Upcoming Events

upcoming-events

Tree of Life Workshop – with Deborah Gill Saturday 26 November 1-5.30pm @ ECC in the upper room. Tree of Life is a narrative therapy concept using trees as a metaphor for thinking about our lives. A gentle way of celebrating and processing different aspects of ourselves. Spaces are limited. Ask Deborah for more details. […]

Community

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If you are interested in getting involved in any of these community activities please contact the church office. Art Class A great outlet for your creative side. Whether you’re the master, or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, you’ll enjoy this relaxed group that meets together Saturdays 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Christianity Explored […]

Giving

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Giving is a natural response to a generous God.  The Bible says that ‘each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (1 Corinthians 9:7.) Your giving enables us to: support our Mission Partners around the world employ our staff […]

Pastor’s Piece

 

Recently, David Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill was drawn and we will be asked to make submissions on it.  One of the main arguments in favour of a change in the law is the prevention of unnecessary and extreme suffering.  People reason this way: suffering is bad so let’s get rid of it.  Certainly, there are many who wish their loved one could have “slipped away” more easily but in most cases undue suffering can be alleviated through good palliative care.

Catherine Byrne has worked as a doctor at Waipuna Hospice in Tauranga for many years.  Writing in the Herald last week, she reminds us that it’s not a choice between excruciating suffering and euthanasia.  Hospices provide “excellent medical care and warm, compassionate psychological and social support.”  She is concerned that many will choose to end their lives rather than “being a burden”.  Do we really want to open terminally ill people up to this kind of pressure?

The outcome of this debate is not a foregone conclusion.  Can I encourage you to understand the issues, pray and get involved in the political process?  The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is when good men (and women) do nothing!

Amen

 

Groups

  • Construction Zone

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    The best place to be on Sunday morning for primary and intermediate school ages!  Learn Biblical values through creatively presented Bible stories and join in activities and Bible study with your small group.  Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 am downstairs.          

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    Life Groups

    Life Groups (or Home Groups) meet weekly, fortnightly or four weekly for Bible study, prayer and fellowship.  They are a great way to get to other people and develop a closer community than is possible on Sunday mornings.  Studies often relate to the sermon topic, or are based on a book or video series.  Supper […]

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    Discovery Zone

    Our Daystar kindy next door provides a beautiful space for the children to play.  Thery also enjoy morning tea together, hear a Bible story and do a related activity.   Parents are welcome to stay. Supervision is by an awesome parent, grandparent and friend roster.  Sundays 10:00 to 11:30 am during term time.

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    Eden Youth

    Our vision: Raising disciples to follow Christ, grow in faith and reach the community.  

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