(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 – September 28
To all members and visitors of the Westcity community
A few updates to keep you in the loop on what is happening at Westcity……
We are meeting together at our Nanson Street building at 9:55am (5 minutes earlier for extended worship) for church services. There is plenty of room and we would love you to register and reconnect with others over the coming weeks. Please go to the links below or The Hub to register your group. We would love to see you there!
Westcity Pneuma Retreat – Friday 30 – Saturday 31 October
Making space to encounter the Spirit
Registrations and more details here.
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.
Common Purse – Applications are now open for funding for Global Projects
Our Westcity Common Purse committee are currently asking for funding submissions for global projects for 2021/2022.
We are looking to partner with people who have a direct relationship with Westcity and are working on small, grassroots type projects that our church community can support.
Submissions are required by 15 January 2021.
For more information on our Common Purse and the selection criteria for funding for global projects please visit our Giving page.
We hope you are enjoying “Take Out” – A 3 min video describing the big idea of the Sunday message and a practical application. Our newest weekly resource aimed at giving you additional ways of go deeper in your spiritual thinking and daily walk with God. Posted on our ‘Westcity Church Community’ Facebook group, each week.
Acts: Being Church in a Different World
Over the next three months, we are journeying with the early apostles up until Paul arrives in Corinth in Acts 18, and having a “stopover” so-to-speak in Philippi and Corinth as Paul reflects back on key aspects of living the way of Jesus in these earliest of church communities. We will be looking for missional moments, situations and “ways of being” that we can emulate in our own small, and maybe not so small ways.
Peace and blessings,
Phil and the Westcity Team