Stories

  • 29 March 2007

    Inspired by the vision of 'The Dream Center' in Los Angeles and Phoenix, CLCA has created an outreach programme called 'Adopt-A-Block', and out West the local congregation of around 200 has adopted Chilcott Road, Henderson. more»
    One Church, One Street: One Amazing Story!
  • 29 March 2007

    'As Christians, we should be known for doing stuff to help, not that we're good at telling people what's wrong with our country. We want to build a church that's known for what it's for, not for what it's against," says pastor.
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    A passion to be 'part of the answer'
  • 29 March 2007

    Might not a big building project focus a church inward, rather than outwards? This is definitely not the case for City Impact Church in Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Exciting things are happening both on and off the church property. more»
    City Impact -- A Purpose-Driven Church
  • 26 February 2007

    A Christchurch church has handed every family in its congregation a $100 note with instructions to use the money to do good in the community. The City Apostolic church calls it Project U, and its all about getting the congregation enthusiastic about outreach and connecting better with the community. more»
    Here's a hundred bucks ... now use it to do good
  • 26 February 2007

    In the neighbourhood of a street that John Key described as "a dead-end street" because of youth gangs and street violence, a community project has been born that serves as a powerful symbol of how different groups can work together, across the church-community divide and irrespective of ethnic origin. more»
    Flowers of hope on gang turf
  • 26 February 2007

    Pastor Leighton Mossop has never had more opportunities to speak about the heart of the Christian faith. After the New Plymouth Daily News printed an editorial about his church he has been stopped on the street, at petrol stations and shops by people wanting to talk about it. more»
    Kingdom generosity
  • 26 February 2007

    "It's like the feeding of the 5000 -- there's a huge need, and completely inadequate resources. Everyone is bringing their pack lunch, but by giving the little we do have, God can multiply it. We want to use City Lights as a launch pad to help people take initiative. We spend so much time waiting for God, but what is God waiting for us to do..?" more»
    'City Lights' a light in the darkness
  • 7 December 2006

    Tony Bracefield ('Mr. B') enjoys huge mana with these kids. He sternly remonstrates with some of them about where their books are. Some have lost them, others claim not to have homework but they're coming anyway. He's a father figure in a community full of kids home from school with caregivers away at work. more»
    How do you start a church? Can you kick a ball?
  • 7 December 2006

    "The programmes manager at the youth justice centre visited and spoke in glowing terms of the change in stress levels on staff, improvements in family relationships, vacancies filled that previously couldn't be filled." As a consequence, the youth justice centre has asked for churches to follow up with programmes for the boys based on Christian values. more»
    What do you want us to pray for?
  • 7 December 2006

    There were seven of us crammed into a small prayer room, waiting on God's voice... We felt God's prompting to go and serve. We were asking God to give us the name of the street that he wanted us to serve on... more»
    Saved to Serve
  • 7 December 2006

    In what seems like a turnaround from the old perception that roading workers are lazy our community has been singing the praises of the hard-working team from John Fillmore Contractors. Since the Auckland City Council increased the footpath budget whole communities are being refurbished instead of just the odd street here and there. more»
    The Power of Saying 'Thank You'
  • 3 August 2006

    "I came back feeling downcast. We don't have a community around us," I thought - "there are no families or babies.

    "Then I noticed Asian students walking past and thought, 'that's a community we should be reaching out to'." more»
    All it Takes is a Street Sign
  • 2 August 2006

    In addition to taking rubbish to the tip, groups did things like car washes, surveys and "meet the street" parties. The latter were particularly popular. One group invited their neighbours to an afternoon tea and people from 27 out of the 50 houses in the street turned up!
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    Doing the Dirty Work Wins Friends
  • 1 August 2006

    This whole process has woken the church up to the potential of engaging with our community. Nearly 60 folk, around 75% of the congregation, involved themselves in various facets of this outreach and there is a new buzz and excitement around the place more»
    From Cowshed to Community - one church's story
  • 1 August 2006

    The very first lady to receive a free burger-van burger back in April 2005 is now a follower of Jesus and attends and serves at our local church. The volunteers who made that burger celebrated when she was baptised. more»
    Hold those Onions!
  • 1 August 2006

    Sometimes something comes along that gets you out of your comfort zone, and it's a turning point in your life. "We already had a ministry of evangelism to those coming to our church. What we needed was a reason to be face-to-face with our neighbours, not just to share words but also to serve.
    We decided we wanted our acts of service to include everyone in our community. We wanted to speak as a community of God to everyone in our host community."
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    Grace Unlimited. The name says it all.
  • 1 August 2006

    The Education Act might say that education should be free and secular, but Mrs Hill does not believe that means churches should have no part in school life.
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    School-Church partnership has terrific impact
  • 1 August 2006

    "They're building us a completely new fitness course in place of the old one vandals have been busy demolishing," says Principal, Christine Mason.

    "There are new curtains and painting in the classrooms, seating around trees, new gardens, all sorts of things."
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    Confidence Course no Obstacle at Riverhills
  • 30 November 1999

    The Day Camp just grows in popularity each year. They are probably going to have to start capping numbers, because around 325 kids is about the limit the facilities can cope with. more»
    Great things come from small beginnings
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