The Inside Column 11/11

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

 

Last week I attended a New Wine three day leadership event up in Wellington. New wine is a non-denominational group, that has come from the New Wine network from the UK. The organisation has been around for a long time and their goal is to support churches throughout New Zealand with camps, training days and leaders events.

 

This from the New Wine website

 

God is touching hearts and transforming lives and sometimes we’ve just got to celebrate. The summer festivals are a chance to get together for five days and encounter God through worship, teaching and ministry. We come from all over, we’re all ages, we’re individuals and churches, we are celebrating God in our nation. Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th of January 2013 at Kaiapoi.

 

New Wine Kaiapoi commences on the evening of Wednesday 16th and  finishes midday on Sunday 20th. My family will be going this year and I think it would be amazing if some others from church would like to join us. This is the first time we will be going, but I have heard great stories from others that have gone and had a amazing time.

For more information email: kaiapoi@newwine.org.nz or check out the  website: http://newwine.org.nz/

 

With only 6 weeks until Christmas, planning for 2013 is underway. Next year we are getting an intern from the BTC. Her name is Victoria Asken and she comes to us via Picton where she has led the  children’s ministry under Richard Dyer, and before that, Holy Trinity Richmond. Victoria will be in her second year at BTC and will be working at developing our worship teams and working with Jonathan and the youth. The  internship program works with the church covering a small percentage of the cost and BTC covering the other part of the costs.Victoria will be a exciting addition to the team here and my hope is that we will be able to  support her in her study and ministry.

 

Jill Smith has recently retired after serving for 8 years as Lay Canon Cathedral Chapter. Bishop Richard has honoured Jill by appointing her Lay Canon Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral. Congratulations Jill!

 

God bless you this week.

 

Have a great week

Yours in Christ

Philip

The Inside Column 4/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 04, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

 

With the success of the fair – our big fundraiser for the year, it is timely to report on our financial position and how we are tracking against budget. Doug Johns (Finance Committee Chairman), has prepared this report:

 

  • The budget for 2012 was set in October last year based on there being a similar set of costs and expenses to 2011.
  • The change in leadership at St Barnabas resulted in some additional unbudgeted costs which have impacted on our results. (The Diocese are considering part or full reimbursement of the $15,000 additional costs). The first eight months of this financial year are tabled below.
  • Through the continued efforts and the generosity of our congregation, particularly a one off gift in June, we have seen a significant turning around in the fortunes of our finances for which we are grateful.
  • At the end of September our Diocese of Nelson debt (including last year’s deficit) stood at $31,188. Our 2012 year to date deficit was $15,170. With the $8,000 income from the fair and  Diocesan and St Barnabas parishioner’s continued support, we may be able to achieve a breakeven result for the year.

 

This will indeed be a blessing given the challenges faced earlier in the year.

 

I have had a great time at New Wine this week. Mark Bailey was the keynote speaker. He  leads Trinity, Cheltenham, a vibrant Anglican church in the South West of the UK.  He shared some inspiring ideas and insights into the Kingdom.

 

Have a great week

Yours in Christ

Philip

 

St Barnabas Financial Report

 

The Inside Column 28/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 28, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

Firstly a great big thank you to all the people that come together and helped run the church fair yesterday. From the organizing team to the people that had grown plants, the people that made food, run a stall,  set up, packed up, to everyone thank you. It is only through your time and commitment that we can put on this fundraiser and community event. I had people from the community ringing me three week ago asking when the church fair was on. Not only is the fair a great community event it is always a good thing for the church community to come together and enjoy each other’s company. With a result of over $8000 we can be proud of our efforts. Well done everyone!

This morning we are privileged to have Grant Norsworthy ministering to us. He is an internationally respected musician and speaker with a passion for worship — beyond music.

 

Pure and perfect worship in the sight of God is to care for orphans and widows and to remain uncorrupted by the world.

James 1:27

 

Grant will bring a challenge to us on the theme of  ‘Worship and the Least of These’.

I am off to the New Wine Leaders Conference this week in Wellington for three days. Have you given any thought to going on one of the New Wine summer camps early next year?

Camps are held in Matakana, Waikanae and Kaiapoi. They are 5 day festivals and there will be fantastic teaching with international and local speakers, worship that takes yous deeper into the presence of God and ministry that sees you meeting Jesus. There are jam sessions for muso’s, late night artists, bouncy castles, free giveaways, story time for kids, maybe even drive-in movies!  Brochures are in the foyer.

I heard that the youth had a great Spring Camp last weekend, I think there were 4 or 5 of our youth there this year, and that they only lost the coveted Bishops Log by one point. Well done team, next year will be your year.

 

Have a great week

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

The Inside Column 21/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 21, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

Next Saturday is the church fair, this is our major fund raiser for the year and we need all hands on deck. We have a few gaps in the list of helpers so if you have not signed up for a job please do so today. As the old saying goes “many hands make light work”. We are still collecting items for the White Elephant, the big food raffle, and home baking. Not only is this our major fund raiser for the year but it is a lot of fun and a great way to get to know others in the church.

Please pray that the fair is a success as it will help our church finances towards making our budgeted income for the year.

Next week we also have Grant Norsworthy speaking to us at both services, can I encourage every one to make the effort to come along next week. Grant is a excellent communicator, and a sought after speaker all over the world. It is a real privilege for us to be hosting him.

Thank you to everyone that made the time to come and pray on Tuesday, we had about 60 people come and pray throughout the day and I for one was deeply moved as I spent time praying. At one point someone joined me in the chapel, they simple went up to the hand rail, knelt down and silently prayed for about 20 minutes, you could sense their heart being poured out to God in the depth of their prayers. Moving stuff. I think we should start each term with a Pray Day.

Ruth Maxwell is hosting a women’s breakfast, see the notice in the pew sheet and make sure you put the dates in your diary, and why not bring a friend as well.

 

Have a great week

Yours in Christ

Philip

The Inside Column 14/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 14, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

With the church fair only two weeks away we are still looking for helpers, so if you have not put your name down to help on one of the stalls NOW is the time. This is a lot of fun, and the more people that help, the easier it is for everyone. We are running a giant food raffle and we want to fill up a shopping trolley with groceries and Christmas goodies. Can I ask that everyone that can bring in non-perishable food items over the next couple of weeks that we can use for the big raffle.

Now is the time to make sweets and freeze them ready for the fair. Spring is here – a great time to clean out your old clothes, all that stuff that you never use, those old tools and things, and bring them all to the church hall for the white Elephant. Make sure you put the Fair date of 27 October in your diary or on your fridge and bring all your friends for a great time together.

There are fair mailbox flyers in the foyer for you to take and deliver in your neighbourhood .

How are you going reading through the Minor Prophets? Today I will be speaking from the book of Micah. My hope is that as we read through and preach on the Minor Prophets that we will see what they tell us about the nature of God.

This Tuesday 16 October we are holding a day of prayer from 7.00am through to 7.00pm. I would love as many people as possible to come and pray in the chapel. There is a signup sheet in the foyer. All are invited to come together in time of corporate prayer and worship at 6.30pm.

Grandchildren and children back to school this week. I hope you got to spend some happy times with your families.

Home groups start up again this week. If you are not a member of a home group but would like to be, give us a call in the office and we will do our best to find a group that suits you. Home groups are the life blood of any church and a great encouragement to our faith.

On Sunday 28 October we have a guest speaker – Grant Norsworthy, a Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated musician. Grant is an experienced teacher and a much-sought-after speaker across the USA and many parts of the world. Invite your friends and family along.

Yours in Christ

Philip