Stories

  • 31 August 2009

    Vision Baptist in Glen Innes operates seven days a week out of a former import emporium in the shopping centre. On Sunday evenings they hold a service there, but the other six days the doors are open to whoever wants to wander in for a coffee, a chat, to read a book, whatever. Yep, not your average church. more»
    Gulf War and Glue-Sniffing
  • 20 August 2009

    "What started as a 'working bee' project has become a regular monthly thing. The needs are great, and we enjoy the fellowship and the sense that we are making a real difference. We ask all our people to set aside one Saturday morning a year. If we all do that, we have enough manpower to get things done." more»
    Jesus loves old people too!
  • 7 August 2009

    Worn out paintbrushes and paint running off walls - sounds like a DIY nightmare, doesn't it? However, looking back on the challenges and hard slog involved in painting a local kindergarten, Waikanae Baptist Church reckons their very practical method of 'worship' was worth it. Pastor Nigel Scott explains why. more»
    A different kind of worship
  • 6 August 2009

    Picking up rubbish, baking food you'll never eat yourself, and doing odd jobs for others is not everybody's idea of a good time. However, for members of Plains Vineyard Church in Rangiora, a whole month spent deliberately blessing others turned out to be, well, fun. more»
    30 days of Kindness
  • 4 August 2009

    This decile three school in Rotorua has a heart to empower its pupils to become successful learners. However some of the children come from homes where life is tough, and this has spilled over into behavioural problems at the school. Gradually, though, these children are getting back on track, thanks to the love and support of a local Christian trust. more»
    Back on Track
  • 4 August 2009

    Move 'n' Groove is a music and movement programme for adults with intellectual disabilities. It was started about eight years ago by Caroline Borger. ?Ǩ?It's like a blessing over their life. For some it may be the only time they have a blessing spoken over their lives. People with special needs are often tolerated but not loved." more»
    Moving, Grooving and Loving
  • 4 August 2009

    Most families Cherry Robertson visits each week in her role as a community worker have long-term debt problems. For some, their money woes are complicated or caused by additional issues such as addiction or serious mental health issues. They are people for whom optimism has almost eroded away. more»
    Meals with Meaning
  • 30 July 2009

    When a South Auckland church realised most of the visitors to its youth rallies were Christians from other churches, it grieved. It realised to reach 'the lost' it would have to invest time and resources in more secular and 'marketplace' events. That's when the idea for STOMP was born. more»
    STOMP 4 Souls
  • 24 July 2009

    It sounds like something that might have happened in Auckland. Instead this is Te Aroha, and making it all happen every year is a small church called Mountain View Church. more»
    Easter Sunday turned Easter Funday
  • 17 July 2009

    While Browns Bay shoppers browse for bargains at their popular Sunday market, just metres away people are praying earnestly. Seven days a week, pray-ers gather at the Centre in four-hour shifts of two people at a time. They are there to offer a listening ear and intercession for anyone who walks in off the busy main street seeking help. more»
    Prayer in the Centre
  • 17 July 2009

    Darfield Baptist Church decided it would reach out by organising a multicultural concert and meal at the school hall. It invited other local churches to be involved, and initially promoted the event to staff and students at the school, but then decided to advertise it in the local paper too. That's when the fun began. more»
    Making Friends
  • 9 July 2009

    "The day was a fantastic opportunity for the community" said Onepoto Primary School principal, Allan Hoskins. "To mix together on a social occasion and have great fun with the games and activities. It was also very appreciated by the community to receive clothing and bedding for the winter, it was a wonderful community day for our community." more»
    City Impact Church's Community Project Day
  • 30 April 2009

    "We want to build a culture of service in this community, where we all start looking out for each other. Jesus explained that the ones who give are the ones who are most blessed. It's important that the church lead the way in changing that dynamic so that this community can start flourishing." more»
    It's a Servolution!
  • 22 April 2009

    "What I love about Xplozion is that you get to notice people. You can have these little conversations with people and they often tell you some pretty intense stuff. Because you are there every week you get to find out what is going on for them." more»
    Get on the bus for a fun Xplozion!
  • 26 March 2009

    It's Friday night in Christchurch. A white van pulls up in front of a prostitute on Manchester Street. Instead of an offer to exchange money for sex, however, a cheerful voice calls out, 'Hi there ?Ǩ would you like a hot drink or something to eat?' more»
    Reaching out to those on the streets
  • 25 March 2009

    Great weather and a record turn-out marked City Impact Church's first Community Project Day of 2009 on March 7. more»
    Going the Extra Mile
  • 23 February 2009

    How many church-based school holiday programmes launch children on successful dance and stage careers? This has been part of the remarkable legacy of 'Ideas Explosion', a holiday programme that challenges many of our preconceptions about ministry to children. more»
    Ideas Explosion - A powerful holiday programme with a difference
  • 18 February 2009

    The school's wish list included a vegetable garden and a sandpit for the little ones. Enosa and Jonathan also discussed the possibility of clearing out of a huge area of weeds, major planting of shrubs and trees to smarten up the far end of the school and of brightening up the wall by the swimming pool with a mural. more»
    Church shuts down Sunday service to serve local school
  • 18 February 2009

