(Well, what did you expect from a church?)
We are old people and young, artists, people with disabilities, lawyers and plumbers, activists and accountants who have been captured by, and caught up in God’s Dream for the world and God’s purpose for our lives, that we see revealed in this Jesus.
Maybe we are a church for those who don’t like ‘church’. A church for those who don’t want to play religious games or be entertained but on a good day, desire to live the love that God has shown us.
WEEKLY UPDATE – April 17
To all members and visitors of the Westcity community. Here’s an overview of what’s happening at Westcity over the next few weeks…
Weekend Services & Sunday Podcasts
From April 11, we begin our theme “The New Way: Sermon on the Mount 2021″. You can scroll down this homepage for an outline of what we will be covering in our Sunday sermons or to listen to any of our Sunday podcasts.
You can also listen on: Westcity Church Podcasts on Apple Podcasts
‘Deep Calls to Deep’ – New App, to start Sunday April 4
Phil has invited everyone to join in on using this new App, over the coming weeks. Deep Calls to Deep is a 46-day journey into the mystery of the cross that begins in Holy Week and ends on Ascension Day (but it is suitable for any time of the year). Readings, quotes and reflections for every day make this a feast of theological reflection and fuel for prayer, especially for those who already find themselves in stormy seas. You can download it here:
Deep calls to Deep – Easter on the App Store (apple.com)
Westcity Community Lunch – May 2, after the Sunday service. Bring along a plate of food to share (savoury or sweet). We will also have some food provided, so there will be plenty for everyone, including those who come on the day unplanned. Everyone is so welcome!
Community Life at Westcity
The word ‘life’ in our community life title is an acronym for Love, Inclusion, Faith, Everyone.
We love gathering on a Sunday, but we see our discipleship journey together as something so much more. It’s also the spaces in between each Sunday where we get to live out our faith in Jesus with one another.
Whether we are meeting for a coffee, studying the bible together in a home church, sharing meals, praying in the morning on zoom or the myriad of other gatherings that take place throughout the week, we see this as being a part of living out our vision of loving God, loving people and following Jesus.
If you’d like more information and invitations on how you can get more engaged and connected in Community Life at Westcity, or to join a Home Church or even find out more about hosting or leading one then don’t hesitate to contact us via the website. You can also check out our website for an update on the leaders, locations and times of our current Home Churches.
Westcity Pneuma Retreat – Save the Date: June 11 & 12, 2021
Making space to encounter the Spirit
Pneuma spirit, wind
John 8:3 (EXP)
The wind, the spirit, blows where it wants to and you hear the sound of it but you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it is going. It is the same with every person who is born of the Spirit. We cannot comprehend or control the Spirit, but we experience his effect.
Luke 24:49 REB
‘I am sending on you the gift promised by my Father; wait here in this city until you are armed with power from above.’
As we look to be church in the different world emerging from Covid-19, we want to be journeying together in the Spirit’s enabling presence and power. As the first Christians walked into their “different world”, they didn’t do it in their own strength. In fact, Jesus told them to wait until the Spirit filled them with the strength and power they would need for their various tasks. And we best follow their lead!
The Bible says a lot about that kind of waiting expectantly for God so we want to set aside a time and a space to be filled again by His Spirit. We think that He will meet us in that space in surprising and wonderful ways, and that we will feel more deeply connected to Him, our faith and wider communities when He does.
So, set aside the Friday night and Saturday if at all possible (11 – 12 June). Details on registering and pricing will be coming soon.
Love and blessings,
Phil and the Westcity Team