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5pm service: Forge Youth Service

Posted 17 May 2017, 9:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Human beings yearn for connection and belonging. Yet with the rise of social media, there are concerns many people appear to be less connected in real-life, social relationships.

Come and connect with us as we try and look at some of our relationships.

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am ervice: A Meaningless Life = A Meaningless Death

Posted 17 May 2017, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 It is claimed that Benjamin Franklin once said the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Most of us have lived long enough to face the reality of this statement. Death is life's great leveller and something that we will all face, but how are we to live when we know that our time is limited? Solomon's answer is simple, embrace the days that God has given you. If we match up this idea with the hope of the gospel we can live a meaningful life and even see the hope beyond death. 

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 9:1-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier

9am servce: The Legacy of Mothers and Grandmothers

Posted 10 May 2017, 8:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the passage this morning, Paul mentions his thanks for the mother and grandmother of Timothy, his ‘trainee’. They had passed on a huge legacy to Timothy, one that would last for eternity. What was that legacy? The sincere faith that was lived out in their lives. We combine Mother’s Day with a baptism and want to think about the number one concern for Timothy of these women. It wasn’t a good job for him; it wasn’t a great education to open doors of opportunity for riches and success; it wasn’t a trade that helped him provide for his family. Their concern was the passing on of the Gospel. Mothers, Kat and Trev too, as you raise your children and grandchildren make this your number one concern.

Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Please Note: There will be no PM service on Mother's Day!


Special Notice for Golden Oldies

Posted 4 May 2017, 9:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to unforeseen circumstances the proposed bus trip to Pomona for the Silent Movies has been cancelled. However, do not despair, we will gather in the church for morning tea to be followed by the dvd. ‘Live to the Limit”. About a 74 year old test Pilot.

Date: Wednesday 24  May

Time: 10am

Bring: Yourself—and maybe a friend—and something to share for morning tea.

As Joyce would say ‘It wouldn’t be the same without you!!’



5pm service: Confronted #1

Posted 3 May 2017, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The second section in our series on Jude throws us straight into the issue that the letter addressed. There were people in the church who were actively trying to alter the gospel. People who wanted to encourage an unbiblical lifestyle and even deny Jesus sufficiency. To address this issue Jude presents his audience with some serious examples from history.  Two of these examples we have and know well. The third about the fall of the angels is a little more difficult to understand. Come along to see how the issues that Jude addresses are just like those we face in the church today.

Bible Passage: Jude 1:5-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier


9am service: The Search for Meaning: Wisdom

Posted 3 May 2017, 9:33 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Reading Ecclesiastes forces us to look at the world around us and ask the hard questions of life; it also forces us to look deep into our hearts and think about the things we hold as meaningful. The book forces us to take a much deeper look at life. So as we navigate our way through the maze of this life how do we make good decisions? For Solomon, the answer was the gaining of wisdom? If wisdom is of great benefit, how do we get it, where do we find it? That is the wrestle for this Sunday.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:1

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Enjoy Painting?

Posted 3 May 2017, 9:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Creche room is being repainted.

Phil Sargent is looking for help on Saturday morning (8am) to finish painting the Creche room. If you can spare some time, drop in and help.


Job Descriptions

Posted 2 May 2017, 10:01 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A copy of the Job Descriptions and Charts presented at the Congregational Meeting on Saturday are available from the Administration Office. 

Posted 21 April 2017, 11:43 AM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

Enjoy your brief newsletter. Our editor is away on holidays!Smile 

5pm service: Overcoming Doubt

Posted 19 April 2017, 10:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Every thinking person sometimes wrestles with doubt. That is true not only for thinking Christians, but also for atheists and agnostics. Sometimes we wonder, “What if I’m wrong? “What if Christianity is not true?” For some, the doubts are relatively minor and fleeting. For others, the doubts are deep and disturbing. But wherever you’re at on the spectrum, if you’ve been a Christian for a while, you have gone through times when you struggled with doubt. Sometimes we are made to feel guilty for harbouring doubt, but doubt can be the tool that God uses to help you grow. That was certainly the case for Thomas. After all that he had seen of the brutal treatment and death of Jesus, his hopes and dreams are crushed. The other disciples excitedly share their meeting with the risen Jesus and Thomas has doubts. Once he meets Jesus he moves from doubt to faith, making the first clear declaration of Jesus, ‘My Lord and my God.’ We too have sources to overcome our doubt and grow through it.

Bible Passage: John 20:24-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte


Car Wash - Saturday

Posted 19 April 2017, 9:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Saturday 22nd April starting at 0800 hrs.

Volunteers Needed.

Proceeds are destined for Solomon Islands Team.



