Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Koia ahau ka inoi nei ki a koutou, e oku teina, kia whakaaroa nga mahi a te Atua, kia tapaea atu o koutou tinana hei whakahere ora, tapu, e manakohia ana e te Atua, he mahi na to koutou hinengaro.
This week’s sermon can be listened to here.
A Message from Trent following the Synod
SPOTR Synod Rep Highlights from CCAANZ Synod 2023: Hamilton
For those who have been to a Synod before this may be a bit of a shock but – another great synod for CCAANZ.
It is great and comforting to see the continued unity and focus by the CCAANZ team. It is impressive the amount of work put in and a credit to all those who attend that the large amount accomplished in the time.
This year, as a one off, we had expanded representation with both our Wardens attending as well to celebrate the “promotion” of SPOTR from a Branch Church of St Stephens to Provisional Parish status. I’m sure you will hear more from Parish Council about what this means for us.
While our little “yahoo” moment is the obvious highlight for us, another probably greater one was the President’s address by Bishop Jay and particularly his covering of the CCAANZ Strategy. Besides being very encouraging (and I hope there may be a transcript available of the whole address) the Strategy gives us a very good base to align our planning with.
If you want to hear more you can not only talk to Chris or myself as Synod Reps but also the Wardens for their personal insights.
The Men’s Christian Convention is happening again in Christchurch, Tuesday 20th June, with Gary Millar from Queensland Theological College bringing the Scriptures. More info and registration here https://mensconvention.nz/ This is an evening event. If you want to go straight from work, or just want more time hanging out with the guys, there is a fish and chip supper and talk happening before the main talk.
Tono Karakia/Prayer Requests
Please pray for:
- The mens’ convention taking place June 20.
- The leadership at SPOTR.
The church prayer meeting is held every Friday morning, 7:00 a.m. at the church office. For more information please use our contact form.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.😊