Church Notices

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Maka atu o koutou manukanuka katoa ki runga ki a ia; e whakaaro ana hoki ia ki a koutou.

1 Peter 5:7

This week’s sermon can be listened to here.

A Message from Chris

Happy New Year! It is great you can join us to start off 2023!

Today, as we begin the new year at church, we also begin a series in the book of Psalms in the Bible. The Psalms are often called ‘the prayer book of the Bible’ – in them we see a full range of emotions, as people express joy, lament, fear, delight, confession, doubt, hope, love and wonder. But through these words of the people of God, God himself is also at work to teach us, and to give us words that we can use to express our various emotions, however we may be feeling. 

Our focus today, Psalm 2, is one of two Psalms that form a sort of introduction to the book of Psalms off (we will look at the other one at the end of our series), and it is a Song for the King – and I hope you will see it has something powerful to say to us for the new year. Whether you are here for the first time or the hundredth time, this Psalm has something to say to you, and I really look forward to sharing it with you.

Manaaki te Atua (God bless),


Tono Karakia/Prayer Requests

Please pray for:

  • That the Sunday School, growth group and youth group leaders have a good break over the holidays.
  • The leadership at SPOTR as they plan for 2023.
  • The fast approaching church camp.

The church prayer meeting is held every Friday morning, 7:30 a.m. at the church office. For more information please use our contact form.

Please note there will be no prayer meeting for next two weeks (back 10th Feb).

For those who regularly attend SPOTR, more personal prayer requests are included in the weekly email. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact Chris.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Other Bits and Piece

SPOTR runs a number of growth groups. To join one please contact Chris. Details of groups below:

– Tuesday and Wednesday night mixed groups

– Wednesday daytime seniors’ group

– Wednesday night women’s group

Church Camp 2023: we will have a camp again next year – this time in summer! The dates to save are 24-26 February, at the same place (Woodend Christian Camp) with the same people catering for us. The cost will be similar to this year’s camp (this year’s costs were: Adult and Children aged 10+ $128; Children Aged 5-9  $104; Child under 5  $24; family cap of $450; Day visitors –  Adult and Children aged 10+  $78; Children Aged 5-9  $54; Child under 5 $24) . Start planning to come, and please be in touch with any questions or issues.

You can register for the camp here Closing date for registrations is February 15th.

Caregivers room – We now have a video feed of the sermon playing in the parents’ room. If you want to take your young child out during the service, this is the place to go. Please note, this is an unsupervised room: parents/caregivers need to stay with their children.


Church Directory – If you want your details adding to our directory, please email with your email/phone. This page is password protected. Only those who are in the directory have the password.

Giving – You may have noticed we do not take a collection during our services. If you would like to contribute financially to SPOTR please contact Trent (our treasurer) for details, use the box at the back of church or use this link (scroll to bottom of page when you are transferred). please note: for anyone who gives to the church by standing order, our bank account number is 03 0674 0274 673 000 Thank you.

SPOTR IRD Number: 134-501-266  The Treasurer has asked for this to be included here as it may be needed for dealing with tax donation claims. 

A list of the rostered jobs that we have at SPOTR can be found here. Thank you to all our volunteers who help to keep the church running. Please use contact form if you would like to be added to the roster.😊