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Slave Auction/ Trivia Night - Saturday 27th June

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Slave Auction / Trivia Night 

9am service: Since!

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 If the Christian life is all about Jesus Christ and the challenge from Paul is to keep Jesus Christ as Lord at the centre of your Christian experience then that will flow positively into your experience of life. Since we are so closely identified with Jesus then that will bring some thrilling changes to the Christian life. Paul sets the challenge to the Colossians, and us, to live as heavenly people and in doing so to bring something of the quality of heaven to earth and let that permeate all our relationships and life situations. We will seek to do what pleases God, not because we have to but because we want to. together we will explore the challenge Paul puts to the Church.

Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: HOT TOPIC: Unequally Yoked!

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This is it! We are kicking off our HOT TOPICS series this Sunday afternoon. On Sunday we'll be looking at the issue, quite commonly known among Christians, of being 'unequally yoked'. What does the Bible have to say about Christians forming intimate relationships with non-Christians? To be sure, this speaks very powerfully into the area of dating and marriage, but we see it also has a huge bearing on other relationships like that among family members and our closest friendships. In addition to this, we'll see that God's Word not only has something to say to those who can yet choose with whom they will form intimate relationships but it also brings tremendous instruction, hope and encouragement to anyone who has existing relations where the parties involved have different beliefs to Christianity. Please join us and encourage an unbelieving spouse or friend to come along - they will find a safe and helpful environment that may help your relationship(s) immensely.  

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Change of Date

Posted 22 June 2015, 10:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Church Council has decided to delay the congregational meeting with the budget introduction until 15 July 2015.  Please reserve this date into your diary – as we will discuss a number of significant items that are not related to the budget.  There will not be a meeting on 24 June 2015.

5pm service: The Tale of Two Men

Posted 17 June 2015, 9:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This striking parable of Jesus gives one of the clearest pictures of the after-death experience in the tale of two men. There is blessing for God’s own and torment for those who refuse his grace. And between these two states lies an uncrossable gap. You can scoff at Jesus warning here but we can’t deny the reality. Here we have the only time when Jesus drew aside the veil between this world and the next and allowed us to see what is beyond, and to see the intimate relationship between the here and the hereafter. This is a very important matter which we will look at together on Sunday evening. The choices we make this life do fix our destiny so what is your choice?

Bible Passage: Luke 16:19-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte


9am service: Fullness and Freedom

Posted 17 June 2015, 9:10 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday morning we have the beautiful opportunity to baptise Tate Hemelaar into the covenant community of God. As we do that we may well pause to ask the question: what will it take to make this little man's entire life - every inch of his total being - as full and free as it can possibly be? This is a question each of us can revisit with respect to our own lives. Our world has much ever-changing advice to offer about this question and even religion has some confusing answers. On Sunday, however, we'll hear what God has to say about what will make us full and free.

Bible Passage: Colossians 2:6-23

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


ACE Trivia Night and Slave Auction

Posted 16 June 2015, 9:09 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

trivia night Flyer 

Manne Wat Glo

Posted 16 June 2015, 9:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Come and listen to South Africa’s 4 best known Christian Singers at Redlands Christian Reformed Church.

Monday 29th June, 6:30pm


5pm service: Are you ready?

Posted 10 June 2015, 9:17 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Saturday morning we (Ettiene and Dana) received a visit from our friendly local Jehovah's witnesses. My conversation with these ladies, well into their late seventies or early eighties, sparked some thoughts in my head. One such thought was that despite the many vital differences in our theology I utterly respect the intense urgency with which they consider the 'end times' as they put it. Unlike Jehovah's witnesses, Christians believe this is a time when Jesus Christ, as exalted Lord and God, will return to judge the living and the dead and create a new heavens and a new earth for those who believe in him alone for their salvation. The question we will consider on Sunday night is: how serious is Jesus' return for Christians? To what extent does it shape how we live life now? Please join us as we consider Matthew 25:1-13.