    Sausages, saws, spades, heart-shaped shortbread, pool competitions and 'exit mould' aren't the first thoughts of most people when they think 'church', yet on Sunday 23rd November, 2008 that's exactly what church was about as St Chad's in Meadowbank, Auckland threw open its doors and sought to serve the neighbourhood in their first 'Love Your Neighbour' Sunday. more»
    'Community' projects in a place with little community
  • 18 February 2009

    The staff and clients next door are thrilled with the whole enterprise: it has brought real joy and hope. The church people have got to know their neighbours better, and have come to appreciate and admire the work that is being done there. It has been so satisfying to see the money used in this way, and there have been some remarkable spin-offs as well. more»
    What's cooking in Titahi Bay
  • 5 November 2008

    "We are discovering the great adventure of Mission. It's not just about sending money overseas (although we continue to do that). Its about getting out of the pew and into the street, and it's so much more dynamic and powerful when we go as teams." more»
    Riverside Christian Church shares lessons learned in community outreach
  • 23 October 2008

    "The Lounge provides the opportunity for that one-on-one time which can't happen on our programme nights," explains Bob. "Our church building is 5 minutes out of town, so the lounge is the place the kids will come during the week for help or friendship. Just being safe and feeling loved is the help that some of these kids need." more»
    Making Kenxtionz with the youth of Taumarunui
  • 19 September 2008

    The church was surrounded by lawyers, the police station and the courthouse opposite. While they represented the 'law', the church represented 'grace', hence the birth of this ministry. more»
    Church opens doors to defendants needing a break
  • 4 September 2008

    Keith points out that there is a real need for low cost housing in Taupo. Most employment opportunities in Taupo centre on the tourism industry, with low average wages on offer to service workers. But the cost of housing in Taupo is very high, making it unaffordable to many. "We think God cares about it, so we thought we could help do something about it." more»
    Building Church while Building Homes
  • 2 September 2008

    After nearly 5 months of planning and organizing, Rev. Mark Beale, vicar of St. Elizabeth’s Anglican Church in Clendon and co-organiser and world record breaking enthusiast Alastair Galpin more»
    The Legend of the Manukau Big Soup
  • 1 September 2008

    The name they came up with for the campaign was "KISS'd". The word is a well-known acronym for 'Keep It Simple Stupid', but the church gave the acronym new meaning - Kindness in Simple Service'. more»
    You've been KISS'd
  • 8 August 2008

    The Rev Barry Kelk says "Breakfast at the Coronation Hall" (B@TCH) on Sunday mornings began as "just regular people with a passion to do church differently".

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    Eating breakfast at Church
  • 15 July 2008

    "If you could have seen where my daughter's life was heading before her mentor came into her life it was bad. She was experimenting with alcohol and drugs and really angry and unhappy towards her parents and school. She has completely changed..." more»
    Brothers in Arms
  • 13 July 2008

    "These are some of the worst toilets you've ever seen - half goes in and half goes around it. When you've got your face down in that stuff cleaning it up, they really recognize there's something different about you!"

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    Student Life tackles the flatting culture in Dunedin
  • 13 July 2008

    "This is about living intentionally and not just disappearing into my own private world when I go home. We're spending time making time for our neighbours. God requires our availability more than our ability, so we are just giving God our time and our ability and letting Him use it."
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    Living behind an open door
  • 11 June 2008

    Where did the church's journey towards increasing community involvement begin? Richard believes it began with their name change. "We had to begin to wrestle with the question, 'How are we a community church? Do we exist for the community 'in here' or for the one out there?' Of course we exist for both, but we realized if our priority isn't the community out there, we can close up shop."
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    Promoting Adventurous Faith in Mt Eden
  • 23 March 2008

    This year Sarah is back in the classroom, and Cindy Kirkby has joined the team. She is trained as a restorative justice facilitator. Between the three of them they are offering to partner with the school where needed and help with reading recovery, classroom support, anger management and conflict resolution, restorative justice, Parents Inc. Toolbox Parenting course, camps, winter lunchtime activities and pastoral care for staff and school families. "And the whole church will be back at the school for a 'Love Your Neighbour' Day on 4 May, " smiles Michael. more»
    One year on -- how are they doing?
  • 19 March 2008

    How do you turn an ethnic, traditional, internally focused church into a radically externally focused one? I caught up with Lui Ponifasio, who with his wife Ane pastors LifeChurch in Manurewa, a church that has been turned inside out.
    It wasn't easy, and it didn't happen overnight. As we talk it becomes apparent that without a clear vision and courageous leadership it would never have happened at all.
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    Back to Basics - the LifeChurch, Manurewa story
  • 18 March 2008

    The Race Day was organised by the young adults of Papsda as a community event. Something for church-goers to invite their non-church-goer friends to. What red-blooded, petrol-headed Aucklander wouldn't be tempted by an offer to thrash their car on the tarmac? Or at least watch the shenanigans with amusement from the safety of the spectator stands? more»
    Meeting the Need for Speed
  • 6 November 2007

