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11 February 2018

This week, our Bible Study group, alongside others started looking at the parts of the Alpha course. I first did Alpha about twenty years ago while I was the Minister at Tapanui in West Otago.  It hadn’t been done before in that church, so it took a huge amount of effort to be trained, go […]

4 February 2018

Here’s some fun with some basic maths, cause basic maths is all I can do these days! Lol In a day, there are 1440 minutes to use up.  Of that, 480, or 8 hours is used for sleep.  About 8 hours or another 480 minutes is used for work which leaves a further 8 hours […]

28 January 2018

In the church calendar, we’re in the period after Christmas called Epiphany.  That word comes from two parts; epi meaning ‘on’ or ‘to’, and from the root phanein meaning ‘to show’.  So Epiphany speaks of the revelation of or to the power of God to reveal something exceptionally important; a time or moment of sudden […]

18 January 2018 Camp Update Day 3

Wednesday 17 January The body is tired and knee is starting to ache, the throat is starting to croak and I feel amazing. Physically camp demanded a heavy price but the pay off of seeing God at work in people’s lives is incredible Whether out a sitting together as leaders at the end of the […]

17 January 2018 Camp Update – Day Two

Tuesday 16 January 2018 Today day two was a day of highs and lows I had the huge blessing of enjoying an amazing sunrise (see attached photos) And seeing the kids2kids team deliver there first session It is always such an honour to see another step beyond the fear and the sense that they aren’t […]

16 January 2018 Camp Update

Monday 15 January 2018 Day One of Kids2Kids Camp at Awhitu – report from Warrick ‘Had a good first day We started the day down a couple of kids due to sickness but by 5pm those 2 had improved enough to come join us and give us a full compliment of 36 kids Today was […]

From Rev Tom Phillips Desk 31 December 2017

Evonne and I will be away from Monday for three weeks of leave.  We’re going to be going down to Central Otago for a couple of weeks which we’re looking forward to.  Evonne’s booked us on a couple of day trips, including a 54km bike ride along the old rail trail near Alexandra; the sorts […]

24 December 2017

FROM REV TOM’S DESK Well Christmas Eve is upon us and in just a little over a week, 2017 will be no more and will never be repeated. A sobering thought isn’t it especially when we reflect on every day we have in life?  Of course such a reflection has to be viewed within the […]

17 December 2017

We’ve just had the funeral of our erstwhile longest surviving member of our church fellowship. Murray started here in the 1930’s and all his life, First Church was the primary focus and place of his worship of God amongst God’s people.  He contributed hugely into the life and mission of the church by being involved […]

10 December 2017

Recently, the Lord prompted me to look at a Psalm which is so well-known that for many of us who have been Christians for a long time, we can be tempted to overlook it.  It is a Psalm that is often used at funerals whether sung or spoken.  For me, I confess that it had […]