This year the calendar throws up a little oddity. Christmas is on a Sunday. So we get to gather in our regular rhythm. So to help with the consistency our service will begin at:
We are back!
The Combined Churches of Kaiapoi are excited to once again host Carols in the Park. As always it is at Trousselot Park, Charles Street Kaiapoi. Bring a Picnic Tea and your singing voice.
Sunday December 18th 5pm
Riverside Community Church, 45 Charles St, Kaiapoi
This event is a great chance to remember the true meaning of Christmas and take a moment to pause amidst the hustle and bustle of the Advent season.
Song booklets will be handed out on the night, or you can simply download a digital version here.
We are currently in an exciting season where we are seeking Gods direction for our physical redevelopment. We have spent two months studying the book of Ezra and we are calling the church to a time of prayer and fasting. This is an important part of our discernment process.Continue reading Prayer and Fasting
The Friday of Easter is always a solemn day, a time for reflection, even though we know Sunday is coming. This year we created spaces for people to engage with the events of Christs betrayal, arrest, crucifixion and burial. Each space focused on parts of the Holy Week narrative.Continue reading Good Friday Reflective Walkthrough
As a nation we have a unique heritage. We are a nation that sees its modern beginnings in an agreement, a treaty that ushered in a brave and new partnership never before contemplated by a colonising nation. Te Tiriti O Waitangi and its principles give New Zealand a unique foundation as a nation.Continue reading Waitangi Day
On Sunday we started a new a sermon series: ‘The Elephant in the Room’. We will be looking at what it means to live out our faith in the current Covid19 situation. For two years we have experienced disruption in every area of our lives due to Covid19. Coronavirus and its impact on our lives including our faith has been the elephant in the room for some time, so let’s look at the elephant in the room.
Over summer we will be looking at the Colossians. It is short at only four chapters but packs a punch. This series will give us an insight into this power epistle (letter) from Paul to the believers at Colossae.Continue reading Our Summer Series
One of the best days of the year to come to church!
This year we are having TWO Christmas Day Services. Our numbers will be limited to 50 attendees, and we ask that you register using the links below.
We would love to see you and our Services are open to everybody.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” Isaiah 9:6
Dear Church Whanau,
The Elders were encouraged by our Church meeting last week and the sense of unity and consensus that came through in the small group discussion. They have decided to move forward in the following way:
As a church we have decided to treat everyone as unvaccinated.Continue reading Gatherings Under the Traffic Light System
As we prepare to gather and discern how we will function under the Traffic Light System (TLS) I encourage you to use the resource below.
As a church in Kaiapoi we have faithfully lived out the gospel in our corner of the world since 1899. Throughout that time the church has faced many challenges. Over the last 18 months we have experienced a roller coaster of challenges in how we could function as a church. Each time we have met those challenges by keeping our focus on God and having the reassurance of our faith in Jesus Christ.
As we enter a new phase of church life and expression of faith under the Governments proposed ‘Traffic Light System’ it is important that we continue to focus on Jesus. This resource is designed to help us as a community of faith to discern what it means to be the church. We are encouraging a 40 hour focus on prayer from Friday evening.