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This week marks the first of our church-wide Neighbourhood Grow Nights! Over the next six weeks (and beyond), we’re encouraging you to connect with the people in your block and suburb, meeting with those who also come to Papanui Baptist, and with those who don’t. We Rices are having a BBQ with the PBC whanau on our block. We’ve been working out who lives near us by talking to people like Greg and Chris, and then they’ve told us about others who live nearby. We’ve also had a look through the new Family Directory to work out who else is close—it looks like there’s about 8 of us! While this first night will be a dinner, we expect the next ones to be simpler and shorter—we’re not looking to fill another night in our week! What we are looking for is a group of companions, with the same Spirit of God in them, who can encourage us to step out in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with our neighbours, as we likewise encourage them. We’re inviting you all to join this same move of God. So, who are you going to connect with? Please let us know your stories—we’d love to hear how you’re neighbouring too!

Elliot & Sarah