The Inside Column 14/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 14, 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.

What an awesome term 3 at we have had at St Barnabas’! In our society one thing we don’t do very well is honour old age. Hopefully with so many baby boomers beginning to reach retirement age we are learning to redefine age, and societal attitudes will change for the better.

It is easy to focus on the negative aspects of aging; loss of friends, loss of mobility either physical or by giving up a driver’s licence, family all busy with their own lives and very often financial concerns. But there are positives too. With age comes wisdom, confidence, becoming a conduit to the past, having more time for loved ones and not to mention the Gold Card discounts!

We all age, but the important thing to think about and focus on is what is it God wants us to be doing at this stage and age of our lives. He knows how long He has placed us on this earth, a perfect time in His eyes – so it is up to us to make the most of all that time we have to honour God and fulfil His purpose for us.

“All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning.”

- Ephesians 1:11

One thing that is great to see happening at St Barnabas is the impact our monthly community lunch Out To Lunch is having. It’s fantastic to see that we can now have over 20 people who are non-parishioners coming along to luncheon a regular basis, all having a positive time of fellowship over a healthy lunch. Loneliness is huge issue in our society but God’s plan for us is to live in community.

It’s the simple things that I hear about that make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. Our simple actions can make a person’s day whether it be returning someone’s trolley to the supermarket, inviting a neighbour for a cuppa or popping in to admire their garden. God loves us and expects us to shower that same love on those around us. Think about it. What small act can you do for your ‘neighbour’ to express the love of God? Next stop – put it into action!!!

 

Kathy

 

The Inside Column 7/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 07, 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.

Last Sunday we had the end of term family service, with all the children and youth involved in the service. If someone had been walking past St Barnabas they might have thought there was a comedian speaking, there was so much fun and laughter! The youth band led the worship brilliantly, the children brought the word:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”

- Romans 8:28

 

Then the youth group Video of Kevin the prodigal son had some in tears. This was all good and there was a great sense of family. The thing is that behind all these amazing children and youth we have some brilliant leaders that give their time and engage to make these groups happen. We are so thankful to these people as without them these groups would not happen. If you would like to be a part of the team that helps run these groups please do come and see me, this is a really great way to encourage these children in the faith.

This coming week the leadership (Church staff) will be up at the lake for the leadership retreat. This will be the last retreat that Bishop Richard will be involved in. Please continue to pray for the Nelson Diocese over the next couple of days as we all meet together. There will be a team of people from St Barnabas helping cater for the retreat. Please keep them in your prayers as well. David will still be in the office if you are in need of help. Thank you to everybody that made biscuits and other food for this event, it is a great fundraiser for the church.

It is just under a month until our Church Garage Sale. So if you have anything that you are wanting to clean out of the house or garage (please no old tv’s or broken things) then you can start bringing items to the church hall.

I will be away over the next two week on annual leave, from tomorrow for two days at the retreat then off until Tuesday 23 October. Please ring the church office if you are in need of anything.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Phil

 

The Inside Column 30/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 30, 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 worshiping Him. Please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

What an awesome term we have had at St B’s Youth Group!

It’s been wonderful to have to regular help of leaders such as Nicky Scott, Theo Greenwood and Josh Munro, allowing me to do more with our youth program than is possible for just one person!

Nicky has been the one responsible for all our delicious baking, and she does so much of the behind the scenes work. Josh and Theo have been awesome at running games and handling whatever task I throw their way (even while they are preparing for their final exams and year 13 graduation!)

We started the term with our Blackout night playing games such as Spotlight around Isel Park, and spoke about Jesus being the light which overcomes all darkness. Our ever-popular Girls Night saw several new girls come along to youth! We ate from the chocolate fountain, played silly games and talked about how valuable each of them are. Ball Games night was a real hit with loads of high energy games such as Dodgeball. Collab was a fun combined youth group outing to Flip Out. World Records night was hilarious, with challenges such as ‘Who can eat the most jelly with chopsticks?’ Josh Munro led an awesome discussion on how each person has been given skills and abilities by God to be used for his glory and kingdom. The Cause at New Life Church was the highlight of the term for those that came, with worship, games, a stirring message and a great response of youth committing and recommitting their lives to God. It was our overwhelming joy to see one of the young boys who come to our Friday night youth give his life to God for the first time!