9am service: The Two Lost Sons

Posted 19 April 2017, 9:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

While perhaps the most famous teaching of Jesus, the parable of the ‘prodigal son’ is arguably his least understood. Upon closer examination of the story and its characters, it is clear that Jesus’ message concerns more than just a wayward son, but also a judgmental older brother and, more importantly, a loving Father. Revealing the Fathers’ heart, he invites both the wayward and not-so-wayward to abandon their hopeless conditions and draw near to the one who ferociously seeks them.

Bible Passage: Luke 15: 1-3 & 11-32

Pastor: Ben Klitscher

9am Easter Sunday:The Women at the Tomb

Posted 12 April 2017, 9:51 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The People Around the Cross series.

Over the last few weeks we have considered the characters around the tomb, the people who stood and watched as Jesus was crucified. Some of these people loved Jesus, some loathed him, yet everyone watched him die. The earth shook as he breathed his last and darkness fell over the land. He was taken down and placed in a tomb and in the eyes of the world that was meant to be the end of his story. But we know better. Only three days later two of Jesus most faithful followers, two women who cared for him, go to pay their respects. These women find soon realise that something has happened, something that will change everything, quite literally, forever. 

Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10

Pastor: Ben Peletier


9am Good Friday: Roman Centurion

Posted 12 April 2017, 9:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The People Around the Cross series> This Good Friday we will focus on the amazing confession of a Roman Centurion, ‘Surely, this man was the Son of God’. These were the words of a seasoned soldier, one how had watched men die; who had put many to death himself. So was this a confession of faith or was it a professional soldier trying to make sense of something he had never experienced before? Obviously, the events that had happened at the cross deeply moved him to make this declaration, but what does it mean? But more importantly, is this your confession? If so, what does it mean to you? If not, why not?

Bible Passage: Mark 15:21-39

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: People Around the Cross: The Disciples

Posted 6 April 2017, 8:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Where would you be standing if you were at the crucifixion? What would your response be? Would you have said, ‘If I lived around the time of Jesus then I would have no trouble believing in him.’ Really? What if you were of the chosen disciples? Would you have said, ‘If I was chosen as a disciple then I would never have left him.’ Really? The gospel accounts give us a very different picture. Those closed to him deserted him the moment he was arrested and bound. They fled in fear and confusion. They hid, trying to understand why their teacher was being executed. What were they thinking? Their beliefs about Jesus did not match the reality of him hanging on a cross. They were gutted and fearful, yet God was gracious to them.

Bible Passage: John 19:16-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: People Around the Cross: The Crowd

Posted 6 April 2017, 8:44 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This week we are considering the crowd in the final week of Jesus ministry on earth. As Jesus approached Jerusalem a crowd gathered. They cried out  Hosanna, lay their cloaks on the ground and softened the road with tree branches. They welcomed this Jesus with open arms, calling him their saviour and a great prophet. Yet only a week later this very same nameless and faceless crowd cried out: "crucify him". How could this change happen so quickly and what can we learn from them? Well, come along to think about the two distinct faces of this crowd.

Bible Passage: Matt 21:1-11 & 27:11-26

Pastor: Ben Peletier


Just Because... Venue Change

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:32 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Due to the amount of rain that has fallen and due to fall, the Just Because event has now being held at Redlands Christian Reformed Church, cnr Sturgeon & Delancey St, Ormiston.

9am service: The Search for Religion

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In the verses we are looking at today God now gets a mention. Up to now, much of Ecclesiastes has been about the meaninglessness of life apart from God, now we are to look to God who made our world. What is clear is that our “under the sun” lives are in a drastic need of recalibration to how we approach God. Have you ever thought about the fact that God knows and judges the way we worship? He sees into your heart; he sees the attitude behind your actions and judges whether your worship is acceptable. Solomon is saying that there is a right way and a wrong way to worship God. The right way is that of the wise person and the wrong way is that of fools. If we do not want our religion to be meaningless we need to avoid the wrong way to worship God. What is that wrong way? What is the right way?

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Ten Words: CONTENTMENT

Posted 22 March 2017, 8:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Will you believe it? We have reached the final installment of our series on the 10 commandments! We'll find this Sunday that there is something rather peculiar about the last commandment. It's not quite like any of the others and after understanding it well, we'll hopefully delight in these words of Augustus Toplady: 


"Object of my first desire, 

Jesus, crucified for me! 

All to happiness aspire, 

Only to be found in thee.

 Thee to please and thee to know 

Constitute our bliss below, 

Thee to see and thee to love 

Constitute our bliss above."  

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:17

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


Toilet Roll Inners Please

Posted 15 March 2017, 10:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 One of the main crafts we have planned for our time in Burma is

making gorgeous Christmas decorations using the cardboard inners of toilet rolls.

These decorations, once made by the children at New Life,  are brought back

and given to supporters back home.


I am needing about 400 before I leave on the 18th April, so I need your help please.

A box will be set up in the foyer for collection.


Position Vacant: Church Cleaner

Posted 15 March 2017, 10:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The Church requires someone to clean the premises. Starting as soon as possible. 4hrs per week.

