Newsletter - 26th March 2023
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Philip Larking - Christian Life and Christian Hope

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This Week 

Phillip Larking - Christian Life and Christian Hope

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Christian hope makes a difference. At home and in your life groups, recall stories of times when you have experienced hope; here are some guiding questions:

- Did you experience hope in a time of hardship or another challenging circumstance? Can you describe those circumstances?

- Were there people in your life who helped you to realise hope, or enacted hope in a practical way?

- Were there practices in your life that helped you to experience hope (such as prayer, conversation, Bible reading, reconciliation)?

- What did hope do? What difference did hope have in your life? (This might be about having strength to continue, or having new understanding of your circumstances, an experience of God's presence, or something else?)

In your life groups, if possible, share a number of stories based on the above questions. What differences do you notice between the stories shared? What passages of Scripture come to mind? How now can you pray in response to these stories, and for those circumstances for which hope is needed.

As always, follow along on the Bible App:

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Prayer this week:
1. Pray for the impact on lives of the Hope Project Booklets that will be delivered all across NZ in the next two weeks.
2. Pray for the land on the hill, as we trust God's plan and purpose for us. 

3. Pray for the new Welcome Bay hair Salon in the center. 

Thank God for His faithful provision and for our gifts and offerings that they be used to further the Kingdom.

Church on the hill update:
Kia Ora church family. So, we met with the Kaimai Presbytery last night and it seems clear to me that God has not closed the door. We believe they have an interest in us owning the property. However, how we get there will be a process that will require continued prayer, faith and patience. Moving quickly on a sale doesn’t appear to be on the agenda.

What we learnt from the meeting and next steps:

-The KP need to test the current market (downturn) before they could accept any offer, and this includes working again with the Real Estate agents.
- The KP we met with last night will not make the final decision, that will be the 'Presbytery Property Trustees' to whom they must report and who will make the final decisions. 
We will follow up with the KP about the time frame of when they know what the market value is.... and then ask that they inform us so we can put forward an offer. We will also ask that they contact us if any other party puts in an offer so we can make a counter-offer – like a ‘first right of refusal’.
We believe they are interested in us owning the property.
Together let's Pray, trust & unite as we seek God’s plan and provision in all of this. Further collective prayer dates to be announced soon.
 April the 19th 
Ladies Lunch will be at 12:30pm at Ngaire Arnold's place
19 Orion Way 
Love to see you there.
Prices for the camp are listed below:
To get the 10% Earlybird discount make sure you book by the end of March. 
$95 - Single person with accommodation.
$180 - Couple with accommodation.
$220 - family with accommodation.
$35 - Child (up to 18).
$50 - Child (without parent).
$60 - Single person visitor (Saturday only).
$10 - Sunday Lunch.
Free - under 13 yrs day visitor.

To go to the Booking Form, click the button below: 
Click here for Booking Link
Hope Project Prayer Gathering  

Saturday 25 March between 7-8pm at the Church Office. Prayer for the impact of the delivery of booklets around Welcome Bay. Volunteer attending will be able to take the booklets for their area home and start delivery from Sunday 26 March.

Please contact Bruce Wallen, the Welcome Bay Co-ordinator if you have any questions
021 630 529

Since the last tours the YWAM Koha has deployed to Fiji - and also undergone lots of changes onboard. So whether you've been to a tour before or not, it's well worth checking out.
Erica's Update!

Click the link to read more about what Erica has been up to over the last 6 months!
Erica's Update
Click on the link below to go to our website:
Set Up Team for March/April
Reminder – if you cannot fulfill your role on any given day, it is your responsibility to find a replacement, then please inform the office. 

26 March
Set up: Robbie, Julia, Dennis, Noelene
Door: Julia
MC: Michael
Music: Ray, Esther, Tim, Sarah
Sound: Matthew
Data: Lynne

Primary Kids Church: Vicky
Junior Secondary: Laura
Helper: Kevin, Eden

2 April 
Set up: Daniela, Diego, Maria, Trish
Door: Sandi
MC: Peter
Music: Kevin, Liz, Tim, Julia, Donna
Sound: Adrian 
Data: Daniela

Primary Kids Church: Laura, Eden
Junior Secondary: Luiza

Helper: Amanda M
9th April 
Set up: Daniela, Bruce, Jan, Lucy
Door: Julia
MC: Carolyn
Music: Jo, Kevin, Liz, Sarah, Andrew
Sound: Adrian
Data: Josiah

Primary Kids Church: Vicky
Junior Secondary: Laura
Helper: Karen

19 March
Set up: Peter, Isaac, Owen, Irene
Door: Trish
MC: Margaret 
Music: Kassi, Jo, Tim, Julia, Andrew
Sound: Adrian
Data: Ngaire

Primary Kids Church: Matt
Junior Secondary: Peter
Helper: Laura, Eden
Church office: Open Tuesday & Thursday, 9 - 11am
For any needs contact the Steve Murray at or email

Office number: 021 452454
Our mailing address is:
283 Welcome Bay Road
Welcome Bay
Tauranga 3112

Bank Account details: Westpac - Welcome Bay Baptist
03 1549 0057287 00

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