We enjoyed a great day with Bishop Peter, who presided and preached and confirmed four of our members. Even being school holidays we had a great combined Sunday service and extended our communion into our shared lunch after. The high spirits of everyone was palpable and joyous and great encouragement for all. The pot luck way of doing lunch was fantastic and many, many people celebrated the variety of different foods from around the world! Afterwards +Peter shared half of the people he had never met and how encouraging it is to see. He’s not been here in a while and notices the changes and growth we become accustomed to.
The for confirmed were a great example for all of our people! Sarah, our children’s pastor; Josiah, our youth pastor; Jay, intermediate & youth ministry team; and Victoria, prayer and several other roles no one ever sees, were all confirmed together.
Immediately afterwards, Michael was approached by more than one (people from both services) regarding baptisms… Our next baptisms will be 1 November (both services) when we also mark our remembrance of those who’ve gone on to glory, face to face with Christ. It is fitting to mark their going ahead of us and to celebrate the joy of the angels in heaven for new life and those who now call Christ Lord.