Posts by Elliot & Sarah Rice

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FAQ about Neighbourhoods

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  As we continue to participate in Christ’s love for our neighbourhoods, we thought we’d take the chance in the next few Grains of Rice to answer a few FAQs about the neighbourhood vision. Here’s the first: Are neighborhood groups replacing Ngage Groups? PBC has had a long wonderful heritage of small groups. Small groups […]

Grain of Rice

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  As of Monday this week we Rices have taken up our life in our new abode on Barnes Road, Redwood. We’re hugely grateful to the many people who helped us move over the last few days—we had cleaners, gardeners, heavy lifters, packers, and unpackers—a real team effort! We’ve already enjoyed a number of neighbourhood […]

Looking Back…

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

    In the 1 John series we’ve been doing we’ve been talking about the divine dance, that is happening between the Father, Son (Jesus) and Spirit, and how God came down in Jesus to offer us his hand to lead us into God’s dance. Have you taken Jesus Christ’s hand? Do you trust him to lead you […]

Youth Pastor Search: Update

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Last week Matt hosted his final graduation for Y@P—his last of twelve years of Y@P graduations! We’re so grateful Jesus called him to serve at Papanui. Matt has sought to participate in what Jesus is up to in the lives of the youth here in Papanui. As we search for a new Youth Pastor, we […]

Bike Ride & Picnic

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Christchurch City Council is building 13 new Major Cycle Routes over seven years. Puari ki Papanui is a cycle route that was finished June this year. The cycle-way connects Northlands and the Northern Line Cycle-way to the Central City and is right on our door step here at Papanui Baptist Church. It’s a beautiful ride […]

Peaceful resistance   

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

As many of you are aware I’m from Zimbabwe and this week has been a cause for great celebration, last night I met with other Zimbabweans by the Cathedral and we danced and danced. Growing up I saw Christians who peacefully resisted the violence and oppression that Mugabe ruled with. Many Pastors lead peaceful movements […]

Hui 2017

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Margaret, Philip, Elliot, and Sarah attended the New Zealand Baptist National Hui last week in Taranaki. This Sunday we shall be sharing some of what we learned and experienced there. One of the highlights was spending the day at Parihaka, which is a small community located between Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea. In the 1870s […]

Kia ora from New Plymouth!

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  We’re here with Margaret and Philip McFedries for the annual Baptist Hui (the national gathering of Baptist Church leaders), being hosted this year at Northpoint Baptist Church. Part of the Hui will involve a day visiting Parihaka, which will no doubt be an inspiring day of learning about a radical community, as well as […]

The call to live among the poor

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  Philip Sapsford does an amazing job with World Vision, connecting pastors with people who have responded to God’s call to live and work alongside the poor. This week he organized a gathering at North City for us to meet Dr. Jayakumar Christian, who is a development practitioner and author of several books on development […]

Ephesians 3 recap:

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

What’s your experience of the love of power or the power of love? What changes us from the love of power to the power of love? Paul’s life revolved around worship and prayer and from this place extraordinary power flowed through his actions of preaching, pastoral work, and writing. We learn that worshiping and praying […]

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  Over the last couple of weeks of this series through Ephesians, we’ve been hearing that in Christ peace has been established between Jews and Gentiles, and he has created in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace (2:11-3:6). This is part of the good news! Yet when we look to […]

Dream Night: What’s Our Soil?

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

On Sunday night about 60 of us gathered for Dream Night, where we took time to think about the ‘soil’ of our church—the fertile ground in which the body of Christ will flourish (Matt. 13). Our soil is the Good News of Jesus Christ. We had a number of stations (set up by PBC staff) inviting people […]

Good News, not Good Advice

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In Simply Good News, the book we’ve encouraged you to get by Tom Wright, he writes: “for something to qualify as news, there has to be (1) an announcement of an event that has happened; (2) a larger context, a back story, within which this makes sense; (3) a sudden unveiling of the new future […]

Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

This Sunday we’re starting our new series, Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ comes as news within a larger story. It points to a wonderful new future, and it introduces a new period of waiting that changes our expectations. During this series, each Sunday we’ll be hearing a “Gospel in 2 Minutes” (G2) talk from […]

