For over 100 years we have been a community of people gathering just north of the mighty Waimakiriri River to honour and worship God. We are a diverse bunch of people from across North Canterbury – and beyond who desire to see the Kingdom of God impact our lives and the lives of those in our community.
It would be great to see you, feel free to come visit!
Every year, as the year draws to a close it seems that we race head long
towards Christmas and we get caught up in the tinsel, the lights and how many people are coming for dinner.
Yet in the midst of all that, there is a simple message that calls us back to the true meaning of Christmas. Emmanuel, the humble birth of a baby 2000 years ago calls us, comforts us and challenges us.
So tonight we come to celebrate and contemplate the coming of Jesus Christ as a baby all those years ago. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
The birth of Jesus calls us back into a relationship with God himself. The birth of Jesus shows us that it was God’s initiative, not ours that restored our
relationship to God the Father. It is the same today, God still calls us to him through Jesus Christ.
The birth of Jesus comforts us with the sure knowledge that God in his love sent His Son to dwell among us. That in Jesus, his birth, life and resurrection we see the wildly extravagant love of God poured out for us!
The birth of Jesus challenges us to look beyond the things of this world. To see more than what is seen. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are
empowered to love this world, just as God loves it. To live lives that declare the goodness that God has poured out upon us and exhort others to join us in this journey of following Jesus Christ – Emmanuel
May you know the peace and joy of God’s presence as you celebrate
Christmas with family and friends this year.
We are continuing our month of prayer. Over the last week we have gathered and spent time reflecting on what God is saying to us about our church, town and region. We have had various ‘stations’ to help spark creative interaction in prayer. There have been good times of corporate prayer as we have gathered together.
Check out the photos below of the stations as we continue this journey discerning where and how God is moving in the life of Kaiapoi Baptist Church.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
Prayer is a wonderful gift. It is a vital part of the life of a disciple and the life of a church. As a church we are currently facing some challenges, our community is also struggling and the wider Canterbury region seems to be enveloped in a cloud of mental stress and unwellness.
As a leadership we are calling the church to a sustained period of prayer through the month of November. Our focus will be simple: Our church, Our community, Our Region.
We will be having times of corporate prayer where the church will be encouraged to gather and pray for Gods direction, protection and intervention in our world. These times will include both corporate and individual prayer.
We are facing an exciting and challenging time as a church. For over 100 years Kaiapoi Baptist has been a place of worship and fellowship. God has been faithful over many years.
Last Tuesday the Elders and Pastoral Staff met and spent an extended time in prayer. We want to hear what God is saying about the next season here at Kaiapoi Baptist Church and we invite you to join us.
Each year we partner with the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society supporting Prayer and Self-Denial. It is not just about the financial resources raised or the prayer support targeted at our NZBMS team. It is also about us recognising that we are a part of a wider Baptist family that goes beyond our town, our region and our nation. This year the focus is on taonga/treasure: The Gospel as Treasure, People are Treasure, and Where is your Treasure?
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.” Matthew 13:44
“For you are a Holy people who belong to the Lord your God. Of all people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 7:6
“Where ever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21
Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on Discipleship – Following Jesus one step at a time. On Sunday we looked at building, so some of our younger members of church and some young at heart decided to build something. Check it out!!
Carey Baptist College is hosting a conference on July 11th called: “Home or Away” – Locating sport and leisure in Christian faith and practice. One of our Pastors, Paul will be speaking on his love for pig hunting. Check out the images and information below.
I love pig hunting! It’s a ticket into another world for me, the timeless contest where hunters test their strength and resolve, and the courage and skills of their dogs, against a strong, resourceful, and potentially lethal quarry.
I love being a Christian. It’s the ticket into another world, the timeless experience of being connected to the eternal God. It’s a test of faith and trust. It’s a journey that is almost impossible without brave and resourceful friends, and there is a dangerous, deceitful, deadly foe on the prowl. This presentation will explore the intersection of Christian faith and the sport of pig hunting. It will consider theological issues around killing for sport, the ethics of killing, and hunting as a gift from God. It will examine the unique pastoral opportunities offered by this pursuit. It will consider the environmental implications for believers, and whether we can see hunting as a parable not just told but lived and experienced. This paper will draw on personal experiences over many years, reflections from a variety of hunters, reflections from my mother-in-law, and Biblical reflections on the abundant life that Jesus promised. My argument will be that while hunting is not for everyone, a life of challenge and adventure, the joys of success and the pain of failure, the welcoming of things which build courage and trust into our lives, are all part of God’s good purposes for each of us, and these things can be found and celebrated in our leisure time activities and sporting endeavours.
On a cold Sunday Evening more than 80 people gathered to enjoy a great shared meal. We were celebrating Emmanuel – God with Us – Always! The food, the fellowship, it was the church getting together to build relationship. From the youngest to the oldest it was a great evening.
Coming up this Sunday Evening we will be gathering together to celebrate “Emmanuel – Jesus with us – All the Time!!” Be prepared for an evening of great fellowship, fun and food! There will be something for everyone and it’s a great opportunity to gather together and get to know each other better.