reflections

Citizenship

My family and I recently arrived in New Zealand after spending our entire lives as residents and citizens of the United States. We’ve had to adjust to new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking about the world. Often, some event will remind me of the way things were done in America and create a longing for the things…

Shadows

Shadows

Shadows My eyes shifting around me Always followed by shadows There is no escaping their folds, Cast by your glaring brightness The closer I come, the thicker they fall Hanging off the skin of my back Dragging me down, gripping and tearing But as I look to you they disappear I had thought: the brighter…

Tender Hearted

The miracle and becoming tender hearted The disciples had been out with Jesus and had seen the miracle of feeding thousands of people with five loaves and two fish.  After everyone had eaten they gathered up twelve baskets of left overs.   Jesus then told them to get into the boat and go ahead of him…

Wondering about Easter

Wondering about Easter? Why is it important or even relevant today? We would love to welcome you to these two special occasions as we explore God’s grace and love.   Friday 9am 30th March and Sunday 10am April 1st Family Easter Trail On Friday from 2 – 4pm there will also be a Family Easter…

Who do you say I am?

Last Sunday I spoke about the questions Jesus asks in the gospels. Theses questions invite us deeper into the heart of who Jesus is, and deeper into his mission. Further still the questions can challenge us and make us consider our own hearts and responses to his truth. One such example is found in Mark…

Drenched

Have you ever been drenched? Drenched right through every layer of clothing? Recently I was out walking and got caught in torrential rain. I kept trying to pull my hood tighter around my face as I could feel the water getting in and running down my body. My jacket was failing to protect me. As I reluctantly squelched along, out the…

Christianity Explored

What motivates us?

What motivates us? At this time of year many of us are jumping into new roles, maybe at work, school, uni or church. It’s worthwhile asking ourselves what’s motivating us, what gets us out of bed in the morning to do what we do? Maybe it’s the need to be loved, valued and approved of…

Church Camp Weekend

What’s so important about this weekend – church camp Numerous reasons come to mind why church camp weekend is important.  The overarching role of the weekend is embedded very clearly in our mission. We come together as God’s people, we seek to be transformed through God’s word, we deepen relationships and we spend some time in worship. Can’t we…

Defining Greatness

How do you define greatness or worth? Some might consider such things as authority, wealth, position or the esteem of others as the hallmark of greatness. A person displaying all these ‘attributes’ might expect to be on the receiving end of great service. Self becomes the overarching motivation in thought and conduct. Mark 10: 42 – 45 Jesus called them…

Be an encourager

God-centred encouragement for those in the family of God is by no means optional. Looking for ‘gaps’, finding problems, seeking to push people into a corner, elevating oneself over others are the antithesis of Christian love and encouragement. That’s not to say that building people up to do a better job is not warranted, we are to spur one another on.…