Please pray for him as he begins this journey, and for us as a youth group as we seek to disciple him. Our term finished with a relaxed end of term bonfire with spotlight and smores. On every other fortnight our youth group goes to ‘The Sauce’ at All Saints church for a smaller combined youth group, which we love!

Our youth group continues to pray for the family of one of the girls in our youth group whose house burnt down. Not having insurance, they lost everything. Please join us in praying and supporting them!

We look forward to Spring Camp with great anticipation! Thank you to everyone who has donated money to this so far and who have supported our fundraisers. This money will go towards paying for those who would struggle to go along, such as this girl who was in the fire. Please continue to donate, support, and pray for us.

 

Many Blessings!

 

Georgia

 

The Inside Column 23/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 23, 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 worshiping Him. Please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Last week we started a new series out of the Book Nehemiah…

The book of Nehemiah opens in the Persian city of Susa in the year 444 BC. Later that year, Nehemiah traveled to Israel, leading the third of three returns by the Jewish people following their seventy years of exile in Babylon. Most of the book centres on events in Jerusalem. The narrative concludes around the year 430 BC, and scholars believe the book was written shortly thereafter.

Nehemiah was a layman, not a priest like Ezra nor a prophet like Malachi. He served the Persian king in a secular position before leading a group of Jews to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the city walls.

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the Jews withstood opposition and came together to accomplish their goal. Nehemiah led by example, giving up a respected position in a palace for hard labour in a politically insignificant district. He partnered with Ezra, who also appears in this book, to solidify the political and spiritual foundations of the people. He did not claim glory for himself but always gave God the credit for his successes.

Last week in chapter one we read Nehemiah’s response to the problem of what had happened to his people.

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 

Nehemiah was broken. Today we see what he started to do with this brokenness…

 

Church Garage Sale 27 October 2018

It is just over a month until our Church Garage Sale. So if you have anything that you are wanting to clean out of the house or garage (please no old tv’s or broken things) then you can start bringing items to the church hall.

Clergy Conference 8 – 9 October 2018 Lake Rotoiti

There is a list of items needed for the Clergy Conference in the foyer. This is a fundraiser for the Church. If you can provide items on the list or some baking, please indicate on the list so we don’t end up with lots of one thing.

Bex and Ian Hussy are heading up the kitchen and the catering so if you would like to help of donate something bigger, like a 10kg bag of potatoes give them a call. Here are their contact details: Ian 021 059 8655 and Bec 021 065 9023

 

Yours in Christ

 

Phil

 

The Inside Column 16/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 16, 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.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be looking into the book of Nehemiah.

Who wrote the book?

Jewish tradition identifies Nehemiah himself as the primary author of this historical book. Much of the book is written from his first-person perspective. Nothing is known about his youth or background; we meet him as an adult serving in the Persian royal court as the personal cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. This prestigious position reveals something of Nehemiah’s upright character. The book of Nehemiah could be read as a sequel to the book of Ezra, and some scholars believe the two were originally one work.

The book of Nehemiah opens in the Persian city of Susa in the year 444 BC. Later that year, Nehemiah traveled to Israel, leading the third of three returns by the Jewish people following their seventy years of exile in Babylon. Most of the book centers on events in Jerusalem. The narrative concludes around the year 430 BC, and scholars believe the book was written shortly thereafter.

Why is Nehemiah so important?

Nehemiah was a layman, not a priest like Ezra nor a prophet like Malachi. He served the Persian king in a secular position before leading a group of Jews to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the city walls. Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the Jews withstood opposition and came together to accomplish their goal. Nehemiah led by example, giving up a respected position in a palace for hard labor in a politically insignificant district. He partnered with Ezra, who also appears in this book, to solidify the political and spiritual foundations of the people. He did not claim glory for himself but always gave God the credit for his successes.

Nehemiah recorded the reconstruction of the wall of Jerusalem, Judah’s capital city. Together, he and Ezra, who led the spiritual revival of the people, directed the political and religious restoration of the Jews in their homeland after the Babylonian captivity. Nehemiah’s life provides a fine study on leadership. He overcame opposition from outsiders as well as internal turmoil. Accomplishing those goals resulted in a people encouraged, renewed, and excited about their future.

Church Garage Sale 27 October 2018

It is just over a month until our Church Garage Sale. So if you have anything that you are wanting to clean out of the house or garage (please no tv’s or broken things) then you can start bringing items to the church hall.

Thanks to everybody for supporting the Youth Baking stall over the last couple of weeks. The money will help pay for Spring Camp.

Yours in Christ

Phil