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I watched a monarch butterfly this week and as it flitted around the garden I couldn’t help but compare it with the fat caterpillars that gobbled up our swan plant.  This butterfly has been transformed, in a sense recreated from something earthbound to a creature that can fly. It reminded me that sometimes we need to let go of the old, in order to experience the new. The caterpillar will never fly, no matter how much it wishes it could, unless it allows itself to be renewed.  What tr...

February 22, 2022

Sometimes life is tough

Today’s post is a bit personal and difficult to write.  Seventeen years ago our fifteen year old son collapsed and died at school. It was the hardest time of our lives as we struggled to make sense of his death. Why did this happen? How will we ever get over this? And of course the where is God in the midst of death and suffering? It was a time of grief and pain, or hurt and despair. And yet, strangely it was also a time when I personally understood God’s presence and love in a deep way...

February 17, 2022

And the goal is...

There is an old tale told of a wealthy man who was an avid art collector. When he died his art collection was put up for auction. When the auction began the very first piece was a rather simplistic, amateurish piece of the man’s son, who had died while still a young man. No one was interested in this particular piece, all eyes were on the fabulous collectible pieces still on display. Eventually an old woman, obviously poor, offered to buy the picture. The auctioneer sold it to her and then ask...

February 8, 2022

I see red, I see red, I see red

So here we are at Red in the Covid response system as we respond to the latest Covid variant - omicron.  Perhaps you are beginning to see red as Covid continues to disrupt our lives. Perhaps you are suffering what is now being referred to as Covid fatigue – you’re just over it. Two years on from the first Covid out break it is little wonder many of us are tired and a little bit grumpy. Level red does have some implications for us as a church over the next few weeks and the leadership ha...

February 2, 2022

Interruption of invitation?

Henri Nouwen once wrote ‘My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I discovered that the interruptions were my work.' The last few months our lives have been constantly interrupted by Covid and the impact of trying to reduce its impact on our community. Normal life seems to have gone on hold. Perhaps like me, you have become frustrated at this interruption and long for things to go back to the way they were BC (Before Covid). But what might happen fo...

January 25, 2022

What will you do with 2022?

According to sociologists the 2nd Friday in January is when the majority of people abandon their new year’s resolutions. We may begin the new year with plans to lose weight, exercise more, be kinder or …whatever you want to insert here….but most of us by now will have already given it away. However the sociologists also discovered that when we do change together, (with a buddy or group) we are much more likely to stick with it and see it through. It seems we really do need each o...

January 18, 2022

Christmas Carols

You are welcome to join us for carols and fun as we celebrate the coming of Jesus. A vaccination pass is required and we can only accommodate 100 people - sorry about that. Kicks off at 7pm so aim to come early and have your pass ready....

December 23, 2021

What to do with this baby?

It’s hard not to be a little sentimental at Christmas – all the songs, the heart-moving Christmas ads, the gifts and this story about a little baby born in a manger all those years ago. A young couple, forced to travel to a distant town only to discover there is now room at the inn and so are forced to make do with  a stable and a feeding trough. Somehow even today that story somehow moves our hearts. But of course the baby never stays a baby and eventually this baby, now a man, claims ...

December 21, 2021

Vaccination Pass Required

This coming Sunday will be our first 'vaccination pass required' service as a church.  This means that from this Sunday you will need to bring your vaccination pass with you and we are required by law to sight it before you can enter. Please note the following requirements put in place by our leadership team to keep you and others as safe as possible. All attendees are required to record their presence – either by app or sign-in (This is a legal requirement). The elders have decided that...

December 14, 2021

Advent Continues

This coming Sunday will be our final 'unvaccinated' service until early next year, when we hope to offer an unvaccinated service on the third Sunday of each month. We will keep you advised of those dates. Please make sure you wear a mask and if you are at all unwell, we do ask that you stay home and watch via zoom. A zoom link is at the end of this email. From Sunday 19 Dec you will need to bring your vaccination pass with you and we are required by law to sight it before you can enter. Please n...

December 9, 2021

Covid and vaccinations

This weekend we all begin to operate under the new traffic light system put in place by the Government for restricting the spread of Covid. This means that we must designate whether or not our services are just for vaccinated people or open to unvaccinated people as well. As there is still no recorded Covid in our area the elders have agreed to continue as an open service for the next two Sundays (5th and 12th) and then from Dec 19th become vaccinated only. This will change if Covid is discover...

December 1, 2021

Sent

The other day my wife sent me on a mission to drop off some goods, we no longer needed, at a local charity. This mission made me a missionary – a person sent to do a particular task – in this case drop off some goods. A missionary is one who is sent on a mission and therefore consists of two parts – the first is the sending and the second is the mission involved. Most often today the term missionary is used to define a person who has gone on a religious mission. The word first came into us...

