'being community, bringing life'
Our church life is centred around some simple principles...family, food & faith...simply wanting to be an authentic community of believers that serve each other, bringing life to those around us.
It is a casual environment where relationship comes first and traditional ways of 'doing' church wrap-around in an organic sense of community faith living. So, we start with a meal...if you haven't been before, just turn up, we are under way at 5.15pm. As dinner winds down we ease into a teaching, maybe a time of prayer, or some worship. We sit in groups around our tables, discussing, supporting, praying and growing together.
Church | noun. A space of commonality that invites people into belonging, coming together in unity to be the type of faith community that Jesus commissioned us to be.
Space is about collaborative learning experiences, shared vocabulary, somewhere that we can find solidarity with the non-church world, and finding places of peace and communion in those spaces.
While our journeys of faith-life begins with "self" in relationship with God, our faith is ultimately expressed in "common-unity" and purpose of other in the Spirit
We have felt God calling the church back to authentic relationship and expressions of worship that inspires outward faith. So, following lockdown we began meeting as an evening gathering based around family, food and faith.
This has seen us develop our vision to be the community that God desires us to be...through us 'being community, bringing life'. This is what it means to live life fully in the beauty of communion with each other in Him.
'love God with all of you,
love others just as much'
This is our mission statement, or the way our vision of 'being community, bringing life' is lived out.
It is us as God's light and life to each other, and to those around us, in and through our everyday lives, together we create God's kingdom.
The dinner table is where we relax, are our most authentic...this is a space to get to know each other in organic community
Jesus said, 'the Kingdom of God is within.' This is about His Lordship, us responding to injustices within our communities, bringing justice, peace, wholeness, reconciliation. Us always being ready to share of the hope within.
'But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream' Amos 5:24
Jesus prayed the church would be an expression of community as He experienced with His Father. We are called to love God with all of us, with everything we have, us as whānau together in authentic, self-less relationship.
'Be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, compassionate and humble' 1 Peter 3:8
Likewise, we are called to love those around us as much as ourselves. As we grow in authentic community, we serve each other and allow this life to overflow into our communities, areas of influence and beyond.
'[We] are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season' Psalm 1:3