Island Bay Presbyterian has identified five ‘heart’ areas to our life together as a faithful Christian community (2018).
From time to time we offer study opportunities to explore these, like “Connections”, four sessions exploring our spiritual gifts and our place in this church; weekly home groups, and orientations – lunch gatherings to learn more about who we are and what we do as a congregation.
These Five Current Priorities are:
Sunday Worship. Sunday services are the rock that binds us together as a faith family, where we worship God, learn about God’s will for our lives, and encourage one another. We try to include all ages, abilities and learning styles in our services.
Fellowship. Acts 2:42: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” With this in mind, just seeing one another once a week isn’t enough to support each other on the journey of faith. We try not to take up people’s whole lives, but do seek to create other spaces to have fun and go deeper with each other.
Evangelism. God is good and we seek to bear witness to what God has done by being salt and light in the world. Rather than going out, historically, Presbyterian churches have just expected people to come to them, so this is something we need to re-learn in appropriate ways for our new culture.
Discipleship: We are called to be conformed more into the likeness of Christ, and so at IBPC we seek to provide opportunities to challenge and support people to grow by word and deed.
Social Justice: God is at work reconciling the world and breaking the chains of injustice. Even if it causes us discomfort, we are called to be part of this aspect of the Good News.
IBPC is a ‘kids friendly’ certified church. We take seriously the place and spiritual development of our young people. Children are involved in Sunday services before going out to age-appropriate programmes. For info on our Sunday morning programmes, junior youth group and play group.
Christenings & Blessings. Are you considering having your child christened? Here are some some thoughts on the different forms of naming ceremony and how you can do this.
Sermons are the weekly talks by our minister, on a religious topic. They are emailed each week after the service; if you’d like to be on the mailing list contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Find a selection of sermons here.
We have books available to borrow. Both our minsters have good libraries of engaging Christian books that can also be borrowed. Contact Nathan or Bruce to talk about what might interest you.
Do you desire prayer? Your prayer need may be confidentially shared to our prayer team. Or if you would you like to be prayed for in person there are opportunities to receive prayer after the service and during communion services.
What else is happening? Please click on “News” from the above menu to read our weekly Sunday News.