Church News

*This page is updated weekly on Saturday with any news and changes for the coming week*

As we find ourselves living in an ever changing world, may we hold on to the hope we have in our unchanging God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, praise God!

 “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever “
Psalm 136:26

Teach the Word of God

Deep Truth, Rich Faith Series
This week our message is titled “God is a rewarder”. We are continuing our Deep Truth, Rich Faith series with Pastor Greg speaking from Hebrews 11:6. This will be Greg’s last message with us before heading back to Australia, you don’t want to miss it!

Next Week: Pastor Nelson “Created for a Purpose” Ephesians 2:10

Preaching Team – Graham Blaikie is heading up our preaching team for 2021

Reach the World for God

We now have a Reach Coordinator – Torrey Hilton will be helping drive evangelism here at The Orchard.

Rally is on next Tuesday 1st December at  6pm and includes dinner, the programme runs 6.30 to 8pm.  This will be the last Tuesday night Rally for the year. Christmas break up will be on Friday 11th December at the O’Dea’s, 6-9pm. Meet at The Orchard at 5.30pm. See Jodi for more details.

Christmas Eve Service is on this year! Start thinking and praying about who you can invite. Invites are available from the Connection Centre.

Mainly Music is meeting for the last time this year next Thursday 3rd December at 10am. We are still on the lookout for someone to take over leading the Mainly Music Ministry here at The Orchard next year. If this role is not filled, unfortunately next Thursday will be the final session held at The Orchard. Please contact Jodi or Belinda if you are interested in leading this wonderful ministry.

Spotlight on Missions Over the next 12 months we are going to be ‘spotlighting’ the Orchard Church’s missions or ministry teams. For November we are focusing on MYANMAR. Join us as we pray for, learn about and contribute to the marvelous opportunity we have to spread the gospel as a church. An update from Bevan & Audrey Smith can be found in the printed newsletter.

Encourage the People of God

New Ministry Director role – Torrey Hilton (one of our Elders) will be spending one day a week as our Ministry Director from 1st November.

Pastoral Care Ian McBride (one of our Elders) will be involved in Pastoral Care 1 day a week, working with our Pastoral Care coordinator Sam Krukerink.

The Orchard Church Family Zone will be running on the right hand side of the Auditorium this Sunday, so families come along and enjoy Church together!

Farewell Lunch for Pastor Greg and Wendy this Sunday 29th Nov. Please bring a plate of finger food to share for lunch as we show our appreciation and farewell our dear friends and pastors before they head back to the land down under.

Youth Group sausage sizzle will be happening as a part of the shared lunch this Sunday for a gold coin donation. Ask them how Word of Life Camp went while you wait!

Senior Achievers are meeting on Monday 7th December at The Orchard, and will be travelling to Ohope for lunch and returning home via Julians Berry Gardens.  Please bring morning tea. Phone Ruth for more details.

Newcomers If you are new here at the Orchard we would love to get to know you! Come and see us at the connection centre on a Sunday morning or give us a call at the office (07 5738961) we would love to help you become more connected into our church community.

Exalt the Name of God

Giving: Giving financially is also a big part of our worship. You can make cash donations in the offering boxes at the doors of the auditorium or give electronically direct into The Orchard Church bank account using your surname as the reference. Account number: 020452 0007000 01

Our First Impressions Teams are in need of more people to serve on a Sunday morning. We are looking for people to welcome at the door, usher during the service, connect with people in the foyer, and help out at the connection centre. Please see Belinda or call her at the office Thursday/Friday if you would like to serve in any of these areas. 

The Orchard Kids are on the look out for a few more people to join the Sunday teams. This is a low responsibility role. Turn up and hang out. A trial period of one term initially. A great way to grow and develop some new skills. See Jodi Wichers for details.

If you would like to serve in some way at The Orchard Church, we would love to talk with you about what that could look like. Let us know on a church connect card or email the office!

Other News

Photos This Sunday come prepared to have your individual photos taken for the new online database and prayer directory.

We are in need of a new large fridge for the church kitchen. Please let Dot or Belinda know if you can help in this area.

Thank you to everyone who has signed in to Elvanto/, we trust you are navigating your way around it ok. If you still need to sign in and/or download the app on your phone, please come and see us at the connection centre on Sunday and we will help you get it sorted. This is a great new system that will help us as a church with the all communications, prayer directory, and rostering. We don’t want you to miss out!

Parents please be aware of your children running through the café/foyer area during morning tea time, as this is a safety issue.  The children know this is a ‘walking zone’. Please also remind your children that the stage is for adults only.  Thank you 🙂 

Have a great week, church!
God bless,
The Orchard Church Elders and Staff