Kia ora whānau,

We have a few updates to report in this Grain of Rice—you might want to sit down with a cuppa as you read.

  • We’re very sorry to share that Gwynneth Moss passed away last Thursday morning. Gwynneth and Graham were long time members of Papanui Baptist but moved to a retirement village in Rangiora about 2 years ago. Gwynneth is known for her amazing prayer ministry, and was a real gift to this church. Thanks be to God, she’s now in the personal presence of her beloved Jesus. The funeral service will be held at 1.00pm this Thursday at Rangiora Baptist Church.
  • This week marks Margaret McFedries’ final week in her role as our Associate Pastor, concluding this Sunday. She’s served on staff since June 2010 and has had a huge impact on all of us through her ministry here. We’re looking forward to celebrating her faithful service this Sunday. The good news for us is that she and Philip plan to continue as members of Papanui, so while this is closure for her Associate role, this isn’t farewell.
  • This coming Sunday is also the deadline for elder’s nominations—we’re really hoping to receive a few! So, please take the time this week to consider who you think might serve well in the governance of the church, ask them if they’d be willing, and bring your nomination to Elliot or Sarah or one of the current elders (Ken Newlands, Philip Sapsford, Jo Stewart, Don Jellyman, and Pamela Griffiths). Once we’ve considered the nominations, we’ll put forward accepted nominations to the church on November 11th for your prayerful consideration before we vote at the AGM on November 25th.
  • On Sunday night from 7-8:30pm we’re holding an open conversation for anyone interested to discuss the proposed changes to our church constitution, and to begin unpacking the Assembly Council’s recent Listening Hui Report. The constitution changes will be released on Sunday morning (including the proposed change to eldership election), which we’re keen to get congregational discussion on. Those changes will go to a vote at our AGM on November 25th. The Listening Hui Report was sent via email last week. It reports how we as the Baptist movement of Aotearoa are living out the kingdom call together, and the findings were stark! As a local church that cares about our fellow churches, this matters to us, so we want to give time to reflecting prayerfully together on these important issues.

Phew, that’s a lot! We love this church, we love its Lord, and we love his gospel—it’s the good news the world needs to hear!


Ngā mihi nui,

Elliot and Sarah