    A concerted effort by both the police and City Impact Church has reduced the injury crash statistics to zero in the Dome Valley, north of Warkworth, New Zealand, over the last six months. more»
    Dome injury-free since prayer
  • 31 October 2007

    For Lindsay, the question became: Where is Jesus already going in this community? Where is He waiting to go? He began prayerwalking the streets, just observing. He sat in cafes and made conversation with people, trying to genuinely understand what was going on in the community. He read up on the history of the area and looked at census data. more»
    Lindsay's Kingdom Adventure in Mangere Bridge
  • 31 October 2007

    Principal Russell Burt says the makeover was literally an answer to prayer, and will put the school nearly five years ahead in its maintenance plan. With this assistance school funds can be funnelled into other learning areas. more»
    Auckland school gets 'extreme makeover' on National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 31 October 2007

    Hamish Thomson, senior minister at Tawa-Linden Anglican Church in Wellington, firmly believes that one can grow a church that has no Kingdom impact, but if you work at growing the Kingdom you will definitely grow the church as well. more»
    Grow the Kingdom, grow the church
  • 15 August 2007

    It so happened that Fiona had a neighbour she was slowly getting to know whose son went to the same school as hers. She learned that the neighbour was a solo mum, 'living off the smell of an oily rag'. Listening to Megan, Fiona realised that this was a golden opportunity to do something special for her neighbour without it feeling 'weird'. more»
    'You've been RAK'd' - and a friendship grows
  • 15 August 2007

    "Without a team behind it, this wouldn't have happened. But out of our close friendships a team came together around a good idea, with each of us sharing the load and adding our skills. What has made it work is that we all have the same heart, passion and values, but we each have different skill-sets. We love hanging out with each other and we trust each other..." more»
    Good friends who share a dream can change the world
  • 15 August 2007

    Just when she thought life couldn't get any worse, Suzanne was moved by a kind gesture..

    This article appeared in New Idea magazine September 2006 more»
    Suzanne's Random Treat
  • 15 June 2007

    "We came up with TGiF (Thank God it's Friday) as the name for our kid's club. We think it captures the excitement of the children for whom this is the highlight of the week; it certainly captures our heart for wanting to teach godly values and truths to these kids; and it probably captures the sigh of relief of parents who can drop the kids off and just unwind on Friday night," Lynette laughs. more»
    Thank God It's Friday!
  • 15 June 2007

    "The weekend after we finished we had the entire ambulance staff at our service in order to honour them. Many of them had never been in a church before. The congregation spontaneously stood and gave them a standing ovation for 4 minutes. Some of the crew had tears in their eyes and you could tell they were thinking 'What's going on here?'. more»
    Rescue 111
  • 15 June 2007

    The church has a history of supporting Council events, on the basis of 'come when you can, leave when you have to'. Pastor David Broome regularly attends local Awapuni ward committee meetings where councillors are increasingly concerned to foster a sense of community by doing things together to raise hope and bonding in the local community. He learned that one of the top 3 aims in the Council's 10-year plan is "Do lots of fun things together". more»
    When Fun is Your Civic Duty
  • 15 June 2007

    It's the regular, humble picking up of rubbish that has really made the church visible in the community. "People love seeing smiley, happy young people out on the street, it really makes them feel good about where they live. People toot their horns and wave, elderly men come over to greet us and talk to us. We've had opportunities to pray for people right out there on the street. Out on the street it's not threatening, they don't have to come into church to talk to someone." more»
    How to know your community loves you
  • 10 May 2007

    The kids at Henderson Intermediate School have a clearer view on the world thanks to the efforts of the church next door. On May 6th, Lincoln Road Bible Chapel in West Auckland gave up their normal Sunday church service in order to tackle a range of projects at the school across the fence. more»
    No service today, all out serving!
  • 9 May 2007

    The Pacific Tyre factory in Upper Hutt employed nearly 500 workers and was one of the biggest employers in the area. When the factory announced it was closing down in late 2006 the news rocked the town. It seemed that absolutely everybody knew somebody who worked there. more»
    Opportunistic Church Seizes the Moment
  • 9 May 2007

    In March we featured the story of Mt Wellington Community Church, 'the church on the corner', which has become an integral part of its community. I went back to talk to some of the people from the surrounding community who are now part of this church fellowship, and met with Rebecca and Tania. more»
    Getting Saved : New Believers Explain Why Community-Focused Church Works
  • 8 May 2007

    Bob Sinclair, senior pastor of the Taumarunui Baptist Church in the central North Island, says community transformation also comes through "consistent, long-haul, never giving up, believing prayer". A church can have all the programmes in the world but if it is not backed by solid prayer, then it is going to be "real hard work and people will burn out." more»
    Unity, Prayer and Service make a difference in Taumarunui
  • 29 March 2007

    "Our dream," says Russell, "is to be as much a part of the community as the corner dairy. A corner Dairy is an integral part of any community. It is a place that would be missed if it were to shut down and it meets a need in the area. Also, there is nothing mystical about a dairy, it is a normal and accepted part of life. This is what church should be, a normal and accepted part of life that meets people where they are at and at their individual level." more»
    The Church on the Corner
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