There’s been a lot on this last week. Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening…

  • On Friday many of us gathered at St Albans Baptist to grieve the passing of Wendy Smith, who died Sunday 6 October after a short struggle with cancer. Wendy and Nigel were members of our church until about a year ago, and Wendy had led in our worship team prior to their leaving. Our hearts go out to Nigel and his family as they continue to grieve their loss—please keep him in your prayers.
  • Over the weekend many from PBC attended the Scripture in Song events at La Vida and Northcity. Elliot joined on the Saturday, including the evening worship time led by Luke Kaa-Morgan and his whānau and friends, for what was a significant time for us as worshipers in Otautahi (Christchurch). We received a beautiful invitation to bi-cultural worship, which we’re keen to see continue here at Papanui Baptist.
  • Saturday afternoon we celebrated the marriage of Damian Ardell to Tracey, and witnessed their covenants to one another, and to Tracey’s two sons as a family. What a joyful event it was! We wish them all the best as they enter married life together. Damian’s away from work until late October.
  • On Sunday we celebrated the commissioning of Jon in the Eldership team and Colleen in the Associate Pastor role—we are grateful to Jesus who has called them to us in these capacities. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they settle in.
  • We have the AGM on the 3rd of November, and this Friday you will receive the minutes from last year, the Annual Report, Elder nomination profiles, and the budget. We will be presenting a concise congregational level budget proposal (a more detailed copy will be available on request).
  • We have started our “Being Baptist” series and our “Being Papanui Baptist” Grow Night series. Isn’t it wonderful that we have this invitation to be sold out for Jesus as a group of believers? We’re exploring how do we be radical Jesus followers at this point and time, and this is leading to great conversations in the Grow Nights about why do we do the things we do. Come join the conversation next Tuesday!