Gathered and Scattered

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

The Holy Spirit gathers us together and unites us to Christ so that we might bring glory to the Father. He also scatters us to participate in Christ’s mission in the world. Our vocations all vary, be that teaching, bus driving, managing accounts, or mission work in the classic sense. Christ calls us in many […]

Simply Good News

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

After three weeks of Prayer & Self-Denial, our term 3 series will be “Ephesians: United in the Gospel of Christ.” The central question we’re asking is, “What’s the good news that Jesus himself announced and told his followers to announce as well?” This message of good news has been around for 2,000 years, but what’s so “good” […]

Door-to-Door

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Last year Damian did a wonderful survey of Freedom Trust group programme participants on whether they believed the Trusts programmes are effective. The feedback was very positive. This year the Trust is planning to conduct a door-to-door questionnaire in our local community. We shall be conducting the questionnaire from 23rd of July – 5th of August. The […]

Being the guest

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Throughout the week, Papanui Baptist Church and Freedom Trust host a number of programs and groups in the church building. We are a highly invitational church Monday through to Friday. What would it look like to be as invitational on a Sunday? But also, what could it also look like for us to have spaces in our local community, […]

Sarah and Elliot Rice

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In Elliot and my first weekend in Christchurch, we met a pastor we were inspired by. He has been serving the church for a long time and we asked what sustained him. He talked about how he has one weekend off a month to grow his personal faith. We thought this sounded like a good […]

Courage

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In Joshua 1 it says “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” What do you need courage for this week? Has anything happened that brought fear into your heart and made you feel discouraged? Jesus comes towards you […]

Dream Night

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

On Sunday evening we held our second edition of “Dream Night”. This is an important space for us as the body of Christ, gathered by the Spirit, to discern the Father’s leading together. We opened the night by discussing Rom. 15:5-6. Many people noticed how much God gives—may we increasingly live into that God-given unity! […]

In case you haven’t heard: 

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

There have been changes in the Freedom Trust Board and a 6-month review is underway. The review is so that Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust can work towards a closer partnership with Papanui Baptist Church (while keeping a distinction between the two organizations). This closer relationship is coming through the board being made up of church […]

Take time to look up: Isaiah 58:10

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

In this weeks living lent they have argued despite the economic odds being stacked against poor and vulnerable communities, there are actions that we can take from here in New Zealand that have a direct impact both on the injustices we have been looking into within the fashion industry and similar injustices. Some companies take […]

November

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist,   Baptist Hui We’re writing this from Dunedin, where we are gathering with New Zealand’s Baptist leaders for our annual gathering—the Hui. This year our theme is ‘The Grace of God TE AROHA NOA O TE ATUA’. Sam and several leaders from the Cambodian fellowship will also be joining in the […]

October

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist, We’ve been thoroughly enjoying working our way through the second half of the Samuel series for the past five weeks, with just a couple of Sundays to go. We’ve been continually amazed at the God who makes his own way in these stories, humbling the proud and exalting the humble. The […]

September

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist, It seems spring has come early, and for a couple of soft Aucklanders, this is good news! We can hardly complain though… For the first three weeks of August we boarded 11 different flights for a trip through the currently hot and humid Southeast Asia. Our trip began with a week-long […]

August

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Kia ora Papanui Baptist, A highlight of the last month for us was the staff retreat. We have an    amazing staff team here at Papanui who are talented and eager to follow Christ’s leading. We spent the day at the Papanui Youth Development Centre, talking about our vision to Belong, Grow, and Influence, and how […]

July

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Tēnā koutou,   A big thank you to everyone who made the Stations of Samuel possible – it was a  tremendous time, the feedback was that people got to meet each other in new ways and that God is speaking deep within us. We now begin our series of Proud         Humbled / Humble Exalted, looking at […]

May

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

  Kia ora koutou Papanui Baptist,   Firstly, we want to say thank you! We’ve been here for just over a month now, and we can’t believe how easy it’s been to settle into this new city and new     community. You’ve overwhelmed us by your generosity, and we’ve now lost count of the number of offers for […]

April

by Elliot & Sarah Rice

Tena koutou Papanui Baptist Church!   It’s great to be here with you all again, and we’re so excited we get to call you our whanau! Since our arrival we’ve hit the ground running… After a glorious road trip down the country via Nelson Lakes we joined Y@P for the Southern Easter Camp, and we […]