The next phase in Luke’s story of Jesus

It has been wonderful to be able to share together in the story of Jesus from Luke’s Gospel on Sunday mornings over the last while. We have seen Luke begin to introduce us to the Certain Person he wants us all to meet.

This Sunday we begin the next section of this extraordinary Gospel, as we watch the adult life of Jesus begin to unfold, with his emergence into public life.

Here is a 5 minute summary video that will give you an overview of the next phase of this vital story…

You are always very welcome to join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 as we dig into this story, and what it means for each of us today.

Merry Christmas from SPOTR Church

We had a lovely Christmas Eve family service.

Chris talked about the shepherds having to go and look for Jesus. At Christmas it can sometimes be hard to see Jesus in all the busyness. The shepherds looked and found the Lord. Have you found Him?

If you want to know more we would be love to talk.

Hope you have a lovely Christmas 😀

You’re welcome this Christmas!

It goes without saying it has been a strange year, and a hard one for very many of us. And now the end of the year, and Christmas, is upon us. But this presents us with a wonderful opportunity – a chance to stop and find some joy, some peace.

We would love to invite you to come and share the joy and the peace of Christmas with us this year.

Our three services will all be a little different from each other.

The 7pm Christmas Eve family service will be a lot of fun focused on the kids, with joyous Christmas carols and songs, sharing together the story of what happened on the first Christmas and a lovely little supper afterwards – all finished in time to get the kids to bed not-too-late.

Our Christmas Eve Midnight Service (beginning 11pm) is preceded by a Christmas supper, and then will major on the peaceful true magic of Christmas, as we share the Christmas message, carols and Communion.

On Christmas Day at 9:30 we will celebrate the wonderful meaning of Christmas by hearing the story and singing carols together as we start the festive day.

Each, as I say, is a little bit different, but two things are the same across them all:
1) we have a wonderful message of hope to share and celebrate together, and
2) you are so very welcome to join us.

Looking forward to sharing Christmas with you.

Manaaki te Atua (God bless)
Chris
(Minister, St Peter’s of the Rock)

The Gospel of Luke – ‘A Certain Person’

It is exciting to be able to dig into the Gospel of Luke on Sundays, as we lead up to Christmas. We are calling our journey through Luke’s biography of Jesus ‘A Certain Person’ – because Luke wants to introduce us to this certain person, who has had such an influence on history, on our culture, on on the lives of so many people today. Everyone is very welcome to come and join us on this journey!

Here is a great, short video that gives an introduction to the first couple of chapters of this wonderful story of hope for the world.

A Message and Video from Chris, our New Pastor

Kia ora, my name is Chris, and I am the minister at St Peter’s of the Rock, Rangiora.

I grew up in North Canterbury and went to Rangiora High School, which is where I met the lovely lady who later became my wife – Sarah. We have three kids, Esther, Lucy and Jayden. We have lived in Australia and Christchurch most of our adult lives, but are delighted to be back in Rangiora getting to know people and sharing the extraordinarily good news of Jesus, and serving with the people of St Peter’s of the Rock.

I came to know Jesus when I was 19, and have been on a journey of growing to know him more since then. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing by any means, but I have found that the message of Jesus has stood up to my toughest questions and doubts, and the reality of his love for a broken world has gotten me through my hardest times and biggest failures. 

There is a short video sharing a bit of my story here:

I am passionate about music (especially drums), my family, history of New Testament times, and getting to know people who want to think about the big issues of life. I’d love to meet you, and you are very welcome to join us any Sunday, or to get in touch.

Cheers, God bless
Chris

Induction of Rev. Chris Spark, Our New Vicar

It was wonderful to be at the induction of Chris on Thursday evening. Thanks to the Bishop, Rev. Jay Behan, and Rev. Dave Clancey for taking the service. The service was serious, fun and interesting. The message by Rev. Dave Clancey was timely for the new era of the church and challenging to others present. Thanks to everyone who came along to welcome(and say goodbye to) Chris, Sarah and Children.

Chris, Sarah, Esther, Lucy and Jayden, we are very pleased to have you in our Church family.

Craft Evening in Ohoka

Thanks to Saskia for a very enjoyable craft evening. Complete with Lights, carols, a Christmas tree and of course our Christmas bauble craft, I feel like singing Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As there are a lot of pics I have put together a slide show. Big thank you to the stall holders, the selection of high quality home made produce was impressive. The home made candles gave a beautiful, delicate fragrance to the room. Well done, Tracy, on winning the raffle😊 Hope everyone who attended had a lovely evening.

Youth Service

SPOTR Youth and Sunday School(with help from Saskia) led our morning service today. It was great fun to watch; hope this short video captures the atmosphere. Thanks, Young People, and Saskia, for all your hard work.😀