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31 May 2008

New web address

I've just registered our new URL.


William will be helping to develop this. If you want to be involved please let us know.


21 May 2008

Camp - Alongsiders

We're planning NOT to have a church camp in 2009!

We have decided to have a break next year and instead run the Alongsiders seminars with Mick and Ruby Duncan. We've had a lot of positive feedback from Mick's talks at camp so thought it worthwhile continuing down this path.

The seminars will probably involve a Saturday (10 am to 3 pm approx.) and possibly the Sunday morning. Mick has pencilled in for the same weekend as we had camp this year, i.e. 7 & 8 March. Because of his busy schedule we needed to book a year ahead.

Please give us your thoughts, comments, suggestions, etc.!

The Elders

Earlier Steve emailed this note to the church:

Mick Duncan's web site is http://www.michaelduncan.org/pages/profiles/micks_profile and his profile says a bit about his personal stories ... stories that he spent some time weaving into his three talks at our church camp in March. [A great camp it was too!]

His site has lots to say about Mick & Ruby's Alongsiders workshops. This 'alongside' action / mindset was emphasised by Mick in our sessions. There's much more on the site that is definitely worth scanning through - especially good if you have Broadband to use the rich multimedia options.

Fistula Hospital

Human Rights Film Festival - Regent Theatre

May 22 at 6.45pm and
May 24 at 1.30pm

Showing the film "Walk to Beautiful" about the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

Dr Hamlin was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize in 1999.

Mission Committee

14 May 2008


Little kids and cars don't mix - keep your speed to less than 5 km/h if you drive into the school grounds. Parking in the school grounds is for those transporting gear, young families, and anyone who for mobility reasons needs to be near the hall. All fit and healthy persons - park on the street followed by a brisk, invigorating, health enhancing, environmentally friendly, socially acceptable, politically responsible, economically undemanding, emotional satisfying, theologically holistic walk.

09 May 2008


SMALL GROUPS are a great way of building friendships, encouraging each other in the messy business of life & faith - and having a lot of fun! They can be Westchurch-based or made of a handful of friends or people with a common interest sport or hobby. If you're interested in belonging to a small group (no matter how small or odd-shaped), have space in yours for someone else, or would consider starting a new group - don't sit on the idea for too long! Take a first step - talk to someone about it. And the pastoral team (Kathy, Brian, Trudi & Blair) can help put you in touch with resources and others you could team up with.

07 May 2008

Born to be Free

In January and February our church was involved in a project supported by World Vision. It was called Cycling with the Poor.

We raised the profile and some money towards the Born to be Free program. This World Vision program works really well to redeem children from slavery and break the familiar cycles that ensnare them.

A few of us had the pleasure to hit the MTB trail in this audacious adventure and break our own much weaker cycles. Simon has some scares to prove it.

You can read the well written blog and see more great pics of our adventures on cyclingwiththepoor.co.nz .

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05 May 2008

Naming people

Using people's names online.

For the sake of some privacy and security, I suggest that, as a rule, contributors use only first names in this blog and on other material made public on our our site, e.g. the Calendar. If ambiguity might be a problem then an initial for the surname could be used.

Do not put names on any photos.

Steve R

04 May 2008

Bad Blog?

If there is anything on this Blog, Calendar or Westchurch site that you think should be removed or modified ...

Call me on 322 5678 immediately or/and
email me the details via our email address: WstChch@gmail.com.

I'll attend to the matter ASAP.

Steve R

03 May 2008

Blogging Begins

This blog site is open for anybody from Westchurch to write whatever they would like to write. It is expected that this will be good stuff and helpful for the church and other readers.

You will appreciate that this will lead to material and thoughts that may not receive consensus agreement for all Westchurch people. If you do comment and enter into debate publicly with the blogger then please be reasonable and polite.

Remember that this is in the public domain. You must be careful not to cause trouble with regard to personal safety, privacy, confidences, copyright and other social responsibilities.

I have modified the Westchurch web site (a draft site looking for someone to help give it a face lift and take responsibility for it) to include this Blog, a Calendar and an Email address - all thanks to good old Google. See http://met.net.nz/wc.

Steve R