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The Rubbish Challenge: 10 Steps to Less Waste in 10 Months

Written by Silvia Purdie

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Greetings in Christ to the churches in Christchurch.

I have a wero, a challenge for you. I would like to invite your church to consider your waste, both in homes and as a church. I have written you a resource called ‘The Rubbish Challenge: 10 Steps to Less Waste in 10 Months’, which is available as an insert into your e-newsletter. If you would like to receive this over the next 10 months please email me:

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Silvia Purdie

A Rocha Christchurch

027 242 1113

The Rubbish Challenge

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Kawatiri Karakia Korero Kai Koha (K5) Retreat Centre

Written by Margaret & Stephen Young

K5 is located at 5 River Road, Hector 7822, 30 minutes north of Westport, and close to beach, river and bush. Can pick up from Westport if needed.

Accommodation is in Guest room with own en suite and fridge. The Sanctuary Chapel is available in grounds for your use. Available for 1/2 day to 5 day retreats. Directed or Self-directed. Customised to your requirements. If you prefer to self cater , there is the option of using the flat adjacent to St Peters Community Church, Granity.

Margaret and Stephen have been Prison Chaplains for many years and are keen to provide retreats for folk , regardless of their financial position, so everything is on a Koha basis.

Between us we have qualifications and experience in Chaplaincy, Spiritual Direction, Counselling, Clinical Supervision, Addictions, Rehabilitation and Cross -Cultural Ministry.

Please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and booking availability. Check our fb group and page -Kawatiri Karakia Korero Kai Koha

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Hope Funerals Christchurch

Written by Hope Presbyterian

Hope Presbyterian Church has moved into the funeral business though an initiative of its Business Life Trust. The goal is to serve the community with caring affordable funerals with any profit going back to the community. 

As of October this year Hope Funerals Christchurch has been launched and has also completed the sale and purchase of Heritage Funeral Services, whose resources and staff expertise will be an integral part of the business plan going forward. In the first two months of operations eight families have been assisted through the funeral process, including two WINZ assisted funerals, one direct cremation, four church based funeral services and one funeral and burial service. 

We would welcome the opportunity to work with the wider community and in particular other congregations who share the desire to support a good value Christian based social enterprise funeral service. 

Enquires about pre-planning, pre-paying or for more information, contact Peter Hunter 03 322 7770 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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New Book : Relentless Kindness by Paul Eden

Written by Paul Eden

A new book, locally written, is now available as a resource for burnout. It arises out of personal experience of ministry burnout, but is intended to be inspiring and helpful to a wider readership.

Cover RelentlessKindness version1Why are people reluctant to speak of their burnout experience, especially when they hold positions that are in the public eye, such as in Christian ministry? How can the crippling power of shame, guilt and failure be overcome to speak without criticism, and with vulnerability and hope?

Paul has tackled these questions and produced writing intended to enable individual and corporate healing; while pointing to a future which embraces and experiences God’s relentless kindness.


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We Will Prevail - David and Dale Garratt // Song for Ōtautahi Christchurch

Written by Influence

Written by Dale Garratt of Scripture In Song for the people of Ōtautahi (Christchurch), it's our prayer that people would find courage, hope and strength in these lyrics and melody.

Also available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and anywhere else you stream music.


Our God we come to you
and find our shelter
in the shadow of your wings
Restore us as we wait
and heal our suffering
as you renew in us
our hope again

The valleys of despair will gently rise up
the hills around won’t echo pain
Our land awaits for you
Wairua tapu tau mai ra

And by your grace we will prevail
though wounded yet we bring to you
our offering
For your great love will never fail
because in God we trust
we know our hearts can sing

Yes by your grace we will prevail
we will take courage from our God for Ōtautahi
Yes by your grace we will prevail
we will take courage from our God
we will take courage from our God
we will take courage from our God
for Ōtautahi

Words and Music by Dale Garratt ©2019 New Sound Publishing.

Manna Christian Store Christchurch is Relocating!

Written by Influence

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Manna Christchurch have some news to share with you.


Final day at the Hornby store location is

Friday, 23rd October 2020 until 3pm.


130 Riccarton Road, Riccarton,
Christchurch 8041
(Opposite the "Westfield Riccarton Mall").

RE-OPENING at the new location on

We are celebrating the re-opening at our new location with a Sale.*20% off Everything Storewide at the Manna Christchurch Store.
Sale is from 27th -31st October 2020.Visit the new store for all of your Bible, Book and Gift resources.
The team look forward to seeing you soon!

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Faith film releasing in New Zealand cinemas nationwide : Fatima

Written by Influence

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FATIMA is a powerful and uplifting drama based on historical events, where a 10-year-old shepherd and her two younger cousins in Fátima, Portugal, report visions of the Virgin Mary. Inspiring thousands of believers and angering officials of both the Catholic Church and the secularist government, who try to force them to recant their story.

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Nexus Community

Written by Chris Ponniah

Nexus Community is a gathering of people from different ethnic groups and cultures with a view of better serving the ethnic groups in Christchurch and to help them encounter God. Our mission is to be “a multi-ethnic community knitted together as life-long disciples of Jesus”. The word "nexus” means a connection, or series of connections, linking 2 or more things. It can also mean a central or focal point. The aim of this community is two-fold - to provide a relational connection that brings people of different ethnic groups together and to provide a spiritual connection with people of different ethnicities to Christ who is the central or focal point of this community. 

Nexus Community meets every Saturday at 4pm for worship, study of God’s Word, prayer and fellowship.

Come join us and bring a friend.

For more information contact Chris Ponniah (021 528821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Praying as One for New Zealand

Written by Influence

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Praying as One for New Zealand

These are unprecedented times for Aotearoa, and indeed for the world. More than ever we need Christian believers to unite in prayer!

New Zealand Christian Network is delighted to announce that it has been able to work with a number of groups (NZCN, Move NZ, Rhema Broadcasting, Intercessors for NZ, Missions Interlink, and the World Evangelical Alliance) to pull together Pray As One NZ, a 9-day initiative intended to unite Christians all over NZ in prayer and fasting for our nation. We are inviting leaders from all over NZ to join us in leading this initiative.

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