Pirate Quiz Night at St Barnabas!

Posted in: Events- May 27, 2012 No Comments
Pirates Quiz Night

7.00pm Friday 8 June
St Barnabas Church Stoke

 

  • Blackbeards Chest
  • Skull and Bones
  • Jolly Rogers Raffle
  • Buried Treasure
  • Booty Auction
  • Swashbucklin’ snacks, grog & Nosh

$75 table of six

Prizes for best Pirate costumes

Plunder yer table from St Barnabas office

Phone 547 5631

Email office.stbarnabas@xtra.co.nz

All proceeds in support of St Barnabas stoke community projects

The Inside Column 20/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 20, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this morning.

Next week is the combined evening Pentecost service. I would like to encourage you to not only come along but to bring some friends as well. When we read about the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 we see a great out pouring of the Holy Spirit, firstly on the disciples, and then we see three thousand being Baptized as well and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2: 38-39

We have been praying for the Pentecost service at the Tuesday morning prayer meeting and it would be great if you can all pray for this event in your prayers this week. We long to see God once again pour out his Spirit on his people for his purposes and for the glory of his Kingdom.

Thank you to the people that have given prizes for the Quiz night. Now is the time to register your team, we have a limited number of tables so don’t delay. There are some great prizes to be won and a great night of fun, so get your tables now.

Good news Jonathan Wasley is going to be with us for a bit longer. Jonathan will start a new role with us as an intern; he will still be doing much the same role of working with House 44 youth and our youth. He will also be exploring his future in ministry leading services, preaching from time to time, and generally being a top bloke! Please do keep praying for the work he is involved in at House44 as he is on the front line and needs our prayers.

Yours in Christ

Phil

The Inside Column 20/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 13, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this morning, especially the mothers as we celebrate Mothers Day.

There’s a saying that goes “Behind every successful man is a woman” , so today we review a book that is in the Church library, The Power of a Praying Wife by popular Christian author and speaker Stormie Omartian. In this book she pinpoints common marital struggles and reveals the miraculous way that disciplined prayer can alleviate heartache and sustain unity.

The trials and pressures of modern life can make the prospect of a fulfilled, meaningful marriage seem impossible. According to Omartian, a marriage’s success depends upon “laying down all claim to power in and of yourself, and relying on God’s power to transform you, your husband, your circumstances, and your marriage.”

Omartian attributes the success of her own 25-year marriage to dedicated prayer for every area of her husband’s life; from his finances and his work to his integrity and his temptations. Each of the 30 chapters offer ‘bite sized’ portions with insight into areas that are especially important to men, followed by “power tools” (inspiring, topical Scripture and prayers ) to guide one’s prayer life and transform a woman’s mind with regard to her husband.

This practical read will encourage women to trust God to change their spouse, and undoubtedly refocus one’s perspective on God’s power rather than one’s own personal predicament.

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of The Power of a Praying® books (more than 10 million copies sold worldwide), Stormie, Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On, and The Prayer That Changes Everything®. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married for 32 years and have three grown children.

Stormie O'martion The power of a praying wife

Have a blessed week!

Yours in Christ

Phil

The Inside Column

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 06, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this morning. “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

This week we start a new series on the Book of 1 Peter entitled Resurrection Living. Here is the background to 1 Peter:

1.The writer

Surprise it was Peter. He was one of the 12 disciples. His name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter (John 1:42). ‘Peter’ means ‘a rock’ or ‘a stone’. In New Testament times many people could speak and read the Greek language. Peter wrote this letter in the Greek language. This meant that the good news about Jesus could spread easily. A man called Silas helped Peter to write the letter (see 5:12). Peter wrote this letter about 30 years after Jesus returned to heaven.

2. Written to…

In the first verse, Peter lists 5 countries. Most of these are in the country that we now call Turkey. On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) people from three of these countries were visiting the city of Jerusalem. Some of these people may have become Christians there. Perhaps they went home and started new churches. Peter wrote to Jews and Gentiles who had became Christians, Peter was the first to share the good news with the Gentiles.

3.Why he wrote this letter

Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ. Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer forever. This world is not their real home. Heaven is their real home. One day they will live with God in heaven and share God’s glory. Peter also wants his readers to understand the grace of God. He wants every Christian to know what God has done for them.

4. Application

This letter is very practical. Peter tells his readers how to live a good Christian life. Peter was with Jesus for about three years. He saw all that Jesus did. He heard all that Jesus said. Peter is writing to encourage Christians to live like Jesus.

Peter speaks about the Hope we have from salvation.

Yours in Christ

Phil

The Inside Column 29/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 29, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to everyone this  morning.

Today we are going to be looking at the Spiritual Discipline of simplicity.  This is the last Spiritual Discipline we will be looking at from our series and I think one of the most challenging.  We will be starting a new eight week preaching series from 1 Peter, looking at the theme of  Resurrection Living.

A couple of things coming up…

1. The St  Barnabas Quiz night is happening on 9th of June. We had a great night last year with Richard Currie putting together a fantastic Quiz and everyone enjoying the night.  Once again we will be looking for prizes for the prizes table. We are looking for new items worth over $10 that would be a great prize for someone to win, even a nice bottle of wine makes a great prize. Please bring your items to the office. We need at least 50 prizes. If you have people you know that own shops you can all ways ask them for a donations. We will advertise their generosity. Last year we had a couple of weekends away in peoples baches donated.

The second thing is for you to bring a team, the more people we have from outside the church the better but feel free to come with your home group as well. This event is a  fundraiser for the church with the money going towards the youth community work and other outreach work of the church.

2. Pentecost  Last year we had the most amazing combined churches Pentecost service; it was so much fun we thought we would do it again on Sunday 27 May from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. We will have a shared tea to start the  evening followed by the service. There will be something for the children in the hall so encourage your children to bring a friend. City of light will be leading the worship and we will be focusing on the prayer “Come Holy Spirit “ and all that it might mean. Put the event on your calendar now.

 

A big thanks to everyone that helped with the  church big clean yesterday.

 

Remember the Tuesday prayer meeting has started again if you get the chances would love to see you there.

 

Yours in Christ

Phil