November 17, 2021

Learn

Have you ever tried to learn an instrument or take up a new hobby?  There is this period of time when it all feels so awkward and unnatural and you wonder if you are ever going to ‘get it’. The piano keys are just in the wrong place, the guitar chords just don’t happen, and balancing on that skateboard is just way too hard. Experts tell us that it actually takes 100’s of hours for us to learn a new skill.  At first it feels all wrong but then one day something clicks - it’s l...

November 10, 2021

Can you hear?

How often have you found yourself in a situation where you can’t really hear what is been said to you. Maybe there’s just way too much other noise, a lawnmower or revving cars or the telly. And how many of you have  found yourselves distracted while someone tries to tell you something important. Maybe you keep watching the tv. or looking at your book or phone and the result is that you don’t hear what is being said to you. Carl Roger’s once said ‘We think we listen, but very rarel...

November 4, 2021

To be one together

Many of us are struggling with the impact of Covid on our communities and country. This virus has forced us to distance ourselves from each other, so that we can keep each other safe, which is a good thing and something to celebrate but it is not easy - on any of us. Over the last few months the Government has encouraged us to get vaccinated as a way of controlling the spread of Covid in our communities and as a way of keeping each other safe. But not everyone is pro-vaccine – some people have...

October 27, 2021

A bit Different

The early church was noted for being a bit different. Not in a negative way but in a way that drew people’s attention. Here was a community of people who welcomed all people, regardless of their status in society – free or slave, regardless of their race – Jew or Gentile and regardless of their gender – male or female. But there was more, this was a religious community that cared for the sick, the widow, the orphan, for those in need. And it was a community that offered grace and forgive...

October 19, 2021

Creations Beauty

One of the advantages of living on the Kāpiti Coast is our proximity to the beauty of creation.  The sandy beach and sea looking out towards Kāpiti Island and the walkways along the rivers and hills that surround us. We are also fortunate to have such iconic places as Nga Manu the local bird sanctuary in Waikanae where you can see all sorts of birds, including kiwi, and other creatures native to this area. And all of this beauty can help us to wonder about our world, our place in it and t...

October 13, 2021

Life goes on

The appearance of Covid last year changed life for many of us, work, socialising, and even attending church. And then we had that long period of normality when it seems most things were pretty much back to normal. But now the Delta variant has changed things again and it seems that we may never go back to life as it used to be. We are going to need to learn to live with Covid and some of the restrictions to life that will bring. Long term we still don’t know what that will look like for us or ...

October 5, 2021

Come join us!

We are meeting this week and yes there will be music and singing.  Please note the following requirements put in place by our leadership team. All attendees are required to record their presence – either by app or sign-in (This is a legal requirement) We have now received advice to say we can now sing. Recommendations that all people wear masks. (We have been advised that those speaking at the front can remove their mask to speak) No morning tea to be served Spacing of 1m between bubbles ...

September 30, 2021

We're back!

So after five long weeks we are meeting again this coming Sunday. Please note level two restrictions are in place.  Please note the following requirements put in place by our leadership team. All attendees are required to record their presence – either by app or sign-in (This is a legal requirement) We won’t sing so music will be video based. We will be able to listen and enjoy. (Singing is a big spreader of the virus so we have decided to proceed with caution. Perhaps next week!) Recom...

September 23, 2021

Sometimes it's hard to be grateful

The news has been full of stories of those who have broken lockdown rules and the calls for us to be given back our freedoms. Voices calling for the rule-breakers to be publicly shamed and voices clamouring for more freedom.  And sometimes those voices dominate the airwaves so much so, that it is all we can think about. And yet in the middle of this noise there are also great stories that remind us of what it means to care for each other, to serve each other. Foodbanks whose volunteers go ...

September 14, 2021

Sunday 12 September

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September 9, 2021

We don't know how lucky we are mate...

Those of you who have been around a while will remember Fred Dagg’s classic song in which he reminded listeners about how lucky they were. Here’s a link to the original video release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYvMeT2GC14 I was reminded of this when I received an article about the impact of Covid 19 on our Baptist brothers and sisters in India and Bangladesh. According to the article over 200 pastors (India 88, Bangladesh 122) have lost their lives to Covid since the outbreak bega...

September 7, 2021

Sunday 5 September

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September 2, 2021

Trust God and common-sense

Last Sunday Graeme shared a quote by Martin Luther, the great reformer of the church. Luther lived through the bubonic plague that swept Europe in the 1500’s. Luther could easily have used his position to flee to safer places but instead chose to remain where he was and serve his people. In a letter to a friend he wrote the following words Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help ...

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