Bible Passage: Matthew 25:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: The Struggle

Posted 10 June 2015, 9:15 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Paul writes to this small, struggling church in Colossae he outlines the supremacy of Jesus Christ and leads into the nature of his ministry, which is to tell everyone about this Christ despite the struggles, sufferings and setbacks. Paul did not view his suffering as heroic or entitling him to join a long line of special, more righteous people. He sees it as something that flows the suffering servant and the nature of the message he brought. He was entrusted with a message that he was compelled to pass on faithfully and completely. He did that by standing beside the church in Colossae, even though he had not even met them. The question or challenge for us is how we view the importance of the gospel we carry around in our hearts and lives?

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:24-2:5

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Ask, Seek, Knock

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:27 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the most basic habits every Christian is encouraged to develop is to pray and yet, if you were to ask many a Christian: 'what do you find hardest about your Christian experience?' you will hear them say: 'prayer'.  Why is it that we find prayer so hard and how can our prayer lives change to become the meaningful and real experience we hope it to be? On Sunday night we'll hear some insights on this as we look at one of Jesus' parables on prayer.

Bible Passage: Luke 11:5-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem


9am service: The Supremacy of Christ

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


How do you view Jesus? What relevance would people say he has for life today? In theses verses from Colossians Paul is making some astonishing claims about who Jesus is. Through Jesus the universe was created and through him the world is rescued. This universal supremacy of Jesus Christ matches the universality of the gospel and assures believers of the sufficiency of Jesus.  These verses are of highest praise for Jesus and would make a great hymn. We may not be able to fully understand the theological depth of the words, but we can appreciate its greatness. From these verses we understand that he has the whole world in his hands and that redemption is in Christ alone! So we have nothing to fear!

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:15-23

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Monster Car Wash

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:22 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This coming Saturday 6th June there will be a monster carwash at the Church from 8am to raise funds for the Autism Centre of Excellence.

Glenn and Rayelene Williams started the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) Gran Fondo bike ride in the hope that it would help raise awareness and funds to provide children like their son Mitchell with better opportunities in life through an education that is provided with greater knowledge and understanding.

Donations received fund a study at the Autism Centre of Excellence that allows parents of children with Autism to participate in a specialised training program to maximise their ability to assist their child’s education.

There will also be a sausage sizzle and coffee for sale.

Please bring your car in for a wash and support this worthwhile cause.

9am service: Thank God

Posted 27 May 2015, 4:54 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are being a series in the letter Paul writes to the Colossian church. This letter was written to a small Christian community almost 2000 years ago, yet it still speaks to us today. It was a community that faced opposition, not in the form of persecution, but as a challenge to their faith, hope and sufficiency being in Jesus Christ. A world, like ours today, which scoffs at the Christian faith. Paul writes to this church, and us, to help them better understand their faith, to have confidence in it and to have a deep sense of gratitude to God for what he has done for them in Christ. The way people are taught to detect counterfeit money is to learn everything about a genuine note. Paul applies the same principle to help people understand their faith. Know the truth of it and you can recognise what is false. He begins his letter with a word of prayer and deep thanks to God. These words are for us to.

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:1-14

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Holy Spending

Posted 27 May 2015, 9:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Earlier this year we preached a sermon series on living a holy lifestyle. We considered what it means to intentionally set apart (make holy) everything in our day to day lives for God's purposes. While there are many things we need to set apart for God's purposes in our day to day lives - more than one sermon series can cover - there is perhaps one area worthy of our special attention: money. On Sunday night, as we'll open Luke 16:1-13, we will reflect on what God has to say about money in the life of a Christian. Please join us.     

Bible Passage: Luke 16:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm service: Who's the Boss

Posted 20 May 2015, 9:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday being a day of rest the last subject we like to talk about is work, let alone our boss. In fact, most of us work because we have to in order to put food on the table and to pay the bill etc. (Am I Right?)

We long for the day we can be free from the burden of work or at the very least, being our own boss so that we can do what we want. (How did I know that inner secret of yours?)

Do we have to work in heaven or do we get served piña colada by angels?  Is work, a punishment while on earth but heaven is where boundless beaches meet endless football fields or shopping malls?

If you want to keep dreaming, stay away from the church this Sunday afternoon.  If you want to know what God has to say, you’re most welcome.

