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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.
27 January 2019 Rob Holding In a couple of weeks I will reatart my Bible reading at Summerset. Last year a new resident arrived upstairs. He was a staunch Catholic and objected to the way I read the Bible saying that the scriptures should be read "slowly, meaningfully and with reverence." Well, I do read it meaningfully and with reverence but certainly not in a slow, stentorian fashion. I want people to understand what I'm reading, not just hear the words. Often we fail to contextualise what we read. We live in a Today's English Version world and yet read the Bible in a Authorised King James Version fashion. For instance Philippians 3:12-14 says "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus". Huh? That's the King James Version. The Message puts it this way; "I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back". If it doesn't make sense then how can you benefit from it? If you find a passage in your favourite translation that is a little obscure, check it out in another version. The Light may become clearer.
Here's Steven's latest update from YWAM in Holland. Please continue to pray for him to clearly hear from the Lord.
A lot of people tell me they don't believe what I believe (God, Jesus, the Bible - just in case you missed that) but when I ask them what THEY believe and what they base that belief on they are unable to answer. Check out what happened to comedian Jeff Allen when someone challenged him with that question (scroll to 3:15)
On the first Sunday of each month we hold a Mission Sunday, highlighting one of the ministries we support as a church. This month it was the congregation of Kehilat Haderech in Karmiel, North Israel, who we have a special relationship with. I came across this video of pastor Yossi Ovadia talking about the work that they do.
Well, it was a great night with Jules Riding, thank you to all that came along and all that helped. Here is our sukkah. Not quite traditional and nobody slept there but it played its part.
We are pleased to announce that Jules Riding will be joining us this Friday night as we hold a shared meal to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.Jules will be teaching on Sukkot as well as singing songs from his album Jerusalem and his new album Rivers. Meal at 6pm (please register) concert and teaching at 7pm.
With one team in Fiji with Marine Reach and another in Vanuatu with Sowers Intl. it was a great month of mission and ministry. Check it out on our gallery page. (Under construction)
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.
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.