyou column!

Thanks to all the people that helped to raise money for the youth to go to spring camp last weekend, and the donations. I have heard that the camp was a real great time, one of the best, and that  a couple of youth that went as part of the St Barnabas youth team that don’t came to church made first time commitments to Jesus. This is the body of Christ working together to share the good news about Jesus. One gives a little, someone invites, someone encourages, and the good news is spread. Please pray for the youth and their faith that it may be deepened and grow.

I ask that all of you pray for the next Bishop of Nelson. This is a critical time in the life of the church in New Zealand, we are facing many new challenges in an ever changing culture. The next Bishop will have many difficulties to face, but we know the in every difficult time there is a great opportunity for God to do amazing things, to do the things only he can do. The good news is that he invites you and me to be a part of these amazing opportunities. Next Saturday 3 November there will be continuous prayer throughout the Diocese. St Barnabas will be open from 5.00pm to 6.00pm for prayer for discernment. Please come and pray. There is also information on the appointment  process for the Bishop on the noticeboard.

As you know, Luke is leaving us around Christmas time, can we all pray for him and his family, that God will leading them into the next step of ministry, for new and exciting opportunities. Luke’s leaving also opens up a new opportunity for us as a church, for someone new to come on board and take up the leadership of our worship teams, it would be good to have your prayers for this as well.

 

Lots to be thankful for and lot to pray about!

 

Yours in Christ

 

 

 

Philip

 

The Inside Column 21/10

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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.

This weekend (being Labour weekend), is a time when we remember the work of Samuel Parnell.

A carpenter and joiner by trade who stood up for the rights of New Zealand labourers and instigated the eight hour working day. Unhappy with the working conditions and long hours he saw his contemporaries enduring – sometimes fourteen plus per day – Parnell argued that ‘Of the twenty-four hours per day given us; eight of these should be for work, eight for sleep, and the remaining eight for recreation and in which for men to do what little things they want for themselves’.

Although many businesses and business men were not impressed by this notion – In 1840, New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim the right to an eight hour working day and ‘Labour day’ as it is now known was first celebrated on 28 October 1890, when several thousand trade union members attended parades and picnics in all the main centres.

Samuel Parnell was passionate that people who work should be entitled to receive time off for rest and recreation. Interestingly this is something that is also close to God’s heart for us. When He created the world, he instituted a day for this very purpose – a seventh day of rest. In the Old Testament this was known by the Israelites as the Sabbath – a holy day, set aside to revere and remember God, spend time with family and refrain from working in order to recharge. No one was allowed to work, not even a little bit, not even slaves or animals! Imagine setting aside a day of the week for your cow to take a siesta today. God’s concept of rest also extended to the land, for six years the Israelites would work it and then every seventh, leave it to take a breather.

Today, living in the NT, we are not bound to observe the Sabbath like the Israelites – but we are certainly not called to ignore God’s call to honour Him by taking time out from our week to enjoy a break. In Kiwi culture, working long hours and being overly driven is often championed – some still consider working less hours or taking time off as being lazy or weak! However If Jesus himself spent time away from people and ministry to pray and roam the hills, it’s an indicator we should seriously consider incorporating the discipline of rest into our weekly rhythms. This doesn’t mean  we merely choose to give God a token portion of our time each week – our working life and restful life and ministry life are one and the same, it’s all time spent with God – but it does mean we need to be intentional in reaping the benefits of planned time off with God and family to renew.

 

Challenging stuff eh. Enjoy your Monday.

 

Luke