Bible Passage: Colossians 3:22-4:1

Speaker: Michael Choi

9am service: Any Old Bush Will Do

Posted 20 May 2015, 9:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Have you ever imagined that looking at a bush could radically change the direction of your life?  This actually happened to Moses.  In a split second reaction, Moses fell from the Egyptian royal court to tending sheep in the desert.  But when he inspected a bush, a new career path opened up to him.  As you can imagine, he was completely unprepared and, he thought, unqualified for this new career path. But God, the I AM, was  able to reassure him and equip him for the task that lay ahead.  This morning we will discover what was so ‘magical’ about this bush.

Bible Passage: Exodus 3:1-10

Speaker: Bevan Burnes


Eden Ministry Afternoon Tea 16th May

Posted 15 May 2015, 9:33 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Please join us in support of Keight Davis of Eden Ministry on

16th May at 2.30-4.30pm

RCRC cnr Delancey & Sturgeon St


Beautiful handmade jewelry will be on display for purchase.

Tea/ Coffee and cake will be served

A $5 contribution will be donated to Eden Ministry


Tracy Zipp:  [email protected]

Technical Issues

Posted 7 May 2015, 10:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Due to technical issues with the internet, our internet services at the church have been interrupted for the past week. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Your emails are important and will be attended to when the technical issues are resolved.

5pm service

Posted 6 May 2015, 9:12 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 There will be no PM Service. We encourage you to spend time with your family and friends.

9am service: Mother's Day

Posted 6 May 2015, 9:10 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Unconditional Love

The closest thing to unconditional love that many of us have ever experienced is the love of a mother, whether our own or someone who has chosen to be our adopted mum. Unconditional love is the way that God expresses his love for us so it is fitting to discuss His unconditional love on Mother’s Day. It is important that we grasp this great love of God for us. Tim Keller writes, ‘Holiness is not about becoming good enough for God to love me; it’s about increasing my capacity to receive and enjoy his love’. How do you not only grasp his love for you, how well do you receive it? We will spend some time thinking that through on Sunday morning.

Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Still I am Confident

Posted 29 April 2015, 10:01 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Even at a very young age we understand that life is tough. Early in life we start coming to grips with the ever-increasing realities of a broken world in which we can feel pain, rejection, fear, loneliness, worthlessness and deep confusion. How do we deal with these realities? Every one of us have looked in any number of places to alleviate the hurt of these things and found in a matter of time that it did not last. So where do we go to find lasting, meaningful and deeply satisfying answers to the tormenting realities of our broken world? Sunday night we'll reflect on Psalm 27 and see the marvelous confidence the people of Jesus can have in the midst of an utterly broken world.  

Bible Passage: Psalm 27

Pastoe: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: IF

Posted 29 April 2015, 10:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The verses of the text start with the small but powerful word ‘If’. It’s a conditional clause. If we have wandered from God there is a way back. If I am in a dark place. If we want to be a greater church in God’s kingdom work, there is a way for that. If we wonder how we can even come before God there is a way. A way that God himself prescribes. There is a way back. Humble yourself; pray and seek God; Acknowledge wrong. God promises to hear, forgive, heal, restore and bring us greater things. These verse are a prayer for revival and a spiritual awakening that depends on the great work of our sovereign God. Are we willing to listen to these words of God for our lives and our church?

Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 7: 14-15

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Being Prayerful

Posted 22 April 2015, 11:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We have come to our last message based on the brief but powerful letter of James. James has touched on many themes but now finally he comes to talk about prayer in the life of a Christian. Rather than being something we do as a last resort, prayer should be something that is as natural as breathing. It should be our ‘default’ position. Why? Because, James says, prayer works and is powerful. Prayer is communication with God and it can take different forms and can be done in different ways. What James expects is that prayer infuses every part of the life of the follower of Jesus. If they’re in trouble, they pray. If they’re in a good place, they pray. If they’re sick, they pray. In every situation, James expects the follower of Jesus to be speaking with God, praising him for the good times, asking for relief in the bad times. I think we take this for granted but don’t really follow it through. The Bible says that prayer should be a constant state in our lives, always speaking with God. How are we doing on that score? How does James encourage us to be these people of prayer?

