Thursday, April 7, 2011

Friday Shootout: Church

Mt Albert Baptist Church. This is my church family. Church is not just building. Church is the people who worship there. Church has no boundaries. We just had a group of 16 students from Sydney Missionary and Bible College across the ocean in Australia.

They served alongside us and injecting some fresh energy into a whole range of areas. They spent their week, among other things, visiting LifeGroups, teaching in various ministries and preaching. It was exciting to see Darran and Kathyrn use their multi media to teach our ESOL class.

Church is the families who opened their homes and host our visitors.

I was privileged to cook a simple Chicken Fried rice and Beef curry for their lunch yesterday. Yes, that is my meaning of church, using my hands. I made a lot of friends while sharing lunch with them.

This is what people traditionally call a church, a church building.

Maclaurin Chapel on the campus of the university of Auckland. it serves the needs of the students. I used to meet there and during our capping aka graduation, there was a service for the graduands and their families. There were weddings and funerals too.

Church is opening her premises to teach English to Speakers of Other languages. This means we have other ethnic groups and religions, including Muslims and Hindus.

Church is remembering those who fought and died for us, Lest we forget, a service on ANZAC day.

The core of the Christian faith, the ressurection of Christ. Last year, our Pastor Arthur Warner gave a little talk to our ESOL students.

Member Voice for April 15th ~ Temples, Churches, Synagogues, House of Prayer ~
The theme for April 15th is Temples, Churches, Synagogues, House of Prayer. Places of worship are in every town or city. No matter what or whom you believe in, at one time or another we all have prayed, or talked things over with our higher power.

In the broadest sense, to pray is to make a request in a humble manner. The term to pray is now often used to refer to religious prayers: to commune with a spirit or deity that you believe in. While the rituals and conventions of prayer may vary widely, the intention is the same--to renew one's spiritual connection with a power outside themselves.

You will find that you can pray anytime, anywhere, anyhow. It may help to be in a place where the focus is on spirituality (such as a church or temple) or where the environment reminds you of your spiritual bond (like a natural setting, or a spot with a big view). You can choose to pray in the presence of others, or you can pray privately.

Show your places of worship from your town.

Church is also being involved in the community like organising Christmas in the park,


I will follow up this post with photos of the students. I forgot my camera and will have to wait for them to send them to me.


Bagman and Butler said...

You win the prize for the earliest entry for next week's shoot. I also really like you point that church is really the people more than the building.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Wow, you really got a jump start on this theme. Great post. My favortie photo is the one of the people inside the church.

Kerry said...

You're all set for next week Ann! Chicken fried rice sounds awesome, how nice of you to do that service.

Jama said...

You don't have to post for next week! lol

Karin said...

Lovely photo from your church!! So wonderful to have a church family!