Hopeless or hopeful?

Someone once “A person can live three days without water; 40 days without food. But only five minutes without hope.” During the 2nd World War, the allied command were staggered at the number of young men dying in lifeboats after their ships were torpedoed. They hadn’t been injured, they weren’t sick, they just gave up and died. Eventually programmes like Outward Bound were started to teach these young men that they could endure far more than they believed. It gave them hope and amazingly the death rate dropped substantially. We all need a bit of hope. Hope that today might be a bit better than yesterday. Hope is what gets us up in the morning

The Gospel story is a story of hope, hope that today does not have to be a repeat of yesterday, hope that we can be changed, that new beginnings are possible. Hope that we are now bound by our past failures, whatever they may be. Hope that each of us is loved by God because we are of value and worth in God’s eyes.

If you are struggling at this time and just need someone to talk to, then please email us at office@pb.org.nz or call 0223075225 and we will make contact with you.

This Sunday we conclude our Lenten series called ‘Another story must begin’ looking at the characters from the book and musical Les Misérables. What do they teach us about ourselves, others and God?  This week we reflect on the theme of hope as shown in the story by Victor Hugo. Sunday 10am. A children’s programme for children aged 3-5 is available during the service and also a crèche for younger children.

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Mainly Music – Wednesday from 10.00am. This programme is a fun way for parents and their children to spend quality time together based around music and movement. It is an opportunity for us as a church to connect with and offer something back to the community of which we are a part. It’s also a way for us to demonstrate care, concern and support for those with young children.

Small Groups. We have several groups meeting. Contact the church office@pb.org.nz if you would like to join one.

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Grace and peace