Bible Passage: James 5:13-20

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Life & Death

Posted 22 April 2015, 11:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 One of the great praise points in ministry over the past few months has been the gospel getting shared on Friday nights with young people from our community. With God's help, GEMS, Tribe and G-Force leadership teams have laboured faithfully and hard toward this end. On Sunday morning we as a whole congregation will get an insight into how the Tribe has shared the gospel as they perform a skit to us. This is a special opportunity for us to share the journey with these leaders as well as reflect in a creative and imaginative way what the gospel means for all of us - a matter of life and death. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Romans 6:23

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

5pm service: Give Me Patience

Posted 15 April 2015, 1:30 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Life is filled with things that bother us and that are problems for us.  These things like: how to be a Christian parent; how to deal with “difficult people”; how to deal with emotions such as anger; how to keep from saying things that we know are not things God would have us be saying; how to respond when things are moving a lot slower that we would like for them to. So how can we be patient with someone or in some situation, and how to build up that patience? It’s a good question in the context of today’s instant society where we are used to getting fast food; where we can instant message people; where we can send a text message on our phones and get impatient if someone doesn’t respond instantly. So how can we be more patient; how can we build patience? We need to listen again to what James writes in James 5:7-12 where we see the lesson of the farmer and the prophets.

Bible Passage: James 5:7-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Do You Love Me?

Posted 15 April 2015, 1:28 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This Sunday morning we have the privilege to gather again around the beautiful sacrament of baptism as we baptise Casper Rooskov, the son of Isaac and Kirsty Rooskov. 

Apart from this we will consider another encounter of a disciple with the resurrected Jesus in the gospel of John. In this encounter is an invitation Jesus extends to follow him. It is much the same invitation he extends to us - an invitation that involves much. To truly follow Christ means that every decision, every dream of our lives is filtered through his Word with the goal of glorifying him. Following Jesus means he becomes everything to us. We are to 'take up our cross daily and follow him.' The issue is that more often than not we don't know exactly what this looks like or how to accomplish it. Following Christ as he desires for us is a cause seated far above our selfish and sinful abilities. We simply lack the power and ability to do it. So, how can it happen then? Sunday morning we'll see some answers. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: John 21:15-19

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Car Wash 8am Saturday

Posted 9 April 2015, 9:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Our next car wash is on:

Saturday 11th April


We need lots of volunteers to help with the washing.        


5pm service: When is Wealth a Sin?

Posted 9 April 2015, 9:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Tonight we are jumping back into the book of James, picking up where we left off before our Easter series. We come to these opening verses of chapter 5 and find this powerful condemnation of rich exploiters. While James is generally blunt and direct this criticism of the behaviour of Christians throughout his letter this condemnation seems almost out of place. So what do we do with these harsh verses? If the Bible does not teach that money itself is evil why does James speak so strongly against it here? What is he doing? Who is he addressing? Why is he writing this? What can we learn from this? Perhaps movie script writers are onto the very same thing that James is challenging here in his letter to the church. It is interesting that in many good vs evil movies the evil person will often be filthy rich and using those riches in exploitive ways to try and gain world domination. This underlying theme is one that James speaks against in his letter and we will look at why that is so.

Bible Passage: James 5:1-6

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Lord willing, we hope to celebrate the Lord's Supper in both services this Sunday (12th April).

9am service: My Lord and My God!

Posted 9 April 2015, 9:36 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "Seeing is believing." We are all very familiar with this statement which drives so much of what our culture believes is true and what is not. It is therefore striking to see in the New Testament that even one of Jesus' closest followers lived by this code. One of the disciples, Thomas, absolutely refused to believe Jesus was raised form the dead to rule as Lord and God. On Sunday morning we'll look at his story and discover the journey that he and us need to make to move from uncertainty to certainty about the resurrected Jesus.

Bible Passage: John 20:24-31

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Lord willing, we hope to celebrate the Lord's Supper in both services this Sunday (12th April).

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