Please contact the Committee of Management (Bill Sikkema) for more details.

9am Service: Injustice and Our God of Justice

Posted 15 March 2017, 10:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When people, especially young people, think about life the question is not so much about purpose but significance. The thought is, I want to make a difference. I want my life to amount to something of worth. So, people throw themselves into different causes, fighting against corruption, oppression and injustice. These are great things to put your energy into but, in the verses today, Solomon begins to dismantle the idea that doing these things will make a lasting impact. They are ultimately meaningless. Why? From an under the sun perspective it never seems to end; it never is finished; there is always another place of injustice to tackle. This has been true through the ages and even today. It cries out for something more, something better, something lasting. It drives us back to God, who will redeem all things and bring righteous judgement.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Truth

Posted 15 March 2017, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"The injunction against bearing false witness, branded in stone and brought down by Moses from the mountaintop, has always provoked ambivalent, conflicting emotions. On the one hand, nearly everybody condemns lying. On the others, nearly everyone does it every day." Paul Gray's quote (above) in Time Magazine is highly relevant. The issue of lying - properly understood - is one that we wrestle with every single day of our lives and our world is engrossed in. It's such a big issue that God has cared to devote one of only a precious few absolute rules for humanity to this issue of truth. On Sunday we'll discover why it's so important and how God seeks to shape us when it comes to truth. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:16, John 8:32

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


Church Cleaning Bee

Posted 8 March 2017, 9:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Many volunteers needed to: clean windows, walls, skirting boards, doors and those other nooks and crannies.

Please bring your cleaning cloths, vacuum cleaners, rubber gloves.

Contact the Office for more details.


9am service: Knowing the Times and the Timeless One

Posted 8 March 2017, 9:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

There is a time for everything. We know the poem, we might even know the song made popular by The Byrds. It a poetic reflection of humanities time on earth from beginning to end. It is a poem about time and yet Solomon moves straight from our finitude into the infinite nature of God. We are bound by time and yet we all have a sense of the eternal. We are limited God is limitless. 

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Pastor: Ben Peletier

Sewers Needed

Posted 7 March 2017, 9:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

SHOUT OUT: Mater Mothers' Hospital are looking for volunteers to sew 'Cuddle Hearts' for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit mothers and babies.

One fabric heart is given to the mother and placed on her chest to pick up her scent, with the other heart placed close to the baby for the same reason. The hearts are then swapped so mother and baby are left with each other’s scented heart.

Tracy and Helen will be holding a Sewing Bee for those willing to help out on Tuesday 14th March, 1pm at the church.

Please bring your sewing machines, scissors, soft cotton or flannelette material and nothing fluffy or synthetic.

5pm service: Ten Words: STEALING

Posted 7 March 2017, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday we are looking at the 8th Commandment which says, ‘You shall not steal’. It is simple, blunt and to the point. Every country in the world forbids stealing, so why have a sermon on it? Because God forbids it and the biblical position goes a lot deeper than our surface understanding. Maybe you think, ‘I don’t steal so this sermon doesn’t apply to me.’ Maybe you don’t, but do you live out the positive side of the command, doing all you can for your neighbour’s good? The negative side is easy to deal with, the positive side sets a higher standard. We will work through this ‘simple’ command together.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:15

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Save the Date

Posted 1 March 2017, 8:56 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Saturday 11th March 8am


Many volunteers needed to: clean windows, walls, skirting boards, doors and those other nooks and crannies.

Please bring your cleaning cloths, vacuum cleaners, rubber gloves.

Contact the office for more details.

5pm service: Ten Words: SEX IS SACRED

Posted 1 March 2017, 8:50 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"In the jungle of modern permissiveness the meaning and purpose of sex is missed and its glory is lost." How true are these words of J.I. Packer? This Sunday night, as we preach on the seventh commandment ("You shall not commit adultery) we'll hopefully discover - or rediscover - in some way the glory of sex as God intends it. While the subject will be handled sensitively and wisely, it will nevertheless be a 'mature audience' service. If any parents deem their children too young and therefore not ready to be exposed to a biblical understanding of sex, you may want to consider coming in the morning. For the rest of our church community, let's hear what God's Word has to say to us about this incredibly relevant aspect of our lives.    

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:14

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: The Meaninglessness of Work

Posted 1 March 2017, 8:48 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

To paraphrase a song from Rihanna, all we seem to hear is work, work, work, work work.  It's a pretty fair assessment of most of our lives.  We spend most of our lives either physically or mentally at work, for many of us we spend more time with our colleagues than we do our own family.  Yet one day when we take our last breaths what will our work mean? Not much according to Solomon, the man who's work was more majestic and memorable than any of ours. It's another pretty grim picture from the man who had it all. But wait there's more because this week we begin to find hope. Hope in a God who wants us to enjoy his world and a God who want's us to find eternal satisfaction in him!

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:12-23

Pastor: Ben Peletier


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