What a great day we had yesterday. It was so good to see our families come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I love the way we celebrate with kids taking centre stage. What a talented bunch of kids we have in this church and wasn’t the choir amazing! We saw 365 people here on Sunday over the two services. Great to hear friends and family were being invited to church. I love your boldness and passion for people, well done! Thank you to everyone involved on stage and behind the scenes, you are all such a blessing to the church.
Christmas Box Appeal. Our target was to raise $3000.00 to pay for 100 boxes. We received a total of $3022.00 so goal achieved! Thank you everyone for your generosity.
Yesterday I preached from Isaiah 9:6-7 about the Jesus – a Child and Son. This was probably one of my most enjoyable of my messages that I’ve preached this year and will go down as a favourite. I feel there are some deep truths that will help you this Christmas and Holiday season. Have a listen this week and let it soak into your spirit as you make your preparations for the Holidays.
If you haven’t yet heard the message go to the App store, search for Elim Christchurch, download our app and have another listen.
We only have one service this Sunday at 10am. Then at 12pm join us for our picnic hangouts at Hagley park by the kids play area. Bring your lunch and let’s have some fun together as we step into the holiday fun. (note if weather is bad, we’ll have an indoor picnic at the church).
Sunday services for Dec/Jan
23rd Dec – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
30th Dec – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
6th Jan – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
13th Jan – 10am, Picnic at Hagley Park by kids play area.
If whether is bad we’ll have indoor picnics at the church. This is a Great opportunity to get to know people in the church in a more relaxed setting.
Have a great week. Be blessed beyond measure as you remember Jesus Christ in everything you do.
Love and Blessings Nu and Taua.
Well, we are well and truly into the Christmas season with so much happening around the city to remind us of the season we are in. I hope that in the midst of all the craziness you pause and remember all that the Lord has done in your life.
Christmas can mean different things to different people. To those in the retail and business sector it can be a time when the most purchases are made, when the most stock is sold and late nights and early morning starts to help those shoppers who like to leave things to the last minute.
In the education sector, its exams and graduations and trying to get everything done before the academic year ends.
For others, it's putting the final touches on the holiday you’ve been planning for months. You are pacing yourself and have just enough energy to get you over the last few weeks before the break.
But for the Christian, the follower of Christ, this season reminds us of what God gave. Salvation entered into the world. The Hope of the World. The answer to humanities emptiness and brokenness.
Luke 4:18-19 New International Version
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
When Jesus came, change came. When Jesus arrived, the promise was fulfilled. Let’s keep perspective and not let the craziness distract us from enjoying and celebrating what this time is really all about. Let’s join together this Sunday and continue the celebrations.
I’m loving our Sunday meetings. I feel like God is doing something special and we’re on the brink of something great. Keep coming with expectant hearts each Sunday and let’s see what God does.
We appreciate you all so much. Thank you for being a part of the journey with us.
Cheering you on,
Nu and Taua
It’s with a sense of sadness that I announce that after 5 years as our Children’s Pastor, Mike Scott is stepping down from his role on the team. Mike has been such a key part of our team and has been a great supporter of the direction we have been heading in. He has done an amazing job in growing our Powerzone and JTeam programmes, making it one of the best in the City. He has been a tireless worker, always willing to lend a hand in whatever was needed. We are going to miss having Mike around. Good news is you’ll still see Mike at church and maybe even involved in other areas around Church.
On behalf of the Church and Staff I would like to thank you Mike for everything you’ve done. You’ve been an real blessing and joy to have around. We’re gonna miss your quirky sense of humour around the office. We support you 100 percent in whatever God has for you in the future.
We’ll be taking some time out in our Sunday service on the 16th of December to honour Mike so make sure you are there!
We will be advertising to fill the Children’s Pastors role for 2019 and will keep you informed as to when we will be open for applications soon. Feel free to Spread the word. This will be a part-time position.