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We're an Assemblies of God church in the heart of the Western Bay of Plenty in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Our mission statement is "Growing, Maturing and Exporting Genuine Disciples of Christ". Our vision is to be seen by God and the community as a church of real Christians living out their faith in word and deed.
We also love Israel and are on a journey of discovering how we, as 21st century kiwis, ought to be worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Our main worship service is on Sunday mornings at 10am and we have various small groups and Bible studies during the week. To find out more about us please use the menu tab or contact us on 549-0508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1st 2018 John Wright -
"We cannot control the length of our life;
But we can control its width and depth.
We cannot control the contour of our face;
But we can control its expressions.
We cannot control someone else's opportunities;
But we can grasp our own.
We cannot control another person’s annoying faults;
But we can see that we do not develop or harbour provoking practices.
We cannot control someone else's relationship to God;
But we can be sure about our own salvation"
(A quote from Joyce Landorf's book 'Irregular People')
If we are a vapour, here today and gone tomorrow - make me a cloud that carries rain or snow or lightning and thunder That every where I go, I bring something with me that will make a difference to everything I pass over or come near to. Make me bring growth and light and life; not because of who or what I am, but because of who You Are, my Father. Make me an Imparter of the great blessing, authority and power that You carry and impart. I desire to be and to see changed lives every where I go. Without You, I can do nothing. With You all thing are possible. To You be all glory, honour and power and authority. May Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
June 3rd 2018 Fred Jordan - This week Christine and I attended a farewell dinner for a retired couple who are unsettled in their lives. They are about to leave the district and relocate to another country. Society would label them as good people who make a valuable contribution to their community but, despite this, they appear to be searching for a lasting purpose in their lives. We know from experience the solution lies in a personal relationship with God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is by faith along with a spiritual awakening that this Good News is made real to us or them. So along with our witness we pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them of their rebellion toward God (and any other sin), the need for God’s righteousness found only in Jesus the Messiah and a realisation that after this life there will be an eternal judgement, made by God, that weighs up the decisions they have made in this life time. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5) I’m sure we all know many ‘good’ people that fall into this category. Therefore we must press on with our intercessory prayer and being a good witness - Fred Jordan
What a privilege to send Steven Bruining off to the mission field for the next two years. I am very proud of this young man and I am, again, incredibly grateful for the unity the Christian Churches in Katikati have. Steven will be sending regular video updates from around the world which we will post on the missions page.
What a great answer to prayer. Apart from just wanting to bless the community, one of the main reasons we hold our annual Free Clothing Giveaway Day is to give the seasonal workers an opportunity to get some free warm clothes. However if the weather is fine they are all out working so can't come in and get their free clothes. On the other hand if it is raining, no one wants to come and we end up having to pack everything away again. Well this year it bucketed down over night but stopped raining just before we opened. That meant the guys couldn't work and, because the rain had stopped, we had about a hundred people come through to enjoy the free sausage sizzle and relieve us of most of the free clothes. God is Good!
As a Fundraiser for our mission trip to Fiji in August 18 members of the church re-potted 4,120 blueberry plants. At 60c a pot that earned us nearly $2,500 towards the trip!!! Praise the Lord for hard working people.
Several years ago we performed a play called For Such A Time based on the book of Esther. It was written by Vanessa and Carlahna Egleton and directed by Julie Thomas, involved a lot of church folk and performed only once. The performance was filmed but the audio wasn't all that great. I have finally been able to enhance the audio (as best I can) and cut the video up into scenes. You can see it here and it is available for download. Hope you enjoy it. Here's a taster...
After many years of monthly services in our two aged care facilities we now have weekly church services. The different denominations take a different week of the month. Ours is the first Sunday and it was great to have Rosemary share with the residents how, after many years of church life, she only met Jesus 12 months ago (at the age of 80+)
We didn't quite get the numbers that the Twilight Concerts get (just take a zero off the end) but Carols in the Park went well again in December. After many years of being rained off it was good to be outside again where the public could hear us singing to Jesus. I think we need a bigger team though...
We are praying that God will display His healing power here in Katikati. I placed some videos on our church Facebook group but because not everybody is connected that way I am putting them here as well. PLEASE NOTE: I am not endorsing the teaching or lives of any of these people, what I am endorsing is the healing power of God.
Once a month the churches of Katikati have a combined service. It is an enormous blessing to have the unity we have between the churches here and to see people from all Christian denominations come together as one. (Psalm 133:3) . It is not as common as you would think.
When people ask me why we have denominations I describe it using the simile of ice cream. Sharon loves Goldrush. I also enjoy Goldrush but I prefer hokey pokey. Sometimes on a double I will combine it with boysenberry ripple or passionfruit. And I really like the new chocolate caramel. But one flavour l do NOT like is chocolate. I am very happy for other people to like it but it's not my cup of tea (if you'll excuse the mixed metaphore).
Does that make sense?
I'm a Pentecostal, although I was brought up Presbyterian, have been a card carrying Baptist, spent many years in Elim (three times) and also been a part of two wonderful Open Brethren fellowships. I have to tell you I also love the traditional Anglican liturgical service (not that I get to attend one very often). I like the Brethren open worship where anyone who has a word or a song or a psalm can bring it and I like the Pentecostal open worship where it sometimes feels like you're singing with the angels. There are many ways of worshiping God, denominations simply show our preferences.
As to the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses etc. they're more like gelato - they look and taste very similar to ice cream but they actually have a completely different foundation. (i.e. although they claim to, they do not actually worship our God).
So, safe guard our unity. Don't talk badly about the other churches or other Christians (Prov 16:28) and please remember to pray for all the pastors in town.
This is my friend Israel from Israel. He's had quite a journey.