Welcome to the new St. Stephen’s Church and Community Centre website!
Do check out the various menus and know you are welcome
to come along to any of our warm and friendly activities!
On 7 April we Decommissioned the church building ahead of the demolition over the next month. The earthquake damage to the building has been significant. Pictures here: http://marttherev.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/st-stephens-decommissioning-service/
We would love for you to join us on Sunday 4:00 – 6:30pm for Messy Church.
Messy Church is for everyone (especially families) and involves a Bible story and fun activities followed by a light meal (lasagna).
If you think you might come, please let us know by either emailing Martin firstname.lastname@example.org by leaving a message in the office (351 6664). Hope to see you there.
This Sunday at 10am we decommission the earthquake damaged St Stephen’s Church Building ahead of its demolition over the following weeks. We warmly invite friends of St Stephen’s to come along and be with us that day. Morning tea will follow. Our guest preacher is the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Rt Rev Ray Coster (pictured). Ray is a warm, thoughtful man who will encourage us and challenge us. All welcome!
Kevin Ward from the Knox Centre in Dunedin preached at Dan’s Commissioning. It was great to have him along. Kevin is Dan’s tutor and has been doing some work with several St Stephen’s folk as they step up into particular roles around Dan to support and encourage him in his training. Here is his fine sermon:
Luke 5:1-11: Following Jesus
Few years ago I had the wonderful privilege of going as a biblical and historical teacher with a tour group for 3 weeks to Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Stayed 4 days on shores of Sea of Galilee. Found a boat preserved in mud from time of Jesus and so constructed some based on it. Sailed up to Capernaum on one. Near there are series of steep inlets with zig zagging shoreline with each inlet forming natural amphitheatre and voice carries so clearly.
So pretty easy me picture this scene. One of secrets understanding gospel is to use imagination and paint a picture Continue reading
10.00am Reflection at St Stephen’s cnr Aorangi & Ilam Rds
10.00am Holy Communion
at St Giles cnr Papanui Rd & Frank St
This Saturday at 8.30am we are holding our community Garage Sale… it is a great opportunity for people in the community to access cheap homeware, furniture, toys, cakes, clothes, bedding, books, jams & pickles. There is even a sausage sizzle!!
At 10.30am this Sunday you are warmly invited to share in the service which will be led by our young people. It will be followed by a Congregation BBQ lunch. A salad or dessert (lots of dessert say the young people!) to contribute to the meal would be great – but everyone is welcome with or without a plate!!!
Reflection on the Realm of Christ by Mart the Rev
‘Then Pilate entered the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over… But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ John 18:33-38
Do you agree that we can talk more easily about Jesus the man than about Jesus the ‘Ascended Lord’ who sits at the right hand of the Father? We hear stories told of him and we like the way he saw the world. We are drawn to him – we take up the call to follow him. We seek to live like him. We are part of a community that lives in his way and reveres him. So far, we can do all of those things and not attend to the risen and ascended dimensions of Jesus that are unfolded in the scriptures. But these other dimensions to who Christ is are also part of the story! Actually all of the New Testament scriptures are written Continue reading