We are currently in voting season and this year we are not being asked just to vote for politicians but also for two referenda – one on cannabis and one on euthanasia.  In order to help you make a decision the following resources have been provided by the Baptist Union of New Zealand. Feel free to check them out.

Resource links

Musselburgh Baptist Church in Dunedin shared these resources around the two referendums before us – ‘cannabis legalisation and control’ (click here) and ‘end of life choice’ (click here). Also these resources shared by South West Baptist - Dr Sam Bloore on Euthanasia – “Knockin' on Heaven's Door” (Please click here) and a resource shared by Wellington Central Baptist Church - Dr. Myk Habets (August 16) on “engaging theology over euthanasia,” and Rev. Dr. Joe McGarry (August 30) on “thinking theologically about the cannabis referendum.”  (Please click here).  Please note these resources are not advocating an official position of the Baptist Union of New Zealand.

Here is a statement on the ‘End of Life Choice’ referendum prepared by the InterChurch Bioethics Council. It appeared as a full-page advertisement in last week’s Herald on Sunday. Click here to read a copy of this.

This Sunday we will look at Jeremiah’s instruction from God to write to the exiles in Babylon encouraging them to settle down and make a home in their place of exile. What might God be saying to us today?

Mainly Music, this coming Wednesday. Meets every Wednesday from 10.00am during term time. If you have small children feel free to join us.

Small Groups are meeting again. Contact the church if you would like to join one.

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