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28 November 2011

Keeper's Brother

Tonight at Laidlaw College our Dr. Philip Pattemore launched his book titled, "Am I My Keeper's Brother : Human Origins from a Christian and Scientific Perspective".

The speakers highlighted just how important this book is to people who bravely wrestle with the ideas of a real and up-to-date faith and scientific line of work.

He has this attractive and informative website to support the book http://www.amimykeepersbrother.com/ . It includes some things I didn't know about Philip.

Buy this beautiful, ample book through Philip's website. Give one away to anyone who thinks they have to choose between a thrilling life in science or a thrilling life in Christ. The first edition is selling fast. The next will go global I reckon.

[Steve ... again :]

24 October 2011

Edge Kingsland - Signs Of Life

Hi All

Here is the link to the free download of the Signs Of Life EP from Edge Kingsland church in Auckland. The first song ,"Wairua Tapu / HS Welcome", is the song I played last Sunday.


29 September 2011

Kathleen & Anita Keith-Gillon

These lovely ladies have been working as missionaries in Colombia for 32 years.
Come and hear them speak.
Be inspired to serve and be encouraged in your prayer life.
They have amazing stories from their restoration, prayer and counselling ministry.

FRIDAY NIGHT, 30 Sept  7.30pm            
Geoff and Lyn's place
70 Butler Street
Refreshments provided.
If you think you may be coming, 
please phone 3322616 or email Lyn
so she has an idea how many chairs to put out..
Or just turn up.

13 July 2011

Women's Health - 19 July

Women - YOU ARE INVITED ........
TUESDAY JULY 19TH   at 7.30 pm -
speaking on
WOMENS HEALTH relevant key issues
An informative evening  with Lynda sharing her knowledge and insights re Womens health checks and beyond ; )
at:   Avonhead Baptist (small lounge) Avonhead road. 
Liz Pawson (friend of Lynda) is shortly going to Calcutta to work with women there.  She will give a brief account of her work there and will have some of the women's handwork  (bags)  for sale on the night.
(gold coin donation for Liz pls)
Please rsvp so I can cater for a small supper

03 July 2011

Free Lectures @ Laidlaw

Two Public Lectures at Laidlaw College
By visiting lecturer Iain Provan (Regent College, Vancouver)
v   How the Christian Story Was Lost from Western Culture 1648-2011.
v   What Are We To Do About It?

Tuesday evening 5 July 2011

The first 45 minute lecture will begin at 7.00pm and the second at 8.30pm. 

Each will be followed by a 15 minute opportunity for questions.

There will be a 30 minute break with refreshments from 8.00-8.30pm.

Iain Provan is Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College.  He received his MA at Glasgow University in Mediaeval History and Archaeology in 1977; his BA from London Bible College in Theology in 1980; and his PhD from Cambridge in 1987.  His thesis focused on the books of Kings. 
The lectures are free. No need to register – just come along.

Christchurch Campus, 70 Condell Avenue, Papanui, Christchurch.

22 May 2011

The good stuff

The Prayer Seminar has enriched our fellowship and very enjoyable. The Elders are very thankful to those who participated to make this a wonderful event. Praise be to God for the work he will continue to do among us because of this time we spent with Him.

The gifted and generously Kath and David Wells have not only lead us admirably for this seminar but left us with a treasury of helpful documents from which you can draw more from their beautiful ministry. 

That treasury is outlined here: http://westchurch.org.nz/wc/docs/Prayer_Wells/Prayer_&_Trust_Articles.html. Further files, including those used during the seminar, are here: http://westchurch.org.nz/wc/docs/Prayer_Wells

David and Kath's Sunday teaching was recorded and added to the Sunday files in our Inhouse area of this site.

Kath's website http://www.prayerchangeslives.org.nz/ has further resources and check her blog occasionally.


19 May 2011

Seminar this weekend !!

Prayer Seminar is this weekend.!!!

Saturday at St Timothys church, Kendal Ave.

Phase One:
Starts at 9am
goes to 2pm
with morning tea and lunch breaks. (Bring a cut lunch)

Phase Two:
Starts at 4pm
goes to 6pm.

Phase Three:
Dinner together at 6pm
Please bring a salad or vege dish.
There will be a barbecue and meat will be provided.

Phase Four:
After dinner there will be a fun programme with Richard and Heather.

