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Hope Funerals Christchurch

Posted 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 a significant portion of 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

Posted 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

Posted 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!

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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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Burden - faith-based film releases in NZ June/July

Posted by Influence

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Burden, starring Andrea Riseborough, Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Tess Harper and Usher Raymond.

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Garrett Hedlund star in a powerful and timely true-story of faith and love overcoming hate.

Set in a small South Carolina town scarred from deep-rooted racism in the mid-nineties, an unlikely friendship forms when an African American Reverend (Whitaker) shelters Mike Burden (Hedlund) a KKK member, along with his girlfriend Judy, a single mother played by Andrea Riseborough. Through his faith and love, Reverend Kennedy helps Mike leave his violent past in the Klan ultimately helping to heal the community.

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Welcome to Inspire Life Coaching

Posted by Jackie Gudsell

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HI I’m Jackie Gudsell, founder of Inspire Life Coaching. Like many women, I wear a number of hats. Wife, Mother, Young Grandmother, Business Woman, and Artist. Having walked a journey of faith for over thirty years, and been involved in different ministries, I understand the cost that those in Ministry face on a daily basis.

Alongside my husband Craig, an Insurance broker to the Churches, we have worked within Christendom, nationwide, for the past 25 + years. As a mentor to many over the years, it was a natural progression for me to complete a CPC course (Certificate in Pastoral counselling) with Richard Black, Supervision qualifications, and Life Coach training.

Enough about me, what about you, What is it you’d like to say if given the opportunity, knowing that someone would hear the story you need and want to tell, someone safe, who is not part of your faith community. What difference would that make?

My passion is to inspire and support women in Ministry related roles, including those married to, or partnering with those in Ministry, providing encouragement, and strategies to assist them in their role.

My heart is that each woman would find freedom and success.

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