The parish newsletter will be updated each month in print form, and available at service each Sunday. We always contact church members with extra important information.
The year is well underway now at IBPC. All our groups are up and running and new steps of faith are pending over March. The beginning of the year also brings Lent, a traditional time for fasting and reflection in preparation for celebrating Easter. Is there something cluttering your life? Something you could try to do without for a time? Lent is a season where we can seek to make space from these things, or a season to add in extra elements of prayer or Bible reading.
For those who are free, the BBC (Bible, Bikkies & Coffee) group will be starting a Lent study on Feb 27th, 10am in the lounge.
As you will have noticed, the first shipment of our new chairs have arrived, with the rest due to arrive in April (barring any delays due to the Corona virus). New energy-efficient heating is also coming.
If anyone would like to cover the cost of a chair or two, see Craig.
The dance school is going well with large numbers of children and their parents coming into our church.
Mar 1st Children’s Day in Berhampore – UV team leads local event
Mar 1st, 8th, and 15th we will collect for the DCM Foodbank.
Mar 8th Berhampore Church plant Church@Chilka
Mar 13-14th is the first Presbytery Gathering for 2020, in Palmerston North. A time of workshops and speakers. See Nathan if you are interested.
Mar 15th marks the first anniversary of the horrific Christchurch mosques shooting. That Sunday morning we will have a guest preacher from the USA speaking about forgiveness and violence. There will be a time to light candles and remember. Feel free to invite friends.
Mar 15th Also in the afternoon from 1pm through to 5pm – the Labyrinth is offered for prayer and reflection one year on from the tragedy at the Christchurch mosques. Light a candle, share with community. Refreshments are available.
Mar 15-20th Padraig O’Tuama is visiting Wellington from Northern Ireland. He is a poet and Christian peace activist and his writings have been used in services at IBPC. Details of events will be emailed closer to the time.
• Mar 21-22: Our under-12 year old members of Sunday Club, GB, BB, and ICONZ will be doing a tramp starting from the Holdsworth Lodge in the Wairarapa.
Mar 27-29th Passionfest 2020
Apr 3-5th Church camp 2020. We will be at Kaitoke YMCA again. Our speaker will be Tama Bucknell from Epic Youth Ministries Waipukurau, a youth outreach associated with the local Presbyterian church, and which has been operating for several decades in their community. Flyers are out! Bring board games, books, kayaks and outdoor gear. Please register by March 15th.
Apr 10th Good Friday Reflective Walk. This is family and dog friendly, leaving at 2pm from IBPC and returning for hot cross buns at 3pm.