Monthly Update

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NewS Highlight

Message from Rev Stephen van Shalkwyk

The second school term is in full swing and we enjoyed special Easter services because of our wonderful musicians, singers, prayers, readers, and people gifted with hospitality and care.

Soon we will be celebrating Pentecost and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit.

It is God’s Spirit which enthuses followers of Jesus to make a difference in the world around us, and we do that in love, joy, peace and hope.  It’s through God’s Spirit that we develop our abilities into gifts, and the Spirit binds us together into effective teams for ministry.

I am extremely grateful for the teams which make Bay Life tick, and I’m just as grateful that the focus is always on Christ.  With good teams who are aligned through a shared understanding of what we are called to do, we can make a difference in our beautiful city, helping others, and, in the process, keeping spiritually healthy.

Just like any good family, we are careful to work to our strengths and make room for new-comers to join in.  I know that the musicians and singers are always open to having people join in, we are keen to find a volunteer or two to run the sound desk.  If any of these interest you, please chat to John Allen-Williams, myself or any of the Church Council members.  Orientation and training is available, and there’s a roster so that people don’t have to be concerned about being too locked in.

Our outreach has always been very strong and both the Cafe and the Op Shop are an enormous blessing.  Both Erica and Linda are always keen for volunteers.  In particular the Op Shop is keen to train up several till operators - please speak to Linda or Yvonne if you might be able to help out there?

As this second term kicks off, and as we celebrate the gift and the power of God’s Holy Spirit at work in and through us, I pray that “the joy of the Lord will be your strength”  (Nehemiah 8:10).

God bless, Stephen


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