Next Monday is Matariki, the beginning of the Maori new year. Matariki is marked by the rising of a set of stars which many of us know as Pleiades. This was a marker for Maori that now was the time for preparing the ground in order to sow crops for the coming spring.  It was also a time to remember the year that had just been and remembering those who had died. Family was important and so was celebrating with food from the winter stores. It was a time of fun, food, tears and laughter.

As you look back over the last year what are the significant events that have shaped your life? What is there to celebrate? What is there to mourn?  Who are the people with whom you can celebrate at this time?

Mainly Music, our music and movement programme, is taking a break over the school holidays. We will recommence on Wednesday 22 July at 10.00am. If you have small children feel free to join us.

This Sunday we will using the NZBMS Missions material as we think about what it means to be part of ‘The Master’s Piece’, a tapestry woven together as the people of God.

Oh and for those who are unable to join us we will still have an on-air service for you  @10.30am and again @ 8pm on Thursday evening on Coast Access Radio 104.7FM or you can livestream at

http://coastaccessradio.org.nz/Listen/index.aspx  The message and prayers will also be posted to the sermon page on this website.

If at this time you need someone to chat with then please call the church office 04 2987766 or email office@pb.org.nz and we’ll get back to you.

And we are also on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/paraparaumubaptist

Grace and peace