And ... don't forget ... Phase Zero:
Leaders, co-ordinators, teachers and others with a prayer burden for Westchurch
you received an invitation on 18 April to meet with the Wells for a special session.
Friday 20 May 7.30 - 9.30pm at the Paynter's home, 30 Hanover Place.

15 May 2011

Prayer Seminar

One week to go,
Please let us know.
It'll help us to plan,
This time with the clan.
... this mornings slides ...

03 May 2011

Prayer Seminar Details

This is the information that is on the brochure Janet P. distributed 16 April.

Discover fresh ways to be inspired and effective in
prayer, both alone and in groups.

A prayer workshop led by Kath and David Wells:
"I believe there are often perceptions about prayer that need to
change, obstacles to freedom and power in prayer that need to
be cleared away, and a work of cultivating that needs to be done,
so that the many facets of prayer begin to flourish among us."

Kath Wells and her husband David have been missionaries in
Zambia with the Salvation Army, pastors in Wellington and Kapiti
with the Baptists, and have studied and worked at the Te Nikau
Apostolic College.

David is now a senior lecturer in Biblical studies and preaching at
the Booth College of Mission in Upper Hutt, and Kath teaches
prayer workshops, leads prayer groups, writes articles and does
some life and career coaching.

David will also be speaking on Sunday 22nd May following
the workshop day.


St Timothy's
46 Kendal Ave

Saturday, 21 May 2011


9am: Praying the scriptures

Lunch (please bring a cut lunch)

Learning from the prayers
of scripture

2pm - 4pm: Break (Optional time to stay enjoy
each others company or take a break)

4pm-6pm: Praying for others

6pm: Shared meal followed by
fun times for all ages

Adult - FULL DAY - $30
Student - FULL DAY - $10
School age & below - FREE
Adult or Student - Evening Only - $5

• A separate chlldren's programme will be
organised for morning and afternoon sessions

• Drinks provided throughout the day.

• Evening meal will be shared – we will advise
once registered what to bring.

• Please don't let money be a barrier to your
attending.. If you have any concerns please
approach Stuart or any of the Elders in

Return Slip


Contact phone number:

How many people attending?

Adults FULL Day = No.:____ @ $30 pp Cost: $____ 

Students FULL Day = No.:____ @ $10 pp Cost: $____ 

Children at special
children's programme = No.:____ No Cost

Adult or Student 
EVENING ONLY = No.:____ @ $5 pp Cost: $____ 

EVENING ONLY = No.:____ No Cost

TOTAL FEE:  $__________

Has Fee been paid yet?
Yes / No (see the earlier blog for payment details)

Contact Stuart Masterton Ph 358 7038
and / or email to

Be quick. It is happening soon !!

Prayer Seminar 21 May

Prayer is an invitation with my name on it!

It is an invitation 
to comfort and rest, 
to confidence and courage; 
it is an invitation 
to insight and awareness, 
to joy and thankfulness; 
it is an invitation 
to companionship and partnership, 
to satisfaction and effectiveness.

Prayer is both a privilege and a pleasure. 

Discover more at the Prayer Seminar on 21st May.

Please let us know if you are coming. 

Either tell Stuart or Paula on Sunday and give them a cheque or cash. 

Or payments can also be made via internet banking. 
The 'Westchurch' account number is 03 0855 0367596 00. Please clearly identify your payment with 'Prayer Seminar' and who it is for. 
Then email Stuart and Paula ( treasurer@westchurch.org.nz ) the details concerning your payment and attendance of the seminar.

Of course this is more than a seminar. This is fun time spent together. We have a children's program, an evening meal and some fun times organised for afterwards ... just like a church camp.

11 March 2011

Pondering the earthquake


Steve Graham has a blog on the earthquake and has written another blog/article that might be helpful. 

The latest is a bit different to the earlier ones – this one is more a "pondering" but in my view is still good thinking.


Steve Graham's blog



01 March 2011


These are hard days as we are recovering from the severe earthquakes of the last few months. Many of us might be wondering what God is trying to let us know.

According to Steve Graham (Dean of Laidlaw College, Christchurch), what God is saying to Christchurch is: "Recovery".

Michael Mayes suggests, and others agree, that we could benefit from reading Steve's well considered article: http://westchurch.org.nz/wc/docs/WhatGodIsSayingToChristchurch.pdf.

May God richly bless all those around us as we engage in the recovery. 
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done.
[Steve Rosie]